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Eric Tomb: About this Electoral College thing

December 4, 2016 — Well, that’s that. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series with a magnificent comeback, then Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America in a startling upset. Now we can move on to Christmas and the Oscars and the Super Bowl and […]

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Rachel Rogers: Grieve today, then onward

December 2, 2016 — The election and the long road leading up to it created a strange combination of changes within our country. By the Electoral College, Donald Trump took the title of president-elect, and since then, it’s been a crazy and weird time. We look at each other […]

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Tom Durkin: Fake news vs. satire

December 2, 2016 — The Union’s Editorial Board column on Nov. 19 on considering your source before sharing is excellent advice. I was disappointed, however, that the board failed to acknowledge the difference between satirical “fake news” and deliberate disinformation. Satire is a time-honored and essential component of a […]

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Todd Juvinall: I think I’ll gloat

December 2, 2016 — Here I sit a few weeks after the election and I am still a bit numb from the results. But numb in a good way. Nationally, my party kicked Democrats from power. Across America we made them a regional party. Republicans have a nice majority […]

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Kayla Ramirez: Standing together so history will not repeat itself

December 2, 2016 — After an arduous 28-hour drive, my cousin and I finally reached our destination, the windswept plains of Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the three-prayer camps in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and home to the Standing Rock Sioux. The next few days were cold, […]

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David Moyer: Dear President-Elect Trump

December 1, 2016 — OK, this is a bit or maybe quite a bit presumptuous, but, Mr. Trump, you did say you don’t owe anybody anything and are therefore better able to represent the interests of “We the People.” You did remove lobbyists from your transition team. So, here […]

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Jim Firth: Trump wins; now what?

November 30, 2016 — First, let me congratulate my friends and colleagues in Nevada County. Hillary Clinton won the vote (recognizing that not all votes are yet counted) by 5 percent. Jim Reed, the Democratic candidate for Congress is within 1 percent of surpassing Doug LaMalfa. Rob Rowen, the […]

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George Rebane: Living in Colonial America

November 30, 2016 — The land that you live on matters. Our Founders and their neighbors knew that, and when they lost control of their lives and livelihoods to a distant power, they separated their homelands from foreign control so that they could again determine the common course of […]

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Barbara Samardich: The win-win generation

November 29, 2016 — In the 1970s, a new philosophy of child rearing became pervasive. Briefly stated, this philosophy stated that no situation should ever be a win/lose contest. Educators and psychologists promoted the new philosophy of win/win. This soon morphed into athletic events where everyone got a trophy. […]

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Wayne Bartz: ‘Ghosts’ don’t stand up to scientific method

November 27, 2016 — I wonder if other readers of The Union are bothered by your publication’s frequent uncritical presentation of scientifically-dubious claims in articles and advertisements. The most recent example was entitled “Haunted Nevada County”, comprised of nearly two full pages of credulous pseudoscientific pronouncements promoting the existence […]

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Uli Paulin: We’re better than that

November 25, 2016 — We don’t assault women — or anyone. We’re better than that. We don’t ridicule people with disabilities. We’re better than that. We don’t threaten people we disagree with by implying they should be shot. We’re better than that. And we don’t incite a mob to […]

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Sonia Delgadillo: Citizens for Better Schools, where have you been?

November 25, 2016 — It’s has been quite interesting to read the recent columns, letters, and online comments regarding Measure B. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to put a face to some of these names, but I’m having difficulty with that. This is somewhat surprising as I’ve been […]

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William Larsen: ‘Black Lives Matter’ vs. ‘All Lives Matter’

November 24, 2016 — The vehement reaction to the very idea of “Black Lives Matter” represents a glaring flaw in the thought process of those resisting this issue of social justice. How so? Please consider this analogous situation: Several years ago the wild condor was on the endangered species […]

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Deb Rossovich: Don’t know NEO? Check it out

November 24, 2016 — The NEO Youth Center is the best hangout in Grass Valley! As a single parent, juggling multiple jobs, I find great comfort in knowing that my son, (a seventh grader at Lyman Gilmore) has a fantastic and safe place to go hang out with friends […]

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Kindra Britt: NEO provides opportunities

November 23, 2016 —

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Harry Wyeth: Where will you be on Aug. 21, 2017?

November 22, 2016 — If you look at a 2017 calendar, you might notice that there is a new moon on Aug. 21, and it is a Monday. Anything else? Yes, there is. It is the day of what is being called “The Great American Eclipse.” There will be […]

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Bill Heck: Startling lack of civility

November 21, 2016 — The divisiveness and anger of our presidential race finally touched my life here in Grass Valley. On Nov. 2, as my wife and I were finishing a pleasant meal at a local restaurant, a man who was a complete stranger leaned over her shoulder and […]

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Annie Keeling: Keep the lights on for NEO

November 21, 2016 — As a parent educator in our community, I am keenly aware of what is locally available to support our young people. The NEO Youth Center is one of these organizations. What is NEO? It’s a free drop-in center for youth ages 11-18. In our rural […]

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Joyce Hoffman: I feel like a relic, out of place

November 20, 2016 — Ah, well! It has been done. The last undeveloped property in downtown urban Grass Valley has been targeted for high density housing. The greedy developers and real estate professionals got their way. In the sterile offices of City Hall, the staff and City Council members […]

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Jinx Larive: On Mr. Trump’s election

November 18, 2016 — I just do not understand. When Obama was elected the first time, those of us on the right were disappointed but didn’t riot and attack people and property. We questioned his ability to lead the country, but accepted the results of the election. Over his […]

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