Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

It’s certainly about more than ‘Turkey Day’

November 27, 2014 — 

Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? What are the origins?

Most have heard it has something to with pilgrims, Indians and turkey. Allow me to elaborate:

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Thank you, Rare Earth

November 27, 2014 — 

Nevada County Master Gardeners, U.C. Cooperative Extension program, would like to thank Rare Earth for their generous donation of soil, rocks, gravel and mulch for our new area in our demonstration garden at NID in Grass Valley.

As a volunteer organization, we so appreciate the willingness of companies such as Rare Earth to help us educate the public with new plants and ideas for growing plants wisely in the foothills.

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Energy production the right move for California

November 27, 2014 — 

We need to support the expansion of energy research and production in California.

We used to be a great state, but now people are leaving because of the leftists that control our state. Let this state be great again. Energy production can push us in that direction.

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Kudos to Dr. Ray

November 27, 2014 — 

Just a little note to say I really appreciate the great dentistry Dr. Enneking does. He’s a perfectionist with his work, lets his patients know what’s happening, and he and his staff have amazing patient care standards.

I’ve been Dr. Enneking’s patient for 24 years and I’ve recommended him to multiple family members and friends. If you’re looking for a dentist you can trust to make your smile perfect and bright, Dr. Ray G. Enneking’s the best!

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What is it about giving thanks that makes us healthy?

November 27, 2014 — 

In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many.

“Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said.

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Toy guns shouldn’t look like real guns

November 27, 2014 — 

Referring to the Ohio boy who, while at a playground, brandished a toy gun at a police officer and was shot to death. It’s a crime they don’t make it a crime to manufacture toy guns that look exactly like the real thing.

Dr. James P. Smith

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Carrtoon: Nov. 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 — 

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With thanks to my county public works crew

November 26, 2014 — 

I read in the paper that one of the counties many projects was to widen Newtown Road to create a bike path.

Soon thereafter, I was awakened by the sounds of a lot of trucks and heavy equipment arriving and setting up their base of operations on the roadside near my house.

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Hamilton: Habitat for Humanity deserves our thanks

November 26, 2014 — 

Just a couple weeks ahead of Thanksgiving, Brie Mendoza and her boys were beaming in the late afternoon sun, standing on the front porch of their new home, freshly dedicated to her family in a ceremony by Nevada County Habitat for Humanity.

A news release, published in The Union the day prior, proudly proclaimed Habitat for Humanity’s completion of the seventh of 16 homes to be built in the Heritage Oaks development in Grass Valley. Since 1995, thanks to the efforts of donors, volunteers, sponsors and community partners, the organization has now served 27 families in western Nevada County.

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Local businesses pitch in to help area children

November 26, 2014 — 

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services would like to say thank you to SPD, SaveMart and the BriarPatch Co-op for their generous contributions, many through the eScrip fundraising program. We are deeply grateful to all shoppers who enrolled with eScrip and chose to support our nonprofit agency, so that up to 3 percent of all their purchases directly benefits children in our community.

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services is a child care resource and referral agency that serves families, early care and education professionals, and the community in Nevada and Sierra Counties.

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Children’s book giveaway a success

November 26, 2014 — 

This year, the “Read to Your Child Halloween Book Giveaway” gave free books to 885 preschoolers. Thanks to all who supported us: Center for the Arts, Friends of the Nevada County Libraries, Kiwanis Club of the Gold Country, Rotary Club of Grass Valley, Starbucks, 40 Assets, Child Advocates, CAPCWNC, Child Safety Puppeteers, CoRR, Dr. Sarah Woerner, First 5 Nevada County, Foothill Healthy Babies, Grass Valley Downtown Association, KARE Crisis Nursery, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Partners in English Language Learning, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, Sierra Forever Families, Victor Community Support Services, and our wonderful community volunteers.

Susan Sanford, coordinator

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Hemig: Ringing the bell for a good cause

November 25, 2014 — 

Staffers from The Union will be ringing the bell in support of the Salvation Army Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Safeway on Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

Would you like to tell me I was off base regarding my column last week? Put some change in the tin can and let me have it.

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Hospitality House magical for guests

November 24, 2014 — 

I had long thought that the magic of human kindness had washed away from this world. Then I met the staff and many volunteers of Hospitality House. What they do for people in need is indeed magic.

They give a bed, a meal, medical, jobs, housing and so much more. I cannot believe it. Volunteers come in from all over. Some teach yoga, meditation that is taught to people who have PTSD and many other ailments. They help people to become whole again. So, you tell me, is it human kindness, or is it both?

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Firth: A vote-by-mail future?

November 24, 2014 — 

The 2014 election in California and in Nevada County shows that vote-by-mail is increasingly popular. Should voting by “absentee ballot” be the only option in California and/or Nevada County?

Statistically, (and all data is pending final results) the number of people registered to vote in California is 17,803,823, and in Nevada County it’s 61,706. There are 7,120,084 registered voters who cast ballots in November 2014 in California. If half voted absentee (the current average) that would equal over 3,500,000 absentee ballots.

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Pensions critical to financial security of pensioners

November 24, 2014 — 

In his otherwise well written column on the issue of public pensions, Thomas Elias made the bizarre statement, “But his [Judge Klein’s] final ruling was based on the reality that if public employees and retirees get completely equal standing in bankruptcies, they will far outnumber other creditors and could vote down any settlement that doesn’t favor them.”

I don’t believe they would have had an opportunity to vote had the court ruled against them.

