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Having grown up in Massachusetts, I have been a lifelong New England Patriots fan. Needless to say, I was extremely sad to see that Tom Brady is leaving the Pats for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 1998, after 30 years with the same company, I felt, like Brady, that I wanted and needed a change. So when the company offered an early retirement program, I took it. It was the biggest mistake of my professional life. After several years working for a number of other companies, I realized that sometimes the reason that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence is that there is a whole pile of manure over there. Let’s hope Brady doesn’t step on too much manure in Tampa.

John Matton

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Indian Head Park, Ill.