Letters to the Editor

Dorsey interchange needed to save lives

April 19, 2014 — 

As a new nurse, I am incredibly happy to see the interchange at Dorsey Drive taking place. Access to the hospital will be faster, safer and in the end will help save lives. My husband, a firefighter, also agrees that the ability to access the Dorsey area will allow fire trucks to maneuver in a more efficient manner, again in the end, life-saving. As a young, growing family, we are looking to our elected officials to not only serve our needs, but also the needs of the community. Mayor Dan Miller, led the Grass Valley City Council in the decision to put monies towards Dorsey Drive, creating accessibility to an area that desperately needed it. We will be voting for Dan Miller for District 3 supervisor because he has proven his leadership capabilities. We hope you’ll join us in supporting Dan.

Ashley Eckhardt

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NC post office should clean up its property

April 19, 2014 — 

I am the owner of Nevada City Crystal and Glass. I, too, am concerned about the beautification of the exterior of our downtown buildings, as is our new postmaster, Kenny Weins. I wonder, however, if Kenny could start his beautification process by weed-whacking all the overgrown grass and weeds that surround the post office property from the parking lot to the front of the building, as this is more of a blight than the newspaper racks. I would be willing to do it for him as long as I don’t get arrested for destruction of federal property.

Dave Iorns

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Fiscal values differentiate Miller, Lamphier

April 19, 2014 — 

I am a Grass Valley resident and communicate with Mayor Dan Miller and Supervisor Terry Lamphier about twice a year on issues. My emails are short, respectful, and my requests are reasonable. Mayor Miller rarely answers my emails. Supervisor Lamphier always answers my emails promptly, even in disagreement.

Between February 2008 and June 2009, the Grass Valley Redevelopment Agency (which the city council runs) purchased three properties on South Auburn and Neal streets for about $1.1 million. With demolition, consultant fees, etc., the cost is much higher. In October 2013, the city’s consultant valued the three properties at $31,000 to $65,000. While redevelopment is not a profit endeavor, this is a poor return. In 2014, the Grass Valley City Council hired a new city manager for $163,000 plus generous benefits to run our city of 12,000 residents, a 20-percent pay increase over the last guy. Last month they hired a new finance director for $115,000, with possible bonus pay up to $132,000. These salaries are more than Nevada County pays the CEO and elected auditor.

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Two thumbs up

April 17, 2014 — 

Early Saturday morning, when leaving my home, I see our DA, Cliff Newell, landscaping the neighborhood island, cleaning and trimming trees that the city owns and has not maintained in the 30 years I’ve lived there. Cliff’s actions inspired others in my neighborhood to lend a helping hand.

It’s very nice of this man to do this on his own time. I would like to say “Thank you very much” to Cliff Newell for caring for our community and giving back to the community. He won my vote.

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Author of anti-gun legislation arrested for gun trafficking

April 17, 2014 — 

Well, after a long spell it finally turned up. Yes, another letter by our prolific anti-gun man. Yes, guns do kill people.

I wonder if his “Champion of Gun Control,” Mr. Yee, senator from San Francisco, had that in mind when he was arrest for “gun trafficking.”

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Twinkle town

April 17, 2014 — 

Please, Ms. Senum, stop. Your quest to make our funky little mountain town into a yuppie wine carnival has reached ridiculous proportions. We already have the cute little gas-light thing going on — and the Euro-Boardwalk deal. Why must we have the addition of circus lights? The county fair is in August; let’s not have it all year ‘round. This is historic Nevada City, not hysterical Nevada City.

San French

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The reality of Obamacare

April 17, 2014 — 

The two subject articles — “Obamacare turns out to be positive experience” (column on Monday, 4/14/14)) and “Health Insurance Hassle in Nevada County” (front page, Tuesday, 4/15/14) — sure are in direct opposition. The first is a dream letter, written by someone happy to be on Medicaid. The second, by Randy Harris, unfortunately fell into the net of false promises along with so many, believing the “Hope and Change” pied piper. “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it,” and better yet, “If you like your doctor, you can keep him.” Don’t forget the “Period” for emphasis placed after those now famous lies.

The over 2,000-page ACA has some more surprises for the gullible public. They will find out about hidden clauses having to do with death panels, IRS brown coat-type knowledge of personal health data, restrictions, and paying for care we don’t need or want (i.e. abortion) that lurk in that document. Welcome to socialized medicine, folks.

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Earth: We’re all in it together this Earth Day

April 17, 2014 — 

Earth Day has never been more important and timely given the recent alarming reports from the world’s scientists. We’re losing our planetary life-support system more quickly than they had anticipated, and they’ve known for decades. Our children will certainly suffer. We owe them an apology — and a habitable place to thrive.

