Perfect. President Obama is now warning the Soviets — er, Russians — about the Ukraine.
This follows his famous warnings to Syria. And to Iran. And to the Benghazi terrorists — an embarrassing run of stern-faced finger wagging that in every instance ultimately dissipated into stony do-nothing silence after the warnings were shrugged off by the warned and the wire service stopped carrying his updates.Learn more »
In reply to Bob Galletta’s “Other Voices” article published Feb. 28 in The Union, there are so many problems with his argument that I hardly know where to begin.
He begins with the now-standard critique that President Obama is “in the process of dismantling the Constitution of the U.S.” He then leaps to the issue of federal judges making decisions striking down the provisions in several states’ constitutions declaring marriage to be only “between one man and one woman.” How does this equate to the president dismantling the Constitution?Learn more »
Most Americans think the economy is still bad and that President Obama is doing a poor job handling it.
With unemployment at 6.6 percent, and only that low because millions of frustrated, jobless workers have left the labor force entirely, issues that consume media attention — like whether a shop owner should be forced to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple — will inevitably fade in importance compared to the economy when voters go to the polls in November.Learn more »
Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.
At the time of his arrest and trial, he was a member of the Baltimore chapter of the Black Panther Party, the militant black-rights organization that was the principal focus of COINTELPRO, the FBI’s illegal “counterintelligence program.” The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover, surveilled and infiltrated Black Panther chapters from coast to coast, disrupting their organizing activities, often with violence.Learn more »
I give up. For many months, over a year now, I have asked Waste Management to inform those who continue to truck their trash to the Transfer Station that there is a “will-call” option, an option that the self-hauler may find more to his liking, his pocketbook and lifestyle.
After all this time there remains a steady flow of self-haulers on McCourtney — 2,000 on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of needless air pollution. A primary goal of the contract the county made with WM was to get people off McCourtney and onto curbside service.Learn more »
For those of us who live in Nevada County, the Bridgeport covered bridge spanning the South Yuba River is a symbol of home.
In summer, we bring our families to the State Park beaches to relax, laugh and swim in the healing waters of the South Yuba with this iconic bridge as the backdrop.Learn more »
If there were a real need for more facility space for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office (NCSOS), then why did the Superintendent of Schools abandon the Armory property directly across the street from Superintendent Holly Hermansen’s current office?
The Armory, a 6,000-square-foot building, for more than 10 years was leased by the former Superintendent of Schools to house the Imaginarium, Mud Hut and Nevada County Television (NCTV).Learn more »
You’ve all seen the articles about elephant poaching — the slaughtered animals, the hacked-off tusks, the grieving baby elephants alongside their dead mothers.
This isn’t one of those articles. I’m not here to shock you. I need your help to get me to Africa to put a stop to it.Learn more »
Regarding “Recognizing the impact of change and doing something about it”:
I was stunned recently to hear Maria Shriver admonish young women to expect to be providers and to prepare accordingly. Maria Shriver is a mother of four and an award-winning, well-known and respected American journalist, author of six bestselling books and the former first lady of California. Her recent annual Shriver Report on women entitled, “A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back From the Brink,” co-sponsored with The Center for American Progress, provides a bleak but informative 400-page basis for her admonishment.Learn more »
In response to the Feb. 27 article in The Union titled, “High-speed Internet linked to line of sight,” as a home-based website developer since 1993, I welcome your reporting on the appalling lack of competitive broadband Internet access for residents of Nevada County.
It is hard to accept that home-based businesses, telecommuters, children, parents and seniors are actually bound to dial-up or low quality satellite service, while at our doorstep is a fiber optic infrastructure that goes unused throughout this county.Learn more »
The First Amendment to our Constitution states succinctly: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion … or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press …”
Pretty easily understood. Yet recently, it was announced that the United States is now ranked No. 47 in the world with regard to freedom of the press. To me, that was a shocking revelation. Within days of reading this, the FCC announced that they were proposing sending government monitors and researchers into newsrooms with the alleged purpose of studying the news selection process. After an uproar (small at best), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his agency will shelve the study indefinitely. Notice, he did not say the idea would be scrapped, just shelved. This leads one to postulate that once the furor dies down, it will resurface as another of President Obama’s executive actions.Learn more »
These days we are subjected in public life to a dictatorship.
