While the rest of the world zigs, we zag:
*Our elected officials, led by Tom McClintock and Dan Logue, are leading the charge to stop AB 32, to control greenhouse gas emissions, dead in its tracks. Their effort, and its exaggerated base of supporters here, is gaining national press attention. McClintock lost to Brown in our county.
*Our local paper — supposedly a beacon of popular opinion — is betting that right-wing idealogues such as Russ “global warming is a hoax” Steele and George “Obama is a socialist” Rebane will somehow increase (more likely, just prolong) readership. There’s no counterbalancing opinion provided as monthly columnists. It’s an insecure and unintelligent strategy.
*National Tea Party Patriot leader and board member Mark Meckler is gaining national attention for his “die ins.” Some of the protests are absurd and gruesome, including bloody images. Meckler is a Nevada County attorney. All the stories mention his ties to our county.
Meanwhile, our county’s population is declining. Yes, declining. This means a declining tax base, too. And declining school enrollment. And less disposable income for our local businesses.
Is this kind of perspective, and the attention it garners, having an impact on whether people want to live here or not?
I would argue absolutely, and it’s time to start a public debate among elected, civic and business leaders. Honestly, how many of their children want to move here and take care of them as they grow older? Few to none.
Our growth strategy is more likely tied to “green” jobs, solar power, bio-fuels and “sustainability.” It also will attract younger people — who respect our changing world — to live and work here.
Let’s face it: The world is changing, and here in the western county, we are not. It’s time to get this discussion out in the open.