Political activists get more relentless by the day, and the media keeps playing along.
We’re letting it happen in our community too, and it’s crossing the line from distracting to, well, sickening.
This morning I read, under the “breaking news” banner in The Union, that Nevada County Superior Court Judge Julie McManus was served Friday afternoon with a “notice of intent to circulate a recall petition.”
But McManus filed for disability retirement on December 15, because she sustained a traumatic brain injury in a fall.
Though she had hoped she would be able to return to work, she won’t. Her tenure is over.
So the recall petition is pointless — and nasty.
Then I read a negative story about the local political activists’ other favorite targets — the local elections process, our public employees and, oh, taxes. This one involves the parcel assessment to preserve fire protection.
It’s absurd: A longstanding conservative activist sends an email to the newspaper claiming that he can see through the ballot when it’s held up to the light.
“This may not be much of an issue except those that will benefit from the tax will have custody of the ballots for an extended period of time,” the email reads.
But that’s wrong, countered Warren Knox, chairman of the fire district’s board of directors, and people handling the election agreed.
It’s a non-story, just like recalling a judge who has retired with a traumatic brain injury.
Yet the newspaper keeps playing along, and giving the activists a platform. They’re using each other.
More residents need to stand up and take note.
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