2001-07-07 / Letters

Challenging Lew Simon

Challenging Lew Simon

Dear Editor,

Now that Lew Simon has officially indicated hat he is running for public office would it be possible for The Wave to hold him to a higher standard than he has grown accustomed to? Up until this point he has not been challenged very often to back up the statements and claims he makes in The Wave. For example, in his column in the May 19, 2001 issue, he states, using as usual his "royal we", "I have been speaking up since the late 1970’s when we worked closely with Bryon Levinson and participated in numerous rallies to stop the SST…" Unless I miss my guess, I’d say Lew Simon was born in the late 1950’s. The SST rallies he refers to took place in 1974 and 1975. That would make him a teenager at the time. Therefore, for him to imply he played some type of leadership role by saying he worked closely with Bryan is no more than his usual brand of self-promotion. How about The Wave asking him to document his efforts by providing some substantive evidence of his participation? Did he speak at any of the Public Hearings? Which ones? Where? Which of the many, many news articles was he quoted in? Which of the court cases did he take part in? There are public records that exist which will tell who did participate. I’ll bet there’ll be no reference to Lew Simon in any of them. If he worked closely with Bryan Levinson then his name should appear along with those who really did work closely with Bryan and the coalition what existed at the time.

Lew Simon has the right to run for office. However, he does not have the right to be demagogue and just make grandiose statements. If he is not challenged then those of us who do not challenge him are remiss. You did a great job of challenging him when he claimed to be a licensed teacher. I urge you to use your role as editor o have The Wave start challenging him to back up what he says on a regular basis.

MIKE LEPORE


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