Some ‘natives’ support Martin |

Some ‘natives’ support Martin

I am often amused, or should I say dismayed, by the stereotyping of Nevada County residents as either left-wing “newcomers” (environmental extremists) or right-wing “old-timers” (developers who seek to pave the entire county). It’s not that simple.

I was born in Nevada City in 1948 (yes, it actually was a “snowy day”), and except for about a dozen years when I attended college and began my career, I have lived in Nevada County all my life. I remember when the total county population was around 12,000, when Nevada City was a sleepy little town where kids could coast leisurely on their bikes from the top of Broad Street to the plaza below. If you journeyed more than a mile or two out of town in any direction, the houses were few and far between.

Having viewed first hand the over-harvest of our national forests from the 1950s through the 1970s (yes, I worked in the local sawmills) and the poorly planned development of the land, you can consider me adamantly in the camp of all those “newcomers.” Thank God for groups like SYRCL and others who seek to preserve a little of the natural beauty of Nevada County that has drawn people here like a magnet. Without them, I fear that Nevada County would have already gone the way of “Orange” County where there are no more orange groves, or Los Angeles where you better get wherever you’re going by 3 p.m. or you’re completely stuck.

As far as NH 2020 is concerned, such efforts might actually stop people like Drew Bedwell from opening a strip mine or a toxic waste dump wherever they please. How totally un-American!

Elizabeth Martin is the finest board member Nevada County has ever had. I hope that not only the newcomers, but also many natives, appreciate both her enlightened leadership and her balanced view toward planning and development. I hope she is voted in for another term. I fear our quality of life may well hang in the balance if she isn’t.

Ron Jenkins

Penn Valley

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