Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
Nevada County Economic Resource Council board members — who unanimously approved the organization’s business plan presented by its new director Thursday — certainly won’t be alone in welcoming a strategy for local economic development with open arms.
Newly hired ERC Director Jon Gregory outlined the organization’s goal in the document as follows:Learn more »
I recently heard that my friend’s granddaughter, Haamiah, has been diagnosed with Leukemia, and an opportunity to participate in a fundraiser came my way.
I thought this would be a great way to help Haamiah and other children fighting this fight, as well.Learn more »
Deer Creek and Seven Hills schools’ parent-teacher clubs wish to thank the participants who attended and the many local businesses who donated to our Casino Night fundraiser at The Miners Foundry — a second annual success! We urge our families to show their thanks to local businesses by frequenting them whenever possible. The proceeds from the evening will go toward worthwhile programs, activities and needs for our students’ academic adventure in the Nevada City School District.
Thank you for your continued support!Learn more »
What was the debate in Arizona about? The Arizona brouhaha was about gay rights, but in a much larger sense, Arizona was about human rights.
It was about a religious minority trying to force its agenda on the citizens of Arizona. A recap of the Arizona episode: It was not an Arizona thing; it was a subculture in the Republican and Tea Party using religion as an excuse to refuse service to gay citizens of Arizona. It was about discrimination against gays and lesbians. And thanks to Arizona for exposing the anti-gay faction that has embedded itself in the Republican Party and Tea Party. Two thumbs up to Gov. Jan Brewer who saw through this farce and vetoed the bill in question.Learn more »
At the very moment that California’s largest utility company was being assessed a $14 million fine for failing to report discovery of flawed records on its gas pipelines in the San Francisco Peninsula town of San Carlos, the same company was asking for well over $1 billion in rate increases to pay for repairs to that very same pipeline system.
That alone would demonstrate remarkable chutzpah, the Yiddish word for sheer audacity and gall in overstepping the bounds of accepted behavior. But at the same time late last year, the company, Pacific Gas and Electric Co., was also asking the state Public Utilities Commission for a 12-percent increase in its ordinary rates.Learn more »
In regards to a letter to the editor on Feb. 24 titled “Obama continues dismantling our Constitution,” I ask Bob Galletta, seriously, which articles of the Constitution has Obama dismantled exactly?
Please be specific. Let’s put this issue to rest — or at least up for discussion.Learn more »
Lately, I have been pondering this question. Stephen Stills, in the ’70s, wrote and sang a song titled “Do You remember The Americans?”
Here are a few verses from the song:Learn more »
Mr. Speer’s op-ed in The Union titled “Tech education needed to fill high-demand jobs of tomorrow” primarily addresses the need for more skills-based education (vocational training) that prepares students for immediate entry into a career, stating that “traditional colleges aren’t the only answer.”
I strongly support most of his views but feel they missed some issues and solutions. I also disagree with his implication that up to this point, community colleges have mostly met that need.Learn more »
It seems that the Republican leadership is determined to define itself in exclusionary terms. The traditional Republican guard recoils from defining itself as the party that includes Conservatives, Libertarians and Tea Party members. Yet that is precisely what the party is. Putting a hyphen in the name would accurately acknowledge the party’s constituency and willingness to incorporate these segments into the party platform.
By not doing so, the party simply will fail to attract voters who consider themselves Conservatives, Libertarians and Tea Party members. It’s basic marketing, folks. If something doesn’t appear to meet your needs, you don’t buy it.Learn more »
Perfect. President Obama is now warning the Soviets — er, Russians — about the Ukraine.
This follows his famous warnings to Syria. And to Iran. And to the Benghazi terrorists — an embarrassing run of stern-faced finger wagging that in every instance ultimately dissipated into stony do-nothing silence after the warnings were shrugged off by the warned and the wire service stopped carrying his updates.Learn more »
I want to say a great big kudos and thank you to all of the community members and students, of which there are too many to name, who supported our Lady Miner Basketball teams this year.
We had a wonderful season and appreciate the people who helped us at fundraisers, filled the stands and gave so much throughout the year.Learn more »
In reply to Bob Galletta’s “Other Voices” article published Feb. 28 in The Union, there are so many problems with his argument that I hardly know where to begin.
He begins with the now-standard critique that President Obama is “in the process of dismantling the Constitution of the U.S.” He then leaps to the issue of federal judges making decisions striking down the provisions in several states’ constitutions declaring marriage to be only “between one man and one woman.” How does this equate to the president dismantling the Constitution?Learn more »
My daughter Holly’s 20-year old cat broke her the femur in her hind leg. At the Grass Valley Vet Hospital, my daughter was crying uncontrollably because she was so broken up over a possible amputation. A very kind lady named Darlene felt so bad that she donated $100 toward the vet fees.
Holly wants to say, “Thank you Darlene, you are a God-send.”Learn more »
I am a student at the high school and the vice president of the newly formed Environmental Committee of Nevada Union. The committee is a group of students striving to make our community more environmentally responsible and active.
