Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
Kudos to the performance of “Company” by The Sierra Stages Community Theater.
What a wonderful evening of entertainment by a hardworking talented cast, crew and volunteer group. Ken Getz and his orchestra, as per norm, rounded out an accomplished production.Learn more »
Scooters Pals would like to acknowledge The Union for their support and assistance to dogs in shelters and rescues in Nevada County.
The space they donate to Pet of the Week and announcement of dog adoption events is invaluable to abandoned pets looking for homes. Every time they show a Scooters Pals dog, we get a number of inquiries and applications for that dog, almost always resulting in a forever home.Learn more »
Two young adults are responsible for 10 residential burglaries. Our lenient Judge Anderson allowed them to plea bargain down to two charges. No trial convened, eight felony offenses thrown out, and no justice for eight of their victims.
A four-year, eight-month prison sentence was agreed to; with time served credit and good conduct reductions they will likely serve only two years in prison.Learn more »
Recently Michaela Lake of Anew Day wrote a thoughtful article regarding suicide. As a 99 year old who several times faces that long, dark tunnel, may I offer some rays of light to those who are groping in the darkness of what seems to be a hopelessly dismal future?
First, and this may surprise you, almost every adult I’ve ever known has at some time in life felt, “What’s the use? Why not end it now?” One of the times of darkest thoughts is adolescence.Learn more »
Much ado lately in local press and other spheres concerning the future of Grass Valley. Citizens, elected officials, print journalists, bloggers and other characters have bandied about a variety of notions.
At issue: What is, what has, and what will really revitalize Grass Valley?Learn more »
Recently Amy Cooke, the owner of Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli, held a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).
The event was great; with over 25 people showing up to support PiELL and to hear Diane Miessler (PiELL board president) and her band, Purdon’s Crossing. A percentage of the evening’s profits, as well as the band’s tips, were donated to PiELL. Thank you Amy and Purdon’s Crossing.Learn more »
I’m 15 years old and am one of the vice presidents of The Environmental Committee Of Nevada Union (ECONU). I believe we need to ban plastic bags in Nevada City as well as Nevada County.
We should also put a 10-cent tax on paper bags. The production of plastic bags requires petroleum and natural gas, which adds to global warming. Thirteen billion plastic bags are distributed annually in California and only 3 percent are recycled. A single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. To make matters worse, plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down.Learn more »
Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to announce the recipients of our mini-grant donation program that awards funds to local and international groups that benefit women and children. The mini-grant funding program is offered every year in February and March. Funds for this program and a similar donation program held in September/October are a direct result of donations made by visitors to our annual Garden Tour, held the weekend after Mother’s Day.
Awardees are the Linus Project, Women of Worth, Child Advocates Puppeteer Program, Hospice of the Foothills bereavement Youth Program, the Cinderella Project that helps high school students attend their prom, Friendship Club for the establishment of a Garden Project and NEO, New Events and Opportunities, for local teens. We thank everyone who applied for these funds and wish we could grant more to needed community projects. Help us by attending our local Garden Tour. Points of sale are located throughout our community or you may purchase a ticket by contacting a Soroptimist member. For more information, you may contact email@example.com.Learn more »
Spring will be upon us before we know it and so will the invasion of Scotch Broom.
This year, Sierra Streams Institute will once again join the fight against this aggressive invasive weed that is threatening the biological integrity of our watershed.Learn more »
Cleaner air, that’s the aim of about $30 million in “hydrogen highway” grants given each year by the California Energy Commission to companies that will build refueling stations for the hydrogen fuel cell cars due to hit the road between now and 2017.
But the commission has had great difficulty keeping its own grant-giving process clean.Learn more »
Google has announced plans to offer its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities in eight states, allowing users to surf the Internet at 100 times the speeds of existing broadband services.
Meanwhile, in Nevada County, the Sierra Economic Development Corp. and Smarter Broadband are looking for people in the hills to install repeaters for the “line of sight” access required for the brave new world of fixed wireless communications.Learn more »
In response to James Coe’s letter on March 4 regarding a purposed new shopping center:
Mr. Coe is clearly oblivious about how today’s youth really work. His solution to keep kids off drugs and out of jail is to build another shopping center. Really?Learn more »
I can relate with the lady who found a German tourist trying to find a bench in Grass Valley where she could eat her sandwich. I am from Germany myself, although not at this time a tourist.
I have lived here for 30 years and love the area. However, I also regret that there are so few benches along our trails. At the popular Gracie ditch, which is over four miles long, there is one bench, and it is so close to the entrance that you are not ready to sit down when you get there. There are no benches on the trails at the Empire Mine. In Condon Park there are some benches, and also in Pioneer Park. The much-disputed boardwalk in Nevada City is very nice for sitting down and having a sandwich. I did this once and was not driven away.Learn more »
The Union’s front page article with Bill Jacobsen on Internet access has a point.
We’ve lived in a remote area by Scotts Flat for six years now. Started with satellite (Hughes Network). It was awful. They’ve since upgraded their sats, but still far from optimum. I’ve found a solution that works for us; Banner Mountain emits 4GLTE signals for both Verizon and AT&T. So does Wolf Mountain. WilsonElectronics.com offers 4GLTE repeater amplifiers, antennae, cables and solutions to bring that signal into your home at 5 bars. One-time costs will vary between $500 to $800. Then, the only thing you have to pay for is the LTE service from your provider.Learn more »
Our high schools are jewels in our community. In a small, close-knit community like ours in western Nevada County, the schools are more of a focal point than in many other places.
Schools here represent jobs and careers, sources of entertainment and culture and places where many local alumni remember their youth. But most importantly, they are the resources that educate our youth — future members of our local workforce or ambassadors attending universities and pursuing other endeavors around the world. Graduates carry with them the values, skills and knowledge that they have learned here, and the community wants them to succeed.Learn more »
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 »