We’ve had a great ride, but we used it up — most of the forests, fish, birds, agricultural land, petroleum and potable water — and we left even the air contaminated. We have to turn this around in a hurry. Now that will take a herculean effort on the part of individuals, communities, countries, industries and international organizations.

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Economic boom just beginning

April 16, 2014 — 

Fast forward: We are watching the beginnings of an economic boom on a scale never experienced before. We have entered a period of sustained growth that could eventually double the world’s economy every dozen years and bring increasing prosperity for — quite literally — billions of people on the planet. We are riding the early waves of a greatly expanding economy that will do much to solve seemingly intractable problems like poverty and to ease tensions throughout the world.

The face of the earth has changed dramatically and is changing ever faster. What would have taken 1,000 generations in the past may now happen in a single generation.

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Kraus a wolf in sheep’s clothing

April 16, 2014 — 

In response to Mr. Rick Kraus’ Other Voices column in Monday’s The Union, “Obamacare turns out to be a positive experience.”

Mr. Kraus must be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Only a Republican political activist could have written this letter. It is the poster child of what is wrong with The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Mr. Kraus, age 62, and his wife, 59, are able to quit their jobs, which enabls them to pay for health care coverage, retire and have the American taxpayers pay $1,214 of their $1,325 monthly health-care premium. We, the American taxpayers, are sooooo happy for you. Rich Daniels

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Pelosi lives in a liberal bubble

April 16, 2014 — 

Congresswoman Pelosi expressed the notion that Obamacare offers the opportunity for its participants to feel free to pursue their passions, be it art, music, poetry, etc., since the burden of providing health care has been lifted. This is officious nonsense. You still have to pay the bill, rent, groceries, taxes — the other necessary burdens of life. Ms. Pelosi lives in that elite liberal bubble filled with happy gas.

John Coon

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People kill people

April 16, 2014 — 

Contrary to Ron Lowe’s stirring the pot again, guns do not kill people, people kill people. Ever see a gun on a table kill someone without a human hand? Didn’t think so. From a news article: A Massachusetts police official says the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon before having shootouts with authorities didn’t have gun permits.

From my mate in Australia:

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Thanks, Northridge

April 15, 2014 — 

The Nevada County Jewish Community Center-Sisterhood would like to take this opportunity to thank Carlos and the staff at the Northridge in Penn Valley for sponsoring our fundraiser.

We not only made money, but we had a blast doing it. The staff felt like family, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was so positive. Again, thank you.

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We agree on one thing, a broken political system

April 15, 2014 — 

In response to Michele Spencer’s piece in The Union on April 4, some comments.

She rants about big corporations contributing to campaigns, particularly taking umbrage with the Koch brothers. Why not include George Soros, ACORN, MoveOn.org, and the unions, as well? They all try to buy elections. Then she goes on to cite Bernie Sanders (yes, the avowed socialist) as well as mentioning a tired quote from long dead King Louis XIV.

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April 15, 2014 — 

Endorse SB1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act

Citizen’s United is a transparent ploy to concentrate the power that rightfully belongs to individuals in the hands of wealthy, nonhuman entities. The United States was founded on the principles of a democratic society, not an oligarchy ruled by the wealthy with the power to buy self-serving laws. The Citizens United Act flies in the face of everything this country was built upon.

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April 15, 2014 — 

Endorse SB1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act

I am astonished that we would even need to explain why the imbecilic and blatant end of Democracy that our “Supreme” Court “ruled” needs to be overthrown, unless we actually prefer only the very most venal few govern us forevermore.

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My case for Fran Cole for supervisor

April 14, 2014 — 

Fran Cole is running for supervisor against the incumbent Hank Weston.

Weston is a well-known local official. But who is Fran Cole, and why is she hoping to unseat the sitting supervisor?

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I am supporting Hank Weston for District 4 supervisor

April 14, 2014 — 

The recently used campaign phrases of “a more sustainable economic ecosystem” and “we are ready to choose the future,” sound good, enlightened and worldly.

However, a supervisor, while always keeping the future of our community in mind, spends the most time in the trenches battling towards these lofty goals with baby steps.

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Bag ban brings about ‘new tax’

April 14, 2014 — 

I was a supplier for the grocery trade for 50 years.

The cost of grocery bags is passed on to the consumer by your local store as it is considered to be “overhead.” The cost is pro-rated across every item you buy. By adding a fee of 10 cents per bag, the consumer will pay twice for the bags, as the grocers will not lower the cost of the food you buy and only increase their profit at our expense. A store with 100,000 customers will make an additional $1,560,000 per year based on three bags per customer, per week.

