Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

An open letter to the U.S. Postal Service

July 23, 2014 — 

As I was picking my kids up at school the other day I passed again, as I have so many times before, the house of an elderly man.

This time he was obviously waiting for something as he stood upon his driveway with his hands in his pockets. This time I was stuck in traffic longer than was usual and so as I waited I had the opportunity to wonder for what was he waiting as he stood there.

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Emphasize the good in our community

July 23, 2014 — 

Crime and mug shots on the front page are out of place.

Susan Perry is correct. Nevada County is a living place, warts and all. But why give the warts front-page space. Most, if not all of the crime being reported is drug related and frankly they are just “losers.” More than 85 percent of the crime in a community is committed by less than 2 to 3 percent of the population. There are too many other great things that happen in our community and great people making them happen.

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The danger of cell phone towers

July 23, 2014 — 

Thank you for publishing David Moyer’s editorial. Finally some information about the real danger of cellphone towers! Our entire society is being bathed in EMF and microwave waves. The statistics on brain tumors are being manipulated in much the same way that the cancer statistics from smoking were skewed by the cigarette companies in the 1950s. An expert online on the effects of EMF is Dr. Manfred Doepp, and there is lots more available. EMFnews.org has more.

So I believe there is a lot for the Lake Wildwood area to consider.

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It’s time for solutions

July 23, 2014 — 

Facts are the ‘coin-of-the-realm’ in a democracy, but in regard to the flawed Grand Jury report on the homeless, it seems real facts are irrelevant.

No matter which view you take in this ongoing national debate on homelessness, the job of a Grand Jury is to collect facts, real data and be committed to accuracy of investigation and reporting.

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Why vote when the judges decide

July 23, 2014 — 

To the writers and reporters who keep asking why more people don’t get out and vote, I’ll tell you why.

People don’t vote much anymore because when the majority of the voters elect something or someone, some judge or judges overturn it if they don’t like it.

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Thanks for help on site of crash

July 23, 2014 — 

I’m awfully late with this, but I would like to thank all the people who stepped in and helped my son when he had an accident on Highway 49 out of North San Juan.

There were a couple of very helpful young men on the Cal Fire truck, CHP and a lot of people he didn’t even know and the tow truck driver. Thanks to the neighbors that all helped to let me know.

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Transparency protects the public’s right to know

July 23, 2014 — 

I have a great deal of respect for the members of any school board. They are paid very little and have a huge responsibility to the schools and members of the community. However, it is important to remember that they are in their positions to act in the best interest of the children and, by way of that, oversee the tax dollars of the parents and citizens that elected them to office.

I’ve been attending meetings of the Nevada County Board of Education (NCBE) for a few months now and can attest to the fact that there are only two NCBE board members of the five that consistently act in the best interests of the children and the taxpayers: Marianne Slade-Troutman and Jack Meeks. The other three seem to be more willing to support a less transparent way of conducting county business.

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Poker Ride fundraiser a success

July 22, 2014 — 

Nevada County’s Gold Country Trails Council is, once again, pleased to announce that the 2014 Poker Ride Fundraiser was an especially fun event this year.

We moved it up a month to avoid the heat and bees and ended up with a perfect day. The funds raised will allow for the continued improvement and maintenance of the Pioneer Trail, along with many other trails and horse camps in the Tahoe National Forest. On June 7, Skillman Horse Camp was filled with 85 riders, their horses, rigs and all the volunteers and non-riders who participated in and helped out to make the Gold Country Trails Council (GCTC) annual event another big success.

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Medical marijuana: a good idea gone bad

July 22, 2014 — 

I am sure there are some people who legitimately need medical marijuana. However, the present medical marijuana situation is a farce. I personally know someone who got a prescription for PMS and someone else who got one because his back “hurts sometimes.”

Anyone can get a prescription for anything. Many of the people who get prescriptions also get them from their friends and then have enough prescriptions to grow many plants, which are often sold illegally, not to medical patients.

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It takes a village idiot

July 22, 2014 — 

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Will history repeat itself in child immigrant crisis?