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Just the facts, mister

November 24, 2014 — 

In the Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 issue of The Union, Gary Nowak “implored” me and others who contribute to the Union not to “use fabricated, inaccurate data to make [our] points.”

Mr. Nowak, in my 40 years as a professional writer and editor, I have never fabricated a single fact. I wouldn’t have lasted long in the business if I had.

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Crabb: It Takes a Village Idiot

November 24, 2014 — 

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Reversal coming for unjust PUC ruling?

November 24, 2014 — 

THOMAS ELIAS

California Focus

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BOARDMAN: More than Lamphier’s guilt or innocence at stake in this investigation

November 24, 2014 — 

The political hand grenade that implicated Grass Valley City Council candidate Terry Lamphier in a child pornography investigation threw off enough shrapnel to hit several officials in Nevada County.

The revelation less than two weeks before election day brought the conspiracy theorists out in force. People want to believe there is a simple explanation for everything so they try to look beyond the available facts to get at “the truth.”

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When comic books were currency

November 24, 2014 — 

“Wanna trade?”

Those magic words were spoken by a kid named Keith, who lived not far from my home in the 1950’s. And under his arm were dozens of comic books.

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Kudos to lookout tower volunteers

November 24, 2014 — 

A big thank you to Paul Moore, Jon Hall, Roy Frater, and Richard McWilliams for staffing the Banner Mountain Fire Lookout this fire season.

A special thanks to Jon Hall for re-painting the entire cubicle. These volunteers give freely of their time so we are kept safe. We sit in solitude at 4,000 feet, in a 7-foot by 7-foot cubicle and scan the horizon. We look high and low, near and far, hoping we do not see smoke. This is a very unusual job — looking for something we hope we do not find.

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Maybe there’s still time with climate change

November 24, 2014 — 

Because of natural temperature cycles — or because of people — or both — climate has changed: Glaciers melting. Sea levels rising. Weather acting strange and dangerous, and more coming. People in Africa with land dried out. In Asia, going underwater. To survive they’ll have to move somewhere else and compete with the natives for food and water. There’s not enough.

“Climate Refugees” a strong movie by Michael Nash, warns that the situation is beyond scenery and polar bears. Displaced people strain resources, strain social order, breed violence. Eventually national security is at risk.

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Careful what you ask for

November 24, 2014 — 

A recent letter writer told Obama to “go for it” when it came to stopping illegal deportations by executive order.

OK. When a Republican president uses an executive order to stop enforcing provisions of Obamacare or stopping the EPA from enforcing rules that harm average Americans or stopping the IRS from collecting corporate taxes or stopping the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act or ... you get the idea.

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Crabb: It Takes a Village Idiot

November 22, 2014 — 

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Help preserve a Nevada County treasure

November 22, 2014 — 

In 1974 the artists Charles Woods and David Osborn purchased the Miners Foundry and christened it the American Victorian Museum. From that then defunct industrial space, they created a 9,000 square foot venue for artistic, social and cultural events and activities. Fifteen years later, the Nevada City Winery acquired the property and donated the Miners Foundry to the Miners Foundry Cultural Preservation Trust.

At that moment this grand community asset was permanently secured to serve our residents, businesses and visitors.

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Something great is going on in Grass Valley

November 22, 2014 — 

Something’s going on in Grass Valley, and it’s wonderful. I moved here three years ago, a single mom with her 6-year old twins. Luckily, someone told me about PARTNERS Family Resource Center.

At that time, I felt my children and I could use some counseling to help us through what was then a very tough time. Karen, (I call her the Resource Queen) had a form ready for me to fill out right then. My family and I got immediate and incredible services.

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Hearing offers only one side of the story

November 22, 2014 — 

I am writing in response to the article in this week’s The Union about the charges against Artemesia Lee from San Juan Ridge.

I, too, sat through the preliminary hearing. Although I agree that what Liz Kellar reported was accurate, it strikes me as misleading because only the family accusing Ms. Lee took the stand and their testimony occasionally appears as fact. We didn’t hear Ms. Lee’s side. The only bit of information I caught from her perspective was when Judge Smith referred to the police report in which Ms. Lee states that she didn’t hit anybody with her vehicle. The judge dismissed that, saying the photos of the complainant looked like he was hurt.

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Elias: Key pension question unanswered in Stockton ruling

November 22, 2014 — 

Politicians and public employees drawing pensions had high hopes they would get clarity on a key question from the federal bankruptcy judge presiding over the city of Stockton’s ongoing attempt to regain its financial health.

But it now appears that unique inland port city will emerge from more than two years of bankruptcy without any answers to the question of whether public employees deserve more long-term security than people working for private companies.

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Ebola ‘threat’ comes home to Grass Valley

November 22, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: This is the sixth, and final, story in a series filed by Grass Valley gemologist Louis Pearl, who travels to various countries in Africa to evaluate and sometimes source rough diamonds, on his observations on the Ebola outbreak while on a recent trip. See parts one, two, three, four and five at TheUnion.com.

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Kono, Sierra Leone: Cry me a river

November 21, 2014 — 

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of stories filed by Grass Valley gemologist Louis Pearl, who travels to various countries in Africa to evaluate and sometimes source rough diamonds, on his observations on the Ebola outbreak while on a recent trip. See parts one, two, three and four at TheUnion.com.

Kono is the main diamond mining district in Sierra Leone. The origin of Blood Diamonds is right here. Even today, the buildings that were damaged and or destroyed during the rebel occupation and war still pockmark this small mining town.

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