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Voice: Letter-writer's attack on Jennifer Otero undeserved

January 21, 2002

On Jan. 17, a letter from Benjamin Reyes appeared in the I.V. Press. Mr. Reyes claimed to be a writer for the New York Times. He wrote that he had come across the I.V. Press on the Internet and was offended that the paper mentioned that Jennifer Otero had made the dean's list. Mr. Reyes spewed vitriolic disdain for the local press because he mistakenly thought the student mentioned was the daughter of the district attorney, also named Otero, but no relation.

Mr. Reyes' allegations were petty and false. I am certain District Attorney Otero is unaffected by Mr. Reyes' outburst; however, it was inexcusable for him to have involved Jennifer Otero, whose only offense is being a superior student with the same last name as an elected official.

In the unlikely event that Mr. Reyes is a writer for the New York Times, that paper may want to counsel him on the importance of verifying information. Based upon the mean-spirited, inaccurate tenor of the letter, I suspect that the only writing Reyes has done for the New York Times is an occasional ad for a garage sale.

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P.S. Good job, Jennifer.

STEVEN HONSE

Imperial

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