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Bumbling the facts

Dear Editor:

In my recently published letter to the editor (“Media mouth-off”) I attributed certain statements to Messers Conniff and Kole. Among those statements, I quoted Mr. Conniff as saying, “My dad was in the army and he beat up lots of Germans and stuff in some war and he can also beat up Mr. Kole (Stupid’s Dad) any ol’ day he wants…”

I subsequently received an abrupt one-sentence note from Mr. Conniff concerning that quote. Apparently Mr. Conniff’s dad never “beat up lots of Germans.” Indeed, I acknowledge I never really confirmed that Conniff senior was ever even in the army.

The big lesson here has not been lost on me, i.e., never go to print before checking, then doubling checking, the facts. I humbly stand corrected, and any pain or embarrassment that may have visited the Conniff family arising out of my casual, irresponsible use of “facts,” I sincerely apologize.

Mike McGarry


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