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Nice try

March 6, 2013

I truly enjoyed Chris Leser’s letter to the editor in The River Reporter; however, I think several facts need to be clarified.

Leser claims that ‘Ole Boy Politics’ was used when my newspaper, the Sullivan County Democrat, ran a story about a dog which was caught in a foot-hold trap.

Obviously, Leser is not a regular reader of the Sullivan County Democrat, or he would have realized that our newspaper routinely runs stories, usually on the front page, regarding animals that are neglected or abused.

I was unaware that this story was going in, as the publisher usually doesn’t work with the reporters on a day-to-day basis. We were actually contacted by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office about the incident and our editors decided it warranted coverage. After reading the story, I couldn’t agree more.

I was delighted that Michele Resnick’s dog was OK and I also would like to extend my thanks to the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Dept. and the veterinary’s office in Monticello that helped save the dog.

What Leser also might not realize is that my family has owned the Sullivan County Democrat since 1927. For the past 86 years we have been reporting on the good—and sometimes not so good—deeds of Sullivan County residents. To say that our newspaper wrote the story because I know Michele is very funny. By the nature of my affiliation to Sullivan County organizations, I know many of the people featured in the Sullivan County Democrat, and actually enjoy seeing their name in print.

My father used to have a saying, “I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.”

Or whose dog is being trapped.

Fred Stabbert III, Publisher
Sullivan County Democrat

PS: Happy ending. New York State DEC Officer Scott Steingart recently made an arrest in the illegal trapping case, and the illegal trapper has agreed to pay Michele Klugman-Resnick’s vet bills.