I asked The Union’s weekly columnist George Boardman to respond to pointed criticism directed at him from Louise McFadden, who helped with the campaign for Measure B, which narrowly passed and will provide needed money to upgrade our schools. McFadden retired in 2014 after more than 40 years as an educator, including over 30 years as an NU English teacher.
She wrote on The Union’s website: “I am concerned that you have, on more than one occasion, published information that is poorly researched and/or untrue.” She went on to politely list her concerns and asked George to respond. It was totally legitimate.
And here’s Boardman’s response on his blog: “‘Mcfadden/Mcafdden/McFadden’ represents him or herself as a former educator who worked for passage of the bond issue, and has complained about The Union’s lack of accuracy in its election coverage. I’m not going to bother to respond to somebody who can’t get his or her name straight.”
Here’s what others have said about McFadden, according to The Union’s own reporting.
“It was amazing how much she loved them and how much they loved her,” NU Athletic Director Jeff Dellis told The Union in an article “All about the students: NU teacher McFadden retires after more than 30 years as an educator.” “You walked into her class and it would be deathly quiet when she spoke. When kids were told to read, they read. When they were told to engage, they would engage with one another and they would engage with her. Kids did not want to disappoint her. She is just larger then life.”
Added District Superintendent Louise Johnson: “She’s been a leader with that group of students, and just a tremendously positive force with our district for many, many years.”
In 2014, McFadden’s name appeared on a list of 21 teachers were were honored in the annual “Teachers Who Make A Difference Awards Banquet.”
Memo to Publisher Don Rogers and Editor Brian Hamilton: Dump Boardman’s column before he undermines the newspaper’s credibility further. Find a replacement. But don’t take my world for it: ask around, starting with the high school.
As McFadden pointed out to Boardman on TheUnion.com: “Support you airing opinions that differ from mine. My beef is that your published opinions sometimes are not based on investigated facts. Please do that. As I said ( and quoted from a national politician) in the Measure B Tea Party debate: ‘ We are all entitled to our own opinions. We are not entitled to our own facts.'”