Editor’s Notebook: 11/19/10

Jeff Genung

• Totally forgot to blog yesterday. Sorry folks; just one of those days!

• And what a day it was, news-wise. I’m pretty sure the story about the state’s decision to close the Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne and pink-slip all its DEC employees surprised us just as much as it did you (and them). It’s been a couple years since I’ve visited, but as many have said in the last few days, Rogers (or the game farm, if you’re an old timer) is truly one of Chenango’s treasures. Someone’s started a Facebook page to “Save Rogers,” too. I’m happy to report that after we put the link to it on The Evening Sun’s page this morning, their membership tripled. Let’s hope it can all make a difference.

• Today was the last in our five-part series, “Come To Italy With Me,” by local author Mary Musson. Thanks again, Mary, for allowing Evening Sun readers to come along on that journey with you. I’ve had a lot of good feedback from it, so I’m thrilled that you all enjoyed it, too. When I wrote earlier this week that I was beginning to embrace Mary’s concept of “immersion travel,” Melissa Stagnaro called me out on it. She’s right; that was total bull on my part. While I appreciate the concept, I’d much rather stay in a nice hotel and do all the touristy stuff. The natives usually scare me. But anyway, I’m glad Mary did it, and wrote about it for us.

• Today was the first in our five-week “Big Holiday Book” series of special Christmas sections. In addition to some great gift ideas from local merchants, each week the section has a different holiday theme. Today’s was “Decorating.” I’m still eating leftover Halloween candy; I can’t believe I’ll be putting up Christmas decorations next week.

• Some heartbreaking news that didn’t make our print edition: A little boy was hit by a car and killed in Greene Thursday night. We put the story up on our website this morning, but I was appalled when I came back from lunch to see a slew of heartless comments waiting in our approval queue taking that parent or parents to task for some perceived neglect. The State Police press release is sketchy on the details, but it’s clear there’s no one to blame here. It was a tragic, horrific accident. I can’t imagine the pain that all the parties involved must be going through – and I’m not going to allow the anonymous comments of Internet users to exacerbate it. No comments were, or will be, approved on that story.