Letters to the Editor

Wise words from Webster ... Noah, that is

October 31, 2014 — 

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind ... to choose for rulers, ‘just men’; the preservation of a republican (small “r”) government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws. Intriguing men can never be safely trusted.”

These words of wisdom from Noah Webster are applicable in every election — past, present or future. May the electorate remember the wisdom in Mr. Webster’s counsel. Indeed, our future rests on it.

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Ann in the driver’s seat

October 31, 2014 — 

My wife and I have been associated with Ann Driver for about 12 years, both in business and as personal friends. We could not ask for a better person to do business with, and as a friend, there is none better. Ann is very well qualified for the position she is seeking as trustee for the Penn Valley Union Elementary School District.

She has a master’s degree in education and is a retired high school teacher. She was on the Ready Springs School Board for the last three years prior to the consolidation with the Pleasant Valley School District and helped support their consolidation.

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Turned off by political grandstanding

October 31, 2014 — 

We have attended the past several meetings of the Nevada County Board of Education.

We are troubled by the obvious political grandstanding of two of the five board members, Marianne Slade-Troutman and Jack Meeks, who seem to be more concerned with their re-election than the welfare of Nevada County children. This is why we are supporting Bob Altieri, Shelly Sexton and Larry Meek to serve on the Nevada County Board of Education. All three are highly qualified and have proven leadership in the field of education.

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Proud to support Glover

October 31, 2014 — 

I was extremely excited, proud, and hopeful when I heard that Jerri Glover entered the Grass Valley City Council race. I am excited for her progression as a civic leader, and proud of what’s she’s meant to this community. And I’m hopeful.

Since first beginning to work with Jerri at the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador program and serving with her on the Board of Directors, she has become something of a role model and example for me. I followed her lead and jumped in to volunteer and serve our community, though I defy anyone to keep the pace she had set. Jerri’s talent for building teams, coalitions, co-ops, or any other label you’d like to use is at a virtuoso level. She will bring people together. I know Jerri well, and I know that she is passionate about this community, and the people that call it home. Times are changing, leaders with the ability to think, reason and to bring people together is an absolute necessity to take us to the future while maintaining the values and sense of community that make Grass Valley awesome.

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I’ll vote for LaMalfa

October 31, 2014 — 

At a recent forum I heard Heidi Hall explain over and over that she’s from the “moderate middle,” is really concerned about everything, and sees a role for the federal government in everything. Sounds like a candidate in lock step with President Obama.

No thanks, I’ll vote for Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

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Tice-Raskin – a view from the counsel table

October 31, 2014 — 

I am a Nevada County lawyer. I first appeared in Court here in 1977. I have been a lawyer for 40 years — much of that time spent at counsel tables in courtrooms. I practiced nearly three decades in large firms in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta, Ga. I have argued in courtrooms and before regulatory authorities throughout our state, in many other U.S. jurisdictions, and in many E.U. capitals. I have seen every judicial level from Justice Courts in the rural South to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At the end of the day, clients, not lawyers, are most affected by the quality of local courts. This county is fortunate to have strong, thoughtful judges. Our retiring judge will be missed. I believe Tice-Raskin is the most qualified candidate to continue the county’s tradition of a very high quality judiciary.

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Don’t pull down my sign

October 31, 2014 — 

It’s difficult to imagine in a small area, population wise, that there are people around who evidently do not believe in the First Amendment. We see the voter fraud of Chicago or Philadelphia and believe this is the norm for them. But, I can tell you it exists right here in our beautiful county. I have hung up many signs for conservative candidates and causes, only to see them pulled down the next day. The more liberal candidates’ signs remain untouched within two feet of the downed conservative ones. They have been pulled down on private property as well.

One might think this is a single person with an ax to grind. But, I wonder if a lone nut-case would travel to Truckee and pull down every single sign. So, we are left to guess that this has been an orchestrated movement. But why?

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Altieri, Sexton, and Meek — the clear choice

October 31, 2014 — 

During my 25 years in Nevada County education, I worked closely with all five of the candidates running for the Nevada County Board of Education. And believe me, Bob Altieri, Shelly Sexton and Larry Meek are the right choice, the only choice for the three available seats.

They will bring to the board tremendous experience, expertise, moral integrity, and commitment to our students. They also possess the people and leadership skills needed to heal the feeling of divisiveness and political maneuvering created by their two opponents, Marianne Slade-Troutman and Jack Meeks.

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Tice-Raskin: the right stuff

October 31, 2014 — 

We’re being asked to cast our vote for Superior Court Judge on Nov. 4. I’m supporting Robert Tice-Raskin for the following reasons:

First and foremost, his background and experience are top rate. He’s a Harvard Law graduate and now leads the White Collar Crime Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, prosecuting those who lie, cheat, steal and abuse.

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Altieri a person of integrity

October 31, 2014 — 

I have served with Bob Altieri on the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Foothills for the last two years.

