Hits & Misses in Nevada County: Poll on Arabic numbers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISS (from reader Tom Durkin): An epic miss to poll posted on Nevada County Peeps asking if Arabic numbers should be taught to children. The poll was pulled, but a community member crunched the (Arabic) numbers, asserting that 76.7% of peeps voted against teaching Arabic numbers to children? When I saw the original poll before it was pulled, the vote count was more than 500. I don’t know which is more appalling, the ignorance or the bigotry.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Susan Rogers): To John Paul of Spiral Internet, for finding a buyer (Omsoft, in Davis) that shares Spiral’s values of local ownership, community service and net neutrality. I know my email service will continue without a glitch. Kudos and thank you to John, Bax and the late Chip Carman for their many years of serving this community.
HIT (from Susan Rogers): To the League of Women Voters of Nevada County, now completing its most recent year of outstanding nonpartisan community service: conducting candidate forums, registering and educating voters, monitoring government meetings, and more. The most recent monthly meeting featured a speaker from the state auditor’s office who described the very interesting application process (now open) for choosing the 14 members of the 2020 California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Their job will be to create fair district boundaries for electing California congressional representatives, state Senate and Assembly members, and State Board of Equalization members. More information is available at https://shapecaliforniasfuture.auditor.ca.gov.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Terry McAteer): To the Nevada Union and Bear River volleyball champs, who brought great pride to their school and community. Congrats!
HIT (from Editorial Board member Jo Ann Rebane): To SPD Markets’ various giving programs. You can sign up for a Community Card and designate a local charity to receive a portion of each purchase you make. You can drop your loose change and the odd dollar bill into one of the donation boxes placed conveniently at the check-out counter by local charities. And, for every pound of chicken you purchase, a pound of chicken is donated by SPD Markets to our Interfaith Food Ministry.
HIT (from Rebane): To Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and its great emergency and in-hospital follow-up care for a friend who presented in the early morning hours with alarming stroke symptoms. Thankfully all is well now.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Rick Nolle): To firefighters from the Penn Valley Fire Protection district for their “Fill the Boot” fundraiser on Saturday, May 11. All donations go to the Firefighters Pacific Burn Institute.
HIT (from Editorial Board member Paul Matson): Last Friday a nice surprise showed up at our mailbox: a big sturdy shopping bag sponsored by the National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Campaign Food Drive. Other business sponsorships included the UFCW 8-Golden State, which represents retail grocery and drug store workers in Northern California. Clear instructions were printed on the bag as to which nonperishable food items were needed. The next day, Saturday, our letter carrier delivered the mail and picked up our food donation, moving it closer to local food banks. This annual event held in May is now in its 27th year. On its Silver Anniversary 71 million pounds of food were collected nationwide!
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