Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

D.G. Engebretsen: Comparing utility meters

July 29, 2015 — 

Here’s a little something to be aware of regarding the utility (electric, gas, water, solar) meters on your home or property: you may not be getting what you think you are paying for.

If you already called your utility company and have “opted-out” of the “smart meter” program, you could possibly still be receiving smart meter radiation. That’s because some utility companies, including PG&E, are sometimes installing “Trojan Horse” utility meters on the homes of folks who have requested traditional safer analog meters. Then, the utility company commits further fraud and charges the unsuspecting customer its monthly extortionary opt-out fee.

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Mindy Oberne: Kiwanis kicks in toward fall free medical clinic

July 29, 2015 — 

Thanks to the Gold Country Kiwanis for giving California Care Force the opportunity to do a presentation about the upcoming Free Health Care Clinic being held at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall Nov. 14-15.

Thanks also to Homer Nottingham, a Kiwanis member, who generously donated to the clinic, which is funded entirely by donations and operated by an all volunteer staff. We plan on serving 500 patients a day with medical, dental and vision care. Everyone is welcome. Kudos Kiwanis!

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David Rubiales: The right to know

July 29, 2015 — 

Since July 1, 2014 the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has authorized $175,000 in expenditures for non-county employed attorneys in their fight against Penn Valley residents Peter and Juliette Lockyer over the county’s first and only “visually important ridge line.”

At the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 21 the county staff requested that the supervisors authorize a further $100,000 expenditure for the same purpose, thereby upping the cost to $275,000 of taxpayer money. Thus far, the supervisors have not explained the purpose of these expenditures to their constituents. Don’t we have a right to know?

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Hilary Hodge: Have you Yelped today?

July 29, 2015 — 

The people of Nevada County need to start using the app, “Yelp.”

I love that the people of Nevada County would rather ask a neighbor or browse a local forum for a restaurant recommendation before consulting a website or an app for dining advice. It shows that we have small-town pride and that we are willing to support our small businesses on a peer-to-peer level. I have enjoyed many nights out based on friends’ recommendations.

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Sonia Delgadillo: Communication, community input not a priority for Nevada Joint Union board of trustees

July 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada Joint Union High School District Board held a special meeting on July 20 where it voted on important issues, yet notice about the meeting was difficult to come by and no media reported on the outcome. The following decisions impact our students.

First, though just a month earlier the district submitted a budget and LCAP (which identifies educational priorities) for public comment and a vote, at this meeting, a new expenditure of nearly $230,000 for Chromebooks was approved. This will come from additional one-time funding of $530 per student the state approved in June and added they had a plan for the remainder of these funds which they will present in August. District staff stated this funding came as a surprise in June implying that there was no opportunity for public input. The legislation is clear — as part of the new funding formula, the community is to have input into development of educational priorities.

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John Carr: Carrtoon

July 29, 2015 — 

John Carr

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George Boardman: Trump may be a clown, but he hit a nerve with many Americans

July 28, 2015 — 

Donald Trump, aka the clown with a comb over, has succeeded in exposing the angst of many Americans over our illegal immigration problem.

Of course, the man with the surprise hit summer TV series had to insult an entire race of people, alienate our neighbor to the south, and question the integrity of an American prisoner-of-war to make his point. But hey, anything’s fair in politics.

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Audrey Ohlson Smith: The right to die on your own terms

July 28, 2015 — 

Thank you for the “Other Voices” by Kent Treiber regarding the right to die. I, too, am very saddened by the inaction of the Legislature on SB 128.

Whatever the Catholic church believes (and why should that matter to the Legislature), the church has no right to deny anyone the ability to make their own choices about their own lives.

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Howard Kwasniewski: "The Producers' does not disappoint

July 28, 2015 — 

We went to Nevada Theatre last night and saw “The Producers.” This was by far one of the best local theater productions I have ever seen.

The acting was incredible and the music was perfect. Even though the performance was two and a half hours, it never felt long.

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David Langness: Donate to the cause

July 28, 2015 — 

My wife and I decided to move to Nevada City two and a half years ago, stunned by the beauty we found here. I don’t mean the physical beauty — the mountains, meadows, forests and rivers — although the setting and the gorgeous environment definitely attracted us.

Instead, I mean the inner beauty of the people we had the privilege of meeting.

