2005-11-18 / Editorial/Opinion

Opinion Is Not Necessarily An Editorial

Opinion pieces are important to any newspaper, be it a daily or a weekly such as The Wave. Our readers, however, believe that every piece that includes comment or opinion is an “editorial.” That is not the case. The editorial, which appears on this page each week, is the provenance of the paper’s publisher, even though it is often written by one of the staffers for her approval. The Bag of Mail Page, which also begins here and jumps to other pages is the reader’s chance to respond to what they have seen in the paper. There is another type of opinion piece in the paper each week and that is the work of columnists, whose opinion is theirs and theirs alone. The Wave has 33 columnists, some of whom run each week while others run twice a month and still others once a month. The columns cover a wide range of ideologies and expertise. From the Editor’s Desk is, for example, the opinion of the paper’s Managing Editor, Howard Schwach. It is not the paper’s editorial. You will always find our editorial in the same place, on page four. We attempt to balance our editorialists carefully. For example, we alternatively publish “The Rockaway Irregular,” by Stu Mirsky, a conservative voice and “The Progressive,” by John Paul Coulotta, whose opinion is decidedly at the other end of the political spectrum. We hope and trust that our columnists will sometimes anger you, sometimes gladden your heart. There is only one thing a columnist cannot abide, and that is being ignored. Keep on reading and keep those emails and letters coming.

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