Why our local newspaper’s new editorial board is a farce

Editor’s notes: Here’s an example of how The Union’s editorial board polarizes, not unites. In this letter, one editorial board member — CABPRO supporter Norm Sauer — attacks a fellow board member Cheryl Cook. Sauer uses words such as “rant,” “ploy,” “contempt” and “diatribe.” The Union’s ballyhooed editorial board has become a one-way street.

“Cheryl Cook’s recent essay describing the authors of our Constitution as ‘privileged, white, male property owners who protected slave owners … buying and selling family members … ,’ and continuing to condemn ‘…old people … able to recall every statesman from 238 years ago,’ … but unable to appreciate the continued suffering of Blacks in the 1960s, and that the real threat to domestic tranquility is the Second Amendment’s right of individuals to keep and bear arms, disparages America and its founding documents.

“This rant is known as ‘deconstructionism’ wherein nothing respected about our history remains untainted. A deconstructionist’s ploy is the de-emphasis, or even effacement, by posing a continuous critique, to lay low what was once high.

“Cook’s essay tears down the old certainties upon which Western culture is founded and the foundations on which those beliefs are based. Sadly, I read her diatribe as an attempted erosion of our God-given inalienable rights, that “all men are created equal,” individualism, limited government, an educated and virtuous citizenry, and full republicanism.

“I can only scratch my head with wonder at her contempt. What purpose does she seek to serve in her destruction of American Exceptionalism?”

Norm Sauer, who lives in Nevada City, is a member of The Union Editorial Board. His opinion is his own and does not represent The Union or its editorial board.

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 SierraCulture.com. 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.

6 thoughts on “Why our local newspaper’s new editorial board is a farce”

  1. The union has created a new cohort of right wingnuts who spout the typical ultra-conservative rants over and over again. Deconstruction is one of those. It seems as if anytime anyone points out the true history of America the right screams foul as if the founders never owned slaves and weren’t wealthy white men; as if the native Americans weren’t slaughtered by the tens of thousands and their land taken; as if there were no labor strikes where the national guard was called out and shot strikers; as if etc. etc. Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” should be required reading for all high school graduates. You cannot cure a disease until you recognize that you are sick. The history that Sauer claims is being “deconstructed” isn’t history at all, but a myth constructed to celebrate and justify the rape and pillage of the Americas. America is the only country on Earth to celebrate Columbus Day, oddly honoring a man who never set foot on what is now American soil. It is more a celebration of conquest than discovery reinforcing the notion that somehow the Europeans had a right to take the land because they “discovered America”. Deconstruct that Norm.

  2. Cheryl Cook has always written well thought out letters to the Union. I have seen several of Norm Sauer’s letters and come to the conclusion that he enjoys listening to Rush.

  3. Wondering why theUnion 2 weeks ago gleefully reported on the front page that it was 60 – 0 people in favor of Med. Marijuana Dispensary(ies) inside the Nevada City limits. Well…there was only one day’s public notice in the Union before the meeting, which stated there would be “discussions” the next night, but, surprise, surprise to the community. Instead of a “discussion” with one day’s notice to the general public, an “instant vote” happened at the City Council meeting 5-0 to allow them, so this process is now handed off to the Nevada City Planning Commission to make a “map” of allowable sites. Now the ball is rolling allowed with no general public input.

    What’s wrong with this picture? The above, and that none of the neighborhoods where these MMJ businesses are slated to be, have been informed or even consulted. Currently, they are 1) the current location of Sauers Engineering Firm above Robinson Enterprises and 600 ft. From Sierra Christian School Preschool (therefore the City Council had to change the standard 1,000 ft.from a school in order to allow this) and 2) on Railroad Avenue across from Northern Queen, where their proprietors rented a lot of units advertised as safe and quiet units, friendly to senior citizens.

    Nevada City is only 2 sq. miles, and this is why the duplicity exists on several fronts. MMJ Dispensaries can only be allowed in areas zoned as “Light Industrial”, which are few within the city limits. It’s all about profit for Nevada City government and appeasing the two rabid proponents of MMJ dispensaries on the City Council, as well as the profit motive for the City of Nevada City.

    In addition, wondering why theUnion neglected to report on last night’s meeting 10/12, when Duane Strawser reported that there is in fact a lot of opposition to going forward with this plan; he even enumerated numbers of petition signatures and email responses to prove it, way more than the 60 that were present two weeks ago when the City Council had a 60 – 0 crowd for MMJ Dispensaries inside the Nevada City limits.

    Do you wonder why the Union did not report this? The Editorial Board has already published their opinion – there should actually be 2 MMJ dispensaries inside Nevada City so that there will be competition in order to keep the cost of the products down.

    If you are opposed to the City Council decision to have one or more Marijuana Dispensaries inside our Nevada City please contact each Nevada City Council Member individually to express you opinion. Their contact information is on the City of Nevada City website. Thank you.

    1. The Union has a major conflict of interest when it comes to objective reporting on marijuana. It publishes “Nevada County Cannibus,” in print and online, and it derives revenue from cannabis-related businesses. A dispensary would be another “sale” for The Union! As for the locations, the bank on Railroad Ave. has been robbed twice in six months, and adding a dispensary there would only boost the crime risk. It’s also near the new campground, where tourists are encouraged to walk to town. It would be the new “emerald triangle” in Nevada City, connecting Pioneer Park with the Chevron Station (ie, “liquor” store) and Cannibus Dispensary and Campground. Good going Nevada City!

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