Letters to the Editor
I was attracted by the letter “No united families; no United States.” While I agree that America’s sickness is tied to the breakdown of the family, I think that divorce is a symptom, not the disease. As a 20-plus-year veteran of the classroom, I’ve answered to “Mom” and “Dad” frequently. I long ago concluded that the family is not what it once was.
Speaking as a teacher, I see children learning how to grow up less from their parents and too much from television and their peers. Parents, both working, have little time for their children. They fill their children’s lives with things but ignore essentials, unwittingly training another generation of poor parenting. Children aren’t often read to or taught their math facts, once parental responsibilities. Children don’t do chores with their parents.Learn more »
As chairperson of the Caring for America outreach arm of Nevada County Republican Women Federated, I was pleased to see Greg Schmidt’s letter (“Support for Women of Worth founder,” Nov. 13) in support of Sandy Escobar-Schmidt, founder of WOW.
Our club has been involved with WOW for a number of years, and the financial and emotional support this nonprofit organization provides for women and their children in crisis is invaluable. In an article published by The Union back in October, former board members have alleged “bad record-keeping” and “intent to hide something.” This article and the subsequent drop in both monetary as well as merchandise donations to this organization has only hurt the women and children in crisis that are so well served by Women of Worth.Learn more »
The front page of the Dec. 6 issue of The Union had two articles regarding repeat offenders and their bad choices. The back page under “WORLD” had an edited article about Nelson Mandela. What a disservice to your readers!
Kris VasserLearn more »
During the third weekend in November, Bear River High School seniors Kenny Pease, Nicole Pastore, Lauren Brennan and their band director, Mr. David Ahrens, had the honor of attending the 35th annual Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.
For three days, they learned from and performed with world-renowned contemporary composers/conductors and professional musicians, including the highlighted guest ensemble, The Boston Brass. Conducting several of the clinics were Brian Balmages, U.S. composer/conductor, Mike Bankhead, U.S. conductor, and Jan Van der Roost, Belgium composer/conductor.Learn more »
Thank you for your Dec. 2 article “Atheists spark debate with billboards.”
Who could not help notice — the president of the atheist group is named Judy Saint? Proving, yet once again, God has a sense of humor.Learn more »
As goes the way of the family, so goes the way of the country. No united families, no United States.
I read every day the political debates and the pundits’ evaluations on the symptoms of our dying country but rarely of the root causes — the demise of the American family being the quintessential.Learn more »
The Altar Show board would like to thank all those who made this year’s show a huge success. Special thanks to all the Altaristas who participated this year. Thank you also to the Nevada County Fairgrounds staff, KNCO, KVMR, Miners Foundry, The Union, House of Print and Copy, SPD, Full Circle Press, Emily’s Cakes and Catering and Imprintz. Spouses of the board, Kat Barrie, friends of the Board, and the wonderful poets who read for us.
Thank you so much, we couldn’t have done it without you! See you all next year.Learn more »
I listened to Congressman McClintock’s Town Hall phone meeting on Dec. 2.
I found our representative to be something of a snake oil salesman, not because our opinions differ, but because he distorts the truth to the people who are already on his side.Learn more »
The recent letter to the editor by Manny Montes corrects Jim Firth, in that he may be surprised we do not have a democracy but rather a constitutional republic.
More accurately, we have evolved to an “ineptocracy.”Learn more »
A recent letter to the editor contained some factual errors.
Regarding Mr. Rohl’s claim that President Obama is devoted to ever-higher taxes on all Americans, even the poor, the “Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan federal agency, published its report of tax rates for the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years and found that tax rates are at a 30-year low.”Learn more »
Could someone please explain to me why we have this stupid time change?
I’ve never used an alarm clock for 50 years, so all the time change does is mess up my biological clock, which takes about two months to readjust. A couple of other states don’t have it, why does California? It makes no sense.Learn more »
The framers of the Constitution feared an all-powerful federal government. With great purpose, they included safeguards to prevent a shift in power from the various states to a centralized government.
The Senate recently broke their own rules to change the rules. One enabler of such a cynical act is most certainly the 17th Amendment (1913).Learn more »
Since last summer, I have been a supporter of a reconfiguration of personnel and operating procedures of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association’s board of directors.
This involved attending meetings, letters to The Union, and letters to the board itself. In my first letter to the board, it was responded to by Paul Hoefler, the board president, and he closed with: “Again, thank you for your input. Please stay involved.” So, to properly stay involved, I joined ASPOA for the first time since we moved here in 2004.Learn more »
Kudos to all of the residents of Lake of the Pines and South County for their generous donations to the Nevada County Diaper Project and to those who donated their Holiday Market WOW points.
For every 1,000 points donated, the diaper project receives $20 to purchase diapers.Learn more »
Many sparkly thanks to the person or people who created those lit-up flowers along the Alpha Building’s wall in Calanan Park, Nevada City.
Right under “our” huge town Christmas tree — they’re gorgeous! Lighting up that wall makes the whole place seem more welcoming and cheerful. It’s such a surprise how much a small gesture can change things.Learn more »
Women of Worth provides an invaluable service to our community. Sandy Escobar Schmidt and her great volunteers do a wonderful job helping families in need, working to help ensure a healthy family life and safe shelter when families need it most. Their ReShop has wonderful quality products, great prices and is beautifully arranged, a great place to shop for the holidays!
Thank you, Sandy, and crew for your dedication and for all that you do!Learn more »
On behalf of several veteran families of Nevada County, we would like to shout out a big “thank you” to Gary Grandfield with the Gold Country Gobblers.
