In August, it became apparent as seniors that we needed help. I was in desperate need for someone to drive me to an eye doctor appointment, as my husband no longer drives.
Donna Raibley and her new volunteer organization, One Source Empowering Caregivers, came through for us in a big way. I was not sure how I was going to make this appointment for my eye injection as we do not have family nearby to help.Learn more »
I want to thank the writer (Sept. 17, letters to the editor) who asked folks to pray for me because of my “despicable irreverence” in referring to Donald Trump as the anti-Christ.
According to the writer, my use of that term was “revolting and sinfully judgmental” (no judgment there, right?), which “brought election rhetoric to a new low.” Could be, it’s not for me to say. But I do thank the writer for his prayers. As a flawed individual, I appreciate all I can get.Learn more »
The local homeless man accused of arson is not a “transient.” He’s lived here for years. I know him. Transients are generally just passing through.
Homeless seasonal agricultural workers (trimmigants) are transients. The fact that the local authorities and media don’t know the difference between a transient and a local homeless person is part of the homeless problem. We need to be aware of the difference between our local homeless people (some whose families have lived here for generations) and those who are just passing through.Learn more »
To the person who took down the “Black lives matter” banner in Grass Valley, I thank you.
To the church, I ask you to replace it with “All lives matter.”Learn more »
On behalf of the Roamin’ Angel’s Car Club, we would like to thank a few people who were instrumental in getting Alexander Rossi to our Cruisin’ the Pines Car Show.
First of all, the second vice district governor of the Nevada City Lions Club, Doug Wight, coordinated with Jason Fouyer, mayor of Grass Valley. The Andretti Autosport group was then contacted and it blossomed from there. Having a hometown celebrity at our car show was an added attraction and well attended.Learn more »
The elephant in the political arena is Trump’s business history that his supporters so graciously allow him without question.
Facts show that there are 4,056 lawsuits against the man, owing to the fact that he has hired undocumented workers, did not pay workers their earned wages causing some small businesses to close their doors, invests with shady characters worldwide, swindles investors of their life’s savings by not beginning or completing proposed projects (Baja condo), doesn’t pay real estate taxes causing city governments to place liens on his properties, polluted the Hudson River with his buildings in New York City, and has filed bankruptcy 11 times, four of which were completed.Learn more »
Sure, there are “now about 100,000 alcohol-related deaths per year, and tens of billions of dollars in medical costs” and we can expect something similar if Prop. 64 passes.
But this is only half of the story, and proceeding with half the facts has the same effect as proceeding with wrong facts. Norton Lehner disregards the hundreds of millions of hours of relief and happiness provided during social gatherings with alcohol or marijuana.Learn more »
California State Supreme Court has decided that California’s teacher’s-tenure law is constitutional.
That means that if a California teacher iss not fired within 18 months after being hired he/she is guaranteed a job for life.Learn more »
If you do not believe in man-made climate change or think it will not affect you, please skip to the last paragraph; for everyone else:
We will have clear choices in November. Besides the important presidential selection, we have a chance here in the north state to significantly enhance the conversation on climate change. We can do this at both the national level and in California.Learn more »
I understand Ron Lowe’s letter regarding Donald Trump. He is right. Trump marches to his own drummer, and adheres to his own set of morals. But, that is one major reason people are turning to him instead of Obama. Oops, I meant Hillary! I truly see no difference!
I am not a Trump fan and I am very skeptical of his ideas. I question his solutions to fixing our failing economy and oh, so obvious corrupt government , but despite that, I refuse to support a woman who blatantly lies (and gets away with it), secretly deletes 33,000 questionable emails, will bring a proven womanizer (Bill) back into “our” White House and amazingly calls the mother of Shawn Smith (killed at the embassy) an outright liar.Learn more »
I totally agree with Carol Alexander’s letter to the editor regarding cyclists.
Also, bicycles do not pay for the use of the roads, no use tax, no gas tax, no license fees and no operators license, which pays for the roads and maintenance.Learn more »
I am a member of the Greater Cement Hill Neighborhood Association in Nevada City.
Hirschman Pond, which abuts our neighborhood, draws many visitors to the area. Some walk the meandering trail between Hirschman’s parking lot at the base of Cement Hill and the residential area called Indian Trails. Rather than retracing their steps, they often follow Indian Flat Road to complete the loop. Others choose to park on Indian Flat Road at the turnout above the pond so they can admire the reflective waters from that vantage point.Learn more »
William Larsen calling Donald Trump the anti-Christ (Sept. 9, Other Voices) is revolting and sinfully judgmental.
He has driven election rhetorics to a new low. Despicable irreverence. Prayers for Mr. Larson.Learn more »
As the father of Chris Stevens, ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi four years ago, I am writing to express the appreciation of Chris’s family for the sympathy so many of your readers and Nevada County people in general have shown over the past few days. We have been deeply touched by their written and floral tributes.
Chris was born in Grass Valley. He loved visiting his grandparents there, skiing, swimming in the Yuba and hiking. We know he was interested in eventually retiring there and regret he didn’t have the opportunity to meet such wonderful neighbors.Learn more »
I drove to Grass Valley to visit my sister recently. While driving along Highway 49 I noticed a horse galloping along the side of the road, obviously released from its enclosure. It was either very frightened or enjoying its new-found freedom.
