Letters

Mike Schatz: Editorial said it well

July 22, 2016 — 

Kudos to The Union’s editorial board for their article, “Impact of Senum’s words extend far beyond Nevada City.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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Susan Pelican: An open letter to Nevada County supervisors

July 22, 2016 — 

Dear Supervisors:

I write to ask you to put forth a reasonable ordinance. This means:

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Deborah Herrera: Top-notch customer service at Riebe's

July 21, 2016 — 

A big “thank you” to Dave at Riebe’s Auto Parts. You went above and beyond, helping me with my Hyundai windshield wiper blade issues.

Not only you figured out the right wipers, you even put them on for me, a thoroughly un-mechanical lady who is extremely grateful.

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Sharon Franssen: Target put on law enforcement officers

July 21, 2016 — 

Well guess what ... it has happened again; police officers assassinated while in the line of duty. Do you really think it can’t happen here? Council person Ms. Senum has put a target on the back of every law enforcement officer in our county.

Her outrageous comments are totally unacceptable and her apology was too little, too late. If she continues to put her ego before the good of Nevada County, she should be recalled, or at the very least, resign her council seat.

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Lisa Murphy: Just wondering

July 20, 2016 — 

Thank you to the owners of the old event center off Highway 174. They added value and intrigue to the area by having a spectacular entrance installed.

As you travel on Highway 174 toward the Bear River, it reads, “HEAVEN” and as you head away, it reads, “NEVAEH.”

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Tim Alexander: More guns, less restrictions not the answer

July 20, 2016 — 

When our son was 13, he bought a BB gun, with my permission, that shot 3,000 BBs per minute.

We had a lot of fun with it, shooting at cans and bottles. The NRA won’t be happy until a weapon is developed that can shoot 3,000 rounds per minute. Then during a mass shooting even more innocent people will be mowed down.

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Dick Sciaroni: Without government you get anarchy

July 20, 2016 — 

We often hear people complain they are tired of the government telling them what to do. Yet without government we would have anarchy.

Society requires compromise, and government is the means to ensure a harmonious society. Despite claims to the contrary, government per se is not tyranny. It arises from our desire for order and the recognition that, to live in harmony, we must temper the range of our actions.

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John Short: Gold Country Lift a valuable asset

July 20, 2016 — 

For those who may not be aware of The “Gold Country Lift,” it is the county funded transportation that permits persons who are in wheel chairs or otherwise physically non-mobile, to reach their appointments.

I recently had reason to use this service several times over the past few weeks. They are always timely, flexible, friendly and very careful to follow all safety procedures. Even if your appointment is delayed, throwing off the pre-planned schedule, they handle it with ease. When you have no other way to reach your destination, The “Gold Country Lift” is the only practical solution.

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Lisa Schliff: Stats say Clinton the most truthful

July 18, 2016 — 

A vote for Hillary Clinton in the final election is a vote for the best candidate. She has vast political experience, terrific oratory skills, has supported the empowerment of women, girls and children throughout her lifetime, and is honest and trustworthy.

Why would I think “honest” when the numerous scandals heaved at Clinton since she became the first lady in 1993 prove otherwise? Actually, they prove the opposite.

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Donald Ringen: Trust starts from the top?

July 18, 2016 — 

We now know where Hillary Clinton gets her training on trust. How can we trust the president of the United States when he made the following statement?

Obama: “It’s easier for a teenager to get his hands on a Glock than a computer ... or even a book!”

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Bruce Van Zee: Wood splitter for senior program stolen

July 18, 2016 — 

Recently, an egregious theft occurred. The large hydraulic wood splitter used for splitting large rounds of firewood for qualifying seniors for the Senior Firewood program was stolen.

This splitter is essential, as it has a hydraulic lift to raise large pieces of fuel wood too heavy to lift by hand. The splitter was originally provided to the program by individual donations totaling $10,000.

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Tim Eggar: Senum comments unbelievable

July 17, 2016 — 

Unbelievable! Ms. Senum, you are a disgrace to public office and to any and all law enforcement personnel current and former and most importantly to this county. You should just go quietly into the night and never return to any public office. Again, unbelievable!

