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I expect more, Ackerman

At a meeting for representatives of the media, Mr. Ackerman announced The Union would depart from its previous editorial policy and endorse candidates for political office. I presumed he meant well-reasoned pieces supporting candidates whose political agendas were in alignment with the editorial board.

Instead, an op-ed piece last week repeatedly advanced a conflict of interest argument regarding Bruce Conklin’s period of employment with the Land Trust, despite California law stating the contrary. I was under the impression The Union reported news, not practiced law.

Then there was an above-the-fold story alleging Conklin gave a contracting job to a friend. If you live in this area long enough, you know a lot of people. Furthermore, any contractor with a B license can build a bridge ” what’s the big deal about a roof?

Finally, Mr. Ackerman’s snarky hit piece reiterates points made in that op-ed piece. Gosh Jeff, I expect more from you than a quick rewrite with an imperious attitude. Maybe you should brush up on your reporting skills ” read a few of Carl Hiassen’s columns in the Miami Herald to remember how to do a proper expose. But I digress. First you have to catch someone doing something improper.

Michelle Olsen

Penn Valley

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