More Resentment of Eloise
I am writing in response to the letters printed in the November 26 edition of your paper. I had also read the Eloise story (U.S. 1, November 12) and share a bit of hostility towards the article as well.
I work retail in Pennington and read your paper weekly. I have not always agreed or disagreed with your articles but I do feel your reply to the letters was a bit harsh. In your reply you say they might be suffering from “irrational envy” and I feel that might have been a low blow. I would expect people to react strongly in times of crisis. I thank god everyday I still have my job. I see stores closing and my friends out of work and fear everyday for my well being. By downplaying people’s fears by calling it irrational envy is horrible.
I did notice that you highlighted the virtues of new urbanism that this rich couple employ. But I think it was overshadowed by their extravagant lifestyle in the article. I wish I had the chance to change my carbon footprint, as well, but when I struggle weekly to keep my head above water that isn’t an option.
Perhaps they aren’t the most extravagant couple that you have ever written about, perhaps it was just bad timing. There is anger and resentment present when people aren’t treated fairly. We all can understand that. But to refer to them as irrationally envious is unacceptable. I am pessimistic about our country’s well being too. The future looks bleak.
In 10 years this country may be nothing but a lesson learned in everyone’s mind. The corruption our government is responsible for is enough to drive anyone mad. I’m angry about it. I resent the fact that as common people we are treated like pieces of garbage. Am I envious of the people who don’t suffer the same injustices I do on a daily basis? Well sure I am. Who wouldn’t be? But to say it’s irrational? I’m almost speechless. It’s more irrational that the American people continue to sit idly by while the big government machine continues to eat up their livelihood.
Rein Owes Apology
I read the original “Eloise” article and found it trivial and slightly offensive, but not worth a letter. I can’t say the same for Richard K. Rein’s “When Money Talks” response. This takes the highly questionable approach of attempting to rewrite your own recent history and in so doing blame the victims.
It may very well be that Weaver-Clearwater are hardworking folks, living a frugal and green life. However, that’s not the way your article portrayed them. You showed them as indolent and self-indulgent.
If that’s not the case, then you owe them an apology. If it is the case then you owe the rest of us an apology for printing the article.
In Defense of U.S. 1 And Free Choice
Unlike the writer of last week’s letter to the editor who was “offended” by U.S. 1’s lifestyle coverage of the Weavers and vows never to read what he calls a “elitist paper,” I want to defend your newspaper and its superb coverage of our area’s business, lifestyle and activities.
I look forward to the paper every week to help determine what lectures, films and other events I will attend as well as to catch up on what’s going on in the business community. U.S. 1 offers the most comprehensive summary of what’s going on in the Princeton area. I enjoy reading about people’s lifestyles similar to and different from my own as well as inside news about local businesses.
And in defense of the Weavers, whom I do not know personally, I will say that Mr. Weaver runs a terrific restaurant and I am sure works very hard to keep it up to his standards. I contracted for a private party there last year and Tre Piani did a superb job. Living in a hotel removes from his responsibility many tasks that a homeowner must handle, thus leaving more time for his business.
There’s plenty of ostentation and waste in our neighborhood —- just check out some of the compulsive shoppers. There are weekly manicures, gym memberships, massages and other luxuries. But we are all free to make our choices. I’d like to see a story on women who use shopping as therapy and have closets filled with new clothing, tags still on. I’ve known several of those.
As one who needs to be careful of her funds, I am not angry reading about those who have more than I do. Phyllis Spiegel
(A disclaimer: Spiegel, a Plainsboro resident, is an occasional free-lance writer for the publication.)