Letters to the Editor

Look it up

April 22, 2014 — 

I always am suspicious of a person’s “facts” when they use a quote and don’t take the time to correctly attribute it to the proper author.

For example, in Michele Spencer’s “Other Voices” piece, she attributes the oft used quote “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely” to King Louis XIV of France. Sorry, Michele, you’re not even close. This was penned by Lord John Dalberg-Acton of England. Look it up. Wikipedia has a nice article.

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Community pitches in for Nevada City Little League

April 22, 2014 — 

The Nevada City Little League would like to thank everyone in the community who helped make our annual Opening Day Pancake Breakfast a big success, despite the notable lack of baseball weather. Special thanks go out to the men and women of the Nevada City Police Officers Association and Nevada City Fire Department who braved the more or less constant downpour to griddle up delicious pancake after pancake and countless sausages. Thank you!

In addition, we’d also like to recognize our generous donors and sponsors, including both Caroline’s Coffee and 49er Fun Park. And as always, we appreciate KVMR and The Union newspaper’s ongoing help in getting the word out for youth sports and activities.

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Thanks to The Union for its support of libraries

April 22, 2014 — 

Kudos to The Union for its recognition and continued support of our libraries! While supported by taxes, consider the miraculous absence of red-tape required for anyone to actually receive their benefits. Everyone qualifies to enjoy these benefits. The information required to check out books from the circulating branches asks so little that obtaining this benefit is the most simplistic for which to apply.

Libraries have something to offer everyone, limited primarily by a lack of imagination, desire or interest. As no other agency springs to mind that benefits a greater percentage of our population. Libraries equate to money well spent.

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Vote for Paul Haas

April 22, 2014 — 

As a retired Continuation High School instructor, I particularly value Paul Haas’s pledge to allocate additional resources for special needs and at-risk students who are enrolled in schools run by the Nevada County Office of Education.

Money spent on these students today can spare many wasted lives and save the taxpayers of Nevada County hundreds of thousands of dollars in the years to come. I urge you to vote for Paul Haas for Nevada County superintendent of schools.

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Dabis endorses Fran Cole for county supervisor

April 21, 2014 — 

Just recently I endorsed Fran Cole for county supervisor. For decades I have wished to have an attorney as a county supervisor.

It takes new supervisors a year or more to begin to understand the laws, as government is limited in its powers by laws; federal, state and county ordinances.

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Grocery Outlet helps out with food drive

April 21, 2014 — 

Grocery Outlet you have done it again! The food drive you held for Interfaith Food Ministry brought in 150 boxes of nonperishable food, approximately worth $8,000.

We also received a $1,000 check from the Foothills Lions Club and $333 more in cash/checks — a grand total of $9,333. We are grateful for all the support we received from everyone who donated that weekend.

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Gun-free zones kill people

April 21, 2014 — 

Fort Hood, schools, and the country of Mexico are gun-free zones. This is where multiple shootings occur, because people are rendered defenseless victims by criminals with guns and laws that support them.

Allen Appell

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Don’t Dan Miller Nevada County

April 21, 2014 — 

The united voice of our five county supervisors is what represents all of us.

Dan Miller got a special variance to increase density around our county’s airport. Federal aviation standards want very few homes near airports. Dan knows better?

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Ad placement draws chuckle from reader

April 21, 2014 — 

I have no opinions either way on the gun issue, but I thought it quite ironic in the ads in Fridays’s edition of the paper there was one for firearm instructions and right under it was an ad for the Nevada County Cemetery District.

Joan Nightingale

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Support smart growth, vote for Lamphier

April 21, 2014 — 

I enjoy walking in the Empire Mine State Park early in the morning. Some days I walk with my dog in Condon Park or around the fairgrounds. I cherish the creative energy and small-town feeling that Grass Valley has had to date. And, like my neighbors, I appreciate the environment we have in this rural area. It’s only with smart growth that we can still practice good stewardship of our natural resources. Because I want to preserve this lifestyle, I’m voting for incumbent Terry Lamphier, for 3rd District Nevada County supervisor.

Joyce Hoffman

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A suggestion for Rick Kraus

April 21, 2014 — 

I have a request or perhaps a challenge to Rick Kraus, who glorified Obamacare in his “Other Voices” guest editorial on April 14.

This weekend, walk to several of your neighbors’ front doors and knock. When they greet you, thank them for paying your $1,214 health insurance subsidy each month through their increased taxes.

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Dorsey interchange needed to save lives

April 19, 2014 — 

As a new nurse, I am incredibly happy to see the interchange at Dorsey Drive taking place. Access to the hospital will be faster, safer and in the end will help save lives. My husband, a firefighter, also agrees that the ability to access the Dorsey area will allow fire trucks to maneuver in a more efficient manner, again in the end, life-saving. As a young, growing family, we are looking to our elected officials to not only serve our needs, but also the needs of the community. Mayor Dan Miller, led the Grass Valley City Council in the decision to put monies towards Dorsey Drive, creating accessibility to an area that desperately needed it. We will be voting for Dan Miller for District 3 supervisor because he has proven his leadership capabilities. We hope you’ll join us in supporting Dan.

