The World According to Matt

Jun 5, 2014


Dear Editor,

I can’t take it anymore! I’ve lived in Sandusky for most of my 74-plus years and remember when I could get some semblance of impartial reporting from the Register. It’s now an epistle of “The World According to Westerhold.”
In his world, the police can do nothing right, prosecutors are biased, our presidents are war criminals and Congress is misspending our tax dollars by providing for the defense of our country.

You would think he was a proponent of less government, not more government. But do not be confused. He is not a Tea Party member.

He cannot be bothered that our Constitution mandates Congress provide for the common defense, wherever that needs to be. did we all imagine 9/11 took place or that those who accomplished the killing of over 3,000 Americans, on our soil, came from the Middle East? Did we all imagine Saddam Hussein wanted to have the first President Bush assassinated after Kuwait was invaded, or that Osama Bin Laden, a Middle Easterner, funded and organized 9/11 and then fled to

Afghanistan and Pakistan for refuge?

Westerhold’s attack on our state attorney general makes it clear he doesn’t want an impartial presentation of credible evidence to a grand jury to determine if there are enough facts to make anyone stand trial. In his mind, the police are already guilty, not innocent until proven guilty. How can we ever get an impartial jury with this type of biased reporting, intended to influence the public from which a jury must be chosen?

I know, no one can really confuse Westerhold with being a conservative. He made that clear when he stated in Monday’s editorial that he simply wants federal spending redirected so “billions that could be spent to provide public education, facilities, healthcare services, and used in other different ways to change the world.” Forget about the debt to our children.

The World According to Garp — oh, excuse me, Westerhold.

Please Mr. Westerhold, can the Register just give us the facts from both sides so we can form opinions for ourselves? We have had enough of your opinions.

Ronald Kaufman

Editor's note: The column Mr. Kaufman references suggested the U.S. defense budget was a sacred cow not easily subject to budget cuts or even a discussion from elected officials. The column also detailed the contention by Richard Clarke,  a top anti-terrorist expert in the Bush administration, that war crimes were committed by the administration. "The World According to Garp" is a great novel written by John Irving, that references the city of Sandusky and Ottawa County.  



Ronald Kaufman should first examine the role he has played and the rest of the Bar in the decline of the legal profession through failure to expect high standards of members of the Bar and to uphold the important role of the Bar in protecting citizens from unaccountable government before attacking the Fourth Estate.

Licorice Schtick

Hizzonor, who has had his share of opportunities to nudge things in a direction he felt just, seems to begrudge Westerhold's approach to making the world a better place because it doesn't jibe with his own.

The SR's "editorial" opinions aren't consistently right or left (as evidenced by complaints from both extremes) but do seem to favor the underdog. Whether this is innate Westerhold or pandering, I don't know, but in a community of working-class people who often feel disenfranchised, it seems to sell papers.

With a few exceptions, the reporting is pretty objective, and the occasional yellow tinge can be apologized with a recognition of the fight for survival that so many traditional newspapers now face.

So quite whining, Ron. There's no danger of a commie takeover. The right has most of the money, most of the guns, and during the last forty years has gained the most.


Well said babo. We have asked the other side to show what they have and look nothing. We have presented countless amount of evidence. We are not the only ones to go after DeWine for not doing what he says he would. Lots of countys feel the same as we do. Thats why David pepper is close in running against him.


Well said, Babo !


WOW, one lawyer standing up for others!! Why am I not surprised since they all think they are god !!!


Re:"WOW, one lawyer standing up for others!! Why am I not surprised since they all think they are god !!!"

Yea it is really too bad that the actions of only 95% of the lawyers create a bad reputation for all the lawyers.


At times the editor does let personal friendships or lack thereof reflect in how individuals are presented in media coverage.

There has been quite a bit of good coverage of poor performance by public officials....much of it deserved.

Like all of us, the editor is human and subject to human shortcomings.

Whiskey Tango F...

Matt wields an awesome power. Things that you or I cannot say, he can. Similar to South Park the cartoon. They can get away with what you or I would be shunned for. Does he use it for personal gain? Occasionally... Does he hold people to the fire when no one else can? Yes! Is he afraid to talk about the proverbial "elephant in the room"? Nope. Is he entitled to his own opinion? Are you entitled to your own opinion? Does anyone hold a gun to your head, make you read the register and then drink the coolaid? Well? Then I guess if it is this horrible then there is a need for competition from someone as perfect as yourself Mr. Kaufman. I suggest you start your own paper, place yourself under the microscope, let everyone on here throw stones over misspelled words and punctuation mistakes and wait for letters such as yours pour in!
(No I don't work for the Register, nor do I always agree with the position Matt takes, but I do appreciate being informed of my community!)
I view a lawyer attacking a newspaper editor hilarious! Pot meet kettle! There has to be a great punch line for a joke in here somewhere! Where's Don Lee when we need him?

Don Lee

WTF, I'm right here watching.


With all due respect to your profession, Mr. Kaufman, your attack on the managing editor who has done more for this area in investigating and reporting news/incidents/discovery than anyone else to sir, are entitled to "stand your ground." But what makes your ground worth more than mine?
I don't really give a hoot what political party Matt belongs to. Don't know, don't care...but I know from what I have seen in my county, I will pay better attention to who and what I vote for. So to the "shady" incumbents, you are doing your party NO FAVOR! You have crossed the line. Now so will I with my vote!

Furthermore, regarding the stories I have been following....Kinda hard to report "facts from both sides" if the other side isn't talking. The reporter can't pick the other side's story out of their nose!

Whiskey Tango F...

Whether you sit atop an elephant or a donkey... A crook is a crook is a crook!
Tea Party is not excluded!

Steve P

Mr. Kaufman, great letter and be assured that many agrees with. Always remind me of the little kid who gets pick on when he is a child, then when he grows up he try's to become the bully with a personal agenda.


Another lawyer heard from???


If you do not like what you read in the register then read the Fremont messenger. If you read the fremont messenger you will gets these stories but they will change them to fit what they want to say or copy register the news messenger has not been at the court house for the burdine case. So where they getting their stories? Register has been there everyday getting the story right from the source.


After reading this letter, all I can say is "Keep up the good work Matt."

Julie R.




Steve P

Mr. Kaufman one thing your letter did accomplish was bringing out the sheep that just because its in the newspaper its correct information and must be believed without question. The newspaper, other than an editorial should report the FACTS in an unbiased manner, not targeting those who they dislike or pillow talking those who gives them information. Much of the recent attention to surrounding counties is only an attempt to increase circulation and add dollars which translates into profit, no problem with that, if it is accomplished in an unbiased manner, which is the problem with this newspaper's manner of reporting.


You seem to be equating legitimate criticism with bias. Many government officials and lawyers in this area appear thin skinned and really need to grow a pair.