2010-07-23 / Letters

Have A Heart

Dear Editor,

This is directed specifically at Mr. Schwach: seems like you’re batting a thousand lately! Your lack of sensitivity is despicable. Clearly you were absent the day that they handed out tact and empathy. The articles you have written recently have taken the literary form of the scandalous stories we read in pathetic gossip magazines whose stories hold no truth, sensitivity or knowledge.

I haven’t been a fan of yours for a while, but your coverage of the O’Donnell tragedy really was the straw that broke the camels back. As far as this case is concerned, you should be ashamed of yourself. Your accusing tone in the first article was ridiculous. I, personally, did not know Deidre all that well, but those lucky enough to call her a friend knew she was a beautiful and inspiring person with a contagious and beautiful smile that could brighten anybody’s day. You tarnished that memory of her in a fashion of almost mocking her, not taking into consideration how many lives were shaken the day that they lost her to something she had no control over. I am close with many people who knew her and your article caused them such emotional distress and pain that I feel that you owe them an apology. There was no need to cover this incident in an investigating manner; it was not the business of everyone in Rockaway. Apparently you didn’t learn your lesson from all the angry e-mails, phone calls and office visits you got, because your second article about this ‘mystery’ was just as disgraceful. That, sir, was spitting in the faces of all who loved her.

In the July 16 edition, when you printed a follow up on the story of Deidre, you miraculously changed your tone! You finally used the word we had all been waiting for: “tragic.” My guess is that because you wrote the other articles thinking you were Sherlock Holmes investigating a murder and it was finally indeed declared a suicide, you decided to change your tone. I guess you thought a sympathetic tone was enough of an apology to her family. Incorrect. Do us all a favor, and pass on any stories that need to be covered that require sensitivity and talent to someone else. Preferably to someone with a heart.

BRIANNE ROGER

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