the fly….Ms Walker-Baptiste’s letter to the editor was just another phony attempt to smear the Tea Party
the fly says ..Ms Walker-Baptiste’s letter to the editor of the Ridgewood News was just another phony attempt to smear the Tea Party
what else could you expect from a retired school teacher ,would never have guessed that the US Constitution is now considered partisan? Ms Walker-Baptiste’s even goes as far as to imply publicly that she is against the constitution in her “them vs us” comment. Nothing like showing your true anti American colors .
It does appear that the study you sighted PJ by Harvard about fourth of July parades turning people more patriotic and turning them into Republicans must be true. ( http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/06/30/harvard-july-4th-parades-are-right-wing )
The “I saw many far-away counties of the state represented ” so Ridgewood is only her town even though many would consider Ocean County a “far-away county”
Sources tell us the reason Mary Walker-Baptiste is pissed off about her new home is because Ocean county is pretty red. She was not well regarded as a teacher at Somerville and now a bitter partisan in retirement.
Have to laugh at her characterization of the non-partisan style of government in Ridgewood , guess she missed the election of Jim Mac Greevey’s number one mouth piece and the Menedez swearing in ?
By the way 4th of July is a celebration of the founding principles of this great nation , principals that are sorely lacking in today’s political atmosphere .
It has been said before but Me thinks she is the one with a partisan agenda .
Letter: Tea Party changed ‘flavor of parade’
FRIDAY JULY 27, 2012, 1:11 PM
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
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Tea Party changed ‘flavor of parade’
To the editor:
My family had enjoyed the traditional Ridgewood Fourth of July parade
since 1972. When we moved to the Jersey shore in 2006, that patriotic
day was not the same without my Ridgewood friends waving from floats
and marching crowds. So, this year, 2012, we decided to return for
another day of familiar faces and that hometown feeling.
The day certainly did not disappoint, that is until a large collection
of unfamiliar faces, shouting questions to the crowd such as “Have you
read the Constitution?” appeared en masse. We were shocked. How was a
political party allowed to consume such a huge chunk of the hometown
parade? From where did they come? I saw many far-away counties of the
state represented with signs and banners, suggesting that they “have
the word,” and we did not.
Having moved to a small town with only three council members, all of
the same political party, I really miss the non-partisan style of
government in Ridgewood. People in town are elected by their character
and expertise, not because they belong to a particular political
The flavor of the parade changed that day for many more than us.
Please do what’s necessary to restore it to the wonderful non-partisan
event it has always been.
And thank you to Al Ortiz for last week’s letter prompting me to write
what had been burning in my mind since the Fourth.
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