Don't form a personal opinion and don't get involved. The editors recommended a 'just the facts' focus for this cub reporter...For his first few years on the job, journalist Tom Rivers did his best to heed that advice. But living and working in a small town, it's hard to stay out of the story. So when the editors offered him a bi-weekly column ten years ago, Rivers jumped at the chance to share some his own ideas, adventures, and the occasional off-beat story that just didn't fit the news-article form. All Ears: A decade of listening and learning in small-town Western New York is a compilation of columns from the author of Farm Hands: Hard work and Hard Lessons from Western New York fields. Because he's not just a journalist, he's also a husband, dad, math whiz, sports fan, history buff and small-town citizen.