Editor’s note: A reader writes to The Union about another indecipherable screed from George Rebane, whose influence in our towns — for whatever reason — has expanded to being a commentator on the KVRM News Hour, a “Tech Test”administrator for our youth, and a board member of Music in the Mountains. Is anyone listening?
“On Dec. 1 there appeared yet another indecipherable screed from George Rebane, where in his attempt to appear erudite and complex, he manages only to obfuscate his message.
“Rebane tells us about ‘ … power issues from relatively miniscule metropolises where the powerful and their well fed acolytes gather.’ Does he mean Sacramento? Los Angeles? Miniscule? Really?
“And, ‘ … we are human chattel to be monitored, managed, and moved as called for by their grand plan to depopulate the hinterlands and stack/pack their inhabitants into more concentrated and controllable collections.’ Does he mean the ‘hinterland’ inhabitants will be stacked/packed? (‘Their’ is possessive for people, not hinterlands, which are inanimate, so I was confused). Why not say ‘they want to move rural population to the cities’? And who are ‘they’?
“I mean no disrespect for Mr. Rebane, who clearly is passionate about his views. But if he wants to communicate them, I suggest simple, direct, clear English, which, many believe, is the most beautiful English of all (see Shakespeare).
“I urge The Union to maintain a certain level of English clarity in the ‘Other Voices’ section, out of respect for their readers.
“North San Juan”