Editor’s note: The Union accepts one submission per author, per 30-day period, although our policy does afford opportunity for rebuttal on a case-by-case basis in the form of a letter to the editor. However, due to high interest in this timely topic, The Union is publishing Mr. Sauer’s full response to a recent Other Voices submission.
My Sept. 22 column, “If you control carbon, you control life,” questioned the scientific validity of Michael Mann’s “hockey stick.” Dr. Mann wrote an Other Voices article in The Union the next day complaining my statements that his contrived hockey stick ignored the Medieval Warm Period are a “falsehood,” and “a distortion, half-truth, or plain untruth.”Learn more »
I was inside the courtroom yesterday, and a part of the jury pool for trial.
Fortunately (or unfortunately), I was not selected. When we arrived in the courtroom, there were so many of us in the pool (I would guess over 100) that there were not enough seats for everyone.Learn more »
Facts don’t matter much in regard to climate change, because we adopt whatever opinion we jolly well please and then cherry-pick rationales to back it up.
Let’s face it: we’re beings of emotion who often favor feeling over fact. For example, many Americans who supported invading Iraq despite little or no evidence of WMDs are the same ones who choose to disregard the massive evidence indicating human-caused climate change.Learn more »
For the past 13 months, I have been a newly minted member of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City.
Every (or more accurately, almost every) Wednesday at 7 a.m., I meet my fellow club members for our weekly meeting over breakfast, and for the past several months I have been learning the ways and habits of being a Rotarian.Learn more »
If you’re out and about today and seem to notice an inordinate number of people sweeping sidewalks, painting curbs or picking up trash along a roadside, it’s for good reason thanks to some good people.
Organized by Anew Day, dozens of volunteers plan to participate in the Random Acts of Kindness Event (RAKE) geared to bring the people of western Nevada County together for a few hours — 9-11 a.m. — in efforts to make our community an even better place to live.Learn more »
There’s a significant stretch of the Deer Creek Canyon that lies between the creek and the far edge of the parking lot behind the Miners Foundry and Nevada City Winery.
Previously we brushed out upper reaches, and discovered an inordinate amount of trash, lumber, and various forms of detritus.Learn more »
“Everyone here is old,” my youngest son quietly confessed to me as we walked into the Banner Grange two weeks ago.
I brought my two sons to the Oktoberfest hosted by the Gold Country German-American Club. They were visiting from college for the weekend, and I wanted to show them a local community event.Learn more »
In the future, Americans will look back on our current abortion practices and wonder how we could have tolerated such inhumane acts of violence on the unborn.
The moral decline of our nation is reflected in an attitude of tolerance and acceptance toward unlimited abortions, late-term abortions, partial birth abortion and the selling of aborted remains in the name of medical research. This is not about women’s health care; it is about an attitude of complacency toward these horrific practices that has permeated our country.Learn more »
I subscribe to two newspapers, a national paper and The Union. The workers producing The Union may feel it a compliment that you only steal their product, however I cannot share this pride. Currently I receive one or two newspapers a week via rural delivery instead the six newspapers that I am paying for.
I am sure you know who you are, but just in case, you are stealing from my newspaper tube along Highway 174 near Peardale. Should I be fortunate enough to get a photograph of you in action you may be assured that I will share it with the newspaper and the sheriff’s department. I assure you that I will be trying to get the picture.Learn more »
Let me start by saying I was born and raised in this gorgeous county and I love this place. A huge part of why this county is wonderful is the small-town atmosphere.
Knowing that you are safe walking down the street, and your children are safe walking home from the bus stop. Until recently. It seems there are more and more incidents of attempted child abductions. Earlier this week law enforcement was able to catch, and arrest a man that allegedly attempted to grab a 10-year-old girl. Kudos!Learn more »
I was interested in the article about the architect Travis Price who is promoting the building of container apartments for a practical and economical way of housing students.
I recently talked to my brother in Berlin where there is a great deal of activity building container apartments for refugees from Syria. This is done all over Germany as a way of accommodating refugees, although their number is so overwhelming that they cannot build them fast enough. Yet, it is a beginning.Learn more »
Stephen Colbert spent nine years mocking conservatives on a comedy program premised on mocking conservatives. It was a good fit; Colbert’s political views lean left, and even after leaving his right-wing loudmouth character behind, he’s been happy to dive into the most contentious political issues of the day. (Just watch the video he made in June celebrating the Supreme Court gay marriage decision and deriding its dissenters.)
Recently the new play-it-straight Colbert had Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz as a guest. Not long before, on his Sept. 8 premiere, Colbert had Jeb Bush. The appearances raised questions for Republicans considering future visits. Is Colbert really playing it straight? And is it worth appearing on his program?Learn more »
While visiting and shopping in Placer County the other day the cashier at Raley’s asked, “Paper or plastic?”
Seeing my shocked look she said, “You must be from Grass Valley where stores voluntarily ban plastic-single use bags.”Learn more »
Regarding Dick Sciaroni’s letter to the editor on Sept. 15, let’s not nitpick others’ credentials.
Mr. Sciaroni wants us to believe that it is not possible for the National Academy of Sciences to be politically motivated.Learn more »
Norm Sauer’s Sept. 21 column, “If you can control carbon you can control life,” takes the position that: CO2 “is clean, makes for growth, and makes it green.” 2. Man-made global warming is a conspiracy concocted by a few scientists; 3. Even if it were happening, schemes to regulate CO2 will merely transfer wealth to the government. I beg to differ.
CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that is true. Sugar also is natural, but too much causes diabetes. CO2 is our earth’s natural thermostat. But, burning fossil fuels has raised the setting, injecting too much ‘glucose’ in our atmospheric ‘bloodstream.’ Since 2000, Earth has broken all-time monthly heat records 30 times and seasonal heat records 11 times. 2015 will be a humdinger. Clearly, something’s awry.Learn more »
Amy Goodman And Denis Moynihan: No Papal bull — Francis hails peace and the activists who fight for itSeptember 30, 2015 —
Pope Francis has left the building. His first trip to the United States created news at every turn.
On Thursday, Sept. 24, Pope Francis made his historic address to the joint session of Congress, the first time for a pope. When dealing with refugees, he said, “Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’” To that assembly of lawmakers, a majority of whom support capital punishment, he called for global abolition of the death penalty. He also called for an end to the international arms trade, saying, “Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.” Nevertheless, as he read his remarks aloud in a slow, careful English (his fifth language), he was frequently interrupted by rousing, bipartisan standing ovations.Learn more »
First, I would like to thank our vigilant letter-writing citizens and scholars for rebutting the climate bunk referred to in a recent letter by those two “doctors.”
Why should we believe the “research” these two “doctors” did regarding climate change?Learn more »
Many thanks to the generosity of Marshall’s Pasties for donating pasties to help feed the hard working volunteers on Thursday, Nov, 12.
These volunteers will be setting up for the free health care clinic happening Nov. 14-15. The clinic will be serving 500 patients a day with medical, dental, and vision care. It will be open to everyone and is free, funded by donations and run by an all volunteer staff.Learn more »
During this season, when we are dealing with massive regional wildfires and extremely thick smoke locally, I recently picked up The Union, which mentioned of neither on the front page. The only mention of either was an article about the wildfires from the Associated Press on page A8 and a picture of the smoky sun within the front section.
While I really do value the profiles of local businesses that often grace the front page, there are often local issues that should take precedence over these articles. At the ideal extreme, The Union would send a reporter to one of the wildfire areas to write an article. More practically, The Union could certainly feature an article about how the smoke is affecting daily life, and how to protect one’s health in these conditions.Learn more »
I believe the political season is up and running much too soon.
But, as long as it is here, let’s start with the facts we should recognize, regardless of party affiliation.Learn more »
The column by Thomas Elias (Sept. 5) echoes the unexamined clichés and propaganda about vaccines common in the mass media.
I will list some reasons why informed, caring people (especially parents) should be skeptical about vaccination claims and why they should sign the SB277 Referendum petition to allow the people of California to vote on this drastic, draconian “forced vaccination” law recently passed by state politicians.Learn more »
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organization with over 1.4 million members. Their motto is “We Serve,” and the members of Higgins Diggins Lions Club did just that on Sept. 19.
Fifteen members spent the day cleaning up the grounds that surround the Roy Peterson Building at the Higgins Lions Community Center, located on East Hacienda Drive, near Bear River High School in Southern Nevada County.Learn more »
Looks like the structure of the proposed new State of Jefferson has already been decided with no need for a constitutional convention or much real input from citizens.
That would be a convention like the one in 1787, where representatives needed four months of often contentious debates to form what they hoped would be a “more perfect union?” According to Fran Freedle (Other Voices, Sept. 19), just about all aspects of how the new state will be structured and governed have already been decided.Learn more »
Each year the California Retired Teachers Association supports teachers currently at work in our schools.
They volunteer, donate money, and generally honor the work we do to better our students’ lives. I would personally like to thank them for their ongoing support and for the generous monetary donation I received as a winner of one of the yearly drawings they conduct at each area school. This generous gift will enable me to purchase art materials to enhance lessons in all curriculum topics throughout the year.Learn more »
There has been a lot of loud talk and hyperbole during the preliminaries to next year’s presidential election. But with the political season now on in earnest, it’s fast becoming clear that for the 11th consecutive presidential election, the tail will be wagging the dog.
It is partly because of laziness and selfishness by California legislators that this state will again have little or no voice in the choosing of either party’s candidate for president or vice president. Yet, the next president’s actions will be crucial for California in areas from oil drilling to abortion to the choice of new Supreme Court justices who will rule for many years on the legality of this state’s ballot initiatives and other laws.Learn more »
It’s been interesting to hear some of the fallout from the Marbut presentation at Center for the Arts.
As someone who has been in the trenches full-time the last three years trying to help house homeless folk, I will tell you that just as important as deciding between a Housing-First model, 24/7 Crisis-Shelter model, or hybrid version of both is the issue of cost.Learn more »
While fueling my thirsty car at the gas station, a rather unkempt man approached me and asked if I could give him some money because it seems, he also was thirsty.
Another man was fueling his shiny new car and then it seemed a good time to ask the thirsty man if he owed anybody any money. With his strong voice he said, “Owe money, me, no I don’t owe anybody anything.”Learn more »
California Forward, a political reform group, recently invited Californians to take a “Revenue Challenge.”
The challenge consists of an online survey where participants can rate how more than a dozen legislative proposals — mostly aimed at raising taxes — meet a set of criteria for a sustainable tax system. The goal is to gather feedback on existing proposals, identify ways to improve them, and generate new ideas for building a revenue system California can rely on.Learn more »