I had to go to the doctor yet again on Monday. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear for about a week. Figured I had some serious wax buildup. At home, we tried hydrogen peroxide and a couple sessions with those drops you get at the pharmacy, followed up by washing out with warm water in the shower.
Plus, I’d very carefully* tried to extract some of it with a modified paper clip, to no avail. (*Yes, darn it, I know you’re not supposed to do that.)Learn more »
We had high hopes this season with the selection of Dennis Houlihan as the new Nevada Union varsity head football coach.
In no way could we visualize him doing such a poor job as a coach of young men. But the season results speak for themselves.Learn more »
In a letter published Nov. 7 and titled “Sounds Like Somalia To Me,” Nancy Eubanks disparages former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack’s “theories” on local law enforcement and states that “the Constitution says the ultimate law of the land is the Supreme Court.”
What Ms. Eubanks may not realize is that Sheriff Mack argued a case before that very same Supreme Court in 1996, and on June 27, 1997, the majority ruling on that case stated, “[E]ven where Congress has the authority under the Constitution to pass laws requiring or prohibiting certain acts, it lacks the power directly to compel the states to require or prohibit those acts … Congress cannot compel the states to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. … Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the State’s officers directly. … Such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”Learn more »
Mr. Thomas Elias, I am obliged to comment on your column concerning the routing of the bullet train, or should I say “rerouting,” as you propose.
I think that the majority of Californians have made their point of view quite well known — that the whole project should be scrapped. It will prove to be enormously expensive, the ridership will be well short of the lofty numbers presented to the public, and reasonable alternatives currently exist.Learn more »
It is unfortunate that now, when land “conservancies” acquire wild(-ish) land, the first thing they want to do is get the masticator out there to destroy what they just acquired, all for “fire safety.” How did it get to this point (give donations wisely)?
“Fuels clearing,” especially in wildland areas is just out-right habitat destruction. It destroys the most important layer for wildlife (sorry, but much of our wildlife like it “messy”). Wildlife need cover to escape predation. They exploit spaces in their environment. “Fuels thinning” destroys their homes and does not guarantee yours will be left standing.Learn more »
I am writing this to hopefully get my generation (I was born in 1953) to consider the America we are leaving for our children.
The debt and the broken political system are the two most striking broken parts that I see. We have a $17 trillion debt and counting, that is being left to the next generations. Our spending-to-revenue intake is out of control; and the first order of business is the spending side.Learn more »
I want to talk to you about RSVPing. No, I don’t mean repondez s’il vous plait — what we’re supposed to do when we receive an invitation to an event. I mean responding to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s request for volunteers and to the desire we have to give back.
RSVPing means being part of an organization that gives volunteers the satisfaction of knowing their talents and long years of experience can be put to good use — that their contributions still count. It can mean learning new skills, having new experiences and making new friends.Learn more »
Jim Firth, in his letter to the editor, juxtaposes the Tea Party with a litany of government policies/programs, which seem to represent contradictions. He concludes that they (“want-to-be patriots”) are obligated to accept the judgment and rule of law of the “majority” that our democracy requires.
It might surprise Mr. Firth that we do not have a democracy but a constitutional republic. The vehement debates between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist during the Constitutional convention, May through September of 1787, centered on the fears of an overpowering, usurping central government. Additionally, the fears of majority rule, argued against so eloquently by James Madison in Federalist No. 10, is what our founders sought to avoid in the Constitution of the United States. The horror they would express if they were to witness what we in fact have today.Learn more »
It is with great sorrow that I must report the passing of Richard “Doc” Halstead. Doc suffered what we believe to be a heart attack at the Northridge in Penn Valley over the holiday weekend.
He was a homegrown Nevada City boy, raised in his father’s drug store on Broad Street and schooled at Mount St. Mary’s in Grass Valley. He served with the marines as a medic in Vietnam, hence the nickname “Doc.”Learn more »
When my kids accused me of not being fair in dealing with their disagreements, I said, “Don’t use the word ‘fair.’ Use the word ‘equitable.’” Soon, however, equitable, repeated often enough, became as annoying as fair and took longer to utter.
Despite the choice of words, what we really needed to encourage and reinforce was the human sense of altruism now recognized as being demonstrably present in children as young as 18 months.Learn more »
Carol, of Washington, wrote a very literate piece a while back about why she supports gun ownership. She references several sites that she thinks backs up her claim that violent crime is higher in the U.K. than the U.S. even though gun ownership is more restricted in the U.K. than in the U.S.
When I read that in her article, I thought, “Really?” So I checked the sites she referenced and continued to dig deeper. I found this. Going around the Internet is a piece that makes the claim that the U.K. is a much more violent place than the U.S., and the sites that Carol mentions are given as the proof. Based on what I found, I doubt that Carol went to those sites. That’s because you’d have to go deep into them to find relevant crime statistics.Learn more »
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken to many Alta Sierra residents. The picture I get is very clear as to why they are so upset with the former board of directors. They are upset that so much money was spent without any input from the members of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association.
For several years the annual legal expense budget for ASPOA has been $1,500, maybe occasionally $2,000. In 2012, the BOD overspent that budgeted amount. In 2012, they spent $10,000 on legal fees. In fact, during 2012 and the first eight months of 2013, the BOD spent a total of $25,000 on legal fees to explore the option of converting ASPOA to a mandatory HOA.Learn more »
The so-called Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” was a disaster to start with and gets worse every day. It’s such a confusing mess with ever-changing targets that even the Obama Administration itself seems to be winging it on the biggest social policy shift since the New Deal.
