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No number, no news

December 1, 2010 - LLee Janssen
Battled my way through storms, winds and heavy locked doors to get to the office today. And there, at my desk, blinks the red light telling me I have messages.

Five of them. But few of any use, other than to take up valuable time listening, listening, listening ... but no name and no number.

How does anyone expect a response ... or do they? I take it they do, as they took the time to call, and even more time (in some cases) to go on and on and on ... but with real information of use to a reporter.

First caller: Why are there no shootings being reported in the paper? The answer, sir, is that maybe there haven't been any, or maybe you haven't been reading thoroughly enough to catch those reports. Our police reporters make the rounds, listen to the scanner and do their best to get every bit of information they can from the police agencies. If we are missing any shootings, then I must wonder who isn't reporting them: the police? Readers will call if we miss something that big, and I've not received those calls. So, sir, please call back with your name and number and give us a chance to have a two-way conversation in which we can get more details about any such incidents if we missed them.

Second caller: Woman whose voice was somewhat garbled went on at length about her love of dogs and how one dog grooming business moved and people don't know about it. Claimed there's only one such business here and that's not enough. Again, wish I had your name and number for a two-way conversation. I believe there are more than one dog-grooming operations in town ...and even more in the county. So I'm not quite sure what she wants. By the way, I love my little puppycat, Max, a cockapoo who goes to his grooming appointment every four weeks in Pennsdale. That's in Lycoming County.

Third caller: This one used a bit of profanity over a headline one of our night editors posted on page one yesterday. We received a number of calls about the 'nice rack' headline over our deer season story ... it offended some non-hunters who saw it as sexist. Myself, I would have avoided the use of a double entendre with derogatory undertones. Nonetheless, I had to listen to this profanity.

Fourth caller: Yeah, this one I knew. By voice. He's a frequent caller who likes to complain about what's going on downtown. Prompted obviously by today's story in which state money was delivered for a downtown project. Hey, we only report ... we don't make it up.

Fifth caller: Finally, somebody with a name and a number. No other information, but at least a place to start. I'll get right on it.


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