Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Jack Sanchez: Please help struggling salmon in the Auburn Ravine

July 30, 2015 — 

Now that we know the NID’s Hemphill Dam violates two sections of the California Department Fish and Wildlife Code, send letters to Nevada Irrigation District (NID) asking GM Remleh Scherzinger and Board Chairman Jim Bachman to provide permanent fish passage over Hemphill Dam two miles upstream from Lincoln on Auburn Ravine.

NID has become a pariah water contractor concerned with its bottom line at the expense of the fishes it negatively impacts, sending water on a public waterway to its paying customers. NID has been singing a happy song for three years without action. Your voice will help salmon, so please write a letter.

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Nate Wallin: Confederate flag very different from State of Jefferson flag

July 30, 2015 — 

The Confederate flag stands for many different things to many different people. I view the flag in many different ways myself.

But to believe that the State of Jefferson flag is just as much as the Confederate flag, you are misguided. For a person that is, I believe, educated you are highly misinformed. For an old saying “walk a mile in my shoes,” please become more aware of what the State of Jefferson is trying to do and stands for.

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Alan Waters: First rate talent in The Producers

July 30, 2015 — 

There’s a local sweet treat and were not talking about the candy store. Last night we had the pleasure of enjoying our anniversary, locally. Our evening began at Friar Tucks for a delicious meal accompanied by beautiful music.

Next a play at the Nevada Theatre. “The Producers,” by Mel Brooks — you know has to be funny, right? It did not disappoint. The play is full of fun times, eye candy, great singing, dancing, acting and laughter. The costumes, sets and actors are first rate talent. We especially enjoyed the two main characters, Max and Leo.

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George Harper: Not working for the benefit of Nevada City

July 30, 2015 — 

To Nevada City Councilmembers Jennifer Ray and Terri Anderson: Shame, shame on you.

After years of working on and chairing the Nevada City Classic race and getting the Amgen Tour here in Nevada City, you turned Duane Strawser down after his fronting $15,000 for the race.

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Kathryn Jean Lopez: Mourning and second chances

July 30, 2015 — 

“This pain will come as a thief in the night. It will take away your peace if you let it; it will drag you into the harsh darkness of the misery of loss,” Maria Grizetti writes about the pain of losing a child.

And what if no one is mourning with you? What if you’re told there is nothing to mourn?

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Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan: Cincinnati and the murder of Samuel Dubose

July 30, 2015 — 

A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing has been charged with murder, for the July 19 shooting death of Samuel DuBose, a 43-year-old African-American man. Tensing pulled over DuBose because he was driving a car without a front license plate. As Deter said in his news conference: “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate. This is, in the vernacular, a very chicken-crap stop.” Tensing wanted to see DuBose’s driver’s license. When DuBose said he didn’t have it, Tensing made a motion to open DuBose’s car door. Within seconds of this interaction, Tensing’s right hand swung into the video frame with a pistol. He fired a single shot into DuBose’s head, which sent the car, with DuBose dead behind the wheel, rolling down the street, where it crashed to a halt. Before Tensing’s body-camera video was released, the officer claimed that his arm had been caught in the car, and he was dragged down the street. Another officer, Phillip Kidd, reported he saw the same thing. The video clearly debunked their version. Kidd should be arrested, too. Prosecutor Deters released Officer Tensing’s body-camera video, stating, “This is without question a murder.”

DuBose was killed about one week after another deadly traffic stop. In that case, in Waller County, Texas, 28-year-old Sandra Bland, also African-American, was pulled over by Brian Encinia, a white Texas State Trooper. Encinia claimed she had not signaled a lane change. The trooper’s dashboard camera recorded the stop. He demanded that Bland put out her cigarette, then told her to get out of the car, saying: “I’m giving you a lawful order. I am going to drag you out of there.” Bland can be heard saying: “You opened my car door. So you’re threatening to drag me out of my own car?” Encinia then shouted, “Get out of the car!” When Bland replied: “And then you’re going to assault me? Wow,” Encinia, brandishing a Taser, shouted: “I will light you up! Get out! Now!”

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D.G. Engebretsen: Comparing utility meters

July 29, 2015 — 

Here’s a little something to be aware of regarding the utility (electric, gas, water, solar) meters on your home or property: you may not be getting what you think you are paying for.

If you already called your utility company and have “opted-out” of the “smart meter” program, you could possibly still be receiving smart meter radiation. That’s because some utility companies, including PG&E, are sometimes installing “Trojan Horse” utility meters on the homes of folks who have requested traditional safer analog meters. Then, the utility company commits further fraud and charges the unsuspecting customer its monthly extortionary opt-out fee.