Tim Eggar

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Lee Blakemore: Salute a cop today

July 17, 2016 — 

When passing uniformed police on the street, I suggest that citizens simply hand salute to show respect and support, especially if it is inconvenient to offer verbal thanks for their service.

A small but important gesture particularly during these difficult times for police officers. Please help perpetuate this and other expressions of support for our police.

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Sandra Stanley: A little smile goes a long way

July 17, 2016 — 

I can only say ‘Amen’ to Hollie Grimaldi Flores’ important words in her July 14 column.

I was waiting at the traffic light at East Main and South Auburn streets on my way home in Grass Valley. A woman from another culture was standing there with a very unpleasant look on her face. For some reason I smiled at her and her face lit up, glowing. We had a moment of true connection. I really felt like a cultural boundary had been breached.

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Sven Ostrom: Fires still allowed in campgrounds?

July 15, 2016 — 

The new fire restrictions set in place by the U.S. Forest Service are appropriate. But how in the heck are they still allowing open fires in campgrounds, some that are close to populated areas?

I would like to also suggest that The Union, at the end of the fire season, do an investigative report about the money spent suppressing this year’s fires vs. the money spent thinning the forests and building defensible fire lines around foothill communities, before a fire forces the work to be done anyway and in a less cost-effective way.

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Lori Nunnink-Taylor: A new day for Anew day

July 15, 2016 — 

The board of directors, staff, and volunteers of Anew Day would like to express our deepest appreciation to members of the Nevada County community who reached out to help as we faced difficult financial times during recent months.

Thank you to The Union for allowing our voice to be heard – and that of those we serve — and sharing our collective need with the community. And thank you to others who have faithfully and consistently stood by us through 10 years of service.

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Dave, Sue Mott: Trust and love law enforcers

July 15, 2016 — 

We are supportive of all our local police, and are especially thankful for the hard work of Chief Alex Gammelgard, and of course all his volunteers, in the down and dirty work of cleaning up the Wolf Creek area. This was over and above his duties.

In this sad day when people are suspicious and ugly toward those who guard our safety and welfare, we say thank God for our local law enforcers. We trust them and love them.

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Janet Vega: Time to find common ground

July 14, 2016 — 

In response to Mike Lawrence’s letter in The Union regarding Ms. Senum’s post regarding the Dallas shootings, Really Mike?

I am always astounded when people rub up against something that triggers them, that they want to retaliate and get punitive and punish the person who holds a different opinion. It seems to me, last time I looked, we live in a free country and we are allowed to speak our minds without retaliation. I think Ms. Senum brought up some good points, and I did not feel she was blaming or putting down our police. I may not agree with everything she said, but isn’t it important to open our minds and use this as an opportunity to educate, and discuss all sides to any issue? How is not coming to Nevada City and spending your money here helping? Why punish all shop owners, why punish Ms. Senum (best taco in town, I might add)? Why punish at all? It is divisive, it does not bring folk together.

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Jon Heinrich: Not proud of Nevada County

July 14, 2016 — 

I was once quite proud of living and raising my kids in Nevada County for over 25 years. I have talked proudly about where we lived, the beauty of the area, and the uniqueness of the mix of people who for the most part figured out how to get along.

I am sad to now say that I a not proud of the reflection on Nevada County made by Nevada City Councilwoman Reinette Senum. It is bad enough to make the national news as the most uninoculated population in California, but now to have a representative of the county use the tragic event in Dallas as a political platform is inexcusable.

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San French: Far right spiraling out of control

July 13, 2016 — 

I truly love the letters of William Larsen. Every once in awhile someone is able to succinctly express the ideas in your own head.

His theses on the coalescing of capitalism and socialism is the very definition of common sense.

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Bill Alexander: Time to talk, not get lost in the heat

July 13, 2016 — 

Are there any adults running things in Nevada City? I’m hoping the juvenile actions of the few are newsworthy due to the rarity.

I will lay no claim to Solomon-like wisdom, but ... Councilwoman Senum, stifle your Twitter/Facebook urges and tone down the language. I’m pretty sure she’s already heard that from friends and supporters, so nothing revolutionary in that. Your point that there is a need to address the ongoing conflict between some law enforcement officers and minorities gets lost in the heat.

