Letters to the Editor

Baskin-Robbins gives schools a boost

August 30, 2014 — 

The Deer Creek Elementary School PTC would like to thank Goska, owner of Baskin-Robbins in Grass Valley, for her continued support of our school.

Goska generously donated ice cream for our ice cream social held Aug. 19, much to the delight of our students! Baskin-Robbins also supports our PTC program by donating a portion of their sales made by our school families on the 25th of each month.

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NIMBYism stands in way of progress

August 30, 2014 — 

I was really saddened when I read the front page article entitled “GV neighbors organize to block housing for mentally ill.”

We have a situation in our county where the Grand Jury has reported something must be done about the “homeless population,” though they did not investigate the programs like Hospitality House, which are part of the solution ... and when other assessments have indicated that “homeless population” includes folks down on their luck, out of work, and some with “mental health issues” we have another possible “part of the solution” of providing housing and mental health treatment ... and then neighborhood folks say “not in my backyard!”

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Where is our president?

August 29, 2014 — 

Christians are being slaughtered all over the world. Our military is being decimated. America is no longer the beacon of light for the world. Our economy is in the tank. Our nation is more divided than ever before.

And where is our president?

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Gaza: our failure to recognize a shared humanity

August 29, 2014 — 

With the events in Gaza we confront our essential nature as human beings. News photos of Israeli soldiers in armored vehicles heading toward Gaza show the bravado of a conquering army heading toward battle with a guerilla force.

No one would argue that Hamas’ continuing firing of rockets into Israeli territory is an act of terrorism. But the numbers are telling; the Palestinians in disputed cities number close to two million. Given a generous estimate, Hamas fighters number perhaps 10,000. They are a small percentage of the population of civilians in Gaza. And what is it that the Palestinians want? Freedom, peace, and the rule of law. These are rights inscribed in both the American and the French Revolution’s key articles. A civil society forms the basis of what binds us all.

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The Wooden Spoon: a good reason to shop locally

August 29, 2014 — 

Enjoyed Jim Hemig’s column in regards to shopping local. I, too, shop local, and can’t remember the last time I bought anything outside of Nevada County.

My favorite “go-to” kitchen store is The Wooden Spoon, and has been long before this particular experience. I had received a catalog from Williams-Sonoma that included an All Clad French skillet with a domed lid that I was interested in. I took the catalog to The Wooden Spoon and asked Linda (store owner) if she had this particular item. Or if not, could she order it? What I was thinking? Of course, she had it stocked!

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It takes two sides for peace

August 28, 2014 — 

On Aug. 22, there was a letter to the editor, “Gaza conflict could be stopped,” by Dean Olson to which I’d like to respond.

The Gaza Strip is not a country and never has been. The land was given to the people that lived their by Israel with the hopes that gesture would bring about peace. Once Hamas defeated Fatah a bloody battle for control of Gaza, Hamas immediately began firing on Israel. Don’t take my word for it, look it up.

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Columnist needs more facts, less posturing

August 28, 2014 — 

The Union columnist George Boardman recently stated: “If you are like me, you are clearly not part of the anti-GMO, all-natural, farm-to-fork food fetish the United States is currently experiencing.”

He goes on to suggest we should feed the hungry with GMO foods. I do not believe he intended to wish ill health and malnutrition on the poor and hungry; he just apparently does not know any better.

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Congressman could benefit from larger turnout

August 27, 2014 — 

Our scarce Republican Congressman, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who normally sends his aides to hear the concerns of constituents, and who doesn’t even show up for candidate forums, held court in Grass Valley City Hall on Friday morning, Aug. 15. In person!

The city council chambers were only about a quarter full. Polled as to how they heard about the meeting, most had received an email sent only to Republicans, two or three read it in the paper, several heard by word of mouth.

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Community support for InConcert Sierra, Sierra Master Chorale

August 27, 2014 — 

As artistic director of InConcert Sierra and Sierra Master Chorale, I’m enjoying recollections and feeling proud of the 2013-14 season of exceptional classical music we brought to our community.

I wish to thank our valued contributors, advertisers, volunteers, media sponsors, musicians, board members and audiences for their enthusiastic support. Thanks also to the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church congregation, Pastors Jeff Richards and Tim McMillen, and secretary Anna McMillen for welcoming the performance of great music in the wonderful acoustic of the SDA sanctuary.

