The Union Publisher Jim Hemig, a recent arrival to this area has asked that question and then decided to research it. HERE is the column. He started off with Lowell Robinson, the native born man who grew up on a ranch here in Nevada County. He started with the right man. In the local loony left corner of our county, for instance in Jeff Pelline's brain, Robinson must be "bad" because of the fortune of his birth and his success in business.
Of course the recent liberal arrivals like Pelline and his apparent best friend Jim Firth, a democrat activist, think there is a derogatory meaning to the term. They use it as a pejorative. I use it as a honorable title. I liked Keoni Allen's response to their view. Use the converse, "bad, young, girl"! Too funny. Then Hemig told us the Grass Valley City Council was fairly evenly split over the last few elections with left and right, newcomers and older timers residents. Firth is mad because so far he has run twice for City Council and was resounding rejected by the voters. I guess he is a bitter, poor loser. Pelline apparently has never tried to run and he too was rejected by the Union as its Editor? He comes across to all of us as bitter and vengeful. Especially towards "good ol' boys".
So what about that view that a "good ol' boy" is something to avoid? First, how does a person like Lowell Robinson become something bad to these liberal loons? He used to be the second largest privet employer here after Grass Valley Group (where are they now?). But the business of tree falling was squashed by the "new young boys/girls" here. They sue and contest every timber harvest, burn salvage etc.and convinced the leftwing US Forest Service to pretty much quash harvesting in the national forests (read spotted owl and their management plan). So his employee numbers went way down and were replaced by teet sucking eco non profits that bring nothing but grief to the county, state and country. Our County has the highest per capita number of non-profits except for Washington DC I am told.
So Lowell Robinson, who supplied many jobs through his risk taking and who supplied millions in wages to the community was squished out of his profession (at least through historical average) and it was done by the newcomers. He still gives back in spades to the county and its people though. What do all these eco non-profits give back? Zip, zero, nada. What does Pelline give to the community? What does Firth give to the community?
But let me return to the term. I was born and raised here as my mom and dad came here in 1945 after the war ended. By that luck I am considered a "good ol' boy" and now that I am 64, the critics on the left call us "old white men, good ol' boys". Too funny. For me, I was never political until the recently arrived liberals tried to shut down the county in 1978. They came, they saw, and they almost conquered in 1978. I became active out of survival. These newcomers though, over time, have wrecked the county. They have destroyed the jobs, good paying ones, and replaced them with some low pay service and tourist type jobs.
Once a man could make enough here to raise his family and have a home and some money left over for other things. We had a traditional family values county. After the liberals got here we see young people fleeing to greener job pastures. We see people living three or four to a home because rents are so high. No new homes here, can't have that. Can't have a say in your own home to build. But hey, the liberals are happy. The population has increased about 10,000 people in twenty plus years! Mostly old people as the young families have fled (check school enrollment numbers). So we have a bunch of lowly paid service people commuting up from low cost Yuba County and taking care of the old fart liberals. What a victory for the left eh?
The "good ol' boys" over the years did their best to get the county some economy other than old folks homes and K-Mart but these newcomers would have none of it. So in my opinion the "bad ol' boys/girls" won the war. Now a simple business of almost any kind is wrecked by these people from being born. A well paid mining operation is trashed and delayed and forced to go away. The laws passed by these liberals at all levels of government have wrecked the County, the State and the country. I would say the "good ol' boys" have been relegated to the dustbin. The left has destroyed the doers and replaced them with the Pelline's and Firths. God help us.