Every year, it seems there’s some kind of controversy surrounding St. Patrick’s Day.
This time, feathers have been ruffled over an edgy piece titled, “I’m Not Irish– Why Should I Wear Green On March 17?” published in the March issue of Westchester Magazine by editor, Robert Schork. To say the least Schork, a self-described Presbyterian of German descent, is not in favor of the annual celebration because of some bad past experiences he had while commuting into New York.
Sean Griffin, a reader, fired off an e-mail to me, charging Schork with utilizing “hate speech.” He wrote:
“It is disappointing to see this kind of thing especially after all that the Irish have suffered and endured in this country and how far we have come. Not to mention the tremendous contribution we have made. This kind of Anti-Catholic/Anti Irish xenophobic attitude is unacceptable and I believe newsworthy.”
At any rate, I personally plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by stopping in at Bill O’Shaughnessy’s traditional St. Patrick’s bash at Dudley’s Bar in New Rochelle. The silver-haired smoothie will do live. stand-up radio interviews with an assortment of local characters who stop in to say hello.