Opinion

Shaniya Garner-Mueller: It's time to talk about sexual assault awareness

May 27, 2016 — 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It took place in April. But what exactly did our schools do to raise awareness last month? Besides teach the young ladies self defense? Nothing.

I’m a senior in high school who has been a victim of sexual assault and it’s been tough trying to cope with what happened to me these past couple of months. I know I’m not the only one who has been victimized by sexual assault, but this isn’t something that most people openly talk about. I feel it’s time for that to change. Our schools need to start talking to students about sexual assaults more often. We need to teach young women that what we wear shouldn’t be the cause of rape or sexual abuse. We shouldn’t feel the need to learn some kind of self defense because we are afraid of going out and getting raped.

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Frank Pinney: Vote Strawser; he's paid his dues

May 27, 2016 — 

Heidi Hall not only owes Stan Meckler an apology but one to me as well. She has accused me of “rejecting science outright” in the debate on global warming. I do not reject legitimate science and I do believe there is global warming. It’s a natural cycle of warming and cooling every 1,500 years forever.

What I do reject is Heidi Hall lining herself up with actual internationally discredited charlatans who falsely claim that man is the cause of AGW and then attack dissenters like mad dogs.

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Pinky Zalkin: Heidi Hall the right choice for District 1

May 27, 2016 — 

I am supporting Heidi Hall to represent me as the District 1 supervisor on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

My support for Heidi comes from, among many things, her long-standing strong work to improve and protect our environment, her support of working families, her planning for, not reacting to, the economic challenges we face now and in the future, and her ability to bring a much needed fresh and innovative voice to a board now tied up in politics rather than policy.

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Peter Brost: It's much more than the stink

May 27, 2016 — 

I attended two town hall forums to determine the facts regarding the local marijuana issue. I was impressed by the variety of speakers and shocked by their messages.

For several years I have noticed our community gradually declining, and after hearing these speakers I believe I understand why: increasing numbers of growers moving to the area, weapons associated with growers, daily home invasions involving drugs, increased homicides related to drug activity, theft and contamination of our water supply, family and domestic problems related to marijuana and other drugs, and a huge drain on our law enforcement, social services and education resources.

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Cheri West: Vote Strawser for supervisor

May 27, 2016 — 

As we await the arrival of our mail-in ballots and the June 7 primary, I encourage Nevada City residents to choose the most qualified candidate for District 1 supervisor.

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about both candidates and there are some distinct differences. Now remember, the office of county supervisor is a non-partisan one and it should be treated as one. It shouldn’t have anything to do with party politics, as both sides are trying to do now.

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Kathy Dotson: No on Measure Y

May 27, 2016 — 

I moved to Nevada City right out of college in 1994, hoping to find that perfect place to start the next chapter. Immediately, I fell in love with the Yuba and the community. It wasn’t long before I fell for a Southern man who had come west to find his own adventures.

After our first child, we were fortunate to buy a home in downtown Nevada City. Unfortunately, we bought at the height of the market in 2008. You know what happened next, and the significant loss of the value of our homes many of us experienced. I was at SYRCL making a fair salary as the director of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. My husband was just starting as sales manager for a solar company. We were and still are middle class folks doing our best.

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Patricia Black: Stuck with cops-and-robbers approach to marijuana?

May 27, 2016 — 

I’m an octogenarian, 34-year Nevada County resident, nonsmoker, nongrower. Why am I so troubled by Measure W? It’s brought out the worst in everyone.

The supervisors have divided the county against itself, one side determined to stamp out the other.

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R. L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

May 27, 2016 — 

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Our View: Thank you for the reminder of what Memorial Day means

May 27, 2016 — 

As we all embark on our three-day holiday weekend, whether enjoying a barbecue or cheering on Nevada City’s Alexander Rossi in the Indianapolis 500, we owe a great deal of thanks to groups of volunteers who remind us what Memorial Day is really all about by hosting annual ceremonies recognizing “All gave some; some gave all.”

Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, was originally established as “Decoration Day,” a time for the nation to adorn the graves of war dead with flowers, with the first large observance in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery. Through the years, various local observances have claimed to be the first tributes — including cities in Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The “official birthplace” was declared in 1966 by Congress and President Lyndon Johnson as Waterloo, New York, where a ceremony on May 5, 1866 — 150 years ago — honored local veterans who had fought in the Civil War.

