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23 October 2021

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The Estonian Fox

It seems someone has a conscience, and not so left-leaning.

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association severed ties with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) over a letter comparing parents' behavior at school board meetings to "domestic terrorism or hate crimes."

The letter sent to Biden on Sept. 29 from the NSBA requests the assistance of federal law enforcement officials and agencies in quenching the parental anger toward educators and school board officials in regards to mask mandates, curricula such as critical race theory, and other polarizing issues.

"The Governing Board of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association has voted unanimously to cancel the PSBA's longstanding membership in the National School Board's Association," the memo said.

"This misguided approach has made our work and that of many school boards more difficult," the memo said, referring to the letter's likening of parents to domestic terrorists. "Now is not the time for more politics and posturing, it is time for solutions to the many challenges facing education."

Finally, a state organization standing for critical thinking. Gov. Tom Wolf would most likely be on the "thumbs up, good job" side of the NSBA.

scenes

re: The Union.

No offense to your columns, but if I ran The Union I'd drop the locally written national political op-ed stuff and the online comments section (although it probably drives some traffic). I'd then make an honest effort to really flesh out local reporting and avoid puff pieces.

More articles like this:
https://www.theunion.com/news/a-symptom-of-much-deeper-problems-grass-valley-officers-focus-on-issues-of-mental-illness-drug-abuse-poverty/

It's funny how newspapers in days of yore presented an absolute wall of text, especially considering the physical difficulties in producing a paper. Evidently writing, especially the slightly longer form, is a dying art. You'd think there'd be more dredging of city council meetings and the like. Of course, local fire news by most sources seems to consist of asking Pascale a lot of questions.

OTOH, the modern newspaper website is a travesty (all of them). Software obviously written at the mothership company and repurposed everywhere, absolutely insane things happening in the backend to detect who you are, auction off the ad space, dredge up an ad and present it. Crazy. The earlier internet favored users, the late model variety favors corporations.

George Rebane

scenes 607pm - None taken. But providing a trumpet for local opinions on any number of topics drives a lot of traffic and keeps the print readership up. Apparently people like to see what their neighbors are thinking and up in arms about. It is one of the main functions that remain to local newspapers, everything else they can get online.

scenes

"But providing a trumpet for local opinions on any number of topics drives a lot of traffic"

You bet, but I doubt the fact that it's local opinion makes all that much difference.

Basically newspapers are driven by the same market forces and tastes as Twitter or Facebook, so they tend to take on all the trappings. The most ideal situation tends to combine the joy of outrage with user-supplied content. A few kilomillionaires have been made that way.

I suppose that observing that newspapers/magazines evolve towards Twitter (ever shorter stories, surveillance advertising, outrage in the comment section) is like noticing that movies inch towards video games in terms of aesthetics or that many documentaries tend toward tiny cuts in the editing suite. It's true but both unstoppable and useless as an observation, it just is.

Gregory

Linda Campbell, having abandoned the other names she's used in the more recent past, has a new Other Voices in The Union and it is a howler.

The question that came to my mind is... how did that disjointed screed pass muster but george's review of a new Charles Murray book did not?

scenes

re: Gregory@2:39PM

You'll have to tell me how it turns out.

She so obviously had no clue what a 'pyramid scheme' is that I had to quit reading right about there.

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