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GOP should pay up

Tony Gilchrease, chairman of the Nevada County Republican Party, has said that spending $80 million on a special election is well worth the cost. An estimated $210,000 of this will be needed in Nevada County alone and will have to come either from reallocation of our tax funds within the county or statewide.

As the leader of his special interest group, Mr. Gilchrease is certainly entitled to his opinion. However, since 62 percent of likely voters statewide do not want this special election and since many of us prefer to see our tax monies used for constructive purposes, I suggest that Mr. Gilchrease and the Nevada County Republican Party offer to raise the money to pay the cost of the special election in Nevada County. That would be true participatory democracy.

Bruce Benner

Grass Valley