Bob Altieri’s background in finance and business leadership qualifies him to serve on the Nevada County Board Of Education. Bob has demonstrated his leadership skill in dealing with Hospice business and he is also a person of high integrity. We are very fortunate to have folks like him serve our community.

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Eighth graders? Really?

October 31, 2014 — 

I noticed something strange when I read the candidates’ statements in the Official Sample Ballot. One of the candidates for Superior Court Judge, Anna Ferguson, in listing those who have endorsed her candidacy, included Lyman Gilmore eighth grade students. Do public schools now endorse candidates? I would think that parents would have a problem with a class or a school making a political statement by an endorsement of a candidate.

Cathy Stark

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Glover passionate about community

October 31, 2014 — 

Jerri Glover and I first crossed paths in 2011 through Nevada County Makes. My first inclination of her was that she was not only passionate about this community but honestly cared about the people in it. Since then her passion has grown and it is obvious through her involvement with the both Chamber of Commerce’s, the Nevada County Community Leadership Institute and the Downtown Association. It does not stop there either. Jerri is a zealous member of Toastmasters International and supports many other local non-profits.

I think Grass Valley is ready for a candidate like Jerri. She stands up for what she believes in, supports small business and will listen to the people she is making decisions for. Also, I am not sure if the community has picked up on her choice of color for her campaign, purple. Not only does she love the color, but it also stands for her commitment to working together and compromise. What happens when you mix red and blue together? You get purple.

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Time for change on Consolidated Fire board

October 30, 2014 — 

Linda Chaplin, a longtime Nevada County resident (1984), is running for a seat on the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board.

Yes, (sigh), that Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Board. The one that can’t seem to stay out of the news.

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U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa confuses me

October 30, 2014 — 

I don’t understand how our U.S. Representative, Doug LaMalfa, can justify his voting to cut food stamps for low-income families while he has collected millions of dollars in government subsidies for his farm.

He received $5.1 million in federal crop subsidies between 1995 and 2012 and his estate is estimated to be over $3 million dollars. Yet, he recently voted to cut funding for food stamps by $8 billion over 10 years.

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Which is the real do nothing Congress?

October 30, 2014 — 

You often hear, “It’s a do nothing Congress,” or that “Republicans are the party of No.” When you vote in this election, be aware of what’s really going on in our United States Congress.

Did you know that our Republican-led House of Representatives has passed 356 bills that are languishing in the Senate on Harry Reid’s desk? He refuses to bring any of them to the Senate floor for debate or vote.

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Strong support behind Measure S

October 30, 2014 — 

To all the naysayers:

If Measure S is so bad, how come over 10,000 Nevada County voters signed petitions to put it on the ballot?

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Jerri Glover understands the responsibility of public service

October 30, 2014 — 

I am supporting Jerri Glover for Grass Valley City Council because she is a fresh face with fresh ideas. She has a penchant for listening and making decisions once all evidence and facts have been presented and making those decisions in the public forum.

Jerri is thoughtful and understands the great responsibility she would have as an elected public servant. She is not one to take lightly her obligations, nor the trust placed in her by the citizens of Grass Valley, if elected. She has a keen desire to serve her community, not many do and not many will. I urge you to consider voting for Jerri Glover for Grass Valley City Council.

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Shelly Sexton for Board of Education

October 30, 2014 — 

I have had the pleasure of working closely with Shelly Sexton during my 20-year career as an educator within both Sutter and Nevada counties. She was also the dedicated elementary special education teacher for our daughter with significant disabilities and for that reason alone, Shelly will always be dear to our hearts.

She gained my respect as a natural leader with the utmost integrity, and compassion for children and families. She is the brightest and most knowledgeable educator I have ever worked with, a sentiment shared by many colleagues, including teachers, parents and agency partnerships she has developed and nurtured. Shelly possesses a breadth of experience as a special education teacher, an elementary school principal, and an assistant superintendent. Her skill base and experience has enhanced her ability to see the “big picture” and to forge collaborative solutions to educational problems, attributes vital to the needed change and positive direction within the County Board of Education.

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Altieri, Meek, and Sexton for Board of Education

October 30, 2014 — 

I am urging voters to elect Bob Altieri, Larry Meek, and Michelle “Shelly” Sexton to the County Board of Education. This board has been mired in personal politics for the past few years and, as a result, the board has been largely ineffective. Our children deserve better!

A new approach and new voices who come without a personal agenda is needed for the sake of this county’s schools and children. Larry Meek and Shelly Sexton have a long history of working in education at all levels, including special education serving the needs of our children with learning problems.

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Vote for Anna Ferguson

October 30, 2014 — 

I am voting for Anna Ferguson for Nevada County Superior Court Judge, and I encourage you to join me in making this most important decision for the judicial system in our community.

Anna is a woman of the highest character and integrity; she is honest, hard-working, reasonable, knows the issues, and is not afraid to rock the boat (if it needs rocking).

