Letters

Steve Hurley: Stand down the failed drug war

June 24, 2016 — 

Economics 101: Any time you diminish supply while demand remains steady, prices go up. When prices go up, more suppliers have incentive to enter the market. Markets always seek equilibrium between supply and demand. Thus, drug wars are doomed to always fail. The solution is to elect officials who understand the basic law of supply and demand.

Why on this issue do free market “conservatives” ignore basic economics? The money spent to roust counter-culture types by “protecting the neighborhoods” ultimately creates scarcity encouraging new market participants.

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Paul Pease: Memory Lane

June 24, 2016 — 

Gary Mitchell’s mom Nelda Honey supplied the ice cream and cokes. Gary and I had rainbow trout with our hot dogs and potato salad. Afterward, all of us feasted on pie a la mode. Nelda made all of us feel like a million dollars the fall of 1963 and spring of 1964, when my brother and I were going to Hennessey Elementary School. Gary took me and my brother around and introduced us to everyone. Thanks for the memories and bless the Nevada Union High School class of 1970.

Paul Andrew Pease

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Michael T. Kelly: Know your guns, George

June 23, 2016 — 

George Boardman’s June 13 column rightfully points out that upcoming ballot measures affecting “Big Pharma, Big Tobacco and the Gun Lobby” will cause “the big guns and the big bucks” to defeat these measures.

He further cites an expected ballot on “restrictions on ammunition clips.” Clips haven’t been in use since the early 1960s. Last in the M-1 Garand and replaced by the M-14 and later versions and with magazines.

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Leslye Vodden: Learn the facts on Centennial project

June 23, 2016 — 

At three meetings where NID’s Rem Scherzinger described the Centennial Project, I heard many discrepancies and contradictions.

Last August, he expressed that it was a done deal, and homeowners were willingly turning over property, including “million-dollar homes” to NID.

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John, Sarah Regan: Thanks for a great school year!

June 23, 2016 — 

With the end of the school year, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the teachers, administrators and entire staff of Deer Creek Elementary School.

Everyone at the school, from Principal Daugherty and the teachers to the front desk staff and grounds crews make Deer Creek an exceptional and nurturing place to send our daughter each day.

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Greg Martin: The Trump brand

June 22, 2016 — 

Before becoming the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump had developed world-wide recognition through his unabashed self-promotion and prolific and sometimes profitable marketing of the Trump brand name.

To further advance Trump’s efforts to become leader of the free world, I would like to suggest a Trump-branded product we can all get behind: Trump Toilet Tissue — with his facial image embossed on every sheet. It would be an “amazing and incredible” product and would make every bathroom visit “Great Again!”

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Fran Thompson: A wonderful day

June 22, 2016 — 

Once again, the volunteers of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital were guests of the Pilot Peak Winery for their annual picnic.

Lynn and Jacque Wilson and Len and Nancy Stevens, owners of Pilot Peak, shared their stunning grounds with the members and their spouses while the music of Agony Hill, Charlie Brock, Rob Ferraggario and Margot Duxler, played in the background.

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Jordan Horowitz: Nevada Union High thanks Madison Masonic Lodge

June 22, 2016 — 

Nevada Union High School would like to thank the Madison Masonic Lodge for its generous support.

For over 160 years, the Madison Masonic Lodge which was established in Grass Valley in 1852, has been a staunch supporter of public education in our local area. Through their community contacts, they often learn of a need within our public education system and quietly respond with an unsolicited attempt to fill that need with donations of time and funds; their efforts have benefited school libraries, music and art programs, scholarship funds and many other education programs.

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Joanne Crouch: What is Clinton's remarkable achievement?

June 21, 2016 — 

It continues to amaze me that people are so pleased of the first woman in history to be nominated for president! Michelle Reynolds writes it is a “remarkable achievement?”

Hillary Clinton has achieved absolutely nothing except to lie her way through Bengazi, and now through her email scandal. Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes president, she will only get there through illegal means, crooked backers and practices.

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Danita Sorenson: It's about public trust of those in powerful positions

June 20, 2016 — 

Whoa Nellie! “closed to the press”; “we can’t be open and frank in our discussions”; “we can’t be honest.”

How naive am I to assume our supervisors to be open, frank and honest? To believe in the democratic principles of a free and open press? To believe in and champion the value of transparency? (Even when no one is looking.)

