Jeff Gauger devotes his weekly column to Amendment One. Good. N&R readers should understand the thinking behind the paper's approach to the biggest political issue in the state, and learn more about the new editor in the process.
It's rich fodder for a column. What are the tensions and imperatives involved in covering a topic that stirs strong feelings on both sides? What shapes coverage -- why, for example, were two signficant local protests ignored, while a front-page article on the subject was reported from another county?
What a great opportunity for Gauger to tell us something meaningful about his approach to the job and his vision for our hometown daily.
And he wrote about...none of that. Instead, he burbles on about different shades of blue used for campaign signs. Seriously.
Even he acknowledges that this approach trivializes the issue: "The color of political yard signs isn’t important, not compared with Amendment One itself." But about the importance of the amendment he says not another word. So what does he conclude about the meaning of the color schemes? His answer: "Beats me."
Meanwhile, A1 on this pre-primary Sunday is dominated by a long feature on Our Friends the Trees. Seriously. Gauger's News & Record front-paged a story that would fit comfortably into an old copy of My Weekly Reader.