Nobody represents our “past” better than the bulk of our local right-wing blogging contingent (AKA, increasingly becoming cyber bullies). And it’s getting worse, as this blog has been documenting.
Another leader of the local “get off my lawn” contingent is The Union’s paid weekly columnist George Boardman. A shining example is Boardman’s column on Measure B this week. It is deplorable.
Boardman loudly opposed Measure B — a bond measure to fund needed facility improvements to our schools — but it won. So instead of being humbled or introspective (he never even toured the schools), Boardman uses his weekly bully pulpit to lash out at the school district, high-school Superintendent Louise Johnson, former County schools Superintendent Terry McAteer, bloggers, and residents who emailed him.
His argument seems to boil down to this: Why invest in our schools with declining enrollment? Then he tries to argue that the assessment for the bond measure (tiny) somehow helps make it even “more difficult” for young families to put down roots here. Baloney!
We still have excellent schools. This year Ghidotti ranked #1 statewide on the new CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress). That’s out of 2,033 high schools, including affluent and well-educated communities such as San Rafael, Piedmont, Palo Alto, Saratoga, La Canada and you name it.
Boardman’s latest column is one of his worst yet. The Union’s management should send him packing before he does any more damage to the newspaper’s credibility.