2009-02-20 / Letters

The Power Of The Local Paper

Dear Editor,

I would like to open this letter by thanking The Wave and mentioning that in response to the publication of my letter to the editor on January 15, the block in front of my child's school in now open. It proved the significance and power of the fourth estate in a functioning democracy and the important place that the local newspaper has in our society. I know that nothing would have been done with regard to this situation had I relied on the bureaucracy of the department of education or the better nature of the parties involved. I would like to reiterate that the street "closure" was arbitrary and enforced for some and ignored for others. This fact, in and of itself, obviates any person's arguments that there is a safety claim to be made here.

I do not wish to make these pages the forum for squabbles between individuals, but I think it is worth mentioning that some of the less than supportive responses to my letter underscore my earlier claims and further prove the positive impact that this paper has on Rockaway residents. One letter as much as stated that there is a cadre of "Belle Harbor girls" who are friends with the crossing guard and thusly receive preferential treatment, the very definition of discrimination. This individual also criticized me for choosing to remain anonymous, demonstrating a desire to know my identity, for what legitimate purpose I can not surmise. Whatever the reason though, I appreciate that The Wave does allow anonymous letters, for it promotes the robust discussion of ideas without fear of retaliation from any "Belle Harbor girls." To the commenter who claimed to have been a witness, I apologize if my behavior alarmed you in any way. Fortunately, you witnessed only the very tail end of the interaction, so you were spared the content which led to my own exasperated outburst, but I take full reasonability and appreciate your concern for the truth.
NAME WITHHELD

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