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Mindy Oberne: Kiwanis kicks in toward fall free medical clinic

July 29, 2015 — 

Thanks to the Gold Country Kiwanis for giving California Care Force the opportunity to do a presentation about the upcoming Free Health Care Clinic being held at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall Nov. 14-15.

Thanks also to Homer Nottingham, a Kiwanis member, who generously donated to the clinic, which is funded entirely by donations and operated by an all volunteer staff. We plan on serving 500 patients a day with medical, dental and vision care. Everyone is welcome. Kudos Kiwanis!

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David Rubiales: The right to know

July 29, 2015 — 

Since July 1, 2014 the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has authorized $175,000 in expenditures for non-county employed attorneys in their fight against Penn Valley residents Peter and Juliette Lockyer over the county’s first and only “visually important ridge line.”

At the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 21 the county staff requested that the supervisors authorize a further $100,000 expenditure for the same purpose, thereby upping the cost to $275,000 of taxpayer money. Thus far, the supervisors have not explained the purpose of these expenditures to their constituents. Don’t we have a right to know?

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Hilary Hodge: Have you Yelped today?

July 29, 2015 — 

The people of Nevada County need to start using the app, “Yelp.”

I love that the people of Nevada County would rather ask a neighbor or browse a local forum for a restaurant recommendation before consulting a website or an app for dining advice. It shows that we have small-town pride and that we are willing to support our small businesses on a peer-to-peer level. I have enjoyed many nights out based on friends’ recommendations.

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Sonia Delgadillo: Communication, community input not a priority for Nevada Joint Union board of trustees

July 29, 2015 — 

The Nevada Joint Union High School District Board held a special meeting on July 20 where it voted on important issues, yet notice about the meeting was difficult to come by and no media reported on the outcome. The following decisions impact our students.

First, though just a month earlier the district submitted a budget and LCAP (which identifies educational priorities) for public comment and a vote, at this meeting, a new expenditure of nearly $230,000 for Chromebooks was approved. This will come from additional one-time funding of $530 per student the state approved in June and added they had a plan for the remainder of these funds which they will present in August. District staff stated this funding came as a surprise in June implying that there was no opportunity for public input. The legislation is clear — as part of the new funding formula, the community is to have input into development of educational priorities.

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John Carr: Carrtoon

July 29, 2015 — 

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George Boardman: Trump may be a clown, but he hit a nerve with many Americans

July 28, 2015 — 

Donald Trump, aka the clown with a comb over, has succeeded in exposing the angst of many Americans over our illegal immigration problem.

Of course, the man with the surprise hit summer TV series had to insult an entire race of people, alienate our neighbor to the south, and question the integrity of an American prisoner-of-war to make his point. But hey, anything’s fair in politics.

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Audrey Ohlson Smith: The right to die on your own terms

July 28, 2015 — 

Thank you for the “Other Voices” by Kent Treiber regarding the right to die. I, too, am very saddened by the inaction of the Legislature on SB 128.

Whatever the Catholic church believes (and why should that matter to the Legislature), the church has no right to deny anyone the ability to make their own choices about their own lives.

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Howard Kwasniewski: "The Producers' does not disappoint

July 28, 2015 — 

We went to Nevada Theatre last night and saw “The Producers.” This was by far one of the best local theater productions I have ever seen.

The acting was incredible and the music was perfect. Even though the performance was two and a half hours, it never felt long.

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David Langness: Donate to the cause

July 28, 2015 — 

My wife and I decided to move to Nevada City two and a half years ago, stunned by the beauty we found here. I don’t mean the physical beauty — the mountains, meadows, forests and rivers — although the setting and the gorgeous environment definitely attracted us.

Instead, I mean the inner beauty of the people we had the privilege of meeting.

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Kudos to free medical clinic supporters

July 28, 2015 — 

Our sincere appreciation to Twin Cities Church and Gold Country Lions for their donations in support of the free health care clinic taking place on November 14 and 15 in Grass Valley, and to Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Grass Valley for offering to provide lunch to the volunteer set-up crew. The clinic will offer free medical, dental and vision services to approximately 500 patients per day, and is run by an all-volunteer staff. Please see the CaliforniaCareForce website, call 530-273-3033 for immediate local information, or attend the next volunteer meeting (6 p.m. on August 12 in the meeting room at BriarPatch).

Susan I. Swift

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Jeff Heilmann: Where's the common sense?

July 28, 2015 — 

Concerning the Lester and Laferte trial, we have a hard time understanding how fraud with malice occurred when both of these individuals had their own funds invested in these properties.

This makes no sense. This was hard money lending. Hard money lending is high risk with high reward (high interest lending).