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Terry McLaughlin: In honor of those who served

May 26, 2016 — 

In the year 2000, Charlie McLaughlin was visiting Grass Valley’s Sierra College Campus when he noticed something that sparked his imagination.

Perhaps it was the curved stone wall along the drive up the hill to the campus or a particular stone plaque in front of one of the buildings. While we will never know exactly what it was, we do know that it was that small kernel of an idea that led to the birth of the worthy tribute to our veterans that is often referred to as “the wall” in Grass Valley’s Memorial Park.

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Lorraine Reich: Cell towers in downtown Nevada City?

May 26, 2016 — 

A subsidiary of Verizon has proposed the installation of cell phone towers above Friar Tucks in downtown Nevada City. Besides the eyesore of towers in our pristine historical “gold rush” town where there are no wires above ground, will the towers present health hazards?

The City Planning Commission takes up the proposal at 1:30 p.m. on June 16 at City Hall. In the meantime, learn about EMF’s and exposure issues. Join the community in watching the film “Full Signal” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 at The Open Book. “Full Signal” presents scientists and individuals all over the globe who talk about possible health and environmental effects of the prolific presence of radiation across a living planet via satellites, cell towers, military installations, wireless antennas, and all the consumer gadgets (from cell phones to Smart Meters). “Full Signal” presents one hour of startling facts, mind-twisting visuals, and wrenching emotional vignettes.

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Pamela Meek: Real neighborhoods are real

May 26, 2016 — 

What we need is a “Chamber of Neighborhoods!” Increasing visitors, while understandable, jeopardize our ‘Norman Rockwellian’ neighborhoods. We are being subjected to San Francisco’s Airbnb property owner franchise-like sprawl into residential zones.

There’s rampant reining in of short-term rentals here and abroad, (Vancouver, BC: 63 percent increase!). Our local businesses fought formula stores on every corner. Neighbors need to challenge unhosted Airbnbs citywide!

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Don Rogers: The value of critics

May 26, 2016 — 

One blogger already has sliced, diced and dissed me. A month before I even started here.

Another mocked the mocker, mocked me and essentially asked why I’d even think about leaving Vail for Grass Valley. I already was guilty of forsaking Hawaii and Santa Barbara for other temptations. Now, yes, Vail.

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Cynthia Hren: Lunch with Donald Trump

May 25, 2016 — 

My husband and I were invited to attend the California Republican Convention in Burlingame. When we arrived early at the Hyatt, the police and Highway Patrol presence was strong. Uniformed officers surrounded the hotel in anticipation of a large crowd of protesters for Donald Trump’s arrival.

We were required to present our confirmed registration at a checkpoint before being admitted.

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Betty Hood: Yes on Measure W

May 25, 2016 — 

Please vote yes on Measure W. It allows for growth of 12 plants — more than enough to control a potential pain. Growing more than 12 is just for the money for the grower.

It annoys the neighbors because of the large amount of water needed for growth, as well as for the skunk-like odor produced by the plants. Neighbors wanting to move away from the plants have difficulty finding buyers for their property — which decreases their value.

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Joanne Crouch: Who needs a yard full of plants?

May 25, 2016 — 

I am writing a response to a letter in The Union on May 11, by Marilyn Rosenbrock.

She insists that there is far more impact on society from using alcohol than marijuana. This is absurd, considering alcohol has been an enormous problem for many years — and marijuana is a fairly new substance invading our lives. No one is suggesting alcohol is not dangerous and addictive!

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Jinx Larive: Medical marijuana, are we really that sick?

May 25, 2016 — 

Nevada County has a total population of 98,000. If one is to believe the opponents of Measure W we must have the sickest population of any county in California, the United States or maybe the world. According to them, they need to grow tons of medical marijuana just to service the needs of the myriads of sick adults and children in our county. Of course these thousands of sick residents have no medical alternative. Traditional medicine that serves the needs of most of us will not work for them. It seems incredible to me we can have such a large population (thousands to use the tons of marijuana they want to grow outside) of individuals who desperately need marijuana to survive.

Somehow I don’t believe marijuana is their only answer and it is just an excuse to illegally grow and sell the weed.

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Wayne Hild: Look at the science, Mr. LaMalfa

May 25, 2016 — 

Were you the last kid in third grade to believe in Santa? Or the last sixth-grader to find out about the “birds and the bees?”

I can say with no little embarrassment that I was that kid. But now that I’m older I’m hoping that I’m a little more aware and intentionally proactive about finding out what’s going on in the world ... and why things happen the way they do. I’ve spent practically my whole adult life being trained in, and then studying, the best way that humankind has ever found to figure things out — the scientific method.

