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Manny Montes: Progressive ideology defies common sense

September 22, 2017 — What an extraordinary advantage it is to dominate all the cultural pillars of our society. News and entertainment sectors, academia and K through 12, and now the most powerful companies in the tech industry, Google, Facebook, et al. There is no dispute, it is the […]

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Patricia Andersen: We are a republic

September 22, 2017 — The worst enemy to our great country is ignorance. A universal ignorance is that our nation is a democracy. It is a republic. Read the Constitution. We must re-educate our citizens starting with senators, congressmen all of our representatives, our television broadcasters and the professors […]

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Ivan Natividad: When the teacher becomes the student

September 22, 2017 — When my son asked me why black people are so cool, I didn't know how to respond. We were getting into my car Friday morning to head over to his school and, as he buckled himself up, he said "They're so cool," and he began […]

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Michelle Carroll: 25th Amendment must be applied

September 22, 2017 — Three cheers for Gary Palmer's intelligent observation of the person now living in the White House. The 25th Amendment must be enacted immediately — impeachment proceedings will take too long. He is too conceited to resign. He must be removed from the White House in […]

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Walt Strony: Texas hurricane fundraiser nets $12K-plus

September 22, 2017 — Thank you, western Nevada County! Peace Lutheran Church's appeal on behalf of Texas hurricane victims raised $12,253! Nearly $8,000 was raised during a recent concert at Peace Lutheran in Grass Valley. Thank you to 31 musicians who performed, including the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir. […]

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Bruce Herring: Why, I’m running for the NID board

September 22, 2017 — Hello. I'm Bruce Herring. I'm a candidate for the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors in Division 2. Here's why: First, a little background. With few exceptions, public water agencies remain tied to a 20th century model. For supply concerns this model still turns first […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

September 22, 2017 —

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Our View: Let’s get ready to vote

September 22, 2017 — The federal employee stalked around the courtroom, shuffling papers and occasionally muttering disapproval at a late arrival. Dozens of soon-to-be American citizens waited for the naturalization ceremony to begin. They sat on hard courtroom benches, their paperwork done, all their coursework completed. In moments they […]

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Thomas Elias: Disdain for experts: Debunked attitude prevails

September 22, 2017 — No one in American public life has more disdain for experts and their expertise than President Donald Trump. And yet … there he was in late August, on the south portico of the White House (a "dump," he had called it a week earlier) eyeing […]

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Don Rogers: It pains us to think

September 21, 2017 — Why it took me so long, I don't know. Seems obvious now: Conservatism, as we understand it today, boils down to the strict father. Liberalism goes to the nurturing parent (not Mom, exactly; more a partnership). Well, duh. I just needed the right image. Now […]

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Dottie Schmidt: Give the Golden State some love

September 21, 2017 — California Admission Day has come and gone. Nowhere in The Union or other newspapers, television news, radio, etc. did I hear or see a word about the anniversary of California's statehood. Every Fourth of July we celebrate the founding of our country with great exuberance, […]

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Jim Cunningham: Bring back civility in debates

September 21, 2017 — I recently watched a video debate at The Open Book between William F. Buckley and James Baldwin that took place at Cambridge in around 1965. Although it is not my favorite manner of discourse, I was struck with the intellectual honesty and nuance brought to […]

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Louis Marinelli: Respect what our veterans fought for

September 21, 2017 — The United States of America exists today as a product of secession. About 40 percent of the American colonists supported independence from the British Empire and they ultimately decided what country the other 60 percent of the colonists would live in. Today about a third […]

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Robert Bee: Support facts, not distortions

September 21, 2017 — As Gary Palmer clearly demonstrated in his twisted September 11 rant, "Remove Trump from Office," the left utilizes lies and distortions passed off as truth and fact to support its warped, narrow and destructive beliefs. Unfortunately, Mr. Palmer and his fellow leftists actually believe this […]

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Becky Goodwin: Spiritual? Religious? Neither? Both?

September 20, 2017 — I have heard it hundreds of times, from persons of tender hearts and keen minds: "I am spiritual, but not religious." I am a pastor, so when someone says this to me, they are surprised that I offer sympathy, not a debate. I understand why […]

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Donna Day: Angels come in different packages

September 20, 2017 — My angel was a bear of a man by the name of Richard Cassens. This gentle giant looked in my eyes and saw he was needed to help someone in a very stressful situation. Richard didn't hesitate; someone else would have said "not my job!" […]

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Richard Cristdahl: Banks creating currency

September 20, 2017 — Analyzing the Wells Fargo scandal, the creation of 3.5 million-plus fake accounts, could be the missing link in how banks create currency in our debt-based economy, where the currency is only created out of debt. This may surprise most people, but banks create 97 to […]

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Nancy Brost: Set aside negativity and seek the facts

September 20, 2017 — Dave Glubetich's Other Voices on "PC, the Left's Lethal Weapon," was a welcome voice. He was willing to say that political correctness needs to end and be replaced with common sense, human kindness and open minds. Also, there is a lot negativity all around us […]

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Jacqueline Finley: Poll on Confederate statue a shock

September 19, 2017 — Recently I took The Union's online poll. The question: What should be done with Confederate statues and monuments, most of which are in the American South? Expecting that most respondents would vote as I did, i.e., voting to "take them down," I was flabbergasted to […]

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Ben Prescott: Let’s bring back the USA

September 19, 2017 — Your "country" is part something you feel inside, and part something outside that works because you vote. If you don't think politics make a difference, you've lost your country. Something's deeply wrong. We wonder if there's anything we can do. Here's the simplest thing: just […]

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