Letters

Frank Way: Another gratifying Supreme Court decision

August 27, 2015 — 

Among the several decisions made by this session of the United States Supreme Court (2014-15) that validated the liberal point of view, perhaps none would be as decisive as the one on the Affordable Care Act, or King vs. Burwell.

By a margin of six to three the court upheld the law’s subsidies to all Americans regardless of whether the state they live in has, or has not, set up state exchanges. The decision really only effects states opposed to the Affordable Care Act and since California is not one of these states, why is the decision significant for us here? Besides reminding us all that Congress makes, and the Court interprets, the laws, Chief Justice Roberts emphasized the importance of a law’s intent, in this case the intent of the Affordable Care Act is to “improve the marketplace for health insurance, not destroy it.”

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Carolyn Beardsley: Highway 174 safety project to take piece of history

August 27, 2015 — 

It will be my curve that is going to be removed and become a straightaway with the Caltrans Safety Project 2018.

I own the property with the Joe Ruess Landscape Architect sign out front which has been a fixture on the highway since 1950. Along this manicured frontage is the clearly visible Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad bed which will be defaced and owned by Caltrans. Caltrans should never be allowed to own the Narrow Gauge Railroad Bed, which is a piece of our Nevada County history!

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Joe O'Leary: No water? No problem

August 27, 2015 — 

Our home is five miles from Grass Valley. Several weeks ago on a Friday afternoon, we had no water.

We called Peter’s Drilling and Pump Service and they said they would schedule us for Saturday afternoon. They called back in half an hour and said they would provide service by noon on Saturday. Shortly thereafter, we were told they could arrive at the house by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. By 10 a.m. we had water. Someone at Peter’s made sure a situation didn’t become a major issue. The problem was correctly diagnosed and the repairs done in a timely manner. Thank you Peters and staff.

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Jim Primrose: Save the trees at Nevada Union High School stadium

August 27, 2015 — 

Nevada Union High School has a wonderful new track except there is a problem. The school seems to have consulted with an arborist who believes that any tree in the proximity of the track poses a threat to the track even though the same trees peacefully coexisted with the old track, which lasted 17 years.

The dozen or more trees in question provide character, beauty, and shade to the track and football field which sets Nevada Union apart from the stark moonscapes of most other schools. The community needs to raise its voice to see if these trees can be saved. We may not have much time so I ask you to help save the trees in any way which you can. Thank you for your help.

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Allan Krosner: It's in the Constitution

August 26, 2015 — 

I read with interest Mr. Wayne Hild’s Aug. 4 letter to the editor, “Look at the real issues, Mr. LaMalfa.”

Every item that Mr. Hild suggested that the government should do are illegal per the Constitution. Article I, Section 8 lists the powers that the federal government has. The 10th Amendment further clarifies this by stating that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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Bill Drake: Unlearning prejudice

August 25, 2015 — 

In the Aug. 8 “Feedback” column, Greg Zeller makes the point that “we … need to look deeper and find the humanity in every person instead of judging people by appearance.”

I completely agree. Our “sameness” is far more significant than our differences.

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Richard Hill: The EPA and the USA

August 24, 2015 — 

Recently I began to wonder if we would have, or could have, won, or even fought, World War II had the Environmental Protection Agency been in existence in 1940.

In March 1942, Gen. George S. Patton was ordered to establish an armored training center in the Mojave Desert. Many of our armored forces that fought in North Africa in 1942 and 43 trained there. With an EPA however, there would have been a two- or three-year period (assuming it was fast tracked) in preparing an environmental impact report. Once published, the report would have been challenged with another two or three years of litigation. American forces would have made it to North Africa sometime in 1947 or 1948. Of course, by then the Germans would have controlled all of North Africa, the Suez Canal and would have been well established in Saudi Arabia.

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Karen Nelson: Children's Festival a community effort

August 22, 2015 — 

A giant “thank you” to the wonderful local volunteers and businesses that brought the Children’s Festival to life again this year!

