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George Rebane: A sea change at Music in the Mountains

March 22, 2017 — Earlier this month, Jo Ann and I attended an all-Beethoven concert at the Amaral Center. It was the launch concert of a new series put on by Music in the Mountains that featured the Sacramento Philharmonic and violin virtuoso Chee-Yun Kim. Those who arrived early […]

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Lynn Wenzel: The budget of death

March 21, 2017 — And Jesus said unto them: "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." This administration has submitted a budget. Those who call themselves Christians, and most of them do, should […]

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Todd Juvinall: Liberals experiencing Trump derangement syndrome?

March 20, 2017 — Reading the Hilary Hodge column on Feb. 28 finally put me over the top. What I have observed for many years is the leftist/extremists of America are missing reality. Things like a true American culture, personal responsibility and a willingness to get along with others […]

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Fran Freedle: Outraged with The Union

March 19, 2017 — I was really outraged when I looked at the March 11 edition of The Union. It was outrageous to feature The Union's favorite subject, pot, on the front page above the fold. Emulating such a product exacerbates informing the public about the harms this drug […]

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Cheryl Cook: What lies beneath the borscht?

March 17, 2017 — Billionaires have the means, money and power to soar silently above the laws and regulations by which ordinary folks live. Their showy stunt work and brilliant financial maneuvers are often clouded within the complexity of tax returns, hidden assets and money laundering, and nefarious deals […]

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Sen. Ted Gaines: ‘Sanctuary state’ bad idea for California

March 17, 2017 — In its continued quest to lead the nation in irresponsible governance, the California State Senate is moving forward with Senate Bill (SB) 54. The bill completely dismisses the millions of citizens who follow the law and want safe communities for their families and businesses. It's […]

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Charlie Brock: Help keep low-cost legal services available

March 16, 2017 — We, the people of Nevada County, have so much to be grateful for and proud of. Through volunteerism and generous contributions, individuals and businesses support Nevada County in ways that define us as a concerned and caring community, willing to do what it takes to […]

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Norton Lehner: Nevada County supervisors, sheriff should be lauded for efforts on marijuana

March 14, 2017 — Charles Benner is correct when he asserts that 2016 was a good year for pot growers in Nevada County (Other Voices, Feb. 8). The marijuana industry bought and paid for the defeat of Measure W and the passing of Prop. 64. Mr. Benner mentioned the […]

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Mark Prestwich: Join conversation on Nevada City Sphere of Influence

March 14, 2017 — The Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) recently held a workshop to consider a proposal to substantially reduce Nevada City's Sphere of influence from 2,907 to 1,482 acres. In contrast to the LAFCo staff's proposal, Nevada City's City Council has unanimously recommended the existing […]

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Scott McFarland: Communication, preventive care critical to your health – and future

March 13, 2017 — Health care is the cornerstone of a community. Regardless of age — from still-developing babies to centenarians — health is the foundation for the future. Western Sierra Medical Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive health care to the communities that we serve. It's not always […]

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Sharon Delgado: Another dam not the answer to climate change

March 12, 2017 — The excessive rainfall that we have experienced recently is something that we can expect with climate change. As average global temperatures rise, weather patterns are thrown off balance. We can't know whether a particular extreme weather event is caused by such warming, but we do […]

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Rich Howell: Failures of education

March 10, 2017 — As a retired educator, nothing fires me up faster than opinion pieces like that offered by Norm Sauer. Unwittingly, Mr. Sauer makes a different case for the failures of education than he intends. Had we, as educators, done better when Mr. Sauer was in school, […]

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Jeff Kane: Dude, where’s my democracy?

March 9, 2017 — Rep. Doug LaMalfa wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. I agree with much of his position. His principal criticism is that insurance under the ACA is already too expensive and even rising. Indeed, the Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Bill Alexander: Party or country?

March 9, 2017 — Having read Gary Hammer's Feb. 27 Other Voices piece, I can sympathize with some of his sentiments. The "middle ground" you lament for is easily said but much harder to define. I've read that in today's political climate, Ronald Reagan wouldn't stand a chance, that […]

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Gary Hammer: Lions, tigers and bears, oh my!

March 9, 2017 — It was clear that no matter who was elected president of the U.S., half the people in the country would be unhappy. Like many, I was surprised when Donald Trump won the election. He was not high on my list of Republican candidates that I […]

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Nancy Eubanks: What happened to truth, justice and the American way?

March 8, 2017 — When I was a child, I loved the Superman stories. I loved the idea that Superman fought for "truth, justice, and the American way." I felt lucky to be born in the United States. With the rise of Trumpism (with the support of the Republican […]

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Caryn Marshall Wilder: ‘All’ Americans? Really?

March 7, 2017 — I was born into a family of staunch Yankee Republicans. When I was a toddler, I remember staring every day at a portrait that hung on our living room wall. "Who's that man?"I asked. "Oh, that's Uncle Ike!" my grandma happily told me. "Why doesn't […]

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Manny Montes: Progressives stoking the flames

March 7, 2017 — The nonviolent civil war between irreconcilable ideologies, Collectivism vs. Individualism, Big Government vs. Limited Government, Democratic Socialism vs. Capitalism is no more. Protest rallies have morphed into violent, bodily assaulting, property destructive riots; no doubt, more to come. The progressive's histrionic jolt at Hillary's loss […]

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Pauli Halstead: An open letter to Nevada County Supervisor Heidi Hall

March 7, 2017 — Due to the recent storms, and especially Monday with the snow, we are again faced with the situation of not having a cold weather shelter building available due to Nevada City's having booked Seaman's Lodge for an event (meeting). Seaman's Lodge and the Veterans Hall […]

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Lang Waters: An ‘F’ in education

March 6, 2017 — Thomas Jefferson said, "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves, therefore, are its only safe depositories. And to render even them safe, their minds must be improved to a certain degree." Jefferson believed so strongly in the […]

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