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John Drew: The truth about Centennial Reservoir and the Bear River

May 26, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the first of two guest columns submitted by Nevada Irrigation District Division 2 Director John Drew on the Centennial Reservoir project. The second column will be published Saturday, June 3. Sometime following the Pliocene Epoch, two distinct drainage/watershed areas in our […]

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Sonia Delgadillo: Help keep Grad Night safe

May 26, 2017 — It's late May and that means we're heading into the home stretch of the school year. And for the Class of 2017, that means the end of high school years and the beginning of the next, exciting life phase. There has been fun … starting […]

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We are the Radium Girls

May 26, 2017 — Little remembered snippets from our history provide illuminating insights for today. The calomel story is one example. From the 1890s to the 1940s, calomel or mercury chloride, was used in powders to ease the pain of teething in babies. The powders contained 0.21 percent mercury, […]

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Michael Bloebaum: We are not enemies

May 25, 2017 — On March 4, 1861, facing the possibility of civil war, Abraham Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address in which he appealed to "the better angels of our nature." "We are not enemies, but friends," he said. "We must not (emphasis mine) be enemies." The country […]

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Bill Seckington: End the autocracy

May 23, 2017 — There's a power struggle gaining momentum in Washington and it goes beyond party lines. Over the course of more than 45 years, I have voted for Republicans, Democrats and Independents, but what is happening now should scare all citizens, regardless of party affiliation. Within his […]

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Dick Sciaroni: The right thing for the right reasons

May 23, 2017 — Several years ago, an ad hoc group of Nevada County citizens joined together to find a way to help the less fortunate among us, oftentimes derisively labeled as "homeless." After much research, many meetings, and a lot of hard work, they settled on the concept […]

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Sarah Wilson-Daley: Loud libraries

May 22, 2017 — I loved libraries growing up. I loved the books and I eagerly went to the library to read them there. My daughter also loved libraries. All the librarians in the Grass Valley children's library knew her by name and loved the fact that she enjoyed […]

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George Rebane: The pot pot keeps boiling

May 21, 2017 — We live in confusing times when much of what we hear is manufactured or fake news that overwhelmingly serves to polarize us. It's hard to tell whether the late-night comedy hours or the news programs are leading the stampede to put out the ever more […]

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Frederick Hall: Trump’s contempt for the truth

May 19, 2017 — Democracy, though often tumultuous and messy, carried us safely through severe challenges and well into our third century as a nation. Will it — can it — also survive the current massive assault? I certainly hope so. President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey […]

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Todd Juvinall: Empathy and Indivisible? Sure!

May 19, 2017 — Marilyn Nyborg, a Democrat, wrote a pretty piece on May 10 in The Union. Her headline, "Bring the best minds to the table," sounded great. And she discussed how proud she is with the "Indivisible Women's" organization. Now I must ask, if you really think […]

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Denes McIntosh: Seemingly random associations

May 19, 2017 — Every morning I would see a woman on the side of the road waiting for a bus. I'd just drive by, she'd be there, and I'd keep on driving. It was always the same. I had no interaction with her or connection to her. She […]

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Charles Durrett: County’s defeatist attitude when it comes to homelessness

May 17, 2017 — At the annual Mayor's Breakfast for Human Life last Thursday, I heard a lot of words about what we are trying to do: we want to solve our homeless crisis, we want to provide low-income families with secure housing, and the list goes on. As […]

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Steve Willer: An open letter to Congress

May 16, 2017 — On April 25 at least 18 airstrikes carried out by the Turkish military on northern Syria's autonomous Kurdish region killed 12 members of the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) and eight members of the People's Protection Units (YPG). Five Peshmerga, a Yazidi fighter in the Shingal […]

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Stan Thomas-Rose: Mistaken assumptions

May 16, 2017 — In a column this past week, Norton Lehner described the majority of us locals at the March LaMalfa Town Hall meeting as immature, brain-dead, an orchestrated mob, and puppets without strings. It is sadly ironic that he uses this kind of name-calling to advocate for […]

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Jerry Martin: Sudoku tournament a success

May 16, 2017 — Our first team Sudoku tournament was a huge success, with 71 elementary students, first through fifth grades, on 20 teams from 10 local schools competing. Many observers were unanimous in their admiration for the focus, cooperation and excitement displayed by these children when solving these […]

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Paul Hauck: U.S. health care not ‘best in the world’

May 16, 2017 — In response to the op-ed piece, "Single-payer health care won't work" by Rich Ulery, he offers reasonable, if somewhat out of context, criticisms of the health care financing models used by Canada and the United Kingdom. He ends his piece by calling the American medical […]

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Mindy Oberne: For-profit health care system is insane

May 15, 2017 — "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." — Albert Einstein Putting politics, ideology and fear aside, as long as we continue to have corporate insurance companies as the "payers" of our health care system, then wasteful administrative and complex […]

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Claude Benner: My questions for Rep. LaMalfa

May 15, 2017 — During Rep. Doug LaMalfa's town hall meeting at the fairgrounds, I wanted to get up and ask a few questions. Being shy about public speaking I hesitated, and all of a sudden there were a hundred people in line. By the end of the Q&A, […]

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Michael Heggarty: Homelessness in Nevada County

May 14, 2017 — Homelessness is a serious issue that affects the entire community. Since 2009 the Point in Time Homeless Count has averaged about 300 individuals per year. The 2017 count identified 371 people (though the actual number is likely higher), of which 15 percent were children. Homelessness […]

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Peter Van Zant: National attention for the beleaguered Bear River

May 12, 2017 — The Bear River in southern Nevada County has drawn local attention after Nevada Irrigation District (NID) announced the Centennial Dam project between Rollins and Combie reservoirs, inundating another six miles of this iconic Sierra river canyon. NID has given the impression that Centennial is a […]

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