Letters to the Editor

Donald Christensen: See 'The Producers' before it sells out

August 1, 2015 — 

My wife and I saw Sierra Stages production of “The Producers” last night. The show was very well done. Music, actors, set were very well done. The show as a whole is fantastic.

We recommend seeing the show. Please hurry and get your tickets, change your plans as I believe the show will sell very well through its run. If you are looking for an evening of pure fun, Sierra Stages mounting of Mel Brooks “The Producers” is it!

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David Chapman: Hats off to President Obama

August 1, 2015 — 

Congratulations to President Obama and his team on what appears to be the successful negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program.

I just visited a half-dozen news sites and see that the usual suspects are still hoping to see him fail — and judging this accomplishment to be a failure even before the details have been published. I am a senior citizen who has voted for candidates on both sides of the aisle, but never been prouder of anyone that I supported.

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Laurent Clark: Political cartoon misses the mark

August 1, 2015 — 

The Union’s July 28 political cartoon of a gold panner is unfortunate. The Confederate flag represents institutionalized oppression by an illegal government whose proponents brutalized a race of people.

The Gold Rush was a mass migration of people from all over the world. There was no institutionalized government to prevent abuse of the weaker by the stronger. Whites brutalized Indians. Indians brutalized whites, Hispanics and other Indians. Germans brutalized Irish who brutalized Chinese. Mormons brutalized non-Mormons and other Mormons. Mexicans brutalized “Texicans” who returned the favor when they became stronger.

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Richard and Wendy Chase: The kindness of strangers

August 1, 2015 — 

A few weeks ago my husband got a flat tire at the intersection of McCourtney and Lime Kiln roads. Many people stopped and offered to help, but my husband waved them on, saying he was OK.

One insistent couple stopped anyway. They got the car up on the jack and the flat tire off the vehicle. They lent him their cell phone to call me to come meet him with our other vehicle.

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Ron Lowe: Walker not presidential material

July 31, 2015 — 

Republican presidential hopeful, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, is an anti-abortion extremist. With Madison, I’ve always considered Wisconsin a liberal state; where did he get the votes to become governor?

Last week, Gov. Walker signed a bill that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy. Walker’s record also includes defunding Planned Parenthood, requiring doctors to have abortion privileges at nearby hospitals (now blocked by a federal court order), and requiring women to have and see ultrasounds. Walker sounds dictatorial, not the type of person to be president of the United States.

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Isaac Orr: Fracking and water

July 31, 2015 — 

The guest column by Scott Costa, “Fracking and the California drought,” published on July 20, was an interesting read, but the article failed to put the amount of water used in the hydraulic fracturing industry into perspective. And, as a result, he overstated the impact of fracking on California’s water resources.

Seventy million gallons of water seems like a lot until you realize it amounts to only 0.0069 percent of all the water used in California, a tiny fraction of the state’s overall water use.

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Jack Sanchez: Please help struggling salmon in the Auburn Ravine

July 30, 2015 — 

Now that we know the NID’s Hemphill Dam violates two sections of the California Department Fish and Wildlife Code, send letters to Nevada Irrigation District (NID) asking GM Remleh Scherzinger and Board Chairman Jim Bachman to provide permanent fish passage over Hemphill Dam two miles upstream from Lincoln on Auburn Ravine.

NID has become a pariah water contractor concerned with its bottom line at the expense of the fishes it negatively impacts, sending water on a public waterway to its paying customers. NID has been singing a happy song for three years without action. Your voice will help salmon, so please write a letter.

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Nate Wallin: Confederate flag very different from State of Jefferson flag

July 30, 2015 — 

The Confederate flag stands for many different things to many different people. I view the flag in many different ways myself.

But to believe that the State of Jefferson flag is just as much as the Confederate flag, you are misguided. For a person that is, I believe, educated you are highly misinformed. For an old saying “walk a mile in my shoes,” please become more aware of what the State of Jefferson is trying to do and stands for.

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Alan Waters: First rate talent in The Producers

July 30, 2015 — 

There’s a local sweet treat and were not talking about the candy store. Last night we had the pleasure of enjoying our anniversary, locally. Our evening began at Friar Tucks for a delicious meal accompanied by beautiful music.

Next a play at the Nevada Theatre. “The Producers,” by Mel Brooks — you know has to be funny, right? It did not disappoint. The play is full of fun times, eye candy, great singing, dancing, acting and laughter. The costumes, sets and actors are first rate talent. We especially enjoyed the two main characters, Max and Leo.

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George Harper: Not working for the benefit of Nevada City

July 30, 2015 — 

To Nevada City Councilmembers Jennifer Ray and Terri Anderson: Shame, shame on you.

