Letters to the Editor
Since last summer, I have been a supporter of a reconfiguration of personnel and operating procedures of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association’s board of directors.
This involved attending meetings, letters to The Union, and letters to the board itself. In my first letter to the board, it was responded to by Paul Hoefler, the board president, and he closed with: “Again, thank you for your input. Please stay involved.” So, to properly stay involved, I joined ASPOA for the first time since we moved here in 2004.Learn more »
Kudos to all of the residents of Lake of the Pines and South County for their generous donations to the Nevada County Diaper Project and to those who donated their Holiday Market WOW points.
For every 1,000 points donated, the diaper project receives $20 to purchase diapers.Learn more »
Many sparkly thanks to the person or people who created those lit-up flowers along the Alpha Building’s wall in Calanan Park, Nevada City.
Right under “our” huge town Christmas tree — they’re gorgeous! Lighting up that wall makes the whole place seem more welcoming and cheerful. It’s such a surprise how much a small gesture can change things.Learn more »
Women of Worth provides an invaluable service to our community. Sandy Escobar Schmidt and her great volunteers do a wonderful job helping families in need, working to help ensure a healthy family life and safe shelter when families need it most. Their ReShop has wonderful quality products, great prices and is beautifully arranged, a great place to shop for the holidays!
Thank you, Sandy, and crew for your dedication and for all that you do!Learn more »
On behalf of several veteran families of Nevada County, we would like to shout out a big “thank you” to Gary Grandfield with the Gold Country Gobblers.
The local organization of the National Wild Turkey Federation once again showed its appreciation for Nevada County veterans by donating turkeys, which were bought locally and will be handed out throughout the holidays.Learn more »
A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated time and money to Thanks to Give this year.
One hundred fifty meals and flower bouquets were delivered to seniors and disabled adults throughout the county on Thanksgiving Day. Special thanks to Nevada City SPD Market, Foothill Flowers and Country Copy for their generous discounts, to the staff at the Community Center and to all agencies who helped get the word out, to the American Legion for use of its kitchen facilities and a huge shout out to all the volunteers. We appreciate your ongoing support of this worthwhile project.Learn more »
My sincere thanks and congratulations to Dr. Lawrence Gold for his clear, simple, comprehensive description of a fundamental issue that affects all humanity.
His “Other Voices” (Nov. 30) in The Union, entitled “How Do We Decide What’s ‘Fair?’” outlines the issue of fairness with three approaches: sameness, deservedness and need. Gold quotes another article by Arthur Dobrin, D.S.W., which appeared in Psychology Today, describing these three ideas. These two authors make clear the differences in our decisions, depending upon which of the three options we employ. Gold recommends the need for altruism, a value absent in most political decisions regarding fairness.Learn more »
I think the Nevada City Boardwalk should never have been put in. I see the boardwalk all day, every day, and I never like what I see. I would never sit there.
In San Francisco, I’ve seen those boardwalks, and they make sense for urban areas. All we have provided is an expanded area for the low life, idle and bored people to congregate and sell drugs and waste away their days. If it wasn’t for former Councilwoman Reinette Senum’s daily cleaning and watering, the place would be a wreck in no time. What happens when she gets tired of being the janitor? If the police don’t patrol and sit there for hours, it would be even worse. What a waste of police time. We don’t need this image in town.Learn more »
The local office of the Salvation Army does a great job of providing assistance to needy persons in our community. The local Council of the Knights of Columbus helped out this year by providing two dozen new coats for boys and girls. Coats for Kids is a nationwide program of the Knights of Columbus, working with great organizations like the Salvation Army, to provide new, warm coats to needy children.
Please be generous when you see the Salvation Army bell-ringers outside local stores this Christmas season; they are helping all of us to help others.Learn more »
My small rat terrier was found cowering in the shrubbery alongside Banner Lava Cap Road by a young lady named Kristi, who took the time to stop, put the vehicle’s hazard lights on, coax my dog to her and then drive to three homes before finding mine.
All of this on her way to work, no small feat considering the volume of morning traffic on this busy road.Learn more »
I am so grateful for our convenient local book store, The Book Seller.
I urge those of you living in this area to support this local business instead of going to Amazon or other Internet sources for books. If Book Seller does not have the book you want (easily learned from a local phone call), it will make sure that it has it very quickly — probably at least as quickly as it might take for Amazon to get a book to you.Learn more »
The Hand Crafting Justice Sale, hosted for the past eight years at Foothill Flowers of Grass Valley, will take place online this year.
Empower women with every purchase when you chose a handmade items made by enterprising women artisans in 22 countries in the developing world. Choose unique soft toys, unusual bags or scarves, indigenous pieces of art or holiday items from http://handcraftingjustice.org.Learn more »
Praise is due for Sierra Family Medical Center on Tyler Foote Road.
I have not had such good care since the 1950s and early 1960s! It is well worth the 30- to 40-minute drive from Grass Valley to this caring, competent, honest and very fine clinic.Learn more »
Sierra Harvest would like give a big thank you Gale Pylman and Soroptimist International of Grass Valley for the $1,500 they contributed to help fund our new educational farm.
Their contribution will go a long way in helping small farmers in our community by supporting our farmer training program as well as connecting kids with where their food comes from.Learn more »
I gave a talk and book signing at Tomes early Saturday afternoon and was happily surprised by the attendance.
When I asked what brought them there, most people said they had read about it that morning on the Spotlight page of The Union. Not only do people read your paper, but they act on it. I did very well. Thank you.Learn more »
I was a Nevada Union miner from 1998 to 2002 and grew up in the great Nevada County.
