A letter published this morning (Dec. 7) in The Saratogian
by Barbara Trypaluk
incorrectly stated that state Supreme Court Judge Thomas Nolan is the brother of Saratoga
County Republican Committee Chairman Jasper Nolan.
Not so, Jasper Nolan assured me in a telephone call. Both Nolan families grew up in Mechanicville
, and they are family friends, but they are not related.Trypaluk
makes the inaccurate connection as her way of saying the judge's ruling on a case concerning the Beaver Pond development was a result of political and personal connections, calling the dismissal of the case on a technicality "an outrage and a miscarriage
She is entitled to her opinion, though, as we reported on The Saratogian
news pages, the judge's role was not to rule on the merits of the case but on the merits of the legal challenge, which was indeed technically flawed.
People will draw conclusions, right or wrong, about political connections and pressure even if the people involved are not relatives. That's an opinion. But I'm troubled that the letter stated outright that the Nolans
are brothers; our editors took that at the writer's word.
Opinions are welcome in letters to the editor; that's what they are for. But it is irresponsible to wrap opinions in erroneous "facts" that, as in this case, could have easily been checked by the writer.