by Eric Alfaro –
It is very clear that local politicians can easily become interconnected with other politicians for the sake of re-elections. This process becomes rather vulgar when convictions and ideals are ignored for the sake of political endorsements and alliances. This is already evident in Woodland. Political parties are blurred, almost indistinguishable-only one political party really exists, the party of the opportunist. It is no surprise that this sacred covenant has attracted much attention. Recently, the Yolo District Attorney was sued for obstruction of justice; a multi-layer allegation. What this means is that corruption, if at the highest point of Yolo County authority, is most likely also in small areas within the subordinate ranks. Sheriff Ed Prieto is no rookie to allegations of mismanagement, just recently he fired a sheriffs deputy for killing a dog.
Journalism and journalist are a mechanism within our society that can provide that much needed valve to report on what affects everyone. This form of journalism differs from typical reporting; when the front page of the Woodland newspaper is devoted to parking problems or when reporting focuses on semantics rather than on content, collectively we have a problem. I am worried that those alliances I spoke about earlier have already diffused into our only mainstream reporting service in Woodland; without pointing fingers or lifting farfetched accusations, my emphasis is on yes. Now more than ever, we need journalist and news services that will report on the real issues and keep mediocrities where they belong; in the back on the newspaper. If this makes it on to the Daily Democrat and to its online site, which I highly doubt, maybe our news service fears the publishing of this piece in its unedited form elsewhere, or maybe the Daily Democrat has reconsidered its role in Woodland.
Some will argue these claims are a staple of the young and idealistic, politics could have taken an awful turn for the worst while I was off at college. But perhaps it is time we get a rejuvenated look at the duties we all have, as District Attorneys, as Council members, as Journalist, and as Americans.
Eric Alfaro is a UC Berkeley political science graduate from Woodland. He will be a periodic contributor to the Vanguard.