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Larry Meek supported by former Nevada Union High School Board Member

October 30, 2014 — 

As a former Nevada Union board member, it is always refreshing to see someone you know and respect running for an educational board.

That is how my wife, Dett, and I felt when we learned that our neighbor and friend, Larry Meek, was a candidate for the Nevada County Board of Education.

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Re-elect LaMalfa

October 30, 2014 — 

If you are serving in the military, if you are a veteran, if you have a veteran in your family, if you know a military veteran, or if you enjoy the freedoms a vet has served to protect, then you appreciate that Congressman Doug LaMalfa has worked tirelessly to expose the failures at the VA hospital in Oakland and hold VA officials accountable.

LaMalfa stands firmly for measures which correct the culture of incompetence, waste, and mismanagement plaguing the Veterans Administration system. Please vote to re-elect Congressman Doug LaMalfa.

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Voting GOP, Tea Party supports political nonsense

October 29, 2014 — 

The House of Representatives doesn’t represent America as it really is today. The Republican-controlled House governs a “fantasy nation created in talk-radio land,” where black and gay people don’t exist, women are subservient, and all gun-safety legislation is a step toward tyranny.

Thanks to strategic redrawing of districts, Republicans managed to maintain an advantage in the House in the 2012 elections, despite collectively getting 1.4 million fewer votes than Democrats. For the midterm elections coming up, the Republicans have added voter ID laws that tilt the playing field even further in their favor.

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Tice-Raskin my choice for judge

October 29, 2014 — 

I have known Rob Tice-Raskin as a community man, father, and friend for nearly 10 years, and know he would be a great judge for our community.

While working full time as a federal prosecutor, Rob has tirelessly served our community in many ways including as a local Judge Pro Tem, Trustee of the Pleasant Ridge School District and volunteer for our schools and various youth activities.

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What have the Democrats done for us?

October 29, 2014 — 

With all the water mains and gas lines corroding underground throughout California, you would think infrastructure repair would be a priority. Instead, Jerry Brown and the Democrats are still hellbent on ramming an overpriced commuter train to nowhere down our throats.

A train that few will use and, of course, as with all state projects, will suffer from long delays and massive cost overruns.

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LaMalfa has gained my trust

October 29, 2014 — 

As the chairman of the largest franchise owners association in the United States, I have frequent business with Congress on issues impacting small business franchise owners. While we often have “Wall Street” business names, we are the local owners that invest, support, employ, and pay taxes in our communities. I am also a franchise owner in Grass Valley and Auburn.

My position allows me to work with many Congressional offices on both sides of the aisle. I can tell you it is a pleasure to work with our Congressman, Rep. Doug LaMalfa. He and his staff are very accommodating, and open to discussion on many topics.

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Winds of change are refreshing

October 29, 2014 — 

How refreshing to read the piece from Reinette Senum in The Union on Oct. 4! I’ve long felt that our current political process is wearing thin and that the only thing keeping it alive is our continued willingness to accept the dogma of separation and divisiveness that is its foundation.

That Reinette and Stan Meckler can share breakfast and let all that go in a moment is a sure sign that the winds of change are picking up.

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Our unprecedented number of illnesses

October 29, 2014 — 

I am very concerned that Nevada County is in the midst of a serious health crisis. This must be the unhealthiest place to live. Perhaps the CDC should step in. Forget Ebola, this county is suffering from an unchecked outbreak of living dead.

Everywhere I go people reek of marijuana (which bring up questions: Are they driving stoned? Don’t people care what they smell like? How much worse will it be when legalized?). People say it’s used to alleviate their pain. Well then, the number of people in chronic pain here is staggering!

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Heidi Hall: let the change begin

October 28, 2014 — 

I believe we have a chance to begin to make a change for a workable government that will make a difference! I recommend Heidi Hall for Congress. She will work across the aisle to resolve issues instead of dead locks with nothing resolved.

We need to have Heidi, who will work for our community for our common good, not a partisan politician who only votes along party lines or for contributors’ money. I care and this opportunity doesn’t come often! So I encourage you to make a positive vote for change and vote Heidi Hall into Congress and let the change begin.

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Jerri Glover for city council

October 28, 2014 — 

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Jerri Glover for Grass Valley City Council. Jerri is a someone who truly cares about this community as evidenced by her work with Nevada County Makes, Nevada County Works, The Friendship Club and The Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

I have worked with Jerri at several events and if you want something done and done right Jerri is the person for you. When I have been with Jerri at community events I have noticed that she seems to know everybody and those she doesn’t know are greeted with the same warmth. That smiling face that you see when you meet her is the real Jerri. Unfortunately I do not live within the city limits of Grass Valley so I cannot vote for Jerri, but I strongly urge all persons who do live there, if you want community leadership with a heart and a head, vote for Jerri Glover for City Council.

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