Hits & Misses in Nevada County (May 18)
May 17, 2017
Each week we'll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
MISS: From a reader to the county supervisors adding a controversial Republican nominee to the marijuana community advisory group that will help craft a new marijuana ordinance "because they subverted the very process they implemented to ensure unbiased group is compiled." The supervisors added two people to the committee in addition to the slate chosen by MIG Inc., the consultant hired to help guide the process.
MISS: From a reader to an entry in this column pointing out that the Democrats called for FBI Director James Comey's head right up to the point President Trump fired him, then complained bitterly that Trump had let the director go. "Democrats, apparently, are able to put their country and the investigation of another country's attack on our system of government before partisan politics. … America before party. America First."
HIT: To Christian yoga. This would get titters in India, where yoga is a part of the Hindu religion focusing on meditation and suppression of all activity and thought. But it's, like, normal here, where yoga is just exercise, mindful as it may be.
HIT: To the United Way's upcoming Day of Action scheduled for June 1. Businesses, students and lots of citizens have a variety of community improvement projects planned. For more information, call 274-8111, email email@example.com or visit http://www.uwnc.org.
HIT: To turning to a special prosecutor to look into the allegations of Russian meddling in American politics. The best course at this point is appointing the prosecutor, doing a thorough investigation and finishing up well before the 2018 mid-term congressional elections. This is the case for all concerned. Let's see whether this goes past the stray adviser saying a little too much or accepting some dubious cash, along with folks on both sides of the aisle socializing with an affable ambassador from Russia. The hacking and fake stories have been well established at this point.
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MISS: To the president serving as leaker-in-chief to the Russians, of all people. Good grief.
MISS: To the whole episode surrounding James Comey's memo suggesting the president asked him to drop the investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, before Comey was fired as FBI director.
MISS: To the waning popularity of "Michael" as a name. Last year, fewer babies were named "Michael" than any year since 1940. Alas, that leaves more room for what we used to call our favorite dogs — "Bo," "Hunter," "Max."
HIT: To the blooming of the seasonal farmers markets.
MISS: To the beautiful deep green and full leaves of all that poison oak.
HIT: To tickets going on sale for the fifth annual "Dancing With Our Stars," the highly entertaining fundraiser for the Center for the Arts at the end of summer.
HIT: To the Gold Miner Inn breaking free of franchising, no longer part of the every lodge in the Holiday Inn chain looking like every other. Congratulations!
HIT: To Nevada County's poet laureate, Molly Fisk, perfect storm for the good with her class "Writing to Heal," which she has taught to cancer patients for 17 years.
MISS: To blocking a Cascade Canal trailhead at Gracie Road, shutting off access to a popular trail.
MISS: To expecting a Republican politician to vote or think in Democratic principles, or vice versa, rhetorically or otherwise. That's just soft-headed sophistry.
HIT: To Penn Valley residents willing to volunteer as advisors to the county supervisors on issues that concern them.
HIT: To employing a little tech through the form of a web cam so people with dump loads can check the line going in to the McCourtney Road Transfer Station. Good idea.
HIT: To volunteers cleaning up homeless camps in the woods around Sugarloaf Mountain.