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D.R.: Difference between blog, editorial

Don Rogers
Vail CO, Colorado

A comment from someone whose IP address looks like it comes from Tom Stone’s computer demands to know why a blog entry is different than an editorial.

Well, a blog entry is an individual’s diary note. An editorial speaks for the paper. A blog entry might serve as a sort of first draft for an editorial later. But there’s no promise, implicit or otherwise, that the two would be precisely the same. There would be no reason to run the blog exactly the same as an editorial anyway.

Vail Daily editorials often have space requirements, since they appear on a printed page. So a longer, more rambling blog entry inevitably will be edited and rewritten for the paper’s judgment, space and brevity.

But it seems that this commenter’s interest is more than academic. After all, the blog in question just happens to concern criticism of Stone’s rival Arn Menconi.

Here’s the comment:

Re: Tale of two columns

Why did you edit the following out of your original comments on your own blog?

“Forinash’s points do lose a little bit of ground in Commissioner Arn Menconi’s misleading statements about child abuse reports, as pointed out by Mazzuca. Does he not understand certain facts or does he exaggerate purposely sometimes? It’s a fair question. He wouldn’t be the first politician to do so.

Menconi himself excacerbates the controversy by seeming lately to be a lame duck rather desperately searching for a legacy.

Maybe he should step back from the spotlight a bit so his colleagues can step up, or not. A shrewder politician might see that and take pains to separate his name from the issue when the two become so linked. I sometimes think many who would otherwise support the cause are not eager to inflate Menconi’s ego.”

I guess that Arn got to you Don.

It’s always a little disappointing when people, and particularly politicians who hear that sort of thing all the time, go straight to the conspiracy theory. By this line, this commenter has Menconi applying some mind-bending magic to edit an off-the-cuff blog into an editorial that sticks to the public policy issue at hand.

You have to wonder how these folks think when they come up with theories like that.

Actually, it’s less complicated than that. The commenter is just trying to be insulting. And sure, he succeeds. It’s a good one. With me, though, those things just speak to the person hurling the insult.

I happen to like Tom, and I think he’s very bright, very creative and could be very effective for the community at large. He’s just got a whale of an Achilles’ heel in that he lets people get to him personally. It’s a fairly common flaw. Those afflicted with it probably should steer clear of politics, though.

And so his hate/love-to-hate Menconi relationship just might have inspired his dumbest acts in office. And he’s still at it even out of office. The guy is absolutely consumed with Menconi. And make no mistake, it’s fully personal.

Dr. Freud, er, Rogers’ perscription for politicians termed out before their time who have such trouble letting go? Take six months off.

Stone still has a role to play with the second coming of the home rule charter that would most significantly increase the Board of County Commissioners from three to five. I wouldn’t take that from him, although I’d urge him to keep the arguments against the likely ballot item straight up.

But after this home rule issue plays out, Stone should go on vacation from county politics. He’s done his time, made his mark. No need to dwell on this past. Move on. Withdrawal may be painful, but it’s necessary for overall good health.

If that doesn’t work, surely there’s a 12-step program out there for letting go. Maybe it’s just that some politicians, like alcoholics, never really recover.

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