Letters to the Editor
Fast forward: We are watching the beginnings of an economic boom on a scale never experienced before. We have entered a period of sustained growth that could eventually double the world’s economy every dozen years and bring increasing prosperity for — quite literally — billions of people on the planet. We are riding the early waves of a greatly expanding economy that will do much to solve seemingly intractable problems like poverty and to ease tensions throughout the world.
The face of the earth has changed dramatically and is changing ever faster. What would have taken 1,000 generations in the past may now happen in a single generation.Learn more »
In response to Mr. Rick Kraus’ Other Voices column in Monday’s The Union, “Obamacare turns out to be a positive experience.”
Mr. Kraus must be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Only a Republican political activist could have written this letter. It is the poster child of what is wrong with The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Mr. Kraus, age 62, and his wife, 59, are able to quit their jobs, which enabls them to pay for health care coverage, retire and have the American taxpayers pay $1,214 of their $1,325 monthly health-care premium. We, the American taxpayers, are sooooo happy for you. Rich DanielsLearn more »
Congresswoman Pelosi expressed the notion that Obamacare offers the opportunity for its participants to feel free to pursue their passions, be it art, music, poetry, etc., since the burden of providing health care has been lifted. This is officious nonsense. You still have to pay the bill, rent, groceries, taxes — the other necessary burdens of life. Ms. Pelosi lives in that elite liberal bubble filled with happy gas.
John CoonLearn more »
Contrary to Ron Lowe’s stirring the pot again, guns do not kill people, people kill people. Ever see a gun on a table kill someone without a human hand? Didn’t think so. From a news article: A Massachusetts police official says the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon before having shootouts with authorities didn’t have gun permits.
From my mate in Australia:Learn more »
The Nevada County Jewish Community Center-Sisterhood would like to take this opportunity to thank Carlos and the staff at the Northridge in Penn Valley for sponsoring our fundraiser.
We not only made money, but we had a blast doing it. The staff felt like family, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was so positive. Again, thank you.Learn more »
In response to Michele Spencer’s piece in The Union on April 4, some comments.
She rants about big corporations contributing to campaigns, particularly taking umbrage with the Koch brothers. Why not include George Soros, ACORN, MoveOn.org, and the unions, as well? They all try to buy elections. Then she goes on to cite Bernie Sanders (yes, the avowed socialist) as well as mentioning a tired quote from long dead King Louis XIV.Learn more »
Endorse SB1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act
Citizen’s United is a transparent ploy to concentrate the power that rightfully belongs to individuals in the hands of wealthy, nonhuman entities. The United States was founded on the principles of a democratic society, not an oligarchy ruled by the wealthy with the power to buy self-serving laws. The Citizens United Act flies in the face of everything this country was built upon.Learn more »
Endorse SB1272, The Overturn Citizens United Act
I am astonished that we would even need to explain why the imbecilic and blatant end of Democracy that our “Supreme” Court “ruled” needs to be overthrown, unless we actually prefer only the very most venal few govern us forevermore.Learn more »
Fran Cole is running for supervisor against the incumbent Hank Weston.
Weston is a well-known local official. But who is Fran Cole, and why is she hoping to unseat the sitting supervisor?Learn more »
The recently used campaign phrases of “a more sustainable economic ecosystem” and “we are ready to choose the future,” sound good, enlightened and worldly.
However, a supervisor, while always keeping the future of our community in mind, spends the most time in the trenches battling towards these lofty goals with baby steps.Learn more »
I was a supplier for the grocery trade for 50 years.
The cost of grocery bags is passed on to the consumer by your local store as it is considered to be “overhead.” The cost is pro-rated across every item you buy. By adding a fee of 10 cents per bag, the consumer will pay twice for the bags, as the grocers will not lower the cost of the food you buy and only increase their profit at our expense. A store with 100,000 customers will make an additional $1,560,000 per year based on three bags per customer, per week.Learn more »
I commend the tremendous group of Interfaith Food Ministry volunteers, clients and community members who helped us move from Whiting Street to Henderson Street on March 28 in the pouring rain. This was truly a collaborative effort from the packing, to the moving, to the unpacking and moving in.
A special thanks to the Early Day Gas Engine Tractor Association, Branch 13 & 111 who came with their trucks, trailers and a smile on their faces. We were once again overwhelmed by this community’s gifts of time, talent and resources.Learn more »
I would personally like to thank The Union for reporting on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Nevada County.
I’m a lesbian who moved here from a big city. My wife and I love Nevada County, and we know that it will be our home for the rest of our lives. While the majority of folks have been very kind and accepting, the LGBT community can, at times, seem invisible in Nevada County.Learn more »
With all the growing shopping opportunities in Auburn, Roseville and Marysville-Yuba City, over $200 million in retail sales are leaving Grass Valley each year.
A Super Walmart, Costco and at least three new shopping centers are in the works for northern Auburn. A whole lot of local jobs follow this $200 million a year down the hill. It’s a fact that the majority of our community supports new retail choices in Grass Valley. This is clearly shown in the retail and consumer preference studies recently undertaken by the City of Grass Valley and by the $200 million in lost local sales each year.Learn more »
Four dead and 16 injured at Fort Hood in Texas.
Gunsmiths and the NRA tell us every time a mass killing happens that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That being the case, this person must have been superhuman to kill and injure all these people in the space of a few minutes.Learn more »
Bravo to Peter Pohorsky for writing such an excellent piece of satire regarding same-sex unions and how it’s dissolving the procreative mission of marriage. My only criticism: He should have included banning from the sacred institution of marriage couples who are barren, sterile, have children outside of wedlock, adopt or choose not to have children. Hilarious!