I also saw a vehicle marked “Nevada County Animal Control,” so I slowed and came to a halt, stopping all traffic behind me. Oncoming traffic also stopped, and the horse ran onto the road, stopping and rearing up right in front of my car. My Prius had never before seemed so small and fragile.Learn more »
On Sept. 23, Nevada Union High School is holding its second annual Walkathon. Started as an athletic fundraiser, this event now includes the entire student body as well as teachers, staff and administrators.
The goal of the Walkathon is not only to raise funds, but also to build community by bringing students together to support our school.Learn more »
I and most kids my age were always taught right from wrong. Has anyone seen our tree line throughout Nevada County lately ?
A lot of the beautiful trees are gone ... throwing a lit cigarette out the car window ... the person that is doing this is of age and knows what will happen but yet they do it ... or have camp fires, use things that spark up.Learn more »
I would love to salute the red, white and blue snapping smartly in the September breeze but how can I, knowing what this country committed a generation ago in Laos?
Vietnam was bad enough, but secretly dropping more bombs on Laos than all of World War II against Germany and Japan combined?Learn more »
I agree with Bill Boyl that our education system is in need of some serious tweaking, but why on earth would he think Donald Trump would do it?
I haven’t heard Trump mention education in any meaningful way.Learn more »
I recently noticed a call for help in The Union’s police blotter. An elderly lady had been lost on Boulder Street in Nevada City.
My husband and I also were lost on Boulder after the Constitution Day Parade. We couldn’t find our car either. There was a fellow standing across the street who called out to us to ask if we had lost our car! He apparently goes out after big events and watches out for those who have to park far away.Learn more »
I’m writing in response to George Boardman’s Aug. 21 Leave It To Beaver-esque piece “The job of educators should be to teach our children, not raise them.”
Boardman makes some excellent points regarding the role that both educators and parents should play in raising children. However, while it’s fine and well to say parents should be doing a better job, but that doesn’t fix anything.Learn more »
For the second time in just two months, I almost hit a bicycle rider.
It’s hard to admit that I was just seconds away from taking someone’s life or at least causing great bodily injury.Learn more »
Kudos to Hillary Hodge for her weekly piece in The Union addressing sexual assault, rape and the way men treat women (Aug. 30).
I have been a “feminist” my entire life thanks to my folks. They modeled respectful behavior to us kids. Especially my mom, who was a “career woman;” she went into a man’s world back in the ’50s and ’60s and basically didn’t take any guff from the men around her. She was respectful but stern. I never heard my dad talk trash or talk down to women. He was always polite and never engaged in the kind of banter men do when they are together.Learn more »
Does “Race Matter” in Nevada County? I certainly hope not. Don’t we live in a color blind society? I remember going to a high school where we had a real mix of students and then transferring to another school where there was one black family that attended. In fact they had children that were years before me and years after. You never realized that they were different because they just blended in and were excepted as people.
The past week I was visiting the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in downtown Grass Valley and while I was walking to my car I noticed on the building across the street had a Black Lives Matter banner hanging on the front of the building with a sign saying it was the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains (listed in the yellow pages under church).Learn more »
Watching the removal of more beetle-infested trees from Condon Park, I got into a conversation with some of the park workers.
They told me the city (Grass Valley) will purchase more pine trees to replace those lost. Beetles love the pines and one of the men told me cedar or even redwood might well be considered.Learn more »
I’d like to once again and respectfully bring to your attention the terrible and disrespectful way our communities’ historic cemeteries are being treated. Indeed under threat.
I’m shocked at this display of ignorance and continue to be re-amazed at almost every walk through our beautiful regional historic cemeteries. In doing research for an upcoming publication over the past three plus years, I’ve become keenly aware of the condition of our region’s historic-era cemeteries.Learn more »
Thank you for giving this opportunity to express my love for the County of Nevada, the approach of community outreach for mental health services and early detection and prevention services in general.
Also my deepest concerns with every beat of my heart in aiding resources like Victor Community Services, the Spirit Peer Empowerment Center, Hospitality House and the new Streicher house, Health and Human Services and 211 for direction to these resources. I have firsthand experience in the hurt associated with the stigmas that surround the mentally ill “a lot of which resides in the patient suffering in the disease.” I greatly appreciate the understanding of those affiliated with Placer and Nevada counties to vote to increase awareness in our protection and assistance.Learn more »
On July 2 Hillary Clinton experienced memory loss during her interview with the FBI on questions about her private server and classified communications.
She “couldn’t recall” being instructed on how to handle classified information or having signed any agreement regarding that subject. She also indicated there were a number of things she couldn’t remember about Benghazi because of a 2012 head injury.Learn more »
Paul Berger’s Other Voices is so on point. I can’t imagine anyone disagreeing with him on any of the content.
The America he grew up with is the America I remember. Thankfully, politicians worked together for the betterment of the country.Learn more »
I would like to thank Brian Hamilton and everyone who contributed photos and copy to the “A Day in the Life of western Nevada County” section for such an enjoyable read.
It was fun to see the photos and be reminded about how rich our local culture is because of the people in our community and the beauty of this place.Learn more »