Ellie Light sure gets around.Read the whole thing, and be sure to see the links to Plain Dealer reporter Sabrina Eaton's further discussions of the Ellie Light story.
In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.
A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.
Variations of Light’s letter ran in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico’s Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina’s The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.
Now, is it surprising that some person acting either on her own initiative or at the behest of some group or organization would submit dozens of letters to the editor praising Barack Obama? No, and it wouldn't be any more surprising if some person supporting a Republican did the same thing.
What is surprising is that in this Internet age so many papers were apparently fooled into publishing these letters without noticing that surprisingly similar ones were appearing in other towns and cities by someone who shared the writer's name, but purported to come from different locations.
And if reporter Sabrina Eaton hadn't wondered if "Ellie Light" were a former co-worker of hers and done a little Internet digging to try to find out, perhaps nobody would ever have noticed.
UPDATE: Here's some more Light sightings.