2001-06-30 / Editorial/Opinion

A Few Parting Words

It is with a mixed sense of sadness and optimism that I am writing my first and last editorial for The Wave newspaper.

I will no longer be working for the paper and will soon be moving out of Rockaway, yet I am moving in order to pursue certain goals, both for myself and for my family.

In the time that I have spent living and working here, I have gotten to know many people, organizations, and issues that are crucial to the Rockaways. A few parting words may be in order.

In addition to working at The Wave, I have spent a lot of time working in area schools with the Rockaway Artists Alliance. I have seen incredible problems in the schools with discipline, with administration, and with apathy on the parts of both teachers and students. I have also worked with some really incredible teachers and discovered many students who were very motivated once they were presented with an innovative program. I am encouraged by the excellent programming offered by the RAA and challenge all teachers and administrators to continue to find ways to reach the students. The vision of our future is sometimes inspiring and other times downright frightening.

Rockaway comes close to getting what it wants and needs, and yet seems to just fall short. A reminder to all residents that certain issues are still in need of your attention. The Bush budget proposes cutting beach replenishment funding. The time to find long-term solutions is now. A ferry is almost afloat. Don’t give up. What about a Riis Park pool? Keep the pressure on if you want to attain these things for Rockaway. Congressman Anthony Weiner, who I believe stands on the right side of these issues in support of the community, needs to make these things happen. Standing on the right side isn’t quite enough. You need to make other people see things your way if you want to be remembered as an influential person. Follow through on at least one of these issues.

The upcoming election is a good representation of Rockaway’s predicament. The abundance of candidates shows how many different groups remain isolated in a single community. There are many great organizations and influential people in Rockaway, but a greater degree of interaction between them may be in order. Very few issues are simply black and white.

As far as who is running, I will only say beware of people who are too eager to serve. Truly serving a community is a terrible responsibility, and so those who are too ambitious may have other purposes in mind.

Thanks to all of you who have touched my life in some way.

Aaron Zeidman

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