When a wicked woman’s broom has swept the light of 840 moons, she evolves into the Septuagenarian phase of her life bringing deeper wisdom, freedom, and personal power.
Family may call her Nana, Grammy, or Nonna but they are only euphemisms. She is hag. She is crone.Learn more »
Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “Never, never, never give up.” I agree. Persistent and tenacious are qualities in which I take great pride.
From the time I was a young child, I have worked very hard to accomplish things that were important to me. I began working at age 12 because coming from a low-income, single-parent household, I understood it was my responsibility to pay for extra things I wanted and to contribute to our household.Learn more »
“… There is no room for politics at the county office of education” — Bob Altieri.
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“Yes on S” people refer to “patients” in their literature — as if they are concerned only with some vast community of sufferers oppressed by heartless status quo setbacks that hinder access to a magic potion for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s. Almost makes you forget who the more likely beneficiaries of this measure are — pot entrepreneurs who cultivate “scripts” as well as cannabis, create public safety issues, and show up in town with their untaxed flash wads every harvest season.
“Patients” is meant to give this measure a moral glow. Other Yes on S arguments don’t bother. Take, for instance, the claim in a recent paid insert in The Union attacking marijuana “myths” that, far from being a “gateway drug,” pot might actually be beneficial for young people since it decreases their use of tobacco and alcohol. This would be news to the American Medical Association, whose last annual report not only supports the gateway thesis — “early cannabis use is related to later substance use disorders” — but goes even further: “Heavy cannabis use in adolescence causes persistent impairments in neurocognitive performance and IQ and use is associated with increased rates of anxiety, mood and psychotic thought disorder.”Learn more »
Nevada County is not only blessed with a beautiful environment, recreational opportunities, and a well-educated population; we also keep much of our wealth here in the county.
The technology, farming, winery industries based in Nevada County export their products far and wide.Learn more »
The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (AB1471), the Water Bond, is on the ballot this November for voter approval. Proponents want us to believe that it will “save” water by building dams and reservoirs. It won’t. It is designed to remove dams, not create them. It supports wetlands restoration, not water storage.
In the beginning, this bill called for the removal of four Klamath River dams. The language has been changed to make its intent less obvious, and the intent stands.Learn more »
Opponents of Prop. 47 are using scare tactics to discourage voters from voting “yes” on this sensible criminal law reform. They say Prop. 47 will open the doors to early release of violent felons. This argument is incredibly misleading.
The only people who would be released are those serving sentences for personal use drug possession or for thefts of less than $950. No one serving time for any other crime will be released under Prop. 47. An inmate seeking early release would also need to apply for it, and a judge could block release if it would pose an unreasonable risk of danger to public safety. Prop. 47 would not apply to anyone with a record of certain violent crimes or sex crimes or who is required to register as a sex offender.Learn more »
What a great year!
The staff at The Union has really enjoyed celebrating the newspaper’s 150 years of bringing news, information and entertainment to western Nevada County.Learn more »
A month ago, The Union hosted a 150th anniversary open house party. Almost 500 people helped celebrate this momentous occasion.
We had some wonderful food, music and tours. We celebrated the great historical stories and photos we’ve been running all year. And we had some great community camaraderie.Learn more »
Sunday, Oct. 26 is Mother-In-Law Day. Mothers-in-law are a favorite butt of jokes for stand-up comedians. Rumble seats in the old coupes and roadsters were called mother-in-law seats because those who rode in them were out of the passenger compartment, and presumably out of the driver’s hair. If you Google “mother-in-law jokes” you will have page after page of sites listed.
A few of the less offensive ones are listed below:Learn more »
According to Amnesty International, 2.3 million homeless people live in the United States.
The average homeless person lives to less than 50 years old. A rather unfortunate testimony to how we treat our fellow citizens, much less the large percentage of them who have previously gone off to fight our foreign wars.Learn more »
Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. It’s a human enterovirus spread by nasal and oral secretions and by contact with contaminated feces.
The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies as it goes through the digestive system. In 99 percent of cases, polio is a mild illness with flu-like symptoms and no long-term effects.Learn more »
Mr. George Horrigan, in his column, “Your vote counts, but only if you vote” on Oct. 9, urged a look at adopting exclusive vote-by-mail elections instead of our current mixed system of mail ballots and polling place ballots. Although eliminating polling places might have some cost-benefits, there would be other consequences that might not be as desirable.
Political campaigns like to “lock up” votes in advance of election day, which they can accomplish by encouraging early voting by mail before all the facts are known. Once the voter has received a mail ballot, the temptation is to vote it and mail it in, thereby completing one’s civic duty. But the earlier the voter casts a ballot, the less well-informed his or her votes are likely to be. And there is also the possibility of last-minute revelations that might otherwise sway voters but will have little effect if the ballots are already cast.Learn more »
I don’t believe in “the Devil” that fervid pastors tell,
Nor pitchforks, horns, nor burnings pits of Hell.Learn more »
Nevada County has a housing crisis. Many people, not just our chronically homeless, are finding themselves without shelter. There are not enough affordable rentals. Individuals and families are having to share anything that is available. A single paycheck is no longer adequate to pay rent and then cover remaining living expenses and food. As a result more Nevada County residents are becoming homeless.
On Nov. 10, Sierra Roots, a 501c3, based in Nevada City, is hosting a presentation on the micro-house village model, Opportunity Village, which has already gained success in Eugene, Ore. Andrew Heben, author of “Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages,” will be the speaker for the evening. He will discuss the kind of collaboration that has emerged simply by making a space available for local community resources.Learn more »
A friend of mine passed away recently whose name will be recognized by regular readers of this page. Peter Pohorsky, 93, died peacefully at his assisted living community in Grass Valley.
I decided to write because I don’t believe many knew of his passing, or of his life.Learn more »
You asked for nothing, yet gave so much. Never would you discriminate against others or make insincere political statements, nor would you incite war and exhibit greed.
You would not sideline those who have different beliefs or who are physically challenged. You gave nothing, but love, gratitude and patience.Learn more »
The Nevada County Elections Office is very busy preparing for the upcoming Nov. 4, 2014 Consolidated General Election.
There will be dozens of voter decisions including federal, state, judicial, and local contests. Some of these contests include Justices, local candidates, six statewide propositions, one countywide measure, and two district measures. These state and local elections are the most important elections for communities to have their voices heard and implement change on a local level. With so many choices on the ballot, this means the official ballot will consist of two cards, front and back.Learn more »
As I stood in the middle of a 1-acre lot and looked around at all the trees providing privacy between the neighbors, I thought to myself, I could sure grow a lot of pot here.
Or I could hold many great outdoor weddings or events. Or maybe even build and sell a bunch of furniture.Learn more »
The recent 1st Congressional District candidates’ forum in Redding, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, was well attended and useful in getting to know Democratic challenger, Heidi Hall, and Republican incumbent, Doug LaMalfa.
No question, at least from my perspective, Heidi Hall came away as the strongest candidate in the room.Learn more »
The Union published a front-page article giving Greg Zaller a soapbox on which to expound his views on Measure S. With all due respect to Mr. Zaller, who has done a great deal of good for people who suffer from addiction, his position on Measure S and medical marijuana is far from enlightened and compassionate.
Zaller claims most marijuana grown in compliance with the law ends up on the black market, and asserts that Measure S “just clears the way for growing more marijuana legally.” I’m not sure where he got that information or what qualifies him to make such statements. Unlike Zaller, I speak from my own experience. I am interested in medical marijuana and the Measure S debate because it affects me personally.Learn more »
Let’s revisit the discussion that started the process to obtain some structure to medical marijuana growing.
At the very start, we acknowledged that Prop. 215 was the law of the land. We have lately been hearing that the sheriff and I made up the abusive growers who set up shop on Annie Drive near the Alta Sierra Elementary School.Learn more »
The Juvenile Justice Initiative, known as Prop. 21, has reeled our teenagers who are too young to understand, first-time offenders and abused children lashing out at the world. No more second chances, kids!
Prop. 21 was passed to try a juvenile as an adult for certain violent crimes and to lengthen incarceration time for gang members and gang-related crimes. Now, prosecutors make the determination of trying a young person as an adult or juvenile. First-time non-violent felons have a potential for rehabilitation, but are being sent to state prison after being tried as an adult, adding additional time to the sentence.Learn more »