Blajszczak responds to letter calling him a ‘jester,’ sees positive in new nursing home owners

Posted 3 November 2015 at 12:00 am


I was busy with my morning chores, blocking my three-corner hat and polishing my faux scepter, when I happened to come across an editorial in the Hub today. From the first few words, I thought the author might be expressing his admiration for Ozzie Osborne, the bat munching rock and reality star.

Perhaps it was a review of the television prison drama from a few years ago or maybe a travel piece on the continent of Australia. Then it came to me, it had to be an insightful piece on Ozzie’s life with Harriet, David and Ricky.

But no, it turns out it was a full frontal assault on L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the writer, I could be wrong, seemed to be attempting to make a point. There were words, thrown together haphazardly in steampunk construction fashion, that seemed to criticize, besides me, the entire county political structure of Orleans County for not doing what the omniscient author deemed to his liking ! Imagine the impertinence!

If I might site just one example, he apparently does not favor the wind project in Yates. Personally, I think the landowners and the state brown shirts wielding title 10 documents are going to decide this but he is of the opinion that big wind has to be broken. I say to you sir “do not break wind in front of me!”

Mining this piece for meaningful verbiage was difficult but apparently the creator considers himself a munchkin in this scenario. Au contraire. He should be considered the trinitarian composite of the supplicants in this drama. It might just be me, but over the years I’ve read a few of this man’s editorial comments and, if the wizard could help the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion, he might be able to help this individual.

I might site another classic The Lord of the Rings. Mr. Tolkien created a poor unfortunate creature, Gollum, who sought power for power’s sake. He disregarded all common sense, decorum and the greater good just to attain that ring, destroying his persona because of it. A pity really.

Finally, I printed this editorial remembering the comment of Max Reger (1873-1916) a German composer, pianist and organist of some noteriety. When a music critic unfairly (he thought) panned his latest effort he was quoted as saying “I am sitting in the smallest room in the house. I have your review in front of me. Soon it will be behind me”.

Well, time to get back to work. A jester needs to constantly update his material. Let’s see A minstrel, a lady in waiting and a duke walk into a privately owned, efficient and functioning nursing home and the administrator says

Paul Blajszczak