Thanks to early conservation efforts, vast areas of prehistoric redwoods have been protected from logging where they survive in our state despite generations of an industrial economy.
These redwood forests are now under threat and help is needed if we want these ancient trees to continue into the future.Learn more »
“Wake up Californians,” Dick Panzica’s letter to The Union ominously declares. Any time I read the phrase “wake up” I know what’s about to follow: a self-indulgent, uneducated rant.
Mr. Panzica is actually upset that California has a budget surplus, fearing it will go to teachers and the poor (heaven help us). Mr. Panzica’s letter represents a well-worn tactic of self-styled conservatives: take news that portrays Democrats in a flattering light and try to turn it against them. They did it to John Kerry, when the Swift-boaters took his undeniably heroic war record into tried to turn it into a tale of cowardice.Learn more »
Back when the Tour of California rolled through, a video was produced, “Ride Fast, Live Slow,” by the Nevada City Chamber. It lives on YouTube.
The video shows a place where young and old, active and retired coexist. It’s a place where people who live for some sweat-generating, fast-paced outdoor mojo share a place with people appreciating relaxed, easygoing living in a place steeped in history. It’s place where someone can enjoy and thrive in a life that involves all of the above.Learn more »
I agree with the article titled “Local demonstrators support Black Lives Matter movement” that was written by Ivan Natividad and posted in The Union on July 10, that white supremacists have a very skewed opinion of anyone and everyone who is not of the “pure” Aryan race.
And, I agree with the photo that says that “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” because they do.Learn more »
This is in response to the “Our View” published in The Union on July 25 titled “Time to put our money where our mouths are.”
The theme of the “Our View” was that Nevada City Councilman Duane Strawser was being “stiffed” by Nevada City’s refusal to pay for the unexpected losses that he incurred at the recent Amgen bicycle event.Learn more »
Climate Change is real. This opinion piece is not about whom or what caused it, but rather how we deal with it. I did write an opinion piece last April entitled, “When the Well Runs Dry” that summarized conditions that may lead up to mandatory water rationing. Fortunately, we’re not there — yet.
The following statement was in the April piece: “Western Nevada County doesn’t possess the aquifer storage ability that Truckee and much of the rest of rural California enjoy. The water in western Nevada County comes from rainfall and melting snowpack. We haven’t seen much of either in the last six months or three years.” California’s biggest source of fresh water is in peril. A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change shows the Sierra snowpack shrinking substantially in the years to come.Learn more »
“This pain will come as a thief in the night. It will take away your peace if you let it; it will drag you into the harsh darkness of the misery of loss,” Maria Grizetti writes about the pain of losing a child.
And what if no one is mourning with you? What if you’re told there is nothing to mourn?Learn more »
A stunning indictment has been handed down in Cincinnati, focusing attention again on police killings of people of color. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing has been charged with murder, for the July 19 shooting death of Samuel DuBose, a 43-year-old African-American man. Tensing pulled over DuBose because he was driving a car without a front license plate. As Deter said in his news conference: “He was dealing with someone without a front license plate. This is, in the vernacular, a very chicken-crap stop.” Tensing wanted to see DuBose’s driver’s license. When DuBose said he didn’t have it, Tensing made a motion to open DuBose’s car door. Within seconds of this interaction, Tensing’s right hand swung into the video frame with a pistol. He fired a single shot into DuBose’s head, which sent the car, with DuBose dead behind the wheel, rolling down the street, where it crashed to a halt. Before Tensing’s body-camera video was released, the officer claimed that his arm had been caught in the car, and he was dragged down the street. Another officer, Phillip Kidd, reported he saw the same thing. The video clearly debunked their version. Kidd should be arrested, too. Prosecutor Deters released Officer Tensing’s body-camera video, stating, “This is without question a murder.”
DuBose was killed about one week after another deadly traffic stop. In that case, in Waller County, Texas, 28-year-old Sandra Bland, also African-American, was pulled over by Brian Encinia, a white Texas State Trooper. Encinia claimed she had not signaled a lane change. The trooper’s dashboard camera recorded the stop. He demanded that Bland put out her cigarette, then told her to get out of the car, saying: “I’m giving you a lawful order. I am going to drag you out of there.” Bland can be heard saying: “You opened my car door. So you’re threatening to drag me out of my own car?” Encinia then shouted, “Get out of the car!” When Bland replied: “And then you’re going to assault me? Wow,” Encinia, brandishing a Taser, shouted: “I will light you up! Get out! Now!”Learn more »
The people of Nevada County need to start using the app, “Yelp.”
