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Charisse Lolli: Three more Dollar General Stores in Nevada County? Seriously?

February 19, 2017 — There has been a lot of opposition regarding the proposed development of three more Dollar General Stores in our community. But there seems to be some confusion about why there is opposition. Simply put … It’s too big! The 9,100-square-foot building, according to the Draft […]

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Alan Greenbaum: From democracy to a dictatorship: a quick trip

February 17, 2017 — In my life as a Jew, I have reflected over the years on what it must have been like to be living in Germany during World War II — both from a Jewish perspective and from a German perspective. The Jewish perspective is easier for […]

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Rachel Helm: That is not who we are

February 17, 2017 — Like many of my fellow Nevada County citizens, I watched the Super Bowl. Regardless of whether you’re a Patriots or a Falcons fan, it was a terrific game. I was a little concerned that Lady Gaga would go partisan, but she chose to take the […]

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Doug Crice: Give Trump a chance

February 17, 2017 — I was shocked and delighted by the surprise victory by Donald Trump in the presidential election. Like most of my conservative friends, I would have been accepting if the voting had gone the other way, but it seems to have driven the opposition insane. Hollywood, […]

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Cynthia Hren: We are not a democracy

February 16, 2017 — Presidential candidates, elected officials and most writers to this newspaper have all incorrectly referred to our nation as a democracy. If you recall in our pledge of allegiance to the flag “… and to the Republic for which it stands …” clearly refers to the […]

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Tom Achter: Are you up to the challenge?

February 15, 2017 — Have you ever seen a newspaper article that outlined a study and a report done by our Nevada County Grand Jury? Have you wondered about what this “thing called Grand Jury” is all about? Indictment proceedings behind closed doors and the power to subpoena citizens […]

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Jonathan Collier: Safety benefits of a dispensary

February 14, 2017 — Nevada City overwhelmingly supports cannabis, or so it seems. Last year Nevada City residents voted 74.76 percent against Measure W and 64.69 percent in favor of Prop 64. And the unfolding of new state regulations is likely to provide more good reasons to proceed forward […]

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Mike Blanton: Accept refugees, but carefully

February 10, 2017 — Recently, a number of people have gone into a high-speed warble over the new presidential order to more carefully review entry into this country by people from seven selected countries that may pose risks to the U.S. I agree that this is being done due […]

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Sarah Wilson-Daley: Working together to avoid unwanted pregnancies

February 10, 2017 — I am reaching out to both pro-choice and pro-life people to end abortion. We can only do it if we work together by finding common ground and pragmatic solutions. First of all, we can only end abortion if men and women work together and believe […]

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Denes McIntosh: Now is a good time to clear out the clutter

February 10, 2017 — With the escalating socio/political unease in the taking up of sides (as opposed to the more constructive effort of reason and compromise), the continuing struggle for us all to get along seems that much more cluttered now by the increasing adherence to myopic self-delusion. Consequently […]

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Thomas D. Elias: Pot billboard battle aims to protect minors

February 10, 2017 — For decades, a struggle has raged across California and America to protect young people from negative aspects of drinking beer and hard liquor. Now that fight has begun to spread to newly legalized recreational marijuana, with several state legislators trying to ban pot advertising along […]

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Scott Young: Just like Orwell predicted

February 9, 2017 — In my 55 years on Earth, 27 ‘belonged’ to Democratic Presidents, 28 to Republicans. They started and ended wars, battled inflation, deflation and economic collapse, displayed grace, lied, got shot, rose up, won prizes, even changed their minds. Presidents are whales — fun to spot, […]

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Don Feil: More benefits of the wall

February 9, 2017 — Marjie Morris’s comments, “Donald’s Wall — It’s Gonna Be Huuuge,” hit the nail on the head in highlighting some of the additional benefits of The Wall. As the signature project in re-building our infrastructure, the building of The Wall will boost our economy and surprisingly, […]

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Benner: 2016 was actually a good year for pot growers

February 7, 2017 — The year 2016 was a good year for the Nevada County pot growers. Although it started off badly, with a total outdoor ban on their crop, many cannabis farmers were motivated to come out of the shadows in a show of force and solidarity. Together […]

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Thomas Elias: Manson ‘family’ parole efforts just keep coming

February 6, 2017 — They simply are not content to leave Californians alone, these once-murderous followers of racist guru Charles Manson, who has himself tried and failed 12 times to get parole. Like a plague that’s all but impossible to eradicate, the multiple members of this killing crew keep […]

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Hodge: Time to focus on American principles

February 6, 2017 — I love my country. I love America. I believe in democracy. And I’m worried for our future. In the first couple of weeks of the Donald Trump presidency we have seen an unprecedented disregard for democratic American values and lawfulness from the executive branch. There […]

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Shirl Mendonca: PG&E assessments could save you some dough

February 5, 2017 — If you are like me, you pick up your mail and then go straight to the garbage can to dump everything you don’t recognize, including the envelope stuffers, before taking the “real” mail into the house. Had I not just been reading all the comments […]

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Chuck Starnes: Fairy tale or reality?

February 5, 2017 — The column, “What death teaches” by Don Rogers on Jan. 6 was an honest, heartfelt-expression of “what we don’t know” about death or anything on the other side of “the curtain.” I suggest that The Holy Bible, largely discounted by the world, reveals the objective […]

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Sean Powers and Trisha Tillotson: Long-term transportation funding reform needed for California infrastructure

February 3, 2017 — In response to the “Let’s take another look at our roads” opinion published by The Union on Jan. 28, by The Union Editorial Board, the Nevada County Public Works Department would like to share current actions the County is taking to improve our road maintenance […]

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George Rebane: Calexit and the Great Divide

February 3, 2017 — Well, it’s now official — “multi-kulti” does not work. There are limits to cultural differences that even progressives have come to understand. It wasn’t that long ago when anyone suggesting our Great Divide is real was castigated by the Left, and accused of being everything […]

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