Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Nevada County clerk-recorder’s office issues report on electronic poll book

February 26, 2015 — 

The digital age has changed the way people around the world process information. So, too, has digital evolution changed the way elections are conducted in Nevada County, according to Clerk-Recorder Gregory J. Diaz.

The careful introduction of Electronic Poll Books (e-poll books) in the county has already benefited voters, taxpayers and the team of election workers who run the polls, tabulate the votes and assure that the elections are conducted lawfully.

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Andrea Heyser: Grass Valley City Council goes against will of the people

February 25, 2015 — 

There is something that I do not understand about the replacement of one of the council members in Grass Valley. Aren’t the council members supposed to represent the people of Grass Valley and not the original council members themselves? If the council requests volunteers to interview for the Grass Valley council member vacancy, then the chosen one will represent those who chose him, the existing council members, not the people.

The people have already chosen the individuals they want, one may be indisposed by the criminal system, the other is willing and waiting for her new assignment on the council, one made by the people she is to represent. Her name is Jerri Glover.

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Lorraine Reich: What is going on?

February 25, 2015 — 

Look up! Is anyone concerned as I am about what is going on in the skies overhead? Just look up and you will see — for example, today, Feb. 18 — lines being painted across our skies by airplanes which are spraying chemicals into the atmosphere. What is going on? These are not contrails which disappear within moments of the jet passing. These sprayed trails stay in the sky for hours and by this afternoon there is likely to be a thin coating across the entire sky blocking out the sun’s normal rays. I’m concerned.

This pattern occurs several times a week, every week. Who is doing this, why is it happening, and why are U.S. citizens not voicing their concerns?

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Whitney Anderson: Amazing support after Highway 49 accident

February 25, 2015 — 

​My daughter and I were involved in a very serious car accident on Feb. 7 on Highway 49 near Oak Drive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all persons and passersby involved in our rescue from the car. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for the other driver who did not survive and we are praying for her family and friends during this sad time. May God bless their family.

​My daughter and I are both home now and are working on rehabilitation. We want to specifically thank the people who stopped and helped us escape our smoking and damaged car. We have no idea who the men were and we hope that some of them see this thank you. One car with several gentlemen stopped, checked in with me, and then physically took my daughter, who could not walk, out of our car and placed her in theirs. Thank you so much for your gentle rescue of her.

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Nancy McDonald: The definition of treason?

February 25, 2015 — 

“Hey ISIS! Just want you to know that we are coming for a fight. We will be there on the 6th of April with 20,000 men. Don’t worry — we will be gone by Ramadan. We will be stationed on the ridge overlooking the valley — 5,000 men there, 3,000 setting up a base, 4,000 by the town of Mosul. We are hoping that you don’t set up any IEDs or land mines. We understand your plight, that you don’t have jobs and that is why you fight. Would midnight basketball help? Group therapy sessions? What would you like us to do for you?”

Now, I am not a lawyer, but isn’t revealing our plans to the enemy aiding and abetting the enemy? Isn’t that the definition of treason? What is this president thinking?

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February 25, 2015 — 

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Grass Valley, culturally rich

February 25, 2015 — 

I ‘m a retired college dance teacher, and moved here from Humboldt County to escape gray weather, to hike and ski the local mountains, and explore the rich cultural activities of Grass Valley.

I attended the recent city council meeting where three candidates were interviewed for the open council seat. What I heard from the answers to various questions mostly had to do with revenue, economic development, tech start-ups, infrastructure and fire/police safety issues. The question about ranking city issues before or after the importance of park and recreation activities was botched by each candidate.

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New marijuana facts from Colorado, Washington

February 25, 2015 — 

Whether we like it or not, chances are good that California voters will approve a 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. I myself have mixed feelings about this proposal; however, I choose to work with the drafters of the initiative to ensure that medical marijuana patients retain their rights after recreational use is legalized.

Protecting the rights of small mom and pop cultivators is another key issue that needs to be resolved before I would support this initiative.

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Tom Miller: Church community mourns passing of Paul Perry

February 25, 2015 — 

We mourn the death of Paul Perry, who will be remembered as one of the people who shaped western Nevada County into what we know today.

