Hits & Misses: Watch your language, please
February 15, 2017
Each week we'll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
MISS: (From Jane, a reader) To The Union staff for using the word "suck" in describing actions of anarchists and nationalists. You could have made your point without it.
HIT: To scruffy cops in Nevada City. Growing beards is a fundraiser for The Friendship Club. You can donate by calling the police department at 530-265-4700.
HIT: To Republican members of a new group, the Climate Leadership Council, talking with the Trump administration about a carbon tax idea that would charge $40 per ton of carbon dioxide released and return the money to U.S. citizens as part of a larger tax reform plan, according to NewCoShift. Former Secretary of State James Baker, a supporter, called it "a conservative, free-market approach that is a very Republican way of approaching the problem." NewsCoShift says former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, former Secretary of State George Schultz and a bunch of economists support the idea.
MISS: To the poor souls among us who base their very friendships on agreement with political viewpoints. So sad, such determined ignorance.
HIT: To helping neighbors in need, especially the 200,000 or evacuees from downstream of Lake Oroville. The county fairgrounds moved quickly to help nearly 1,000 people seeking refuge, along with animals.
HIT: To a few days' break between storms to help with lowering the lake level and giving that emergency spillway a break. Oops, wrong word.
HIT: To local hotel business from folks getting out of the way of a possible breach in the spillway. At least the weather was ideal for a foothills visit.
MISS: To mudslides, lots of them, along Highway 49 and I-80.
HIT: To the helicopter crew that pulled Search and Rescue volunteer Steven Wolf to safety from a dark canyon after he was shot while on a search mission for a missing hiker in August.
HIT: To spring training. Pitches and catchers first. Then onward with the Cactus League.
MISS: To Fox News and Breitbart seeing the big news not as National Security Adviser Michael Flynn first talking with the Russians about American sanctions before the new administration took over and then not remembering when apparently caught doing so. No, the big news to them were the leaks of Flynn's ethical breach. Like the public had no right to know? Are these news outlets or part of the administration's propaganda machine? State inspired, if not funded.
MISS: To liberal folk portraying regular Republican policy as if special evil foisted on the world by a new administration run amok. There is plenty of frankly predictable chaos in Washington. But such actions as putting up a conservative jurist for the Supreme Court, taking aim at what many see as overkill on regulations including Dodd-Frank, and steps to end Obamacare are hardly surprises or without considered thought according to basic GOP philosophy. Didn't someone coin this rather aptly in 2009 by reflecting that elections have consequences?
HIT: To a return to teaching civics on our schools. Part of the instruction these days includes learning how to spot fake news, as well as to become a more discerning news consumer, in these kooky times. The kids aren't the only ones who would benefit from such instruction, it appears.
HIT: To local governments taking some time to reflect on their priorities for the coming year. One of the big ones that doesn't seem to be going away on its own is homelessness.