The Union’s commentary on schools: Where are the parents?

Boardman: "Xxjj xjx jxj xjj x xjj xj xjjx jxjxjx."
Boardman can’t spell

Nowhere is The Union’s core demographics of an aging, declining, disengaged population more evident than its commentary on our schools.

Crabb's simplistic cartoons
Crabb’s simple-minded cartoons

The latest edition is a shining example. RL Crabb, our 60-something cartoonist who has no children in our schools and never did, draws a sarcastic cartoon of the miner at NU wearing boxing gloves, mocking the recent news that affected few, not many. Isn’t that a hoot “Bob”? You and the “Shifters” can toast to that.

Then there’s “Bored Georgeman,” the 70-something weekly columnist of The Union, calling for our schools to consolidate based on some shaky arguments. He didn’t educate any kiddos in our schools either  or did he? And to show his own lack of education, the pull quotes in his article are “Xxjj xjx jxj xjj x xjj xj xjjx jxjxjx.” Say what George? LOL.

What The Union is missing is that the parents who work and raise their children in our community are worrying about: that the “balance of powers” between conservative retirees and families is becoming more unbalanced than ever. More and more working families are leaving all together or educating their kiddos “out-of-town” — a real longterm problem. It also flies in the face in what the County Economic Resource Council is trying to accomplish.

Yet The Union is doing absolutely nothing to improve the situation or generate a robust dialogue. It is a lazy and disengaged approach to journalism and public commentary. Just print whatever is submitted but don’t reach out to other community “thought leaders.”

But wait, there’s more. Monday’s Op-Ed page includes commentary from right-wing activist Todd Juvinall: “Freedom or socialism, your choice.” “I reject the socialist claptrap, I vote freedom, I vote America! Show these socialists the door.”

Todd never sees the world in anything but black or white. He’s not a very complex person. Go Todd, but at least pay your delinquent property taxes! I guess that’s not a criteria for writing an “Other Voices” for The Union, but maybe it should be.  Our community could use the money.

Update: Here’s how Boardman’s column is promoted on The Union’s Facebook page. Inviting.

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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 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.

6 thoughts on “The Union’s commentary on schools: Where are the parents?”

  1. Juvinile starts with bull**** and ends with bull**** and in the middle he puts out Mein Kampf quotes. —What a guy! Ozzie and Harriet re-runs would be more informative.

    1. Fortunately, the community’s “bench” is a lot deeper than the one that The Union’s Op-Ed page manages to attract. Gadzooks!

  2. One of our more astute readers sent this email along after reading “TJ’s” finger painting project (AKA “commentary”):
    “It got me to thinking about building codes which put me in mind of Hammurabi, who I learned of in the sixth grade. If TJ had lived in Mesopotamia in Hammurabi’s time he may not have survived to be an aging, declining, house builder and bloviator. Have a nice week.”

  3. Perhaps Crabb was trying to point out how violent out society has become or maybe that this incident was just another “black eye” in a series that has plagued NJUHSD in recent decades, or possibly how the media influences behavior.

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