Experience, Education Counts

by Bob Branstrom As I look at my ballot, I see many important offices up for election. This is especially true at the county level, where numerous incumbents are not running for re-election. Of these, one stands out as possibly being the most important race on the Nevada County ballot, that for clerk-recorder/registrar of voters. This office is responsible for … Read More

Experience Matters

by Lily Marie Mora On May 3rd, I attended the Nevada County Clerk-Recorder candidate forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. It was very clear that Natalie Adona, the current assistant Clerk-Recorder/Register of Voters is the most qualified candidate.  Adona has been working in this position assisting Greg Diaz, the current Clerk-Recorder / Register since 2019. She has command … Read More

Sacramento Bee Editorial Endorsement of Dr. Kermit Jones

by the Sacramento Bee Editorial Board Voters in the Placer County-based 3rd Congressional District face an unenviable choice of Republicans to succeed Tom McClintock, their longtime nonresident representative: state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who fomented last year’s wasteful gubernatorial recall attempt only to place behind two other Kevins; and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, a local exponent of Trump-style xenophobia who … Read More

What’s Your Information Base?

by Milan Vodicka “We live in a world of information.” No kidding! Spoiler alert – we also live in a world of misinformation, disinformation and the absence of information. So what is what? How to make sense of it all, if one would want to do that? Is there “a war” in that “world of information?” I find the dictionary … Read More

Lisa Swarthout for Supervisor, District #3

Lisa Swarthout

By Jackie Finley Former Grass Valley mayor and Grass Valley City Council member, Lisa Swarthout, is running for the position of Nevada County Supervisor for District 3. As an experienced business owner and community advocate, Ms. Swarthout knows the importance of combining fiscal responsibility with intelligent regional growth. During her many years of service, including being the Past Chair of … Read More

Finger of blame points back to GOP

By Terry Boyles   While it’s true that the dumping of $3 trillion unfunded, unfocused dollars into the economy in a little more than a year is a sure fire way to create shortages and inflation … all that pandemic relief happened primarily under the watch of Donald Trump and Doug LaMalfa’s Congress. Supply chain issues, worker unrest and the … Read More


by Bill Drake Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a complex approach to race and race relations taught in law classes. I only heard of it recently, after years of anti-bias work. A handbook for anti-CRT activists that I read warns that principles of CRT are infiltrating public schools. A number of CRT’s views relate to basic anti-bias education, for example, … Read More

Interview with Jessie Wilson

By Peter Minett District Attorney Wilson grew up in northern California, went to UC Davis, and then onto McGeorge School of Law.  He worked in the Nevada County District Attorney’s office from 2010-2018, then did a stint in the El Dorado County DA’s office before returning to Nevada County in July. Jesse Wilson is a lifelong Democrat but is quite … Read More

Let’s Teach the Good, the Bad and the Ugly — the Truth

by Sarah Daley Contrary to popular opinion, public school teachers are not teaching our students critical race theory. Instead, professors in graduate schools teach this academic subject. I learned about it in my master’s program in social work. In my racism class, I learned that even when white people are not intentionally racist, they still benefit from a system that … Read More