“Am I the only one who is totally confused by George Boardman? He writes in his March 14 column about San Francisco tech refugees as if they are a different species,” local Jim Firth writes in a letter to the editor of The Union
“I don’t know how many years George spent living in San Francisco, but I lived there for 62 years before moving to Nevada County.
“Nevada County is in the process of redefining itself. The ‘good old days’ of mining and lumber mills are gone. The idea that ‘retirees’ can or even want to be the sustainable revenue source for county services is short-sighted and undoable.
“Nevada County has a thriving agricultural community, a strong tourism industry, and could be embarking on a tech/computer-based revival. We can, as a community bring these industries together with our strong nonprofit service sector, existing small to mid-sized businesses and willing government participants and create an atmosphere of cooperation with the haves and have less so we provide safe places to sleep, nourishing food to eat and health services for everyone who has a need.
“The Streicher House that George writes about can serve as a model of how to come together as a community for us to do our part in fulfilling a small component of a basic human need – nourishing food. Let’s show how it’s done.”