Trials, columns, zombies and … you guessed it

Brian Golden

Well, it’s here, for good or bad. Wlasiuk trial Round III all set to begin June 4 and – as it is my job as The Evening Sun’s court reporter – I’ll be there … every day … until the end. This is (and has been) a pretty hot topic within our Chenango County community and I’m going to do my best to ignore the ridiculous amount of information that’s already been printed over the past ten years or so, and instead focus on reporting this trial as if I knew nothing about it, whatsoever. That is, I’ve convinced myself, the ethical, journalistic way to approach things and – regardless of my own opinion – I will be reporting the Wlasiuk trial as an unbiased member of the press … nothing more, nothing less.

That’s my position (not to mention my job) and I’m sticking to it. Wish me luck.

Changing the topic, this week’s column was – as always – loads of fun. Not sure where I come up with this stuff at times, although I’m fairly certain my stepfather’s (and mother’s) influence has something to do with it. What can I say? All that reading, writing, movie-watching, reading, debating, reading and … did I mention reading? … probably did me some good, now that I’m an honest-to-goodness columnist (I feel like I can say that with 87 straight weekly columns under my belt). Regardless, I love my weekly column, and it’s something I look forward to each and every week.

I’m saving the zombie apocalypse for column number 100. Unless, of course, we’re all zombified by then. Food for thought (no pun intended).

See? There you go. More of my stepfather’s influence making its way into an Evening Sun blog. Gotta love that guy.

And now, without further ado, another offering of “Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Day,” brought to you – anonymously – by Man from Sherburne …
“Way to go Board of Ed. Give the kids and teachers a extra long weekend so they can go away. You supposed to be honoring our war dead and not camping and partying.”

Which, I believe, was intended to state … “Way to go, Board of Education. Give the kids and teachers an extra long weekend so they can go away. You’re (or You are) supposed to be honoring our war dead, not camping and partying.”

Umm … yeah. Considering most everybody has Memorial Day off, isn’t it logical for teachers and … err … students to have it off as well? And while I agree (wholeheartedly) that people should take the time come Monday to recognize those of our military who have served our country so bravely, I certainly don’t think their camping (or partying, for that matter) is meant in any way, shape or form as disrespect. Lighten up, people, life’s too short.