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Terry Lamphier: Rethinking ‘affordable housing’

August 23, 2017 — It's easy to be a critic of housing development proposals because most are stuck in 20th century thinking that offer unsatisfactory approaches to modern needs, but the underlying problem — creating housing for our ever-growing population — is real enough. If one were to cast […]

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Gary Smith: Respect our veterans

August 23, 2017 — The "Yes California" group (formerly Cal Exit) has permission to start gathering signatures for an initiative to amend the California Constitution to separate California from the United States and become their own country. My second great grandfather was a Civil War veteran and fought at […]

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Sandy Saccomanno: On North Korea, take the high road

August 23, 2017 — Recently, President Trump threatened to " … unleash fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen" on North Korea. Thankfully, he did not end his little temper tantrum with "God Bless America," because I have a hunch God would want us […]

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Sara Christiansen: Planned Highway 174 ‘safety project’ a design for reckless driving

August 22, 2017 — Caltrans is proposing to widen and straighten a 1.9-mile length of Highway 174 in Nevada County, at a cost of almost $28.5 million, in order to create a safer highway. The Caltrans project, according to its own report, will require over 14 acres of private […]

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Paul August: Will this magical North San Juan center live or die?

August 21, 2017 — The North San Juan Community Center needs board members and volunteers or it will "cease to exist," according to a local flyer. The Center is losing the people power needed to continue operations. The North San Juan location consists of 2.4 acres of Sierra land […]

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Diana Suarez: We need a sensible approach to water management

August 20, 2017 — Is the NID board abdicating its responsibility for sound and sensible water management? The question before the board on Aug. 9 was whether to authorize their general manager to spend your money on the preparation of an application for a billion-dollar dam proposal without looking […]

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Robin Milam: Best part of the fair? Community spirit

August 20, 2017 — The Union's recent poll about favorite things at the Nevada County Fair misses the most important aspect of this past week. The Nevada County Fair is all about community — from people of all ages who share their passions in photography, painting, crafts, plants, baking, […]

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Michelle Cosley: Celebrating National Health Center Week with support

August 18, 2017 — Community health centers like Sierra Family Medical Center serve 25 million Americans nationwide in medically underserved areas. Over the last 50 years, health centers have saved countless lives, reducing and preventing chronic disease. Right now a crisis looms with the scheduled expiration of a fund […]

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Jean Creasey: The Kellermann Foundation’s Batwa Challenge returns to Nevada City

August 17, 2017 — Summer is winding down and many of us are left asking, "Where did the time go?" Time always seems to pass too quickly and we constantly wish for more; just a few additional hours to accomplish yet another task. I have learned from working through […]

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Terry McAteer: Rejecting endorsement of hatred, bigotry

August 16, 2017 — I have been a lifelong Republican. I have been elected six times (four times in Nevada County and twice in Inyo County) as County Superintendent of Schools. I worked hard for the Reagan and Bush campaigns (even being invited to the inauguration for my assistance). […]

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Erika Kosina: Uniting our local tech community — why we need to do it right now

August 15, 2017 — A total of 150 tech companies can't be wrong — there is a small but steadfast community of tech companies in Nevada County. You didn't realize there were 150 tech companies here? That's what the Nevada County Tech Connection is trying to fix. Raising awareness […]

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Ron Seeger: Rattlesnake season: look before you leap

August 15, 2017 — My neighbor, Heidi, warned me and my cat last week about a rattlesnake she had just encountered. It was near a storage shed less than 100 feet up a hill from our dwellings. I grabbed a scrub brush with a 4-foot handle and went to […]

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Greg Zaller: Important news about affordable housing

August 14, 2017 — Last month, the Nevada County Planning Commission made an important decision that could have statewide implications for affordable housing. ABC Channel 10 evening news was there to report on it. The planning commission's business that day was to approve a re-writing of the zoning ordinance […]

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Gregory Diaz: Sign up for the voter education workshops

August 13, 2017 — Three workshops to educate Nevada County voters on critical aspects of next year's new voting processes under California's Voter Choice Act take place on Aug. 29, however signups must be received by Aug. 18. Signups can be made with the Nevada County Elections Office by […]

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Ivan Natividad: Cherish them while they’re young, and old

August 11, 2017 — The most terrifying thing in the world is baby poo … wet baby poo. When it seeps out of the diaper and soaks onto that onesie, without knowing, you go to pick up the little person and it gets all over your forearm. And then, […]

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Charley Hooper: Caltrans hardly ‘wise and frugal’ Hwy. 174 project

August 11, 2017 — In his first Inaugural Address in 1801, Thomas Jefferson laid out the basic characteristics of "a wise and frugal government." Caltrans wants to embark on an extensive project to widen and realign a 1.9-mile stretch of scenic rural Highway 174, from You Bet Road to […]

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Itara O’Connell: The politics of voting

August 10, 2017 — In response to Norm Sauer's July 19 column, "Are California voters being disenfranchised?" — I'm not so sure that your premise, "everyone agrees that protecting our citizens' right to vote (and choose their leaders) is most important," is supported by the facts. It's important to […]

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Caryn Marshall Wilder: Trump not making it great for all Americans

August 9, 2017 — Several months ago I wrote to The Union in response to letters from some conservative voices in our community. Each of these letters proclaimed vociferously that Donald Trump was going to turn this country around and make it great again for all Americans. I implored […]

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Alison Sweetser: More women needed in government

August 9, 2017 — According to the Center for American Progress, women are almost 51 percent of the population, yet they hold a little more than 19 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives and 21 percent of the seats in the Senate. Women in state legislatures […]

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Jerry Martin: A powerful universal teaching tool

August 8, 2017 — In many places in the world Sudoku is popular, but not here. I guess that only 10 percent of Californians comprehend Sudoku enough to finish a beginner's puzzle. I hope to persuade educators to recognize the powers of this very affordable and potentially popular training […]

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