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I owe HungryJack an apology.

I?m sure most of you are aware of what went on a few days ago when another member posted some inappropriate, racist and anti-semetic remarks directed at Jack. Many of us received a PM from Jack, where he showed us what was sent to him, and that carried on over into the boards. The original reason for Jacks sending the PM?s I believe, and I don?t want to speak out of line, was to let us (pikers) know that someone who was associated with the ?pikers? acted in this manner.
When the thread was locked and another one started, I posted that I didn?t see why Jack was sending the PM?s out. I thought it was just to stir up the pot beteew Jack and the pikers, so I jumped in and made remarks directed at Jack.

What I wrote was Toatally uncalled for and had no merrit whatsoever, and all it did was to lead Jack and other members to believe that I condoned or supported this type of activity and behavior. I want to make it perfectly clear??..I Do Not.

I was wrong and out of line for saying what I did??..and to Jack,?.. I say I?m sorry and I apologize.

Regardless of what has transpired between Jack and myself, recently or in the past?I have no ill feelings towards Jack Cohen. I think Jack really does have much to offer the fishing community here on noreast. And even though sometimes he appears to be rough around the edges, he does posess a tremendous amount of knowledge when it comes to fishing and fishery issues.

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What started out as fun and games with what I had going on with the noreast pikers, and people playing along with their stories to ?become? pikers seems to have become an issue with some members. While this was only started as a joke type thing, it has in the opinion of some members been a dividing tool at noreast. Some members were starting to feel that we were excluding or separating them from us. That was never meant to happen.
What it did do was become a pain in the ass for some moderators and George. It appearded there was a war brewing between pikers and the rest of noreast?..and that?s not what we are about. Anyone who has met us will attest to that. We simply want to have some fun and help other members any way we can.
I apologize to the members of noreast for any feelings of exclusion all this may have caused.
I apologize to MakoMike and George Scocca for any disruptions this may have caused

So, for the good of noreast and the rest of the members here I am removing my title of Piker Prez from my signature line and will simply go back to just being gverb1219.

I am a man of my word and I will honor Jacks wish and not make any references to him anymore, not in the Anglers Lounge, in Chat or on any other boards here at noreast.

Jack, I really do apologize and want you to know it is sincere. What I assumed was a harmless remark, was actually a hurtful one and for that I am sorry.

Sincerely,
Gary R. Verbanic Sr.

This post edited by gverb1219 09:36 PM 01/07/2008
 

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Mentalfloss wrote:
someone please lock this thread before the BS starts :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
I second that motion!

It takes a big man to make such an apology.
I hope Jack shows he is an even bigger man and accepts it and puts this thing to bed.
 

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good to see

we are all here for the same reason, and im glad to see this coming to a end.
GVERB, very upstanding thing for you to do


That's why I like this place so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Mentalfloss wrote:
someone please lock this thread before the BS starts :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

DITTO
 

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i for one am proud of my piker status,,,even if it only means something to me,,it makes me no better or no worse than any other noreaster..i just have fun being a piker and i will not give up my self proclaimed title..lol,,,,gary please say it isnt so...we need a piker prez,,,even if its a unnoficial piker prez.
.also.if you are resigning as a piker i might be interested in purchasing,at a huge discount ,any piker shirts or hats that you arent using .lol
:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:


This post edited by psycopanhead 10:24 PM 01/07/2008
 

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G- Impressive. Dropping the Piker Prez thing I don't know. Will have to think about it. However, the sentiment that the whole Piker thing in some respects splilt the board, I must agree there is evidence of that occuring. To dissolve the Pikers- Hmmm. The Apology to Jack I whole heartedly agree. Even though the perp was only 1 person of pathetically low standing, he was a "Piker". I am of German descent from the 1700's.My family fought in the Revolusionarny War and the Civil War.WW1, WW2, and Korea. Anti Semitisim is Wrong. Same as the Iraqui, whole Middle East BS. Hope the world peace thing gets a little more steam.
 

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I don't care if the guy was a Piker, Eagle Scout, Electrician, Railfan and a Mario Brother, Jacks PM was out of line. That was an issue between them and we should not have been included in it.

While Jack may be a very knowledgeable fisherman he carries a lot of baggage to this site. He is always in the middle of one controvercy after another. Talk about a dividing force. I feel more harm was done after this last incident then any "Piker" thread.

If anybody deserves an apology it's all the Noreast Members who received his PM.
 

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crabman1130 wrote:
I don't care if the guy was a Piker, Eagle Scout, Electrician, Railfan and a Mario Brother, Jacks PM was out of line. That was an issue between them and we should not have been included in it.

While Jack may be a very knowledgeable fisherman he carries a lot of baggage to this site. He is always in the middle of one controvercy after another. Talk about a dividing force. I feel more harm was done after this last incident then any "Piker" thread.

If anybody deserves an apology it's all the Noreast Members who received his PM.

I totally agree with you Joe. This should have been between Jack and the moderators of this site long ago. The Pikers have been more than willing to help when people asked for it and have gone out of their way to look for simple solutions to difficult problems. I can only hope Jack offers up an apology like Gary has, but I have my doubts. I for one am now and will always remain proud to be a Piker. It's the way I was brought up and have no regrets about being the person I am.
 

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OK, since HJ cannot respond in this section, coupled with the fact that this same thread appears in EC's section, and many of you asked that the topic be locked, consider it done.

If Mike wants to open it later he can.

MakoMatt
 
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