Editor’s note: I keep asking what the standards are for The Union’s editorial board. I guess it is catching on. Perhaps a “Hemig photo of the day” or another column about The Union’s “Golden Years” will one day address it. Seriously.
The letter is here:
“Attacking a fellow board member — effective?
“I was surprised to read Norm Sauer’s attack upon his fellow Editorial Board member at The Union, Cheryl Cook, and was appalled at his lack of civility and respect.
“While he vehemently defends the sanctity of the Constitution, he finds it acceptable to use words such as ‘rant,’ ‘diatribe,’ ‘contempt’ and ‘destruction’ to belittle Ms. Cook’s own First Amendment rights. Hers was a thoughtful discussion of issues that Americans of conscience are concerned about in our current climate of violence, a climate that the framers of our Constitution could never have anticipated.
“Mr. Sauer lectures Ms. Cook about ‘our God-given inalienable (sic) rights that all men are created equal’ when, in truth we know that many groups of Americans are still not treated equally and women remain economically disadvantaged. But it is his disrespectful tone, directed specifically at the character of Ms. Cook, who is his equal, that I find most offensive.
“Mr. Sauer’s verbal assault on a colleague raises questions about the composition and purpose of this board as effective representatives of our community.”