Gotta go

This will sound abrupt.  But I am bowing back out of the Wray Fray for the time being.

Since I jumped in last week starting with this post, I have spent untold time and untold energy trying to make sense of everything and attempting to articulate my opinion on a matter that is convoluted, divisive and needlessly ripping this community apart.  To make matters worse, a key player in this whole debacle informed me that he intends to stretch this out for at least another year.  I don’t think we can survive getting drawn and quartered in such a methodically diabolical manner, but apparently that is our fate.

The only clear answer I can detect among all of the loud voices involved is that there is no clear answer to any of it.  The Wray Fray is a classic ‘tar baby’; the more you punch at it, the more of you it consumes.

My N&R column didn’t appear again this morning due to perfectly reasonable sounding factors; and I may or may not post it in the future.  I will, however, provide this paragraph from the column:

“But none of that matters now. Mitchell Johnson has become just so much cannon fodder in Greensboro’s continuing war against itself.  Maybe if he were gone, and with no one left standing to blame, we would be forced to take a long look into our communal mirror and recognize the deep-seated distrust we harbor for each other, but always try to either exploit or hide.”

Payroll is due tomorrow… I’ve got to get to work.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

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  1. hugh
    Posted February 14, 2008 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    “I don’t think we can survive”

    Playing the world’s tiniest violin at the moment.

  2. Posted February 14, 2008 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Great. You’ve now opened the door for a lawsuit from Roch, Sam Spagnola, and Joe Guarino to get you to turn over the rest of the column. Oh, and whatever you do, don’t tell them that you don’t know what column their talking about.

  3. Posted February 14, 2008 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    David: I think your move is a wise one. It is obvious that the fray is unsolvable. Your “tar baby” analogy is very accurate.

    I’ve thought your overall perspective on the issue has been very even handed and admirable, despite my recent criticism of the back and forth of last week.

    *we would be forced to take a long look into our communal mirror and recognize the deep-seated distrust we harbor for each other, but always try to either exploit or hide.*

    This is one of the most dead on target assessments I’ve ever seen.

  4. Old Casey
    Posted February 14, 2008 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    What does “perfectly reasonable sounding factors” mean? Sounds like doublespeak to me. Did the News-Record reject it?

  5. Posted February 14, 2008 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Regretfully, even if Johnson is gone, Greensboro will find somone else to pursue. Greensboro has to find something to focus on and bitch about. When are we going to grow up and focus on the future?

  6. Nick
    Posted February 14, 2008 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    i agree Mebane..

    Thanks Hogg….however your tar baby term (although explained in this context) may be offensive to some. ;-)

  7. Posted February 14, 2008 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Nick – I realized that when I wrote it.
    Mebane – Amen
    Old Casey – yes, but not because of the ideas or opinions contained. It was a shared decision. I just couldn’t achieve the clarity I struggled for within the available space and among a very fluid set of events.
    Dave – heh
    Hugh – huh?
    Jeffrey – Thanks

  8. MyTwoCents
    Posted February 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    People love trouble. I think Dennis Miller once said – we love to watch a train wreck (like Britney Spears or Anna Nichole Smith) because it makes us feel better about ourselves and our miserable little lives.

    Same might hold true here; so many of us want to beat someone over the head with a stick (Johnson) because there has been a perception that someone was wronged (Wray).

    Since Wray appears to have had a farily long and unblemished career with Greensboro, and all of a sudden – he brings that career to a halt by lying to his boss over something as ridiculous as the “black book”, accusations of racism (which seems odd to me – wouldn’t that have surfaced many years ago, if true?). Anyhow – it seems to me that there has got to be much more to this whole story than the public has been told – or led to believe.

    Mitch Johnson seems to have caught a LOT of heat over this, and other local issues which seem to have some up in arms, and still no answers.

    Now, to an outsider (I still consider myself an outsider since I haven’t even lived in GSO for quite 3 years) it would appear that Wray got a raw deal. Notice I said APPEAR. That’s how I happen to see this whole saga.

    The only first hand knowledge I’ve gotten to date came about a month after moving here – and I was involved in a minor fender bender. The officer that responded allowed me to sit in his patrol car while I waited for a tow truck and we talked – well, he talked about the traffic problems in Greensboro – and he made mention of how the Chief of Police had been working to fix problems left by his predecessor. Wray would have been Chief at that time.

  9. Posted February 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s funny Dave Ribar.
    I never knew you had a sense of humor.

  10. Posted February 14, 2008 at 7:43 pm | Permalink


    Very glad you’re leaving this to others. How ’bout those Whirlie roundball teams?!
    Happy Valentine’s to all the Hoggards!

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