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What Prostitutes?

To the Editor:

This newspaper has lost all credibility as a source of credible local news after the hatchet job of an article you printed in your last issue [Listen Here, May 6]. You should have called it “Adieu, Journalistic Integrity” instead of “Adieu Venue.” Pretending that Kathryn Lurie could somehow be considered objective enough to properly give perspective to this issue is ludicrous. This article was flawed both ethically and logically. She is one of the employees who was fired by Dave Serrao in the shake-up at the Larkin—a restaurant that has been hemhorraging cash for the past few years. Sure, the Lark Street scene is losing a top-notch music venue but who’s to say that Mr. Serrao won’t actually improve the venue at the Larkin? The only endorsement Ms. Lurie provides for the great loss that the closure of this venue brings is from fellow fired employees and Metroland’s endorsements from the annual “Best Of” issues. This article should have been printed under a title that should have made clear that this was an opinion of someone that was actually involved in the situation. This “newspaper” has lost any shred of credibility it might have once possessed in the eyes of many people who know this situation more intimately than the casual reader. That is, any credibility that might be left after the juvenile style of writing that has plagued this paper in recent years. Any high school newspaper can put out similar quality, and do it without selling ads to prostitutes. I realize that you probably won’t print this letter, but rest assured, people will see it.

Michael Covey

Editor’s note:

Although the above letter implies otherwise, disclosure of Kathryn Lurie’s former employment with the Larkin was published with the story.

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