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No one gets it all

We read a suggestion that Nevada City Councilman Steve Cottrell deserves to be mayor for serving the citizens of Nevada City for 10 years. We are told that no one who has given more to his community.



Having been a Nevada City land and home-owning, tax-paying, resident voter for 30-plus years, I could easily name a dozen individuals that would qualify for public recognition of one kind or another.




Fortunately, for the “all” of our community, good people do good things everyday. They go quietly about their lives with an ethic that demands they give something back to their fellow human being, selflessly and without expectation. These intelligent, gentle, caring people have never been singled out publicly. There are many, many of these angels among us that will never be known for their infinite acts of kindness.

A genuine volunteer never expects a plaque on the wall, a payoff of any kind, or a write-up in the local newspaper broadcasting their accomplishments. Having been involved in numerous team-driven, community-based fund-raising events over the years, I have found that plaques, awards, and figurehead positions are frequently given to assuage the delicate temperments of small-time donors who demand big thanks, often costing organizations more than the original donation.

To be mayor is like a variance … many apply, but exceptional privilege is granted to few … or so say the zoning laws. Mr. Cottrell may have been rejected by his colleagues six times for mayoral distinction, but none of this fellow councilmen have ever been honored with the “prestigious” Elza Kilroy Award as Steve was recently. Don’t we learn early on that no one gets it all?

Candace Hansen

Nevada City


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