2002-03-16 / Letters

Don't Mess With G-man

Don't Mess With G-Man

Dear Editor:

Before I begin, first allow me to applaud "The Wave" and its staff of journalists on keeping the residents of the Rockaway community informed.  I am a resident of Far Rockaway since birth, find it necessary to read the Wave on a weekly basis.  Keep up the good work!

Now, onto a few other things, I've just finished reading the March 9th edition of The Wave "Bag of Mail" section.  I would like to address a few individuals who sent in letters to the Editor. First letter titled "Good-bye to Wave!" James Murray. First of all Mr. Gary Toms is a highly regarded journalist in my book as well as many others. To say he is "infuriating" may be true to some degree.  To say you're canceling your subscription to The Wave because of something he wrote, no one can stop you.  Quite honestly, I found the remark a bit juvenile. To say you wonder how much longer the paper will last.  Are you implying if The Wave should suddenly dismantle it's
because of him.  Now that is crazy.  To be perfectly honest Gary Toms aka, G-man is one of the main reasons I read The Wave.  Let it be known I do not always agree with what he says, but I respect him for his no nonsense approach to matters concerning this community and abroad.  When all is said and done, doesn't it really boil down to "Freedom of Speech and Freedom of expression.  He has the right as do you to say what he believes and holds to be true.

To Harry Goldstein who wrote "Let this schmuck fade into obscurity" Ok, Schmuck is not a slang and since you used it to address another person I am sure you know it's a derogatory term used to insult a particular class/culture/ethnic race of people. Name calling is not the answer. Sounds to me like you need a blood transfusion you've got alot of "Hate" in your blood.  You will pardon the slang, won't you?  Remember, "it's an act in futility to respond."

To James Cashin, don't be "Disappoint In G-man".  In your letter you state G-man hasn't mentioned Ground Zero or the fact that we were attacked.  You said his remark about the U.S. seizing the oil for ourselves is "typical" of people who seem totally unaffected by the events of Sept 11th.  Let's be fair, I don't believe there is one person who wasn't affected by the events of 9/11.  You go on to say over 3000 people were murdered and direct him to a website where the photos of 343 of New York's Bravest can be seen.  If my math serves me correctly of the 3000 lost you mention a website for only 343 of them that leaves a total of 2657 for which you didn't mention a website for at all.  You James Cashin should be disappointed in yourself. Should we only pay respect and tribute to those lost in the line of duty?

MANDY BLAKESDALE


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