Letters to the Editor

Marilyn Rosenbrock: A little civility goes a long way

February 27, 2015 — 

Regarding letters to the editors and the articles recently printed in The Union: It is so easy to assume if I have not had a particular experience (i.e., friendly community) that you have described, you must not have had that experience either.

Another approach might be ... “that is not my experience in Nevada County and I am sorry you have encountered objections to your personal point of view. I will be more aware and speak out if I see that kind of disrespect.”

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Ralph Hitchcock: ‘The Sierras’ is the traditional usage – not “The Sierra”

February 27, 2015 — 

A Feb. 17 letter from Mr. O’Dwyer made a correct statement that the Sierra Nevada was one range. However, he then went on to state somewhat pedantically that therefore the plural term “the Sierras” is incorrect. Regardless of “correctness” local usage normally rules.

“The Sierras” has been used by almost everyone with a Northern California family heritage prior to the 1960s, when the influx of people from Southern California and the nation got underway. The term “the Sierra” seems to be used by those without that local heritage. The difference between the two terms is minor, but as a 6th generation Northern Californian I don’t want to be told by a person who admitted that he had just learned about antlers and horns, that the term my Northern California peers and I have been using all our lives is wrong.

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Bill McQuerry: ‘Grossly unbalanced cartoon’

February 27, 2015 — 

Herewith a few remarks in response to the grossly unbalanced cartoon of Feb. 11, featuring “Darwin.”

An unbiased individual, presented with the scientific facts from both sides of this long-standing controversy, in each area referred to in the cartoon (paleontology, DNA, botany, etc.) would see that the scientific evidence in each of these areas is at least as strong in support of creation as it is for evolution. In fact, since neither creation nor evolution can be either proven nor disproven, one’s support of either belief system comes down to just that: one’s belief system.

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Karen Smith: Well, done, Mr. Scofield

February 27, 2015 — 

Rich Scofield describes his Other Voices column as an apology to his teammates at The Union.

It is actually a love letter to his career and all the teammates he has enjoyed over the years. Well, done, Mr. Scofield. Enjoy your retirement as that Ol’ Man River keeps rolling along. And thanks for your efforts (and your teammates’) in getting the paper out for all of us to read and discuss.

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Andrea Heyser: Grass Valley City Council goes against will of the people

February 25, 2015 — 

There is something that I do not understand about the replacement of one of the council members in Grass Valley. Aren’t the council members supposed to represent the people of Grass Valley and not the original council members themselves? If the council requests volunteers to interview for the Grass Valley council member vacancy, then the chosen one will represent those who chose him, the existing council members, not the people.

The people have already chosen the individuals they want, one may be indisposed by the criminal system, the other is willing and waiting for her new assignment on the council, one made by the people she is to represent. Her name is Jerri Glover.

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Lorraine Reich: What is going on?

February 25, 2015 — 

Look up! Is anyone concerned as I am about what is going on in the skies overhead? Just look up and you will see — for example, today, Feb. 18 — lines being painted across our skies by airplanes which are spraying chemicals into the atmosphere. What is going on? These are not contrails which disappear within moments of the jet passing. These sprayed trails stay in the sky for hours and by this afternoon there is likely to be a thin coating across the entire sky blocking out the sun’s normal rays. I’m concerned.

This pattern occurs several times a week, every week. Who is doing this, why is it happening, and why are U.S. citizens not voicing their concerns?

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Whitney Anderson: Amazing support after Highway 49 accident

February 25, 2015 — 

​My daughter and I were involved in a very serious car accident on Feb. 7 on Highway 49 near Oak Drive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all persons and passersby involved in our rescue from the car. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for the other driver who did not survive and we are praying for her family and friends during this sad time. May God bless their family.

​My daughter and I are both home now and are working on rehabilitation. We want to specifically thank the people who stopped and helped us escape our smoking and damaged car. We have no idea who the men were and we hope that some of them see this thank you. One car with several gentlemen stopped, checked in with me, and then physically took my daughter, who could not walk, out of our car and placed her in theirs. Thank you so much for your gentle rescue of her.

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Nancy McDonald: The definition of treason?

February 25, 2015 — 

“Hey ISIS! Just want you to know that we are coming for a fight. We will be there on the 6th of April with 20,000 men. Don’t worry — we will be gone by Ramadan. We will be stationed on the ridge overlooking the valley — 5,000 men there, 3,000 setting up a base, 4,000 by the town of Mosul. We are hoping that you don’t set up any IEDs or land mines. We understand your plight, that you don’t have jobs and that is why you fight. Would midnight basketball help? Group therapy sessions? What would you like us to do for you?”

Now, I am not a lawyer, but isn’t revealing our plans to the enemy aiding and abetting the enemy? Isn’t that the definition of treason? What is this president thinking?

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Grass Valley, culturally rich

February 25, 2015 — 

I ‘m a retired college dance teacher, and moved here from Humboldt County to escape gray weather, to hike and ski the local mountains, and explore the rich cultural activities of Grass Valley.

