And I continue to wonder about The Union’s readership demographics, since it presumably reflects the letter writers. A disproportionate number sound kooky and extreme, while the voter demographics show “most of us are in the middle.”
The Boardwalk in Nevada City is the latest ruckus. Like clockwork, a heated letter opposed to the Boardwalk appears in the newspaper ahead of a Wednesday Council meeting.
It is written by Jean Gerard, who makes all sorts of unsubstantiated claims to suit her opinion that the Boardwalk “needs to go.” There were also personal attacks that the paper just ran anyway (in this case “Reinette Senum shills.”)
A local named Jean Gerard has also written articles for the local tea party website. One, titled The Crown & the Constitution, is a real winner.
My favorite line: “The United States of America is a Corporation. The Corporation is controlled by the Crown Temple. The financial system is ruled by Rothschild and the judicial system is ruled by the pope.”
In another “Other Voices,” Jean Gerard writes: “Saying yes to Prop 37 is saying yes to GMOs, yes to the USDA Strategic Plan Goal 3 which promotes GMOs, and yes to Codex. Vote ‘no.'”
Worse, The Union publishes the opinions without context or a counterpoint. It happens again and again. The First Amendment doesn’t give newspapers the right to show poor judgment.
For The Union, the problems also seems to be a shrinking pool of letter writers. The Op-Ed page needs to be more proactive, that’s for sure.