My Turn, Your Turn: Viewers' responses to forwarded emails

WILMINGTON -- A big surprise for me in doing these commentaries is what topics provoke the most feedback.

I was on vacation last week - so I recorded a couple segments prior to leaving.  One of those was a piece about forwarded email - which I hate.

I thought this was something universally annoying.  So I tried to take a "tongue-in-cheek" approach and wrote the commentary as if it was intended for just one person.  You did not find my efforts amusing.  And you weren't shy about letting me know.  Instead of "tongue-in-cheek" - it felt more like "foot-in-mouth."

"Lighten up on your friend." Wrote Tim, "Be happy he is at least still thinking of you."

Lisa wrote, "I feel you were extremely rude to your friend by pointing him out in such a fashion, anonymously or otherwise. If it had been me you were addressing in the segment, I would have taken it as a huge slight."

William put it a different way, "I think you need to go to Wal-Mart's store and get the next larger size underwear because something is definitely too tight."

Okay that one kind of hurt but not as much as Mary Lou, who wrote one word in all caps.  She called me a "GROUCH!!!"

Yes - I also heard from those of you who agree with my dislike for forwarded emails.  And for the record, that hasn't changed.  But I will say, if I had to do it over again, I'd forget about the "tongue-in-cheek" approach.  It just didn't work.

That's some of my turn - and a little your turn.   Feel free to forward it to anyone.  But to comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at