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I find it passing strange to read the comments made by the editorial page editor placed on the front page of The Weekend Telegram on Saturday, Sept. 7. Apart from the placement of the article within the paper, the comments might well be viewed by many as being inappropriate coming from an editor holding such a position within the paper.

 The many accolades received by the editor for his numerous outside writings are acknowledged and respected. However, one would not be inclined to accept that they carry with them the right to disregard or detract from the standard which we come to associate with — and, indeed, expect from — The Telegram.

Disagreements on policy issues notwithstanding, I believe there is an obligation to maintain public respect for this province’s highest office. Demeaning that office risks demeaning us all.

 

H.L. Wareham

St. John’s

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  • Donna Thistle
    September 18, 2013 - 07:24

    I completely agree with Mr Wareham!

  • Eli
    September 17, 2013 - 20:30

    Hard to deny what's factual. He said it like it is H.L.

  • Ed Power
    September 17, 2013 - 10:43

    There is considerable difference between "maintaining public respect for this province's highest office" and maintaining public respect for the individual elected by the province's citizens to that public office. The person holding that public office does - by his/her actions, policies and pronouncements or lack thereof, and by his/her treatment of the office itself - determine the level of public respect in which the person holding that public office is held. All politicians have a "Best Before" date, some just have a much shorter shelf life.

    • Jay
      September 17, 2013 - 18:10

      Wangersky is a dyed in the wool Liberal. He made his bones on the Sprung Greenhouse, but laid low throughout the terrible regimes of Wells, Tobin, and Grimes. His underlings are happy to follow suit. His heart was broken when Williams actually got money out of the Atlantic Accord. All before Williams, including Peckford, Wells, and Tobin had golden opportunities to cash in, but failed miserably. Then along came Bill 29 and Muskrat Falls and he has a reason for living again.

    • Eli
      September 17, 2013 - 20:34

      Poor Jay. Out of his cage again.

    • Jane
      September 18, 2013 - 06:27

      Well said Mr. Power. I think that respect even for those individuals in the "province's highest office" has to be earned.

  • Cashin Delaney
    September 17, 2013 - 07:21

    Good cop bad cop. Wags did the bad cop letter, and Tom Marshall did the good cop this week. Reread them both and take notice of the subtle praise that Russell heaps on Dunderdale, and how Marshall's letter praises the person, but lays some steaming issues on the threshold of her office. This can be confusing for those who hold accolades above content, and office height above policy depth.