Bruce Springsteen, for decades the voice of the working man, has engaged in one of the staples of small-town civic engagement. The Boss wrote a letter to the editor of his local paper, the Asbury Park Press, in response to a March 27 front-page article by Michael Symons.
The story, titled “As poverty rises in NJ, cuts target aid,” focused on the cuts being made to government services as poverty rises in New Jersey.
Springsteen expressed his gratitude for the article, writing that it “is one of the few that highlights the contradictions between a policy of large tax cuts, on the one hand, and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions, on the other.”
Springsteen’s letter is easily the most popular item on the Press’ website, attracting hundreds of comments from readers.