Today’s The Union is an issue-oriented gem


Whiskey fetching NYT
Whiskey fetching

My routine is to get up early, light up the red wood-burning stove in the kitchen and read several newspapers online, except the New York Times, which Whiskey fetches from the walkway.

Today’s The Union is a gem — stories about complex but relevant *issues* to our community — not “filler,” “fluff” or “advertorial.” Kudos to Dave Moller and David Mirhadi, who wrote the best ones, and to the editors and copy editors, always unsung heroes:

“Are economic woes leading to rise in local suicides?” An issue-oriented centerpiece. Here’s my write up on the issue last month: “Recession leads to more suicides.” You can’t sweep this one under the rug. 

•”Nevada City’s financial oversight group to disband.” KNCO first wrote the story two days ago, but this version provides much more depth, questioning the wisdom of disbanding the group but presenting both sides. Too bad Mayor Barbara Coffman wasn’t available for comment.

I received an email of concern Friday from a blog reader: “This doesn’t look like good government to me,” he said.

•”State questions mine report.” This shows that the draft environmental report to reopen the mine has some real flaws. It’s not at all a black-and-white issue to go forward without some substantive changes.

All I missed was a story on the Obama stimulus “shovel projects” from county executive officer Rick Haffey’s Friday memo. It’s the first complete list for the county, Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee.

On the production side, a major glitch: I like to read the print version of the paper online. But this morning, the Page 1A was “Real Estate Showcase,” not the front page of the paper. A Freudian slip, I’m sure.

The remnant Web advertising “Leading Hotels of the World” is getting a little tiresome as well. I doubt too many locals want to go to Hôtel Plaza Athénée in New York for a expensive getaway in a deepening recession. How about providing more local, relevant Web advertising with coupons?

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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