Reporter Roundup 1/29/2007
This idea has crossed my mind a few times in the past couple months. A place for residents to go to express their complaints, observations and even compliments regarding our towns only dedicated newspaper, the Hoboken Reporter.
While we all know they can’t publish every letter sent in due to space limitations (although the Real Estate section sure is expanding at a break-neck pace), they certainly do have a heavy (and seemingly politically influenced) editorial hand when it comes to deciding what gets published. It was after reading this week’s Letters to the Editor that got me a little annoyed, and paved the way for this weekly open comment forum for the paper.
- It had been an entire week since Councilman Campos had a DWI run-in with Johnny Law in NYC. For starters, why wasn’t this front page news? And why only two letters? And one was even positive? What made me foam at the mouth was Terry LaBruno’s resounding “I’m proud of you, Chris”! Why does it take an asinine incident like this for the compliments to come pouring out? Naturally, everyone has good and bad days, we’re all human. But when someone is elected to serve the public, knowingly consuming alcohol and driving is NOT an acceptable “lapse in judgment” like just running the light sober because you’re in a hurry. This would count more as a string of inexcusable lapses.
- Additionally, when I called the NYPD, they told me his BAC% was at least 0.10%, but wouldn’t divulge the exact number. Now it’s .08? And it went up on the ride to the station? Did they stop and have more beers on the way? Or is getting watered down somehow?
- Notice how the Velocity condos had a big spread in the middle of the paper? They seem to be back on track again. I love that soundproofing is a major selling point. I think they ought to add bullet-proof glass as well. And what kind of computer generated image is that? Does it look like Hoboken to you? It’d be nice if the buyers saw what was really happening, rather than getting bamboozled into thinking otherwise. Ironically, a reader had written to Hoboken411 indicating that the other Hoboken “real estate boards” have conveniently removed any and all comments regarding Velocity. Much of them were downright negative. Are they getting paid off by the developers in order to maintain that “positive image”? If you were offered cash or incentives to remove comments, would you accept?
- And of course, on page 16, Mayor Roberts is directly under the “Good News” section with yet another ribbon-cutting/hand-shaking opportunity. But we all like good news, right?
I just skimmed most of the paper, as I’ve been suffering with the flu for the past two days. Any other noteworthy points to make? Check back every Monday for the latest on the Reporter.