2013-11-01 / Letters

Wave Of Praise

Dear Editor:

I am a former Wave delivery boy (1981-1985...yes, there used to be delivery boys - I used to take the bus/bike to the Wave office and buy the papers or if my mother was not too busy we could buy them on Beach 129th). I subscribed to The Wave during my college years and Air Force service in Colorado and California.

People used to look at the headline (e.g. - Headless Body Found in Jamaica Bay) and could not believe I called Rockaway home. Until they visited and did not want to leave. I have read most issues of The Wave since I was 8 and have seen high points and low points. My wife Sarah (also a Rockaway native) agrees - The Wave is a new paper since you arrived.

You are busy so I will get to the point - that is to thank you and Susan (and staff) for making The Wave, in the wake of Sandy, into a great community newspaper that we can trust and be proud of. Thank you for asking the hard questions, insisting on accountability from our elected officials and taking flack for telling us all to get our heads out of the sand (pun intended). Your editorials around flood insurance are top notch (and scary). And we truly enjoy your humor.

Please keep reminding your readers that concerning the most important issues (flood insurance, crime, boardwalk, beach replenishment, transportation and health care) we are all in this together. From Mott Avenue to Beach 149th Street, all colors, all income levels, we have to stick together.

Thank you again for fighting the good fight.

GREG BENDER

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