“The moderate people of the community are being inundated by SF and Bay Area radicals, leftovers from the 60’s,” our local extreme right-wing political blogger/ activist Todd Juvinall writes with glee. “Why? Because they can grow their own drugs! Small towns are a hoot! Even liberal radical transplants think they are in charge!”
No, Todd. Step away from your keyboard, take a deep breath (or “breathe” as you would spell it) and look around: Our community is “purple,” thanks to the left of center political moderates, who are college educated, embrace political and cultural diversity, and generally acknowledge the realities of the 21st century. Think about enclaves such as Truckee, Todd — not you and your political like-minded friends, sitting around a table playing poker on Banner Mountain.
Look around Todd: The local newspaper is “purple” (Todd’s “best pal” Jeff A. is long gone; the current publisher, whom I exchange friendly emails with regularly, embraces the political and cultural diversity of our community). The board of supervisors is “purple” (Heidi Hall and Richard Anderson are Democrats; the District 3 race was very close). The DA’s endorsements include local progressives such as Michael Funk (co-founder of UNFI), and the Clerk Recorder is a Democrat. The Clerk Recorder, who is African-American, garnered 70 percent of the votes in a county that is lilly white. The frontrunner for Sheriff is gay. The county has more registered Democrats than Republicans. (look at the map, Todd: Our county is purple).
Todd, you are on the outside looking in, not the other way around. You are the minority, not the majority. Let it go, man. Quit bellyaching. Time marches on. Change is all around you.