Back at ‘Ya: Angry Reader Critical of Horse Poop Coverage

Harry Balzerhaught
Harry Balserhaught, N.C. Gish Gallop reporter

Dear Readers,

I have been on staff here at Gish Gallop for not very long yet, and here the other day we received a letter from Mrs. Marilyn Gronskowsky of Lake Wildwood who really took me to task for my coverage of the Western Gateway Park board meeting.  Frankly I thought my article was fair and balanced.

She wrote “Your reporter, Harry Balzerhot [sic] wrote a very biased story of what transpired and it is obvious to me that he is a dog lover and a horse hater. I was in attendance at that meeting, so I know what I’m talking about.”

Let me say for the record: I AM NOT A HORSE HATER. True, my wife and I do own a couple of mutts, but that did not in any way influence my reporting of the dog versus horse meeting.

Mrs. Gronskowsky further wrote “Dogs are not only noisy and rude but they also eat dead animals and their poop is stinky and very unhealthy to be around. Horses, on the other hand, are vegetarians, very peaceful creatures, and their manure has an earthy fragrance, very pleasant to breathe.”

Seriously?  Sure, I guess it smells good, if you like breathing ammonia! And then there’s the issue of getting it on your shoes and tracking it into your car and house!

I don’t know, maybe I need to develop a tougher skin. I already have to put up with wisecracks from my fellow reporters here at the office. They’ve starting calling me the “Poop Reporter”.

Hey, I’ve done other stories! As the new kid on the block I get the crappiest assignments from my editor.  I’m 56 years old already! I’ve written for the San Francisco Chronicle! How about a little respect?

Whew, maybe I need a vacation already. You can read the entire letter here.

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