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Thursday, October 26, 2017 10:8AM
Flagrant regionalism

To the editor,

Thank goodness I went to school and was taught math before the use of calculators. Thank goodness I can actually notice sloppy, careless, slapdash, slipshod, hit and miss, hit and run reporting of a local car accident.

Forgive me if my eye twitches and the electricity in my brain threatens short circuitry when a headline in the local paper literally tells me Dublin and Greenfield residents collide with a propane tank when in fact a resident from Swanzey was thrust by the Greenfield resident into the Dublin resident’s propane truck.

Bending facts for an exclusive account aimed at flagrant regionalism may explain why the readership of said newspaper will eventually be limited to those who have nothing better to do while sitting around in the waiting rooms of local dentists, chiropractors, and that confounding place they call a hospital, or while hanging out at the local Democrat headquarters.

This is the type of reporting that has led half of America to believe that the other half is a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and Islamophobic basket of deplorables because they had enough brain power to not want to vote for that person who even convinced themselves through repetition that a square is in fact a circle. This is the type of reporting that could convince some Americans that because I drink black coffee, eat radishes and celery and may want to vote Republican, I am most probably a psychopath.

This complaint is not all about me. I am a satirist taking the opportunity to poke fun at the press and most of you under the age of 50 may have to string all of these words together in order to add them up and figure out what the exaggeration actually means.

Brian Drummond

Bennington