Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Thanks, Northridge

April 15, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Jewish Community Center-Sisterhood would like to take this opportunity to thank Carlos and the staff at the Northridge in Penn Valley for sponsoring our fundraiser.

We not only made money, but we had a blast doing it. The staff felt like family, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was so positive. Again, thank you.

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We agree on one thing, a broken political system

April 15, 2014 — 

In response to Michele Spencer’s piece in The Union on April 4, some comments.

She rants about big corporations contributing to campaigns, particularly taking umbrage with the Koch brothers. Why not include George Soros, ACORN, MoveOn.org, and the unions, as well? They all try to buy elections. Then she goes on to cite Bernie Sanders (yes, the avowed socialist) as well as mentioning a tired quote from long dead King Louis XIV.

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Retiring judge endorses Tice-Raskin as successor

April 15, 2014 — 

In the following open letter to the public, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Sean Dowling endorsed United States prosecutor Robert Tice-Raskin as the person most qualified to replace him:

Dear Nevada County Voters,

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April 15, 2014 — 

Endorse SB1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act

Citizen’s United is a transparent ploy to concentrate the power that rightfully belongs to individuals in the hands of wealthy, nonhuman entities. The United States was founded on the principles of a democratic society, not an oligarchy ruled by the wealthy with the power to buy self-serving laws. The Citizens United Act flies in the face of everything this country was built upon.

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April 15, 2014 — 

Endorse SB1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act

I am astonished that we would even need to explain why the imbecilic and blatant end of Democracy that our “Supreme” Court “ruled” needs to be overthrown, unless we actually prefer only the very most venal few govern us forevermore.

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John Carr Cartoon

April 15, 2014 — 

John Carr, Nevada City

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Hillary leans on Bill and Barack to sell presidency

April 15, 2014 — 

Recently Hillary Clinton gave what appeared at first to be a rambling and unfocused answer when asked to name the proudest achievement of her four years as secretary of state. The short version is, she doesn’t have one. But Clinton’s words make a lot more sense when seen not as a nonanswer to a specific question but as an effort to lay the foundation and establish a theme for a presidential campaign.

The occasion was her appearance on a panel discussion at the Women in the World meeting in Manhattan. It was pretty easy going; the moderator, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, asked softball after softball. (Sample: Noting Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, Friedman asked: “What have you learned from her?”)

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What are the progressives so afraid of?

April 14, 2014 — 

Michele Spencer, in her Other Voices piece on April 4, states that everyone knows “that something is going seriously wrong in this country …” and cites the “growing income gap between the top 1 percent and the rest of us is likely evidence of the underlying problem.”

Boy, has she hit the nail on the head, but is entirely wrong as to the impetus of that gap.

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My case for Fran Cole for supervisor

April 14, 2014 — 

Fran Cole is running for supervisor against the incumbent Hank Weston.

Weston is a well-known local official. But who is Fran Cole, and why is she hoping to unseat the sitting supervisor?

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I am supporting Hank Weston for District 4 supervisor

April 14, 2014 — 

The recently used campaign phrases of “a more sustainable economic ecosystem” and “we are ready to choose the future,” sound good, enlightened and worldly.

However, a supervisor, while always keeping the future of our community in mind, spends the most time in the trenches battling towards these lofty goals with baby steps.

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Plenty of reasons not to trust state government

April 14, 2014 — 

Californians don’t trust their state government. That’s nothing really new, but right now there’s as much cause for distrust as ever before in modern times.

There is, of course, the scandal that sees three indicted or convicted state senators under suspension after accusations of political corruption, gun-running and/or perjury, all refusing to resign.

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It Takes a Village Idiot

April 14, 2014 — 

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Bag ban brings about ‘new tax’

April 14, 2014 — 

I was a supplier for the grocery trade for 50 years.

The cost of grocery bags is passed on to the consumer by your local store as it is considered to be “overhead.” The cost is pro-rated across every item you buy. By adding a fee of 10 cents per bag, the consumer will pay twice for the bags, as the grocers will not lower the cost of the food you buy and only increase their profit at our expense. A store with 100,000 customers will make an additional $1,560,000 per year based on three bags per customer, per week.

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Community helps with IFM move

April 14, 2014 — 

I commend the tremendous group of Interfaith Food Ministry volunteers, clients and community members who helped us move from Whiting Street to Henderson Street on March 28 in the pouring rain. This was truly a collaborative effort from the packing, to the moving, to the unpacking and moving in.

A special thanks to the Early Day Gas Engine Tractor Association, Branch 13 & 111 who came with their trucks, trailers and a smile on their faces. We were once again overwhelmed by this community’s gifts of time, talent and resources.

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Obamacare turns out to be positive experience

April 14, 2014 — 

I have been reading a lot of conjecture and rumors lately regarding our nation’s new health-care system. For instance, a recent writer went so far as to say that doctors were refusing to take on new patients with Obamacare.

The true fact is that many doctors are not taking on new patients no matter what kind of insurance they have. There are just not enough primary care doctors, especially outside of major cities. More about doctors and Obamacare later …

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Thanks to The Union

April 14, 2014 — 

I would personally like to thank The Union for reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Nevada County.

I’m a lesbian who moved here from a big city. My wife and I love Nevada County, and we know that it will be our home for the rest of our lives. While the majority of folks have been very kind and accepting, the LGBT community can, at times, seem invisible in Nevada County.

