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The article in The Union, “Persistent Leak,” Sept. 28, spurred me to write. I recently returned to Grass Valley after living in Sacramento for the last six years. I understand the challenges local businesses face and therefore I usually shop in this county. In fact, I’ve spent close to 2$20,000 locally in the last few months.

Although I drive to Sacramento every day and I work near many large stores, I still choose to spend my money in Nevada County. However, I have run into one problem that has cast a bad light on the idea of “shop local.” I’ve had great experiences with new carpet and heating, but cannot seem to find a business that wants to replace a fence. I’ve phoned many of the companies in the yellow pages. I’ve had no answer, no call back, or just no show for a bid.

I mentioned this to my termite inspector and he said he had heard it’s hard to find people who want to do certain jobs in Nevada County. Here I am, money in hand, waiting to shop local, but if I don’t get results soon I’ll have to start calling those companies in Sacramento.



Kathy Lopes

Grass Valley


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