No one is chasing millennials out of our towns faster than The Union’s paid commentators.
This weekend, The Union’s paid cartoonist RL Crabb drew a cartoon mocking environmental efforts to address environmental damage from dredge mining. It showed an old miner looking askance because “environmental impact fees” were cutting into his efforts to mine gold with a dredge.
“Good ‘toon, would have been better with Izzy holding the business end of the dredge,” wrote the avid local global-warming denier Gregory Goodknight, attacking Izzy Martin, executive director of the Sierra Fund, whose mission is to “address the legacy of historic mining in California.”
“Any donations from the Middle East to the Sierra Fund?” added Todd Juvinall, once elected to be a County supervisor and one of the nastiest commentators in our western county. “Any Arabic names on the roster? Are they armed? LOL! That would be the only thing that might keep tax money from flowing to these eco ripoffs.”
Juvinall added, “SYRCL now has grown like all these eco-scams do and is suing the very taxpayers who fund them regarding other rivers. And they are trying to tear down Englebright. All the while being paid to remove mercury from Combie using, GASP! Dredges!”
Hard-right blogger Russ Steele, once a County Transportation Commissioner, added: “Donating to local non-profits can have bad consequences.”
But wait, there’s more: On Monday, The Union’s paid columnist George Boardman wrote: “Is the free exchange of ideas being sacrificed for political correctness?” He was repeating himself from another column.
George added: “Today’s students — the best and brightest of our young adults — apparently can’t take the heat. Instead, they insist on ‘trigger warnings,’ protection from ‘micro aggressions,’ and ‘safe spaces’ where nobody will challenge their beliefs.”
So let’s throw out political correctness and make an observation: The Union has hired two aging, white, stodgy males — one mocking environmental laws and the other mocking political correctness — as its columnist and cartoonist.
This comes at the same time our community is hoping to recruit and retain well-educated millennials to our region.
Imagine how the rants of Crabb and Boardman resonate to a newly minted engineer from a coastal college who might want to relocate here.
What a disconnect! And what an embarrassment.