The Voice Lives!

Once again, this is a continuing Voice investigation. Back in 2008, Rayman brought us news of guards turning into matchmakers—pitting inmates to assault and abuse one another—and leading to the indictment of several Rikers guards. And this August, again with details appearing only in the Voice—he reported how a phony Correction Department task force to block the violence only made things worse.

Another Voice reporter who explores the inside story, Nick Pinto has not joined the many reporters across the country who felt the Occupy Wall Street story had had its time. He’s now into the plans of Occupy foot soldiers who are looking for more radical and visual ways to bring attention to the insatiable 1 percenters—as well as those who have the gall to upset the way bail works in this city.

At the same time, Pinto brought a harsh light to the injustices experienced by airport-security workers mired in grim working conditions at meager wages, while airport security is supposed to be an urgent government concern.

Who cares? You sure might in your travels.

There are still some skittish journalists jiving that the Voice will soon disappear. I’ve been in this news business across the country for a long time. I was also writing elsewhere than at the Voice during the half-century I was on staff here. (I used to tell my kids not to depend on any single source for a living.)

I knew what I was doing when I came back as a sideman and not a staffer. I wanted to show Michael Bloomberg and Ray Kelly, among others, that I’m annoyingly still around.

And I sure didn’t come to say Kaddish for the Voice.

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11 comments
The_Yeti_Knows
The_Yeti_Knows

I dig your tiger blood, you're all rock stars from Mars..... I'd be proud to call you dear leader, just never change, stick it to the man and promote no propaganda man, Yeti don't play that.

SamPappySpiderman
SamPappySpiderman

That T.S. Eliot quote got me. If education and technology spoke for hackers then the river speaks for the lost agriculture. Thanks for the editorial encouragement.

76thYr
76thYr

The mainstream state of the Village Voice is reflective of the decline of the United States.

mrpoizun1
mrpoizun1

The Cato Institute?  The one founded by one of the billionaire Kochsucker brothers?  The one that churns out radical right-wing claptrap under the guise of "libertarianism"?  That Cato Institute?

billwald
billwald

I remember reading Nat Hentoff in the VV in 1962 and I'm older than dirt.

Scott900
Scott900

Mr. Hentoff -- great to see your byline here.

 

Cato Institute got lucky!

 

Give 'em hell!

Larry
Larry

Long Live James Ridgeway,Wayne Barrett and Alexander Cockburn.

 

The Voice is irrelevant

TaxpayingVoter
TaxpayingVoter

LONG LIVE THE VOICE AND ITS AFFILIATES!

 

Seriously, no other publications so regularly get the details of important stories so accurate and comprehensive.

 
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