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March 31, 2010
I appreciate feedback from readers and would like to acknowledge how important it is. Good, bad or somewhere in between it's always welcome and makes a difference in so many ways.

My column about the Olympics in the March 17th issue brings back some memories for Dryden resident Steve Campbell. He takes the time to share his reflections with me and it makes my day. I email back to find out if he'd mind if I share them as a letter to the editor but decide I'd like to put them right here.

Like many people who email with their thoughts, I've never met Steve but am bolstered by knowing there are kindred spirits out there.

Here's what he had to say about the Olympics:

I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your column regarding the Olympics, sponsors, and the people behind the scenes.

I too have enjoyed the Olympics since waaaay back when I was a little kid...actually I used to tune in channel 9 at about 1-2 Saturday afternoon and watch curling. God, how I loved it and cheered loudly though my brother, mom and dad, weren't into it at all and told me to 'pipe down.'

You know, the funny thing about the Olympics as opposed to any other usual sporting event is when you're watching the Olympics you're GLUED to the TV set.

'Oooh no, it's 9:30....I've got to get a move on;' before you know it, it's 10:30, 'da#&, I've got to get moving;' you lay your socks out, underwear, pants... 'da#&, what time is it?' It's 11:45! I can't believe it! Meanwhile you just can't remove yourself from the TV no matter how hard you try. Any other sporting event you're in the kitchen, the bathroom, the garage, etc. and you don't even care. But the Olympics just seem to be special in an almost inexplicable way. Like you, I love it, love it, love it.

I had to laugh out loud about two to three days after the Olympics had came to an end and I was watching Letterman and he was doing the famous Top 10 List. Well, it just so happened that the topic was the Top 10 reasons you're suffering from Olympic withdrawal. Well, he got to number six which was "You find yourself curling on your patio with a Swiffer and a fruitcake." Too funny!

But on the serious side, I did also watch both the women's and the men's gold medal hockey games between the USA and Canada and truly felt the emotions and the heartbreak of the women's team as they lost to Canada. I had tears rolling down my face as the camera panned its way across the arena showing the devastation and exhaustion of those couple of women players that literally sat down on the ice and cried right when the buzzer called the end of the game, and continued to sit for minutes afterwards in total dismay. God, I felt for them.

Yes I agree with you. It's nice to know that there were so many local sponsors (even some that weren't mentioned) that contributed to U.S. athletes. All in all, it's just a wonderful time when the Olympics come our way.

I love it and still miss it. I'm still watchin' it on my DVR!.

Thanks for the column. It inspired me to write.

Actually the gratitude goes to Steve and others who take time to let me know their thoughts...that's the inspiration this job often requires. Maria, Tom and I all agree that any time anyone takes the time to share their thoughts or make a comment (including the 'liberal bashing') it's recognition and that is, of course, what this business is all about. In many, many cases the timing of the comments (especially if they're sharing stories like Steve's) couldn't be better— 'just what the doctor ordered,' so to speak.

Thank you so very much to everyone who takes the time to email their thoughts, share a story or comment on an article or column, good or bad. I cannot tell you how much it means to me and to all of us.

We appreciate the input and it is more valuable than you can possible imagine.

Thanks again.

Email Catherine at

cminolli@pageone-inc.com.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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