July 22, 2014 — 

For some people familiar with the history of the run-up to World War II, there’s a sense of déjà vu in today’s humanitarian crisis along the Mexican border, as resistance rises against the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children attempting to enter and stay in the United States.

Eyewitness reports in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers indicate that about half the children coming without parents are actual refugees fleeing murderous Central American drug gangs who would kill them without qualm or consequence if they refuse to become addicted or go to work for the gangs as drug runners, prostitutes or worse. Even if they’re only six or eight years old.

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Federal inaction encourages more Murrietas

July 22, 2014 — 

MURIETTA, Calif. — A federal failure has resulted in the “catch and release” of non-citizens, undocumented, unscreened for disease or criminal records who crossed the United States border in Texas.

A message has been sent to the economically challenged peoples of Central America that we have an open door policy. They would be foolish not to take this opportunity, those that are already here, undocumented for years are sending for their children, 52,000 of them by September 2014. The intent of the federal policy is to send illegal immigrants to their intended family/friend support destination in the United States.

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Deep pockets becoming our masters

July 21, 2014 — 

Abraham Lincoln wished for us a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” 150 years ago.

Are we there yet? No — and going the opposite direction. Government of, by and for the corporations describes our situation far better.\

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How about some health care solutions?

July 21, 2014 — 

When Patrick Wagner stated in his “Other Voices” column (July 1) that “an author I am not,” he hit the nail on the head.

He also stated that he was writing as if his audience was a group of eighth graders, but even though I have two college degrees, I have little idea what he was trying to say in his column. One thing was clear: Dr. Wagner is unhappy with the health-care situation in our country.

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Thanks for support shown at parade

July 21, 2014 — 

The Nevada County LabelGMOs Campaign wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all the participants and spectators who came out for this year’s Fourth of July Parade in downtown Nevada City, co-sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, Grass Valley Downtown Association, and Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. With a Bee painted art car, Free The Seeds banner, and lots of little ones with wings, we took third place for “Best Marching Group” in the parade!

Appreciation goes out to the volunteers who walked with us and distributed Moms Across America brochures, helping to continue education for labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs). And to all those who carried signs and banners, a heartfelt thank you. Special kudos to Alexis Gandara, Banner Grange #627, RAFTT, and BriarPatch Co-op.

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George Boardman: Don Quixote had nothing on the backers of State of Jefferson

July 21, 2014 — 

Nevada County is no stranger to secessionist movements, and it may soon get a chance to join a new one if supporters of the State of Jefferson can get on the agenda of the board of supervisors.

Supporters have held meetings in Auburn and a State of Jefferson town hall meeting is scheduled for Western Gateway Park in August, an attempt by the Nevada County Tea Party to drum up local interest.

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What was it that brought you to western Nevada County?

July 19, 2014 — 

This week, on the advice of reader Lily Resch, we asked what it was that brought you to call western Nevada County your home. Here are some of the responses shared by our readers, via email and on Facebook:

John Bohnert

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Thomas Elias: Election focus: Changing of the political guard

July 19, 2014 — 

For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s preeminent politicians of the last decade.

But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened to expose them to serious intra-party challenges.

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Our view: County should tread lightly on outdoor events ordinance

July 19, 2014 — 

As a subcommittee continues its work on amendments of a proposed Nevada County Outdoor Events Ordinance, community members are sharing their concerns on the potential impact to both the bottom line of their businesses and the local economy at large.

Supporters of the ordinance say it’s necessary to deal with disputes in residential areas where “good neighbor” policies to outdoor events aren’t always practiced. One instance on American Ranch Court Road, where large weddings were allegedly being booked for profit, has resulted in a lawsuit between neighbors.

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It takes a village idiot

July 19, 2014 — 

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Outdoor Events Ordinance devastating hit to local wedding industry

July 18, 2014 — 

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has been overwhelmed with concerned responses from our members, Grass Valley Chamber and their members, and NCWeds, our local business group representing the wedding industry (and we don’t use that term lightly), to the recently proposed Outdoor Events Ordinance.

