Letter to the editor

If you don’t have something nice to say...


Re: Michael Norton column in Jan. 2 edition
Mr. Norton,
One of the phrases in your column, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” brought back a memory from a stand-up comedian who appeared on the Ed Sullivan show back in the early 1960s. Her name was Moms Mabley. She was talking about a nasty uncle who had recently passed away.  She was commenting on how he was not a very nice person and then she suddenly stopped and said, “You know what they say.  If you can’t say something good about a person, then you shouldn’t say anything at all. Well, he’s dead…good.” 
I have no idea why I remember that. 
Good article on flattery, Michael.
Michael H. Kennedy


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