Behind the signature: Joyce and George Beland

A visit with the Journal’s frequent letter contributors.
By: Anne Papineau, Journal staff writer
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Live in: Auburn since 1955. She: “Highway 49 was a gravel road when we came.” Career: He: Microbiologist (retired) for the Placer County Health Department. George Beland was District 3 supervisor from 1988 to 1992 and Auburn mayor for two terms, 1982 and 1986. She: Worked at the Placer County elections office. Favorite topics: He: “I was concerned about the environment, got a tree ordinance; went back to Washington, D.C. to lobby against the Auburn dam.” Double byline: She: “We are in agreement. He feels more strongly on more subjects than I do. I can sit down and shoot off three sentences on the computer; he’ll take a half day and write it in longhand.” Does for fun: She: “We’re both into music, everything from rock ‘n’ roll to opera.” He: “That’s how we got together. We were in Vallejo High School together during the big band era: Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman.” Most recent letter: “Campanale first, does no harm,” May 1.