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What’s with the lenient plea bargains?

August 26, 2014 — 

The Tuesday, Aug. 12, edition featured Liz Kellar’s thorough recounting of Samuel Adams’ alleged extensive criminal history over the last two years.

His list of felonies, misdemeanors and failures to appear are shocking.

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Nevada County fair supports 4-H

August 26, 2014 — 

I’m so thankful for the wonderful opportunity that Nevada County youth have to raise, exhibit and auction animals at the fair and to show their still exhibits. It was recently brought to my attention that many communities no longer have fairs because they were not able to be fiscally viable. I appreciate that we have an excellent fair CEO and board of directors. I am also aware that we have a tremendously supportive community that believes in and generously supports the youth. As a parent, teacher and 4-H leader, I see the difference they make in children’s lives.

Julie Bousfield

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Whose freedom is being tread on?

August 24, 2014 — 

If we are treading on Nancy Eubanks’ freedom (“Don’t Let Your Freedom Tread On Me,” Aug. 4)., we would be happy to stop if she would do the same for others. How have we stepped on her reproductive freedom and freedom from religion?

Birth control products and abortions are certainly available. The issue is who will be forced to pay for these choices. The answer is she should pay for her own free choices. After all, she makes a strong point for women having advanced in the job market so why is it a “war on women” to ask them to pay for their own birth control and abortions, both of which are legal in our country.

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Special thanks

August 23, 2014 — 

The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County Directors would like to thank all who helped make our fair booth, “Our Children Need Peace to Thrive,” a great success.

This includes our 31 volunteers from the Brady Campaign, Grandmothers for Peace, Palestine/Israel Working Group, The Peace Alliance, Woolman Semester, Kentucky Flat Preschool, Communities Beyond Bias, Nevada County Drone Watch, Occupy BAFB and the Nevada County Fair Board, staff and the pubic.

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Retaliation on the ridgeline?

August 23, 2014 — 

In my opinion, the Board of Supervisors made a foolhardy decision by denying the appeal of the Lockyer/Ericksons regarding the deed restrictions the county wants to place on their property. The lone “no vote” was by Supervisor Anderson, who by his comments and examples showed the best understanding of the issues being debated.

By denying the appeal we taxpayers will likely pay an extreme price to cover the damages and legal expenses incurred by the Lockyer/Ericksons if their position (as more or less confirmed by the Superior Court’s recent ruling) is affirmed and upheld in the lawsuits that have been filed and will now proceed.

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I’ll miss you, Nevada City

August 23, 2014 — 

I would like to comment on the “smoking” ordinance in Nevada City.

It’s my opinion the city council are a narrow-minded, short-term thinking kinda folk. A lot of people with good money to spend have enjoyed that beautiful little town in the past. My wife and I can be counted among those people. We will unfortunately have to find another town to adopt, as we also smoke. I hate the decision the council is rendering, but my civil liberties are in jeopardy and will not have a “nanny” telling me what and where I may do things.

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Gaza conflict could be stopped

August 21, 2014 — 

Israel could easily bring all of this violence and carnage to a screeching halt. They could stop using heavy military equipment, creating massive death and carnage.

Equipment we in the United States provide to them with no strings attached. They are militarily occupying another country and have been for over 50 years.

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I-80 diversion: lower the road, don’t raise the bridges.

August 21, 2014 — 

Regarding diverting traffic from I-80 down Highway 49:

What about lowering the roadway 16 inches? That’s a heck of a lot faster and simpler than raising all seven bridges (especially the rail crossing). Some quick digging tractor work and repaving (Hansen Bros?). Possibly a slow seven days work each? All at once? Two days of ripping up concrete. One day tractor regrading. One day pour. Three days or more concrete curing?

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Everything I’m against

August 21, 2014 — 

Regarding the guest column, “Who is Jim Firth?” by Keoni Allen on Aug. 15, it was a great reply to Jim Hemig’s original column.

What makes it special is that our merchants put in very long hours, and it takes time for a person who is tired to take the time out to reply to Jim Firth.

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“Good ol’ boy”: complimentary or derogatory?

August 21, 2014 — 

Publisher Jim Hemig, in his recent article, fails to capture the essence of the meaning of “good ol’ boy.”

