To the editor,

I was leafing through The Coast article on the North End Pub fire ("Change of venue," March 15, by Stephanie Johns) and felt that the loss of all the equipment, CDs, merchandise, etc., by Terratomb was mentioned as a footnote, a by-the-way sort of thing. Are you insane? I have been critical of The Coast in the past for a lack of coverage of some local bands but this article is a sign of disrespect to me and to the band. They truly lost everything and there is so little mention of it that it almost seems as though you don't care to help the ones who lost more than their job in that fire.

Is this a bias? Is it that they don't identify with your demographic? Or is this a misunderstanding? Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to be a "dick," even though that is my name, I just thought there would be some mention of it in the last issue and there was not. It is really nice of you guys to say there are benefit shows going on in the "what's happening" section but that doesn't help them and it certainly doesn't mean people will help support a staple on the Halifax music scene when they have no idea why there is a benefit show in the first place.

As a former media/journalism student I know that a good news story needs to have a "human face" to make the audience care about it. How much more of a human face do you need than a group of people who have lost not only their home but also everything they have worked so hard to create, everything they've put their heart and soul into, in the blink of an eye? Maybe you couldn't reach them or maybe it was an oversight, but if either scenario is the case then it is something that, now that it has been pointed out, can be rectified. Now matter how it is told, it is still a story that should be told in its entirety, not in a paragraph. They don't necessarily need the help; the overwhelming support they have received to date should show there is an interest and perhaps a glimmer hope for good people who have lost so much. Now that's a good story!!!

By Dick Clark

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