TRUST THE POST: An accolade from the Mayor of New York City.
WHAT we need in t hese times in w hich festivities are darkened by the worrying s itua-tion across the globe is some sense that all is not pointless .
My thanks therefore, to Michael R Bloomberg, mayor of New York, for his letter to the Daily Post's editor in chief Wales, Alastair Machray (writ-ten w hile in his recent former position as Daily Post editor). This was in response to a letter sent to the mayor on the first anni versary of the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. Mayor Bloomberg writes: ``Dear Mr Machray, I was honour ed to receive your thoughtful letter andcopy of the Liverpool Daily Post. On behalf of the City of New York, thank you for your compassion and concern fo r those affected by the events of September 11, 2001. ``The outpouring of support we have received from around theworld has been a tremendous source of comfort for us all. ``Again, many thanks for your kindness and best wishes to you and the entire staff at the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo. Sincerel y, Michael R Bloomberg, Mayor. '' What is particularly heart-warming is the fact, given t he huge amount of correspondence t hat the attack must have generated fo r the Mayor's office, that was able to send us any response at all. That the Daily Post received a personall y-signed letter took some considera-ble effort that was greatly appreciated here. Now back to less lofty, but none the less important, fare. E. M. Owens, of Liverpool 12, writes that there were two errors in t he Daily Post, December 16 publication of her letter Hot Special. We printed the phrase ``switching on your Christmas lights'' which apparently does not make sense. It should have read, ``the switching on of Christmas lights (in the city). E. M. Owens says: ``It gives the impression that I am referring to readers switching on t heir Christ-mas lights. We also printed `` weekdays on Saturdays'' which again is incorr ect reading. It should have read, of course, ``weekdays or Saturdays.'' This was due to errors made in the transposition from ahand-written letter to the letters database. However, I have to say that this letter of E. M. Owens was per-fectly legible. Sometimes this is not the case and I would make a plea that letters are clearly written. One final bashing is meted out to my colleague Chris Brown by a reader complaining ab out his piecePopstars: The Critics (December 20). Edward Henry, aged 17, considersintervie wing y oung ch ildren ( three, six and eight years) about pop beneath contempt. The piece was meant to reflect how pop music is increasingl y marketed at the young, which ``anno ys'' Mr Henry , accusing us of ``cashing in'' on the situation. Well, you can't win them all.