Perry did for this community, through music, what Osborne and Woods did for architectural preservation; what Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital did for medical care; what KVMR and KNCO did for radio broadcasting and public discourse; what the Grass Valley Group did for technology; and what Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus did for education.

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

February 24, 2015 — 

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John Keane: Regressives vs. progressives

February 24, 2015 — 

Before they make complete fools of themselves by starting every sentence with “the American people want” this or that ... someone should remind the GOP leadership that only a third of the electorate voted in the last election and that they won by a little more than half of those voters. Not exactly a landslide.

By not voting the progressives have, for the second time, handed Congress over to the regressive party. The lesson to be learned is that in a country where low voter turnout favors one party, not voting is voting. In a perverse way everybody wins. The regressives can continue pulling us back to the ’50s while progressives can continue to whine that the president is not doing enough.

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Firefighters make pancakes in the rain for student fundraiser

February 24, 2015 — 

The Starmakers of Magnolia Intermediate School would like to thank Higgins Diggins Cal Fire Engines No. 21 and 22 firefighters for supporting them at their annual Pancake Breakfast and Cabaret held on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The firefighters worked for hours in the rain cooking hundreds of pancakes for hungry guests. We could not have done it without you!

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Dennis Elliott: Thanks for helping scholars

February 24, 2015 — 

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Julie Reaney: All of us deserve choices in end-of-life decisions

February 24, 2015 — 

This commentary is a follow-up on both of the “Other Voices” articles by Carolyn Peterson, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills on Feb. 3 titled, “Can 1.5 million people a year be so wrong?” and Greg Archibald’s response as a 77-year-old individual on the Feb. 10 titled, “4.8 million people deserve the discussion.

Coincidentally, I too am a 77 year old with yet another slant on the need for individual choice. In this case, mostly, but not exclusively, about the very personal subject of how we die when there is the opportunity to choose.

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Heidi Hall: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

February 24, 2015 — 

Many of them have medical problems and addictions. More than half of them have become chronically homeless. Some of them are families who had to choose between paying rent or having food and heat. Some of them are troubled teens. Many of the women were abused. Most of them have lost their jobs and can’t find new ones. A surprising number of them are veterans.

Almost all of them started somewhere safe and warm and fell into a trap of poverty, ill health, abuse, bad luck or unemployment.

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Thank you for a fitting farewell

February 23, 2015 — 

Just wanted to give a big ‘thank you’ to some very special organizations in our area: Hospice of the Foothills, Atria Assisted Living, Chapel of the Angels, St. Patrick’s Church, Foothill Flowers and Alta Sierra Country Club.

Our family recently experienced the loss of my husband’s father. He and my mother-in-law had been living at Atria for the past year and they had and still do receive exceptional assistance for their everyday needs.

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Tom Durkin: Mortal coil shuffle

February 23, 2015 — 

Blessings on the caregivers in assisted living, long-term care, and ultimately, the tender refuge of hospice. These people and the organizations they work for provide a wonderful service for people who are dying what doctors call a natural death.

But a natural death is not for everybody.

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Scott McLean: Why the military vehicle?

February 23, 2015 — 

In relation to the front page article on Valentine’s Day — could someone please tell me why the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office needs a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle?

Scott McLean

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George Boardman: Bicyclists deserve the same protection motorcycle riders have

February 23, 2015 — 

A California state senator is trying to make life safer for the state’s adult bicycle riders, but as you might suspect, they aren’t interested in anybody telling them what to do.

Cycling can be excellent exercise or just a pleasant excuse to get some fresh air and relieve the tensions of modern living. More adults are rediscovering their inner child every year and giving it a whirl.

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

February 21, 2015 — 

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Manny Montes: Today’s regulatory environment chokes economic growth

February 21, 2015 — 

The Union Editorial Board member Norm Sauer wrote a piece on our current administrative (regulatory) state, and warned of its extra-constitutional assault on our liberties. Harry Wyeth responded with amazement at how this well-meaning, educated man “can reach such odd-ball positions.” What is amazing is how Mr. Wyeth, a retired attorney, can make such a statement in light of the fact that if anyone should understand the nature of Mr. Sauer’s argument, is an attorney.

Mr. Wyeth continues in this vain and states Sauer’s piece, “...was no more than the same old, same old standard Tea Party conservative’s wailing about bureaucracy, big government, and failure to follow the Constitution — or at least what the writer’s idea of what the document should mean.”

