2001-12-15 / Letters

What Were You Thinking?

What Were You Thinking?

Dear Editor;

I would like to respond to a letter that was printed in last week’s issue of The Courier Forum. The letter proceeded to attack The Wave’s Managing Editor, Howard Schwach, claiming that he is a newly established resident of the Rockaway community.

I find it strange that the Forum editor, John McLoughlin, would allow such a letter to be published. He knows better than anyone else, after working with Schwach for a number of years and mingling with the Schwach family, that Mr. Schwach has been part of the Rockaway community for many, many years.

I’m not sure why McLoughlin took the position that he did, but I think it’s a sad commentary on his paper. The goal of a true journalist is to separate fact from fiction, and McLoughlin failed to adhere to this principle when he allowed the letter to be published.

Furthermore, I feel that The Wave has greatly improved under the leadership of what I call "The Dynamic Duo", Schwach and "The G-man."

Perhaps the late Leon Locke would be upset at certain changes made in The Wave, as the scribe noted in the Forum letter, but that is no reason to degrade Mr. Schwach or his abilities as an editor.

Personally, I feel that the crime stories that were always plastered on the front page hurt Rockaway. What business investor, in their right mind, would invest in the Rockaways if all they had were images of a crime-ridden area? The Wave still does crime stories, but I’ve noticed that it strives for a greater sense of balance in the news it reports. That is commendable.

Again, I feel that McLoughlin is not off to a positive start with his publication, and I question his motives in allowing the letter to be published. If he is attempting to "take out" The Wave, based on credibility alone, he has already illustrated that he lacks this crucial trait.

STEVE BARBOSA


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