The Union’s paid columnist, George Boardman (AKA “Bored” Georgeman), this week is using his column to advocate for a “no” vote on Measure B — a selfish and short-sighted perspective that undermines our schools, our children, and exemplifies the geezerish “get off my lawn” mindset that is counterproductive to our community’s progress.
He claims “Measure B” doesn’t pass the “smell test.” He blathers on — taking a cue from the “talking points” of none other than Wade Freedle, the tea party and State of Jefferson activist. Wade’s spouse, Fran, was active in county politics during a “bitterly divided” political scene. Real role models for community progress.
What’s missing is that George never got up out of his arm chair in his “gated” community and actually visited the schools, the students and the administrators to get the real “scoop.” If he had, he would have seen the value of this $47 million bond issue. He would have heard about the need firsthand.
“Our facilities are in urgent need of safety upgrades and basic repairs, as our schools have broken plumbing and bathrooms, aging fire prevention and electrical systems, outdated wiring for computer technology and limited access for students with disabilities,” as the “Yes on B” campaign notes.
This week, I’ve been invited to return to Nevada Union High to address the AP government class. I enjoy having a dialogue with the students, hearing about their concerns, and learning firsthand what issues concern them.
I’ve been asked to speak about the role of media and politics. “I am sure they will be interested in hearing about a small town newspaper versus a publication like the San Francisco Chronicle or Time magazine, as well as the role of social media,” I was told.
I’ll ask the students — among our “best and brightest” — what they thought of George’s column and The Union newspaper in general. (I’ll bring along a copy of George’s column just in case they missed it).
I’ll ask them whether they think The Union management does a good job of reflecting their perspective, whether it’s Measure “B” or anything else, in the newspaper. And whether it is helping to lead our community in the right direction.