Wave Lacks Integrity
This letter is in response to Howard Schwach’s front page article entitled “Mystery Deepens in Dayton Plunge,“ which appeared in The Wave, June 11, 2010.
Howard Schwach and Susan Locke have demonstrated once again, their lack of journalistic integrity and disdain for the residents of the peninsula.
The content of the article is at the very least, insensitive; however, the sadistic imagery of the title reveals the author’s intention. Schwach implies that a crime was committed and stays true to his own modus operandi by attributing speculative and accusatory words to “one acquaintance, who asked not to be identified.” Schwach reports that Ms. O’Donnell was bullied prior to her death and instead of showing compassion, he chose to continue the harassment even after her death.
Mr. Schwach, as editor of our hometown paper, you have an obligation to present news articles that contain factual unbiased information; however, you repeatedly choose to editorialize and thereby victimize members of our community. I did not know Ms. O’Donnell, nor do I know her family, but surely they deserve some compassion and respect in the aftermath of this tragedy.
It’s time for The Wave to hire an editor that is familiar with the code of ethics of the profession and for Mr. Schwach to retire from the position.