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Carolynn Peterson: A search begins

June 27, 2017 — In March 2014, my 36-year nursing career led me to Nevada County and Hospice of the Foothills. I was initially a consultant and then hired as a contract employee to fill the role of interim director of Patient Care Services. By September, I was asked […]

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Richard Christdahl: Ford and other Un-American American companies

June 27, 2017 — Ford has decided to build a $1 billion Ford Focus plant in China; moving the plant from Wayne, Michigan to save money, using China's cheap, no-benefit, labor force. That's $1 billion taken away from our economy plus all the billions of dollars in labor, and […]

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Robert Packard: An easy decision

June 26, 2017 — The following opinion piece is in response to Terry McLaughlin's column, which ran on June 7, claiming "Single payer health care could bankrupt California." If everything in Ms. McLaughlin's description of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, were as she describes, only a fool would […]

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Roger Lewis: State single payer system makes financial sense

June 25, 2017 — The following is in response to Terry McLaughlin claiming "Single Payer Health Care Could Bankrupt California:" Numbers are deceiving. I'd first like to put to rest, once and for all, the issue of SB 562 (single payer healthcare in California) costing us $400 billion; and […]

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George Boardman: Rope-a-dope, moving the needle, and off-the-cuff grandstanding

June 25, 2017 — Sports fans of a certain vintage can recall Muhammad Ali's "rope-a-dope" strategy against George Foreman during the famous Rumble in the Jungle, where Ali let Foreman wear himself out with ineffective punches before Ali delivered the knockout blow. I was reminded of the strategy when […]

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Manny Montes: We cannot allow our courts to be bastardized

June 23, 2017 — During Neil Gorsuch's senate confirmation hearings, Senator Dianne Feinstein intoned, "I firmly believe that our American Constitution is a living document, intended to evolve as our country evolves." I would love to be present when Feinstein is about to sign the document for her house […]

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Jessica Boucher: Looks a lot like a rose garden

June 23, 2017 — They say, "To the victor goes the spoils," but I say, "To the hard workers go the spoils of life." For the last two weekends, my husband, my son and I have been moving bricks, which weigh 50 pounds apiece, for a short retaining wall. […]

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Bruce Herring: Centennial Reservoir not better than six miles of river

June 23, 2017 — I write in response to recent opinion pieces by NID Division II Director John Drew. In the "Truth about Centennial Reservoir," Drew opens with a brief overview of the geologic and glacial forces shaping the present day Yuba and Bear River watersheds. He concludes this […]

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Adela Wilcox: Grooviness expected at KVMR’s Summer of Love festival in Nevada City

June 22, 2017 — The year 1967 was such a pivotal year. The Vietnam War was heating up as protestors hit the streets around the county. Race riots exploded in more than 100 U.S. cities. The six-day war in the Middle East broke out. It was a violent time. […]

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Terry McLaughlin: When leaders demonize each other

June 21, 2017 — "A plague on both your houses!" cursed Mercutio in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and the phrase has since been used to criticize warring factions whose rivalry brings ruin to others — as well as to themselves. Such is the raging battle in this country between […]

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Natasha Muslih: ‘Merci’ for the hospitality

June 20, 2017 — My daughter was one of 18 students from Paris who recently traveled to Nevada City on a cultural visit. These kids traded boulevards for mountains, French for English, and their kin for host families who went above and beyond to make them feel right at […]

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Kathryn Davis: Ask, ‘Is there a gun in your home?’

June 20, 2017 — The issue of gun ownership is one of the most polarized issues in America. But no one wants to be at the hospital bed or at the funeral of a child victim of an accidental shooting. Parents asking if there is a gun in the […]

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Dave Glubetich: It’s all about Donald Trump

June 19, 2017 — America is in turmoil. And it's all centered around Donald Trump. For reasons both imagined and true, America's left is having a hissy fit. They don't like Donald Trump, what he stands for and what he is trying to accomplish. From the moment he was […]

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William Larsen: The need for cause-and-effect logic

June 18, 2017 — I loved how The Union's publisher Don Rogers shifted to religion in one column, then tackled "root causes" in the next. Whoosh, enough of politics already, right? Sure, you bet. Don notes that religion relates to free will, and how the main quest of religion […]

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Ricki Heck: On NID’s property acquisitions

June 16, 2017 — I am deeply troubled by NID's continued real property acquisitions for the Centennial Dam project. NID is using tax-payer money before it has a permitted project, before any financial analysis, before the completion of the science, cultural and environmental studies and before any permits are […]

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Chuck Frank: Why the State of Jefferson is ready to split with California

June 16, 2017 — "A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County, California … compliments of the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)." But where's the Trump card? […]

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Mindy Oberne: The real deal on SB 562, the single-payer legislation

June 16, 2017 — Why can't the media report the real news on SB 562? When the report came out of the Senate Appropriations Committee that SB 562 would cost $400 billion dollars to cover everyone with no way to fund it, mainstream media was quick to report the […]

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Charles Durrett: An opportunity for solution to homelessness in Nevada County

June 15, 2017 — There's an old saying that says that any man who sits back at the scene of a crime, or an obvious and blatant injustice and does nothing to prevent the travesty, but could have, is just as guilty as the perpetrator themselves. County government's number […]

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Roger Hicks: Informed consent and NID

June 14, 2017 — Informed consent is the process in medicine for getting permission before doing a treatment or procedure. It's a discussion that a clinician has with a patient before starting a treatment or performing surgery. It's transparency in medicine. Informed consent includes several essential elements. The conversation […]

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Robert Bee: We don’t want to be the next Venezuela

June 14, 2017 — I found myself in agreement with much of what Don Rogers wrote in the column entitled, "Start at the core" — with one major exception. His description of the causes and cures for our dysfunctional "political discourse" was badly oversimplified and grossly unrealistic. Americans today […]

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