2001-08-11 / Letters

A Divided Political World

A Divided Political World

Dear Editor;

If you are thinking about inviting readers to put "cc: The Wave" on letters to people bashing them, in the public or private sectors, right on.

One of the major lessons I have learned from Dayton Seaside id that the "mainstream" media is as impenetrable to an ordinary citizen (one lacking a press flack?) as are the offices of government officials.

Of course, the impenetrability of government offices is suggested in today’s Newsday story on the Staten Island bus company contract – as deriving from the fact that our political world is divided in two parts: the connected – and the unconnected.

It would have helped, I think, had Newsday and the rest of the media shown interest in what happens to the politically unconnected.

I think you will do more for political reform than a barrel full of campaign finance bills, if you invite readers to send copies of their petitions for redress of grievances.

At the very least, a "cc: The Wave" department would force the folks who like to operate with a heavy hand to say, bluntly, that they can do whatever they want to. This local principle of government was suggested to me by a Manhattanite who knew nothing of Dayton Seaside. Dayton Seaside, or course, seems very much covered by the political power principle.

DAVID ZUKERMAN


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