Gathered around the dining room table, the Rosendale family discussed current political matters, both local and larger, during which young Matthew was encouraged to share his opinion. At the end of each week, those same issues would appear in the weekly newspaper that Matthew’s parents had started from scratch. Serving as one of the main news sources in the town, the Rosendale newspaper gave Matthew a front-row seat to politics from an early age. This unique position came with a lesson that stayed with Matthew as he grew up, had a family of his own, and then began his career in politics.
The Lesson: “I was raised with the attitude that if you have the ability to change something then you have the responsibility to change it. It was not acceptable to ignore your responsibilities.”