Letters to the Editor
Our scarce Republican Congressman, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, who normally sends his aides to hear the concerns of constituents, and who doesn’t even show up for candidate forums, held court in Grass Valley City Hall on Friday morning, Aug. 15. In person!
The city council chambers were only about a quarter full. Polled as to how they heard about the meeting, most had received an email sent only to Republicans, two or three read it in the paper, several heard by word of mouth.Learn more »
As artistic director of InConcert Sierra and Sierra Master Chorale, I’m enjoying recollections and feeling proud of the 2013-14 season of exceptional classical music we brought to our community.
I wish to thank our valued contributors, advertisers, volunteers, media sponsors, musicians, board members and audiences for their enthusiastic support. Thanks also to the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church congregation, Pastors Jeff Richards and Tim McMillen, and secretary Anna McMillen for welcoming the performance of great music in the wonderful acoustic of the SDA sanctuary.Learn more »
The Tuesday, Aug. 12, edition featured Liz Kellar’s thorough recounting of Samuel Adams’ alleged extensive criminal history over the last two years.
His list of felonies, misdemeanors and failures to appear are shocking.Learn more »
I’m so thankful for the wonderful opportunity that Nevada County youth have to raise, exhibit and auction animals at the fair and to show their still exhibits. It was recently brought to my attention that many communities no longer have fairs because they were not able to be fiscally viable. I appreciate that we have an excellent fair CEO and board of directors. I am also aware that we have a tremendously supportive community that believes in and generously supports the youth. As a parent, teacher and 4-H leader, I see the difference they make in children’s lives.
Julie BousfieldLearn more »
If we are treading on Nancy Eubanks’ freedom (“Don’t Let Your Freedom Tread On Me,” Aug. 4)., we would be happy to stop if she would do the same for others. How have we stepped on her reproductive freedom and freedom from religion?
Birth control products and abortions are certainly available. The issue is who will be forced to pay for these choices. The answer is she should pay for her own free choices. After all, she makes a strong point for women having advanced in the job market so why is it a “war on women” to ask them to pay for their own birth control and abortions, both of which are legal in our country.Learn more »
The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County Directors would like to thank all who helped make our fair booth, “Our Children Need Peace to Thrive,” a great success.
This includes our 31 volunteers from the Brady Campaign, Grandmothers for Peace, Palestine/Israel Working Group, The Peace Alliance, Woolman Semester, Kentucky Flat Preschool, Communities Beyond Bias, Nevada County Drone Watch, Occupy BAFB and the Nevada County Fair Board, staff and the pubic.Learn more »
In my opinion, the Board of Supervisors made a foolhardy decision by denying the appeal of the Lockyer/Ericksons regarding the deed restrictions the county wants to place on their property. The lone “no vote” was by Supervisor Anderson, who by his comments and examples showed the best understanding of the issues being debated.
By denying the appeal we taxpayers will likely pay an extreme price to cover the damages and legal expenses incurred by the Lockyer/Ericksons if their position (as more or less confirmed by the Superior Court’s recent ruling) is affirmed and upheld in the lawsuits that have been filed and will now proceed.Learn more »
I would like to comment on the “smoking” ordinance in Nevada City.
It’s my opinion the city council are a narrow-minded, short-term thinking kinda folk. A lot of people with good money to spend have enjoyed that beautiful little town in the past. My wife and I can be counted among those people. We will unfortunately have to find another town to adopt, as we also smoke. I hate the decision the council is rendering, but my civil liberties are in jeopardy and will not have a “nanny” telling me what and where I may do things.Learn more »
Israel could easily bring all of this violence and carnage to a screeching halt. They could stop using heavy military equipment, creating massive death and carnage.
Equipment we in the United States provide to them with no strings attached. They are militarily occupying another country and have been for over 50 years.Learn more »
Regarding diverting traffic from I-80 down Highway 49:
What about lowering the roadway 16 inches? That’s a heck of a lot faster and simpler than raising all seven bridges (especially the rail crossing). Some quick digging tractor work and repaving (Hansen Bros?). Possibly a slow seven days work each? All at once? Two days of ripping up concrete. One day tractor regrading. One day pour. Three days or more concrete curing?Learn more »
Regarding the guest column, “Who is Jim Firth?” by Keoni Allen on Aug. 15, it was a great reply to Jim Hemig’s original column.
What makes it special is that our merchants put in very long hours, and it takes time for a person who is tired to take the time out to reply to Jim Firth.Learn more »
Publisher Jim Hemig, in his recent article, fails to capture the essence of the meaning of “good ol’ boy.”
“Good ol’ boy” around here refers to a group of people who support and protect the status quo. “good ol’ boys or girls” may have arrived here a few months ago, or they may have lived here all their lives.Learn more »
Kudos to Bea, a receptionist and ticket vendor at the Nevada County Fair, who, when I asked her if there were any “cane vendors” at the fair, graciously loaned me her cane for the day.
I had inadvertently left my cane at home.Learn more »
Hey fellow Nevada Countians. The next time you see Steve Loomis at Hills Flat Lumber, Robert Bare, Scott Mantel, and/or Jaysen McDaniels, be sure to give them kudos for their generosity as volunteer officials at the “2014 Saved by Second Base” fundraiser.
Proceeds exceeded $6,000 and are available to cover mammography and diagnostic costs. Anyone in need should see Melisa Agness at Insight Imaging to take advantage of Sb2B funds.Learn more »
Thank you Dennis Kocher and God bless you for your service to our country and all your volunteer work for Nevada County.
