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Say What ?

by Tracy Barry

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Posted on December 6, 2005 at 2:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:34 PM

I'm cranky. And here's why.

Instead of trying to convince the kids that the chocolate advent calendar is not a complete breakfast... I headed downtown this morning for Bob Miller's show on KPAM.

Bob's an old friend and once again he is doing a good thing for the community. Raising money for Operation: Santa Claus. A fund through the Salvation Army that helps Oregon military families struggling to make ends meet.

It always feels good to pitch in on something like that.

Or at least it did until I got to work and opened my email.
An angry listener accused me of voicing personal opinions against the war.It wrapped up with the traditional sentiment ...I'll never watch Channel Eight again.

Say what ?

I WAS complaining that it was ridiculous we had to raise money for our military families. I'm not ashamed of that.I don't think they should have to depend on charity to get by. They deserve so much more for their sacrifices . Clearly an opinion but not the one I was accused of.

We all have stories of these kinds of misunderstanding. Joe Donlon
tells of a scathing letter sent to management...claiming he smirked after a story about a Miss Universe having to lose weight. He reviewed the tape...saw nothing. Then invited the angry viewer to review the tape. The next letter was an apology from the viewer... admitting she never even saw the story...just heard about it.

So here's my point. ( I know you were hoping for one eventually. )
We make plenty of mistakes, and there are plenty of things for you to complain about. But most of the time they are just that. Mistakes or misunderstandings. No agenda. No soapbox.

So why not give us the benefit of the doubt? And if you can, give to Bob Millers Operation: Santa Claus on KPAM radio.

As Always.. Thanks for Watching,

Tracy Barry