Sunday, February 3, 2008
Edgewater Park, The Beverly Bee and our Mayor
I received the February Issue of the Beverly Bee yesterday, but read it today.
I have to remark on the differences between how the three towns (Beverly, Delanco & Edgewater Park) contribute to their Feature Sections.
The Beverly and Delanco Sections are about informing their residents with general information, town events taking place, spotlighting township employees, residents and institutions in their town. I do not recall seeing any articles that smacked of politics.
Not so for the Edgewater Park Section, just review the last four years of Bee editions, to compare the differences and tone between the articles.
Did you know that if you have any announcement or point of view, you must submit it to the Township Administrator before it can appear in the Edgewater Park section, and fat chance if you do not agree her point of view or have been a pain in her a--.
The only way you can contribute a story, point of view, organization information that is not approved by the Administrator, is too send your article to the Bee Editor and hope she has enough space to print it. I will say that as long as your article is to the point and factual the Bee will print it, but not in the township's section of the Bee.
An additional observation I have is how our Mayor always is able to insert her little digs and comments while she tugs at your heartstrings with emotional issues. Now don't get me wrong, I think the anecdotal-hart warming stories are appropriate for the mayor to write about, but I do not think that it is appropriate for her political digs to be part of the same message. This is a subtle tactic she uses to cover her true political intensions. The key to spotting this is when she uses the terms, "I heard", "I was told", "That family", "I just want to help," "I am new at this","why are they picking on me", excreta, to take swipes at those she has a difference with. Most long time residents are afraid to publicly differ with her, because they know how she uses her "gossip network" of family, friends and acquaintances, to whisper rumors and gossip to undermine her critics.
I have to hand it too the mayor, there is no one better at this tactic.
I hope that you will take what you read including this blog, with a grain of salt untill you check out the facts and you will find it difficult to get the facts from the township, but if you use the OPRA and Sunshine Laws and your own perseverance, you should be able and get them.
This fact checking and questioning, is what is no longer being done by township residents, reporters and newspapers, unless it is a large controversial story.
Remember, our troops and your involvement are what keeps us free.
The Edgewater Park Reporter