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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

July 24, 2017 —

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Cheryl Cook: From Russia with love; ‘I love it’

July 24, 2017 — "I love it." That was Donald Trump Jr.'s written email response to an email on June 3, 2016 indicating that the Russian government had damaging information regarding Hillary Clinton and would like to aid Donald Trump, his father, in the U.S. Presidential election. According to […]

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Mindy Oberne: Lowering Medicare eligibility age is first step to real reform

July 24, 2017 — I've been watching as our representatives in Washington twist themselves into a pretzel trying to fix our health care system while ignoring the 600-pound gorilla in the room — the health insurance industry. This reminds me of a story I read on the Physicians for […]

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Thomas Elias: Brown’s email problem could sully his legacy

July 24, 2017 — As Gov. Jerry Brown travels the nation and world posing grandly as the Anti-Trump and the ultimate champion of the battle against climate change, he's plainly very conscious of the legacy he will leave behind when he's termed out for good after next year. But […]

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Ray Zhang: Statistics show need for Highway 174 safety improvements in Nevada County

July 23, 2017 — The Caltrans Highway 174 Safety Project seeks to increase motorist safety from You Bet Road to Maple Way — a stretch of the highway which has seen 102 reported collisions in the past 12.5 years (2005 to June 2017). This particular segment of the highway […]

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George Boardman: Americans can’t decide if they love or hate California — maybe it’s both

July 23, 2017 — You may find this hard to believe, but California is the state hated most by our fellow Americans. The Golden State is quite popular with foreign tourists, and San Francisco and Los Angeles rank among the top five most popular cities. Whether you are at […]

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Bob Winters: Don’t forget Penn Valley

July 23, 2017 — A recent article in The Union reported that The California Arts Council named Nevada City and Grass Valley a state cultural district. That is a wonderful accomplishment and all of us out here in the remote wilderness called Penn Valley recognize and attend the events […]

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Margot Schulze: Thanks to Sierra Nevada Memorial for compassion during trying time

July 23, 2017 — I would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, the ER Department and the Sierra Nevada Home Health Care from the bottom of my heart for the excellent care my husband received during his lengthy illness. He was also […]

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Lang Waters: Why Russia matters

July 21, 2017 — The Left shouts collusion, crimes and misdemeanors, treason and impeachment — they want collusion to be true so badly it hurts. The Right, not wishing to be party to any narrative that could delegitimize the election, can't stop discounting the story as of no consequence […]

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Thomas Elias: Trump budget looks increasingly vengeful

July 21, 2017 — Is it political vengeance or merely a Republican President trying to make budget cuts on everything that's not military? That's the real question about Donald Trump's first budget as it moves through congressional committees en route to becoming reality. It's a question that reverberates especially […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

July 21, 2017 —

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Owen Dal Bon: Tee off in 2017 Dal Bon Memorial golf tournament to support pancreatic cancer research

July 21, 2017 — Something that means so much to me, more than my dad even knows, is this picture of me with my grandma. It was taken when I was a few hours old. It hangs above our TV in our living room. It's the only photo our […]

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Darrell Berkheimer: How to combat ‘fake news’

July 21, 2017 — Many folks are talking about "fake news" as if it somehow is a new phenomenon. But we have been dealing with misleading information, hoaxes and outright lies for centuries. What is new is the proliferation of sources, the tremendous volumes of false information coming from […]

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Harry Lum: Ken’s great day

July 21, 2017 — My friend, Ken, is an 86-year-old Air Force retiree. I decided to treat him to a day at the AirFest. I didn't realize he was fragile until we arrived there. From the time we got there until the time we left, I saw a lot […]

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Our View: Community needs understandable housing ordinances

July 21, 2017 — If Jerry Seinfeld were to perform in Nevada County, no doubt his opening line would be: "What is the deal with affordable housing here?" Wish we knew, Jerry. This issue has plenty of moving parts. Lots of folks want to live here, but there aren't […]

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Richard Shaddeau: Don’t let Highway 174 roadwork destroy our natural beauty

July 20, 2017 — I live in an area of Nevada County which is particularly lush and green, even in summer, with many trees providing shade and privacy, even with Highway 174 right outside our door. I don't believe anyone in their right mind would want to remove all […]

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Jeanne Clark Scarmon: Virtual village for seniors can make a difference

July 20, 2017 — Do you want to stay in the place you call home as you age? If you are nodding yes, you're not alone. About 90 percent of Americans 65 and older want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Most do not want […]

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Don Rogers: Gods of letters gather in Squaw

July 20, 2017 — Rock stars don't do it for me. I've enjoyed meeting them, liked their company. But overcome with awe? Not so much. Big time actors and actresses, then? Nope. Politicians, including an ex-president with real historical weight? Sorry. World leaders, celebrities, intellectuals, generals, biz titans, sports […]

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County (July 20)

July 19, 2017 — Each week we'll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to drogers@theunion.com or bhamilton@theunion.com. HIT: (from a reader) To the collaboration […]

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Terry McLaughlin: Dramatic change needed in University of California system

July 19, 2017 — A 2017 state audit of the University of California's financial status revealed that the Office of the UC President, and former Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano was harboring a surplus account with more than $175 million, while at the same time raising tuition for […]

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