It is very important that our community do everything to have less environmental impact. Currently, Nevada City is drafting and instituting a bag ordinance. This ordinance will ban single-use plastic bags, and stores will put a fee on paper bags. However, Grass Valley will not be even considering such an ordinance until July. The bag ban in Grass Valley is incredibly important and should not be left for consideration until July.Learn more »
Bob Galletta claims (Feb. 28) that President Obama is “dismantling the Constitution,” using as “proof” the numerous court decisions by “left-wing liberal judges” that various state laws banning gay marriage are unconstitutional. Those decisions have generally been based on either the 14th Amendment enacted in 1868 or the “full faith and credit clause” of our Constitution enacted in 1787. (By the way, I, too, disagree theologically with gay marriage, but the Constitution is not Scripture).
Would those “left-wing” judges he mentions be the Kentucky and California federal judges appointed by President Bush, Sr., or the Texas and Oklahoma federal judges appointed by President Clinton (all of whom were approved by the Senate and serve for life, so I wonder how President Obama could influence them)? Or were those judges on the Iowa Supreme Court, which decided unanimously in April 2009 that the Iowa gay marriage ban violated the Iowa State Constitution? Or the New Mexico Supreme Court, which unanimously found the New Mexico ban unconstitutional? And if President Obama is so all powerful and dictatorial, why can he not get Congress to do anything?Learn more »
This is an open letter to Gov. Brown regarding his upcoming meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Dear Governor,Learn more »
Once again our Sierra Stages has put on a great show. Expecting difficult Sondheim music, we were pleasantly surprised by the cast and music of “Company” at the Nevada Theatre.
It is different. With the orchestra facing backwards onstage, it was a pleasant variation, which we aren’t used to. But seeing the musicians was noticeable, blending effortlessly with the cast. The musical numbers of “Marry Me a Little” and “Getting Married Today” are reasons alone to visit the Nevada Theater before March 24. The scenes of the same birthday party multiple times and a play without a plot are hard to imagine, but go anyway.Learn more »
A local martial arts school adds some kicks to Sierra Stages production of “Company.”
Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate worked with actors from Sierra Stages musical comedy, which opened this weekend, to add a little realism to a very funny scene.Learn more »
Most Americans think the economy is still bad and that President Obama is doing a poor job handling it.
With unemployment at 6.6 percent, and only that low because millions of frustrated, jobless workers have left the labor force entirely, issues that consume media attention — like whether a shop owner should be forced to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple — will inevitably fade in importance compared to the economy when voters go to the polls in November.Learn more »
Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.
At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal “counterintelligence program.” The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.Learn more »
Lifestyle mall versus downtown Nevada City or Grass Valley. Only one major issue separates the two, the mall has lots and lots of free parking.
Make downtown accessible with plentiful parking and the merchants will follow. Yes, the city leaders have to be creative in how to create that parking, but with diligence they can overcome the naysayers. Downtown is a lifestyle mall already. Parking for downtown or a new lifestyle mall — you choose.Learn more »
On behalf of the Association California Loggers Gold Country Chapter, we would like to thank the following businesses for their scholarship donations: Dennis Elliott & Daughters Logging, A to Z Supply, Holt of California, Prospector’s Nursery, Ben Franklin, B&C Home Center, Weiss Brothers Nursery, Robinson Enterprises, The Willo, Carol’s Market & Deli, Sandy Cawthon, Parts for Imports, Penn Valley True Valley Hardware Store, Ridge Feed, Parts for Imports, The Wooden Spoon, Gold Flat Car Wash, Northridge Restaurant, Simply Country – The Farm Store, SPD Saw Shop, Plaza Tire & Auto, Nita Browning and Antouri Chiropractic.
Dennis ElliottLearn more »
I give up. For many months, over a year now, I have asked Waste Management to inform those who continue to truck their trash to the Transfer Station that there is a “will-call” option, an option that the self-hauler may find more to his liking, his pocketbook and lifestyle.
After all this time there remains a steady flow of self-haulers on McCourtney — 2,000 on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of needless air pollution. A primary goal of the contract the county made with WM was to get people off McCourtney and onto curbside service.Learn more »
For those of us who live in Nevada County, the Bridgeport covered bridge spanning the South Yuba River is a symbol of home.
In summer, we bring our families to the State Park beaches to relax, laugh and swim in the healing waters of the South Yuba with this iconic bridge as the backdrop.Learn more »
In response to the March 1 letter to the editor from Miriam Martin, regarding Nevada Union High School student behavior: To Ms. Martin, I say that you appear to be overreacting to the actions of a very few students, based on your perception that NUHS is a declining hot bed of intolerance.
Apparently you were not at the game to witness the behavior. Nor was I, but, as a substitute teacher at NUHS, I talked with many NUHS students and staff members who did attend. All agreed that the incident in question was the result of the actions of a few, all of whom have been disciplined.Learn more »
What we don’t want in Nevada County is to change our beloved little town. We are happy with the way it is.
We love that 150 young people are kept in jail every day because of drugs and a lack of motivation to better themselves. We love that our young people are lacking any chance for meaningful employment unless they have a doctorate degree in medicine. We love seeing young people roaming the streets looking for drugs because they have nothing better to do.Learn more »
If there were a real need for more facility space for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (NCSOS), then why did the Superintendent of Schools abandon the Armory property directly across the street from Superintendent Holly Hermansen’s current office?
The Armory, a 6,000-square-foot building, for more than 10 years was leased by the former Superintendent of Schools to house the Imaginarium, Mud Hut and Nevada County Television (NCTV).Learn more »