The assault on the frum community of Lakewood, NJ, continues, this time in the pages of the Asbury Park Press.
A letter written by Michael Billig of Lakewood uses dry sarcasm, dripping with hate, to “set the record straight regarding what this metastasizing metropolis is all about.”
Billig writes, “‘Traffic in Lakewood is a nightmare.’ Nonsense! The term ‘traffic’ implies there is actually some vehicular movement taking place. ‘Lakewood is a closed, insular community.’ Absolutely untrue! The dominant demographic of this town is exceptionally gregarious, incessantly knocking on neighbors’ doors most any time of day.”
Billig, in a poor attempt at humor, continues: “‘Homeowners take no pride in their properties.’ Are you kidding? Where else in Ocean County can you find front lawns, yards and driveways so festively decorated with toys, papers and other rubbish? ‘Lakewood residents don’t keep their streets clean.’ Wrong again! For example, it’s not unusual to see this town’s citizens so intent on keeping sidewalks pristine they scrupulously avoid using them, opting instead to walk local roadways day and night.”
Finally, Billig says, “‘The township’s governing council routinely shirks its municipal responsibilities.’ Not at all! Ask around and folks will point out our local leaders are definitely responsible for the current state of Lakewood’s affairs.”
The Asbury Park Press has long served as a mouthpiece for those seeking to stir up hatred toward the from community, locally and beyond.
It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.