2002-06-29 / Letters

Disservice to a Beautiful Soul

Disservice to a Beautiful Soul

Dear Editor;

They say a picture holds a thousand words, but when I saw last week's issue of The Wave I was literally speechless. I am writing in regards to your inappropriate journalistic attempt of reporting the "Sad Episode at Dayton Towers." Have you no respect for the deceased and those mourning? How dare you expose those grieving to such a haunting image, because to many, that "Unidentified woman" was anything but. To you she may be headline news, but to those who knew and loved her, she was a timeless classic. She was someone's daughter, someone's sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece, cousin, friend. She was the best friend for twenty years. She was an inspiration, a blessing, and now an angel.

In all due respect, I understand the paper's duty to report the news. However, every columnist, every editor, is above all human. Yet, your inconsiderate actions were simply inhumane. You displayed an utter lack of respect for that beautiful little girl that you chose to place on the front cover of your paper. You have plagued innumerable grief-stricken minds with one unnecessary snapshot. Please, for a moment put yourselves in our shoes. Try waking up one morning, if sleep was even possible, distraught enough over the loss of such an amazingly beautiful person. Now, imagine seeing her on the front page of the neighborhood paper that you have trusted and respected for years. Imagine seeing someone you loved just lying there, knowing it is just too late to help. Fine journalism? I am sorry, but no, not quite. Not this time.

Mr. Editor, you have done the "unidentified woman," her family, her friends, and Rockaway beach a severe disservice. Look inside yourself and ask if it was really worth it, because for twenty years she made this world beautiful, and deserves nothing but utmost respect. Your portrayal of her is not the way she will be remembered, though you have left us no choice but to have that one last image imbedded in our minds. The true legacy of her life will live on in our memories, for at this point, that is all we have. We will remember that smile, that smile that could not only light up a room, but our very lives. We will remember the way she made us smile, when it was truly the last thing we wanted to do. Above all, we will simply remember her and how fortunate we all were to have been graced with her presence in our lives. We thank her for that. We thank her for that and for a million other things, because somehow, in some way, she made us all shine a little brighterâ026.

God bless her soul.


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