Here's a point-counterpoint synopsis of both editorials:
Opponent argument: "The New Jersey Builders Association figures mandating sprinkler systems would add $6,000 to the cost of a new home."
Culbertson's response: "The editorial states home fire sprinkler systems [are] a considerable cost. What would considerable cost be to the six people who perished in the recent Ann Arundel, Maryland, fire? How about all of the many civilians and firefighters injured and killed over the years?
The difference between a $200,000 and $206,000 home with a 30-year mortgage at five-percent interest is approximately $1 per day. Many of us spend more than this for a cup of coffee each day."
Read Culbertson's other responses by visiting the Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.