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Letter: "Do Not Edit"

The entire board of the Port Washington Library Foundation wishes to express its dismay at the recent handling of a news article about our September 28 Tenth Inspiration Gala by the Port Washington News editorial staff.

Through its unsolicited and unauthorized editorial “additions” to a straightforward promotion of our Gala, the Port Washington News caused embarrassment to the organization and to the honorees of our upcoming event.

By inserting a negative comment about the utility and its performance during Hurricane Sandy, they used our press release to promote an anti-National Grid agenda. In addition, the editor substituted a headline that in no way reflected the contents of the article, singling out only National Grid as our honoree. We feel that this headline slighted the other two individuals being honored—Georgia DeYoung and Lucy Mazany--whose contributions to the community equally deserve to be celebrated.

With “two strokes of the pen,” our community newspaper did its best to undermine the good works of an organization whose fundraising efforts are essential to the imaginative, far-reaching, and well-attending programs of the Port Washington Public Library.

For the past 10 years the Library Foundation has been submitting news articles to the Port News. Never once was a word changed. The Foundation should have received, at the very least, a courtesy phone call or email to discuss the editor’s proposed changes.

Edie Katz, Gala Chairperson, and her committee have been working diligently to organize a memorable event.  We extend an invitation to all members of the community not to miss this “sparkling” night and this opportunity to support the “Jewel of Port Washington. . .Our Library.”

The Board of the Port Washington Library Foundation