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It’s time to find out what the candidates are really made of

April 14, 2014 — 

Except for last Thursday’s district attorney duke-out, the three candidate nights held so far in Nevada County have been relatively bloodless affairs, hardly in keeping with the full-contact politics favored by most partisans in the county.

The League of Women Voters means well, and there is enlightenment to be gained by having all of the candidates for an office respond to the same set of questions. But the unfailingly polite and bend-over-backwards fairness of these forums takes the spark out of the politics.

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Support for new retail exists

April 11, 2014 — 

With all the growing shopping opportunities in Auburn, Roseville and Marysville-Yuba City, over $200 million in retail sales are leaving Grass Valley each year.

A Super Walmart, Costco and at least three new shopping centers are in the works for northern Auburn. A whole lot of local jobs follow this $200 million a year down the hill. It’s a fact that the majority of our community supports new retail choices in Grass Valley. This is clearly shown in the retail and consumer preference studies recently undertaken by the City of Grass Valley and by the $200 million in lost local sales each year.

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Guns do kill people

April 11, 2014 — 

Four dead and 16 injured at Fort Hood in Texas.

Gunsmiths and the NRA tell us every time a mass killing happens that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That being the case, this person must have been superhuman to kill and injure all these people in the space of a few minutes.

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Kudos on a great piece of satire

April 11, 2014 — 

Bravo to Peter Pohorsky for writing such an excellent piece of satire regarding same-sex unions and how it’s dissolving the procreative mission of marriage. My only criticism: He should have included banning from the sacred institution of marriage couples who are barren, sterile, have children outside of wedlock, adopt or choose not to have children. Hilarious!

Tinley Ireland

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It takes a village idiot

April 11, 2014 — 

R.L. Crabb cartoon

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Piecemeal immigration changes likely this year

April 11, 2014 — 

The grand compromise on immigration passed by the U.S. Senate 10 months ago is now all but history, despite talk from President Obama and other Democrats about “comprehensive reform.”

For comprehensive immigration reform, as it’s understood in Washington, D.C., means granting undocumented immigrants some kind of pathway to citizenship. Only a very few Republicans are willing to allow this, no matter how arduous and long the path would be.

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Our View: Make your voices heard, help preserve Empire Mine as a state park

April 11, 2014 — 

When she first spotted a for sale sign posted on the grounds of Grass Valley’s richest gold mine more than four decades ago, Virginia Brunini sprang into action and put into motion the process that led to the creation of Empire Mine State Historic Park.

So it certainly comes as no surprise to those who know her that Brunini again is stepping forward to save what she, and many others here in western Nevada County, considers a real jewel of our community.

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Secret sauce behind opponents of a minimum wage hike

April 10, 2014 — 

There’s a heated debate going on in Congress and many state capitols this spring over raising the minimum wage. One of the key players — and a vocal opponent of wage increases — is the restaurant lobby, led by the National Restaurant Association (NRA).

So, when the Restaurant Association holds its lobby day in Washington, D.C., in late April, topping its agenda will be this: to stick a fork in the proposed federal minimum wage increase.

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Project Linus gets a boost

April 10, 2014 — 

A very grateful thank you to Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills for its recent award of a grant to the Nevada County Chapter of Project Linus.

This grant will assist us in our efforts to continue to provide handmade blankets to children in need of a hug within Nevada County.

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Vote YES on AB 2505 Home Dairy

April 10, 2014 — 

As a taxpaying mother, I implore you to protect my rights to maintain my childrens’ health and my personal freedom to continue to obtain the beautiful raw goat’s milk on which they’ve been raised! Though it will be an ill-timed hardship, I intend to come to the hearing.

Loraine Webb

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Fran has my vote for Nevada County supervisor, the District 4

April 10, 2014 — 

As witnessed on Thursday evening’s candidate forum at the Rood Center, Fran Cole by far has a vision for our county that is well beyond the other four candidates combined. She is not looking to act on issues to resolve in the short term, but wants to put programs in place that will far outlast her terms as our District 4 supervisor.

I want to see a change on the board of supervisors, and Fran will be that change. She has an energy and desire to bring about a new direction that is so sorely needed in our county. Fran Cole is committed, honest, ethical and very passionate about being your District 4 supervisor. She will more than prove these attributes once she is elected to this seat.

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Hemig: Freedom of the press isn't free

April 10, 2014 — 

As I mentioned in an earlier column, as your new publisher, I’ve been asked certain questions pretty consistently.

A popular topic is why there is a subscription fee to read stories published on The Union’s website, TheUnion.com. Some people seem convinced that everything on the Internet should be free, that charging for stories is wrong.

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What our community should know about the Day of Silence

April 10, 2014 — 

Everyone who has been in high school knows how difficult it is to deal with peer pressure.

The Day of Silence provides an escape from the pressure.

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The killing, jailing of journalists continues

April 10, 2014 — 

Journalism is not a crime. This is the rallying cry in demanding the release of four Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt. Three of them — Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed — have just passed their hundredth day of incarceration. The fourth, Abdullah al-Shami, has been in jail for more than six months. They have been charged with “spreading lies harmful to state security and joining a terrorist organization.” Of course, the only thing they were doing was their job.

Anja Niedringhaus also was doing her job as a photographer for The Associated Press when she was murdered last week in Khost, Afghanistan. She was covering the preparations for Afghanistan’s national election and was sitting in her car with AP reporter Kathy Gannon when an Afghan police officer opened fire, killing Niedringhaus and wounding Gannon.

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