To the Editor: All About ‘Eloise’ – Excess or Envy?
In regards to your November 12 cover story, “A Real Life Eloise:” I have to say that I am not only disturbed but I am also offended. As a paper that considers itself to be a voice for Princeton and the surrounding communities it seems as if you’ve forgotten one important tidbit of information: That the majority of us small business owners were not born with the proverbial silver spoon in our mouth such as Clearwater and Weaver.
As a non-biased media outlet you might be better served to focus on the businesses you target with your paper. You show up here every week and drop off issues of your elitist paper that I never asked for. Yet week after week you highlight the winners of the social lottery while America’s economy crumbles around you.
It’s people such as Clearwater who have very little grasp on what it means to be a real American citizen. You compare her to Eloise from a 1955 novel. While if you were to ask an average person on the street they might describe her as “out of touch,” “living in excess,” or “disillusioned.”
Has it occurred to you that while average people struggle to pay their bills and make mortgage payments these people continue to walk around like the world revolves around them?. All the while with blinders on, far removed from everyday normalcy.
But in reality the world doesn’t revolve around them. Money doesn’t make you better than someone else, nor does moving into an over-luxurious hotel. Clearwater gets to spend her day shopping and Joe Average has to bust his rump at two jobs to make ends meet. It seems that as the gap between the classes continues to widen and the anger and resentment continue to grow towards those who put themselves on a pedestal, your paper is right there on the bandwagon.
This story was the last straw for me. I’ve read many issues of your paper (although always more ads than substance) and can happily say as of today I won’t read it again. I will filter it into the trash when it’s left on one of my shelves (without anyone ever asking my permission to leave them in my work space in the first place).
I would hope that some of my fellow business owners would do the same as you have left us in the dust for greener pastures. You should not only be embarrassed but also ashamed that you forgot what it means to be a journalistic outlet. How is glorifying excess and class division journalism? You are only adding fuel to the flames of outrage and cynicism.
I am sure this letter will never see the light of day in print but I needed to voice my opinion because I have had enough.
Eloise’s Bad Timing
Exactly whose reality are you talking about? I am a recruiter whose clients are primarily on the Route 1 corridor in Princeton. I can tell you that the reality of so many people is much bleaker than that of Kim Clearwater and Jim Weaver. Success from hard work is certainly admirable, however the lifestyle of this rich and famous couple would have been more appropriately made public in another magazine/newspaper.
While some may read the article with envy, most are going to feel anger and hopelessness. I think you chose a very inappropriate time to announce Kim Clearwater’s boredom in life, i.e. where to shop, whom to invite to a lavish dinner party, which hors d’oeuvres to have room service deliver, whether to go to the spa for a massage or a mani-pedi, which country to visit next, where in Italy to live, where to go to lunch and with whom, etc.
With what I hear on a daily basis in my line of work, this real life Eloise rubbed me the wrong way.