I love that the people of Nevada County would rather ask a neighbor or browse a local forum for a restaurant recommendation before consulting a website or an app for dining advice. It shows that we have small-town pride and that we are willing to support our small businesses on a peer-to-peer level. I have enjoyed many nights out based on friends’ recommendations.Learn more »
Sonia Delgadillo: Communication, community input not a priority for Nevada Joint Union board of trusteesJuly 29, 2015 —
The Nevada Joint Union High School District Board held a special meeting on July 20 where it voted on important issues, yet notice about the meeting was difficult to come by and no media reported on the outcome. The following decisions impact our students.
First, though just a month earlier the district submitted a budget and LCAP (which identifies educational priorities) for public comment and a vote, at this meeting, a new expenditure of nearly $230,000 for Chromebooks was approved. This will come from additional one-time funding of $530 per student the state approved in June and added they had a plan for the remainder of these funds which they will present in August. District staff stated this funding came as a surprise in June implying that there was no opportunity for public input. The legislation is clear — as part of the new funding formula, the community is to have input into development of educational priorities.Learn more »
My wife and I decided to move to Nevada City two and a half years ago, stunned by the beauty we found here. I don’t mean the physical beauty — the mountains, meadows, forests and rivers — although the setting and the gorgeous environment definitely attracted us.
Instead, I mean the inner beauty of the people we had the privilege of meeting.Learn more »
On our recent trip to the California State Fair this past weekend my mom and I were excited to go and see all of the county displays. As we walked around the building with the displays we couldn’t find Nevada County’s display.
We went up to the information booth and asked, “Where was Nevada County’s booth?” We were told that Nevada County did not have one and that out of the 58 counties in California only 23 were represented.Learn more »
There’s been no shortage of attempts in recent years in the State Legislature to overhaul Proposition 13 — California’s landmark initiative protecting homeowners and small business owners from out-of-control property taxes.
Multiple bills have taken aim at the proposition, but the most popular among these bills pushes the so-called “split roll” property tax, which would eliminate Prop. 13 protections for job creators but leave them in place for homeowners. This split roll idea is especially favored by lawmakers who are eager to bring more money into state coffers.Learn more »
As you drive around Nevada County, you will most likely see several figurines of Smokey Bear (also called Smokey the Bear) at various locations. Have you ever wondered just how Smokey came to be, or what information is used to determine the fire danger level that is posted on Smokey Bear signs during the year?
I would like to take some time to offer an explanation of these two questions.Learn more »
Emily Lavin’s July 8 article in The Union about the immunization law signed by Gov. Brown suggests that the issue of vaccination of children will likely continue to be a topic of debate. California’s anti-vaccination advocates seem determined to try to overturn the law, or at least expand the personal exemption option.
In my opinion, the vaccination discussion would be better informed if we considered the experiences of our 19th- and 20th-century ancestors who knew firsthand the consequences of living in an unvaccinated population.Learn more »
“We were at one, blood to blood, as no other kind of union could make us,” the English essayist Malcolm Muggeridge wrote, recalling giving his wife his own blood during a critical medical moment.
“To give life,” he continued, “this was what love was for; to give it in all circumstances and eventualities, whether God creating the universe, or a male and female creating another human being; whereas to destroy life, be it in a fertilized ovum one second after conception, or in some octogenarian or sufferer from a fatal illness, was the denial of life and so the antithesis of love.”Learn more »
On July 20, history was made in Washington, D.C., and in Havana, Cuba. As the Cuban national anthem was played, the island nation’s flag was raised over its embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy, as well as the U.S. embassy in Havana, was open for business, for the first time in 54 years. The Washington ceremony was attended by more than 500 people. Earlier in the day, the U.S. State Department elevated the Cuban flag to a place of honor, joining 150 other national flags on display in the main lobby. While diplomatic relations have been restored, the crushing U.S. economic embargo against Cuba is still in place, and the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay remains open. More than 100 prisoners are still languishing there, many of them cleared for release for over a decade.
The Cuban Embassy was filled beyond capacity with Cuban and American diplomats, government officials, artists, musicians and activists. Many who gathered there had been working for this moment for decades. “It is the result of many years of struggle by many people — the Cuban people, but many friends here in this country and around the globe,” Ricardo Alarcon said at the embassy. He was a student leader during the revolution, eventually becoming Cuba’s foreign minister and president of the National Assembly, Cuba’s parliament. Now retired, he said, “It has to be recognized as a victory for us, for our people, and for all those who were opposing the U.S. policies during this half a century.”Learn more »
According to a June USA Today article, it seems that the U.S. Navy, following two years of budget cuts, has conceded that it lacks the necessary wherewithal to keep Marine Corps amphibious forces stationed within striking distance of American assets in known hotspots (read North Africa).
But not to worry: the U.S. is exploring placing U.S. Marines on other nations’ ships, possibly under NATO control, and trusting that they will deliver our guys where and when they are needed.Learn more »
Please treat everything and everyone kindly. Be courteous. Be genuine. Be giving with your time. Volunteer to do something good. Give good advice. Don’t hurt people.
