At least 93 percent of the time, my take on things is the polar opposite of that held by your sports editor, Nate Shaughnessy. You might say we are diametrically opposed when it comes to which American League baseball team is the best (he bleeds Red Sox red, while New York Yankee blood courses through my veins). He says "potato,” I say "tomato.” You get my drift.
So when Nate pontificates on Boston prowess, I politely, but vociferously, respond by emphasizing NYY pride and Bomber pyrotechnics. Despite the dichotomies, I don't detest the man, and I doubt he detests me.
As a country, we are divided on so many fronts these days. Of itself, that doesn't make either side right, and the other wrong. And it sure doesn't make someone a dirty, rotten stink bug just because his/her views differ from mine. I have a perfect right to my beliefs and values, just as you have the same for yours.
When we examine closely the issues of the day, we might just find they are of no more relevance than the "startling" news that Jerry Springer has officially stopped making new episodes of his raucous talk show. Some 4,000 episodes are apparently enough.
St. Alphonsus de Liguori said it best: "When we have to reply to anyone who has insulted us, we should be careful to do it always with gentleness. A soft answer extinguishes the fire of wrath."
Bill Kersting, Spencer