Who knew they were so sensitive?


To the Editor:

In Nelson Sigelman’s fishing column published June 2, “A late-night splash in the dark holds a surprise,” he insulted those of us who love New Jersey not once but twice. Aside from common decency and respect for the millions of people in N.J. who are normal, hardworking, law-abiding citizens (and putting aside the embarrassment many of us feel about the current governor), do you have any idea how many visitors and transplanted and/or retired residents of Martha’s Vineyard have ties to the great state of N.J.?

I hate the expression wash-ashore, which I find highly insulting since many of us planned and saved diligently for many years before moving here.

As a matter of civility and common courtesy, I would think you would be ashamed to insult the people of the most densely populated state in the U.S. Is it the large Jewish population of the state you think you can dump on, or the large number of immigrant communities within the population? Did you know that N.J. has a larger percentage of immigrants from more places than any other state in the U.S.? Would you like me to list all the inventions, medical advancements, university studies, lifesaving drugs, and other benefits that have come from the state?

Or do I have to lower my regard and include you in that group of ignorant louts who think it appropriate to endorse and add to the prejudice of whole groups of other unthinking people?

Ellen T. Miller
Vineyard Haven