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Community helps with IFM move

April 14, 2014 — 

I commend the tremendous group of Interfaith Food Ministry volunteers, clients and community members who helped us move from Whiting Street to Henderson Street on March 28 in the pouring rain. This was truly a collaborative effort from the packing, to the moving, to the unpacking and moving in.

A special thanks to the Early Day Gas Engine Tractor Association, Branch 13 & 111 who came with their trucks, trailers and a smile on their faces. We were once again overwhelmed by this community’s gifts of time, talent and resources.

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Thanks to The Union

April 14, 2014 — 

I would personally like to thank The Union for reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Nevada County.

I’m a lesbian who moved here from a big city. My wife and I love Nevada County, and we know that it will be our home for the rest of our lives. While the majority of folks have been very kind and accepting, the LGBT community can, at times, seem invisible in Nevada County.

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Support for new retail exists

April 11, 2014 — 

With all the growing shopping opportunities in Auburn, Roseville and Marysville-Yuba City, over $200 million in retail sales are leaving Grass Valley each year.

A Super Walmart, Costco and at least three new shopping centers are in the works for northern Auburn. A whole lot of local jobs follow this $200 million a year down the hill. It’s a fact that the majority of our community supports new retail choices in Grass Valley. This is clearly shown in the retail and consumer preference studies recently undertaken by the City of Grass Valley and by the $200 million in lost local sales each year.

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Guns do kill people

April 11, 2014 — 

Four dead and 16 injured at Fort Hood in Texas.

Gunsmiths and the NRA tell us every time a mass killing happens that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That being the case, this person must have been superhuman to kill and injure all these people in the space of a few minutes.

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Kudos on a great piece of satire

April 11, 2014 — 

Bravo to Peter Pohorsky for writing such an excellent piece of satire regarding same-sex unions and how it’s dissolving the procreative mission of marriage. My only criticism: He should have included banning from the sacred institution of marriage couples who are barren, sterile, have children outside of wedlock, adopt or choose not to have children. Hilarious!

Tinley Ireland

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Project Linus gets a boost

April 10, 2014 — 

A very grateful thank you to Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills for its recent award of a grant to the Nevada County Chapter of Project Linus.

This grant will assist us in our efforts to continue to provide handmade blankets to children in need of a hug within Nevada County.

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Vote YES on AB 2505 Home Dairy

April 10, 2014 — 

As a taxpaying mother, I implore you to protect my rights to maintain my childrens’ health and my personal freedom to continue to obtain the beautiful raw goat’s milk on which they’ve been raised! Though it will be an ill-timed hardship, I intend to come to the hearing.

Loraine Webb

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Fran has my vote for Nevada County supervisor, the District 4

April 10, 2014 — 

As witnessed on Thursday evening’s candidate forum at the Rood Center, Fran Cole by far has a vision for our county that is well beyond the other four candidates combined. She is not looking to act on issues to resolve in the short term, but wants to put programs in place that will far outlast her terms as our District 4 supervisor.

I want to see a change on the board of supervisors, and Fran will be that change. She has an energy and desire to bring about a new direction that is so sorely needed in our county. Fran Cole is committed, honest, ethical and very passionate about being your District 4 supervisor. She will more than prove these attributes once she is elected to this seat.

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Winners are? Fran and Terry

April 9, 2014 — 

After listening to the candidates for county supervisor answer questions, I concluded that Fran Cole and Terry Lamphier are the people to vote for. Here’s how the candidates came across to me.

Hank Weston appears to be a sweet, lovable guy. Hank told us how he has reacted to various crisis situations that have faced the county. However, as Fran pointed out, we need a board that is proactive, not reactive. Hank has served eight years. I think eight years is enough.

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Sale of Empire Mine illegal

April 9, 2014 — 

The pronouncement by the state of California that it was looking into the sale of the Empire Mine park and property is not only outrageous, but illegal. The state does not own the park, the people of California and the United States own the park; the parks department is given the responsibility of maintaining the park for the people.

The state parks department previously showed that it is incapable of good administration when it withheld millions of dollars and attempted to shut down many of the parks, claiming it did not have enough money to keep them open.

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This is the real Obamacare

April 9, 2014 — 

The Affordable Care Act has canceled as many existing health insurance policies as it has signed up new ones. Obama announced 7.1 million new sign-ups on his website — prove it!

As the CBO writes,“CBO and JCT project that, as a result of the ACA, between 6 and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA estimates.”

Further, to the contractor who wrote to The Union the other day describing a Blue Shield plan that had lower deductibles and added more coverage — he failed to mention the ACA has subsidies on the other end. So, his neighbors are subsidizing his plan.

He should have thanked his neighbors, not President Obama.

M. James Currier

Nevada City

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