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NGOs are fingers of the same hand

A recent letter to the editor criticized my husband’s article on nongovernmental organizations (“What was Robinson’s point?,” Dec. 22). In particular, the letter-writer criticized publishing information about nonprofit salaries and suggested my husband was paid for his article. The letter also suggests my husband should not look around but “keep looking straight ahead,” perhaps with blinders on, a strange concept for someone claiming to be a journalism major.

Some of our local environmental organizations are involved in more than river cleanup and water sampling. They are also involved in controlling private property by stopping the reasonable and lawful use of rural property. These organizations receive public money and special tax benefits; as such, much of what they do and spend money on is a matter of public record, and for good reason.

While it wouldn’t be accurate to paint all of these organizations (SYRCL, NCLT, Sierra Fund, Friends of … Creek,etc.) with the same broad brush. Their goals and functions are slightly different, but they are fingers of the same hand. It’s difficult to determine where one ends and another begins.



Maxine Robinson

Nevada City




Editor’s note: For the record, writers of Other Voices columns are not paid by The Union.


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