Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
In a 2009 press conference, Nancy Pelosi answered, “Are you serious? Are you serious?” when asked, “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”
Do you think she meant that members of Congress earnestly reviewed their enumerated powers to determine the constitutionality of the mandate — and how could you presume otherwise — or that the insurance mandate legislation is of such paramount importance that enumerated powers notwithstanding, we must move forward? Intellectual honesty will dictate the correct answer.Learn more »
Teapublicans, please help me out here. In the latest Congressional stalemate, Republicans have balked (yet another filibuster!) at extending unemployment benefits but said that they would do so if they are paid for.
So, how about this:Learn more »
Our eighth-grade students at Union Hill and Pleasant Valley are so appreciative of the following local businesses:
Thank you Rick at SPD for donating hamburger; Tyler at Riebe’s for a tool set; Larry at O’Reilley’s Auto Parts for a spotlight; Bill at Bell Automotive for a gift certificate; Mark at Mel’s Transmission for a gift certificate; Certified Automotive for a free smog inspection; Parts For Imports for a roadside flare kit; and Rick at Sierra Muffler for a set of chrome tail pipe ends.Learn more »
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County held its annual Bowling For Kids Sake at Prosperity Lanes in Grass Valley on Saturday, March 8. This year’s theme, “Catch the Wave - Beach Bowl” was enjoyed by many generous people. A big thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored, donated and volunteered!
We at Big Brothers Big Sisters have so much to be thankful for. It takes a community to help kids feel safe and secure. You help give that sense of belonging when you support our mentoring programs.Learn more »
Has anyone ever visited local libraries and local historical societies to find out about California’s Gold Rush history and to locate all mining companies that closed down decades ago?
It would not hurt to relocate all the mines that have closed down decades ago — and up to the present — and reopen the mines that have been closed and boarded up, hire miners and geologists to look for gold and to explore for more gold-mining sites. A long time ago, the only thing coal miners had to work with were picks, shovels and gold-mining pans.Learn more »
Recently I ran into an acquaintance at Raley’s who owns a small mining supply shop down near Smartsville. He told me, “Since the suction dredge ban, I will be forced to close my doors if the ban is not lifted this year.” He said he only netted $3,000 in all of 2013.
This is not good news and is only a microcosm of what this unconstitutional ban has done for Nevada County. From what I read, federal mining law passed by Congress in 1872 cannot be usurped by state legislation (without legal right or authority).Learn more »
If you are a supporter of Heidi Hall for Congress in District 1, and if you are also a registered Democrat, it is urgent that you vote in June. Since the voter-initiated “top two” system was established, there is unfortunately the possibility that Heidi Hall will not even be on the November ballot. This happened in 2012 when Jim Reed, the Democratic candidate, was not even on the November ballot because two Republicans were the “top two” in this area. I had gone to the Candidates’ Night, as I always do, and decided to vote for Jim Reed.
However, as a voter, I was completely disenfranchised!Learn more »
It’s not just a bridge … it’s the longest single span arched truss-covered wooden bridge in the world. It’s our bridge, and it brings history and beauty to our region. We must “Save Our Bridge at Bridgeport!’
You, as readers of The Union, have seen a multitude of articles appear from various members of The Union’s editorial staff. We, the South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) are very appreciative and grateful to The Union, and we thank you for being so attentive to the issues related to the bridge and our efforts to assure its rehabilitation. This past Wednesday, readers of The Union learned what they can do to help make certain that the bridge is repaired and once again be opened to the public. The front page article by Ivan Natividad is greatly appreciated.Learn more »
It seems that it is pure greed by the landowner who wants to build an unnecessary, environmentally incongruous, anti-small town shopping center at Dorsey Drive and Highway 49. I am so proud to take visitors to Grass Valley and Nevada City until we drive through the Brunswick area. Then, I so am embarrassed that past area managers allowed such an ugly, environmentally detrimental, seemingly unplanned building frenzy blight to occur.
Shopping options have changed mainly due to the Internet. No amount of brick-and-mortar construction will change that. However, it should also be noted that the smaller local mom-and-pop book and video stores have out-survived the big box ones and these businesses utilize older buildings. It has been stated that most vacant buildings will imminently have new tenants, but I look around at all the long-term vacant buildings on East Main Street alone and wonder if that statement is true.Learn more »
Chris Christie began his much-awaited remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington recently with an anecdote that seemed to portend some tough talk for his fellow Republicans.
In his early days as governor of New Jersey, Christie recalled, a looming fiscal crisis forced him to confront the state’s powerful public employee unions, who enjoyed benefits so generous that they were bankrupting the state. Christie had to trim pensions and benefits to put New Jersey on a sound fiscal footing.Learn more »
“What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein said last month in what was, then, her routine defense of the mass global surveillance being conducted by the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies.
All that has changed now that she believes that the staff of the committee she chairs, the powerful, secretive Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was spied on and lied to by the CIA.Learn more »
Kudos to the performance of “Company” by The Sierra Stages Community Theater.
What a wonderful evening of entertainment by a hardworking talented cast, crew and volunteer group. Ken Getz and his orchestra, as per norm, rounded out an accomplished production.Learn more »
Scooters Pals would like to acknowledge The Union for their support and assistance to dogs in shelters and rescues in Nevada County.
The space they donate to Pet of the Week and announcement of dog adoption events is invaluable to abandoned pets looking for homes. Every time they show a Scooters Pals dog, we get a number of inquiries and applications for that dog, almost always resulting in a forever home.Learn more »
Two young adults are responsible for 10 residential burglaries. Our lenient Judge Anderson allowed them to plea bargain down to two charges. No trial convened, eight felony offenses thrown out, and no justice for eight of their victims.
