The Union off the mark in Halloween Parade editorial

The Union was off the mark in its Halloween Parade editorial this weekend — once again slamming Nevada City unnecessarily . The issue of canceling the parade was based on pragmatic concerns rather than a “not in my backyard” mindset.

Halloween falls on a Saturday night, and the concerns had more to do with the cost of extra police presence, crowd management, erecting the parade barriers and so on. In the past, the parade had been held on a weekday. That’s a big difference.

A busy Saturday night has added extra public safety concerns for Halloween all over the region,  as KCRA News and others have been reporting in recent days.

You can be sure that Nevada City’s streets will be filled with trick-or-treaters from all over the western county on Saturday night — as well as farther away.

I know because our son’s schoolmates and friends from other towns will be joining him. They love to trick or treat in Nevada City.

In its editorial, The Union also forgot to mention that Nevada City has been a leader in bringing visitors to Nevada County, not just Nevada City.

One shining example: Nevada City council member and resident Duane Strawser has been almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing the Amgen Tour of California to western Nevada County — three times in the past 10 years. It’s a herculean accomplishment for a town of only 3,500 people.

About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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4 Responses to The Union off the mark in Halloween Parade editorial

  1. Niel Locke says:

    Another reason I no longer subscribe to The Union. The Union should have really investigated why this event was called off and who was responsible. I am able to tell you the City had nothing to do with this event being canceled. Niel Locke, Clerk of the City of Nevada
    Happy Halloween !

  2. jeffpelline says:

    If you want to post here, sign your real name. Thanks!

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