After having read Mike Menders article in your papers Saturday, Sept. 1, edition, I take exception to his classification of people. It appears he has met some apparent rude people with different accents, and different color license plates, (well Mike havent we all) and because of this he has classified, if not all the people, then the majority of the people from New Jersey by his statement of people from that part of the world.
Well Mike I beg to differ with you. I have had the good fortune to have traveled to all fifty of the United States with my wife and children and have found a little bit of what you have described in your article of rudeness but mostly the people in America are friendly and courteous. I was born and raised in New Jersey and choose to continue to live there because its a wonderful State with wonderful people. I also choose to have a second home in the New York Adirondacks because of all the states I have visited this was one of the most beautiful. Although I also have put up with an occasional bad NY driver, and an occasional person in a rush at the checkout line, or counter of local store, I find the people in New York to be very friendly and helpful.
You know, Mike, if you took the time to read your own article you would have realized that your car, as well as the other out of state vehicles, were part of the problem of the traffic jam, not part of the solution, just as my vehicle is part of the problem when I travel to your roads while visiting or touring. I also believe everyone in the New York, New Jersey, and every other state for that matter, knows that the roads are more congested on Sunday nights from people returning home from traveling, especially during the summer months.
Another thing you may have considered before trashing an entire group of people is what benefits are brought to each state. Benefits such as the dollars brought to the area spent on tourism and the taxes that are spent on second homes that bolster the economy of the towns and school systems (even though we dont use the schools systems and pay taxes on our primary home for the education of our children). This money allows the economy to flourish and bring jobs to the areas, plus allowing the people who spend their money to enjoy themselves, so it appears everyone benefits.
Mike, the Adirondacks has its mountains and New Jersey has its ocean shores. We build roads like the turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, the New York Thruway, and I-87 to help people get to their destinations faster, but if you dont like the stop and go traffic on busy days, or rush hour times, there are also side roads and alternate routes to try. They may take you longer to get home but they show you a different aspect of the states youre traveling thru. New Jersey and New York are beautiful in their own ways and so are the people who choose to live in them.
So stop complaining Mike and be grateful that God gave you the gift to wake up in the morning and ability to drive and shop and return home safely.
P.S. Im what you call a flatlander and I call a part-time mountain man but what we both are, or should be calling each other, is neighbor
Hasbrouck Heights NJ