Attacks motivated by fear |

Attacks motivated by fear

Elizabeth Martin was entirely correct in identifying the current state budget crisis as a serious threat to Nevada County’s financial stability. She is also correct in saying the attention of the supervisors should be directed there at this critical time.

Who could have foreseen the deficits the state is facing, and who but the supervisors can protect our financial interests with the state Legislature? Martin should be applauded for refocusing the attention of the county on the serious fiscal issues that we face.

NH 2020’s critics have used the planning effort to make a lot of political hay, caring little that there were no actual recommendations, reports, plans, or conclusions to attack. They instead attacked the process, the people and the science. Their message is simple; science driving a planning process can only be bad. They would rather make decisions based solely on misguided ideology.

I have never really figured out exactly what it is they fear, but fear they do; and they spread that fear, suspicion and distrust of their neighbors far and wide. People are more inclined to believe the worst, and on that they capitalized, to the detriment of every other citizen of the county.

Now these same people will go after the most financially responsible decision a supervisor could make – to logically conclude a process they believe in, in order to protect the interests of the taxpayers.

Don’t be fooled by the attacks. In a battle for protecting the coffers of the taxpayers Elizabeth Martin will be the best ally the people of Nevada County could have, because she knows the ropes. And I bet she can even balance her own checkbook, which is more than can be said about some that seek to replace her.

Lisa Swindell


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