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Posted by: thepinetree on 05/31/2020 06:31 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 05/31/2020 06:36 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM

Can Small Towns & Communities Save America? ~ John Hamilton

Arnold, CA...We have been covering our little corners of small town America for over 15 years now. Over the last few years we have had the growing conviction like many of you that our society is in need. Our bonds as communities and countrymen are fraying and breaking.

The things that ostensibly were designed to bring us together are tearing us apart. Take social media for example, we are all "friends" and "groups" now right? We have moved what were analog connections in the physical world to digital ones based on our "interests" and "connections". In the digital world choices are binary either on or off. In the real analog world Frenemy is a very useful and vital category.

Connections in the real world are analog & nuanced. In the real world in our small communities we actually know our neighbors, business people, educators, law enforcement & elected officials. They are people we know and if not trust believe are working on what they believe is the best solution.

Sure, we disagree, disappoint and fail to measure up to not only each others expectations but our own. We know however that in spite of or maybe because of our limitations that when it matters our communities come through.

We have seen it during Rim & Butte Fires, storms, droughts, horrific crime events, deaths, business failures & beginnings. We have seen it through our annual community events, celebrations, parades, frog jumps & more.

Here locally you know who is doing their best to move the community forward and those who aren't. Very rarely does this fall along neat party or political lines. We all know people who on paper or by professed ideological positions we agree with but are actually destructive to our communities.

We also know people with whom we know we disagree on many issues that are invaluable in keeping our little corner of the world moving forward. We can disagree on politics and still know when push comes to shove they will do the right thing. In our increasingly algorithm driven world all of this is lost.

Here we know were all in life's journey together! Each business, each school, each job & each member of our communities matter. It isn't a theoretical exercise as these business owners, teachers, healthcare workers, law enforcement and more are actually our friends and neighbors.

In major metropolitan markets the community bonds are fraying, increasingly broken or literally burning down. Solving problems doesn't seem to matter as long there is someone to blame.

Seeing the world right now would you rather be in Minneapolis, New York, LA or here? I would choose here as at least we can still agree to disagree on some issues and actively work together on most others.

Maybe it's time for the cities to learn from us for change.

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Posted on: 2020-05-31 18:42:18   By: Anonymous
Agree, John - thank you for posting.

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    Re: THANK YOU!!
    Posted on: 2020-05-31 19:46:54   By: Anonymous
    Its coming off the rails John

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      Re: THANK YOU!!
      Posted on: 2020-05-31 23:27:28   By: Anonymous
      It's in your face John. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

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        Re: THANK YOU!!
        Posted on: 2020-06-01 00:23:59   By: Anonymous
        Of course they do

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Posted on: 2020-06-01 07:42:26   By: Anonymous
I am a middle class white woman who was stopped for a minor traffic violation. I was respectful to the officer; my family members were in law enforcement. I was treated so rudely this local police officer, I was truly shocked by his vile treatment of me, I can't imagine how bad it would have been. If I'd have been a black man

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    Posted on: 2020-06-01 08:22:34   By: Anonymous
    Yeah right. Crying didn't work for you this time? Pay your ticket and abide by our laws. You are no better than anyone else, your post screams of entitlement and wanting special treatment. You were in the wrong!

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      Posted on: 2020-06-01 09:52:08   By: Anonymous
      Nope dude, I was stopped for a failure to stop at a stop sign, which I did fully. I was driving an old vehicle in Greenhorn golf course, going to work. I paid my fine even though I did not commit a "CRIME" because I knew it was my word against the officers. Funny thing is that this moving violation was never reported to the DMV.

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It’s up to us
Posted on: 2020-06-01 07:58:41   By: Anonymous
I’m not looking to the government to make my life better. They won’t have the funds.

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Posted on: 2020-06-01 08:28:28   By: Anonymous
I agree with you that community is important. But to say that someone can't have community in a city is ridiculous. You either fit in here, or you don't there's no middle ground.

And to act like nationwide protests are due to a breakdown of community because people don't know how to get along like our little lily-white community.... it's more that a little tone deaf.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-01 08:38:19   By: Anonymous
    I think he meant that when you loot or destroy a business in a city you are most likely destroying property from target or some other large chain. When you riot and destroy small towns you are burning and destroying your friends and neighbors property.

