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Gary Stoddard: Just the facts, ma’am

February 28, 2017 — How does one deal with, in this age of fake news and alternative facts, folks who wholeheartedly believe articles in the daily news that are so easily proven to be untrue? A recent letter to the editor asked the question "What does the phony subject […]

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Gregory Diaz: Vote centers: easier to vote, reduce cost of elections

February 28, 2017 — Starting with elections in 2018, Nevada County voters will find it easier to cast a ballot, thanks to the new California Voter's Choice Act, SB450. Under the act, Nevada County is one of 14 California counties that will enable voters to take the ballot that […]

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Izzi Tooinsky: An open letter to Jared Kushner

February 27, 2017 — We are three generations of the Chroman family. We span the ages of 32 to 87. We are doctors, waitresses, army veterans, addiction counselors, substitute teachers, cooks, and more. We are Jews who love and honor our ancient faith. We are watching as the Trump […]

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Izzi Tooinsky: An open letter to Jared Kushner

February 27, 2017 — An open letter to Jared Kushner

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Izzi Tooinsky: An open letter to Jared Kushner

February 27, 2017 — An open letter to Jared Kushner

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Alex Gammelgard: As a community, we’re all in this opioid epidemic together

February 27, 2017 — Battling drug trends is an ever-changing target. A decade ago, local police officers faced a different problem than they do today. Methamphetamine was the drug of choice, and officers consistently found glass meth pipes, white crystalline powders (crystal methamphetamine) and agitated people who were sweating […]

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Mark Wilson: This is not normal

February 26, 2017 — Well before he set foot on the inaugural stage, Donald Trump set the tone for 2017 with his New Year's Eve tweet: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't […]

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Christy Sherr: Stand up to hate crimes in Nevada County, or look the other way?

February 24, 2017 — Switching on the coffee pot, she pets the cat, and opens the front door for the morning newspaper. Her husband, a disabled veteran, is still sleeping. Stunned, her legs betray her as she absorbs the shocking sight of her own front yard. Large white swastikas […]

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Jim Firth: Uniting progressive voices

February 24, 2017 — Region 1 is changing, but needs good, progressive candidates to complete the transformation from a staunchly conservative to a more inclusive moderate/liberal region. The election of Donald Trump has caused a very real push by American voters to move our country to demand a more […]

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Barbara Samardich: Hysteria on the left

February 24, 2017 — So, you ask, "Where are the right wing people who used to opine on the editorial page?" I, personally, have contributed many times but now I find myself hesitating because of the collective hysteria on the left. We all see people carrying signs that preach […]

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Robert Bee: Brown fiddles while California burns

February 24, 2017 — According to legend, Roman emperor Nero cared so little about his empire and its people that he played the violin while his city burned to the ground. This legendary event led to the well-known (in some circles) phrase, "Nero fiddled while Rome burned." In 21st […]

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Janice O’Brien: Sierra Roots has cold weather shelter success

February 23, 2017 — Thanks to the generous and incredible response to the call for volunteers to help with opening the Cold Weather Shelter, Sierra Roots was able to open the shelter at Seaman's Lodge in Nevada City seven days over the Christmas vacation and 11 days over the […]

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Jim Goetsch: Abolition of abortions means changing the way we think

February 23, 2017 — In his Feb. 4 column, Darrell Berkheimer used an interesting argument to support the need for abortion — namely that making abortions an exception rather than a rule would lead to increase costs to care for the mothers and the children who resulted from the […]

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Andrew Wilson: Nevada County Board of Supervisors ignores will of voters, shirks responsibility

February 22, 2017 — Last January, our board of supervisors bypassed customary procedures and adopted an "emergency" ordinance banning all cannabis cultivation and commercial cannabis activity. Recognizing that there was substantial opposition to their actions, and hoping to silence it permanently, they simultaneously put Measure W on the ballot, […]

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Gail Johnson Vaughan: Don’t put children in jail

February 22, 2017 — Regarding the Feb. 2 opinion piece by Terry McLaughlin entitled, "Did California just legalize child prostitution?" The answer is no. SB 1322 recognizes that when a child is victimized the criminal is the adult, not the child. The new law does not decriminalize the adult […]

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Paul Berger: Maybe the answer is yes

February 21, 2017 — Now that the Trump presidency is a few weeks old, I wonder if the voters who hoped and prayed for his victory, who believed he would save America from its downhill slide, would mind answering a few questions. Did you vote for a president who […]

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Elaine Meckler: Give President Trump the respect he deserves

February 21, 2017 — Hillary Hodge's Feb. 7 column in The Union starts out by saying that she loves her country and loves America and believes in democracy. If she truly believes in democracy she should be able to accept that President Trump won the election by receiving 304 […]

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Charisse Lolli: Three more Dollar General Stores in Nevada County? Seriously?

February 19, 2017 — There has been a lot of opposition regarding the proposed development of three more Dollar General Stores in our community. But there seems to be some confusion about why there is opposition. Simply put … It's too big! The 9,100-square-foot building, according to the Draft […]

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Alan Greenbaum: From democracy to a dictatorship: a quick trip

February 17, 2017 — In my life as a Jew, I have reflected over the years on what it must have been like to be living in Germany during World War II — both from a Jewish perspective and from a German perspective. The Jewish perspective is easier for […]

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Rachel Helm: That is not who we are

February 17, 2017 — Like many of my fellow Nevada County citizens, I watched the Super Bowl. Regardless of whether you're a Patriots or a Falcons fan, it was a terrific game. I was a little concerned that Lady Gaga would go partisan, but she chose to take the […]

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