I am barely out of the door as the editor of The Wave, and the new editor is already questioning my integrity. Howard Schwach’s Short Takes and his editorial [June 30, 2001] made reference to the fact that the allegation against Al Stabile came out at a convenient time. He claimed this was because of a candidate in the City Council race with a grudge against Stabile and because of my new role as editor of the Queens Forum.
Well, fist Howie, thanks for your belief that I wield so much power. I guess I haven’t caught on yet to the fact that I am the "Big Daddy" of politics in southern Queens. Who would have thought that a 25-year-old could be in such an important position.
Yes, Joann Ariola is my friend. There are a few people that stand by you during life’s ups and downs. Joann is one of those people I can count on. I do believe that Joann Ariola is the most experienced and most qualified individual to be our next City Council representative, but, contrary to your statement in the paper, I hold no official capacity in her campaign.
Many people in our community have been victim to your off-the-cuff writing and remarks. Being a journalist, especially for a small-town newspaper, is a big responsibility. Just writing what you want without understanding, or caring to understand, what really is the truth can be very dangerous. People could believe what you say. Maybe this makes you feel powerful, but it is wrong.
In the future, if you feel the need to verify what you publish, I am a phone call away. In the meantime, if you conjure up any other great stories or conspiracies, give me a call. I know a publisher looking for a good work of fiction.