Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I am writing to congratulate the new chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma. Being a part of Phi Sigma Sigma myself, I was researching and looking over the Internet for information on the sorority when I ran across this article [“Local sorority becomes Phi Sigma Sigma,” Sept. 27, 1996].

I hope that you will extend my congratulations to the women and I hope that they enjoy and appreciate being members of Phi Sigma Sigma as much as I do myself. Phi Sigma Sigma has given me a chance to participate in philanthropic activities and to meet a wonderful bunch of girls who I now call my sisters.

Heidi Fredette
Epsilon Iota Chapter, Phi Sigma Sigma
Bridgewater State College
via Internet


Dear Editor,

Stephen Trosley’s appearance at ULV’s Communications Day, as pseudo-reported Angelica Martinez in the Feb. 27 issue of the Campus Times [“Trosley educates high school, JC students”], raises some interesting questions. Unfortunately, none of those questions could be answered by reading Martinez’s “news” article, which did not quote Trosley — the featured subject — even once in the story.

While readers are left guessing at what, if anything, Trosley actually said during his address, I suspect he made no mention of the shameful battering the First Amendment and journalism recently took in the Pomona Valley when a photographer from his newspaper, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, was arrested by Ontario police officers at a triple homicide scene.

Though veteran news photographer Walt Weis was behind the police tape and well within his constitutional rights to observe and photograph police at a crime scene, the cops were evidently angered (or perhaps worried?) by his presence and cuffed him, dragged him down to the station and booked him for obstruction of justice.

And what exactly was the response from the Daily Bulletin to this clear violation of press rights?

Total silence.

No prominently played news story (though other Daily Bulletin shooters photographed Weis getting hauled away in cuffs,) no outraged editorial, no lawsuit against the Ontario Police Department. Even Chris Reed, the so-called bad boy columnist who the Daily Bulletin has marketed all over the valley as a heroic public watchdog, was muzzled on this incident.

The question, of course, is: Why?

Part of the answer may be found when considering the past of the Daily Bulletin, which is part of the ultra-rightwing newspaper chain Donrey Media.

In 1990, well before the Rodney King beating, a Daily Bulletin photographer got pictures of Pomona police officers beating a suspect who had led them on a pursuit. The cops then turned on the photographer, took his camera and destroyed the film. The suspect was taken away and the shooter got to drive back to the paper, shaken and filmless.

The Daily Bulletin responded to that police outrage just as it did in this more recent case: it buried a small news story on the incident, refused to run an editorial or threaten any legal action against the Pomona Police Department.

The “truth” Trosley should have revealed to students at ULV’s Communications Day is that their local watchdog, entrusted to safeguard citizens against government abuse, has a habit of going yellow-belly-up when the cops start pushing them around.

And if the Daily Bulletin won’t stand up against such blatant police abuse of its own employees, do you think it will fight against police abuse of residents in the communities it serves?

The newspaper has billboards all over the valley that tout “Chris Reed is Watching.”

The cops must get a real kick out of that.

Mark Cromer
Editor, Low Magazine

Heidi Fredette

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