Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
When we first started the Bicycle Recycle Project at Seven Hills School 14 years ago, I could not have imagined the level of generosity and support that our community would provide for the program.
The Bicycle Recycle Project receives hundreds of usable, recyclable bicycles each year to support our curriculum, the students and the future recipients of the refurbished bicycles that students complete. At least weekly, someone calls to offer delivery of a bicycle that used to be his or her own, or a child’s, and are now ready to let it become someone else’s. I remember vividly the day an elderly gentleman stopped by with two bikes that he and his wife used to ride across Europe. He spoke with such fondness of his memories, and I assured him that his contributions to our project would serve other people well, and they have.Learn more »
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the fastest growing segment of registered voters is the “no party preference” voter. The conservative cabal of the religious right, conservative media and obscenely wealthy benefactors following the 2008 national election launched an unrelenting attack on President Barack Obama and government.
The constant bashing by these factions led to a change in direction in the U.S. House of Representatives, and many voters are now “turned off” by political parties.Learn more »
‘I,’ The Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Alone “I” stand — but mighty be a sight — a relic — for all to seeLearn more »
It’s been eight years since Mike Miller helped build the Empire Mine State Park’s “adit” project — more recently known as a $3.5 million “hole in the ground” — but it was just this week that the owner of the Original Sixteen to One Mine, whose team blasted the 850-foot long “tourist tunnel” at Empire Mine, went public regarding his frustration with the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Miller said Wednesday that when he and his crew left the project in 2006, “That baby was ready to go.”Learn more »
The Union recently ran a poll on what addiction is causing the biggest problems to Nevada County, and at the time I viewed the results, marijuana was at the bottom of the list. I find these results fascinating, as you would expect marijuana to be at the top of the list with all the focus law enforcement places on cannabis cultivators. It seems that the public is way ahead of our elected officials when it comes to this issue.
Meth and heroin placed first and second in the poll, scoring a whopping 70.36 percent between them. Alcohol and prescription drugs took the third- and fourth-place positions and accounted for 21.45 percent of the votes. Marijuana came in last at 8.19 percent.Learn more »
Re-elect Terry Lamphier for county supervisor of District 3.
I’m voting to re-elect Terry because he works for us. He supports actions that promote a sustainable and robust economy. Terry respects our rural values and our vibrant small-town quality of life. Most important to me is that he is accessible. If you’re having trouble navigating the county bureaucracy, you can go to Terry and he’ll help you work to a successful resolution. Sometime ago, I went to him for advice on a county issue. Terry introduced me to the right people in county government, and my issue was resolved.Learn more »
I love Sierra Stages’ current production of “Company.” It’s as fresh and insightful as it was when I first saw it in my 20s. The ambivalence that the married and single characters express about marriage, however, is more painfully clear now that I’m older and have been married (and single) a few times.
I strongly urge all age groups to see “Company.” The music is singable and can be hauntingly poignant or raucously funny. It is beautifully acted, sung and orchestrated. You will be humming some of these songs after you see the production, I guarantee it. Orchestra members tell me that it’s hard not to laugh at the funny scenes each time they play a performance. It’s that comical. From the tear-invoking “Someone is Waiting” to the force of nature that is “Ladies Who Lunch,” there are songs for all moods.Learn more »
Have you ever wondered about how many tax dollars you really pay when you buy an American-made product?
Let’s assume that you want to buy a new coat for $100. The first thing you need to understand is that an average of $22 of the cost of that coat is something called an embedded tax, a tax collected at each stage of the manufacturing process. These imbedded taxes are then passed on to you, the consumer, on top of the manufacturing costs.Learn more »
From the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed America’s first minimum wage law in 1938 (25 cents per hour, or $11 a week), conservatives have fought increases every time and everywhere they’ve been proposed.
It would cost millions of jobs, industrialists and business interests argue every time anyone tries to boost the minimum. Meanwhile, executive salaries have skyrocketed, leaving many millions of workers far behind in a phenomenon now called “income inequality.”Learn more »
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 email@example.com.Learn more »