What are the standards of The Union’s editorial board?

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.”

Judith McCarrick
Nevada City”

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 years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

7 thoughts on “What are the standards of The Union’s editorial board?”

    1. Why is it that the nasty rhetoric always comes from the local hard right? Too much testosterone in their Wheaties (or porridge) I guess. “Woof, woof,” goes the Alpha Dog.

    1. Now George Rebane (who lobbied The Union for this “editorial board” including the likes of Norm Sauer and Stan Meckler) is weighing in: “There we see that one or two residual burrs remain under the liberals’ blanket regarding Mr Sauer’s reply. Today Ms Judith McCarrick’s letter is an almost embarrassing yet important expose of more misdirected meanderings of muddled minds. ”

      Rebane thinks this kind of back and forth is what constitutes “constructive dialogue” in our community. Old, angry “white flight” guys — that’s become The Union’s core readership. As for The Union, “you reap what you sow.”

      BTW, according to Rebane, Cheryl Cook has resigned from The Union’s editorial board. So it’s becoming more “stacked.” Told you so.

      1. I don’t think that Ms. Judith McCarrick’s letter is so much embarrassing as it is warranted. It was Norm Sauer’s letter that contained a number of embarrassing burrs. I get the feeling that Norm Sauer wants to bully and control Ms. Cheryl Cook but found out he couldn’t/still can’t get away with it. Now that rumor has it that the very intelligent Ms. Cook resigned from the editorial board, Norm will have less access to her. Not too bright there, Norm.

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