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COMMENTARY: Father’s Day

NOTE: The following is an opinion piece. The opinions stated in commentaries, here and otherwise in our newspaper, are those of the author and not The Brillion News, Zander Press Inc. or the owners or staff. The Brillion News welcomes letters to the editor to respond to this or any other topic of interest.

Commentary by Ed Byrne 

Sunday is Fathers’ Day. There used to be a joke about Fathers’ Day as the most confusing day in the ghetto because most kids’ fathers were absent – little more than sperm donors.

It was a bad joke because the punch line hits the children hard throughout their lives.


One of my uncles, who had both biological and adopted kids in his brood, said every dad should say to every one of his children: “I will never fail you.” And then he would keep that promise no matter the cost.

Children are more than the accidental byproduct of irresponsible sex.

I wish the fathers well who stuck around to be a positive force in the lives of their sons and daughters.

For those who spread their DNA around and then took off, I hope they burn forever in Hades.

Please see the June 16, 2016 edition of The Brillion News for the complete commentary which also includes Byrne’s take on the job crisis and the UWEC student government. 



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