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Taxpayers go for ride

I recently read about a “plot” to support the carriage service in Nevada City, quite possibly (probably), at taxpayers’ expense. While I have enjoyed the quaint beauty of these horse-drawn lovelies, I believe that taxing the good people of Nevada City is not the way to keep them going. What about other businesses in town? Why don’t they rate as highly? Java John’s makes an excellent double mocha, but they get no public funding. The question could be raised, that if said coffee shop met with difficult times, wouldn’t it be in the city’s best interest to insure that they remain part of the charm?

If a private group of citizens wishes to support this horse-drawn venture, more power to them, I say. But it is unfair, to say the least, to make the public pay for someone else’s business. I’m not quite sure if it fits the definition exactly, but I believe we could call this a case of fascism.

Nevada County no longer has as many miners as it once did. Perhaps with a bit of “funding,” we could bring back the quaint charm of their dusty faces, the rumble of dynamite and the tranquil charm of the monitors removing hillsides in a search for a little gold. Maybe some things are better left in the ashes of history after all.

Randall K. Pool


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