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Louis Marinelli: Respect what our veterans fought for

September 21, 2017 — The United States of America exists today as a product of secession. About 40 percent of the American colonists supported independence from the British Empire and they ultimately decided what country the other 60 percent of the colonists would live in. Today about a third […]

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Robert Bee: Support facts, not distortions

September 21, 2017 — As Gary Palmer clearly demonstrated in his twisted September 11 rant, "Remove Trump from Office," the left utilizes lies and distortions passed off as truth and fact to support its warped, narrow and destructive beliefs. Unfortunately, Mr. Palmer and his fellow leftists actually believe this […]

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Becky Goodwin: Spiritual? Religious? Neither? Both?

September 20, 2017 — I have heard it hundreds of times, from persons of tender hearts and keen minds: "I am spiritual, but not religious." I am a pastor, so when someone says this to me, they are surprised that I offer sympathy, not a debate. I understand why […]

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Cynthia Hren: The U.S. is a constitutional republic

September 19, 2017 — I received a second challenge on the editorial page of The Union from a man who doesn't believe that our nation was established as, and remains, a constitutional republic. My informative and educational op-ed last February outlined the history of our founders and their vision […]

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Shirley Payne: Thankful for Good Samaritans in Grass Valley

September 18, 2017 — I recently had a lovely lunch at a very popular restaurant in Grass Valley, but my afternoon turned into a nightmare when I tried to leave. The restaurant has very heavy doors at the entrance, part of the décor. As I passed through them the […]

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Julia Edwards: U.S. rapidly losing our place of moral authority

September 17, 2017 — Op-ed pieces have appeared in The Union urging us to give Trump a chance. Shortly after the last plea appeared, an article appeared in the L.A. Times on the qualities of leadership that the U.S. Army strives to give its officers. The current occupant of […]

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Rob Chrisman: You’ve been conned

September 15, 2017 — The word "con" derives from the word "confidence" in that the perpetrator of a con first develops in you an attitude of confidence, which is then used to exploit your trust in him to your detriment, such as promoting a fraudulent investment. Unfortunately, it is […]

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William Larsen: Antifa does not represent the Democratic Party

September 15, 2017 — It's a scarier world than I could have imagined. No, no, not the hurricanes, nuclear threat or global warming. I'm talking about the horrifying experience of finding myself agreeing with one comment — and only one — voiced by a certain Republican ex-supervisor in The […]

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Dan Baldwin: On Confederate monuments and slavery

September 14, 2017 — In response to Alan Riquelmy's column ("… true story behind those monuments") of Sept., 7, I would like to say "Huzzah!" and thank you. I have been a Civil War reenactor for the past 21 years and a student of American History for the past […]

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Brad Peceimer: Leadership missing in Nevada County

September 12, 2017 — In recent weeks I have read Supervisor Dan Miller's and Robert Ingram's exposés on cannabis cultivators and their supposed "unwillingness to provide funding for programs such as the homeless issues within Nevada County." I am here to clarify this issue. The Americans for Safe Access […]

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John Felde: Kudos for firefighters

September 11, 2017 — I arrived home one afternoon to find a rapidly developing fire spreading uphill toward my home and those of my neighbors. The fire apparatus were arriving and the bombers were already making drops. With 31 years of fire service in urban wildland interface fires, I […]

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Dave Glubetich: PC, the Left’s lethal weapon

September 11, 2017 — You've heard the jokes. There are times you may have tried your best to be politically correct. But you better take a closer look. Do you really know what the term means? Do you have any idea on how PC is being used to subjugate […]

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Gary Palmer: Remove Trump from office

September 10, 2017 — Given that Donald Trump: Disregards treaties and other international agreements carefully entered into with great consideration, planning, and consensus-building by previous respected administrations and legislatures; In general, shows a lack of the restraint required in the commander in chief, the lack of which endangers the […]

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Allan Krosner: Ozone a natural phenomenon, not caused by man

September 8, 2017 — Alan Stahler wrote a column, July 13, about oxygen and ozone. As he mentioned, oxygen gas symbol is O2 which is two oxygen atoms. Ozone gas symbol is O3 which is three oxygen atoms. I want to debunk a myth. Ozone is not unhealthful in […]

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Jack Sanchez: Nevada Irrigation District’s Centennial Dam will negatively impact Placer County

September 8, 2017 — Many Placer County residents will definitely be negatively impacted by Nevada Irrigation District's Centennial Dam. The reasons for not building Centennial Dam are endless. How is NID steamrolling Placer County with Centennial Dam? NID staff is delaying its board's directive to remove Hemphill Dam so […]

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Kent Treiber: Make Social Security whole for the long run

September 7, 2017 — My guest column in July covered why the vast majority of our citizens will need, or at least benefit from, Social Security old-age benefits. There are those who would like to do away with these benefits. Let's discuss some of their arguments: Social Security is […]

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Ned Russell: Volunteer for the Red Cross

September 5, 2017 — "Thomas Ingram to serve as chairman of the Red Cross Committee." — The Union, May 1917 (From "100 Years Ago in Nevada County: May 1917" by Brad Prowse, The Union, May 26, 2017.) The year 1917 isn't a mistake or a typo; 2017 is the […]

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Monica Senter: Take a closer look, Supervisor Miller

September 4, 2017 — In his recent op-ed piece, Supervisor Dan Miller appeared to call into question the cannabis community's contribution to charitable and not-for-profit organizations. Supervisor Miller went on to offer an idea to cannabis farmers for increased engagement. We at the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance recognize that […]

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Denes McIntosh: My father’s desk

September 3, 2017 — I have my father's desk. He gave it to me when it became apparent that he would not be using it again. My dad has gotten very old. It's an old desk too, an old school teacher's desk. Ironic, because my dad was never really […]

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Sarah Wilson-Daley: Reluctantly pro-choice

September 1, 2017 — Having been raised Catholic, in many ways I am sympathetic towards pro-life arguments. And in many ways I am still sincerely conflicted about abortion. But after listening to my college friend's story of how her abusive high school boyfriend raped her, I knew I needed […]

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