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Highlands subdivision

won’t help workforce

After a disingenuous political year, let’s cut the rhetoric and call a spade a spade.



“The Highlands” subdivision proposed for the Brunswick Basin will do nothing to remedy the need for so called “workforce” or affordable housing in the county as stated by the project developers (The Union, Nov. 13) .

According to the 2000 U.S. census, the median household income in Nevada County is $45, 800 a year, a statistic skewed upward by high-income residents. Actually, 60 percent of county households earn less $30,000 a year for a family of four (The Union, Oct. 29). In order to squeeze into the smallest, 686 square foot Highlands home, the above family would spend over 50 percent of their annual income. Standard loan ratios are based on borrowers spending no more than 30 percent of their annual income on housing. Therefore, no lender would carry such a burdensome loan.




Let’s stop the pretense of community-minded developers doing the right thing for the “workforce.” At $255 per square foot, Ross and company are simply “bottom feeding” – maximizing profit on in-fill development in a commercial area that can’t support more expensive housing.

Predictably, the great Nevada County Build Out begins.

Stefanie Freydont

Nevada City

Watch out for coyote packs on Litton Trail after dark

My friend and I were finishing a walk on the Litton Trail (between Sierra College Boulevard and Hughes Road) last Tuesday around 5:20 p.m. when we heard noises which we at first thought were dogs. The sounds became closer and louder, and we finally recognized the “yipping” sounds of several coyotes (it seemed like five to 10 of them).

Remembering what I could of how to respond to an approaching coyote, I shouted loudly, only to have the pack yip louder and come closer. My friend and I continued to walk quickly and shout, and then we heard a pack of coyotes on the right of the path also. It seemed like we were quickly becoming surrounded by coyotes.

They came closer and became louder until, in a panic, my friend and I ran to my office building on the Litton Trail. The coyotes followed up yipping until we got off the trail. This was an extremely frightening experience and one that I would not wish on anyone else. So, remember that it turns dark quickly and make sure you are off the trail before it turns dark.

Janice Knight

Grass Valley

God-given right to own

guns is made quite clear

Michael Moore a hero?

A recent letter says: “Like Moore, I support responsible gun ownership, but zealots who claim it’s their “God-given right” to own as many guns and whatever kind they want are worrisome. Last time I checked, there is no biblical reference to God promoting guns.”

The Declaration of Independence says: “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” The Second Amendment says that the government cannot infringe on our “right” to own guns. I think this is quite clear.

Allan Krosner

Grass Valley

How about taking down those NH 2020 signs?

Now that you have won the election, how about taking down your huge, ugly, illegal “No on 2020” signs that you have been slamming in your neighbors’ faces for the last two years? Or are they the forerunner of the new Gang of Three’s uglification program for the county?

Ron Milner

Grass Valley


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