France will chair and host the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
The expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C. As 2014 was the hottest year on record, and 2015 is likely to surpass that, while 2013 broke all records for carbon pollution, there is a degree of urgency behind achieving a ground-breaking deal at the Paris Summit.Learn more »
Why does Waste Management charge an arm and a leg for yard waste?
A couple years ago I took a bed level high load of leaves to the yards waste area. I was charged $27.50 for the load — outrageous!Learn more »
It’s time for parties with spiked punch, spirited eggnog on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve champagne, and then beer and football games on New Year’s Day.
Driving drunk risks your life and others. If you do not harm anyone, a DUI costs thousands. Isn’t a taxi cheaper than that?Learn more »
I am a local volunteer/youth coordinator at NEO, and volunteering there has provided many opportunities for me to give back to the community and pursue my interests and passions.
Music is a big part of my life, and with NEO I can explore this in many ways. The NEO youth center has many instruments in it, such as a guitar, a grand piano, and a snare drum, that I, and anyone else, can play while there. Through NEO, I have also been able to DJ some local community events that NEO has helped out with, which is a lot of fun and provides valuable experience. Along these same lines, NEO acts as a great outlet for all young musicians by hosting open mic nights at the youth center every other week and by providing them with opportunities to play at local community events.Learn more »
Just in time for one of the three biggest eating holidays of the year, California’s food police have made yet another attempt to spoil the party. This time, the party poopers are going after bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and other staples of the American diet, saying processed meats should be classified as substances known to cause cancer under California’s Proposition 65.
The opportunity is being offered up on a silver platter by the World Health Organization, which recently recommended these beloved edibles be added to the list of Group I carcinogens, which includes tobacco, asbestos, plutonium, DDT, and the human papillomavirus, HPV. After reviewing more than 800 studies, the working group concluded that processed meats are carcinogenic, and that red meats like steak and pork are “probably carcinogenic.” And you thought a healthy diet included meat.Learn more »
In every community, there are people who stand out above all the rest for the contributions they make. One of these people in Nevada County is Curt Romander, co-founder of Sammie’s Friends.
If you like animals, you will like getting to know this extraordinary man. If you like people who accomplish things and make a difference in the world, you will like getting to know this extraordinary man.Learn more »
The truth hasn’t gained much traction with the Radical Right recently, so I guess I’ll tell a lie. Anything to clarify issues and stimulate honest debate.
Here goes:Learn more »
I want to thank The Union for the recent airings of differing views on so-called climate change. I find the claims from both sides of this debate interesting and wish I had a degree in climatology so I could research the data and determine for myself which side is right.
However, I am just an ordinary citizen trying to decipher whether the alarmist’s claims of man-caused global warming (MCGW) are correct, or the deniers are correct. If the alarmists are correct and MCGW will drastically imperil future living conditions on the earth, I should be very concerned.Learn more »
After nearly two decades, California finally has a set of laws to regulate and tax medical marijuana.
The significant change is that the Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act (MMRSA) has the endorsements of the League of California Cities, the California Police Chiefs Association, and virtually all the leading marijuana advocates including NORML, Americans for Safe Access, and the California Growers Association.Learn more »
There was good news and bad news — and in other ways no news at all — in the latest results of standardized tests given each year to California public school students.
It was, for example, no news at all that even though this year’s test was more rigorous than ever before and based on new Common Core standards adopted by this state and 41 others, students from wealthier households and school districts did fine, while those with deprived parents and districts did not.Learn more »
No, Ms. Erdmann, 92 percent of the jobs lost “during Obama’s first term” did not belong to women. It was not true when Romney said it in spring 2012, and it was even less true when Fiorina repeated it recently. From January 2009 to January 2013 women gained 416,000 jobs.
But this is irrelevant to assessing Clinton’s accomplishments, as are increasing college costs, Obamacare, the national debt, or the viability of Social Security. To suggest that she is anything other than an incredibly accomplished individual, whether or not you agree with her or like her or respect her, is objectively absurd.Learn more »
I would like to commend Frank Pinney on his full-page global warming advertisement. I follow the debate closely, and found Mr. Pinney’s content extremely well researched and generally factual.
He should be commended for having paid money to publish the material, but also taking time to produce an excellent comprehensive discussion. People who want facts would be wise to reread the article.Learn more »
Thanksgiving Day is partly synonymous with food. It has only been within the past two centuries that people generally awakened to the realization that the condition of the human body is inextricably dependent on the quality of food.
Solid food requires many hours of digestive activity before its nourishment is finally available to the cells and tissues of the body. So today, fresh fruit and vegetables have come into their own. The reason for the efficacy of such juices lies in the fact that this liquid food is digested in minutes.Learn more »
Analyzing news events and news sources is the job of journalists throughout the world.
So it is natural for readers to wonder how they approach that work.Learn more »
Ever hear of the Pareto principle? This principle simply states that, for many events, roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes.