    Much less likely to happen because it is personal.

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      Posted on: 2020-06-01 09:13:01   By: Anonymous
      BS. There are small businesses everywhere.

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        Posted on: 2020-06-01 10:19:15   By: Anonymous
        Cities desensitize everything. It's always someone else's problem in a big city. Big cities just suck

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Posted on: 2020-06-01 09:17:21   By: Anonymous

I very much appreciate this site you have created. It has the feeling of the old trusted newspaper of the past (The Prospect.) The prospect would delve into matters, and report all news, not control and hide the news. I also sincerely feel you have the heart and conscience needed when providing this venue you have created for our community. I hope you realize, you are the only option here now that is not owned or controlled by a deeper group or element that seeks nothing more than to control and divide our communities. Please continue to provide this open venue.

I do not feel, nor have I in many years that those who move here are working for our greater community good. When learning the truth and facts of how small communities have historically worked to make them safe and a peaceful place to live, they do not want to do the work, or put in the time to earn trust. It takes many years and dealings with individuals to actually know them, a job title does not make someone trustworthy or honest.

You should not just move to a small town or community and immediately assume you will fit in. Many here voice their anger because they don't fit in and blame it on everyone else here. They spam this site with their opinions as if everyone who was born or grown up here has to go along with them. These people will never fit in here, they will never understand what it is like to have lifelong family and friends living in the same community, they will just end up moving again. They are no asset to any community and only seek to drag the community down with their anger and divide. They will always lack at being a good honest person contributing to the community, and being someone trustworthy that others would want to associate with. They are the same as many of these so called protesters, riding on the coat tails of others and seeking only what they can get for themselves, despite the bigger picture being about a greater good for all.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-01 09:22:50   By: Anonymous
    Geez can you even see the ground from your high horse?

    Do you realize that people, born and raised here, have different opinions than you?

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      Posted on: 2020-06-01 10:06:32   By: Anonymous
      Why don't you tell us all about your opinion then? Do you believe that our foothill newspapers should be owned and ran by pot growers or casinos?

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        Posted on: 2020-06-01 12:44:21   By: Anonymous
        I don't think there is anything wrong with local businesses supporting local newspapers.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-01 09:56:16   By: Anonymous
    Foothills Rising is a group the seeks to destroy what was once small town country life. A wolf in sheep's clothing.

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    Posted on: 2020-06-01 09:57:30   By: Anonymous
    Amen. Some of the meanest, rudest, most intolerant peoples around are flat land transplant. I'm a 7th generation Californian and our motto was "Stay on your own property and mind your own business."

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    Posted on: 2020-06-03 06:59:54   By: Anonymous
    Most of them didn't move here because they love Calaveras county or it's people, they moved here because it is "cheap" They would have moved to Napa or Sonoma, but just couldn't afford it. Many of them think of us as unsophisticated, stupid, backward, low class rubes. More of them will be coming because of the unrest, driving up prices and making housing less affordable for the young families here.

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Thanks, John
Posted on: 2020-06-01 10:04:03   By: Anonymous
What a world, huh? WW1, the Spanish Flu (originally from Kansas), WW2, The Holocaust, Korea, Vietnam, Kennedy’s & MLK assassinated, AIDS, Rodney King, 9/11....I’m not deliberately missing anything/anybody, that’s just a small, partial list of the world’s & America’s 20th Century “greatest hits” (double entendre intended). I wish there were some sort of peaceful growing up process, for adolescents AND for countries. But history never bears that out.

It’s just painful to grow. Humans don’t learn any lessons unless something really hurts, you know? And it’s gotta be excruciating. Sometimes it’s just horrifying.

Right now, in the middle of a pandemic, black and brown American citizens are horrified, frightened, and fed up. You can’t always anticipate when “the last straw” is gonna fall. Black and brown folks have to make a lot of damn noise and ruckus to be seen and heard, to stand up for themselves and their families. They have to stop us white folks from systematically treating them like our peasants or serfs, like second class citizens here to serve us and to be seen and not heard. Entitled white folks won’t learn that lesson by ourselves, apparently-we like our cushy lives too much. It’s good if we’re all a little scared....