After years of working on and chairing the Nevada City Classic race and getting the Amgen Tour here in Nevada City, you turned Duane Strawser down after his fronting $15,000 for the race.

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D.G. Engebretsen: Comparing utility meters

July 29, 2015 — 

Here’s a little something to be aware of regarding the utility (electric, gas, water, solar) meters on your home or property: you may not be getting what you think you are paying for.

If you already called your utility company and have “opted-out” of the “smart meter” program, you could possibly still be receiving smart meter radiation. That’s because some utility companies, including PG&E, are sometimes installing “Trojan Horse” utility meters on the homes of folks who have requested traditional safer analog meters. Then, the utility company commits further fraud and charges the unsuspecting customer its monthly extortionary opt-out fee.

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Mindy Oberne: Kiwanis kicks in toward fall free medical clinic

July 29, 2015 — 

Thanks to the Gold Country Kiwanis for giving California Care Force the opportunity to do a presentation about the upcoming Free Health Care Clinic being held at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall Nov. 14-15.

Thanks also to Homer Nottingham, a Kiwanis member, who generously donated to the clinic, which is funded entirely by donations and operated by an all volunteer staff. We plan on serving 500 patients a day with medical, dental and vision care. Everyone is welcome. Kudos Kiwanis!

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David Rubiales: The right to know

July 29, 2015 — 

Since July 1, 2014 the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has authorized $175,000 in expenditures for non-county employed attorneys in their fight against Penn Valley residents Peter and Juliette Lockyer over the county’s first and only “visually important ridge line.”

At the Nevada County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 21 the county staff requested that the supervisors authorize a further $100,000 expenditure for the same purpose, thereby upping the cost to $275,000 of taxpayer money. Thus far, the supervisors have not explained the purpose of these expenditures to their constituents. Don’t we have a right to know?

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Audrey Ohlson Smith: The right to die on your own terms

July 28, 2015 — 

Thank you for the “Other Voices” by Kent Treiber regarding the right to die. I, too, am very saddened by the inaction of the Legislature on SB 128.

Whatever the Catholic church believes (and why should that matter to the Legislature), the church has no right to deny anyone the ability to make their own choices about their own lives.

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Howard Kwasniewski: "The Producers' does not disappoint

July 28, 2015 — 

We went to Nevada Theatre last night and saw “The Producers.” This was by far one of the best local theater productions I have ever seen.

The acting was incredible and the music was perfect. Even though the performance was two and a half hours, it never felt long.

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Kudos to free medical clinic supporters

July 28, 2015 — 

Our sincere appreciation to Twin Cities Church and Gold Country Lions for their donations in support of the free health care clinic taking place on November 14 and 15 in Grass Valley, and to Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Grass Valley for offering to provide lunch to the volunteer set-up crew. The clinic will offer free medical, dental and vision services to approximately 500 patients per day, and is run by an all-volunteer staff. Please see the CaliforniaCareForce website, call 530-273-3033 for immediate local information, or attend the next volunteer meeting (6 p.m. on August 12 in the meeting room at BriarPatch).

Susan I. Swift

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Jeff Heilmann: Where's the common sense?

July 28, 2015 — 

Concerning the Lester and Laferte trial, we have a hard time understanding how fraud with malice occurred when both of these individuals had their own funds invested in these properties.

This makes no sense. This was hard money lending. Hard money lending is high risk with high reward (high interest lending).

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Fran Thompson: Thanks for a winning combo

July 27, 2015 — 

Many thanks to local artist Loana Beeson for the donation of her local scenic watercolors for our new Dignity Health, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary informational brochure.

The addition of Ms. Beeson’s colorful paintings brings attention to not only important information concerning joining the Auxiliary, but reminds us of the historic landmarks within our community — what a winning combination!

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Carolyn Anderson: 'The Producers' is Sierra Stages at its best

July 27, 2015 — 

The Producers is one of the most hilarious, entertaining performances I’ve ever seen.

Kudos all around to the brilliant actors, musicians, directors, set and costume designers. I loved every minute and encourage you to get your tickets now before these performances sell out. This is Sierra Stages at its best!

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Jacqueline Finley: Confederate flag lowering the right step

July 27, 2015 — 

When one person is denied rights, every person is denied rights. These include not only rights to equal justice and opportunity, but also rights to equal respect and dignity.

While the Confederate flag has not flown for the past 50 years over most of the United States, the fact that it has been permitted to fly — until recently — over specific regions of our country has diminished all Americans.