I believe we could use more level-headed respectful and considerate people in this world. People who can look you in the eye with ease, friendliness and communication. Never with indifference, but with caring and concern.Learn more »
Back in early April, Gov. Jerry Brown did something unprecedented in California: He imposed a 25 percent mandatory water reduction for the state. This was the first time such an order was given by a governor of California and it made sense.
With the snowpack at historical lows and with reservoirs nearing empty, something needed to be done since the state was quickly running out of water after four years of drought.Learn more »
On July 6, the writer of a letter to the editor (Nancy McDonald) went on and on, and on, about this burning question on the right concerning what Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments are and finding no answer. Chew on these for a while, a good starter summary and list:
First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School. Former director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic. Former civil litigation attorney. Former law professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Former First Lady of Arkansas. Former First Lady of the United States, and the first First Lady in U.S. history to hold a postgraduate degree. First former First Lady in U.S. history to be elected to the United States Senate. Elected by the state of New York to serve two terms in the United States Senate. Former U.S. Secretary of State. Grammy award winner. Author ...”Learn more »
As reported in The Union on July 8, California Senate bill 128, the End of Life Option Act, has been shelved in the Assembly, largely due to pressure from the Catholic church.
Your state government continues to insist that, even though you’re terminally ill with a hideous disease, you must live every horrible minute until your “natural” death.Learn more »
When bad things happen to good people, how shall we respond?
Recently, a very dear friend and parishioner of St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley was beaten unconscious in the early hours of the morning. She was doing her volunteer work of opening the church for Sunday Mass.Learn more »
As a concerned student and Global Zero activist, I understand the immense threat of adding another country to the nuclear club, whether it be Iran or Indonesia or Canada.
As a young child who knew little of WMDs and political maneuvering, war and bombs seemed wasteful to me. In lives, in money, in effort.Learn more »
A couple weeks ago The Union ran a story about incidents that allegedly occurred at the Milhous Boy’s Ranch. This article presented a very one-sided picture of the facility and what they do there.
My primary criticism of your reporting is that there seemed to be no true investigation of facts but just a relating of information available and printing it whether factual or not. How about finding out the truth?Learn more »
It has been almost a year since President Barack Obama admitted, “in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, we did some things that were wrong. ... we tortured some folks.” The administration of Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, carefully crafted a legal rationale enabling what it called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” which is no more than a euphemism for torture. From the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay to the dungeons of Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram air base in Afghanistan, countless hundreds, if not thousands, of people were subjected to torture, all in the name of the “Global War on Terror.” With the exception of a few low-level soldiers at Abu Ghraib, not one person has been held accountable. The only high-level person sent to prison over torture was John Kiriakou — not for conducting torture, but for exposing it, as a whistleblower.
The legal facade behind which these heinous acts were conducted relied heavily on the cooperation of professional psychologists, who trained and advised the interrogators and supervised the progress of the “breaking” of prisoners. This cooperation, in turn, was dependent on an official seal of approval from the American Psychological Association, the largest professional organization of psychologists in the world. In 2006, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association both barred their members from taking part in military interrogations.Learn more »
As a nation last week, we celebrated the Declaration of Independence, which announced our freedom from Great Britain. But what is freedom, anyway? Our debates aren’t worth a dime without knowing what we’re seeking to protect and nourish in our politics.
Brad Thor, the best-selling novelist whose most recent book is “Code of Conduct,” tells me: “Freedom is the ability to make the choices that I believe are best for myself and my family without the coercion of the state. It is being able to stand for what I believe in without dreading a knock upon my door in the middle of the night. It is participating in the public square, along with its many competing voices, and competing in the intellectual combat of rigorous debate without fear of reprisal — especially when my speech seeks to limit/turn back the growth of government and shine the light on the encroaching darkness of tyranny. It is, in short, my control of my life, my fortune and my destiny.”Learn more »
If, historically, in handing down decisions, the Supreme Court had adhered only to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution (States Rights), we would, no doubt, still have “back of the bus” practices, Jim Crow, unequal education and “White-Colored” drinking fountains. The equal protection clauses of the Fifth and 14th Amendments trump that.
The question was, “Does the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defines the term ‘marriage’ under federal law as a ‘legal union between one man and one woman’ deprive same-sex couples who are legally married under state laws, of their Fifth Amendment rights to equal protection under the law.” The answer was yes.Learn more »
We are writing to provide needed clarification to The Union’s July 3 story “Sexual allegation against Milhous Children’s Services dismissed; facility’s reporting still murky.”
The story misrepresents the findings of the Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) of the State Department of Social Services. As you report, CCLD dismissed the misconduct allegation as “unfounded.”Learn more »