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About the Joe Cain festivities

Don’t bland Mardi Gras event down for kids

Thanks to the Nevada City Chamber for taking over the 2003 Joe Cain/Mardi Gras procession and not giving in to the Joe Cain Society’s ultimatum. 

Ruth Poulter claims alcohol is banned at Mobile’s Joe Cain event; however, according to the official Web site,



Let’s hope the Joe Cain Society does not return in 2004 as they’ve threatened.  

Suzanne Hall




Nevada City

Alcohol policy sends message to youth

The use of alcohol on Joe Cain Day (or any other day) sends a clear message to our youth: “You may be able to have a good time without the use of drugs, but you can surely have a better time with drugs.” Is it any wonder that we continue to have a drug epidemic in this country?

If adults need to get high to fully enjoy an event, loosen up, relate to the opposite sex, etc., then isn’t it logical that minors would also need to get high for these purposes? You can’t have it both ways. If you tell your kids that they don’t need to use drugs to have a good time and then do the exact opposite in your own lives, they will see through that.

It is too bad that all of the money spent on alcohol cannot be spent instead on determining why we seem to need alcohol or other drugs in order to be able to fully enjoy an event, loosen up, relate to the opposite sex, etc. Why are we so uptight/troubled that we can’t fully enjoy ourselves or fully relate to our fellow human beings without the use of drugs?

Jerry D. Petty

Grass Valley

More people would come with no alcohol

Only now can I write in support of the Joe Cain Society. Their decision to have a nonalcoholic event is a true step forward in making the parade a family event.

Years ago, I went to the parade and was appalled over the people who sloshed drinks on themselves and the kids in the marching bands. The behavior and language of these particular people did not indicate to me this was a family event.

I am disappointed the chamber is not supporting their request. Has the chamber considered how many people would come if it were an alcohol-free event? Persons who wanted a drink could do so after the parade was over. The drinking establishments are open long after the parade has ended, so this shouldn’t be an issue of money.

People don’t usually die of not having an alcoholic drink, but many have died because alcohol was an issue. (Ask any police officer, fireman and emergency medical technician.) To the Chamber: don’t take away the rights of the Joe Cain Society just because you can, especially when they want to do something that brings people closer together, not push them farther apart.

Melisa Wilder

Grass Valley


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