Hoodwinked | TheUnion.com


Ah, yes! ‘Tis the season for Halloween pumpkins, costumes and scary things. And that screaming heard is from the grave of Alfred Nobel, the man who bequeathed millions for peace prizes. He left this world with the understanding that the word “peace” was the antithesis of “war,” not synonymous with “hoodwink.”

The Nobel Peace Prize lost some of its luster when conferred upon Yasser Arafat in 1994. He had fooled no one but the Nobel Foundation when proclaiming his efforts to “combat terrorism.” But also having been awarded to that visionary Al Gore, it now has all the glitter of a cow pie.

How does he so deserve? Did he contribute to world peace with his fiction about the horrors of global warming and the perpetuation of this myth with a flick for those who can’t read? Or maybe when considering Gore, the Nobel Foundation reasoned that laughter is a viable deterrent for war. But his “Inconvenient Lie” evoked hardly a snicker, only a sense of being had. Perhaps the criteria for this prize are actually deceit and duplicity.

Rest in peace, Alfred. Your peace prize ranks just above the Atta-Boy Award for skillfully manipulating a pooper-scooper!

Ed Westervelt

Nevada City

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User