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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

It's All About You

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I recently was loading my groceries after a trip to Walmart, and a man stopped me and asked me if I was from the news. I said yes, and introduced myself.

He went on to say, "Wow, it must be tough to be you." I said, well, the job is not easy, but whose is these days?

Then he was more specific. He went on to say, "I mean it must be hard not to be able to give your opinion about things." I thought for a moment and said, not really. I find it quite easy. He looked at me surprised and said, "Really?" I told him, it's easy because that is my job. And since I have been doing this for more than two decades, I guess I can manage.

Honestly, I believe one of my best traits is the ability to see all sides. Perhaps too much so. Maybe that is why I'm a Libra - the sign of balance. (Smiles.)

The truth is, I am not one for extremism in any form. I will always be moderate and in the middle. It's just my nature. I guess it has to do with maneuvering through life as a military brat and always having to introduce yourself to new schools, neighborhoods, and people. You learn how to get along with people of all kinds, religions, colors, and backgrounds. Actually it made me far more accepting of a wide variety of people. I can always put myself in someone else's shoes.

As a result, my friends come from assorted backgrounds. I would not have it any other way. That is far more interesting, colorful, and exciting. Why should I surround myself only with people who think and act like me. How boring! How staid. How empty.

That is why I do not feel compelled to give my opinions. My job is not about how I feel, how I think, or what I believe.

It's about you. Giving you the facts, information, and news, so you can process it for yourself and figure out where you stand. It's your right as an American. And it's my job not to interfere.


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