2009-04-03 / Letters

Editorially Reckless

Editorially Reckless Dear Editor,

In a recent comment by Wave editor Howard Schwach in the Rockaway Beat, it was suggested that our newly elected City Councilman, Eric Ulrich, had misrepresented himself in one of his political handouts during the election just passed when he and his representatives gave out a flyer showing him shaking hands with the late Pope John Paul II. Mr. Schwach wrote that "The flyer showed Ulrich shaking the hands with the late pope, in what was obviously a photoshopped image to make it look like he actually met the Pope." In making this accusation, Mr. Schwach gave no support for this claim that Councilman Ulrich had doctored the image he used. In fact, he did not. It should be remembered that Eric Ulrich originally aspired to the priesthood before redirecting his energies to political endeavors. He actually did meet the late Pope John Paul II and had himself photographed with him and that is the photo he used for his flyer.

The Wave, and especially its editor, should be careful when casting aspersions on others to get it right. Perhaps Editor Schwach could have made a few simple inquiries first, before alleging that Eric Ulrich had misrepresented himself in that picture. The Wave's editor should also not be so quick to disparage a political candidate like Eric Ulrich for stressing his background among voters of a similar heritage. Many politicians routinely put on yarmulkes when meeting with Jewish groups, after all, and no one thinks there's anything wrong with that. If the politicians are not of that faith, it's a show of respect and if they are they are showing solidarity. Voters have a right to vote for " people who share their values and it is not to pander or mislead the electorate to be proud of your heritage. The Wave and its editor should be ashamed of itself for trying to split our community like this.

JACK FARRELL

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