2000-01-01 / Letters

Meaningful Editorial

Dear Editor;

Your December 23 editorial, "What is Essential" was not only a most timely piece for the Christmas season, but even more important as a manifesto for the New Year.

It was well written and challenging as we face and interact with all our neighbors--in fact our brothers and sisters--in the Rockaway Peninsula in this New Year.

Your readers must never underestimate the impact on the community from editorials that challenge us to see the potential for good in all of the different sections by the people of good faith in all of the Rockaways.

It can be applied to so many opportunities for growth and greater love and understanding of the age old question--"And who, Lord is my Neighbor?"

I was moved by this editorial especially since a number of Rockaway families recently traveled to the North of Ireland to see some of the children who vacationed in the Rockaways back in the 80's and whose fathers were political prisoners in Belfast jails.

We were happy to have recently visited and/or telephoned many of these children to find that they had prospered from those grim days and were now leading much happier lives.

As we recall, there was much hatred between peoples of different religions and nationalities in the north and south of Ireland. But now that has changed and there was great evidence of peace and understanding between the formerly warring clans.

Thanks to The Wave and several Catholic parishes of the Rockaways, especially St. Camillus and St. Thomas More, many parishioners opened their homes to these confused, and hurting children had a wee chance to find some peace and understanding, along with the warm sun and cool waters of the Rockaways for pleasant vacations over many years.

My wish for the New Year would be that The Wave continue to emphasize the good throughout the entire Rockaway Peninsula, encourage a greater feeling of neighborliness, with a continued positive respect for all the good peoples of the friendly Rockaway Peninsula.

JOSEPH J. BURNS

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