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Mystery of Elias

Just who is Thomas Elias? Every time I read one of his columns I am left wondering which planet he calls home. In his latest piece he gets wrapped-up in the potential political fallout of implementing Prop. 103 (will it help or harm John Garamendi’s bid for lieutenant governor?), but offers no comment regarding the ridiculous notion that voters can somehow command private companies to disregard location as a factor in setting auto insurance rates.

Rural drivers are undeniably cheaper to insure because statistics indicate they get involved in fewer accidents than urban drivers, but politicians wanted to earn brownie points through Prop. 103 by pandering to urban drivers simply because there are more of them than the rural variety. Let’s say a proposition was passed that required produce to be sold at rural roadside stands for the same price as urban markets.

Would it register with Mr. Elias that such a measure was fundamentally absurd, or would he be concerned solely about its political implications? Why The Union chooses to publish this guy’s third-rate material is beyond me. Are you getting an (appropriate) discount, or is nepotism a factor?



Dana Reed

Nevada City


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