Will the real David Silva please stand up?
I finally understand what is up with David Silva’s columns. There
seems to be two David Silvas. One comes across as a charming man,
someone who writes about his family and life. There is an
off-the-cuff quality to these columns that make them feel as if
you’re listening to a friend ramble on the back porch.
The other David Silva is a petty whiner. He believes we will side
with him as he talks of making snide comments to a clerk at a dry
cleaners over things the clerk does not control. He also trots out
tired complaints about the DMV (There are long lines? I’ve never
heard that before!), all the while admitting that it was his own
fault he’s there.
What both David Silvas share is a lack of editing ability, as the
columns could cover the same stories in half the space if time were
spent editing them. It’s truly hard to believe Mr. Silva is an
editor, as he doesn’t seem to exercise any editorial judgment over
his own writings. The Leader obviously encourages this, as the DMV
story was set in a smaller typeface just to get it all in. I cheer
the “nice” David Silva, wish the “whiner” would keep his complaints
to himself and hope that someone at the paper will remind Mr. Silva
that, sometimes, less is more.