Privacy issue misguided |

Privacy issue misguided

The right to privacy is a critical element of a democracy. I prize mine. Unfortunately, the culture in which we live and the technologies we increasingly employ are rapidly eroding our ability to remain private. Having said this, the privacy hue and cry recently raised over the NCCFD funding ballot is not only misguided, it’s insane.

I do not need to expound on the danger of wildfire in our foothill environment. We’re all as nervous as the fox stealing cat food off my back deck last night when August and September roll around. When I hear the whine of the spotter plane and the drone of the bombers above my house, my first hope is that they aren’t going to bank into a turn. My second thought is gratitude for having them so close. The same is true of NCCFD. Funding them is critical to keeping the homes we love safe (or would you rather send that money to Allstate instead?).

Personally, I think we ought to create a list of everyone who votes no or neglects to return a ballot and tack it to the wall of every NFFCD firehouse under a sign reading “DO NOT RESPOND.”

Hans Shillinger

Nevada City

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