This Renaissance Faire for children was enjoyed by more than 2,400 attendees and included 24 crafts, refreshments, and entertainment including Claude the Dragon, the Troll, Pirates, the lovely Queen and her court, and fencers, musicians, dancers, fairies and even mermaids! It could not happen without the generous donations of time and materials of our community.

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Laurent Clark: Mr. Crabb's use of Confederate flag

August 22, 2015 — 

Mr. Crabb’s article of Aug. 12 attempts to justify his use of the Confederate flag with the Nevada County Gold Miner logo. He outlines examples of brutalities committed upon Native Americans during the “conquering” of their land by the 49ers. All too true, as taught in our schools and history sites. Thus, we as a society are aware of the transgressions of our forefathers, from Salem to Seattle.

His causes, such as supporting the possible return of the Rancheria to the Nisenan, “from whom it was stripped” may be admirable, but his inferences that many such, “grave injustices have yet to be rectified,” suggest a personal axe to grind. That is OK!

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Carol Kuczora: What is socialism?

August 22, 2015 — 

Sen. Bernie Sanders has boldly declared himself a democratic socialist. Many Americans are ignorant of what that means. I didn’t learn it in school.

Socialism is an economic system — not a political system. It is intended to reduce economic injustice and poverty. Political and economic systems can be mixed and matched. Europe has many successful democratic socialist countries with which the citizens are happy. Their economies and democracies both work better than ours.

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Remleh Scherzinger: Thanks to firefighters, NID staff for support during fire

August 22, 2015 — 

With this week’s good news that the Lowell Fire is 100 percent contained, and on behalf of myself and the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors, I would like to publicly thank the hundreds of firefighters who protected lives, homes as well as NID water and hydroelectric systems along the Bear River.

At the same time, I would like to share with the community the tremendous response and team effort displayed by NID employees during the massive fire.

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Richard Reeb: Support rights of unborn children

August 21, 2015 — 

Regarding the letter to the editor on abortion to The Union on Aug. 1, Ron Lowe’s letter condemning Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his pro-life position on abortion, which he believes disqualifies Walker from serving as President of the United States, typically falls back on the epithet of “extremist.” Doubtless he finds it necessary to resort to such name-calling following the recent revelation that Planned Parenthood has no objection to selling the organs of children in utero to the highest bidder.

Expressing amazement that Walker was elected governor in the liberal state of Wisconsin, Lowe cites as evidence of the governor’s extremism his signing of a bill that “outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy,” not to mention his “record” of “defunding Planned Parenthood, requiring doctors to have abortion privileges at nearby hospitals and requiring women to have and see ultrasounds.” But only an “extremist” supporter of abortion would object to these measures which are designed to discourage the “extreme” step of killing a developing child with potential well beyond premature extinction.

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Greg Gibson: Linda Campbell at LaMalfa's town hall

August 21, 2015 — 

I was at Congressman LaMalfa’s town hall. Congressman LaMalfa was politely and conscientiously explaining his position on the whole global warming issue, when a woman jumped up rudely shouting, calling LaMalfa a liar, etc., while storming out of the chambers.

Several people around joked about the “tolerant left” just left the building.

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Patricia Anderson: LaMalfa's out of touch

August 21, 2015 — 

“We’re a peaceful society.” That seems a bit disingenuous considering our past decade and a half (actually we could go back even further!). No, war doesn’t wait for us. Thanks to GWB and Cheney, it was instigated.

LaMalfa supports science as long as it’s real, not political! Are 98 percent of scientists political? Are their findings political? His stance on global warming is simply hanging on to the failed Republican stance! What is his connection to big oil and coal? What possible excuse does LaMalfa have for voting against reform?

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Ben Baretta: Lowell Fire could have been worse

August 20, 2015 — 

When the Lowell Fire first blew up, I stood on my deck watching the huge cloud with great concern. Within minutes, it seemed, Cal Fire aircraft were flying and laying down retardant.

I am sure that their quick response was the main reason that the fire was not as catastrophic as it might have become.

