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Darrell Berkheimer: Time for a political reality check

January 20, 2017 — I am not happy about Donald Trump winning the presidency. And I’m not sure if I would be happy, either, had Hillary Clinton won. Unfortunately, I believe both have a penchant for pandering to the wealthy elite. Also unfortunately, national candidates aren’t left with much […]

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Karen DeHart: Open letter to Doug LaMalfa

January 20, 2017 — Congressman LaMalfa, I am writing to tell you that I strongly believe that repealing Obamacare without having an immediate excellent replacement in place is a despicable act on your part. Millions of Americans who gained health coverage under Obamacare will be left out in the […]

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Larry Lansburgh: Feel the heat

January 20, 2017 — Bob O’Brien’s criticism of my Other Voices piece (“Conspiracy in the Sky”) is well thought out, as is all criticism of my writing. Bob has done years of research on conspiracies, and I admire his passion and his commitment. But Bob doesn’t mention that “Conspiracy […]

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Jim Firth: Rural deception

January 20, 2017 — Self-deception is a difficult fault to admit publicly. That’s why I’m wondering now how all those people in rural America are handling the evolution of candidate for President Donald Trump to President-Elect Donald Trump, and now to President Trump? When my wife and I first […]

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Manny Montes: Hyprocrisy of loathing the West

January 20, 2017 — Suspend your sense of incredulity for a moment. What if you were given to the choice of life as either a Paramecium or human? I suspect your choice would be human. Your next choice will be in what part of the world to be born […]

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George Boardman: Sessions may throw Nevada County officials lifeline they’re hoping for on pot issue

January 20, 2017 — Sheriff Keith Royal and a majority of the county Board of Supervisors have been trying to ignore the 800-pound gorilla in the corner sparking a fattie, hoping the twin issues of medical and recreational marijuana would just go away. They may have received the lifeline […]

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Our View: Time for a closer look at cannabis

January 20, 2017 — In the eighth grade one of our editorial board members received a book titled “Marijuana: Time for a Closer Look.” First published in 1980, the book is filled with facts and pictures showing what happens when youth get wrapped up in marijuana. The book is […]

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Lang Waters: No mandate to govern

January 19, 2017 — The Union, and publications throughout the nation, have been full of articles both about how unhappy progressives are about the election as well as explanations of the Electoral College. Dan Prout, in his column on Jan. 5, did a good job explaining the Electoral College […]

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Ed Thomas: Time for an attitude tune-up and to get involved

January 19, 2017 — The 45th President of the United States gets sworn into office today. He is the most vilified person to take this office in my lifetime and I suspect that is true for most of us. Unfortunately we had two candidates for president that many of […]

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Don Rogers: Eyeing Everest

January 19, 2017 — I’m preparing for my first writers conference in a likely way, by writing about it. If you’re thinking about dipping a toe in these waters like I am, the cost for the Sierra Writers Conference on Saturday is inviting at $85. The equivalent nearest to […]

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Hits & Misses for Nevada County

January 18, 2017 — Each week we’ll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to drogers@theunion.com or bhamilton@theunion.com. HIT: To the Wild and Scenic Film […]

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Terry McLaughlin: Walking to support life in all stages

January 18, 2017 — On Jan. 21, the same day as the much-publicized Women’s March, whose lengthy list of sponsors includes Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, the 13th annual West Coast Walk for Life will take place in San Francisco. Marchers will process from Civic Center Plaza along […]

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Bethany Walsh: Highway 49 is unsafe

January 18, 2017 — Good evening. I was a part of the fatal crash on Jan. 12 on Highway 49. I am reaching out to see if I can find resources to help Highway 49 become safer. For example, getting cement barricades on the most dangerous parts of Highway […]

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Donna Reynolds: Thank you for the cleanup day in Grass Valley

January 18, 2017 — Heartfelt kudos go out to everyone who helped with the clean-up project held on East Main Street on Saturday, Jan. 14. What a fabulous turnout of so many kind people. Through the generosity of all of you, our neighborhood looks better than it has for […]

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Elma Eden Baker: I remember ‘the man in the photo’

January 17, 2017 — In response to the Dec. 31 Other Voices “The Man in the Photo” by Tyler Matthew Blake: In 1936 I graduated from Nevada City High School and was attending Mt. St. Mary’s business school. I lived in Indian Flat (off the Downieville highway near the […]

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Lee Ridenour: Let’s revisit that 2012 reform act

January 17, 2017 — This is essentially a reprint of 2012 Congressional Reform Act by Josh Duhamel to fix Washington D.C. No tenure. No pension. A congressman, a woman, collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when out of office. Congress, past present and future participates […]

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John Carr: Carrtoons

January 17, 2017 —

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Brian Hamilton: As leader of the free world, tone matters

January 17, 2017 — I was only kidding with colleagues when I referred to the farewell speech President Obama was about to deliver as “yesterday’s news.” I knew as soon as I hit the gym I’d tune in. I just didn’t expect to spend a whole hour on the […]

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Bob O’Brien: What makes someone a conspiracy theorist?

January 17, 2017 — This is a response to Larry Lansburgh’s “Conspiracy in the sky” article in the Dec. 17 edition of The Union. Sadly, Mr. Lansburgh’s article is filled with misinformation. As my father used to say, “Hogwash!” I will try to set the record straight. First off, […]

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R. L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

January 16, 2017 —

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