Where do our “good old boys” stand on the homeless “epidemic”?

Editor’s note: This letter, published in The Union from the Ingrams, is so ridiculous. Memo to Dan: I know you can do better. I am not a marijuana fan, but I don’t find this kind of campaign rhetoric too compelling. Like it or not, the “reefer madness” era is behind us. It’s 2017.

“District 3 Supervisor Dan Miller made an excellent point in The Union on Aug. 1. Where do the pot growers stand on the homeless epidemic in Nevada County?

“They claim to be regular folks, common businessmen and women, and just want to be part of our community. OK, welcome; now what will you do with regard to the homeless?

“Business pillars like B & C and SPD, along with many others, pour hundreds of thousands, of their hard-earned dollars, back into the community with their time and charitable items and donations. Your group appears well organized and well funded. You plan to capitalize substantially by growing pot in Nevada County. Fine, step up to the plate and donate some of your time and/or wealth to make Nevada County better, safer, stronger.

“The homeless crisis would be a good place to start.

Robert G. Ingram

Grass Valley”

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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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6 Responses to Where do our “good old boys” stand on the homeless “epidemic”?

  1. Judith Lowry says:

    I am not sure whether these gentlemen are issuing an entreaty or a directive.
    It’s doubtful that the folks who have had to endure decades of misery and expense in order to get legitimate cannabis industry started here in Nevada County will have much interest in what others tell them to do with their revenues.
    Charitable donations are a personal choice and with more than a thousand non-profits wanting money in these parts, there are plenty of choices available.
    I suggest that we be done with swanky, exclusive “fundraisers”, like the Starry Night out.
    That looks like an expensive party judging from the gauzy online photos of everyone there wining and dining and having a blast.
    Couldn’t that money could have been put to better use for charity?
    Why do people need enticements like that in order to secure their donations?
    I understand the Friendship Club holds their black tie fundraiser at MacDonald’s, now that’s brilliant.

    Like all good businesses the cannabis industry people will indeed contribute to local causes, but no one has the right to control them and tell them where to donate.
    I would suggest recovery services need help because that is the root of much homelessness.
    A person has to be healthy before they can be responsible for a home.
    But, that’s just a polite suggestion, not an order to pony-up.

  2. jeffpelline says:

    This is a tiresome drumbeat. The Ingrams once ran The Union, and there is a dribble of influence remaining. It has been a mediocre newspaper under their watch, and under their successor’s watch, and a mouthpiece for an “old order” that excludes others. And under some publishers, an outright community bully.

    Our small business, now celebrating its 10th year, gladly donates money back to the community – just like countless others. In fact we just doubled our cash contribution to The Center for the Arts to become “encore” members. Yet I do not see the Ingrams, or “good old boys” such as Todd Juvinall, or their politically activist “contemporaries” at these gatherings.

    This letter is not about “giving”; it is about control. For context, we are the parents of a straight A teenager at Ghidotti, and I do not like marijuana much and I am quite concerned about the impact of legalizing it in our towns.

    A greater concern, however, is a longtime theme of this blog: Democratization in small towns: Is the “old order” listening? https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2011/10/23/democratization-in-small-towns-is-the-old-order-listening/ and a Wall Street Journal article “Go wider rather than deeper in small towns.” https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2009/04/11/go-wider-rather-than-deeper-in-small-towns/

    To me, this is the route to success! Please reread these posts to refresh your memories. And have a great weekend!

    • Chris Bishop says:

      “This letter is not about “giving”; it is about control.”

      This is the post of the year!! Award winning (if there was such a thing)

  3. Chip Wilder says:

    Like “reefer madness” Robert’s letter makes an assumption (setting up his straw man argument) right off the bat. How does he know that the cannabis growers in this area don’t contribute to the homeless already? Or any of the other non profits in the area for that matter?
    Dan —-how about this?:
    One out every 10 people in this county are Real Estate agents. Let’s ask them to donate part of that 10% extortion rate they charge for every 20 acre plot of pot growing acreage they sell?

  4. Steve Willer says:

    How about this, if local officials and businesses want to see growers officially donate money to help the homeless, then lets see them approve and promote a multi day cannabis festival out at the fairgrounds and proceeds go to the homeless shelters. I’m sure it would attract a lot of people from all over Northern California and beyond. Have it in September or October when the harvest is going on and the current year’s crop can be sampled and judged.
    Let’s see how that goes over in the BOS.

  5. Joe Koyote says:

    This seems to me to be a slight-of-hand attempt to polarize people (even more) on the pot issue. Miller and Co. got their asses handed to them over measure W and now, perhaps, they are trying to rally their troops for the election fearing that the pro-pot folks will come out of the woodwork, as they did for measure W, and send Miller packing.

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