After reading Howard Schwach’s Short Takes in this week’s issue of The Wave (August 4), I was compelled to respond to the part of the column that dealt with Mr. Schwach’s comments about the tragic drowning of three teenagers in Far Rockaway last week. Schwach goes on to offer his opinion about where the real responsibility lies for the death of these three girls. In a matter of fact tone, Schwach explains that had the uncle of the girls simply "looked to his left or looked to his right," he would have seen the signs, which read, ‘No Lifeguards On Duty.’ He further states that the uncle should have told the girls about the signs, and if he had, their lives would have been saved.
I was not aware that the responsibility of a newspaper editor included the right to suppose that an individual was at fault for the death of three of their family members. The supposition that this man could have prevented the drownings is perhaps something that would occur to Mr. Schwach, and that of course, is his personal entitlement; however to put forth such an incredibly insensitive view to his readership is a disgraceful use of editorial privilege.
As a member of the press, I apologize to the families of the drowning victims for the additional grief caused by one of my colleagues.
PATRICIA L. ADAMS
Publisher, The Queens Forum