LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reader questions “cruising” coverage

Dear Editor:

I am writing concerning an article titled “Police target ‘cruising’ at City” that appeared in the Oct. 20 edition of City Times.
I have been a loyal reader of your newspaper as a student that attends City College full-time and appreciate the real world experience it gives to your journalism students. However, I was deeply offended, puzzled, and angered by this article and now question the credibility and bias of your editorial staff and the reporter.
Several things stand out in this article. I question the newsworthiness of placing this article on the front page, is this a recent epidemic? Who is this Bathroom Cruising community the reporter mentions? Is this an organization? Why weren’t they interviewed if they exist? How does the sexual escapades of a Idaho senator relate to this issue at City College? Since when is the Urban Dictionary a credible source in journalism?
The article suggests these men are responsible for the majority of vandalism. Is this a problem in the female community, why single out one gender or leave it unanswered? Is this Police sergeant a subject matter expert on sexuality issues?
As the article stated that this has nothing to do with the gay community, it absolutely does. Closeted gay men, gay or bisexual or questioning married men, are still part of the gay community.
There are on-campus and off-campus resources that can help these men and women but those failed to be mentioned or have a voice in this article.

Rene Moraida
City College Student

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reader questions “cruising” coverage