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Donate trees now for fairgrounds

Storms of the past month have devastated the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Many trees, up to 130 years old, were either blown down or had their trunks split. Some trees fell on buildings, requiring the expenditure of many dollars to repair them.

Eric Carr, state forester, came and did a survey of the thousand trees on the grounds. He determined that over 50 trees would have to be removed. With the help of Bill Gassaway, tree contractor, and the CYA, the trees have been felled.

The fairgrounds being a part of the state of California, and because of the budget crunch, cannot hope to receive money to replace the trees.

Many of the over 500 trees that have been planted on the grounds in the last 30 years have been donated by Nevada County residents. If we can donate some trees now, we can keep the fairgrounds the most beautiful in the state.

Don Schmidt

Grass Valley

Public parks help more than kids

Some people think that a park is not needed. However, some feel the more public parks that are used by children and their parents the need for homeless shelters – which are supposed to be temporary – would be much less than some think. North San Juan is trying to help those that can help not only their children – all children, including you and me – so that no one will stay homeless for long.

Laurie Boone

North San Juan

The Union assembly

is easy as ACB

I have discovered why there are so many typos in The Union; someone is unclear on the concept of the English alphabet. The alphabet starts with A, B, and C in that order. The Union has misinterpreted the sequence and assembles the paper with Section A followed by Section C followed by Section B. The inability to follow the convention of A followed by B followed by C surely contributes to the other typos.

Bill Murdock

Penn Valley

Need is great at Services for Blind

As a volunteer driver for Sierra Services for the Blind (SSB), and a past board member, I am acutely aware of the need for them to continue serving our communities because of the good they do in helping those who are legally blind be able to cope with that disability. I won’t repeat those services enumerated by Frank Durham in the Other Voices column on Jan. 21, for he has covered them very well.

SSB gets little publicity, and virtually no support from the state’s budgets for the aging. Their support base is limited, but their need is great. Their office staff is bare-bones (including two who are legally blind – one of them totally), and their volunteer base is very giving. Not to denigrate the wonderful work done by Hospice, dealing with the dying, whose support base is nationwide, SSB deals with those trying to lead a normal life, with little or no vision.

You could very well be next. Please help keep SSB’s doors open. They’re desperately needed now, and in the future. If every reader sent a $15 check now, and remembered them on a regular basis, they could be there when you need them. Please call 265-2121.

Bill Struck

Grass Valley

Destructive nature of tactics

Since the swearing in of the new board (of supervisors), I have noticed several calls for unity “at this time in the county’s history.” These have come from those basking in the success of their campaign efforts.

In “A little civility, please” (letter, Jan. 17), the author imagines a group of RQCers holed up in a room somewhere on Cement Hill conspiring to come up with the most diabolical nickname for the new board. Perhaps the author was present in a similar room when the term “Gang of Four” was coined and can therefore clearly imagine this scene.

For the past several years, the organizers of No on NH2020, Recall Izzy, Prop D and certain recent supervisorial campaigns have spewed ignorance, lies and hostility on the letters page, in public meetings and across our landscape.

Now that these campaigns of divisiveness have succeeded, it strikes me as ironic that the purveyors of that hostility have somehow experienced an awakening and realize that this is a “historic time” for Nevada County and call for unity.

To some extent this makes sense, since who would know better the destructive nature of these tactics than those who practiced them so enthusiastically?

Tom Ogden

Nevada City

You wanna talk about civility?

Things were fairly well-behaved until the NH 2020 bashing. Things got ugly over imagined concerns. NH 2020 produced some useful planning information, its only goal. Not a single bad thing the detractors claimed would happen did happen; no trespassing, no taking of property, no U.N. invasion. The defamers did show that uncivil behavior could topple politicians.

With the election of bad-campaign-behavior politicians, everyone else is now supposed to play nice? With the proven and effective campaign tools of being divisive, nasty, secretive, and belligerent available, everyone else is now supposed to play nice?

We had a program that encouraged cooperation, not divisiveness, we had a means for all parties to work on common interests, to take the diversity of opinions, value them and come to consensus. NH 2020 was trashed by people who wouldn’t play nice. Now that they are in a position of power, everyone else is now supposed to play nice? The anti-NH 2020 rabble never played nice.

Reviling the RQC (Rural Quality Coalition)n displays continued uncivil behavior. Want respect, earn it. Want civility, be civil.

Jeff Carver

Nevada City

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