Death is a time for grieving and reflection. When a Supervisor of 30 years passes, most people hold with : “De mortuis nihil nisi bonum”, never say anything ill about the dead but there are exceptions. The very human attribute of reflection is stilled until an appropiate amount of time has passed but with the effusive praise given Mr. George Komelasky in the Northampton Township booklet one should ask about the other side of the story.

George was a Republican Insider and as such he had additional powers not typically granted to an elected official. Not all of those powers were benevolently exercised. Nor were they exercised evenly against friends and foes. Most people act as if they are justified in singing only praises at the funeral oration, and inscribe only what is to his advantage on the tombstone. Why is this consideration for the dead, which they really no longer need, more important to us than the truth?

In Julius Caesar (1599) by William Shakespeare, Mark Antony uses the opposite idea, when he says: “The evil that men do lives after them.

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