Like many of you, we have lived in northern and southern California over the years. But that rivalry is diminishing: We watched the Dodgers and Giants play on television last night. The seats largely were empty. We remarked that the bigger baseball rivalry is contained to the Southland: The Dodgers vs. the Padres.
In our state, the North vs. South rivalry has been replaced by a less talked about one: Urban vs. Rural, a debate that splits the state down the middle, lengthwise. Our county is experiencing that right now. Some examples appear on the local blogs:
• RL Crabb, the local political cartoonist: “My criticism, as usual, is that most of Nevada County’s problems come to us from sixty miles away in Sacramento and the Democratic majority that continues to bungle away our future.”
•Todd Juvinal, the co-founder of CABPRO: “I am always amused at race baiters who move to the whitest county in California then complain about ‘lack of diversity’. . . Nevada County doesn’t need race baiters, it is a simple, peaceful place.”
I would argue that some our county’s problems are “self inflicted.” But either way, our future ability to “get along” will depend on building a bridge between our state’s urban and rural communities — a complicated but invigorating task.
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