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Lori Codey: Senum should be held accountable

July 13, 2016 — 

Just as some police officers are bad, so are some of nearly any group, religion, organization, and (obviously) elected officials. They are the minority.

For anyone to categorically paint an entire group of professionals as out-of-control killers, based on the often over-publicized, irresponsible actions of a few, is appalling. Just as those bad police officers should be held accountable for their actions, so should Councilwoman Senum.

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Jonathan Keehn: Good effort in protecting Wolf Creek watershed

July 13, 2016 — 

Kudos to Grass Valley officials, and in particular Public Works Director Tim Kiser and Police Chief Alex Gammelgard, for accommodating environmental concerns of Wolf Creek Community Alliance during construction of the emergency access road on Wolf Creek just south of town.

Their willingness to work to protect the Wolf Creek watershed, including substituting equipment to reduce excavation footprint and planning for restoration, all while fulfilling the difficult task of accessing the area, was much appreciated.

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Jan Tache: Don't resign, Reinette Senum

July 13, 2016 — 

I cannot understand why The Union did not choose to quote the full statement by Reinette Senum. Here is a very relevant part of her statement:

“Whether because of the lack of systemic changes or the continued acquittal of police officers charged with murder, many American citizens are feeling helpless towards this rising conflict. In 2014 and 2015 not one officer was convicted for murder when there were roughly 1,000 deadly shootings per year. This statistic is sending people into the streets to protest.”

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Jeff Sheldon: Senum's statement of a 'fringe mentality'

July 12, 2016 — 

Nevada City Councilwoman Reinette Senum’s statement with regard to the murdered Dallas Police Officers, and American law enforcement officers in general, is ludicrous, offensive and of a fringe mentality. She is not fit to hold public office and as long as she does I will no longer frequent nor conduct business in Nevada City. I ask others to do the same.

Senum’s obviously desperate and disingenuous apology will not “walk back” her mind set. She needs to resign or be impeached. Her continuance in office will only serve to blight and demean those who live, conduct business and serve, in Nevada City. Semper Fi.

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Ellen Del Valle: Senum's comments destructive to our town

July 12, 2016 — 

There are no published “private comments” for public officials. In accepting public office, Ms. Senum took on the responsibility of representing our community, not simply herself.

Her assertion that our entire nation’s police are under some “insane,” mayhem-creating directive to “go out there and kill” is divisive, demoralizing and destructive to our town.

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Marilyn Nyborg, Georgia Dow: Time for a deeper conversation

July 12, 2016 — 

How 20 words followed by a sincere apology can wipe clean years and years of community service? We often see this as a Christian community, a forgiving people!

Perhaps we feel we can make an exception for people we don’t agree with?

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Bob Larive: Pot ordinance — here we go again

July 11, 2016 — 

We received an edition of The Union on July 9 that included an article on the pot ordinance discussions. Here we go again.

The growers advocate 25 to 50 plants. Give me a break. Just how sick does a person have to be to need 50 marijuana plants to “heal” them? They want to grow and sell their product. The need for medical marijuana is just the excuse to grow and profit from the weed. Also, it is the “camel’s nose under the tent.” Give them the opportunity to cheat and they will.

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Melisa Agness: Nevada Union senior project a tremendous success

July 11, 2016 — 

This a huge kudos to Eva Caisse, a recent graduate of Nevada Union High School. She planned and carried out a Sadie Hawkins dance as her senior project. The funds of over $2,700 dollars were provided to fund free mammograms and breast ultrasounds for needy women in our community at Insight Imaging.

Her effort touches numerous lives and may save a life! Job well done Eva, thank you.

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Mike Lawrence: Senum's 'hateful speech' should not be tolerated

July 10, 2016 — 

As a former state police officer and resident of Nevada County, I am shocked and appalled at the thoughtless and reprehensible comments made by Nevada City Councilperson Senum, in the wake of the Dallas shootings.

Five brave officers died and others were wounded protecting the rights of protesters, to protest recent nationwide police actions. She cannot walk her initial comments back and claim a “mulligan.”

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