Progress … parades … and ‘libtards’


Brian Golden

Ah, yes … it’s Progress Chenango time once again here in The Evening Sun newsroom. A time met with trepidation by the most seasoned of veteran reporters. A time when tears will fall and one’s patience and resolve will be sorely tested. A time to reflect on Chenango County’s many successes, challenges and plans for the future. Yes, my friends, it’s that time again. Progress has arrived.

And no, believe it or not, I’m not complaining. Because as our esteemed editor likes to remind my fellow reporters and I, Progress is truly the greatest thing we do year in and year out here at The Evening Sun. It may be time consuming – and even frustrating at times – but the end result is something we can all be proud of. This will be my third experience with Progress Chenango (my three year anniversary here at The Evening Sun actually falls on Friday next week) and – as always – it’s equal parts excitement and nervousness. Let’s face it, Progress is a lot of work for all involved. I will, however, go on record stating it’s all worthwhile once the finished product hits the street.

In other news, Jeff, Kevin, Shawn and myself had a great time designing and building this year’s Parade of Lights’ float last weekend, and an even better time braving the snow-filled streets of downtown Norwich participating in said parade. A big round of applause for all those who work so hard to put this wonderful event together year after year, and a special thanks to North Norwich Motors and Chenango Welding Supply for loaning us the use of a truck, trailer and generator. We couldn’t have pulled it off without you guys and your willingness to donate to the cause every year is greatly appreciated.

With that said, it’s now, once again … time for the “Most Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Week,” brought to us by … Man from Sherburne.
“What is a ‘libtard’?”

Well, Man from Sherburne, you must be new to ‘30 Seconds,’ so – with that said – welcome aboard! I say new to The Evening Sun’s reader reaction column because if you don’t know what a ‘libtard’ is, you obviously haven’t been here before. As I understand it, a ‘libtard’ is anyone who supports women’s rights, education, safe and responsible use of our natural resources and believes in climate change; as well as one who supports same sex marriage, the de-criminalization of marijuana and fair and equal pay for all Americans, regardless of sex, religious belief (or lack thereof), age or race.

Me? I’m proud of my ‘libtardliness,’ personally. I call it common sense.