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Heidi Hall: Standing up for our rights is not a crime

July 28, 2015 — 

I finally sat down to watch the Sandra Bland arrest video, lasting for about 25 minutes. I had followed the news about this, but I always want to go to the source when something like this breaks. So I took a deep breath, and watched it.

Then I got angry. Really angry. I sat down to gather my thoughts to share with you, and started crying. Every one of these senseless black deaths at the hands of people misusing power brings me despair.

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

July 28, 2015 — 

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Fran Thompson: Thanks for a winning combo

July 27, 2015 — 

Many thanks to local artist Loana Beeson for the donation of her local scenic watercolors for our new Dignity Health, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary informational brochure.

The addition of Ms. Beeson’s colorful paintings brings attention to not only important information concerning joining the Auxiliary, but reminds us of the historic landmarks within our community — what a winning combination!

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Carolyn Anderson: 'The Producers' is Sierra Stages at its best

July 27, 2015 — 

The Producers is one of the most hilarious, entertaining performances I’ve ever seen.

Kudos all around to the brilliant actors, musicians, directors, set and costume designers. I loved every minute and encourage you to get your tickets now before these performances sell out. This is Sierra Stages at its best!

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Jacqueline Finley: Confederate flag lowering the right step

July 27, 2015 — 

When one person is denied rights, every person is denied rights. These include not only rights to equal justice and opportunity, but also rights to equal respect and dignity.

While the Confederate flag has not flown for the past 50 years over most of the United States, the fact that it has been permitted to fly — until recently — over specific regions of our country has diminished all Americans.

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April Reese: Nevada County not on display at California State Fair

July 27, 2015 — 

On our recent trip to the California State Fair this past weekend my mom and I were excited to go and see all of the county displays. As we walked around the building with the displays we couldn’t find Nevada County’s display.

We went up to the information booth and asked, “Where was Nevada County’s booth?” We were told that Nevada County did not have one and that out of the 58 counties in California only 23 were represented.

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Denise Cain: Generous support for 'You Bet' the dog

July 27, 2015 — 

On behalf of Dave and You Bet, Scooters Pals would like to deeply and sincerely thank you all for your generous and heartfelt response to their story. Sadly, You Bet the dog went quietly into the night the evening of his last vet appointment.

Though we thought he was on the upswing, infection set in, and he did not have the strength to fight anymore. Dave is of course devastated by the loss, but none the less, humbled by the outpouring of caring of those that shared his story, and responded with funds to pay You Bet’s vet bill. Thank you all.

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Norm Sauer: Catastrophic fire an imminent danger to all

July 25, 2015 — 

On June 25, I read of a transient arrested for, among other things, leaving fire unattended along Deer Creek. Shortly thereafter I hear the fire scout and fire suppression planes leaving Grass Valley airport. It is hot. It is dry. We are at the start of — really, well into — the fire season in western Nevada County.

We who live in Nevada County are at grave risk of catastrophic fire that threatens our lives, our homes and our health, not to mention our wildlife and environment. Summer has just begun and being in the midst of a serious drought our chaparral and forests are dry and getting dryer and more dangerous by the day.

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George Runner: Attempts to change Proposition 13 are misguided

July 25, 2015 — 

There’s been no shortage of attempts in recent years in the State Legislature to overhaul Proposition 13 — California’s landmark initiative protecting homeowners and small business owners from out-of-control property taxes.

Multiple bills have taken aim at the proposition, but the most popular among these bills pushes the so-called “split roll” property tax, which would eliminate Prop. 13 protections for job creators but leave them in place for homeowners. This split roll idea is especially favored by lawmakers who are eager to bring more money into state coffers.

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Leah Schwinn: Northridge steps up for California CareForce

July 25, 2015 — 

Kudos to Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City for hosting a fundraising dinner for the California CareForce free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15.

What a fun night it was! The place was packed with people socializing and enjoying the wide array of yummy food, yet the wait staff remained calm, sweet and helpful ... even when I spilled my salad dressing on the table. It was a super successful fundraiser for the clinic.

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Bruce Puphal: Smokey Bear and fire danger

July 25, 2015 — 

As you drive around Nevada County, you will most likely see several figurines of Smokey Bear (also called Smokey the Bear) at various locations. Have you ever wondered just how Smokey came to be, or what information is used to determine the fire danger level that is posted on Smokey Bear signs during the year?

I would like to take some time to offer an explanation of these two questions.

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Renee McGrath: God bless the Good Samaritans

July 25, 2015 — 

On July 14, I was driving through Nevada City and suddenly experienced the need for medical assistance.

I stopped my car, in a no-park zone, and asked a gentleman for help. He got me to a safe place, called 911 and stayed with me until the ambulance came. Then, he parked my car and delivered the keys to the Emergency Room. Several others also offered help.

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