Congratulations are in order to all my friends at The Wave for your well deserved awards from the New York Press Association. "Wave Wins Big At NYPA" (April 11). Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news stories from the Rockaways. These reporters have to compete against colleagues for limited available print space. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from the Rockaways.
Weekly newspapers based in Queens such as our own Wave provide more in depth coverage of local news not found in major daily newspapers.
We continue to be fortunate to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper. Newspapers have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership.