Paradise Found, Paradise Lost; is the scary feeling my husband and I have after hearing and then witnessing some of the irresponsible fiscal decisions of “the board” of Lake Wildwood.
No one likes to be negative or a trouble maker. And the quiet beauty, security, and tranquil atmosphere here in Lake Wildwood nourishes your spirit and appreciation for such a wonderful community.Learn more »
Lynn Wenzel: Thousands in scholarships available from Business & Professional Women of Nevada CountyNovember 24, 2015 —
What a difference an education can make! And yet, so many women who have managed to escape from domestic violence or who are struggling to attend school at night as single parents, or older women who have put aspirations on hold, are denied the financial help they need in order to succeed academically.
This is where Business & Professional Women of Nevada County’s (BPWNC) Dolores “Dee” Eldridge Scholarship steps in.Learn more »
In response to an op-ed by Andy Navarrette of Pacific Gas and Electric, smart meters are not an “ upgrade.”
They are less accurate than analog meters, poorly made, vastly increase utility bills for many people, are often rapidly installed by poorly trained workers who are not licensed electricians, are generally not UL (Underwriters Laboratory) certified, are often uninsurable, frequently cause fires, and function as illegal wiretapping devices. They also constantly emit non-ionizing radiation which has been undeniably proven by science and medicine to cause harm to biological life forms over time.Learn more »
In 1994 Nevada City voters passed Measure F, which prohibited homes within the city from being converted into short-term vacation rentals, defined as less than a 31-day rental period.
Passage of Measure F has helped to preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods from commercial interests for more than 20 years. With the advent of VRBO and AirBnB, a number of homes in Nevada City have in fact been turned into Internet driven, illegal, short-term vacation rentals, in direct conflict with Measure F.Learn more »
Well, I saw and read another article submitted to the paper by Izzy Martin of the Sierra Fund. The same writing was on the Sierra Fund’s Facebook page patting themselves on the back.
As usual, more false claims from the Sierra Fund. Even though Ben Allen authored bill SB637 on suction dredge mining, Martin fails to mention that the Sierra Fund provided extensive support in the writing of it.Learn more »
Reaching into the bag of nostalgia tonight, two of my sisters and I pulled out a memory of Halloween that had remained dark for the better part of four decades.
In 1978 (or ’77, or ’79, probably not ’80), the powers that were in Nevada City took liberties with what has to be a child’s second favorite holiday.Learn more »
About two months ago, a man arrived at AnimalSave with five, two-day old puppies in a cardboard box.
While walking the property he had just purchased, he heard whimpering and searched for the source. He found the five puppies (two others were dead), shivering and crying. No mama dog was anywhere to be found. He packed them up in a blanket in the box and headed for AnimalSave.Learn more »
How often do you have conversations like this?
They say: You can’t play the game without winners and losers.Learn more »
Don’t be misled by data. Remember there are lies damned lies and statistics. The United Nations recently released data that said meat eaters have a 17 percent greater risk of cancer than non-meat eaters. This is “relative risk,” the risk you have in comparison. Sounds pretty scary doesn’t it? The UN estimates that 34,000 deaths worldwide could be prevented by not eating meat.
What we have here is a needle in the haystack statistic: pulling an exciting or scary statistic from a pile of hay. Does a 17 percent increase of cancer actually matter? It doesn’t. The estimated world population is 7,376,138,860 or a bit over 7 billion. The “absolute risk” of dying from cancer brought on by eating meat is 0.0000046 percent.Learn more »
Who knew the two top issues of this presidential campaign are gender and income inequality (according to Michele Spencer, Other Voices, What has Hillary Clinton accomplished? Oct. 26)? Really?
Are the 92 million of the 148 million in the workforce who are not working worried about those issues? The labor participation rate (workers 16 years or older either employed or looking for work) is the lowest in 38 years at 62.6 percent.Learn more »
Prior to the mid-1970s, there was inexpensive rental housing in communities all over the U.S., especially in the downtown, inner-city areas, but those older structures all got knocked down when federal redevelopment money flooded the country.
No longer was affordable housing an option as gentrification, luxury condos, and “community betterment” became the norm.Learn more »
Have you noticed all the advertising for pills and other drugs that are on the television channels day and night?
Of course you have. They seem to be on the TV constantly.Learn more »
If you read The Union’s Nov. 9 article “Airbnbs: Nevada City groups face off over local short-term rentals,” or have been asked to sign a petition circulated by a group calling their initiative the Residents Protection Initiative, you may still be confused about who’s who, and the differences between the initiatives.
Though it would seem that these groups have a common goal at heart — legalizing Airbnb-type units in Nevada City — that isn’t the prevailing sentiment.Learn more »
Progressive intellectuals and pundits recognize the need for a dependent constituency as the basis for their power.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul becomes easy when the community of Pauls outnumber the community of Peters.Learn more »
Regarding publisher Jim Hemig’s editorial “Homeless Lives Matter,” I’m thankful for The Union’s desire to keep the local homeless issue on a front burner following Dr. Marbut’s presentation at Center for the Arts.
I’m also hoping this community continues to brainstorm the issues of homelessness, investigating methods which claim success and asking elected leaders to take an active part in identifying and funding solutions. I think this naturally should lead to a discussion of “Housing First.”Learn more »
On an August Friday morning at 7:51 a.m., my phone buzzed on the nightstand.
A text message from my daughter, who had just left for work, read: “The neighbor’s cat got hit by a car. It’s dead on the sidewalk in front of the apartment building.”Learn more »
When describing a violin, there are many words, adjectives, nouns, and other phrases that come to mind; vigorous, sharp, pronounced, spacious, and dynamic, among others. And there are just as many words to describe the music, as well as the violinists themselves — agile, athletic, bold, and even outgoing.
The legendary violinist Joshua Bell can easily encompass all of these words, plus a whole lot more. Bell, who performed for a packed house Oct. 18 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, was warmly welcomed and lauded by everyone who attended.Learn more »
I am madder than hell and I don’t know what to do about it, as no one seems to care!
I am 91 years old, lived through the big depression, flew in three wars, owned and ran three real estate offices, built a shopping center and, at one time thought I knew how things worked.Learn more »
Recently The Union ran its weekly “Our View” criticizing the fact that the Halloween Parade did not happen in Nevada City this year.
The piece then went on as to the need for tourism.Learn more »
What if I approached you and said, “I’m going to invite all the leaders and any representatives of the religions and spiritual traditions of the world to meet with me at one time at one place?”
Not only that, but “these religious leaders and people would not spend one minute talking about how special or holy or better their religion was with each other.” And also, “not one person would proselytize or bring up any dogma issues.”Learn more »
The shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, has brought guns and gun control back to the forefront.
Ben Carson, Republican candidate for president, said “America will never suffer under tyranny because the people are armed.”Learn more »
I have seen many things recently about the Oregon college shooting and have heard people say we need to “do away with the guns.” We all have our own opinions on the subject of college shootings and firearms, so instead of trying to provide facts and statistics to carry out a debate, I would like to find a solution for a safer campus.
Personally, I find that it is neither an issue of having more laws or controls, nor is it an issue of enforcing them. My reasoning being, if someone wants to cause damage or harm they are going to find a way to do it regardless of any laws or controls.Learn more »
As we sit here a year out from the massive defeat of Measure S in Nevada County, we have heard the same folks telling anyone who will listen that full legalization of commercial pot is inevitable.
The reality of the lessons learned in the last year is that all indicators say it is anything but inevitable.Learn more »
“How can I help?” I blurted out excitedly to Halli and Lynn, even before I knew their names or their impressive history.
What inspired me to step up to the NEO booth one summer evening last year was the nonprofit’s audacious dream to create a youth center for western Nevada County.Learn more »
Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed law to expand privacy protections from operators flying drones over private property.
The bill, AB 856, authored by Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, revises the civil code definition of a “physical invasion of privacy” to include capturing photos or videos with a drone by flying over someone’s land or property.Learn more »
The Megan Ross piece on Common Core (The Union, Oct. 10) struck a nerve. Her defense of Common Core methodology demands that parents have patience, that we “won’t know the real success or failures for a few years.”
All I hear is alarm bells.Learn more »
Just over 10 years ago there was no emergency shelter in Nevada County. If you encountered a homeless person on the street, through your work or in your church, there was no safe place you could refer them.
Our family shelter has always been full with a wait list, so you might have even encountered a family.Learn more »
“Home is where the heart is.” I believe this is a true statement, though it could also say “Family and friends are where the heart is.”
Having had the experience of being homeless myself, I can say with sincerity that lack of a warm, dry place to sleep and the absence of meaningful human contact made my everyday existence so miserable that I had no hope of recovery, and no will to change.Learn more »