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Kudos to free medical clinic supporters

July 28, 2015 — 

Our sincere appreciation to Twin Cities Church and Gold Country Lions for their donations in support of the free health care clinic taking place on November 14 and 15 in Grass Valley, and to Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Grass Valley for offering to provide lunch to the volunteer set-up crew. The clinic will offer free medical, dental and vision services to approximately 500 patients per day, and is run by an all-volunteer staff. Please see the CaliforniaCareForce website, call 530-273-3033 for immediate local information, or attend the next volunteer meeting (6 p.m. on August 12 in the meeting room at BriarPatch).

Susan I. Swift

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Jeff Heilmann: Where's the common sense?

July 28, 2015 — 

Concerning the Lester and Laferte trial, we have a hard time understanding how fraud with malice occurred when both of these individuals had their own funds invested in these properties.

This makes no sense. This was hard money lending. Hard money lending is high risk with high reward (high interest lending).

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Heidi Hall: Standing up for our rights is not a crime

July 28, 2015 — 

I finally sat down to watch the Sandra Bland arrest video, lasting for about 25 minutes. I had followed the news about this, but I always want to go to the source when something like this breaks. So I took a deep breath, and watched it.

Then I got angry. Really angry. I sat down to gather my thoughts to share with you, and started crying. Every one of these senseless black deaths at the hands of people misusing power brings me despair.

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

July 28, 2015 — 

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Fran Thompson: Thanks for a winning combo

July 27, 2015 — 

Many thanks to local artist Loana Beeson for the donation of her local scenic watercolors for our new Dignity Health, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary informational brochure.

The addition of Ms. Beeson’s colorful paintings brings attention to not only important information concerning joining the Auxiliary, but reminds us of the historic landmarks within our community — what a winning combination!

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Carolyn Anderson: 'The Producers' is Sierra Stages at its best

July 27, 2015 — 

The Producers is one of the most hilarious, entertaining performances I’ve ever seen.

Kudos all around to the brilliant actors, musicians, directors, set and costume designers. I loved every minute and encourage you to get your tickets now before these performances sell out. This is Sierra Stages at its best!

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Jacqueline Finley: Confederate flag lowering the right step

July 27, 2015 — 

When one person is denied rights, every person is denied rights. These include not only rights to equal justice and opportunity, but also rights to equal respect and dignity.

While the Confederate flag has not flown for the past 50 years over most of the United States, the fact that it has been permitted to fly — until recently — over specific regions of our country has diminished all Americans.

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April Reese: Nevada County not on display at California State Fair

July 27, 2015 — 

On our recent trip to the California State Fair this past weekend my mom and I were excited to go and see all of the county displays. As we walked around the building with the displays we couldn’t find Nevada County’s display.

We went up to the information booth and asked, “Where was Nevada County’s booth?” We were told that Nevada County did not have one and that out of the 58 counties in California only 23 were represented.

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Denise Cain: Generous support for 'You Bet' the dog

July 27, 2015 — 

On behalf of Dave and You Bet, Scooters Pals would like to deeply and sincerely thank you all for your generous and heartfelt response to their story. Sadly, You Bet the dog went quietly into the night the evening of his last vet appointment.

Though we thought he was on the upswing, infection set in, and he did not have the strength to fight anymore. Dave is of course devastated by the loss, but none the less, humbled by the outpouring of caring of those that shared his story, and responded with funds to pay You Bet’s vet bill. Thank you all.

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Norm Sauer: Catastrophic fire an imminent danger to all

July 25, 2015 — 

On June 25, I read of a transient arrested for, among other things, leaving fire unattended along Deer Creek. Shortly thereafter I hear the fire scout and fire suppression planes leaving Grass Valley airport. It is hot. It is dry. We are at the start of — really, well into — the fire season in western Nevada County.

We who live in Nevada County are at grave risk of catastrophic fire that threatens our lives, our homes and our health, not to mention our wildlife and environment. Summer has just begun and being in the midst of a serious drought our chaparral and forests are dry and getting dryer and more dangerous by the day.

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George Runner: Attempts to change Proposition 13 are misguided

July 25, 2015 — 

There’s been no shortage of attempts in recent years in the State Legislature to overhaul Proposition 13 — California’s landmark initiative protecting homeowners and small business owners from out-of-control property taxes.

