2001-10-13 / Letters

Offended By Editorial

Offended By Editorial

Dear Editor,

I am, to put it mildly, deeply offended by your careless, at best, Oct. 6 editorial use of the word "luxury" to describe benefit packages from the City of New York to the families of fallen firefighters and police officers!

An editorial apology is in order and since you’re the editor it shouldn't be a problem!

I have been a great fan and diligent reader of The Wave and in particular your columns for a number of years. I have read with interest your views on many matters; I agree with some and disagree with others. Your editorial this day raises other disturbing issues! What is the agenda when a newspaper editor uses his powerful position to pit "the underclass" against, what shall I call it, "the upper underclass"? Is the determination made simply by hourly wage scale, benefits and insurance coverage?

This hero designation problem you’re having is not about unsuspecting innocent victims rapped in an inferno, without choices. Can you agree that the persons responding to help the victims chose to enter at great personal risk? Do you understand that some of them were already off-duty and out of harm's way, but responded by any means they could because they inherently knew the dangers and risks involved for ALL the people?

Don't cater to divisiveness by denigrating their actions! By all means champion the cause of "the underclass", but never forget the sacrifices these heroes made willingly!                          

JOHN D. MCDONALD,

RETIRED NYPD LIEUTENANT


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