12 JANUARY 3, 2019 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Don’t forget to write!
This new year, resolve to become a
letter-writer. It doesn’t take that
much time or eff ort. Put what’s
on your mind regarding a Queens
issue into text, then send it to us. We’ll
check for factual accuracy and proper
punctuation and grammar.
Everybody’s got an opinion on the
news aff ecting their lives, and up until
the advent of social media, the place to
share it was in the space in the daily or
weekly paper known as the “Letters to
the Editor” column.
We still have such a column in this
paper, of course, and we will always
have one. It’s important for this newspaper,
or any newspaper, to have an
outlet for readers to interact, to comment,
to shape public opinion on the
things that matter to them.
There’s just one problem — we’re not
getting as many letters as we used to.
The majority of letters we receive
seem to come from six people who are
prolifi c in their submissions to the column.
We off er our sincere gratitude to
John Amato, Frederick Bedell, Henry
Euler, Linda Imhauser, Robert LaRosa
and Larry Penner for always coming
through with their takes on the events
of the community and the world.
Their opinions are diverse, and not
everyone agrees with what they have
to say. But that’s fi ne. That’s the whole
point of the letters column, and of our
democracy in general. We’re supposed
to think diff erently, talk to each other,
Letter-writing is a dying art, as
we know full well. Technology has
brought us to that point. When we
want to contact someone, we send a
brief text or email. If we want to sound
off on a major issue in our community,
we fi re off a quick tweet or Facebook
post and it’s out there for the world to
see. It seems easier and quicker to do
this, but it’s not necessarily as impactful
as a letter can be.
There’s a certain power in a good
letter to the editor. The lawmakers,
the movers and shakers, the decision
makers in this borough read this
newspaper, and they read the letters
to the editor. They learn through our
articles and your letters about the most
pressing matters that they may not
have noticed before, and that becomes
the impetus to take corrective action.
You can say what’s on your mind,
but don’t be nasty or hateful. We
won’t publish that, nor will we publish
letters anonymously. However, if you
want your message heard but your
name left unseen, please tell us when
sending your letter.
Send your letters to editorial@qns.
com or mail them to Letters to the Editor,
38-15 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361.
Classifi ed Manager
Assistant Classifi ed Manager
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