We are blessed to have many former military men and women volunteer their time helping those in need. Having family members who have served our country since World War II up to the present time, Nevada County has always supported members of the military in many ways and proud of it.Learn more »
The ZIP book program, is “the gift that keeps on giving.” Thank you to Wayne Walker and the ZIP program at the Grass Valley Library. Only a reader could know the thrill of a new book. On behalf of all of us who can’t afford one, this makes it really special.
Donna DayLearn more »
Our education crisis in America has spawned a new acronym: STEM for science, technology, engineering and math. Our government and politicians are not helping. The public is told that unemployment is at 6.1 percent. It is greater than 15 percent.
For years we’ve been told the “illegal” population in America is 11 million. The true number is north of 14 million.Learn more »
In reference to The Union’s Aug. 1 article entitled, “Parents say Girl Scouts discriminated against daughter with disability,” my husband, Bruce, and I raised our four daughters and two sons, who are now adults, in Southern California. We were a very active scouting family, committee chair, den mother, Brownie, Junior, cadet and leader. The troops were involved with were blessed with very active parents.
Our scout counsels’ rule was whenever there was a scout outing there should be one adult to every five scouts. One of the boy scouts had ADP, or Auditory Processing Disorder, and his father was always there so his son could have fun with friends.Learn more »
This letter is directed to all pit bull owners. Please, please keep your dogs on a leash (properly restrained) or locked up. I personally know of two small Shih Tzu’s (in their own yards) who have died of complications from pit bull attacks in just the past week, and how often I read in the police blotter of attacks on animals and people by pit bulls.
Please beware of your own pets, livestock or even family members if you own a pit.Learn more »
In the City of Grass Valley, if you want to remove a tree from your property you need to get a permit. This costs $129. You fill out the paperwork and mark the tree. If approved after city inspection they send you a notice to post on the tree for 10 days.
If no one protests, after the appeal period, the city sends you a letter of approval. After removal you must plant another tree because the city “values the contribution which such trees make to the beauty and quality of life in Grass Valley.”Learn more »
Last March 20, Dr. Bigelsen’s clinic was shut down by investigators for the California Medical Board. When the doctor called the police for help, they came — and supported the investigators. Thus, the 72-year-old doctor lost his practice, his home and his livelihood.
Guilty until proven innocent appears to be the process he is undergoing. I always thought it was the other way around.Learn more »
A huge thank you to Arly Helm and all of the volunteers from the Breastfeeding Coalition of Nevada County for sponsoring the “Rock and Relax” booth at the fair this year. It was wonderful to have a cool, clean, and comfortable area to feed and change my son.
Thank you for supporting our community’s children — and their moms!Learn more »
As our freedoms continue to erode, our Constitution is shred, and our economy continues to be stagnant, it’s hard to understand how anyone can stand up and tout this president’s achievements.
But Nevada County has Ron Lowe, cheerleader for the left. Lowe fails to mention the real accolades of Obama’s presidency. Standing by while American citizens are killed in Libya and then lying to the faces of their families as to how and why they were killed. Maybe we should pat Obama on the back for his handling of Iraq, Syria and the rest of the Middle East. And maybe we should congratulate him for his handling of the border crisis.Learn more »
The Nevada County Board of Supervisors conservative majority is consistently making decisions at odds with conservative principles of limited government, individual freedom, and fiscal responsibility. Three recent examples of “big-government” overreach will suffice to illustrate.
The first instance is the proposed outdoor events ordinance. This proposed new regulation was put in motion to suppress nuisances, but it is so overreaching that it will impact the livelihoods of many local businesses to the tune of $15 million dollars or more, according to the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.Learn more »
We of the Olympic Glade Mobile Home Park Association would like to thank the Grass Valley Police Department for driving through our park endeavoring to keep unwanted people away during the night hours and early morning hours.
This is a senior park and elderly residents want to feel safe in this ever-changing world. So thanks again to the city police and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department for listening to our calls and continuing to respond when we need you.Learn more »
As a dedicated participant in Pioneer Park’s water exercise program, I would like to thank all those involved with the beautification of the landscaping around the pool area.
Many thanks to Prospector’s Nursery for donating many of the new plants and in particular, and to Cassie Angle who worked with Boy Scout Pack 23 to plant and maintain them.Learn more »
Thank you to Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley for their support of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum by displaying our banner, “Railroad Museum, Gold Flat Exit” on their site near Highway 49.
Old Barn has shown a real understanding for the value of the transportation history of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the entire county.Learn more »
I find it interesting that local governments in Nevada County seek an outdoor events ordinance while they themselves rent out outdoor facilities that have noise, traffic, and trash impacts to nearby homes.
Then, I read that the Grass Valley City Council is going to subsidize a Jeep Tours Business. Sounds like hand-picking private sector winners and losers to me in order to maximize income to their own businesses they have chosen to be a part of.Learn more »
Immigration a humanitarian issueAugust 15, 2014 —
It breaks my heart that a bus full of the most unfortunate among us could be jeered at by any group of people. That anyone from Nevada County would spend time and energy going to Riverside County to participate in this act and call it patriotic is completely beyond my understanding.
The act reminds me of the gauntlet black children had to walk through during the civil rights era integration of schools. What an ugly face of humanity. No matter what your position is on immigration there is nothing to be proud of in participating in the “Murrieta” protest. Fortunately a relatively small number of citizens participated in this ugliness. Gov. Brown has correctly labeled the immigration issue a humanitarian one.
As a Mexican American and therefore “legal Latina,” I must comment on Todd Juvinall’s stated belief that “most Latinos who are here, legally, agree with me.” I certainly do not agree with Mr. Juvinall and I did a count of my own family — siblings, spouses and parents — we vote Democrat eight to one.