Hackensack residents gather, hoping to catch sight of a Record reporter.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
When the legal citizenship process in New Jersey stretched to two years or more, The Record couldn't care less, preferring to push readers' buttons with endless stories about illegal immigrants.
Today, on the front page, Staff Writer Monsy Alvarado provides a glowing report on a streamlined, 4.2-month citizenship process.
Another positive story about immigrants appears on the Local front (L-1). God bless America.
Don't look for much in the way of local news today.
Taking a break
The assignment desk working under Editor Deirdre Sykes is a well-honed machine, mining press releases, surveys, reports and meetings for the local report, as pathetic as it is.
"Nothing happens" in the towns over a long holiday weekend. The incoming faxes are few and far between in the newsroom.
Municipal reporters like Alvarado don't even have to go to their communities regularly, unless they have to cover an occasional meeting.
Talk to residents? Write a Talk of the Town every once in a while to gauge the mood of taxpayers and uncover government incompetence? You've got to be kidding.
Just quote the gadflies who attend every meeting. No fuss, no muss.
On Friday and Saturday, stories in Local reported Megan Lewinson, an eighth-grade girl from Englewood, was missing.
There has been nothing in the paper since, even though she was found unharmed and, according to a family friend, attended church in Englewood on Sunday.
An editorial on A-11 is about the Declaration of Independence and its guiding principle: the right to be "fairly governed" and if not, "to throw off the yoke of the oppressor."
Next to the editorial, "the oppressor" is identified in the Margulies cartoon as Governor Christie.