2011-05-27 / Letters

Like Low Tide In The Bay

Dear Editor,

Your front page May 6 article, “Concession Questions,” was lazy and destructive to the community you serve. I have been an ardent supporter of The Wave since moving here twelve years ago but will now boycott your sheet until editorial leadership and ownership change. Your headline is merely a pitch to be explored after an editorial meeting. If the purpose of Mr. Briano’s investigation was to find out who the losing bidders are, why not use your paper to ask them to come forward? Have potential vendors complained of an unfair process? Did your reporter venture into Manhattan and mine his contacts in the Parks Department or the courts to find who bid for the eightyear lease? I doubt it. Given the level of antagonism you foster with everyone I know here, it does not surprise me that you have no friends in the Parks Department, despite the fact you serve a beach community.

Mr. Briano is yet another sad excuse for a print journalist trained in the digital age. A question is not a headline. Only a rookie would treat an incomplete story as a scoop. If the other bidders come forward will he investigate them? Given his competence, they should have nothing to worry about.

Had Mr. Briano looked into the court case in question he might have found a pattern that could elicit a headline. At fault are state and city laws that make paying motivated employees fairly illegal. That, and a cabal of zealous lawyers playing a settlement shell game. The Wave seems incapable of exploring such a professional story, it might involve going to Manhattan or the Queens County Courthouse.

The fact that the food on the boardwalk will no longer emanate from the New York City school system surplus supply is a positive development. Rockaway Taco and the vegetable stand have brought healthy food and droves of tourists to this economically stagnant place. Personally, I like organic food and look forward to eating it on the boardwalk.

Your paper should be inviting Michelle Obama here to witness the change to a more sustainable economy that has provided many locals with jobs.

Instead you waste ink and paper on second-rate smear stories. Your paper has ignored festivals like Rockstock and the Richie Allen Surf Contests that attract a new, newsworthy, element here. The fact that your coverage of charity runs correlates directly to the size of ads they buy in The Wave is telling.

I sincerely hope you raise your standards of journalism and refrain from embarrassing the community with slip-shod work. Better yet, sell the paper and leave the peninsula, your contribution to it reminds me of low tide on the bay.

JOHN VEIT

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