Letters

Debbie Luckinbill: Oral health and nutrition a winning combo

August 23, 2016 — 

The Grass Valley Ladies Relief Society would like to thank the Food Bank of Nevada County for allowing us to hand out toothbrushes, toothpaste, timers and bookmarks to the children participating in the Food Bank’s Summer Lunch Program.

We were able to deliver 142 bags of oral health supplies and information to children up to the age of 18. In conjunction with our focus on dental needs in this county, we are pleased to see that the lunches provided by the Food Bank are healthy and nutritious. Along with the lunches, the children seemed very pleased with the toothbrush and toothbrushes, and especially the two-minute timers.

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Jo Ann Muetterties: Important film not being shown locally

August 23, 2016 — 

I have been looking forward to seeing the movie, “Hillary’s America,” having read the book by Dinesh D’Souza when it first came out.

A recent foot injury prevented my seeing the movie yet. Two friends did see it, one in Yuba City and another in Sacramento and reported a very positive reaction of approval. When I called the local theaters, I was told they had no plans to book it. There are only a limited number of copies and not enough interest. There are irrefutable facts in the book and movie and that doesn’t sit well with the Democrat Party. After his book and movie on “Obama’s America,” D’Souza was arrested and charged with the “crime” of donating slightly more than the law allows for a campaign contribution. His defense was he did “not intend to break any law” but was sentenced to eight months in prison with hardened criminals, rapists and murderers. After breaking too many laws to count, the lack of “intent” is what got Hillary off, free of any charges. Two standards? You bet.

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Paul Hauck: GOP still mostly white and male

August 23, 2016 — 

I would like to add another observation to those of Ms. Eubanks’ excellent piece (The Union, Aug. 12). When the cameras panned the Republican convention they revealed nothing short of a sea of white faces comprising the delegates.

This was in stark contrast to the Democratic gathering and does not bode well for the future of the GOP.

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Pat Lane: Hate to think all Trump supporters are like this

August 23, 2016 — 

Recently I was driving south on Highway 49 near Empire Street. I was overtaking and passing a small white car driven by a young kid.

Just as my front wheels were drawing even with his rear ones, he suddenly started to pull over into my lane. I honked to alert him to my presence, but he continued until he was right in front of me and then he jammed on his brakes! I almost rear-ended him but managed to brake in time.

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Lt. George Steffenson: Thank you for the support, Nevada County

August 22, 2016 — 

Since the tragic loss of Dallas Police Officers on July 7, law enforcement in Nevada County has experienced a tremendous outpouring of support from our local community businesses, various entities throughout the county, and from others.

Almost daily I hear stories of people coming up to law enforcement personnel at businesses, public venues, and community events to simply thank them for their service to our community. Additionally, the Grass Valley Area California Highway Patrol has received numerous letters and cards in the last few weeks thanking law enforcement. It has been humbling listening to these stories and personally experiencing the support this county has for all its first responders from every agency.

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Bob O'Brien: Speak your truth, but ride a fast horse

August 22, 2016 — 

I would like to respond to Frederic Christie’s “Your entitlement is showing.” While this is an entertaining response to my July 20 article - Politically Correctness is Killing Us, Frederic, you have totally missed the point!

What I was trying to say is it is appropriate to speak your truth: if you feel someone has made a racist argument or statement, speak out about it and call it racist. But then be prepared to explain yourself and have a rational conversation with the perceived perpetrator. You may be right or you may have misunderstood said speaker. I was saying it is always appropriate to speak the truth as you see it.

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Louise McFadden: Round Table a true community partner

August 21, 2016 — 

Three cheers for Round Table Pizza on Sutton Way in Grass Valley.

The Nevada Union High School staff wanted to help the Bishop family while Jodanna is bravely working hard to recover from her recent stroke. Round Table has agreed to be the site of a fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 25. Money raised will continue to help the Bishops as they walk the road to recovery with Jodanna. Heartfelt thanks to this business for helping out.

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Wayne Hild: Climate change is here

August 21, 2016 — 

Here we go again. Another 500 year flood is killing people and devastating communities in a red southern state.

This is the eighth such 500 year occurrence in the last 15 months! The unbelievable 31 inches of rain Louisiana has received in the last week is a once in a 1,000 year occurrence!

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Ehud, Brittany Gat: Good things to say about the hospital

August 19, 2016 — 

You often hear the horror stories about hospitals around this country, about bad experiences and poor results. I want to share the opposite kind of story about Sierra Nevada Memorial here in Grass Valley.

Our first daughter was delivered by C-section last Wednesday. We have been in the Women and Infant Care Unit since. Throughout the whole experience, the staff at the hospital has been true to the slogan “hello humankindness.” From the pre-op nurses, through the fantastic OR crew, the operation wasn’t just smooth and relatively easy, it also took place in an atmosphere of calmness, sensitivity and support that helped us through the fears involved in such complex procedures.

