Hits & Misses in Nevada County: Daffodil fairies are a HIT
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.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Susan Rogers): To the Daffodil fairies whose hundreds of anonymously planted flower bulbs bring a burst of sunny joy to otherwise drab and utilitarian landscapes. My favorite is the row along the fenceline above the Rotary Fields parking lot, across from BriarPatch.
MISS (from Susan Rogers): To our congressman, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, for voting against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which expired in February after its 25 years as a law likely saved hundreds of lives. His vote was probably based on the reauthorization’s extension of gun ownership restrictions to stalkers and current or former dating partners who have been convicted of domestic abuse. The reauthorization passed anyway but now must be passed by the Senate.
HIT (from Susan Rogers): To Stephen Goldberg for his 20 years of dedication to, and leadership of, the Nevada Union debate team. Debate teaches logic, critical thinking and attention to facts, skills which are sorely needed in modern discourse.
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HIT (from Editorial Board member Shanti Emerson): To the excellent Cake Bakery & Cafe at 131 Mill St. in Grass Valley, bubbling over with happy customers slurping lattes and forgetting about their diets.
HIT (from Emerson): To all the sponsors, speakers and attendees at Saturday’s Day for Women at the college. A great gathering of women sponsored by Soroptimist International of Grass Valley and Sierra College.
HIT (from Emerson): To the exciting 4th annual Science Technology Engineering Art Math (STEAM) Expo at the Fairgrounds Saturday. It was hands-on, interactive and filled my heart with pride looking at what our Nevada County and their mentors are up to these day.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Dick Tracy): To “Mother Nature” for supplying us with sunny skies after the winter deluge. But now the lawn is growing like crazy. Oops.
HIT (from Tracy): To Community Beyond Violence for reminding us that April 24 is National Denim Day commemorating a 1992 rape in which the perpetrator was freed by an Italian judge because the victim was dressed in tight blue jeans she was forced to help remove. To join in the observance, contact Tracy Pepper at 272-2046 ext. 14 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MISS (from Editorial Board member Jo Ann Rebane): To an inadequate number of reservoirs to store the water which will come from this year’s snowmelt. Recall, the Sierra snowpack is now at 165% of normal. Drought will return and we won’t have enough water for the salmon or delta smelt. If we could capture the blessings of all that snow which will soon be water, we could replenish aquifers and groundwater, keep the fish happy, and restore irrigation to Central California farmers.
HIT (from Rebane): To returning home to Nevada County after driving the crowded freeways, hearing stories of sky-high rent, paying $4.00 a gallon for gasoline, and seeing the dreary, vacant storefronts of Los Angeles. What is happening to the Golden State? Is this county all that’s left?
HIT (from Editorial Board member Terry McAteer): To that bright orange ball in the sky, which I think is called the sun.
HIT/MISS (from McAteer): To a freshman at Bitney Prep, named Cole, who has been living at a local homeless shelter for the past few months and has now found a relative in the Central Valley to house him. Many residents don’t realize that we have over 120 homeless teens in our community that need services to insure they don’t matriculate into the homeless adult population.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Paul Matson): To Monday’s AARP-sponsored tax-preparation program wrapping up its efforts for 2019. While the final numbers are not yet in, well over local 1,000 households enjoyed the benefit of having their taxes prepared for free. All of the tax preparers are volunteers trained, tested, certified and IRS sanctioned. Scheduled through our local branch of Connecting Point (211) their primary Base Camp was at the Foothill Events Center. There were also workdays in Lake Wildwood, plus a one-day stint in Loyalton to serve the residents of Sierra County. This is an impressive, important and generous contribution for those needing it in Nevada and Sierra counties.
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