I enjoyed reading the article by the Union Publisher this morning. HERE is the piece. It has to do with the incessant whining of Jim Firth and his defenders here in Grass Valley/Nevada County. Firth alleges there is a "good ol' boy/girl" network that has foiled his attempts to win election and govern us yokels. I have written about this recently after the election. It is hogwash of course. The facts are simple. The people in the County don't think Firth is qualified to lead them.
Hemig points out some obvious things about people and their desire to fit in to the existing community. It seems simple to me. If you want to be a part of the community then don't ride in and tell everyone the place is crap and you are here to fix it. Right away you make enemies. Unlike a previous article by Valentina Parkman, where she was talking about how she was welcomed here, Firth just does not get it. Parkman worked hard to implement good things for the community and make her mark as a "doer". Firth told us we are in need of his services to fix the place we all think is pretty fine.
What I have learned about people over the years is everyone has an agenda. If you are a political person like Firth with a background in Union organizing and partisan politics you see things from a political perspective. Parkman see hers from a humanitarian perspective I would guess. So Firth decided to toss his hat in the ring of politics. That's fine but you reap what you sow they say. What he fails to understand is sometimes people will reject you. They will reject you for your ideas or the way you look or talk. There can be a myriad of reasons. Over the years in every election I can recall, there are usually people with wide variations in their perspectives. The voters weed them out for the most part. Some sneak through like a couple of Supervisors on the left side a decade or so ago but the people eventually weed them out too.
I have won some elections and lost some elections. Sometimes it was because I could not compete with better ideas, better financed campaigns or in some cases, the opposition was successful at painting me as they wanted. But that comes with the territory. Politics is a great place to try and see if a person can win then implement their ideas for the broader public. I ran to get some things done. Like roads, the government center, jail and library. Being a builder that was my interest. Others run for ego fulfillment. My guess is that is Firth's motivation.
I see that the local "purple" blogger has taken on Firth as a "bird of a feather". He defends Firth and as usual, attacks Hemig. Nothing new there. However, the "purple" blogger has found himself in the same position as Firth both politically and socially apparently. No one seems to care for either one. Both came here to remake our community into their image and have been roundly rejected. Firth twice by the voters, and the other by being booted from our local newspaper. My advice is both these fellows should lighten up and integrate into the community and try and make themselves likable to a wider range of people.