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January 17, 2013

FROM THE VALLEY: Some things should be left unsaid, some can't be

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Even though I have a newspaper column that gets published, I am not by any means trained in the field or would be considered a ‘newspaper person’ by those in the business – or out of it, for that matter. But one need not be a chicken to recognize an egg.

Writing with passion is one thing, but writing when emotionally charged is dangerous. Perspectives are skewed and objectivity flies out the window.

Name calling can compromise an otherwise good reporter’s credibility. It reeks of immaturity. And viciously attacking someone because of the way that person goes about his business - before it’s proven right or wrong – smells of someone with an agenda (not to mention Monday morning quarter-backing before it’s even Monday).

Is this writer willing to re-print these articles in a year and admit – if time testifies to exoneration - “Wow, was I ever mistaken!”? Probably not. That’s because those who get the opportunity to scream “I told you so” always do, but seldom – if ever — fail to acknowledge the 99% of the time they’re wrong.

I’ve met Russ Brandon several times. He and my son are good friends; their families socialize. Russ’s son plays ball with my grandson.

How can a guy become CEO and President of a major corporation – aka successful — and be a “moron”? He’s got more brains and class than most of the people I’ve ever met. He’s a gentleman non-pareil, a wonderful family man and a loyal friend (to my son). Performance on the football field were not his responsibilities. He neither taught blocking and tackling nor hired those who did – in the past.

Perhaps this whole situation was just a case of someone not knowing the definition of the word “moron.”

Why it ever stooped to name-calling, I have no idea.

That’s the way it looks from the Valley.

Tom Valley is a Medina resident. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at tvalley@rochester.rr.com.

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