NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

The Observer is a space for every student voice

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been asked (at least three times) why we ran Dan Potocki’s scathing letter to the editor in the March 9 issue.

My answer each time has been the same: the Observer tries hard to be a place where everyone in the NECC community can have a voice.

We welcome and respect every opinion, even if we may not agree with it.

We have made it our mission to reach out to the NECC community and ask them what they would like to see more (or less) of in the Observer and the answer is often that we should include more interactive pieces. While an opinion  article about a spa day may not have been interesting or relevant to Mr. Potocki, some of the students and faculty here spend a tremendous amount of time and money on health and beauty care, including reading tips about it.

Besides being an NECC student and talented journalist, Rachael has been a beauty care professional for many years.

The Observer staff editors feel that it is entirely appropriate to allow our resident expert to share her tips with us, and we stand by that decision 100 percent.We hope that some of you went home and treated yourselves to a spa day. If you missed it, don’t worry: You can still see Rachael’s article, and Mr. Potocki’s letter, on the website at If you have an opinion about goings-on at NECC, the Observer gladly welcomes letters to the editor at