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Lang Waters: No mandate to govern

January 19, 2017 — The Union, and publications throughout the nation, have been full of articles both about how unhappy progressives are about the election as well as explanations of the Electoral College. Dan Prout, in his column on Jan. 5, did a good job explaining the Electoral College […]

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Thomas Elias: Appeal hearing bears high stakes for Brown, consumers

January 16, 2017 — Gov. Jerry Brown is not listed as a defendant in a federal appeals hearing set for Feb. 9 in a Pasadena courtroom of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. But he might as well be. For his conduct during an apparent “fix-was-in” rush to judgment […]

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Michael Maudlin: Together, the only way to win

January 15, 2017 — On Election Day we flew coast to coast Enjoying the view we offered a toast That all the rancor and fuss would soon be done Little did we know what had just begun. We went early to bed with hardly a care And woke up […]

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Jim Goetsch: But who will check the facts of the fact-checkers?

January 13, 2017 — Since I was mentioned by name in a letter to the editor claiming that I did not fact check my “Other Voices” guest column, let me challenge the letter writer’s “facts,” which supposedly prove that I did not check my facts. Mr. Meinzer claims that […]

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Terry Lamphier: What is truth?

January 13, 2017 — In this day and age when facts are regularly disputed or ignored, when news stories are suspect or faked, when our political leaders push ideology over justice, fairness and equitable representation of all Americans, when our U.S. Supreme Court — the supreme law of our […]

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Susan Reynolds: Share your opinion on Nevada City cannabis dispensary ordinance

January 13, 2017 — The Nevada City Planning Commission has now re-opened a third short period of time to allow our written public comments to be accepted regarding a marijuana dispensary inside Nevada City limits. The new deadline is Monday, Jan. 16. In order for your opinions to be […]

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David Moyer: Looking at all avenues?

January 12, 2017 — Looking at all avenues? So spoke an FBI official while discussing the Jan. 6 tragedy in Ft. Lauderdale in which five were killed and eight wounded. What did he mean? We learn that in November 2016, the shooter voluntarily approaches the FBI in Anchorage and […]

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Richard Cristdahl: Another inconvenient truth

January 10, 2017 — Start the new year right by stopping “electronic cocaine” and “digital heroin.” Smartphones, iPads, and Xboxes are known as digital drugs. Brain imaging shows that these devices affect the brain’s frontal cortex, which controls executive functioning, including impulse control the same way cocaine effects the […]

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Jerry Martin: Trump vs. Sudoku

January 8, 2017 — Most competitions are between two people (boxing, singles tennis, chess) or two teams (football, baseball, hockey). Sudoku is different; it’s a competition between a human and a puzzle. Sudoku is that perplexing group of numbers in little square boxes that is found daily in many […]

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Mike Smith: The fox appointed by Trump to modify the hen house

January 6, 2017 — We have all been watching — with horror — the appointments by President-elect Trump: An education secretary who never attended public school and does not like them, an EPA head that does not believe in climate change, a labor secretary from the low-wage fast-food industry. […]

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Milan Vodicka: Homeowners insurance? What insurance?

January 6, 2017 — My fellow Nevada County citizens, this is about what the current homeowners insurance is and what it should be. The current “insurance” most certainly is not what it should be. Consider this: 75 percent of Nevada County home properties are proclaimed to be in “high […]

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Bonnie Magnetti: Proud to host Wreaths Across America ceremony

January 5, 2017 — Approximately 100 people attended the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Grass Valley on Dec. 17. The event, sponsored by the Capt. John Oldham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, with participation from the American Legion, was the first ceremony […]

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Dan Prout: A quick study of the Electoral College

January 5, 2017 — Why do we have the Electoral College? Media is currently carrying stories regarding outrage by some segments of the citizenry that Hillary Clinton received the greatest number of votes nationwide but lost the 2016 election due to the Electoral College system. That Clinton garnered 64.6 […]

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Terry McLaughlin: Maybe Clinton’s defeat was due to Democratic Party policy

January 4, 2017 — Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff and supporters appear to be having a difficult time accepting that the candidate and her policies may have ultimately been responsible for her loss in the recent presidential election. While trying to lay the blame on sexism, angry white […]

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Rob Chrisman: Answers to columnist’s own questions appear to be of ‘Statist’ sort

January 4, 2017 — With regard to columnist Darrell Berkheimer’s questions (Dec. 9) about being liberal or conservative with respect to a whole set of political propositions, let’s just say that Darrell, like so many people, winds up endorsing a set of ideas that have no common underlying theme. […]

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Cheryl Cook: No victory for the American people with Trump and the Tea Party

January 3, 2017 — In 1944, Vice President Henry Wallace had the foresight to warn us about a possible cult of super-patriots who would be the mouthpieces for billionaires with vested interests. The final objective would be to capture the government in order to use both the power of […]

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Jorgensen: Keep Grass Valley great

January 2, 2017 — We don’t need the proposed Dorsey Marketplace. We already have a million square feet of commercial shopping nearby with 9 percent vacancies. Why haven’t Grass Valley leaders worked with existing stakeholders to upgrade blighted existing commercial centers that have served us for decades? As proposed, […]

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Hillary Hodge: Reasonable resolutions a good way to improve life

January 2, 2017 — I love New Year’s resolutions. It’s fun to learn something new or work toward a larger goal. For me, resolutions are a way of setting a benchmark for something bigger. I have a pretty good track record with goal-setting at the New Year. I always […]

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Michele Spencer: Going forward, we need all the help we can get

January 1, 2017 — Democrats are not sore losers. We are legitimately upset and perplexed. I am not alone in having a difficult time understanding why anyone would vote for Trump or how Hillary lost when she had nearly 3 million more votes than Donald in this presidential election. […]

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George Boardman: California prepares to man the barricades against Trump’s hordes

January 1, 2017 — The California Legislature reconvenes this week, but thanks to Donald Trump, it is more likely to resemble a war council in the coming months than the deliberative body of the most populous state in the nation. This war posture is triggered by fears that Trump’s […]

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