This is often used in business, as well, where 80 percent of a company’s profits and complaints come from 20 percent of its customers, and 80 percent of a company’s sales come from 20 percent of its products.Learn more »
The University of Missouri Student Association vice president recently said, “I personally am tired of hearing that First Amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment.”
She is inferring that I don’t want you to speak if you disagree with me or if what you say offends me. The education of all students is being disrupted by activist student behavior, a trend becoming prevalent in our colleges where free speech isn’t encouraged but shut down. Political correctness is used to silence others with whom there is disagreement rather than allowing open dialogue. College administrators must let students know this type of behavior has consequences and will not be tolerated.Learn more »
I was part of the United Methodist delegation to Rio de Janeiro during the first climate talks in 1992. Even then, world leaders agreed that stopping climate change and alleviating poverty must go together.
This November 30, the 21st “Conference of the Parties” (COP 21) will take place in Paris, where world leaders will be protected by greatly enhanced security because of the recent terrorist attacks. Civil society won’t enjoy such protection — demonstrations in Paris have been prohibited. But around the world people will gather to call for world leaders to take strong action to limit greenhouse gas emissions, including mechanisms for wealthy nations to share renewable technologies to enable poor developing nations to leap frog over fossil-fuel polluting industrialization that has caused climate change. Locally there will be a demonstration on Nov. 30 and two prayer services on Dec. 1.Learn more »
On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement. This week, on the day the video was released to the public by court order, Officer Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder — 400 days after he killed Laquan McDonald.
The official scenario that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered sounded like so many others: The teen was armed with a knife and lunged at Officer Van Dyke and his partner. Van Dyke, the official story holds, fired on the youth only to protect himself and his partner from a potentially lethal attack.Learn more »
There have been many articles in the last year with some variation of the headline “GOP Surrenders on Obamacare.” The stories mostly concern a tendency among some Republican policy elites to adopt the Washington conventional wisdom that Obamacare cannot be repealed because it has already become deeply entrenched in American life.
Those Republicans might want to reconsider. A series of developments in recent days suggests the Affordable Care Act is in perilous condition and could become even more troubled in months to come.Learn more »
It is all too often that we only let people know when they are doing a bad job, and rarely when they are doing a good one.
I had surgery at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in October, and could not have received any better care. From the wonderful pre-op nurse Laura to the young Jessica who brought the dinner trays, I was treated with such care and kindness.Learn more »
The Craft Guild of Nevada County would like to thank everyone who helped with promoting Winterfaire this year. There are so many it is impossible to name all who have helped. It does make it possible for us to give back to our community. Come see us next year, which will be our 34th year, on Oct. 15-16, 2016.
Jeannie Norman, presidentLearn more »
Paradise Found, Paradise Lost; is the scary feeling my husband and I have after hearing and then witnessing some of the irresponsible fiscal decisions of “the board” of Lake Wildwood.
No one likes to be negative or a trouble maker. And the quiet beauty, security, and tranquil atmosphere here in Lake Wildwood nourishes your spirit and appreciation for such a wonderful community.Learn more »
My family has been actively involved with NEO since day one. After over seven years of volunteering we have witnessed the many changes NEO has gone through and the many obstacles they’ve had to overcome. One thing that has stayed the same over the years is the positive influence NEO provides to youth in our community.
For many years NEO didn’t have a place to call its own. When I ran a business here in Grass Valley, I would let NEO take over the store, parking lot, and sidewalks in order to host their events. Countless youth in Nevada County had their first musical gig or dance performance in front of my store. We hosted fundraisers in the parking lot and outdoor movie nights too. Those days are over now because one of NEO’s dreams has become reality. NEO now has a physical building to call their own. A place to host events and a place youth can call home. But they’re not done dreaming because their dreams are much bigger. And they need your help. They need our help.Learn more »
With all the negativity in so many of the columns appearing in The Union these days, it is so refreshing to read Hollie Grimaldi Flores’ commentary column.
Hollie incorporates her special brand of humor and I look forward to reading her column. It is a real pleasure.Learn more »
I’m responding to Nancy Eubanks Other Voices, which was in part a response to an analysis I provided on Oct. 5 regarding the impact of Dodd-Frank regulations on small businesses. I highlighted three examples of the damage Dodd-Frank has caused.
1.) It has driven community banks which primarily serve small businesses to close their doors.Learn more »
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, we extend sincere appreciation to The Union for hosting the ninth annual Paint the Town Pink.
This special event brings our community together to raise awareness and funds to benefit advancement of breast care locally and to support breast cancer survivors and fighters. We thank the many merchants, vendors, volunteers, restaurants, entertainers, fundraising teams and the public for their contributions to Paint the Town Pink.Learn more »
Lynn Wenzel: Thousands in scholarships available from Business & Professional Women of Nevada CountyNovember 24, 2015 —
What a difference an education can make! And yet, so many women who have managed to escape from domestic violence or who are struggling to attend school at night as single parents, or older women who have put aspirations on hold, are denied the financial help they need in order to succeed academically.
This is where Business & Professional Women of Nevada County’s (BPWNC) Dolores “Dee” Eldridge Scholarship steps in.Learn more »