Todd Juvinall, Chairman, Nevada County Republican Central Committee
I want to wish everyone well in the upcoming year, I know it will be an exciting time. A trial looms in the Senate for Clinton. Will we see our Constitution work as it was supposed to? Will Clinton keep gutting the common meaning of everyday words? Will the press stop giving us their conflict of interest polls as news?
In retrospect I think we did a pretty good job of keeping the lights of freedom and common sense alive in Nevada County and beyond. We have been pretty well mashed by the liberals with their compliant press buddies. It has not been easy for me or for many of the other Republicans we respect. It is quite a job to stand up for what is right even when you are being vehemently attacked from every direction. I have great respect for all those Republicans who voted for impeachment. They were being pursued relentlessly by the demoncrats and the press. They didn't disappoint us with their profoundly heroic stance on the indictment of Clinton. Even though the other side tried to make black into white and up into down, we saw through it all.
On a personal note, I want to thank all who helped me in my run for the Assessor's post in Nevada County. It was quite an honor to be the only candidate that the Union Newspaper broke its own rules regarding hit pieces just a few days before the election. I was rather disappointed that the union didn't interview me before printing their hit piece on slate mailers the day before the election. I was the only person mentioned). I had no knowledge of the mailer, nor did I give my permission to use my name.
We now have four no-growth County Supervisors on the Board. They will dazzle us with their ability to know what is best for us and for our land. You see, they and their friends in the RQC believe they have every right to tell each and every one of us landowners what to do. Amazing, and we thought this was a free country. While extoling the virtues of jobs and planned growth, these RQC minions will be ramming study after study down the throats of anyone with an idea about creating something on their land. They will call this “protecting the environment” (as if we don't want to do the same). The effect is to delay, discourage and defeat every project. Holding costs are tough. You see I come from the old school (even though I'm only 48) regarding property. I thought that the person who owned and paid the taxes on a piece of property had first call on the dream. The dream is what that person envisioned for his or her own land. Shouldn't it be the right of the owner to fulfill their vision for that which they possess? I'm sure an RQCer would not want us to tell them what to do on their property. Oh, I forgot, these people never create anything that must go through the process they set up for the rest of us. Kind of elitist I imagine,
Many now believe that you must go hat in hand to the Godfathers, the Don Corleones, for their vision of your land. If you don't, they will appeal, sue and then collect money for their lawyers from you. Money perhaps better spent on your vision. That leads me to zoning. Zoning is where the government overlays your land with imaginary designations for what they say your land should contain. Commercial, residential, open space, etc. Trouble is, even if you have the zoning, the unelected government or their friends on the elected body won't let you build your dream because they really don't believe in the concept they invented!
So who do you trust? Seems kind of glum doesn't it? Well the proof is in the results. Voter participation is way down, people are opting out of the debate ( except a few of us activists ), and malaise has swept the countryside. Out of sight out of mind. Here are a few recommendations from me to you in the spirit of getting us all back on track:
1. Be courteous to everyone. It is very difficult to stay cordial when someone is shouting in your ear, but you must do it.
2. Do not lie. We cannot expect to have the moral high ground if we cannot tell the truth. Contrary to some ethicists in America today, we common people know the difference between a lie and the truth,
3. Help others sincerely. Many liberals think they are helping people with that new government program. We know the best help is to teach those people to fish not just give out free fish.
4. Don't be afraid. The liberals and the press don't like us. Stop trying to please them and speak you mind with the truths and common sense you possess. We may never get through to our critics but at least you stood your ground and were not intimidated.
5. Help your friends. Many of us say, "Oh, the other person will take care of that". I don't think so. We must stand up for those who put themselves out there in the public world of ideas and opinions. Those we agree with must be secure in the knowledge they have your support. You could show your support by making a simple phone call, write a letter to the editor, and buy a public advertisement or any of the other myriad of ways you can say thanks.
6. Be true to yourself. In this day and age, it is sometimes difficult to know who in the heck you are. The media and our political opponents are constantly trying to label and pigeonhole each of us. Well I've got news for them, each and every one of us are INDIVIDUALS. As long as you are confident, within yourself about who and what you are and what you stand for, the opposition cannot harm you.
7. Family is the most important thing. For those who have made it their life's work to minimize and virtually destroy the family unit in America I say to them, shame on you. What greater triumph can one accomplish in life than the creation of a marriage and children. Those little ones, so helpless in your arms for the first few years, are the most joyous experience of all. The creation of life is a monumental wonderment Without the strong love of the people for each other in the family unit, the family will fail. Without strong families, the country cannot endure.
8. "Do unto others as you :would have them do unto you". The golden rule Let's all try to do our best to live by that age-old credo. It is my sincerest hope that our next few years will reinforce the Republican Party and this great country we live in.
Thank you, it has been a great pleasure to serve the 28,000 Republicans of Nevada County for the last four years.