“Good ol’ boy” around here refers to a group of people who support and protect the status quo. “good ol’ boys or girls” may have arrived here a few months ago, or they may have lived here all their lives.

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A kind citizen’s cane

August 21, 2014 — 

Kudos to Bea, a receptionist and ticket vendor at the Nevada County Fair, who, when I asked her if there were any “cane vendors” at the fair, graciously loaned me her cane for the day.

I had inadvertently left my cane at home.

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Fundraiser yields more than $6,000 for mammography

August 20, 2014 — 

Hey fellow Nevada Countians. The next time you see Steve Loomis at Hills Flat Lumber, Robert Bare, Scott Mantel, and/or Jaysen McDaniels, be sure to give them kudos for their generosity as volunteer officials at the “2014 Saved by Second Base” fundraiser.

Proceeds exceeded $6,000 and are available to cover mammography and diagnostic costs. Anyone in need should see Melisa Agness at Insight Imaging to take advantage of Sb2B funds.

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Thank you to Old Barn Storage

August 20, 2014 — 

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Honor those who honor the military

August 20, 2014 — 

Thank you Dennis Kocher and God bless you for your service to our country and all your volunteer work for Nevada County.

We are blessed to have many former military men and women volunteer their time helping those in need. Having family members who have served our country since World War II up to the present time, Nevada County has always supported members of the military in many ways and proud of it.

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ZIP program helps readers in need

August 20, 2014 — 

The ZIP book program, is “the gift that keeps on giving.” Thank you to Wayne Walker and the ZIP program at the Grass Valley Library. Only a reader could know the thrill of a new book. On behalf of all of us who can’t afford one, this makes it really special.

Donna Day

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Now wonder STEM math is confusing

August 19, 2014 — 

Our education crisis in America has spawned a new acronym: STEM for science, technology, engineering and math. Our government and politicians are not helping. The public is told that unemployment is at 6.1 percent. It is greater than 15 percent.

For years we’ve been told the “illegal” population in America is 11 million. The true number is north of 14 million.

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Scouting is for everybody

August 19, 2014 — 

In reference to The Union’s Aug. 1 article entitled, “Parents say Girl Scouts discriminated against daughter with disability,” my husband, Bruce, and I raised our four daughters and two sons, who are now adults, in Southern California. We were a very active scouting family, committee chair, den mother, Brownie, Junior, cadet and leader. The troops were involved with were blessed with very active parents.

Our scout counsels’ rule was whenever there was a scout outing there should be one adult to every five scouts. One of the boy scouts had ADP, or Auditory Processing Disorder, and his father was always there so his son could have fun with friends.

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Keep your dogs on a leash

August 19, 2014 — 

This letter is directed to all pit bull owners. Please, please keep your dogs on a leash (properly restrained) or locked up. I personally know of two small Shih Tzu’s (in their own yards) who have died of complications from pit bull attacks in just the past week, and how often I read in the police blotter of attacks on animals and people by pit bulls.

Please beware of your own pets, livestock or even family members if you own a pit.

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To permit or not?

August 17, 2014 — 

In the City of Grass Valley, if you want to remove a tree from your property you need to get a permit. This costs $129. You fill out the paperwork and mark the tree. If approved after city inspection they send you a notice to post on the tree for 10 days.

If no one protests, after the appeal period, the city sends you a letter of approval. After removal you must plant another tree because the city “values the contribution which such trees make to the beauty and quality of life in Grass Valley.”

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Why the case against Dr. Bigelsen is important

August 17, 2014 — 

Last March 20, Dr. Bigelsen’s clinic was shut down by investigators for the California Medical Board. When the doctor called the police for help, they came — and supported the investigators. Thus, the 72-year-old doctor lost his practice, his home and his livelihood.

Guilty until proven innocent appears to be the process he is undergoing. I always thought it was the other way around.

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‘Rock and Relax’ booth much appreciated at the fair

August 17, 2014 — 

A huge thank you to Arly Helm and all of the volunteers from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Nevada County for sponsoring the “Rock and Relax” booth at the fair this year. It was wonderful to have a cool, clean, and comfortable area to feed and change my son.

Thank you for supporting our community’s children — and their moms!

Meghan Salter

Grass Valley

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