Editor’s Notebook: 11/12/12


Jeff Genung
• The Superbowl for reporters, Election Night, has come and long since gone … and I’m just now able to see the top of my desk (I speak metaphorically, of course). Amidst all the armchair quarterbacking going on since, on both the local and national levels, I am eternally grateful once again that we were given the choice – on the bench, in Congress, in the White House – as to who we want to represent our interests.
• That said, I just now chucked my dog-eared copy of “The Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook,” that lively tome that suggested how McBride, Revoir and DiStefano should have (and in most cases did) comport themselves over the last nine months or so. I’ll not be missing that sitting in my inbox. I could probably write a book, or at least a chapter, about what went on in the local political arena (and in this newsroom) over the course of this hard-fought campaign, and maybe I will, someday. To say the least – and that’s all I can muster right now – it was an interesting ride.
• Just when I thought ‘30 Seconds’ would continue to be nothing but Obama/Romney/Scooters/Aliens/Fracking for the foreseeable future, a fight breaks out at Norwich High School, and unfortunately a student is hospitalized with severe injuries. Of course, all of a sudden those aforementioned armchair quarterbacks are experts on student discipline and behavioral psychology – but I’m guessing there are so many sides to this story that no one will ever know what really happened. All we know is the sad, sad result. Hopefully, parents, teachers, students and administrators alike can use the aftermath of this event to construct a positive outcome – one of acceptance, tolerance, civility and understanding. No one ever wins the blame game, folks.
• On a lighter note, had an awesome time at the Chocolate Ball at the Canasawacta Country Club Saturday night! The biennial gala is a fundraiser for the Chenango Arts Council, a cause that many of you know is near and dear to my heart. Hats off to the organizers (and decorators) of this fantastic event – all accounts say it was a record-breaker in attendance and fundraising for this worthy cause.  And to anyone who might have been offended when I said, “You look like a drinker …” as I was selling raffle tickets for the “Bucket o’ Booze,” well … remember it was for charity!

• The Superbowl for reporters, Election Night, has come and long since gone … and I’m just now able to see the top of my desk (I speak metaphorically, of course). Amidst all the armchair quarterbacking going on since, on both the local and national levels, I am eternally grateful once again that we were given the choice – on the bench, in Congress, in the White House – as to who we want to represent our interests.

• That said, I just now chucked my dog-eared copy of “The Judicial Campaign Ethics Handbook,” that lively tome that suggested how McBride, Revoir and DiStefano should have (and in most cases did) comport themselves over the last nine months or so. I’ll not be missing that sitting in my inbox. I could probably write a book, or at least a chapter, about what went on in the local political arena (and in this newsroom) over the course of this hard-fought campaign, and maybe I will, someday. To say the least – and that’s all I can muster right now – it was an interesting ride.

• Just when I thought ‘30 Seconds’ would continue to be nothing but Obama/Romney/Scooters/Aliens/Fracking for the foreseeable future, a fight breaks out at Norwich High School, and unfortunately a student is hospitalized with severe injuries. Of course, all of a sudden those aforementioned armchair quarterbacks are experts on student discipline and behavioral psychology – but I’m guessing there are so many sides to this story that no one will ever know what really happened. All we know is the sad, sad result. Hopefully, parents, teachers, students and administrators alike can use the aftermath of this event to construct a positive outcome – one of acceptance, tolerance, civility and understanding. No one ever wins the blame game, folks.

• On a lighter note, had an awesome time at the Chocolate Ball at the Canasawacta Country Club Saturday night! The biennial gala is a fundraiser for the Chenango Arts Council, a cause that many of you know is near and dear to my heart. Hats off to the organizers (and decorators) of this fantastic event – all accounts say it was a record-breaker in attendance and fundraising for this worthy cause.  And to anyone who might have been offended when I said, “You look like a drinker …” as I was selling raffle tickets for the “Bucket o’ Booze,” well … remember it was for charity!