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Dick Phillips: The Liar vs. The Egomaniac

June 20, 2016 — 

What a sad position American voters are in.

Two very unsuitable and disliked people will be running for president of the USA.

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Gary Litke: On Trump's 'quality' advisors

June 17, 2016 — 

Given the number of Republicans refusing to support Donald Trump in his run for president, he may have trouble filling his cabinet in the unlikely event that he was (God forbid) actually elected.

Trump has said that he would pick “the best people” for his team and given his experience as host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” here is a list of cabinet picks you could expect: vice president, Andrew Dice Clay. He and Trump share the same personal style of crude misogyny and would thus make prefect partners.

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Frederic Christie: Love still wins

June 17, 2016 — 

After Omar Mateen’s brutal attack on dozens of innocent individuals in Orlando, many across the nation sought out meaning in togetherness.

On Wednesday, LGBTQ people and their allies gathered in Nevada City to celebrate forgiveness and love. Within a few generations, LGBTQ people have moved from being invisible to being subjects of political discourse.

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Margaret Munson: What does the supervisor not want us to know?

June 17, 2016 — 

It does not matter what your opinion or mine is about Measure W. What vitally matters is that any official meeting about the subject has to be open to all members of the public, most especially the media.

Censorship is why the Constitution made provision for freedom of the press. As it is probably not possible for every interested citizen to attend every meeting, every interested citizen needs to know what has transpired in order to have an informed opinion.

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Debbie Prisk Olsen: Young people honor the fallen

June 16, 2016 — 

On May 26, members and advisors of the Nevada Union High School FFA program participated in the placement of an American flag and every military headstone located in Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Forest View Cemetery, Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery and New Elm Ridge Cemetery. I would personally like to thank Katie Whittlesey Alling and Luke Browning and their students for taking time out of their busy schedules for doing this.

I know that involving the youth in a project like this will only encourage their patriotism and respect for their country, something we greatly need nowadays. Thanks again for all of your help.

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Marilyn Nyborg: Gun rights are really about profit

June 16, 2016 — 

This is not about the Second Amendment: This is about profit! Guns sell! Fear creates good business! People get rich and richer. That’s it, folks! According to a study by the FBI, “94 percent of terrorist attacks in the U.S. from 1980 to 2005 were carried out by non-Muslims.” America has more guns per capita than any Western nation, and by far more firearms homicides per day. Hate + mental instability + guns = violence.

Marilyn Nyborg

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Norton Lehner: Open letter to the Nevada County Sheriff's Office

June 16, 2016 — 

Congratulations and thanks to the Sheriff’s Office for a job well done in eradicating illegal marijuana gardens!

Keep up the good work! Your continued efforts will help protect our youth from the many dangerous and potentially lethal side effects of this addictive drug.

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Nancy Stevenson: 'Biloxi Blues' a must-see

June 15, 2016 — 

Last Saturday evening I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Biloxi Blues presented by Legacy. This was an outstanding performance, perfectly cast, and the performers were top-notch. I highly recommend this superb play from one of the finest theater groups in our area.

Nancy Stevenson

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Larry Kaufman: Have you read the Second Amendment lately?

June 15, 2016 — 

Despite the numerous recent horrific tragedies involving guns, the NRA continues to remind us that all Americans should take comfort in the language contained in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

As they say, without the Second Amendment, we would not have the ongoing benefit of a “well regulated militia” to protect us (or has the NRA had that part of the Amendment quietly stricken without telling anyone?).

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Joan Merriam: Acceptance of diversity is what America is about

June 15, 2016 — 

If you haven’t already done so, I encourage everyone to read Hilary Hodge’s thoughtful, touching column on the devastating effects of hatred and violence in light of the horrible tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Whether gay or straight, liberal or conservative, Christian or Muslim or atheist or something else entirely, we all need to acknowledge the toxic effects of this undercurrent of “us against them” (whoever “they” are) that seems to be permeating our American consciousness today.

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Charles Lindquist: Don't miss Forever Plaid

June 14, 2016 — 

I’ve always been a fan of Off Broadstreet’s cabaret shows. The current show, “Forever Plaid” immediately became one of my favorites!

The droll humor of piano player Dave sets the stage for 1950s and 1960s songs we all remember so well done by several of my Off Broadstreet favorite voices and a new face, Kelly. We always look forward to an enjoyable evening with each new show and this is one show not to miss.