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Dixie Procopio: Dr. B healed me

February 21, 2015 — 

I have been treated by Dr. Bigelsen and Josh for eight years. If I had not had the opportunity to be treated by them, I would not be alive. When Western medical doctors gave me the “death sentence,” Dr. B and Josh healed me. Simple as that.

Please quit playing games with these good people.

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Jim Firth: Growing economic pie while maintaining quality of life means choices must be made for Nevada County

February 21, 2015 — 

Western Nevada County economics are diverse. We have tourism, but also significant agriculture resources (both legal and illegal), ranching, a computer technology element, although smaller than in past decades, many family owned businesses and government institutions.

Regardless, western Nevada County is still in the process of re-inventing its economic future.

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Wanda Way: Is that a fact?

February 21, 2015 — 

“Is that a fact?” This was my father’s favorite response when someone made a political declaration or comment. Dad was a thinking man but not immune to making statements that demanded his own response.

“Is that a fact?”

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Franceska Alexander: Sad commentary on society

February 21, 2015 — 

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” played Feb. 8 at the Nevada Theatre as part of 2015 Short Film Oscar Nominees documentary lineup.

Although the theatre was not full to capacity that evening, the collective gasp audibly engulfed the dark when the New York Crisis Hotline for Veterans received a distressed call from a male Vietnam veteran who was squatting and self-overdosed at Rollins Lake on Highway 174.

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Our View: Six months later, what we’ve learned as a community editorial board

February 21, 2015 — 

Last August, The Union created a community-based editorial board made up of a cross section of people from the community.

The goal was to include an accurate representation of the diversity found in western Nevada County. The board meets every other week and discusses topics for The Union’s Our View column that runs each Saturday.

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Thomas Elias: Tax overhaul plan has potential

February 21, 2015 — 

THOMAS ELIAS

California Focus

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Dave and Kitty Vaars: What a great experience

February 20, 2015 — 

Have you ever considered that our roads are kept clear of snow, get drained of standing water preventing flooding, as well as all the other safety measures provided in the most horrid weather conditions Caltrans road crews toil in to provide safe passage for us all? We should all take a moment to say thank you.

We’d also like to thank the Nevada County work crew taking care of the brush and tree trimming along the roads. They trim the brush back to allow better visibility at corners allowing for a safe entrance onto roadways. They trim back tree branches overhanging the streets, and do so in a professional and courteous manner.

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Tammy Becker: Welcome Home Vets makes a difference

February 20, 2015 — 

I have seen the difference the Welcome Home Vets’ programs make for veterans, their families and the community. Veterans, receiving mental health care locally with a network of other vets who “get it.” Wives, who “walked on egg shells” finding their voices; parents, who felt isolated finding hope. Non-vets, learning about the impact of PTSD on all of us. Not just those who make headlines, but also those who suffer in silence. WHV provides services for these and more at no cost to the vets, their families or the community!

As executive director, Gary Brown worked with the board to establish a framework for services, wrote grants, prepared educational programs, met with community leaders and veterans organizations, gave presentations, created an office and more. Keeping the vision and mission of WHV going is the best way to thank Gary. Julie Cararra and our board are determined to expand WHV services and programs, to continue to serve those who served us.

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Sonia Britt: Great paper

February 20, 2015 — 

I’m struggling with words right now. Which, if you know me, is very unusual. But Saturday’s paper was one of the best papers I have read in a long time. There were so many good stories. I enjoyed learning the history of the Friendship Club and reading the success stories. I loved the cartoon R.L. Crabb drew of the potential city council members or member. I even chuckled at the likeness. The story Rich Scofield wrote concerning his retirement was so inspiring. For someone to work at a job for 54 years and hold such high regards for his employer is something we can only dream about. Thank you for sharing Rich.

My all time favorite was my daughter Halli’s “It’s time for a better party.” I’m not saying this because she is my daughter, but because I see a person who grew up in Nevada County and loves her community and everyone in it. She truly wants to make a difference. What you may not know about Halli is she has a college degree and graduated with honors. She chose to move back here and be the change. Please reach out to her or NEO and surround them with the support, help, money, and dance moves they need to see a community come together to build a center that everyone feels welcome. Thank you,

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