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Seth Kellermann: Film review glosses over criminal act against minor

August 20, 2015 — 

On Aug. 6, I read the article, “Review: ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ is strikingly intimate.” I wonder, did you happen to read this article before you printed it in your paper?

The film is apparently about a 15-year-old girl in San Francisco in the 1970s. Jake Coyle, the writer of this piece, asserts that the film “documents the transition she’s been craving … (of her) plunge into sex and adulthood.” The portrayal of this “plunge” is lauded as “gloriously honest.”

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Aimee Retzler: Peaceful Valley a true supporter of Sierra Harvest

August 20, 2015 — 

Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply is dedicated to preserving the environment by providing customers with state-of-the-art, organic growing supplies and the tools needed to apply them.

They’re also dedicated to promoting a healthy community and have been an outstanding supporter of Sierra Harvest’s programs through a business sponsorship that has created exceptional marketing videos of our programs and robust promotional materials improving awareness of our impact within the community.

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Bob Webster: Planned Parenthood worst of the bunch

August 19, 2015 — 

Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and progressive Democrats in congress are trading aborted babies and baby parts for votes. Yes, I said votes, period!

The Hillary and Obama gang falsely accuse Republicans of waging war on women. That’s a calculated political lie; it wasn’t Republicans who have killed millions of babies. Who do they think they’re kidding? Women’s rights? C’mon. Half of the millions murdered were baby “girls” who never got a chance to experience women’s rights.

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Donn Coenen: Yes on Measure V — here's why

August 19, 2015 — 

I would like to share my family’s experience with the Higgins Fire Department. My three children were paid volunteers and trained responders, on for nine years. I am very proud that my children had the opportunity to experience the sense of community that came with the job.

We live three miles from Station 21. Many times a call would come in that was in our area. Instead of going to the station they went straight to the call where they would be the first responders. This was a huge responsibility for young people just out of high school. Thanks to the training they received at Higgins they were confident they could handle the emergency whether it was fire, medical or traffic accident.

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Dave Koslosky: Merchants need to make it easier to shop locally

August 18, 2015 — 

Closing in on living in Nevada County for 40 years, I have always been a supporter of buy/shop locally. It is becoming more difficult to do so.

Advertisers ask for your business, but “sorry, we don’t take checks.” They do in Roseville. Here’s your $30 off coupon, just bring in the following. Without a PIN, you only get $10. Store policy (which your offer never mentioned). Here’s the coupon you sent to my house. Oops, shoes don’t include athletic shoes. Or the sporting goods store that excludes a specific brand (in small print) in their 10 percent off coupon while having the same brand on sale for 33 percent off.

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Denise Van Dyk: National Night Out a success

August 18, 2015 — 

Tall Pines Estates community would like to thank the fire department, Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue and Emergency Medical Response for coming out showing support to our residents and families during our first National Night Out.

The families were able to see, touch, hear and receive handouts from each team, and feel that when needed one of these services they are available. National Night Out is for the public to know the services and organizations, tips to burglar proof their home, know where to go if there is a fire and know their personal information for medical response.

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Stan Meckler: Boardman off base about Tea Party

August 17, 2015 — 

There he goes again. Once again George Boardman takes an unnecessary attack on the Nevada County Tea Party with an outrageous statement, “If members of the Nevada County Tea Party are going to promote the Constitution to school kids, they should at least learn how to spell the word”.

Mr. Boardman’s arrogant attitude permeates all of his writings. He obviously thinks he is smarter than all The Union’s readers. Has he ever been to a Tea Party meeting? Has he ever sat down with any of their leaders? Of course not. This is not his first unsubstantiated attack against this group. Mr. Boardman needs to get out of his ivory tower and get down here with us common folks and discuss reality, not his fantasies

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Larry and Cheryl Cook: The sanctity of all human life, really?

August 15, 2015 — 

Regarding George Rebane’s Aug. 7 Other Voices on Planned Parenthood — if the sanctity of all human life is truly the central issue in the right to life movement, then why the blatantly exclusionary focus on women undergoing abortions?

