Slandered and Muzzled

slander[ˈslandər]NOUNlaw

  1. the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation.

That’s exactly what happened to me tonight at the Kenilworth council meeting but, rather than describe it, let’s all wait for the video to go up on the borough youtube channel, if it ever does.

Suffice it to say that the mayor read a critique of my mailer and then accused me of stalking her. I denied it but in my comment time was not allowed to finish my rebuttal (and also was not allowed to file a criminal complaint since the officer at the desk claimed it was a civil matter). Maybe so but, for the record, here is what I would have said in my defense if we had free speech in Kenilworth.

You are a captured government. Your commitment is to the people who pay for your campaign flyers: Harbor Consultants, BGIA (Gary Taffet), Suplee Clooney, Depaolino Renaud and even Joe Neri.

At this point there was a back and forth about the Republicans getting money too and I was going to inquire who from (since they reported no contributions since 2019) but councilman Mark David cut me off saying this was not for the good and welfare of Kenilworth. I stopped talking and walked out, making it clear that I was being barred from speaking and ejected from the meeting. This is what else I would have said:

Who paid for the mailer? I did through the Union County Watchdog Association and my business which explains the mini-advertisement in one corner. I am in negotiations now for more mailers but they will have to come after October 15 when my busy season at work ends.

My motivation for the mailing was to inform fellow Kenilworth residents of the facts as I see them. After they have that information, what they do with it is up to them, but I am at peace.

Inform them of what? Merck leaving and taking $8 million in taxes with them, steady increases in my taxes over the years and seeing no urgency from this council to do anything about it. Rather they cater to a developer of a stupid tenement project and their campaign donors.

It is my money that you are funneling to them and I have a right to say it. If you want to shut me up then exempt me from paying property taxes like you do 12 other property owners in Kenilworth (incidentally I am still waiting for a response to an OPRA request as to the reasons those properties are exempt from taxes).

2 responses to this post.

  1. Nicely done. I just noticed your EDDM tactic, and now that I know how much this costs, this is awesome. So many people in my town have PO Boxes because the post office refuses to deliver to our doors… which must cut down on costs! 😉 [I’m in an even smaller town than you]

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    • I don’t recall mentioning cost but it was about $1,400 to get a two-sided big postcard to 3,024 mailboxes. Other quotes were around $1,700 but they may have included graphic design. We are in an area where that’s probably pricier than other parts of the country for making up the mailer but I assume postal rates are the same all over.

      For this situation it was the best way to go to get the attention of the people you wanted (even if soime rip up the mailer and send it back to me) as regular TV and newspapers and even the tapinto websites we have here are all about happy news to keep people sated and distracted.

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