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Denise Cain: Generous support for 'You Bet' the dog

July 27, 2015 — 

On behalf of Dave and You Bet, Scooters Pals would like to deeply and sincerely thank you all for your generous and heartfelt response to their story. Sadly, You Bet the dog went quietly into the night the evening of his last vet appointment.

Though we thought he was on the upswing, infection set in, and he did not have the strength to fight anymore. Dave is of course devastated by the loss, but none the less, humbled by the outpouring of caring of those that shared his story, and responded with funds to pay You Bet’s vet bill. Thank you all.

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Leah Schwinn: Northridge steps up for California CareForce

July 25, 2015 — 

Kudos to Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City for hosting a fundraising dinner for the California CareForce free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15.

What a fun night it was! The place was packed with people socializing and enjoying the wide array of yummy food, yet the wait staff remained calm, sweet and helpful ... even when I spilled my salad dressing on the table. It was a super successful fundraiser for the clinic.

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Renee McGrath: God bless the Good Samaritans

July 25, 2015 — 

On July 14, I was driving through Nevada City and suddenly experienced the need for medical assistance.

I stopped my car, in a no-park zone, and asked a gentleman for help. He got me to a safe place, called 911 and stayed with me until the ambulance came. Then, he parked my car and delivered the keys to the Emergency Room. Several others also offered help.

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Heidi Powell: No diapers required at Memorial Park pool?

July 25, 2015 — 

Memorial Park Pool does not require swim diapers for babies or toddlers coming with their parents to swim, so consequently this pool has had to close down due to poor water quality five times in the past six weeks.

In other words, a toddler or baby has urinated or defecated in the swimming pool. You might think that this is no big deal, but it impacts two local children’s swim clubs that are not allowed to swim on those days due to poor water quality. The parents of the children in the Orca Swim Club and Northern Sierra Aquatics who pay for their children to learn to swim are being shortchanged, as are their kids. This is not fair, especially when it is an easy fix. Every pool in other towns where these clubs have swam have signs posted that swim diapers are required in order to use the pool.

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Paul Pease: Nevada Union High School Class of '70 knows how to celebrate

July 24, 2015 — 

I, Paul Andrew Pease, class reunion president for the Nevada Union High School class of 1970, would like to offer my deepest love and deepest thanks to Jack and Deanna Mulligan for letting us have our 45-year class reunion at their house — and giving me the leftover food after everyone got done eating.

Thanks, also, to our cook Charley Phelps and the Class of 1970 for taking up a collection to pay my property taxes. Thanks also to the Class Reunion Committee and others for putting together the most wonderful class reunion, and treating me and others like family.

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Ralph Hitchcock: Don't call it Gracie Canal Ditch

July 24, 2015 — 

In a July 13 story in The Union, a reporter used the term “Gracie Canal Ditch.” This 130-year-old ditch has never been called that until the last few years when so many more people discovered what a great walk it is.

Until NID sees fit to change the name, it is the Lower Cascade Canal!

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Warren Knox: Fewer fire works incidents thanks to task force

July 24, 2015 — 

The July 4th holiday is one of my favorites of the year. But in the middle of this drought, with temperatures soaring, the potential for that celebration to spark more than fun was very high.

Last year, these celebrations created 80 fireworks related incidents that strained our local emergency services. These incidents create a significant danger to our community, and reduce the ability of emergency services to respond to more serious calls.

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Laura Patrick: Go see 'The Producers'

July 23, 2015 — 

Do yourself a favor, for entertainment, go see a live play in Nevada County! We have such talent in our area.

We just saw “The Producers” put on by Sierra Stages at the Nevada Theatre. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. Great actors, singing, dancing, and the costumes ... just wow!

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Bill Neville: Not all homeowners support Eskaton lawsuit

July 23, 2015 — 

This is to clarify the Eskaton Grass Valley Village articles which have appeared recently in The Union. I am writing on behalf of myself, an Eskaton homeowner.

Although from a legal perspective, the lawsuit filed by Coley and Lorini is technically on behalf of the “other 130-plus homeowners” of Eskaton Village, Grass Valley, it is inaccurate to infer all 130-plus homeowners agree with filing the lawsuit.

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Joan Bega: NID holds 'private' meeting on reservoir?

July 23, 2015 — 

Nevada Irrigation District has misled the public, and lied to me directly, about the new Parker Dam and Reservoir (now to be named the Centennial Dam). I’m devastated.

Those of us who live in Nevada County, near or on the Bear River, were sent a letter to a “private” meeting on July 7, to advise us that they would be flooding all or part of our property. Since when can a state public agency hold private meetings? The meeting had rules: you could not record the meeting, and you could not take pictures of the presentations. What else are they trying to hide?

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