2008-08-29 / Letters

Silver Gull Members Are Hardly The Elite

Dear Editor,

Why is it every time your newspaper mentions Neponsit and Belle Harbor, it is with distain and vitriol? Every homeowner in both sections of Rockaway earned or inherited his home and most probably works hard to maintain it. Yet, this "us and them" mentality at The Wave inevitably depicts homeowners in these two neighborhoods as "the bad guys."

Recently, your staff writer, who is maintaining the ethic of The Wave with regards to the "us and them" mentality, wrote an article about The Silver Gull and its members. In the article, the author "interviewed" two unnamed sources purposely selecting some of the most inflammatory tripe to encourage the reader to be against Silver Gull Membership. The reason I use the term purposely is because the author of the article never attempted to cite a quote from a member with opposing views.

Mr. Briano, the elite members of the Silver Gull consist of teachers, school secretaries, bus drivers, the elderly, retirees, athletes (who may come under any of the previously listed membership) and families who merely want to spend a summer at the beach. Hardly the elite of society, Mr. Briano, members were drawn to The Gull because of its beach location and because Brighton Beach Baths and Palm Shores, the two popular Brooklyn clubs were sadly sold to developers, leaving Brooklyn summer beach-seekers without a place to go.

Contrary to your inaccurate, provocative article, Mr. Briano, members of the Gull join, not to run away from "certain elements in society" but to run toward a lifestyle that many have enjoyed for the entire 45 years the club has been in existence. The club has just two restrictions on membership: that they pay their dues and follow the rules. Therefore, even you, Mr. Briano, are welcome to join the Silver Gull.

JOAN METTLER

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