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It seems to us: County’s Twitter blunder, midsummer nightmare and a true hero gets his due

Erie County’s tweeter-in-chief, aka County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, apologized this week for a message that went out under the county’s Twitter handle supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The post was quickly taken down, but still touched off a storm of protest from Republicans.

It was inappropriate, as Poloncarz acknowledged, to use a government account for a partisan message, and he said a staff member had made the mistake.

A statement from the county attributed the political message to “a staffer who had multiple Twitter accounts open at the same time” late at night.

Oh, well. That’s the 21st century for you.

It’s not the night that is so scary, goes the theory, but the threat of night. Dusk creates the fright.

So what is it when back-to-school sales begin with the summer barely half over? It’s premature dusk, at least from a kid’s eyes.

Yes, it makes sense from a marketing point of view and of course parents need time to gather the clothing and notebooks and pencils and slide rules – all right, never mind the slide rules – but what about the kids? This is high summer and no time to be thinking about giving up the pool for the protractor.

On the other hand, no one said life is fair. Call it an extracurricular lesson.

While the hero label is often misapplied to sports figures and others, we give you a true hero: Army Sgt. Gary Rose of Huntsville, Ala. He will receive the military’s highest award, the Medal of Honor, for his courageous actions when he was a medic in the jungles of Laos in 1970, during the Vietnam War.

He was part of the secret Studies and Observation Group, an elite force fighting in Laos even as President Richard M. Nixon was denying the presence of U.S. troops. Now, after a decade of lobbying, Congress authorized what will be the first Medal of Honor “expressly acknowledging” the heroics of a soldier in combat in the “secret war” in Laos.

Richly deserved and long overdue.

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