Multiple bills have taken aim at the proposition, but the most popular among these bills pushes the so-called “split roll” property tax, which would eliminate Prop. 13 protections for job creators but leave them in place for homeowners. This split roll idea is especially favored by lawmakers who are eager to bring more money into state coffers.

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Leah Schwinn: Northridge steps up for California CareForce

July 25, 2015 — 

Kudos to Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City for hosting a fundraising dinner for the California CareForce free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15.

What a fun night it was! The place was packed with people socializing and enjoying the wide array of yummy food, yet the wait staff remained calm, sweet and helpful ... even when I spilled my salad dressing on the table. It was a super successful fundraiser for the clinic.

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Bruce Puphal: Smokey Bear and fire danger

July 25, 2015 — 

As you drive around Nevada County, you will most likely see several figurines of Smokey Bear (also called Smokey the Bear) at various locations. Have you ever wondered just how Smokey came to be, or what information is used to determine the fire danger level that is posted on Smokey Bear signs during the year?

I would like to take some time to offer an explanation of these two questions.

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Renee McGrath: God bless the Good Samaritans

July 25, 2015 — 

On July 14, I was driving through Nevada City and suddenly experienced the need for medical assistance.

I stopped my car, in a no-park zone, and asked a gentleman for help. He got me to a safe place, called 911 and stayed with me until the ambulance came. Then, he parked my car and delivered the keys to the Emergency Room. Several others also offered help.

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Heidi Powell: No diapers required at Memorial Park pool?

July 25, 2015 — 

Memorial Park Pool does not require swim diapers for babies or toddlers coming with their parents to swim, so consequently this pool has had to close down due to poor water quality five times in the past six weeks.

In other words, a toddler or baby has urinated or defecated in the swimming pool. You might think that this is no big deal, but it impacts two local children’s swim clubs that are not allowed to swim on those days due to poor water quality. The parents of the children in the Orca Swim Club and Northern Sierra Aquatics who pay for their children to learn to swim are being shortchanged, as are their kids. This is not fair, especially when it is an easy fix. Every pool in other towns where these clubs have swam have signs posted that swim diapers are required in order to use the pool.

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R. L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

July 25, 2015 — 

It takes a village idiot

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Thomas Elias: Time for sanity in sanctuary city policies

July 25, 2015 — 

There is no need — at least not yet — for total abandonment of the humane aspects of the immigration “sanctuary” laws now on the books in 276 American cities, counties and states. But in the wake of the seemingly random murder of a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s touristy Pier 14, not far from the landmark Ferry Building, there is surely a need for new sanity in sanctuary policies.

What’s done now ought to reflect the spirit of a letter written just after the murder by Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who as mayor of San Francisco for most of the 1980s accepted her city’s charitably-intended sanctuary law. Its intent is to prevent dividing families via deportations and to allow otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants to live without fear.

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Our View: Time to put our money where our mouths are

July 25, 2015 — 

As the 10th annual Amgen Tour of California cycling race geared up to roll out of Nevada City for a third time, race officials made it clear they value their relationship with the city.

“We are proud to have Nevada City as a partner and the AEG Amgen Tour of California would not be where it is at without great partners like Nevada City,” Kristin Bachochin, executive director of the Amgen Tour of California and senior vice president of AEG Sports, told The Union in May.

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Paul Pease: Nevada Union High School Class of '70 knows how to celebrate

July 24, 2015 — 

I, Paul Andrew Pease, class reunion president for the Nevada Union High School class of 1970, would like to offer my deepest love and deepest thanks to Jack and Deanna Mulligan for letting us have our 45-year class reunion at their house — and giving me the leftover food after everyone got done eating.

Thanks, also, to our cook Charley Phelps and the Class of 1970 for taking up a collection to pay my property taxes. Thanks also to the Class Reunion Committee and others for putting together the most wonderful class reunion, and treating me and others like family.

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Ralph Hitchcock: Don't call it Gracie Canal Ditch

July 24, 2015 — 

In a July 13 story in The Union, a reporter used the term “Gracie Canal Ditch.” This 130-year-old ditch has never been called that until the last few years when so many more people discovered what a great walk it is.

Until NID sees fit to change the name, it is the Lower Cascade Canal!

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