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Onie Schriefer: Thanks to the 'Fireballs'

June 14, 2016 — 

Kudos to the “Fireballs!” I want to thank Sue LeGate-Halford, Dawn Simmons, Krista Thomas, Nancy Haffey, Kim Wellman and Stephanie Damilano.

Thanks, also, to their great band.

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George Rebane: Welcome back to yesteryear

June 14, 2016 — 

Let me get this straight. Our county’s duck-and-cover leadership agreed to foist two ballot initiatives on the ‘peepuhl’ to vote on how growing of medical marijuana in the county would impact our quality of life and economy. The people voted to reject both (opposing) Measures S and W for reasons they knew best — everyone then knew what was happening. Now the Supes suddenly decide that all this stuff involving people is getting a bit old and awkward. Therefore future decisions on fashioning a new medical marijuana ordinance will be made pursuant to “frank discussions” with only pro-medical marijuana parties which are “inappropriate” for the people or their press to witness. This used to be known as smoked-filled-room politics. Welcome back to yesteryear.

George Rebane

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Paul Mosher: Go see Forever Plaid at Off Broadstreet

June 13, 2016 — 

This cozy theater is one of my favorite spots in town for consistently delightful entertainment. I’ve lived in Nevada City for 17 years now and have seen many terrific productions at our treasured local theater, Off Broadstreet.

The current production of “Forever Plaid” is one of their best. This cast puts in their own special touch to this fun play to make it an especially memorable evening. While you don’t need anything like a libretto to follow the crazy little story, there’s some great nostalgic music along with the added bonus of the personality of each member of the group that brings lots of humor to the stage. Even though the characters are “acting” you feel like you are really getting to know them as friends. The songs, with great keyboard backup, will be a trip down memory lane for some and for others it may start new memories.

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Phil Wilkins: Spraying us like bugs

June 13, 2016 — 

I’ve written before about the government spraying of our skies; I would like to just point out that if you view the video of the chopper flying in the Penn Valley fire off Indian Springs Road, you will see the white trails in the sky.

Has no one noticed that the skies in our county have been just covered lately? This stuff they spray is toxic. My facts are all backed in “Geoengineeringwatch.org.” Fires will be more common and will burn hotter from the chemicals they are spraying. People’s organic pot is getting covered with aluminum and barium and strontium. Those are just some of the chemicals the government is spraying.

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Emily Worsley: Douglas Auto goes the extra mile

June 12, 2016 — 

Douglas Automotive is a family owned business started in 2005 just off Gold Flat Road in Nevada City.

But this isn’t your average auto mechanic!

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Michael Segor: Oil industry concealing facts?

June 12, 2016 — 

The First Amendment guarantees ExxonMobil the right to lie to the public (Barbara Kruger: Freedom of speech a casualty of climate change - June 4), but if a publicly traded company knowingly misrepresents risks to investors, that’s a crime.

There are many places in our legal system where speech crosses the line from “free marketplace of ideas” to intentional harm.

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Sandy Blake: Hospice benefit a success

June 10, 2016 — 

Friends of Hospice would like to thank the community for supporting our 16th annual Butterfly Garden of Remembrance held as a benefit for Hospice of the Foothills on the grounds of Hooper & Weaver in Nevada City, over Memorial Day weekend. A special thank you is extended to the following for their kind and generous contributions making our Butterfly Garden event a wonderful success:

KNCO, The Union, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley Hospice Gift and Thrift Stores, Hooper & Weaver, Chapel of the Angels, Judy and Larry Faller and the Nevada Union Metal Works class.

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John A. Finley: Top-notch care at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

June 10, 2016 — 

I recently had surgery at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and was tended to by three nurses: Mary, Ellen, and Noel. These ladies treated me with respect, dignity and grace. My surgeon, Dr. Waterbrook, was also first-rate.

It’s so nice to know that we have a hospital with personnel of this quality. I would like to say thanks to SNMH and these ladies for their care of an old man in his 70s.

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Gayle Granucci: Thanks CHP, for coming to the rescue

June 10, 2016 — 

Nate Woodall, CHP officer, “rescues The Little Old Lady From Pasadena.”

Well, I’m not really from Pasadena, but I was driving my hot rod on the Gold Flat Road overcrossing, when, at the stop sign, Hot Rod said, “No,” and refused to budge. Luckily this good-looking officer cleared a path and proceeded to push my car (along with another good Samaritan) across the intersection and offered to call AAA.

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