ABJ Columnist Bob Dyer Doesn't Like When You Call Akron the "Arsehole of America"

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It's a noble capacity to retain an even-keeled view of your city. To trumpet its charms and upsides while acknowledging that yes, certain things suck and that's just the way it is. The rah-rah Cleveland publicity bunch who descend on any bad word about the Forest City like Frank Russo on an eyeglass sale at Nordstrom's are a fine example of the contrary. Ignoring the blemishes doesn't make you an effective cheerleader, it makes you an blind, ignorant cheerleader.

And it helps to remember that not everyone has to agree. And that sometimes a joke is a just a joke. And that some folks who parachute into Northeast Ohio are bound to carry with them presuppositions that are hard and even impossible to change. Whatever.

Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer has so such perspective on life and the fine city of Akron.

When the PGA swooped into town for the Firestone tournament last weekend, a Sports Illustrated golf writer off-handedly tweeted a remark calling Akron the "arsehole of America." That did not sit well with Bob Dyer, who had column inches to fill in the paper and apparently nothing better to do than seek out the writer and interrogate her.

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