Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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GOVERNOR MARIO M. CUOMO’S
REMARKS ON THE PASSING
OF M. PAUL REDD

I’ve just learned of Paul Redd’s passing, and I am saddened by it. Paul Redd had an awful lot of strength and a whole lot of strong

opinions. He had a strong voice, and a strong will that inspired him to use that voice, speaking the truth, and spreading it, as he saw it, about politics, about politicians, and even beyond, whether politicians liked it or not.

He was a proud owner of the only black newspaper in the county, which has been around for eighty years.

And he spoke in that paper all he could on all these truths. And in doing it, the color of what he was saying was not black, it wasn’t white, and it certainly wasn’t yellow, as in “yellow journalism.”

The color of what he was saying and writing and believing was red, white, and blue, as American as it could be.

It really was as basic as red, white, and blue, because what he was talking about, all the time, was equality and fairness, the same thing Lincoln talked about and the same thing the Declaration of Independence talks about.

We’re going to miss him.

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