Boardman column lumps us into North State for pot consumption to make his point

George Boardman, The Union’s paid weekly columnist, has a propensity for twisting facts to fit his thesis — as well as the words of others.

I have no idea whether The Union management notices this, but others do. It’s why he is wearing thin as a weekly commentator. He neither informs nor entertains.

And this week he’s done it again.

George begins his column: “This part of California doesn’t lead the nation in much of anything, except when it comes to the cultivation and use of marijuana.”

In fact, the region George is referring to doesn’t include our community — it refers to the North State — an area north of Nevada County.

In the middle of his column, George concedes there is a difference between Nevada County (2R in the study) and the North State (1R) but he spins it like this: “Nevada County wasn’t far behind our neighbors to the north. The researchers included us in region 2R, where 11 percent to 12.9 percent of the residents said they smoked pot at least once last month.”

In fact, the figures for 2R are prevalent in other parts of the state — and the figures for 1R are considerably higher. So are the figures for Colorado, where pot is legal.

The statistics George writes about do not paint a picture that we lead the nation in pot use and consumption, as his lead sentence implies.

George’s “observations from the center stripe” is an ongoing series of irresponsible statements and cheap shots. It is not entertaining or informative either. One example: “Just in time for the start of school, we’re seeing a spike in whooping cough cases.” Yet there is no context. In fact, the cases have been more prevalent in the past.

Another week passes with a podunk column by “Bored Georgeman.”

About 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.
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One Response to Boardman column lumps us into North State for pot consumption to make his point

  1. jeffpelline says:

    A reader called out Boardman on his use of statistics to prove his point on The Union’s website:
    “George: I was amazed that you were using stats and studies from 16-18 years ago to support your position.” Same old bull from Boardman.

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