Hits & Misses in Nevada County (June 1)
May 31, 2017
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 or email@example.com
HIT: To the respect western Nevada County pays to Memorial Day. Sure, folks have fun with the three-day weekend, too. But remembrances such as the Local Heroes Memorial Bridge Tours are important, poignant a refreshing exercise well beyond hollering over national politics.
MISS/HIT? To Homeland Security finding that Canadians not going home when their visas were up a bigger issue than Mexicans trying to sneak over the southern border in 2016, at least.
MISS: To the U.S. House Republicans voting as they complained bitterly for years about the Democrats doing: passing with only their party health-care insurance legislation free of careful study or, well, any study of the legislation in question.
MISS: To things getting physical between a Montana candidate for U.S. representative and a reporter for The Guardian, a British newspaper. The candidate apologized after winning the election and heads to his post needing to answer assault charges. Most Western town papers have lore about editors or reporters getting horsewhipped or into duels and so on way back in the day, when things were wilder than we like to think is the case today. And we know first hand how annoyed sources can get in the normal course of our work asking sometimes difficult questions. Regardless, "body slamming" the person who asks about health insurance legislation shows something other than leadership or other admirable civic qualities.
HIT: To Toran Maronic, who has turned a terrible injury on the football field into helping others through the T3 Charities he founded with his mother and father. He has gone out of his way to help others who suffer traumatic brain injuries, helping families and with funding for research.
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HIT: To the Bear Yuba Land Trust's Celebration of Trails, a big day Saturday for trail lovers with outings on selected paths in the morning and festivities at the Tahoe National Forest headquarters in Nevada City from noon to 3 p.m.
HIT: To former Vice President Joe Biden's commencement speech to Cornell graduates. Trump missed and Hilary Clinton missed badly in their turns, all poor me and snark at an election now months past. But Biden struck a real chord, Reagan-like actually, with his declaration that Americans will tire soon of politicians playing to fear. He's right, whatever your party affiliation. That is, in the sense we "should" tire of the same old preying on our fears. Alas, not that we necessarily "will" tire of it.
HIT: To the White House agreeing to no longer make waivers on their own lobbying ethics rules public. It's a neat trick, declaring sanctity with strong rules against people coming to work for the president not lobbying for some declared amount of time, and then giving waivers from those impressive-sounding rules. Don't get too righteous, Democrats. The Obama White House handed out such waivers, too.
HIT: To Shirley Tellam, who worked at Humpty Dumpty from 1957 until this week, serving generations of patrons. And to Anita Daniels, retiring after 55 years in banking at the end of the month from Tri Counties Bank. These two have seen a few changes over the years.
HIT: To Alexander Rossi driving well in the Indy 500 and even leading for 23 laps, though alas it wouldn't be a back-to-back No. 1 finish this year. He wound up seventh after a refueling delay in the pits dropped him to 21st.
MISS: To comedian Kathy Griffin's brain-dead spoof posing with the fake bloody head of President Trump. She apologized soon after for "going too far" after seeing the reaction. She has a long history of "going too far" in her humor. The whole Trump bashing in general has gone too far, actually, and that's speaking as a critic of this administration. This one went well beyond "too far," though, and the message is another truly sad reflection of politics getting way out of perspective. Criticize the person, the policies, the over-the-top partisan nature of these times. Suggesting personal harm is a whole 'nother thing.
MISS: To wildfire season, though it is perfectly "natural" in California, with ecosystems dependent on fire. The main problem here is the human part. We like to live where it burns best.