As a business major, during my undergraduate college days, I was not particularly interested in the field of Journalism. However, during my senior year, I decided to enroll in an elective (two-credit) journalism course designed for non-journalism students. It was probably one of the best decisions that I made inasmuch as my professor was Walter "Red" Smith, the famed New York Herald Tribune sports columnist.
"Red" Smith, as he was known professionally, had a wonderful gift with words. Readers looked forward to his column(s), which literally made them feel as though they were actually present at the sporting events being covered. He brought this same skill into the classroom and expected as much from his students. "Red" was a demanding teacher and refused to accept sloppy assignments from any of his students.
I thought of "Red" Smith after reading the Levittown Tribunes' Editorial, Targeting the Innocent, which appeared in the Aug. 6 edition. I'm sure that if "Red" were still alive (he died in 1982) he would have crumpled it up into a ball and tossed it into the wastepaper basket where it belonged. Its' author would also have received an "F" for the assignment.
The Levittown Tribune is not known for great journalism. It's unfortunate, however, that it has sunk to the level of yellow journalism.
I am not a fan of the PTA Council nor necessarily condone sending anonymous letters to PTA members. However, as the recipient of several of these letters, I found them to be amusing and topical commentaries on what loosely passes for intelligent discussion by our board of education. Hardly the thing to get upset about. Maybe the PTA Council, as our teenagers like to say, should get a life!