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Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser


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May 05, 2010 - Being the watch dog of the community is not always an easy task, nor is it always a "fun" one either, but as a journalist it is my duty.

Since my last column "Who's slaughtering who?" (April 14 edition) I've recieved many e-mails, calls, and comments from various readers, some who loved it and gave me a high-five others who thought I should have took a more "civil" approach.

I can guarantee you the paper version was much nicer than the original I had penned and looking back at my column, I can understand the opposing viewpoints.

However, I still believe I said what needed to be said and it's not the first time I've written such opinions and I'm sure it's not the last either. I've singled out other board members when I felt their words or actions were unjustified, heck, I've ranted and raved about the board as a whole more times than I've wanted to as well.

I will be the first to tell you I don't enjoy writing about what I consider to be an inept board or politician, but sometimes I feel I have to.

I know the majority of the public doesn't have the time to sit and watch five hour meetings close enough to understand what's really going on in their community, or to question and challenge the board/board members, so they rely on newspaper to provide such information. If I didn't question what was said or decisons made, I wouldn't be doing my job.

Former Austrian born journalist and Editor in Chief of TIME Magazine Henry Anatole Grunwald said "Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air."

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Just a reminder Mother's day coming up on May 9, don't forget to show your appreciation with a gift or get a card, with I would like to send a shout out to my own mom.

Thanks Mom for always being there for me, loving me, and caring for me. Your prayers with tears have never gone unnoticed. I am thankful each and every day to have such a wonderful mom who's first and foremost concern was for her children. I LOVE YOU, MOM!

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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