Since Barack Obama became president of our country, he has been in the process of dismantling the Constitution of the U.S.Learn more »
Like it or not, by 2016 marijuana will most likely be legal for recreational use in California.
Whether legalization will help or hurt the economy is no longer subject to speculation — just look at Colorado to see our future. Tax revenues are exceeding early estimates, businesses are booming and tourism is up.Learn more »
You wonder why people don’t trust government. Reinette Senum is absolutely correct; this was the hidden agenda behind the Dorsey Drive interchange all along. Just what we need — more shopping centers.
I moved here 35 years ago to get away from urban sprawl. You want all this stuff, then move back to the city where you all came from. Why did you all move here in the first place?Learn more »
On Feb. 15, the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley helped trumpet venerable ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock’s anniversary celebration by bringing its tour, “Forty and Fierce,” to Nevada County.
The troupe made the Center for the Arts one of its few concert stops — and what a concert it was!Learn more »
No one likes to talk about death, especially one’s own. Most Americans say it is important to make sure their family is not burdened by having to make difficult end-of-life decisions on their behalf.
But fewer than half have talked with their family about what they want done, and not done, when their time comes.Learn more »
I had a nephew, David, whose carpentry skills really stood out. David was actually my cousin’s son, but family is family.
David died of an aneurism at the age of 31.Learn more »
This might sound angry, but too bad, I’m declaring open warfare, figuratively, on the phrase, “Everyone has the right to an opinion.”
This is because one becomes the bad guy just because one challenges an opinion that is based on propaganda, not fact. This is because the people who say this don’t like dissent because it makes them “uncomfortable” or hurts their temple of peace. This is the behavior of passive aggressive people; they will agree and even put down, behind their backs, the people who are talking propaganda. But when it’s time to stand up, they stand down. Poor dears, they don’t like confrontation. This might anger some friends, but that behavior is cowardly.Learn more »
As I was working in Calanan Park today, I thought about the hard work and years of effort many of you have put into protecting and maintaining Nevada City’s historic charm. As a result, we have a very picturesque historic district ably representing the “Queen of the Northern Mines.” Thank you for your work.
We can all step back and admire the collection of Gold Rush buildings, but while looking, we should realize the vibrancy of the town derives from more than the preservation of structures. The town is a living place, not a museum. The creativity and enterprise of many different groups and individuals have made it the lively community it is today. The historic district is vitally important to the identity and economic success of the town, but it serves no purpose without the community functioning within and around it. It’s a community task to keep this collection of buildings relevant and useful in the future.Learn more »
The residents of Alta Sierra have watched our Highway 49 entrance deteriorate for months. I learned this week that volunteers actively sought to preserve the once-manicured landscaping that had been neglected. This neglect stemmed from the budget constraints of the ASPOA board, firing the paid landscaper and a two-week-old irrigation pipe failure.
For the record, I was against last year’s lawsuit against the volunteer board members, but I supported the recall.Learn more »
There’s no doubt the vast majority of Republicans in Congress would repeal Obamacare if they could.
Most GOP “alternative” bills begin with a clause to repeal the Affordable Care Act before proceeding to outline new policies to put in its place.Learn more »
Comcast has announced it intends to merge with Time Warner Cable, joining together the largest and second-largest cable and broadband providers in the country.
The merger must be approved by both the Justice Department and the FCC. Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.Learn more »
As we enter into February and Suicide Awareness Month, we remember those lost to the tragic fate of suicide in our community and our families.
We take a moment to contemplate the hardship of those living in a place so dark and hopeless that letting go of everything and moving on appears to be a better alternative to sharing in the joys and pains of the human experience.Learn more »
During the month of November 2013, I was in Turkey near the Syrian border. I went with a group of 18 friends who formed a nonprofit organization 25 years ago, organizing to bring aid to people in great need. They have been to many countries, and this was my first trip with them.
This type of charitable endeavor fulfills a lifelong dream of mine and I want to share the impact of my experience.Learn more »
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”
This may have been said by Socrates, who lived 2,400 years ago, or maybe not, but similar words have been said about the younger generation over and over.Learn more »