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Richard Shaddeau: Don’t let Highway 174 roadwork destroy our natural beauty

July 20, 2017 — I live in an area of Nevada County which is particularly lush and green, even in summer, with many trees providing shade and privacy, even with Highway 174 right outside our door. I don't believe anyone in their right mind would want to remove all […]

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Steve French: Saving lives, eating dry peanut butter sandwiches

July 19, 2017 — Thank you for the recent trip down memory lane in your recent column regarding fighting wildfires, Don "Cage" Rogers. It took me back to our time together being one of the best fire crews in the nation — the Los Prietos Hot Shots! I happened […]

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Joseph Keeble: Road to tyranny: hostility toward verifiable facts

July 18, 2017 — The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. "Truth"" is "a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true." "True" is defined as "in accordance with fact or reality." Our legal system bases innocence or guilt on a preponderance of […]

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Marin Lipowitz: Right-of-way bill a Telecom giveaway

July 17, 2017 — Thank you, Nevada County Board of Supervisors, for joining the League of California Cities in opposing SB649 (California), the Telecom right-of-way bill. It passed the California Senate and is now in the Assembly. SB 649 is promoted by the Telecom companies. Capitol Weekly named AT&T […]

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Bob Branstrom: More than transparency

July 16, 2017 — Local public agencies are subject to the Brown Act, which sets the minimum standard for transparency in conducting the public's business. I emphasize that this is a minimum standard and believe that it works well for routine business. But, on major issues, our Sierra foothills […]

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David Heinen: Why it’s hard to be more open minded about Trump

July 14, 2017 — Susan Kay McGuire's recent "Other Voices" column asking for a more open-minded attitude towards Trump is appreciated for its civil tone, setting an admirable standard for discourse in this venue. I hope to emulate that standard here as I explain why it is difficult for […]

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Mike Pasner: Let your voice be heard by NID on herbicides

July 14, 2017 — Nevada Irrigation District applies drip aquatic herbicides to 62 sites along its delivery system of raw water. None of these toxins makes it into my organic farm's irrigation system. I've farmed in Penn Valley for 31 years. This treatment to kill algae occurs once a […]

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Hank Weston: AB 1250 would significantly erode ability to provide services for the Nevada County’s most vulnerable

July 14, 2017 — Nevada County sent a letter to the Legislature signaling its strong opposition to Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones-Sawyer). AB 1250, at its core, seeks to stop counties from contracting with community based organizations (CBOs), nonprofits, local businesses and other private providers of quality local services that […]

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Sarah Busby: A second opinion on New Zealand health care

July 14, 2017 — As a person who has lived in the UK (working at Oxford University for 20 years), the USA (Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Salk Institute), and 14 years to date in New Zealand, I take issue with many aspects of Terry McLaughlin's column on health […]

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Mike Brazil: GOP agenda is putting lives at stake

July 13, 2017 — On June 14, the first, and hopefully the last, citizen driven over the edge into insanity by the words and actions of the Republicans in Congress and the traitors in the administration tried to kill some Republican congressmen, but he didn't succeed and was himself […]

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Betsy Swann Brown: Come celebrate family friendly WorldFest

July 12, 2017 — Come celebrate family friendly WorldFest This weekend, come relax and appreciate a world of music and new experiences at California WorldFest! As the board president for the Center for the Arts, I couldn't be more proud of this wonderful family friendly event the Center has […]

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Pauli Halstead: Housing: We need some!

July 12, 2017 — The Nevada County Board of Supervisors moved homelessness to an "A" category this year, promising solutions. With a goal of Housing First, the elephant in the room is we have no very low and low-income housing under construction. According to the Nevada County Housing Element, […]

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Holly Hermansen: Reflecting on a career in education

July 11, 2017 — I began my teaching career 33 years ago working with students with severe disabilities. In my very first class there was a girl named Amy Emmert. Amy was born with cerebral palsy, and she had a profound impact on my life and my career. I […]

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Bill Neville: Grand jury report ignores factors in Higgins Fire District financial problems

July 10, 2017 — As a retired fire chief officer, fire district director, fire service educator and 25-year fire service consultant, I find myself both engrossed and disappointed by the Nevada County Grand Jury Report on the Higgins Fire District financial problems. The report leaves no doubt that the […]

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Roberta Whiting: Private property access by the public has its risks

July 9, 2017 — Recent comments in The Union regarding the right of property owners to post their land with no trespassing signs, or erect gates, reflect the opinions of both The Union staff (Hits & Misses, May 25) and Mr. Jim Primrose (letters to the editor, June 1). […]

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Joe D’Andrea: DVSAC has a new name: ‘Community Beyond Violence’

July 9, 2017 — I have served on the board of directors at the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition for the past six years and as board president for the past three years. It has been rewarding well beyond my expectations. As I depart, I am excited about […]

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George Boardman: Overreacting to the opioid epidemic will hurt people the drugs can help

July 9, 2017 — Opioids can do a spectacular job of managing pain when used properly, but growing concern over abuse of the drugs may trigger a backlash that returns us to the days when doctors were criticized for making patients suffer unnecessarily. This is not a trivial issue […]

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Laurie Porter: Single-payer health care will benefit California

July 7, 2017 — A recent opinion piece in The Union alleged that Senate Bill 562, single payer health care, " … could bankrupt California." Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, single-payer health care will benefit California in many ways. When I first started working […]

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Elaine Meckler: Marijuana is destroying our youth

July 7, 2017 — Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. The term "illicit" is used because it is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government and is against the law to grow, distribute, smoke or ingest. A Schedule 1 Controlled […]

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Milan Vodicka: World order? What order?

July 6, 2017 — Dear fellow human beings — all of you who share with me the air and water of this planet Earth: Yes, you share the one and only life supporting planetary environment, with me and others. We are all part of it. Yet — do you, […]

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