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Byline: Daryl Lease
Let's make one thing clear at the outset: There was no food fight.
When I mention to folks that the Manatee Herald-Tribune editorial board periodically hosts thank-you dinners for the readers who've contributed letters and guest columns, I often get a chuckle in response.
People assume we're blithely walking into a free-for-all.
It sort of makes sense, I suppose. After all, we're gathering some of the most opinionated, outspoken residents of our communities in one room. Sparks -- or dinner rolls -- are bound to fly, right?
I'm pleased to report no one was conked in the head at our latest thank-you dinner, held …