I am curious as to why you would lead last week’s edition of The Wave with an item that brings absolutely no news of importance to the people of the Rockaways. The information contained in it has been a matter of public record for a year now; Mr. Finnegan is being punished for his crime, and no longer lives here. The people he betrayed are trying to get past the pain he caused and move on with their lives. You splashed their heartache across the front page of your newspaper without a thought, and without offering anyone named in your article a chance to comment. In fact, other than court documents and statements from the Queens County D.A.’s office, you offer only one source, an unnamed defender of Mr. Finnegan’s.
Your article, placed in the lead position on the front page of a newspaper
Letters prominently displayed at every deli and newsstand on the peninsula, accomplishes little other than to cause more distress and grief to people – children among them – who have had plenty of both already. The Wave is meant to be a community newspaper; it would be far better served by someone whose editorial decisions reflect that mission.
ANN MARIE KIRBY-PAYNE