Message Won't Go Away
A common trick used by devious persons of special interests is the following: Instead of responding to the messenger's information, they just focus on the messenger. These same people will attack the messenger with mockery and a label of liar and hope that the message will drift away.
The "On the Beach " column by Beverly Baxter won't let the message drift away. The question she asked, "Who's selling out Rockaway?" is right on the money. I suggest that Wave readers read Beverly's column of February 12, 2000 if they haven't already done so. The controversy of the placing of the low-income high-rise project on the Beach 24 street block and how it was accepted is not drifting away. It has not disappeared.
As long as there are people who want to see the revitalization of Rockaway and want to stop the continuance of Rockaway as a destination for all of the city's unfortunate people, the messenger will have an audience.... an audience willing to listen and to read the documents he provides. Then they may not be afraid to ask the same question, "Who's selling out Rockaway?"
Hopefully, they will become active messengers as well.