Congratulations on implementing your policy of no longer disseminating unsigned commentary at 27east.com, which you announced in last week’s editorial, “Quieting The Noise” [June 11].
As one who always signs all of my letters to the editor and offers to your editors documentary evidence for all statements (usually out of Southampton Village’s own files), I join the Express News Group in encouraging our citizens to have the courage of their convictions.
Furthermore, in the interest of shining light on all lawlessness, from village government and from other sources, and as a former journalist, I also find reprehensible, under guise of cutting length, any attempt to omit from a written criticism the specific references to laws backing up the writer’s contentions. There are many ways to silence political opposition, aren’t there?
It’s true that criticism of the village powers-that-be may expose those like me who sign their commentary to garbage on their lawn, car smashed by a contractor’s truck, basement and house flooded, and other mischief, expressing resentment to a writer for having exposed corruption. But, remember, I put more than my property and my person at risk by signing all my public assertions: I put my law license at risk.
But, then, there is nothing more powerful than the truth. Only, at times, it takes a painful amount of time before the truth is allowed to be disseminated to the public.
Attorney at law
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