This is not the town of my youth |

This is not the town of my youth

I am compelled to voice my feelings on some issues that I see addressed in The Union. Granted, I have only been here since I was 9. I moved here in 1964 and accepted the ways of this community. By this, I mean no grocery stores open after 7 p.m. during the week, a community that was pretty rough, but the best for keeping you in line!

Beyond all the problems with drugs and violent crimes here today, I find it quite amusing that the community has lost track of why most of the population came here.

The slower way of life is gone and being in such a hurry to get from work to home to soccer to baseball practice to … is the new thing.

I remember one of the things that stuck out here was the mural on the back of the Del Oro Theatre. It was one of the things that was part of this community. I don’t understand why we must “come up with a new mural” for the wall. Why is the old mural not redone? It is what this community was made from; the gold mines and miners that are known world wide! Why put something different there? It seems that on so many things we must “not change or destroy to preserve the old,” yet we must come up with a new idea for a once beautiful landmark. Can anyone help me here to understand why we need to come up with “something new” for the back of the Del Oro?

The other issue is the now ugly lot that can be seen from the freeway where the old Grass Valley Transfer used to be housed. The Rowe family that ran Grass Valley Transfer was moved out. It sure seemed that they promoted the name Grass Valley more than the empty lot or new hotel that may be housed there. The beautiful ivy-covered wall that stood as a landmark for all of my life was quickly torn down and left to be an “eyesore.” Why was not the issue of possible problems or changes the city may want addressed early on and some reassurance that this would not happen? Myself, I would much rather be looking at the ivy-covered wall than the eyesore that sits there today. I am not so sure that a new hotel-suite center will fit in with the rest of the era here.

As I said earlier, this was a mining and lumber community and by no means are these grounds chemical free and virgin. I guess that it is a reality check that one comes to realize that this is not the community I grew up in, with its home-town atmosphere. I will say that there is a certain community togetherness (for lack of a better term) that comes with the mining and mill communities of our country. I miss the “hot rod races” that used to be held at the fairgrounds every Saturday night. Do you ever wonder how many future NASCAR racers might have gotten their first start here? What a thought!

Enough from this peanut gallery …


Cindi Anderson is a resident of Cedar Ridge.

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