Hits & Misses: Miners Foundry hosting live music is a HIT
Each week we will review the sublime, the trivial and deep issues, decisions and events that strike us as successes or failures. you can also participate by emailing your Hits & Misses to [email protected]
HIT (from reader Cris Kelly): To the Miners’ Foundry and our local musicians for providing a safe place to see and hear live music during much of the pandemic. This has been a great avenue for those who need a dose of live music, a little dancing, sit outside with a drink and take advantage of the huge talent we have in our community. They have helped us stay engaged and have hope over the past few months.
HIT (from reader Alice Root): To Nevada County road crews and contract workers for clearing 10ft brush along county roads! It’s hot and dirty work I’m sure, but a big help in preventing fires. We especially watched and enjoyed the cleaning of Rough and Ready Road and Rough and Ready Highway. It was really great to see, as we had just had a roadside fire in front of us a few weeks ago. Another plus – our 3 year old grandson loved watching the big gear crack and grind. Thank you!
MISS (from reader Ray Bryars): To the Union for the release of the “push poll” (check it on Wikipedia) regarding the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland mine. It is inconceivable that a newspaper that has been publishing since 1864 would be sucked in by such biased polls. Is there no one in the newspaper who is responsible for making sure the pollster conducts an honest poll? You owe it to the community to post another front page post that has all of the shocked responses online.
MISS (from reader Steve Cottrell): To several reports that two recent murders took place “in Nevada City”. In fact, they occurred in rural Nevada County, a few miles from Nevada City. The community alone generates enough controversial media coverage without the murders in rural Nevada County getting added to the mix.
MISS (from reader Pete Sabey): As of June 17 from Terry McLaughlin “Critical Race Theory Lurks in Schools”. The commentary is filled with scholarly sounding references. Whether deliberately or naively, Terry is channeling another fabricated right-hand corner problem brought to Trump’s ear by Christopher Rufo (which McLaughlin cites with approval). Rufo has publicly bragged about inventing this to keep the Trump crowd in a frenzy and further disrupt democracy to secure the GOP’s victory in 2022. CRT is a graduate program that attempts to unearth the roots of our persistent systemic white racism. Never taught in public schools. Probably should be.
HIT (from Editorial Board Member Paul Matson): On the Friends of the Library Book Sale, which is back! On the first Saturday of each month, you can choose from a wide selection of thousands of quality books, usually for a dollar a book. This Saturday’s sale will take place outside, with the ensuing sales inside and outside. 100% of proceeds benefit our three West Nevada County Libraries, including their current summer learning program. Just two blocks away, you can also shop for good produce at the Saturday Farmer’s Market for the Independence Day weekend celebrations. Book Sales Location: Doris Foley Historical Library, 211 North Pine St., Nevada City 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HIT (by Shanti Emerson, Editorial Board Member): To see “In the Heights” at the Sutton Theater. It’s the first time I’ve been to the movies in 18 months, and I’m a huge movie fan. So happy that our theaters are open again.
HIT (from Emerson): At Homer Nottingham’s popular tai chi and qigong classes at Pioneer Park.
HIT (from Emerson): All the excitement of the Music in the Mountains “Happy Birthday USA” concert on Saturday and the July 4th parade in Grass Valley. It’s wonderful that these traditional events are resuming this year.
MISS (from Editorial Board Jo Ann Rebane): Years of poor planning on the part of the State of California. Our water supply system was designed and built for a population of 20 million, and today we are over 40 million. Seventy-six percent of the snowmelt and runoff from the western slopes of the Sierra flows to the sea. Only 24% is collected (surface water storage) for human use. When a fully anticipated drought arrives as it did this year, California is once again caught off guard.
MISS (de Rebane): To litigants who threaten to appeal and further delay construction of Dorsey Marketplace development. No entity will clean up mining waste there unless its entire proposed project is approved. This community needs the additional apartments and apartments planned for the site. Grass Valley wants the project and has worked diligently with the developer to meet local needs.
MISS (from Tom Durkin, Editorial Board Member): To think the pandemic is over. Like the objects in your rearview mirror, the pandemic is closer than it looks. New cases are still being reported, 25 last week in West County. And the highly contagious Delta strain increases the risk for unvaccinated people.
HIT (from Durkin): Towards the new standard of hybrid and full-time remote work. Although the technology has been around for decades, it took a pandemic to convince employers that many employees are more productive and happier working from home. In addition, teleworkers are cheaper, due to lower facilities, utilities and insurance costs.
HIT (from Valerie Costa, Head of Special Sections): To all the wonderful coming back! So many great things to come to all of our local venues, so check out a live show soon to make sure these businesses thrive in the future.
MISS (from Costa): In the short-sighted and costly effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom a year before he was re-elected anyway. We certainly have a better use of the $ 215 million of taxpayer dollars.