Pray and understand and be polite and apologize and support and try to be a helper, not a hater. Get out of your comfort zone and LOVE. Everybody has to do their small part, right? Even up here in the mountains. Even if all you can do is pray to have all of your prejudices removed, even the ones you didn’t know you had.

An American Patriot & Proud Veteran

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    Re: Thanks, John
    Posted on: 2020-06-01 11:11:26   By: Anonymous
    Well said.

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      Re: Thanks, John
      Posted on: 2020-06-01 12:28:03   By: Anonymous
      Even the prejudices you secretly REALLY like....the ones you think are justified and the ones you want to hang on to.....pray to have even those removed, even if you don’t want to....You’d be surprised how effective that is, for you and everyone around you.....

      And it’s absolutely FREE, you stubborn b*

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Posted on: 2020-06-01 13:01:07   By: Anonymous
If you have ever lived in a major city, you know that often times your neighborhood operates much like a small town community. People watch out for each other, know each other’s business etc.

Small town communities need to make it harder for racist to hide out of sight. Also remember, not all Trump supporters are racist but all racist are Trump supporters.

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    Re: The strange thing about racism....
    Posted on: 2020-06-01 13:37:55   By: Anonymous
 that racists really, truly don’t believe that they are in any way “racist”. They (us? we?) feel truly justified in their views. They (us? we?) point to certain behaviors in The Other People that appear on the surface to be ungovernable, unattractive, unusual, and unforgivable. These “behaviors” appear to the racists to justify their racist opinions.

    Take the matter of “welfare”. Certain racists (not just conservatives, but true racists) believe that black and brown Americans are getting “free money”, provided by hard working taxpayers. They truly believe that their frothing rage over this supposed “transfer of funds“ is just. Racists overlook the monstrosity that is corporate welfare, because they cannot comprehend the labyrinthine vastness and psychotic deviousness of corporate America (and, really, how can one?).

    There are so many facets to the US system of welfare that the average American can no longer disentangle the facts from the lies. But it is a bedrock belief of American racism that ONLY black and brown people are getting welfare, and that accepting government help makes “them” sub-human in some way....But these same racists “like” or even “love” their black and brown coworkers or employees or neighbors, the black and brown faces that are familiar and “known” to them. It’s the Others Ones, the Unknown black and brown faces without names that are presumably guilty of welfare fraud. THEY are the ones (in the opinion of the racists) that are “ruining” America. Forget about the airlines....

    This type of thinking has to be rooted out of white Americans at the deepest level. We have to look inside ourselves and ask to be open to the truth and subsequent removal of our own prejudices, even if we secretly (or not so secretly) like and even enjoy them. They are very destructive. They can even kill.....

    Especially the ones that we think are justified....

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      Re: The strange thing about racism....
      Posted on: 2020-06-01 15:21:50   By: Anonymous
      I find it very humorous and downright idiotic reading post from the idiot hillbilly Trumpturd crowd.
      Tell me when did the Flatlander in you give way to the righteous small town folk?
      Unless you are a true native (pre white man era), you are a Flatlander. That includes you, seven-generation Californian.

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        Re: The strange thing about racism....
        Posted on: 2020-06-01 15:43:36   By: Anonymous
        Yeah, sooooo....the deal is, “flatlander” is a prejudice, like we’re talking about, right here. You’re right-we are all from somewhere else. “Trumptard” is a prejudice, as is “libtard”.

        Knowing that, and knowing that you actually, and perhaps not-so-secretly, ENJOY your prejudice, is the way in to a conversation about what the hell you're thinking, and why. Yay, you!

        It’s weird: hating on haters (calling prejudiced or racist people “Trumptards”) only empowers them. They enjoy feeling like martyrs (don’t we all, lol!), and the folks who share their prejudices come to their rescue.

        A real conundrum.

        So, maybe be like Jesus, right? No name calling, no “them”, only “us”. Be radically nice, and approach with kindness those that frighten you. Maybe turn off MSNBC and Fox? Maybe just do one nice damn thing today and don’t get caught....or it doesn’t count!

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