Hits & Misses in Nevada County: Picking wildflowers is a MISS
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.
MISS (from reader Shirley Moon): To a picture from a reader published in Tuesday’s edition of someone posing holding wildflowers. Not an activity to be encouraged. Please. Don’t. Pick. The. Wildflowers. Thank you from the bees and butterflies and future wildflowers
MISS (from Editorial Board member Dick Tracy): It was insightful to visit South America for an overview of problems in El Salvador, but Gov. Newsom would be better served by as an “undercover boss” visiting overwhelmed Department of Motor Vehicles offices here, talking to front-line workers for their ideas on fixing things.
HIT (from Tracy): Our community applauds those volunteers who offer to become members of the Nevada County Grand Jury. Open to those 18 years of age and a county resident for at least one year, the job calls for 40 to 50 hours of work each month. More information is on the Nevada County Superior Court website or by calling the court at 530-265-1730.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Susan Rogers): To the City of Grass Valley and/or whoever else is responsible for the gorgeous display of colorful tulips and other blooming plants at the East Main and Idaho-Maryland roundabout. Really makes one proud to live here.
MISS (from Susan Rogers): To the Other Voices piece published Monday in this paper in which the writer chastised Grass Valley City Council for passing a vegetation ordinance in 2017 that requires certain clearing of brush and other fire hazards on both developed and undeveloped land by June 1 of every year. She called it “like a weapon” and going “the bully route.” I suggest that the writer talk to fire agency officials in the city or the county and ask if they think the ordinance is out of line. Yes, it’s sad when some property owners can’t afford to do the work, but owning property comes with the responsibility to maintain it. Not being a responsible owner hasn’t created danger for everyone until recently, but it’s a different world now and the days of reckoning are finally here.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Jo Ann Rebane): To Machen MacDonald’s weekly articles in The Union. He’s a life and business coach in Grass Valley whose articles brim with brilliant and wise counsel about how to achieve one’s goals and lead a happy life.
HIT (from Rebane): To our indispensable neighbors, those people who provide a service — the hairdressers/barbers, the housekeepers, the gardeners, the plumbers, the handymen, the carpet cleaners, the window washers, the dry cleaners, the tree fallers, the gravel layers, the dance/activity coaches, the babysitters, the auto repair guys … Thank you all.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Paul Matson): Choir Directing at Nevada Union High School is a family tradition, initiated by Don Baggett and continued today by Rod Baggett, his son. After teaching school all day, Rod from time to time, manages to create a polished choir from scratch in the course of two hours at the Foundry Sings evenings. His Nevada Union choir performs year-round at parades, civic events, meetings and retirement homes. And Rod just wrapped up leading 34 of his students on a tour of Great Britain, sightseeing and performing during Spring Break. He got home just in the nick of time to go straight back to work teaching music at Nevada Union.
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