A four-year, eight-month prison sentence was agreed to; with time served credit and good conduct reductions they will likely serve only two years in prison.Learn more »
Recently Michaela Lake of Anew Day wrote a thoughtful article regarding suicide. As a 99 year old who several times faces that long, dark tunnel, may I offer some rays of light to those who are groping in the darkness of what seems to be a hopelessly dismal future?
First, and this may surprise you, almost every adult I’ve ever known has at some time in life felt, “What’s the use? Why not end it now?” One of the times of darkest thoughts is adolescence.Learn more »
Much ado lately in local press and other spheres concerning the future of Grass Valley. Citizens, elected officials, print journalists, bloggers and other characters have bandied about a variety of notions.
At issue: What is, what has, and what will really revitalize Grass Valley?Learn more »
Recently Amy Cooke, the owner of Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli, held a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).
The event was great; with over 25 people showing up to support PiELL and to hear Diane Miessler (PiELL board president) and her band, Purdon’s Crossing. A percentage of the evening’s profits, as well as the band’s tips, were donated to PiELL. Thank you Amy and Purdon’s Crossing.Learn more »
I’m 15 years old and am one of the vice presidents of The Environmental Committee Of Nevada Union (ECONU). I believe we need to ban plastic bags in Nevada City as well as Nevada County.
We should also put a 10-cent tax on paper bags. The production of plastic bags requires petroleum and natural gas, which adds to global warming. Thirteen billion plastic bags are distributed annually in California and only 3 percent are recycled. A single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. To make matters worse, plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down.Learn more »
Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to announce the recipients of our mini-grant donation program that awards funds to local and international groups that benefit women and children. The mini-grant funding program is offered every year in February and March. Funds for this program and a similar donation program held in September/October are a direct result of donations made by visitors to our annual Garden Tour, held the weekend after Mother’s Day.
Awardees are the Linus Project, Women of Worth, Child Advocates Puppeteer Program, Hospice of the Foothills bereavement Youth Program, the Cinderella Project that helps high school students attend their prom, Friendship Club for the establishment of a Garden Project and NEO, New Events and Opportunities, for local teens. We thank everyone who applied for these funds and wish we could grant more to needed community projects. Help us by attending our local Garden Tour. Points of sale are located throughout our community or you may purchase a ticket by contacting a Soroptimist member. For more information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more »
Spring will be upon us before we know it and so will the invasion of Scotch Broom.
This year, Sierra Streams Institute will once again join the fight against this aggressive invasive weed that is threatening the biological integrity of our watershed.Learn more »
Cleaner air, that’s the aim of about $30 million in “hydrogen highway” grants given each year by the California Energy Commission to companies that will build refueling stations for the hydrogen fuel cell cars due to hit the road between now and 2017.
But the commission has had great difficulty keeping its own grant-giving process clean.Learn more »
Google has announced plans to offer its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service in 34 more cities in eight states, allowing users to surf the Internet at 100 times the speeds of existing broadband services.
Meanwhile, in Nevada County, the Sierra Economic Development Corp. and Smarter Broadband are looking for people in the hills to install repeaters for the “line of sight” access required for the brave new world of fixed wireless communications.Learn more »
In response to James Coe’s letter on March 4 regarding a purposed new shopping center:
Mr. Coe is clearly oblivious about how today’s youth really work. His solution to keep kids off drugs and out of jail is to build another shopping center. Really?Learn more »
I can relate with the lady who found a German tourist trying to find a bench in Grass Valley where she could eat her sandwich. I am from Germany myself, although not at this time a tourist.
I have lived here for 30 years and love the area. However, I also regret that there are so few benches along our trails. At the popular Gracie ditch, which is over four miles long, there is one bench, and it is so close to the entrance that you are not ready to sit down when you get there. There are no benches on the trails at the Empire Mine. In Condon Park there are some benches, and also in Pioneer Park. The much-disputed boardwalk in Nevada City is very nice for sitting down and having a sandwich. I did this once and was not driven away.Learn more »
The Union’s front page article with Bill Jacobsen on Internet access has a point.
We’ve lived in a remote area by Scotts Flat for six years now. Started with satellite (Hughes Network). It was awful. They’ve since upgraded their sats, but still far from optimum. I’ve found a solution that works for us; Banner Mountain emits 4GLTE signals for both Verizon and AT&T. So does Wolf Mountain. WilsonElectronics.com offers 4GLTE repeater amplifiers, antennae, cables and solutions to bring that signal into your home at 5 bars. One-time costs will vary between $500 to $800. Then, the only thing you have to pay for is the LTE service from your provider.Learn more »
Our high schools are jewels in our community. In a small, close-knit community like ours in western Nevada County, the schools are more of a focal point than in many other places.
Schools here represent jobs and careers, sources of entertainment and culture and places where many local alumni remember their youth. But most importantly, they are the resources that educate our youth — future members of our local workforce or ambassadors attending universities and pursuing other endeavors around the world. Graduates carry with them the values, skills and knowledge that they have learned here, and the community wants them to succeed.Learn more »
Nevada County Economic Resource Council board members — who unanimously approved the organization’s business plan presented by its new director Thursday — certainly won’t be alone in welcoming a strategy for local economic development with open arms.
Newly hired ERC Director Jon Gregory outlined the organization’s goal in the document as follows:Learn more »
I recently heard that my friend’s granddaughter, Haamiah, has been diagnosed with Leukemia, and an opportunity to participate in a fundraiser came my way.
I thought this would be a great way to help Haamiah and other children fighting this fight, as well.Learn more »