Our community is one of the top outdoor wedding destinations in the State of California, and this local business is estimated to contribute up to $50 million or more annually to the local economy.

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Another fine year for NU’s bands

July 18, 2014 — 

It may seem like a contradiction to say the Nevada Union High School bands have been quietly doing great things. But that is sometimes the way it seems. While they are not often in the public eye, the NU bands are very busy during every school year.

They are active at a variety of events, including multiple concerts and numerous competitions. They make great music. The collection of trophies and plaques in the band room at Nevada Union High School is more than just impressive. More are added each year.

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Hobby Lobby decision goes against Constitution

July 18, 2014 — 

Impeach the Supreme Court, Citizens United, McCutcheon and Hobby Lobby 5. No company should force their employees to not be covered for birth control, etc., due to their own religious beliefs. I feel this is not right and against the constitution giving the right for woman to choose what is right for her own health and body.

Marian Farris

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BRHS FFA fundraiser a success

July 18, 2014 — 

The Bear River FFA Ag Boosters would like to thank everyone who supported the 14th annual Fundraiser Dinner held on June 13 at the Higgins Lions Community Center.

This fundraiser supports the students in the FFA Ag Program at Bear River High School by helping pay for travel costs to competitions held throughout the state and to augment the costs of materials for the shop.

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Don’t turn a blind eye to the homeless

July 18, 2014 — 

I am part of a group of church members in Grass Valley that feed the homeless in Nevada City. I have been feeding and providing necessities to the homeless for three years, as I could no longer look the other way.

As I feed these homeless individuals, I feel enormous compassion for them. Imagine waking up or going to sleep with an empty stomach and spending the night in the woods or in your car. Sometimes the weather is brutal and you are very cold or wet from the rain. Also, you need a bathroom to wash up and take care of your personal needs.

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Hemig: A picture is worth a thousand comments

July 18, 2014 — 

Senior Vice President of the Grass Valley’s River Valley Community Bank Mike Vasquez and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. We seem to run into each other at Rotary meetings, local nonprofit events and chamber mixers.

Enough time now that we have gotten to know each other. At dinner the other night he wagged his finger in my face. I figured we were now close enough for him to tell me what he thinks we’re doing wrong at the newspaper.

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Kudos for in-depth drought coverage

July 18, 2014 — 

On behalf of our board of directors and the entire team here at Nevada Irrigation District (NID), I would like to thank and commend The Union for your July 12 in-depth coverage of the drought and how NID is working to manage our limited water supplies.

It is very important that everyone in our community be aware of the drought and the need for water conservation. Remember, we’re asking that everyone reduce water use by 20 percent until the drought is over. If we all pitch in, we’ll be fine.

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Admit guaranteed pensions are unsustainable

July 18, 2014 — 

Detroit, Vallejo, San Bernardino, Stockton – all felled by one common denominator – public employee defined benefit pension plans.

They are not alone.

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The not-so fine print of corporate TV

July 18, 2014 — 

The modern private sector equivalent of “lions and tigers and bears, oh my” is the world of corporate advertising, which shifted sometime back from presenting merits of products to selling lifestyles. Along the way, they have become adept at obscuring the consumer’s net value.

Case in point is the endless cycles of TV cable and satellite subscription sales. While by no means the worst at selling hypocrisy — “special deal if you act now (just don’t read the fine print)” — these hucksters are pretty good about being pretty bad for the unwary consumer.

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Gaza bombarded by American munitions

July 17, 2014 — 

Israel’s catastrophic bombardment on Gaza — the killing and maiming of civilians using American munitions (one of which is called DIME) — Israel refers to as “mowing the grass.”

The killing of three Israeli settler youth, which was known the first day of their abduction because one had called on his cell phone and then three shots were heard, was put under gag order while the Israeli government went on a rampage arresting, demolishing Palestinian homes and whipping Israelis’ into a frenzy, ending when a Palestinian youth was abducted and burned alive.

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