Hoboken Reporter sham letter to the editor
Here’s today’s Hoboken411 reader mail segment about the letters to the editor section of the local paper.
Does the Reporter make backroom deals?
“I’m a longtime follower of your site, and appreciate the fact that you seem to be able to keep a lot of the paid posters that permeate other forums (like some cheesy Jersey web pages) off your site, probably by being at least somewhat vigilant about tracking multiple user names and the like.
Wish the Hoboken Reporter would take even a small percentage of that initiative and vet some of the letter-writers that darken their back pages every week (though I’ve long believed the Reporter is in for their cut of the backroom take in this town anyway, so I shouldn’t be surprised).
This week’s example: a letter urging all Hoboken taxpayers to support the URSA/Tarragon Western Edge Development plan, one cited as the only option, outside of raising our property taxes, for the open space and pool we’ve been promised since, I believe, the Eisenhower administration.
The gist of the writer’s plea is this, that “…The proposed plan for the Western Edge seems to do that with parks and playgrounds included in the plan. Unless we are willing to pay higher taxes, which I am not, we need to support plans that have new open space included…”
The letter is signed by Ralph Santiago of Hoboken.
Well, good news Ralph. You won’t have to pay higher property taxes—according to the state property database, you already currently pay none (at least in Hoboken). . So you’re prayers are answered.
I’m tired of all these paid shills coming out of the woodwork who try to piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining. I would’ve hoped the editors would have weeded out this weak lobbying attempt (it took about 30 seconds of research), but hopefully most of the voters in town can see these weak efforts for what they are.
Thanks for your time!”