In my home, where I live |

In my home, where I live

It’s almost time to vote. I’m one of those voters who wait till the last week and then read through all of it. I also do some proofreading, so when I run into a passage that is confusing, I will loosely diagram it (remember 6th grade English assignments?), ignore the extra words, and read it backwards to better understand the author’s intent.

When I got to Measure W, I had a patriotic fit.

I am a conservative. I work real jobs for an honest living. I have regular flowers and veggies in my garden, no pot. Same as the last 30-plus years I’ve lived here. I have a parent’s love for my country, as did the founding fathers, and bad things happen when good men remain silent.

Here is what I saw, in an actual official American ballot, in my home, where I live. Section V: No problems. It is a statement of procedure.

Section IV, #3: The board * declares * it * would * have passed * each section * irrespective of the fact that any * be held unconstitutional.*

I consider this a resignation from office. This statement alone is more than enough. Respect for the Constitution is a minimum requirement for public trust. Period.

But there’s more.

Section IV #1:

If any provision * is held invalid, * the application of such provision * shall continue in full force.*

They really just stated their contempt for our judicial system and representative government, as well as the Constitution in general.

But there’s more.

Section III #1:

The People * affirm * the Board * may adopt, without a vote of the People * additional ordinances.*

Section III #2: The People * affirm * voter approval shall be required to repeal * the ordinance.*

That would ‘lock in’ the board’s authority to pass judgment, without challenge, for years at a time. The People, and any of our newly elected supervisors, will be powerless to affect their decisions, in any way, without a lengthy ballot procedure. The public comments and opinions expressed at future board meetings will be a waste of breath.

Our board can already pass whatever ordinances they want. Our sheriff can already decide where and how to enforce them. This measure is about solidifying their ability to rule over their opponents while making us think it is for the public good, all while weakening The Peoples ability to Petition for Grievances (1st Amendment) and our right to representative government (Due Process).

This whole thing reminds me of the Jim Crow ordinances of the post Civil War era, where the local supervisors would refuse to recognize the constitutional freedoms of blacks by passing local and county laws governing drinking fountains, buses, schools, and hospitals.

The means never justify the ends. We are better than that. Just sayin’.

Denis Murphy lives in Cedar Ridge.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Kevin Rhodes: Reopening mine a mistake


As a 20-year resident of our fine city of Grass Valley, I got a good giggle out of Christian Stewart’s commentary about opposition to mining from a recent emigrant and a rightly concerned community.

See more