I attended the recent city council meeting where three candidates were interviewed for the open council seat. What I heard from the answers to various questions mostly had to do with revenue, economic development, tech start-ups, infrastructure and fire/police safety issues. The question about ranking city issues before or after the importance of park and recreation activities was botched by each candidate.

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John Keane: Regressives vs. progressives

February 24, 2015 — 

Before they make complete fools of themselves by starting every sentence with “the American people want” this or that ... someone should remind the GOP leadership that only a third of the electorate voted in the last election and that they won by a little more than half of those voters. Not exactly a landslide.

By not voting the progressives have, for the second time, handed Congress over to the regressive party. The lesson to be learned is that in a country where low voter turnout favors one party, not voting is voting. In a perverse way everybody wins. The regressives can continue pulling us back to the ’50s while progressives can continue to whine that the president is not doing enough.

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Firefighters make pancakes in the rain for student fundraiser

February 24, 2015 — 

The Starmakers of Magnolia Intermediate School would like to thank Higgins Diggins Cal Fire Engines No. 21 and 22 firefighters for supporting them at their annual Pancake Breakfast and Cabaret held on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The firefighters worked for hours in the rain cooking hundreds of pancakes for hungry guests. We could not have done it without you!

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Dennis Elliott: Thanks for helping scholars

February 24, 2015 — 

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Thank you for a fitting farewell

February 23, 2015 — 

Just wanted to give a big ‘thank you’ to some very special organizations in our area: Hospice of the Foothills, Atria Assisted Living, Chapel of the Angels, St. Patrick’s Church, Foothill Flowers and Alta Sierra Country Club.

Our family recently experienced the loss of my husband’s father. He and my mother-in-law had been living at Atria for the past year and they had and still do receive exceptional assistance for their everyday needs.

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Scott McLean: Why the military vehicle?

February 23, 2015 — 

In relation to the front page article on Valentine’s Day — could someone please tell me why the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office needs a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle?

Scott McLean

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Dixie Procopio: Dr. B healed me

February 21, 2015 — 

I have been treated by Dr. Bigelsen and Josh for eight years. If I had not had the opportunity to be treated by them, I would not be alive. When Western medical doctors gave me the “death sentence,” Dr. B and Josh healed me. Simple as that.

Please quit playing games with these good people.

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Franceska Alexander: Sad commentary on society

February 21, 2015 — 

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” played Feb. 8 at the Nevada Theatre as part of 2015 Short Film Oscar Nominees documentary lineup.

Although the theatre was not full to capacity that evening, the collective gasp audibly engulfed the dark when the New York Crisis Hotline for Veterans received a distressed call from a male Vietnam veteran who was squatting and self-overdosed at Rollins Lake on Highway 174.

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Dave and Kitty Vaars: What a great experience

February 20, 2015 — 

Have you ever considered that our roads are kept clear of snow, get drained of standing water preventing flooding, as well as all the other safety measures provided in the most horrid weather conditions Caltrans road crews toil in to provide safe passage for us all? We should all take a moment to say thank you.

We’d also like to thank the Nevada County work crew taking care of the brush and tree trimming along the roads. They trim the brush back to allow better visibility at corners allowing for a safe entrance onto roadways. They trim back tree branches overhanging the streets, and do so in a professional and courteous manner.

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Tammy Becker: Welcome Home Vets makes a difference

February 20, 2015 — 

I have seen the difference the Welcome Home Vets’ programs make for veterans, their families and the community. Veterans, receiving mental health care locally with a network of other vets who “get it.” Wives, who “walked on egg shells” finding their voices; parents, who felt isolated finding hope. Non-vets, learning about the impact of PTSD on all of us. Not just those who make headlines, but also those who suffer in silence. WHV provides services for these and more at no cost to the vets, their families or the community!

As executive director, Gary Brown worked with the board to establish a framework for services, wrote grants, prepared educational programs, met with community leaders and veterans organizations, gave presentations, created an office and more. Keeping the vision and mission of WHV going is the best way to thank Gary. Julie Cararra and our board are determined to expand WHV services and programs, to continue to serve those who served us.

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Sonia Britt: Great paper

February 20, 2015 — 

I’m struggling with words right now. Which, if you know me, is very unusual. But Saturday’s paper was one of the best papers I have read in a long time. There were so many good stories. I enjoyed learning the history of the Friendship Club and reading the success stories. I loved the cartoon R.L. Crabb drew of the potential city council members or member. I even chuckled at the likeness. The story Rich Scofield wrote concerning his retirement was so inspiring. For someone to work at a job for 54 years and hold such high regards for his employer is something we can only dream about. Thank you for sharing Rich.

