What a hoot! In an editorial this morning, The Union laments: “Our community needs candidates for election.”
Who would want to run? Local politics are the most odious part of the “Sierra foothills lifestyle”: personal attacks, whisper campaigns, political puppet masters, letter writing campaigns, more local PACS, a lingering culture of “good old boys.” The Union’s Op-Ed page turns into the Jerry Springer show during election season, and both sides try to manipulate the news coverage — often “planting” or “leaking” stories based on innuendo or outright falsehoods.
Include this with a declining, aging population, and you’ve got a trend that is largely irreversible. You reap what you sow.