Hits & Misses in Nevada County (Nov. 7): It may be raining leftover political signs, but precipitation remains scarce | TheUnion.com

Hits & Misses in Nevada County (Nov. 7): It may be raining leftover political signs, but precipitation remains scarce

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 editboard@theunion.com.

MISS (from reader Jeff Sheldon): To Monica Senter’s “Hit: To hiring Mali Dyck as assistant County CEO. Having women run the county ought to bring just the change in leadership needed in Nevada County.” That’s purely a sexist and discriminatory remark. Substituting men, whites, heterosexuals or any other gender or racially descriptive term in Ms. Senter’s statement would certainly be viewed as racist, sexist or homophobic. No different than stating that more white males are needed to improve government. Discrimination is discrimination no matter which gender, race or sexual orientation it is based on.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Shanti Emerson): To Nisenan Heritage Day at Sierra College, with the exquisite Vox Musica Concert singing plaintive family songs from the Nisenan.

HIT (from Emerson): To the 39th Sikh Festival in Yuba City, featuring dozens and dozens of free buffets, Indian music, over 100,000 people and the spectacular colorful clothing of the women. The closest thing to India without actually being there.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Terry McAteer): To The Union’s print coverage of the high school’s lesser covered sports — cross country, tennis, water polo, golf, etc. shines a spotlight on our local youth who are making us proud.

HIT/MISS (from McAteer): Thanks to Mother Nature for the beautiful weather and fall colors, but now is the time to turn on the rain machine.

MISS (from McAteer): Time to remove all the political signs. Help beautify Nevada County and grab a few for your garbage can.

HIT (from McAteer): To ASIF Studios on Idaho-Maryland, which has a fantastic array of arts classes (clay, painting, mixed media, etc.) for beginners to seasoned pros. Take an art class for fun! Check them out at asifstudios.com.

MISS (from Editorial Board member Jo Ann Rebane): To the parking lot repaving previously performed at Nevada County’s government center, the Rood Center. That bad job is coming undone. Both the surface and the lines are eroding. Hopefully we are getting our money back.

HIT (from Rebane): To The Union article by Nevada County Tech Connection writer, Erika Kosina, who points out again that Nevada County’s economic model is unsustainable because of the many missing links. The classic chicken or the egg dilemma — not enough well-paying tech jobs here for recent tech grads, not enough apartments, condos, or townhouses, and not enough reliable broadband. Who will spearhead breaking the log jam? Is anyone listening?

MISS (from Rebane): To catch and release of persons arrested. Probation doesn’t seem to be working for many. Witness the Grass Valley pair recently arrested in Auburn. Both have long arrest records and probation violations now. It’s time to re-evaluate the bad consequences of the current decriminalization experiment. It’s time for the legislature to undo this failing reform.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Monica Senter): To the Nevada County Citizen’s Academy Graduation held this week; this is a great resource available to anyone looking to increase local engagement.

MISS (from Senter): To Assistant DA Walsh’s motion to remove Judge Anderson from a local murder case based on unfounded allegations of political bias. The DA’s race was over in June, what’s Walsh to gain by challenging a respected member of the local judiciary other than political points?

HIT (from Editorial Board member Rick Nolle): To Penn Valley Rotary selecting Hank Weston as its “Distinguished Citizen” award winner. Retiring supervisor Weston will receive the honor at a dinner on Jan. 18, 2019 at the Lake Wildwood club house. Tickets will be available starting Nov. 12. Information will be available from President-elect, Lindy Beatie at lindybeatie@gmail.com or at the Penn Valley Rotary website at http://www.pennvalleyrotary.org.

HIT (from Editorial Board member Paul Matson): There used to be a sidewalk on the freeway side of Coyote Street in Nevada City, running alongside the cyclone fence. It led to nowhere and no one used it. Now that sidewalk is gone allowing enough room to install some additional parking spaces. It took some adjustments to get it right, but it’s a nice, much needed new amenity for the downtown business community and those using the courthouse.

HIT (from Matson): To this year’s Trick or Treat Triangle in Nevada City. Portions of Cottage, North Pine, Broad and East Broad streets were closed to cars, and filled with Happy Halloween revelers. There were vintage Halloween movies and light shows, talking pumpkins, a tap dancing ghost, plus every imaginable costume. The Phelps-King-Thiem contingent served it up at the Outside Inn, and North Pine Street with their scary walks and Haunted House. At just one piece per Trick or Treater, folks were running out of candy around 8 p.m. at 1,500 pieces! It’s an amazing display of community spirit and generosity; all geared toward creating something fun and good for everyone to enjoy.

MISS (from Editorial Board member Dick Tracy): Today is the start of the 2020 election campaign. Are you ready for this?

HIT (from Tracy): To the late author Evelyn Beatrice Hall, who wrote in a book about Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” The basic theme of our First Amendment.

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