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William Larsen: Finding workable solutions

April 23, 2017 — It is with true sadness that I continue reading the barrage of columns castigating one another for our conflicting views on the current administration. This intense back-and-forth vitriol further polarizes our community, and it is with some shame that I realize my part in perpetrating […]

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George Boardman: NID directors are taking on water when it comes to transparency

April 23, 2017 — You'd think people would know by now that anything they do in public can become an instant internet sensation in the virtual video world we inhabit today. United Airlines learned that lesson anew recently when it summoned airport police to drag a passenger off a […]

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Jerry Martin: ‘New’ historical Sudoku event coming to Nevada County

April 21, 2017 — Everyone who reads The Union has seen that weird puzzle, a big box with numbers and small empty boxes. The numbers seem randomly placed and refer to nothing recognizable. Somehow somebody figures out which numbers to but in which empty boxes. Not me. I hate […]

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Mark Wilson: Should we build walls or bridges?

April 21, 2017 — We are a nation of immigrants. A significant majority of us, apart from those whose ancestors lived here before the early 1600s or arrived unwillingly in the holds of ships, are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Some of us came looking for new opportunities and […]

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Fran Thomas: Have we become our own worst enemy?

April 21, 2017 — Americans seem to be fighting with everyone else about what they think the government should be funding for them or the country. One group wants money for jobs, another wants money for free health care, another wants money to build a strong national defense, and […]

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Kathleen Rogers: The Climate Agreement and the March for Science

April 21, 2017 — It's no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, today. It is the people's day. It has been the people's day since 1970, when Sen. […]

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Pauli Halstead: Nonprofits need help in helping homeless people

April 21, 2017 — I learned a new word recently, "anosognosia." Did you know that up to 40 percent of those with bipolar disorder and approximately 50 percent of those with schizophrenia do not have the neurobiological insight to realize they are ill? It is not psychological denial, it's […]

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Ray Bryars: Approval of Grass Valley mural should be revisited

April 20, 2017 — The Grass Valley Planning Commission on March 21 once again managed a surreal meeting that somehow ended up making a decision that defied all reasonable logic. Agenda item 7.4 was a "Development Review Committee recommendation on a 20 by 80 foot wall mural located on […]

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Laurence Kaufman: Stick to the real facts

April 19, 2017 — It's easy to be aware of and agree with the allegations of the lack of civility in today's world. Is it possible to achieve a breakthrough in mutual respect in this era of overheated rhetoric and alternate facts? Should we be able to discuss in […]

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Linda Erdmann: Lining pockets instead of fixing roads

April 19, 2017 — Hoover Dam was completed in five years, two years ahead of schedule. The Oakland Bay Bridge was completed in slightly over three years. The Oroville Dam took seven years despite multiple floods and a rail line wreck which delivered supplies. The Golden Gate Bridge opened […]

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Alex Klistoff: Take time to learn about ‘Medicare for all’

April 18, 2017 — Dr. Jeff Kane's recent op-ed in The Union brings up some important ideas relevant to the current health-care debate. Unfortunately, readers might interpret his thoughts through their own political filters and as a consequence may not fully grasp the implications of his key points. It […]

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Dick Tracy: It’s my turn to ‘pay it forward’

April 18, 2017 — As a retired journalist, I apologize that our 24-hour news cycle focuses mostly on bad news: Mishaps, murders and mayhem. That's why I'm happy my 30-year career focused primarily on gardening. As a local newspaper, The Union does a good job of saluting the positive […]

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Cody Curtis: Nevada City must commit to affordable housing

April 17, 2017 — For many of us who have come to contribute to the life of this place, the cost of housing is draining our energies and driving us away. On April 20, the Nevada City Planning Commission will review a housing project called "The Grove" which would […]

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George Boardman: Funding for Highway 49?: We’re on the menu instead of at the table

April 16, 2017 — There was a golden opportunity in Sacramento two weeks ago to accelerate the funding needed to make Highway 49 safer, but as is usually the case, nobody representing Nevada County's interests was at the table when the goodies were being handed out. The opportunity came […]

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Susan Greenwood: Squeaky Door-Mouse Fallacious Reasoning syndrome

April 16, 2017 — Normally I read Terry McLaughlin's columns, shake my head, and go about my business. Not today. My dad describes a kind of reasoning that, unfortunately, is all too prevalent during these turbulently fraught political times: "A door squeaks, a mouse squeaks: therefore, a door is […]

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Paul Berger: Latest in a long list of suckers

April 16, 2017 — Remember when, on the campaign trail, Donald Trump bragged that he was the only Republican candidate who pledged not to cut Medicaid? A few short weeks ago, he said this: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that […]

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Gene Guilford: Common sense and action needed on U.S. critical infrastructure, like Oroville Dam

April 14, 2017 — We live our daily lives surrounded by hazards, most of which we rarely think about. The hazard might exist in worn tires on the car we drive, a roof on our home that is past its age of protecting us, the quality of the food […]

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Scott Berry: California Peace Officer Memorial Foundation honors the fallen

April 14, 2017 — On May 7-8, thousands of law enforcement officers, families, friends and supporters of law enforcement will gather in Sacramento for the 41st Annual Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony honoring 10 California police officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2016, and five officers […]

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Darrell Berkheimer: What will it take to get real political reform?

April 14, 2017 — It's obvious to anyone who spends much time reading about current events that we are seeing more political activism across our nation as a result of the disgust and disappointment with our leading politicians. And all of that activism prompts two major questions: Will it […]

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Jacqueline Finley: The lack of political civility

April 13, 2017 — What comes first, the chicken or the egg? When it comes to the current low level of our political communication, I'm not sure. Is our society's lack of decorum at the root of the political system's crassness, or are our current leaders encouraging low standards […]

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