If we play that infamous video of fetus body parts being pulled from a woman’s womb, why aren’t we playing a memory reel of the body parts of 20 children, ages 6 and 7 years old, being shattered and splayed across the classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary?

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Ned Russell: Corporate profit or healthy kids?

August 15, 2015 — 

Are corporate profits more important than our local young people? I’m asking because one of the few places where our young people can go after school for snacks, drinks, and chats with friends, and see adults being sociable without alcohol, has applied for a license in Grass Valley to serve beer and wine along with food. Starbucks.

A quick check of the ABC’s website shows we already have 53 eating places with an active license for on-site sales with food — just in the 95945 zip code alone! Maybe some of you are thinking “I saw lots of drinking, and did lots of drinking, and turned out OK.” I’ve thought that about myself at times, but maybe we’d have a couple million more brain cells if we were different in our youth. Any day’s police blotter will show that many kids and adults don’t turn out okay, with many repeat DUI arrests — and some recent spectacular crashes.

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Bailey Hansen: We need to work together

August 14, 2015 — 

We need to work together

I was very disgusted to read the “All Lives Matter” Other Voices article written by Jim Goetsch in your Aug. 8 issue.

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Gracie Suenram: Skills for a lifetime

August 13, 2015 — 

My name is Gracie Suenram and I am 15 years old. This is my third year in the Chicago Park 4-H club and my third raising sheep.

This year, I am bringing two lambs to the fair; a market lamb and a spring ram lamb for breeding. Both of my lambs are from my ewe, Lucy, who won Supreme Champion ewe at last year’s fair. It has been very informative to participate in a breeding project. The most interesting parts were choosing a ram that complemented the conformation of my ewe and watching the lambs being born. I hope to continue breeding with the three ewes I now have.

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Bailey Bivens: Learn about the future of ag and our county

August 13, 2015 — 

As the 2015 Nevada County Fair is about to officially begin, I want to give the perspective of a youth fair exhibitor and explain my take on my experience with market animals.

On the day we first get our market animals we know what the end result will be. You see, these pigs, steers, lambs, and goats are birthed and raised with the sole intention of being meat nutrition for families regardless of who is raising them. The fair animals just happen to get the luck of the draw and get to be pampered throughout their entire lives! They are exercised, washed, fed with the highest quality feeds, and given social interaction everyday they are with a 4H or FFA exhibitor. They are loved on and given attention in every way. They get shampoos and conditioners more expensive than what I use on my own hair as well as haircuts more intricate than any human hairdo. They get blow dried, spiffed up, and looking their best throughout their entire lives.

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Karyn Leigh Gross: In the event of fire, who you gonna call?

August 12, 2015 — 

I pay my taxes and appreciate the services provided by our tax dollars. My priorities are fire, sheriff and emergency medical response. Fast.

I empathize with folks who feel angry about yet another new tax. I generally oppose more taxes, because I feel like we already pay enough. But sometimes they can literally save your life. Like Measure V. It is a special tax of $141 per year. That means 39 cents a day to save your life. Or your child’s life.

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Trudi Tucker: Weighing in on vaccinations

August 11, 2015 — 

Reading Linda Jack’s column, “A Look Back Before Mass Vaccinations” makes one feel fortunate to be alive. However, she also could have titled it “A Look Back Before Sanitation, or Indoor Plumbing, or Clean Water, or Clean Air or Refrigeration.

In the 20th century, life got better. If you look at statistics, diseases were on the wane. Most “childhood” diseases were just that, childhood diseases that lasted only a few days and gave lifelong immunity.

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Donna Smith: A good day for America

August 11, 2015 — 

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, upholding marriage equality for all people, is a step forward for America to manifest its founding constitutional principle of equal opportunity for all to pursue life, liberty, and happiness within the social order of our secular society.

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the court emphasized that marriage is a building block of our national community in so many ways, from the moral support given to married couples and their children, to the legal benefits and rights they enjoy. “There is no difference between same — and opposite-sex couples with respect to this principle.”

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