Small Town Integration

Barry Pruett and his family have been attacked almost weekly by a local liberal blogger who is a new comer to our community. He came with an attitude about how things should be rather then what they really are. This is a real problem for liberals, they view the community as they wish it to be, rather then what it really is. Barry has written an excellent rely on his blog Nevada County Introspective about integrating into a new community. A lesson our local lefty newcomer should take into consideration.

Full Disclosure: I was born in Nevada City a long time ago, attended school here, although I did not graduate from high school in Nevada County. After a 20 year Air Force career I brought my family back to Nevada County in 1980. We determined of all the place we had lived in the US, this was the best place to continue raising our family. We worked hard to integrate ourselves back into the community, serving on boards, commissions and site councils, including Ellen serving on the Grand Jury and I did two tours on the Transportation Commission. I was also a long time ERC volunteer and part time newspaper columnist.  I have been blogging about community issues now for ten years, starting in August if 2004.


About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to Small Town Integration

  1. Todd Juvinall says:

    Interesting how the hard left blogger moves to a town that has worked hard to freeze itself in time, circa 1860 or so. Then complains the place is stuck in time! Too funny.

    Most people move here to be part of the community and not to do a makeover of it. I read somewhere that people that behave like the hard lefty blogger regarding change are truly unhappy within themselves and rather than deal with their issues they try to change everyone else. I cannot imagine the internal unhappiness of someone like that.


  2. Barry Pruett says:

    Just shining a light on what the community is already saying. Retirees and other folks move here to be a part of this community, not to transform it. If this community was not to their liking, they would have moved somewhere else that was more along the lines of their desires and values. Running for election as the anti-thesis of what is good about this community is generally an uphill battle…especially when you are running against people who are doing a good job at maintaining growth and also maintaining that small town vibe.


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