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Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
A sincere and much-needed apology
by Randy Pascal

Those who know me well – and thankfully, many folks in the local sports scene do – know that I am certainly not above being taken to task when I have erred in my writings.

I fully understand that we are all human, and will all make mistakes, myself included. This one, however, deserves a response beyond simply saying sorry to the person who correctly alerted me.

In attempting to capture the complete turnaround of the Rayside-Balfour NOJHL team in their series with the Soo Thunderbirds in a Sudbury Star column earlier this week, I referred to the squad as the “schizophrenic Canadians”.

Thankfully, a friend who deals with this disease on a far more intimate level than I have ever experienced quite politely brought this major faux pas to my attention.

I think, quite honestly, the thing that bothered me most, upon just a few moments of reflection, was the fact that I threw in the figure of speech without giving it so much as a second thought – which is exactly the issue here.

The fact that I would utilize a tongue in cheek comment without any regard at all for the thousands who folks who must deal, daily, with this affliction, was both extremely insensitive and deeply disrespectful.

For that, I offer my sincere apologies. Rest assured, it will not happen again.

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