Monday, September 20, 2010
Jeff Ackerman, a Good Guy
I met Jeff back in the mid 80's when I was running for office. I was a general building contractor who had lived here most of my life and watched as extreme environmentalists tried to take over Nevada County. I decided to throw my hat in the ring and about seven people ran, including the incumbent, a extreme environmentalist. I knew nothing about the process or the press but I was motivated. I was 33, married and had a little one on the way. I met Jeff at some meeting and we talked. We were about the same age and so we shared some similar likes and dislikes. He was a nice guy, friendly and smart. He was a good writer and he was funny and fair. We had a nice respect for each other and it stayed that way until he let the Union. I did not see him again until he came back to the Union a few years ago. I think he has done a fine job with the paper. It looks to me like subscriptions are up, the website is humming and he is making them money. The hits he takes from the hard left in the community make me laugh. Most of the time I have dealt with the Union (before Jeff) it was run by the hard left. Kind of poetic justice for me and my conservative brethren. Jeff, we all wish you a speedy recovery and try not to jog with crutches.