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Carlson Responds To McMillan

Columnist Chris Carlson/Carlson Chronicles (RE: James McMillan denies resignation rumor):

Columns, unlike news articles, are by definition opinions and interpretations and thus many columnists feel no obligation similar to a reporter's to inquire when they come across a delicious rumor.  I referenced it as a rumor and I'd heard it from four reputable sources, two in the county and two outside the county, but all saying they had heard speculation along these lines.  I thought I went out of my way to make it clear that you in all probability would not be a party to such an effort. In this case, though, I'll concede I should have called you.  I accept your absolute denial and do  believe you are a person of your word.  I do apologize for referring to you as Jim when you prefer James.  You recognize I trust that one way to kill such idle speculation as you and some of your friends called it, is to just get it out there in the light of day. As you know, I write to encourage people to think and look beyond the surface.  From my standpoint it was an interesting and intriguing rumor. I'm reminded of an old saying in politics:  As long as they spell your name correctly, there's no such thing as bad press."

Question: So can we put the rumor to rest now?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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