Some things never change around here, even when you return refreshed from a great family vacation.
I laughed out loud when I read George Boardman’s curmudgeonly column in The Union this week. It reminded me of what our high school physics teacher, Mr. Newman, used to ask our class: “Are you part of the solution, or part of the problem?”
This week, crotchety Mr. Boardman (the paid weekly columnist) opines: “While California is among the nation’s leaders in job creation, Nevada County remains stagnant. The population gets older because our youth go away to college, find good paying jobs with a future elsewhere, and don’t come back.”
Sure, the Economic Resource Council has to shoulder some blame, as I’ve written before. That’s not news.
But our other local “good old boy” institutions also have to share some of the responsibility, including the ones that Boardman staunchly defends such as The Union (which pays him).
What youth would want to come back to read Boardman’s “get off my lawn!” columns week after week — or experience his world view, for that matter? Many of his columns ridicule the reasons (not to mention the communities) that make California “among the nation’s leaders in job creation,” to borrow his words.
Boardman epitomizes the aging demographic. And his resume is not much to write home about, either, even for a small community newspaper.
Instead of just criticizing the ERC — the low-hanging fruit — The Union and Boardman ought to look in the mirror and think about their own role in creating a dynamic community or merely a retirement home.
The Union ought to find some more dynamic columns to inspire the same young people that the community seeks to attract.