The Union is begging for editorial board members — Go figure!

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.

No sooner had this ballyhooed board been formed than the members began attacking each other. Details are here and here.

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.”

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “The Union is begging for editorial board members — Go figure!”

  1. Why wouldn’t someone want to be on the Editorial Board of the Union?
    Norm Sauer, Stan Meckler- enough said————————-.

  2. Exactly…I thought about it for about one second and then Norm Sauer came to mind and I realized I couldn’t sit in the same room with him. I watched Al Gore’s interview at the NetRoots conference last night on YouTube. I came away saddened thinking what the world could have looked like had not the Republicans weaseled their way into the White House. His demeanor and sincerity make Bush and especially trump (with his 250 word vocabulary) seem like spoiled children, which of course they are. There is nothing worse than a fool who thinks they are right.

  3. Recent Quotes from doom and gloom Climate Denier Norm Sauer from The Union-

    “The media’s propaganda may also be responsible for the murderous rage and irrationality demonstrated by some on the left against President Trump”.

    “There is a systematic, well-funded effort by Democrats, including California’s super-majority Democratic party, to dismantle the integrity of the election administration system in our country and state. When 80 percent or more of illegal aliens vote Democrat, California promotes open borders and being a sanctuary state, policies which change the members of our voting public.”

    “Unfortunately, there are many impediments to restoration management of our public forests. Sufficient mills no longer exist to handle wood processing. Economic depression of forest communities makes rebuilding more difficult. Lengthy and complex planning processes such as NEPA, CEQA, and the ESA must be complied with before any action is taken. CARB impedes prescribed therapeutic burns while promoting the unintended consequence of enabling larger, more damaging fires. Adding insult to impediments, environmentalist lawsuits frustrate forest management at taxpayer expense.”

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