The Union’s weekly columnist Bored Georgeman (AKA George Boardman) has become a parody of himself. Like our local hard-right political bloggers (loud and obnoxious but a minority when you consider the political diversity of our community), he’s locked in a “get off my lawn”! mindset.
I continue to be perplexed by “Bored’s” presence each week in our local newspaper, because his “wisdom” is not a growth strategy for the newspaper to sign up new readers. At best, it is a defensive strategy to hang on to the aging conservative demographic. Meanwhile, the paper hasn’t replaced Heidi Hall’s column. Go figure.
This week we are treated to Bored’s latest tirade — bashing a plan to build EV charging stations in Northern California and poking fun at Portland “where it is said that 20-somethings go to retire and that they have so many coffee shots because they’re trying to stay awake.”
As usual, his columns gloss over important details — in this case the cost of electric cars. He likes to point to the $75K Tesla Model S — but never mentions the Chevrolet Spark or Nissan Leaf, which go for less than $30K. He also “forgets” to mention that California is the nation’s top EV region. Duh.
But instead of informing, it’s the same old “public welfare”/”taxation without representation” mantra. Blah, blah, blah. George feels the same way about the organic food movement — too darn expensive for its own good.
But amid Bored’s convenient “eat the rich” rhetoric, not a peep about his own “let them eat cake” vacationing in the South of France. It’s funny how that works. Little to no self-awareness.
But wait, there’s more. This weekend we were treated to “Can California be Saved” on George Rebane’s blog: “Wealth in California is today made in ‘high-tech, social media, the Internet, government employment, academia, lawyering, and acting,’ and not in ‘the old-fashioned way’ – mining, timber, ranching, farming, and construction.”
I enjoy the NC Scooper’s parody. But when you stop to think about it, you don’t have to make this stuff up. In our community, it’s real.
Here’s an ode to that “old-fashioned way”: