Letters

Ron Lowe: Transgender bathrooms in Europe for decades

May 3, 2016 — 

The current Republican “transgender bathroom” scare is just so much more of their crusade and fear-mongering against gays; trying to fool an inattentive American public. For all the anti-gay evangelicals who haven’t been out of their own bathrooms in years — get a grip!

Bathrooms have been transgender all over the world for decades. We were in Europe 20 to 30 years ago and both sexes, all sexes, were using the same toilets. Heaven forbid!

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George Moses: Stop the cuts to veteran benefits

May 3, 2016 — 

In March, the House passed a bill (H.R. 3016) that included a 50 percent cut in the monthly Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) allowance provided to children who will have their parent’s earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit transferred to them. Now similar legislation is being considered in the Senate (S.425) that would put the hard-fought benefits of 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans at even greater risk.

I am standing with my fellow Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) members in opposition to these cuts to the GI Bill, and ask you to stand with us.

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Jo Ann Rebane: Well said, Mr. Sauer

May 3, 2016 — 

A letter in the April 28 edition of The Union caused me to re-read a recent column by Norm Sauer, member of The Union Editorial Board.

I want to say how refreshing it is to have an independent thinker remind us that our America has always been a beacon of liberty and the “greatest force in the history of the world to eliminate poverty, preserve freedom, and create opportunity for all.” I want to express how grateful I am for his writing and positions.

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Marianne Boyer: Open letter to Nevada County Supervisors

May 2, 2016 — 

I write to you today as an individual who has worked daily for over a decade with patients seeking alternatives to many health issues — from chronic pain, epilepsy, depression/PTSD, migraines, muscle spasms, cancer and other serious maladies.

I have seen countless patients helped with medicinal cannabis.

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Trump thinks like a sidewalk bully

May 1, 2016 — 

Donald Trump’s call for punishment of women who have an abortion gives us insight into himself. That comment reveals his attitude more truly than any crafted statement claiming the opposite. All women — and all men who care about women — should give careful thought to the implications of that.

True enough, but the event is far more important as a demonstration of his decision-making. It shows (as the Washington Post’s Dan Balz points out) that Trump acts on instinct rather than thought-out policy. Does that leave room for advisors? Perhaps. Retraction of his statement two hours later hints that someone persuaded him of the need.

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Tim Stokes: The enemy is Citizens United, not the IRS

May 1, 2016 — 

Here is a snippet of history regarding the “social welfare” groups mentioned in Mr. Boardman’s article:

“When Congress created the legal framework for ‘social welfare’ groups,” as Jane Mayer wrote in Dark Money, The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. “... it never anticipated that they would become a means by which the rich would hide their political spending. In fact, to qualify as tax-exempt, such groups had to certify that they would be ‘operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare.” “The IRS later loosened the guidelines, though, allowing them to engage marginally in politics, so long as this wasn’t their ‘primary’ purpose. Lawyers soon stretched the loophole to absurd lengths. They argued, for instance, that if a group spent 49 percent of its funds on politics, it complied with the law because it still wasn’t ‘primarily’ engaged in politics. They also argued that one such group could claim no political spending if it gave to another such group, even if the latter spent the funds on politics ... For example, at the end of 2010, the Center for Patients Rights reported on its tax return that it spent no money on politics. Yet it granted $103 million to other conservative groups, most of which were actively engaged in midterm elections.”

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Rev. Eileen Smith LeVan: Fundraising campaign to help families in need

April 29, 2016 — 

The “Leap of Faith” campaign sponsored by Peace Lutheran Church shows what faith, prayer and hard work can achieve: The generous people of western Nevada County donated $17,680 — far surpassing Peace’s goal of $10,000.

Thank you for your loving hearts!

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Heidi Hall: I stand by my statement

April 29, 2016 — 

I was surprised and saddened to see Mr. Meckler’s letter in The Union on April 26, calling into question my integrity after I shared information, at his request, pointing out the connections between the Americans for Good Government and Tea Party in good faith.

Please read the source material for yourself: Sierra Foothills Report, May 30, 2014 and YubaNet, March 9, 2016 ; then consider the company candidates keep and the funding they receive when deciding who to trust with your vote for supervisor.

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Ed Thomas: A thoughtful response

April 28, 2016 — 

I was at a loss for a civil response to Norm Sauer’s recent rant in the paper. Kudos to Lynn Wenzel for her spot on thoughtful response. It was informative and educational, and demonstrated a mature and non-hostile way to make a point.

Ed Thomas

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Weldon Travis: U.S. needs to wake up

April 28, 2016 — 

“A Beacon of Liberty” by Norm Sauer (April 9 in The Union) is spot on and reflects my own values and significant concerns about the direction our once great nation has taken, and what it has become.

It is way past time that America awakens from its destructive stupor, including the indiscriminate and mass acceptance of fanatical religious terrorists and the tyrannical conduct of our elected and appointed national and state “leaders.”

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Jane Calbreath: Broad assumptions not reality

April 28, 2016 — 

I am stunned by Mr. Norm Sauer’s column, and it is difficult to know where to start in addressing his broad assumptions, seemingly picked out of thin air, or a life secured behind the gates of privilege.

Capitalism is an “ism” and it has created more poverty in our country over the past 35 years, exactly because it has become runaway hoarding of wealth by the very rich, who seem to have no end to their greed.

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Janis McGregor: Thanks to Lynn Wenzel

April 27, 2016 — 

Having just finished Lynn Wenzel’s column in The Union, I want to express how grateful I am for her writing and her positions.

It is wonderful to read an article that expresses openness, inclusion, and understanding of other people and ideas, rather than the negative and accusatory rhetoric of Norm Sauer, another member of The Union’s Editorial Board.

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Frank David: We deserve better from our justice system

April 27, 2016 — 

Joshua Packard is the prime suspect in a remarkable list of felonies and misdemeanors. The D.A. and the court offered a ridiculous plea deal which the defendant found “unacceptable.” Too bad.

Packard wants a trial; he should have one, including prosecution of every offense charged, and with consecutive prison sentences for every conviction.

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Anna West: Don't take the Lord's name in vain

April 27, 2016 — 

I would like to see the correct changes made. God has not been allowed in public schools for a long time. So, why is it that the school staff are so unaware of the using of the Lord’s name in vain? I cringe when I hear anyone use His name in disrespect.

When my child comes home emotionally upset and says, “It’s so hard to be good when so many people at school take the Lord’s name in vain,” I cannot just sit by and do nothing. It is time for me to awaken your ears.

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Roy Crain: Vote against marijuana by voting for Measure W

April 26, 2016 — 

I retired here 45 years ago and went into the real estate business, plus a lot of other things after 28 years in the military.

I looked for the perfect place in the world to retire and it was here in Nevada County. This was after I had lived all over the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam. I chose Nevada County. I have lived here for 45 years and I call this “The End of the Rainbow.”

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Lisa Baker: Feeding the hungry

April 26, 2016 — 

The Foothill Food Pantry in Dobbins would like to extend many thanks to the Les Schwab Tire Centers in Marysville, Yuba City and Grass Valley, to Les Schwab regional manager Rick Sprouse, and to the Fellowship of Friends (Oregon House) for their generous donations, which made it possible to put new tires on our trailer!

Our (nonprofit) pantry operates a food distribution program in the Yuba County foothills. We currently distribute approximately 90 boxes each week. Keeping us supplied is a volunteer driver who weekly picks up donated food, and brings it down from Grass Valley. A lot of wear and tear on equipment!

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Patrick Tobin: Just pay the two dollars

April 26, 2016 — 

Regarding the visually important ridge line lawsuit (VIR) reported on the April 19 front page of The Union — every time I read about the long, long, legal proceedings of the “ridgeline/taking” matter, I think, “Pay the two dollars.”

By that I refer to the vaudeville skit wherein a man spits on the floor, is arrested and fined two dollars for the offense. His lawyer

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Stan Meckler: Americans for Good Government is not Tea Party affiliated

April 25, 2016 — 

Ms. Hall misled the press when she said that the tenor of the Board of Supervisors campaign changed when a Tea Party affiliated group, Americans for Good Government, backed her opponent, Duane Strawser.

It is she that has changed the tenor by making this election partisan even though the Board of Supervisors seat is non-partisan. It sounds like she is trying to influence voters who did not agree with the Tea Party. Let me make this clear, Americans for Good Government is not affiliated with the Tea Party or any other group. Americans for Good Government does not choose their candidates by party affiliation but by who is best qualified for the job.

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Patricia Andersen: Yes on Measure W

April 25, 2016 — 

Marijuana bothers the sheriff? Maybe it is because there is substantial evidence that exposure to the drug during development can cause long-term and possibly permanent adverse changes in the brain?

Or the significant impairment of judgment, motor coordination and reaction time in drivers who have been involved in accidents?

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Lin Jovanovic: 'Carrtoon' out of date

April 25, 2016 — 

John Carr’s “Carrtoon” published on April 13 is both sexist and out of date.

First, women make up at least 57 percent of the labor force and 70 percent of women with children under 18 work outside the home. In four out of 10 households, women are the primary or sole breadwinners. In 2016, 60 percent of all accountants, enrolled agents, and auditors are women, not to mention the large number of women in related professions (those who work for tax preparers).

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Jerry Hart: Disgusted with CHP

April 24, 2016 — 

I am 72 years old and very disgusted with the local California Highway Patrol office here in Grass Valley.

I was hit by a speeding car on Dog Bar Road. The young girl (mid 20s) who hit me stopped and told me she didn’t have a license and asked that I not call the police. I said I had to call because of the extensive damage.

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Dan Scanlan: Did Nevada County supervisors violate Brown Act?

April 24, 2016 — 

According to the news, “On April 5, Board of Supervisors Chair Dan Miller stated publicly, ‘That’s why we did it. The composition of future boards will change.’”

He was speaking about the Nevada County Supervisors’ shady Measure W, which outlaws pot growing in the county whether the proposition passes or not. I suggest that Miller’s confession is proof that members of the board met in secret in violation of the state’s Brown Act, since this decision was not discussed in public.

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Linda Siska: True or convenient?

April 24, 2016 — 

When politicians make statements such as, “The earth has historically cycled between warmer and colder periods,” I know they have not done their homework.

Yes, the earth’s climate has changed many times, but it has never done so spontaneously. When the climate changes, there is always a reason for it; through the hard work of thousands of scientists, we now know the how, when and why of previous changes. In the past, earth’s climate has changed due to volcanic activity, sun spots, changes in the earth’s orbit or tilt, comets hitting the earth, and other natural forces. When scientists take into account all these natural forces, they determine that we ought to be in a slightly cooling trend ... but we’re not. The only way to account for the warming of the earth is to factor in human activity, specifically the burning of fossil fuels.

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Dennis W. Westcot: Grateful for safe sidewalks

April 22, 2016 — 

Recently the Nevada City elementary school kids walked to the library up East Broad Street. This time it was done safely.

Thank you to all in Nevada County and Nevada City that made the improvements on East Broad Street possible.

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Dennis Elliott: Thanks to scholarship donors

April 20, 2016 — 

On behalf of the ACI Gold Country Chapter, we would like to thank the following businesses for their scholarship donations:

Dennis Elliott & Daughters Logging; Hansen Brothers; A to Z Supply; Prospector’s Nursery; B & C Home Center; Robinson Enterprises; Weiss Brothers Nursery; Ben Franklin; The Wooden Spoon; Gold Flat Car Wash; SPD Saw shop; Carol’s Market and Deli; Sandy Cawthon; Penn Valley Hardware; Donna and John Fuller.

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Debora Totoonchie: In support of the NID Centennial Reservoir project

April 19, 2016 — 

Our warming climate trend proves that we need to store more water, mid elevation in the foothills. We have a less reliable snow pack at higher elevations in our Sierra.

We haven’t been able to take best advantage of storms when they arrive, which leaves us vulnerable to the next dry year.

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Ronald Cherry: Waste Management's 'quality service'

April 19, 2016 — 

I wrote previously about Waste Management’s “quality service,” but it keeps getting better.

When WM changed our pick-up day, everyone on Banner Lava Cap took out our trash and recycles on that day. The trash was picked up, but not the recyclables.

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Roger Lewis: Health-care reform is a fiscally conservative idea

April 19, 2016 — 

I just heard about a new movie called “Fix It, Health Care at the Tipping Point.” It was written by a conservative business owner who, in trying to remain competitive in a global economy, discovered employee health care costs were his biggest obstacle.

The movie explores why it’s so expensive and how we can ‘Fix It.’ While it starts with the health care costs in business, it also emphasizes how everyone, our whole economy is effected by our broken health care system.

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Ray Darby: Solar article misleading

April 18, 2016 — 

The article in The Union entitled, “Solar companies react to PG&E ‘time of use’ plan changes” quotes “Solar to the People” on the cost of solar in our area. The article, unlike the one you ran a week earlier, doesn’t mention the $3,100 cost/Kw they’re quoting is “after incentives,” which means the cost from a solar company is more like $4,430/kW, before the 30 percent tax credit (incentive).

Their website says they “provide a unique, one-stop shop for you to learn about solar, submit your information once and receive multiple, competitive quotes from qualified solar installers in your area.” But wait, the “pre-screened companies” their website sends you to for “competitive quotes” are none other than the very same Big Box companies the article mentions as being overpriced. Competitive? Ha! No wonder those prices are way out of the ballpark! I’ve been in the solar business here since 1979, so I’m quite familiar with the costs of solar over time. All I can say is “Shop Globally, Buy Locally” to see how affordable solar actually is!

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Stewart Millar: 'Illegal drug production does no one any favors?' You sure?

April 18, 2016 — 

After reading The Union’s opinion on illegal drug production, I came away with two conclusions.

Yes, illegal drug production is having an adverse effect on our local environment (i.e. improper butane cartridge disposal, water diversions from our local watershed, the Yuba). However, to say that no one benefits from illegal drug production, is a flawed perspective.

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