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Annamaria Sauer: Lead by example, Ms. Senum

August 18, 2016 — 

Some letters to the editor suggest we should stop talking about Ms. Senum’s heinous statements on the internet. Let’s forget and forgive. I disagree.

I am a 13-year resident of Nevada City. Ms. Senum is a civic leader with her inherent and well understood responsibilities and limitations. This is not her first term serving on the city council and she actually for a period was our mayor. Her ill-advised incendiary remarks were totally inexcusable and cannot be dismissed by the city council for any reason. Yes, they have a city to run, but to do so they have to follow the rule of conduct they swore to abide by.

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Diane Masini: Careful what you post

August 18, 2016 — 

I would like to suggest to the wonderful, supposedly sane and intelligent people who have recently found a new calling in life, posting to our many types of social media that they please do a little research on the subject prior to broadcasting statements that have whipped them into such a state that they have lost their common sense.

Because the documentation we so often provide our friends and colleagues is derogatory information we have read on the web and in publications, I began checking the “drivel” for the truth/facts.

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Ron Lowe: Trump a scary option

August 17, 2016 — 

You can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig. This is a perfect description of Donald Trump, who marches to his own drummer, adheres to his own set of morals, and has seduced millions of Americans into believing that his tremendous brain and business acumen are just what the country needs.

Now Donald Trump is playing on the fears of Republican gun owners saying that a President Hillary Clinton would take their guns away. Liar, liar, pants on fire! But, the worst part of Donald’s lie is that some loony loner could act on it turning it into a tragic reality.

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John Keane: Closer to the truth than people think

August 17, 2016 — 

According to the latest Justice Department investigation, race-based police injustice has been going on in Baltimore and other cities for a long time.

Reinette Senum might be to the left of Jesus Christ and not P.C., but she wasn’t far off the mark on this one.

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Chuck Frank: Why disregard other variables on climate change

August 17, 2016 — 

When reflecting upon the latest climate change/water impact article published by The Union, there was disregard for other major variables that enter into the drought equation when it comes to the lack of water.

Global warming theory has peaked and is now in decline. The UK’s Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is now dismantling their global warming bureaucracy. This happened after the UK’s exit of the European Union. The inaccuracies of scientific evidence does not support man-made climate change, while 32,000 scientists, including 9,000 Ph.D.’s also support this same view.

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Nancy Brost: Couldn't have been said it better

August 15, 2016 — 

In the July 30 edition of The Union, Nancy Mitchell candidly talks about why Measure W didn’t pass in her guest column, “Winners and Losers.”

In the months leading to the June Primary there was little mention in The Union questioning where the thousands of outside dollars came from to pay for radio and newspaper advertisements to defeat Measure W. Most people understood that the primary need to defeat W was about money and profit — less about medicinal use.

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Anita Wald-Tuttle: Students can 'opt out' of military list

August 14, 2016 — 

Although it still feels like summer, school is back in session beginning Aug. 17, and once again, the Grandmothers for Peace of Nevada County will be out on the sidewalk in front of Nevada Union High School to bring awareness to “Opt-Out Forms” and the need to turn them in as soon as possible.

What are “Opt-Out Forms?” Even though these forms are part of the student packets, many parents overlook them because they are listed as “optional,” and when there are so many mandatory items to pay attention to these can be overlooked. This applies to all high school students in our area, no matter which of the high schools they attend. The Opt-Out forms need to be filled out and returned to the school office in order to ensure that the student’s contact information is removed from the list before it is turned over to the military recruiters. Grandmothers for Peace will be out in front of Nevada Union High School on Aug. 18-19, handing out the forms and raising awareness.

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Dick Panzica: Hillary's America

August 14, 2016 — 

A friend mentioned to me that Trump “terrorizes me.” The next day I heard those exact words from the national media. As I thought about that emotion I wondered if babies still in the womb experienced the same emotion about Hillary.

As a retired USAF navigator, I can honestly say that Hillary as commander in chief is my worst nightmare. Ask any person in uniform. Look at the state of our military forces today as a result of eight years of Obama. Look at what’s happening to our world as a result of the weakness of our current president. I don’t want a third term of Obama’s “changes.” I can’t believe someone whose inaction resulted in the loss of American lives in Benghazi and then lied to the parents about it. Hillary has done everything in her power to enrich the Clintons.

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Elaine Whooley: What about pagans?

August 12, 2016 — 

Supervisor Beason’s suggestion for the inclusion of clergymen in the decision making process for the final medical marijuana ordinance hit a bright spot.

There are many well-qualified and well-respected pagan spiritual leaders in the large pagan community in his district, who would be good candidates.

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Jacqueline Turner: Mentors for life

August 12, 2016 — 

The elderly lady who sips on her coffee and waits for her mate in her beautiful white dress, yet no one shows up.

The child searching for a heart that could love him unconditionally.

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Joanne Crouch: Clinton not trustworthy

August 12, 2016 — 

There is not one word of truth in the letter from Lisa Schliff! Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy — she is an absolute disgrace.