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Evans Phelps: Vote No on Y — and lock your doors

May 24, 2016 — 

On a recent Sunday night, I was awakened in my house on North Pine Street in Nevada City by a man’s voice right near my bed. This was not someone I knew. A single woman’s worst nightmare.

I began to scream at him to get out and he kept saying that he lived here and this was his house. I dropped the phone trying to call 911, sprang out of bed, naked and crazy with fear and adrenaline. He grabbed me by the arms and I began to shove him back toward the stairwell, screaming for him to get out the whole time.

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Elise Hougesen: Please vote on June 7

May 24, 2016 — 

Thinking of not voting in the election on June 7 because of you are disgusted with presidential candidates? Well, please think again!

Congressmen and Measure W are on this ballot. People are already posting “No on W” signs on others’ private property. Their respect for private property seems limited to intimidating legitimate hikers who pass nearby their private property marijuana grows. My experience is that marijuana smokers disrespect people’s right to fresh, clean air when they smoke it. Legal enforcement is weak.

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Brian Hamilton: Catching up with Cottrell always a trip down memory lane

May 24, 2016 — 

It’s been six years since Steve Cottrell stepped away from Nevada City, a place he called home for more than 30 years — and where he served on the city council for 16 of them.

Though he’s now nearly 3,000 miles away, Nevada City is never far from his mind.

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Edward Falick: Vote Yes on Measure Y

May 24, 2016 — 

Paul Matson is to be congratulated for explaining in detail why it so important to vote Yes on Measure Y.

As a 40-year resident of Nevada City I am thankful that the town has resisted attempts in the past to “modernize” in the name of progress while flirting with structural change we have told franchises they are not welcome and be can tell the Airbnbs that they must follow the rules that are in place for our protection.

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John Carr: Carrtoon

May 24, 2016 — 

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Don Wells: Vote Yes on W

May 23, 2016 — 

Is anyone noticing that you can drive down Pleasant Valley Road one day and see Yes on Measure W and come back the next day and they are all torn down?

Did you also notice the No on W signs go untouched? Kinda lets you know what kind of people are behind No on W.

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Scott McFarland: Unfortunate situation could affect your health

May 23, 2016 — 

We believe the community should be aware of a situation with hundreds of our patients, which can affect other community members, their friends and families in the future.

We want to let the community know about a matter that is disrupting the ability of hundreds of seniors who are on Medicare managed care plans and other people with commercial managed care plans to continue to receiving their care at Western Sierra Medical Clinic.

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R. L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

May 23, 2016 — 

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Suzie James: Enough with the attacks

May 23, 2016 — 

An objection to Duane Strawser is that some of his backers supported the Tea Party. This information, gleaned from a left-leaning blogger, viciously implied there is some corruption going on and some incestuous relationship between Americans for Good Government and the Tea Party.

There doesn’t seem to be any objection to the Democratic Women (not exactly an agenda-free organization) making a large contribution to Heidi Hall. Perhaps some of her other contributions should be scrutinized as well.

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Hilary Hodge: We all have to start somewhere

May 23, 2016 — 

I started doing yoga last week. That is to say, I starting doing yoga in the privacy of my own home, where no one can see me, with the doors locked, and the lights out.

I don’t exactly have what a person might call a “yoga body” and I feel incredibly self-conscious trying to bend my legs in sitting positions and clasp my hands in front of my chest all the while trying to pay attention to my breathing. I’ve never been a particularly flexible person.

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Janet Winston: Angels at the ARCO service station

May 22, 2016 — 

A very special thank you to all the caring people who helped me on Wednesday April 27 at about 1:30 p.m. A very unfortunate misstep sent me flat on my face in front of the office at the ARCO service station at the corner of Nevada City Highway, and Brunswick Road.

I was immediately surrounded by concerned customers and employees who brought me damp paper towels for my face then when I declined a call for paramedics helped me to my feet and inside to a seat. One employee proceeded to service my car and bring it to the office door. Another gentleman insisted he follow me in his vehicle as I drove down the street to the Yubadocs Urgent Care; then walked me safely inside.

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Anthony Rabak: A penny for your thoughts

May 22, 2016 — 

National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated each year on May 23 — today.

You know, those little coins, the smallest denomination in our currency, the penny? You ever feel like that coin? I mean, just existing but not necessarily thinking you are of any extraordinary worth — at least individually?

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