Anonymous comments can ruin lives

Posted April 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

The newspaper business has no shortage of annoyances, but right up at the top of the list are the anonymous letter writers. They come in the mail, and, at times, we get a call first asking if we will print a letter about this or that but “don’t use my name.”

The short answer is that my name can be found every week and if I set myself up for every crackpot and wing nut, why would I protect you?

The long answer is a bit more complicated. Publishers are responsible for the content of a newspaper and also can be hauled into court

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    NCAA has trademarks on the commonplace

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    No one would characterize me as a devoted sports fan, but even I watched the last minutes of the matchup between Wisconsin and Kentucky and felt a pang of sadness when the Badgers lost by one lousy point.

    Of course, I can’t really tell you where the game was played. Some say it was the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, and others refer to it as the AT&T Stadium. Most people would refer to it as being in

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    AWOL County Line issue arrives on April Fools Day

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    To rephrase an old Kingston Trio folk song,

    And did they ever return,

    No they never returned

    And their fate is still unlearned

    In the song’s case, it was a “he” who was condemned to ride forever ‘neath the streets of Boston on the MTA.

    In our case, it was

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    Medical crises pose range of pitfalls

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    First, a mea culpa: I am the reason this space has been empty the last few weeks. But I am NOT, repeat, NOT, the reason your papers are arriving late. The reason rests with the United States Postal Service, which evidently is on a quest to run every second-class newspaper in the country out of business by offering the most inefficient, tardy delivery service imaginable.

    But back to me, my favorite subject lately. This is as good an opportunity as

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    Say farewell to Avalanche. Maybe.

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Vernon County is littered with unincorporated towns. Wikipedia lists 23, some of them familiar to most of us, such as Rockton, Bloomingdale and my all-time favorite, Bud. Others like Folsom, Fargo and Purdy are less familiar. Still others, such as Oden, have come and gone so long ago they don’t even make the list.

    I am fond of Avalanche. Whenever one of my “take the back roads” urges strike, I often myself meandering down County Highway S and into Avalanche.

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    Assumptions lead us down a dangerous path

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    “About Time” is a cute British movie about a young fellow who learns he can travel back in time. As an awkward teenager he attempts to seduce his sister’s friend and fails miserably. Several years later, he encounters her at a London social event. She introduces her companion as a “girlfriend.”

    Oh, he tells her, now he does not feel bad that his love overtures were rejected. She’s gay!

    No, she tells him, in

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    My own winter of discontent

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    “The Winter of our Discontent” is not only a John Steinbeck title, but also an accurate summary of the way most of us must surely feel these days. The 1961 novel was the last of Steinbeck’s career before his death in 1968.

    It’s not that the winter has been marked with exceptional drama. We haven’t had record-setting blizzards or long days of power outages. But like death from a thousand cuts or the infamous Chinese water torture, it has been

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