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Mullen’s bitterness comes through

Posted: July 6, 2008 1:33 a.m.
Updated: September 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.
In response to Jim Mullen's article ("Why my father was no Tim Russert," June 25, 2008), first let me start off by offering my condolences for the loss of his father. He must be so very proud of him.

I, too, lost my mother, a widow who, when pregnant with me, lost her police officer husband in the line of duty. I am very proud of her and the fact that she did what was necessary to raise two very young children.
She had to learn to drive, balance a checkbook, pay bills, became a master handywoman, paint and wallpaper her own house, make sure she had a job that allowed her to be at home when we left for school and upon our arrival back home.

The wonderful aroma of her nightly homemade meals wafting throughout the house is unforgettable and brings tears and a smile as I write this. To me, she was the best mother ever, and my sister and I could not have been more fortunate.

However, I did not expect her death to be a newsflash - be it on the radio, television or other form of media. Her obituary, however, did make The Mighty Signal.

We brought Tim Russert into our homes every Sunday. We watched with fervor his interviews that sometimes would make or break our vote for a politician, running or not, or to support or not support a particular issue or cause because we might have been sitting on the fence.

We felt all was right with the world when we heard his voice, much like when hearing Vin Scully's voice.
I even recorded the broadcasts honoring Tim Russert's life. We are now searching for the DVD when Tim Russert interviewed the baseball players that, unfortunately, we did not record but thoroughly enjoyed.

Most of us have mothers and fathers we love and want the world to know what they mean to us and what they did for their families. We also understand that the world does not know them.

Mr. Mullen, I have never responded to an article in the paper, although I have voiced my opinions to my poor family - who, by the way, are wonderful - concerning articles that left me disgusted.

Couldn't you have just written an article about your father for us all to enjoy without running Tim Russert's life into the ground?

Your article sounds as if you are stamping your feet, arms bended at the elbow, knuckles at your hips, and your face turning red because your dad is a better father than Tim Russert would ever be.

Did you really want to come off that way? Mr. Mullen, you sound so very bitter. Too bad.

Be prepared, Mr. Mullen, as there will more than likely be more deaths in the "celebrity" arena which will air memorials and take 30 minutes of our lives to watch ... or not watch.


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