Ashley Eckhardt

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NC post office should clean up its property

April 19, 2014 — 

I am the owner of Nevada City Crystal and Glass. I, too, am concerned about the beautification of the exterior of our downtown buildings, as is our new postmaster, Kenny Weins. I wonder, however, if Kenny could start his beautification process by weed-whacking all the overgrown grass and weeds that surround the post office property from the parking lot to the front of the building, as this is more of a blight than the newspaper racks. I would be willing to do it for him as long as I don’t get arrested for destruction of federal property.

Dave Iorns

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Fiscal values differentiate Miller, Lamphier

April 19, 2014 — 

I am a Grass Valley resident and communicate with Mayor Dan Miller and Supervisor Terry Lamphier about twice a year on issues. My emails are short, respectful, and my requests are reasonable. Mayor Miller rarely answers my emails. Supervisor Lamphier always answers my emails promptly, even in disagreement.

Between February 2008 and June 2009, the Grass Valley Redevelopment Agency (which the city council runs) purchased three properties on South Auburn and Neal streets for about $1.1 million. With demolition, consultant fees, etc., the cost is much higher. In October 2013, the city’s consultant valued the three properties at $31,000 to $65,000. While redevelopment is not a profit endeavor, this is a poor return. In 2014, the Grass Valley City Council hired a new city manager for $163,000 plus generous benefits to run our city of 12,000 residents, a 20-percent pay increase over the last guy. Last month they hired a new finance director for $115,000, with possible bonus pay up to $132,000. These salaries are more than Nevada County pays the CEO and elected auditor.

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Two thumbs up

April 17, 2014 — 

Early Saturday morning, when leaving my home, I see our DA, Cliff Newell, landscaping the neighborhood island, cleaning and trimming trees that the city owns and has not maintained in the 30 years I’ve lived there. Cliff’s actions inspired others in my neighborhood to lend a helping hand.

It’s very nice of this man to do this on his own time. I would like to say “Thank you very much” to Cliff Newell for caring for our community and giving back to the community. He won my vote.

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Author of anti-gun legislation arrested for gun trafficking

April 17, 2014 — 

Well, after a long spell it finally turned up. Yes, another letter by our prolific anti-gun man. Yes, guns do kill people.

I wonder if his “Champion of Gun Control,” Mr. Yee, senator from San Francisco, had that in mind when he was arrest for “gun trafficking.”

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Twinkle town

April 17, 2014 — 

Please, Ms. Senum, stop. Your quest to make our funky little mountain town into a yuppie wine carnival has reached ridiculous proportions. We already have the cute little gas-light thing going on — and the Euro-Boardwalk deal. Why must we have the addition of circus lights? The county fair is in August; let’s not have it all year ‘round. This is historic Nevada City, not hysterical Nevada City.

San French

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The reality of Obamacare

April 17, 2014 — 

The two subject articles — “Obamacare turns out to be positive experience” (column on Monday, 4/14/14)) and “Health Insurance Hassle in Nevada County” (front page, Tuesday, 4/15/14) — sure are in direct opposition. The first is a dream letter, written by someone happy to be on Medicaid. The second, by Randy Harris, unfortunately fell into the net of false promises along with so many, believing the “Hope and Change” pied piper. “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it,” and better yet, “If you like your doctor, you can keep him.” Don’t forget the “Period” for emphasis placed after those now famous lies.

The over 2,000-page ACA has some more surprises for the gullible public. They will find out about hidden clauses having to do with death panels, IRS brown coat-type knowledge of personal health data, restrictions, and paying for care we don’t need or want (i.e. abortion) that lurk in that document. Welcome to socialized medicine, folks.

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Earth: We’re all in it together this Earth Day

April 17, 2014 — 

Earth Day has never been more important and timely given the recent alarming reports from the world’s scientists. We’re losing our planetary life-support system more quickly than they had anticipated, and they’ve known for decades. Our children will certainly suffer. We owe them an apology — and a habitable place to thrive.

We’ve had a great ride, but we used it up — most of the forests, fish, birds, agricultural land, petroleum and potable water — and we left even the air contaminated. We have to turn this around in a hurry. Now that will take a herculean effort on the part of individuals, communities, countries, industries and international organizations.

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Economic boom just beginning

April 16, 2014 — 

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.

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Kraus a wolf in sheep’s clothing

April 16, 2014 — 

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 Daniels

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Pelosi lives in a liberal bubble

April 16, 2014 — 

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 Coon

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People kill people

April 16, 2014 — 

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:

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Thanks, Northridge

April 15, 2014 — 

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.

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We agree on one thing, a broken political system

April 15, 2014 — 

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.

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April 15, 2014 — 

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.

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April 15, 2014 — 

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.

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My case for Fran Cole for supervisor

April 14, 2014 — 

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?

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I am supporting Hank Weston for District 4 supervisor

April 14, 2014 — 

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.

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Bag ban brings about ‘new tax’

April 14, 2014 — 

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.

A new tax has been created.

George Horrigan

Alta Sierra

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