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Watering hole aficionado troubled by critic’s liar label

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To The Editor:

I had made notes on a particular “rant” brought on by something I had heard a newscaster say and which had caused me to pause and reflect; however, a note in this section from a “Poor Norfolk Boy” has dissuaded me and caused me to want to detour for a moment.

I’m not certain what there was in my article to cause the Poor Norfolk Boy to call me a liar, but I have to admit to seriously bridling at that charge. I spent a good 50 percent of the article seriously speaking admiringly of that individual’s background and almost “encyclopedic” knowledge of past and current north country events and participants.

Perhaps it was my comments on Mr. Aaron Woolf: ...comments which I had researched after Woolf’s name had been brought to my attention by the Poor Boy himself. The only other thing in the article was attributing the name ascribed to the VFW as “The Watering Hole” to him.

If this was the case, I did it so as not to take undue credit where none was deserved. If the name derived from me I have no recollection of it ... perhaps for having stayed too long at the “Watering Hole.”

But if getting credit for the name somehow was taken as a slanderous thing, I can only say that such was not the intent.

So, where does the charge of a “personal attack” come from?

In my last letter, I said that I now knew two Joes... one north country knowledgeable one, and one inclined to fume about liberal political matters. I also asked if there were other “Joes” out there I wanted to know so that I could brace myself for them. Now I know of a third Joe - a sensitive one.

BTW Joe, I have never knowlingly lied to you or anyone else in this or any other public or official medium. I have frequently stated my opinion, or repeated what I had been told or read and was related to me as fact... for instance revealing Mr. Woolf’s downstate (Brooklyn) enterprise (a health store/nutritionist market)... was the result of my research.

Now, perhaps at the “Watering Hole” I might have let slip a personal ‘doozy’ or two but then, who hasn’t?

As for personal “thrones,” the only ones I openly lay claim to are my Wii Bowling scores and the fact that I might solely be keeping Black Label beer in business at three different Watering Holes - (and warm at that).

PJ Murphy

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