All a person has to do is to listen to Shaun Smith’s mother. Her son was brutally murdered (along with three others) at the embassy. She has been on Fox News several times and sadly tells how Hillary lied to her face about what happened in Benghazi. Since that time, Hillary has actually said that Mrs. Smith was a liar. Clinton’s email scandal cannot be just ignored, but because of blatant corruption, people like Lisa Schliff act like the entire FBI investigation was field by the Republicans and Hillary did absolutely nothing wrong!

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Cheryl Cook: Family values?

August 11, 2016 — 

Regarding the op-ed of Aug. 2 entitled, “Appalled by abhorrent attitudes toward women.”

As women, we always choose what to bring onto the stage of a masculine dominated world. We can choose to bring the unique insight and wisdom of the feminine persona. Or we can choose to bring the Femme Fatale.

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Gary Pesselt: Hillary untruthful

August 11, 2016 — 

Lisa Schiff, wake up to reality. Hillary Clinton is the most untruthful person to come down the pike. You state, “Politifact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checker, finds Clinton to be the most truthful candidate of all parties in this election season and over the years.” This is an outright lie.

Please go to what Politifact really has to say. You should print a retraction to your fairytales and try to save face and set the record straight as a few out there might just believe you.

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Madelyn Helling: Grass Valley library gets national recognition

August 11, 2016 — 

The staff, volunteers and supporters of the Grass Valley Library are to be thanked so much for their acknowledgement of its importance to the public at its 100th anniversary gathering on Aug. 4.

It is rewarding to know that this historic 1916 Carnegie Library, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is also appreciated by the largest library in the world — the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. — which included it in its 2016 calendar of “12 charming public libraries.”

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George Rebane: Zink muddles the issue

August 11, 2016 — 

Mr. Phil Zink’s recent Other Voices column continues the argument that people other than Ms. Reinette Senum’s constituents have a right, beyond exercising their voices and wallets, to determine her political future.

Ignoring her received support, he seems to miss that Ms. Senum may well and most likely does represent the attitudes of some Nevada City residents, especially those who voted for her. In formulating our counsel concerning Ms. Senum, we should understand that:

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Joanne Clark: 'Kick it up' at the fair

August 10, 2016 — 

I was very disappointed when I realized I had missed the deadline for entries to the Nevada County Fair. But, I woke up this morning and thought, if I’m left with a lemon, make lemonade.

Why not write something for The Union to celebrate the fair and this wonderful community of ours? So, if the boot fits ...

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Kenneth Whitt: Out of touch supes need to go

August 10, 2016 — 

It’s clear after reading the very recent Measure W issues, there is only one sure cure for the county supervisors’ belligerent actions: vote them out of office.

Each of us needs to do several things immediately, watch each of the supervisors’ actions closely in everything they do, attend meetings and impeach them if we can in the interim by catching them in the act. But mostly we need to vote them out of office in the next election — this includes the sheriff. Let’s show them what 60 percent of the voters can do and get rid of them.

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Sally Knutson: Fun and worthwhile fundraiser

August 9, 2016 — 

The annual Hospice breakfast at the Nevada Elks Club has been a must for our family for years.

Thanks to the imagination of Sandie Blake, two of our grandsons have won delightful raffle baskets. This year’s “Ice Cream Extravaganza” caught the eye of Nicholas, an eleven year old from Atlanta, Georgia. He deposited all of his 50 tickets in that can and was a winner.

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Nicki Kennedy: President campaigning on company time

August 9, 2016 — 

Whew! Aren’t we pleased the conventions are over! It seemed like they would go on forever!

One thing was said that should be upsetting to any registered voter, regardless of the party. Our president, Barack Obama, has stated that he will totally clear his calendar for the month of October to campaign for the Democratic candidate. He was “hired” by voters and his salary comes from taxpayer monies. Wouldn’t it be nice if all voters could take the month off and do as they please?

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Sam Donato: Evolve, ye knights

August 8, 2016 — 

To the Board of Supervisors: I am not sure what era you think you can return to but you have to understand — this is the 21st century and a democracy in America.

Democracy means majority rules. You must think you are the knights of a kingdom and the “Royal” has you doing his bidding, defending the kingdom against a “terrible scourge.” Time to come out of the Dark Ages into the light, embrace change! Educate yourselves and realize our county could be a leader in quality and innovation — earning revenue honestly and organically — not relying on federal bounty money. The Royal has shown you the worst cases — there are also many more great cases of environmental respect and organic operations. Prohibition turned citizens into outlaws.

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Sue Schwarz: Reminders for dog owners

August 8, 2016 — 

Since it has been so beastly hot, here are two prescient reminders for dog owners.

Many of you, of course, are aware of the following, but for those who haven’t thought about it consider this: walking or running with your dog in and of itself is great. But, you are wearing shoes! Dogs, while their pads can be relatively thick, are subject to pavement that can become so hot first degree burns may be sustained (not to mention the awful discomfort of continued contact with asphalt/cement, etc.).

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