My all time favorite was my daughter Halli’s “It’s time for a better party.” I’m not saying this because she is my daughter, but because I see a person who grew up in Nevada County and loves her community and everyone in it. She truly wants to make a difference. What you may not know about Halli is she has a college degree and graduated with honors. She chose to move back here and be the change. Please reach out to her or NEO and surround them with the support, help, money, and dance moves they need to see a community come together to build a center that everyone feels welcome. Thank you,

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Paul Molino: Catering to a new brand of tourists

February 19, 2015 — 

Don Joy’s comment in the Feb. 12 article about AirBnBs that some businesses don’t profit from tourism is somewhat shortsighted. To be fair, some businesses may not profit, but many more could.

Visitors change and their wants and needs change over time and the time may be here when both locals and tourists might wish again for more practical shops in town. And our existing bike shops provide quality goods and services for everyone.

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Chuck Starnes: Winter Community Hymn Festival

February 19, 2015 — 

The Winter Community Hymn Festival is an opportunity for the community to come together and sing.

All are invited at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21 at the The Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. However, those who are having a hard time, those experiencing a tragedy in their lives, those who are anxious, sad, discouraged, despondent, are especially invited to come and to participate. Singing and singing together with others is one of the best remedies for clouds that distress everyone at times. If we will sing or join others who are singing even when we don’t feel like it, a lifted head and heart will follow the lips and voices of those who sing.

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February 18, 2015 — 

Vaccinations and immunity

On Jan. 28, The Union featured a cartoon blaming “anti-vaxxers” for preventable disease outbreaks, the latest was a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

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Walt O’Dwyer: It’s “The Sierra,” silly

February 17, 2015 — 

I recently read an article in The Union that I would like to comment on and possibly clarify some definitions. The first one and big one is that cows have horns and deer and elk have antlers. My friend, Tom, an avid hunter, made this clarification for me. Second, from The Union to local radio stations, both at times use the term “Sierras.”

Correct me if I am wrong but I was told to refer to the Sierra Nevada mountains as the Sierra, not the Sierras. We do not have multiple mountain ranges, just one spectacular range, “The Sierra.” I hope this helps when we share the history of where we live.

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Paper in order

February 17, 2015 — 

There has been a very appreciative change in the paper the last several days. This morning’s paper was folded in proper sequence, A,B,C, and D in proper order. After removing the advertisements, the paper was ready to read. Prior papers was, B folded inside A, C folded inside D and the reader had to put the paper in proper sequence, if desired. I read items of interest from front to back and do appreciate not having to put the paper in order to read it. Thank you very much.

Ed Bourne

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Alan Moore: Rationality creeping into cannabis conversation?

February 17, 2015 — 

While I don’t always agree with Mr. Boardman, he hit the nail on the head in his Feb. 9 column regarding our local (and national) cannabis industry. That column was followed by Ms. Hall’s well-articulated position — do I sense a modicum of rationality leaking into the conversation about cannabis?

If only our elected “anti-cannabis” county/city officials, with the exception of Grass Valley City Councilman/Mayor Fouyer, would get their collective heads out of the sand we might have a shot at a good percentage of the billions that are currently being funneled into the black market.

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Sherron and Jeff Egner: Bridge relocation a bad idea

February 16, 2015 — 

Bridge relocation a bad idea

Regarding the relocation of the Maybert Road bridge over Canyon Creek to Nevada City, the bridge is off of the south fork of the Yuba River just three miles past the town of Washington. How is it proposed that folks with property upriver from that structure access their property, including the Jolly Boys Mine?

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A poem for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015 — 

A poem for Valentine’s Day

This poem was written by my 92-year-old friend Dorothy Hutto, after her husband’s death. It brought tears to my eyes, it so reflects the voice of the “heart.”

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Donald M. Foster: Open letter to Israel’s prime minister

February 13, 2015 — 

To Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Our two nations have had close ties since the birth of Israel in 1947. In fact there were many in the U.S. that supported a Jewish homeland even before Israel founder Golda Maier came repeatedly to the U.S. in the 1920s.

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Bob Gius: Airport restaurant too far from town?

February 13, 2015 — 

Regarding the Feb. 7 article in The Union, “Dining destination at the airport,” I attended a meeting in Auburn two or so months ago and one of the issues was how their airport is isolated from the city of Auburn itself.

This meeting was attended by some of the board of supervisors, the chamber and its members and other key players. I see similarities with our airport. The concern is, if people fly into Auburn or Nevada County, they will have lunch at the airport and not venture into town. Some resolves that were brought up were, a shuttle service to town, financed by the merchants, city or whomever. Another was the idea of the airport and city having a better working relationship.

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Sue Clark: I heard a boom

February 13, 2015 — 

This afternoon, I heard a huge boom and saw that a tree had fallen on my neighbor’s roof, damaging it, as well as the power line. This resulted in four of our homes on the street losing power. Thanks to both the group of men patching up the roof, and to the unnamed PG&E man who had just driven seven hours in the rain from near Fresno to come up and help out our own PG&E folks.

He kept our four houses informed regularly as he checked out the line. He was able to restore our power quickly and then went on to help in other outage areas. I didn’t get his name, but thank you!

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