In 2014, with much fanfare, The Union launched a new community editorial board. “This new 15-person board has been meeting since August and includes the right, left and middle politically, men and women, young and not as young,” crowed then publisher Jim Hemig, who since has hung up his journalism spurs and moved on to become a real estate agent for “dad’s” firm in Truckee.
Then some members quit. More recently this “community” board has been stacked with insiders. Details are here.
Flash forward to today and Editor Brian Hamilton is writing in a column: “We are accepting applications for volunteer members of The Union Editorial Board.”
Well, isn’t that special!
“We’re seeking a wide array of perspectives that will help us represent the community in our discussions, whether in the weekly ‘Our View’ editorial — produced from conversations of the full board — or in personal columns authored by board members. In addition to writing a monthly opinion piece, we expect regular attendance of board meetings and participation in our deliberations as we talk about local issues in a civil, respectful manner.
“If you are interested, please email EditBoard@TheUnion.com with a short bio and why you’d be a great addition to the group. Deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 1.”
In his column, Hamilton also complains about a lack of “decency in discussion” in our community.
What he left out is that The Union’s own “op-ed” page is a leader in what Hamilton calls “some adults behaving badly.” It sets a horrible example for our community, regularly publishing unintelligent screeds on its “op-ed” page. A shining example, by Todd Juvinall, is here. Todd is a “good old boy,” who was good pals with a former Union publisher. Times are changing, though this has long been the “circle of life” in western Nevada County.
And unfortunately for The Union, “you reap what you sow.”