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Old and new boys

I’ve been reading with interest about the distribution of funds regarding the Julia Morgan House. We read those “letters to the editor” for years decrying and denouncing the “old boys” (whoever they were) and how they messed up this area so bad that everyone wants to move here.

Our family moved here in 1975, which may not qualify us as natives, but we’re probably closer to being natives than some. I remember when a dead-dying-hazardous tree that endangered life and property could be removed without a lot of gas from those who didn’t care who got hurt, killed or had their property damaged from a declining tree.

I also remember five local sawmills that provided entry-level opportunities and steady jobs for local workers. We glamorize the mines and their workers, yet we are glad they are gone. Too much noise, earth-hurting, pollution, etc. So we shun those industries in our newfound enlightenment that built this community.



All in all, I think I prefer the “old boys” to the “new boys.”

Alan Newcomb




Smartville


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