1999-12-25 / Columnists

From The G-Man

He's Back With A Vengeance

Hey people…again! It feels kind of weird to be writing this, but I guess I’ll get through it. I could not resume writing this column without addressing some situations that took place during my absence. I feel that this must be done, and the main objective is to set the record straight about the ordeal that had prompted me to leave The Wave a few weeks ago.

Firstly, I want acknowledge two very special people. I would like to dedicate this column to Maureen McNelis and Doris Abbadia. Let me tell you why. When I decided to take sometime off from The Wave, to work through my uneasiness, I was barraged with a number of letters and comments. Many people called me a "quitter", a "loser", a "whiner", and some chose to regard my actions as silly or stupid. These two women were the only ones who understood what I was going through, and not once did they berate me because I made a decision that was based on principal and higher standards. That means the world to me, and I will never forget their kindness.

Secondly, I’ve got something to say to those people who chose to berate me during a very difficult time. You called me a quitter. Well, I‘ve been homeless twice in my life, and it was because I chose to pursue my dreams in Hollywood as a writer. I know hunger, and I know pain, but somehow I made it to the point where I am today, and I’m damn proud of it. Simply put, there is no quitter in this guy!

There were those who labeled me, or my actions, as silly or stupid. To be very honest, I expect that from people who have no heart or conscious. It’s so easy to say, "You made a mistake, get over it!", "Hey, people get hurt by a story sometimes, but that’s the nature of the game." It’s easy for them to say that because there is no accountability on their part. Soon, an apology for what they have done starts to wear thin. That’s where I draw the line! I refuse to just

act as though nothing happened or take the readers of my column for granted. "Oh, they’ll forgive me because they are supposed to." That’s a load of crap, and there are many writers, for many publications, that practice this. I won’t, and if that makes me self-righteous, then so be it. Sometimes an apology is best expressed through deeds and not just words.

There were a number of letters that also stated that I did a poor job of reporting before I wrote the article. Wrong on that one too! I did go to the site of the incident, and I asked a number of the accused man’s friends, or those who claimed to know him, for information. They found out I was with The Wave, and suddenly nobody wanted to talk. The only people to come forward were those affiliated with the man who died. I took the information given to me, and that was what the article was based on; right or wrong. By the way, for the record, I’m not a reporter. I am known as a columnist, and there is a difference. I simply offer my commentary and/or opinions. No more, no less.

I’m back because people are hurting, fed up, hungry, depressed, homeless, brutalized, tormented, prejudiced and pissed off! Nine times out of ten, I’m going to be affected by the same things that affect them, but I get to write about it. Even though this week's column is dedicated to two special ladies, the ones that follow are for all of you. So get ready because G-man, his attitude and his "Jackys" are back in a big way.

Doris Lynch, sorry you don’t like my "Jacky" awards, but you’re in the minority, so they stay! Okay "peeps", my "rip" list is ready, and next week I start going after people. It’ll be a blast! Merry Christmas, and I‘ll see you next week. Man, I missed saying that!

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