The local organization of the National Wild Turkey Federation once again showed its appreciation for Nevada County veterans by donating turkeys, which were bought locally and will be handed out throughout the holidays.Learn more »
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated time and money to Thanks to Give this year.
One hundred fifty meals and flower bouquets were delivered to seniors and disabled adults throughout the county on Thanksgiving Day. Special thanks to Nevada City SPD Market, Foothill Flowers and Country Copy for their generous discounts, to the staff at the Community Center and to all agencies who helped get the word out, to the American Legion for use of its kitchen facilities and a huge shout out to all the volunteers. We appreciate your ongoing support of this worthwhile project.Learn more »
My sincere thanks and congratulations to Dr. Lawrence Gold for his clear, simple, comprehensive description of a fundamental issue that affects all humanity.
His “Other Voices” (Nov. 30) in The Union, entitled “How Do We Decide What’s ‘Fair?’” outlines the issue of fairness with three approaches: sameness, deservedness and need. Gold quotes another article by Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W., which appeared in Psychology Today, describing these three ideas. These two authors make clear the differences in our decisions, depending upon which of the three options we employ. Gold recommends the need for altruism, a value absent in most political decisions regarding fairness.Learn more »
I think the Nevada City Boardwalk should never have been put in. I see the boardwalk all day, every day, and I never like what I see. I would never sit there.
In San Francisco, I’ve seen those boardwalks, and they make sense for urban areas. All we have provided is an expanded area for the low life, idle and bored people to congregate and sell drugs and waste away their days. If it wasn’t for former Councilwoman Reinette Senum’s daily cleaning and watering, the place would be a wreck in no time. What happens when she gets tired of being the janitor? If the police don’t patrol and sit there for hours, it would be even worse. What a waste of police time. We don’t need this image in town.Learn more »
The local office of the Salvation Army does a great job of providing assistance to needy persons in our community. The local Council of the Knights of Columbus helped out this year by providing two dozen new coats for boys and girls. Coats for Kids is a nationwide program of the Knights of Columbus, working with great organizations like the Salvation Army, to provide new, warm coats to needy children.
Please be generous when you see the Salvation Army bell-ringers outside local stores this Christmas season; they are helping all of us to help others.Learn more »
My small rat terrier was found cowering in the shrubbery alongside Banner Lava Cap Road by a young lady named Kristi, who took the time to stop, put the vehicle’s hazard lights on, coax my dog to her and then drive to three homes before finding mine.
All of this on her way to work, no small feat considering the volume of morning traffic on this busy road.Learn more »
I am so grateful for our convenient local book store, The Book Seller.
I urge those of you living in this area to support this local business instead of going to Amazon or other Internet sources for books. If Book Seller does not have the book you want (easily learned from a local phone call), it will make sure that it has it very quickly — probably at least as quickly as it might take for Amazon to get a book to you.Learn more »
The Hand Crafting Justice Sale, hosted for the past eight years at Foothill Flowers of Grass Valley, will take place online this year.
Empower women with every purchase when you chose a handmade items made by enterprising women artisans in 22 countries in the developing world. Choose unique soft toys, unusual bags or scarves, indigenous pieces of art or holiday items from http://handcraftingjustice.org.Learn more »
Praise is due for Sierra Family Medical Center on Tyler Foote Road.
I have not had such good care since the 1950s and early 1960s! It is well worth the 30- to 40-minute drive from Grass Valley to this caring, competent, honest and very fine clinic.Learn more »
Sierra Harvest would like give a big thank you Gale Pylman and Soroptimist International of Grass Valley for the $1,500 they contributed to help fund our new educational farm.
Their contribution will go a long way in helping small farmers in our community by supporting our farmer training program as well as connecting kids with where their food comes from.Learn more »
I gave a talk and book signing at Tomes early Saturday afternoon and was happily surprised by the attendance.
When I asked what brought them there, most people said they had read about it that morning on the Spotlight page of The Union. Not only do people read your paper, but they act on it. I did very well. Thank you.Learn more »
I was a Nevada Union miner from 1998 to 2002 and grew up in the great Nevada County.
I entered the military and served 10 years on submarines as a chemist and health physicist. Currently, I devote my time to other veterans by working at the Seattle Veterans Administration. This is not why I am writing.Learn more »
The typical response of the liberal denied … the “dog eared” race card gets played.
Ron Lowe, your desperation is showing. You see your president causing chaos and panic with millions losing health-care coverage due to Obamacare, and your misguided attitudes require that you throw out the old mantra that the Tea Party is racist when that claim has been without merit for five years. There is not, and never has been, a shred of truth about racism in the Tea Party.Learn more »
Penn Valley ‘urban infill’November 27, 2013 —
In July, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposal on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” The comment period ended Sept. 17, 2013. These land-use regulations give the agency power to dismantle local zoning.
Local governments will have to “take meaningful action to further the goals identified” of the right mix of economic, racial and ethnic diversity. Failure will result in a cut of Community Development Block Grants.
HUD has told Westchester County, N.Y., that any limits on the size, type, height and density of buildings are “restrictive practices.”
High density doesn’t make sense in Penn Valley. Too bad. “Restrictive practices” include limits on density even near reservoirs that supply drinking water.
Hope the courts will help? A federal judge dismissed Westchester County’s suit in August, saying that HUD’s ruling was written in a way that “excludes” it from judicial review. The suit is now before the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
California state legislation also limits rural and suburban development. We all need to live in high density housing along transportation corridors. This is another example of central planning from Washington that takes our freedoms away.