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Lang Waters: Why Russia matters

July 21, 2017 — The Left shouts collusion, crimes and misdemeanors, treason and impeachment — they want collusion to be true so badly it hurts. The Right, not wishing to be party to any narrative that could delegitimize the election, can't stop discounting the story as of no consequence […]

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Thomas Elias: Trump budget looks increasingly vengeful

July 21, 2017 — Is it political vengeance or merely a Republican President trying to make budget cuts on everything that's not military? That's the real question about Donald Trump's first budget as it moves through congressional committees en route to becoming reality. It's a question that reverberates especially […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

July 21, 2017 —

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Owen Dal Bon: Tee off in 2017 Dal Bon Memorial golf tournament to support pancreatic cancer research

July 21, 2017 — Something that means so much to me, more than my dad even knows, is this picture of me with my grandma. It was taken when I was a few hours old. It hangs above our TV in our living room. It's the only photo our […]

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Harry Lum: Ken’s great day

July 21, 2017 — My friend, Ken, is an 86-year-old Air Force retiree. I decided to treat him to a day at the AirFest. I didn't realize he was fragile until we arrived there. From the time we got there until the time we left, I saw a lot […]

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Darrell Berkheimer: How to combat ‘fake news’

July 21, 2017 — Many folks are talking about "fake news" as if it somehow is a new phenomenon. But we have been dealing with misleading information, hoaxes and outright lies for centuries. What is new is the proliferation of sources, the tremendous volumes of false information coming from […]

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Our View: Community needs understandable housing ordinances

July 21, 2017 — If Jerry Seinfeld were to perform in Nevada County, no doubt his opening line would be: "What is the deal with affordable housing here?" Wish we knew, Jerry. This issue has plenty of moving parts. Lots of folks want to live here, but there aren't […]

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Richard Shaddeau: Don’t let Highway 174 roadwork destroy our natural beauty

July 20, 2017 — I live in an area of Nevada County which is particularly lush and green, even in summer, with many trees providing shade and privacy, even with Highway 174 right outside our door. I don't believe anyone in their right mind would want to remove all […]

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Jeanne Clark Scarmon: Virtual village for seniors can make a difference

July 20, 2017 — Do you want to stay in the place you call home as you age? If you are nodding yes, you're not alone. About 90 percent of Americans 65 and older want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Most do not want […]

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Don Rogers: Gods of letters gather in Squaw

July 20, 2017 — Rock stars don't do it for me. I've enjoyed meeting them, liked their company. But overcome with awe? Not so much. Big time actors and actresses, then? Nope. Politicians, including an ex-president with real historical weight? Sorry. World leaders, celebrities, intellectuals, generals, biz titans, sports […]

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Steve French: Saving lives, eating dry peanut butter sandwiches

July 19, 2017 — Thank you for the recent trip down memory lane in your recent column regarding fighting wildfires, Don "Cage" Rogers. It took me back to our time together being one of the best fire crews in the nation — the Los Prietos Hot Shots! I happened […]

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County (July 20)

July 19, 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: (from a reader) To the collaboration […]

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Terry McLaughlin: Dramatic change needed in University of California system

July 19, 2017 — A 2017 state audit of the University of California's financial status revealed that the Office of the UC President, and former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano was harboring a surplus account with more than $175 million, while at the same time raising tuition for […]

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Joseph Keeble: Road to tyranny: hostility toward verifiable facts

July 18, 2017 — The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. "Truth"" is "a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true." "True" is defined as "in accordance with fact or reality." Our legal system bases innocence or guilt on a preponderance of […]

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John Carr: Carrtoon

July 18, 2017 —

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Norm Sauer: Are California voters being disenfranchised?

July 18, 2017 — Surely, everyone agrees that protecting our citizens' right to vote to choose their leaders is most important. Votes that are stolen from Americans who vote lawfully are negated as a result of voter fraud and insecure elections by illegal aliens voting, voting for the dead, […]

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Bill Chechvala: Let’s focus on facts of single-player proposal

July 18, 2017 — Let's focus on facts of single-player proposal If we are going to have a discussion about the benefits of SB-562 the Healthy California Single-Payer Health Care Proposal, can we please use real, as opposed to "alternative" facts? The opponents of this Medicare-for-all proposal have consistently […]

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Thomas Elias: The truth on California’s healthy economy

July 17, 2017 — For many years, Californians have heard "experts" (read: folks who figure to profit by touting the theory) claim their state suffers from a lousy business climate and is steadily losing middle-class population and jobs to other states, especially arch-rival Texas. Current national Secretary of Energy Rick Perry […]

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Marin Lipowitz: Right-of-way bill a Telecom giveaway

July 17, 2017 — Thank you, Nevada County Board of Supervisors, for joining the League of California Cities in opposing SB649 (California), the Telecom right-of-way bill. It passed the California Senate and is now in the Assembly. SB 649 is promoted by the Telecom companies. Capitol Weekly named AT&T […]

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Norton Lehner: LaMalfa is listening to his constituents

July 17, 2017 — In response to Stan Thomas-Rose's May 17 letter regarding my April 26 op-ed "One nation — divided", Mr. Thomas-Rose criticized the manner in which I described the behavior of the protestors at the LaMalfa town hall meeting, while seeming to defend the equally offensive remarks […]

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