Tinley IrelandLearn more »
A very grateful thank you to Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills for its recent award of a grant to the Nevada County Chapter of Project Linus.
This grant will assist us in our efforts to continue to provide handmade blankets to children in need of a hug within Nevada County.Learn more »
As a taxpaying mother, I implore you to protect my rights to maintain my childrens’ health and my personal freedom to continue to obtain the beautiful raw goat’s milk on which they’ve been raised! Though it will be an ill-timed hardship, I intend to come to the hearing.
Loraine WebbLearn more »
As witnessed on Thursday evening’s candidate forum at the Rood Center, Fran Cole by far has a vision for our county that is well beyond the other four candidates combined. She is not looking to act on issues to resolve in the short term, but wants to put programs in place that will far outlast her terms as our District 4 supervisor.
I want to see a change on the board of supervisors, and Fran will be that change. She has an energy and desire to bring about a new direction that is so sorely needed in our county. Fran Cole is committed, honest, ethical and very passionate about being your District 4 supervisor. She will more than prove these attributes once she is elected to this seat.Learn more »
After listening to the candidates for county supervisor answer questions, I concluded that Fran Cole and Terry Lamphier are the people to vote for. Here’s how the candidates came across to me.
Hank Weston appears to be a sweet, lovable guy. Hank told us how he has reacted to various crisis situations that have faced the county. However, as Fran pointed out, we need a board that is proactive, not reactive. Hank has served eight years. I think eight years is enough.Learn more »
The pronouncement by the state of California that it was looking into the sale of the Empire Mine park and property is not only outrageous, but illegal. The state does not own the park, the people of California and the United States own the park; the parks department is given the responsibility of maintaining the park for the people.
The state parks department previously showed that it is incapable of good administration when it withheld millions of dollars and attempted to shut down many of the parks, claiming it did not have enough money to keep them open.Learn more »
The Affordable Care Act has canceled as many existing health insurance policies as it has signed up new ones. Obama announced 7.1 million new sign-ups on his website — prove it!
As the CBO writes,“CBO and JCT project that, as a result of the ACA, between 6 and 7 million fewer people will have employment-based insurance coverage each year from 2016 through 2024 than would be the case in the absence of the ACA estimates.”Learn more »
I see no end to discussions about the “same sex marriage.” It is important to realize why these two sides are radically different.
The Bible has a strong word for homosexuality: abomination. Homosexual acts are against nature because they are not procreative. The homosexual lobby realized early that it is difficult to wage war against God who at the beginning created a man and a woman to fill the earth.Learn more »
I have always been a supporter and admirer of law enforcement and paramilitary organizations. But I have been disturbed by the many news stories about excessive and unreasonable force used by personnel of various agencies that has resulted in deaths.
The recent horrific traffic accident in Sacramento and shooting of the military veteran in Lodi come to mind.Learn more »
On behalf of Hospice of the Foothills, I would like to thank Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills for its recent grant of $1,000 in support of our grief and bereavement program.
We intend to use the grant funding to support the development of a new arts therapy bereavement program and support group for youth. Every year, more than 1,000 families in Nevada County experience the death of a loved one. Hundreds of children from these families navigate their way through grief and loss, often alone and without support.Learn more »
I am a Farm Bureau member, and strongly support this and any law to exclude small family farms from egregious regulation.
Neighbors should be able to freely and legally sell milk and other farm products to each other.Learn more »
Our police/prison industry unions should be banned from lobbying and influencing our public policy.
The police/prison lobby has grown to a point where it is imposing policy on us with total disregard for what is good for our country. I do not believe that individual officers are evil and unneeded. I believe their overreaching unions are evil, as does the 100,000 member-strong Police Officers Against Prohibition.Learn more »
In reference to ‘Anyone want to buy a state park?’ (The Union, March 29), thank you for the well-written editorial and amusingly appropriate cartoon expression your view of this subject.
The Empire Mine State Historic Park is much more than a tourist attraction. It is a monument to a spectacular era that created the state of California and made it known throughout the world. It belongs in the state parks system and should stay there.Learn more »
I am 64 and love Obamacare. For seven years, only Health Net (HN) would insure me due to a small bunion. I was not interested in unnecessary foot surgery on my nickel with no guarantee from HN of a lower premium, so my premiums continued to climb each year, reaching $1,300 a month in 2013. The deductible was $4,000 for in-network providers (much higher for out of network).
Most local docs did not take the HN PPO, so I paid out-of-pocket and spent about $3,000 in addition to premiums for a total of $18,600 in 2013. HN paid out a total of $1,600, primarily from a minor surgery I had in Walnut Creek in order to get in-network coverage.Learn more »
Vote ‘Yes’ on AB 2505 (home dairy)April 4, 2014 —
Please vote ‘Yes’ on AB 2505. I believe firmly that we have the God-given right to eat, drink and nourish ourselves as we see fit, and that no government, agency, or industry advocate has the right to impede us from doing so.
I also believe that we are much better off buying our food locally from our own community than from factory farms. There needs to be a law that clearly allows natural persons to produce and share by whatever means is agreed upon between private parties — home-grown produce, milk, eggs and what-have-you. Holding small local farms to the same regulations as the factory farms hampers our freedom and our ability to choose a healthy lifestyle by our own standards. Thank you for your service.