I entered the military and served 10 years on submarines as a chemist and health physicist. Currently, I devote my time to other veterans by working at the Seattle Veterans Administration. This is not why I am writing.Learn more »
The typical response of the liberal denied … the “dog eared” race card gets played.
Ron Lowe, your desperation is showing. You see your president causing chaos and panic with millions losing health-care coverage due to Obamacare, and your misguided attitudes require that you throw out the old mantra that the Tea Party is racist when that claim has been without merit for five years. There is not, and never has been, a shred of truth about racism in the Tea Party.Learn more »
In July, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a proposal on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” The comment period ended Sept. 17, 2013. These land-use regulations give the agency power to dismantle local zoning.
Local governments will have to “take meaningful action to further the goals identified” of the right mix of economic, racial and ethnic diversity. Failure will result in a cut of Community Development Block Grants.Learn more »
Regarding the Affordable Care Act — a couple of thoughts.
One, single payer was never on the table. In other words, Medicare — also know as “medical care for anyone over 65” — was not on the table for those under the age of 65. Medicare is nationalized health care, also known as socialized medicine. I haven’t heard from anyone who receives Medicare benefits who doesn’t like it.Learn more »
The Boston Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773.
Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to “No taxation without representation,” that is, to be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Gov. Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.Learn more »
The threat of climate change is widely recognized by most climate scientists and is arguably the most important environmental challenge of our time.
Climate change comes at a high cost to everyone. Carbon pollution (primarily carbon dioxide) has deadly effects on human health, especially the health of children and seniors, as well as on our environment. It contributes to more frequent storms and deadly weather, which results in billions of dollars of recovery costs for local communities, as well as state and federal aid to victims. The journal Science recently reported evidence that climate changes in temperature and precipitation may contribute significantly to escalating human conflict.Learn more »
In an article that appeared on the Nov. 15 opinion page, Mr. Rocky Soward implies that ravens are attacking, eating and wiping out the songbirds of Nevada County.
Ravens, like humans, are omnivores who eat both plants and animals. They eat birds and small animals if the opportunity arises. They prefer to let other animals such as wolves or eagles do the hunting and then join in on the meal. They also eat grain, fruit, berries — even insects.Learn more »
This is the third consecutive year for Christmas Child. Pastor Sandra Chipchase of Word-A-Live! Church pioneered Christmas Child in 2011 and has a vision for expansion by adding something new to this celebration each year — adding an “All Community Christmas Carols” event along with the Christmas Child’s “Kidz Christmas” party.
The heart of Christmas Child is to make a difference by reaching out and touching children in Nevada County. Christmas Child has a unique way of doing this. The first thing is finding families in the community whose children will not have much for Christmas this year. The names of the children and ages are submitted along with what they want for Christmas. Ages are from 6 months to 18 years. Donations have been received from supporters in her congregation as well as the community.Learn more »
The Craft Guild of Nevada County would like to thank the property owners who allowed us to display our banners on their property. We appreciate the generosity of the public who attended our event and the vendors, club members and visitors who helped to make it the success that it was. This dedication allowed us to make a substantial contribution in food and cash donations to the Interfaith Food Ministries. We will continue this support in the year 2014.
Shirley Williams, chairpersonLearn more »
Thank you Nevada County road crews. Banner Lava Cap Road got a real nice chip seal and striping, and I appreciate all your hard work to give the road a nice topping!
Todd JuvinallLearn more »
The idea that the federal government’s money management is “different” than that of a family or business is downright dangerous to us all. It will lead to fiscal disaster on a scale much greater than bleak Detroit’s.
The essentials are the same. Money spent must be paid back. One so-called “progressive” idea is that money problems can be indefinitely pushed into the future because governments can last forever. If so, name one. Another idea is that governments can print more money to sustain spending. This just devalues the money in circulation. It doesn’t create new wealth. The third idea is to keep selling more U.S. bonds.Learn more »
Local Vikings shout “Tusen Takk” (thousand thanks) to the hundreds of people who attended the successful Viking Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Sons of Norway members are already planning for an even more entertaining event next year. Special tip of the horned helmet to The Union, KNCO, KVMR, The Advocate and the fairgrounds for their generous support.
Max Fenson, publicityLearn more »
Regarding a letter to the editor from Ms. Nancy Garcia of the Nevada County Tea Party:
Most Americans support the principles of fiscal responsibility, adherence to the Constitution and belief in the free market system, the stated goals of the Tea Party.Learn more »
The Union editorial board has now lost all credibility with the Alta Sierra community. On Nov. 9, 2013, it has sunk to a new low by taking sides in an issue it does not understand.
ASPOA members who cast ballots on Nov. 2, 2013, voted to recall eight of the nine members of the former ASPOA board. The former ASPOA board spent vast sums on members to try to block a perfectly legal recall election.Learn more »
The cost of fossil fuel dependenceNovember 22, 2013 —
I am puzzled that, although a recent lead article says that Bush signed the bill requiring oil companies to add ethanol and that Obama has “made home-grown corn a centerpiece of his plan to slow global warming,” the title is “Secret cost of Obama’s plan…”, rather than “Secret cost of Bush’s Ethanol plan.”
The graphs show “The conservation losses as a result of the 2007 law.” And the EPA quote is from the administrator appointed by Obama.
As a conservationist, I deplore this, yet, might I suggest that the most powerful storm in history, killing at least 100,000 people, shows some of the non-secret cost of relying on fossil fuel?