Last week, the president committed a stunning about-face by announcing that insurance companies could temporarily continue offering insurance plans that were going to be canceled because they don’t meet the “essential benefits” requirements of the Obamacare plans. As many as 10 million people were scheduled to lose their plans as of Jan 1. Now they aren’t — or at least might not be — because it’s not clear the president had the authority to change the law without Congress.Learn more »
There was a minority of vehement opposition at the last Nevada City Council meeting regarding the continuing use of the Nevada City Veteran’s Memorial Building as a cold weather shelter. The city council passed a resolution three years ago to provide a cold weather shelter at the veterans’ building. Councilman Duane Strawser pointed out that the resolution is still in place and didn’t see a need to change it.
In spite of rude comments and heckling by a few veterans’ building neighbors, Sierra Roots, a newly formed nonprofit, presented its plan to use trained volunteers to monitor the cold weather shelter during freezing weather. Their outline provided that all would be supervised with respect to the neighbors’ concerns. No one else present proposed an alternative plan.Learn more »
It’s not surprising that you’ve never heard about it. America has been fortunate enough to never have come face to face with it.
The “Chicago Rule” is simple: Never elect a politico from Chicago to be president of America.Learn more »
People often ask me why the holidays are frequently difficult for so many people when this time of year is supposed to be a season of giving, of love, of peace, of family celebration. My answer is that, unfortunately, unresolved conflicts, feelings of loss and emotional problems don’t take a vacation just because it’s holiday time on the calendar. Holiday songs and cards touting joy and happiness are too often belied by the real pressures triggered by the holiday season.
In my work as a clinical psychologist, many of my patients are already expressing trepidation about the seasonal suffering associated with the arrival of the holidays. They talk about family conflicts, financial problems or grief over the loss of a loved one. Other patients without family or close relations, or who belong to minority religions or cultures, are beginning to feel lonely and peripheral at the approach of this period of culturally sanctioned festivities and mandated family love.Learn more »
In his syndicated column, Mr. Thomas Elias is correct in that the state’s GOP leaders have made no in-roads into the Democratic loyalties of California’s Latino voters.
Some of my best friends are Latino. What impresses me is their powerful work ethic, respect of family and love of God.Learn more »
The Alta Sierra Country Club is considered to be the hub of the Alta Sierra community. In addition to a beautiful golf course that borders many homes, the club hosts numerous events open to Alta Sierra residents, and local leaders often make use of the club for meetings, etc.
There is often, however, a misconception that the Alta Sierra Country Club (the club) and the Alta Sierra Property Owner’s Association (ASPOA) are one and the same or are under the same management. This is not correct.Learn more »
Since the early 20th century, there has been a persistent demand for Mexican labor in California, Texas and Illinois, particularly in the agricultural, mining and construction industries.
In 1965, the U.S. ended the Bracero worker program and began to limit Mexican immigration, and the era of “undocumented immigration” started. Eighty-five percent of new entries were offset by departures, so the growth of the undocumented population was slow. But in 1986, the U.S. began militarizing the border with Mexico.Learn more »
The Boston Tea Party “Fun Raiser” benefit for the Nevada County Tea Party was a rip-roaring success Saturday night. Every seat in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds was filled with an excited and exuberant audience.
We wish to thank our local businesses for participating as a ticketing location: A to Z Supply, Gold-N-Green Equipment Rentals, BriarPatch Co-op, Moule Paint and Glass, as well as the Penn Valley Pony Express.Learn more »
Winston Churchill, the man who led the U.K. through the fire and brimstone of World War II, was an orator and wordsmith without peer. His short, pithy maxims routinely captured the essence of events that took other, less-gifted chroniclers pages to relate.
One especially Churchillian utterance, lobbed at the feckless British prime minister Neville Chamberlain 75 years ago, provided the perfect valediction for two decades of rare European calm that ended in blitzkrieg.Learn more »
Even in the best of times, life can sometimes seem like a struggle. Our negative thought patterns can prevent us from clarifying and achieving what we want out of life. Add a life crisis, such as the loss of a loved one, to the normal inner struggles, and the challenge of living can become overwhelming.
At times like these, we may need more than the sympathetic ear of a good friend. What we really need is, first, a guide through our grief or other emotional struggles and, ultimately, a complete reassessment of life and a redirection of our thoughts and efforts toward new dreams, new reasons for living.Learn more »
Students of The Woolman Semester School had the rare opportunity to take the stage before Michael Pollan last Friday night at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley. Every fall and spring, the school brings high school students from across the country to its campus just outside of Nevada City to participate in its peace, social justice and sustainability studies program.
Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” is part of the curriculum, and Pollan is a long-time campus hero for his popularization of organic farming, food justice and sustainability.Learn more »
There are many different opinions about ravens; they vary in regions throughout the world.
Ravens are admired as a thing of beauty, worshiped by some, despised and feared by others, protected by law in places and eradicated in others.Learn more »
Well now, it’s our turn. I’m sure the drama being played out in the Penn Valley Fire District has some of you curious, some disgusted and some outright angry. Hopefully the answers will come from a higher source.
What got this mess started is, I know lots of people and have lots of friends in the firefighting profession. In discussions with some of them, I found out about a disagreement over a mutual aid agreement between a neighboring district and Penn Valley.Learn more »
For their Lives have been threatened
Lost in a land not theirsLearn more »
My wife and I just returned from a two-week visit to Israel, leading a group of Jewish and Christians. I went after a couple of years in which I went through some gut-wrenching soul searching thanks to some colleagues and friends whom I both trust and admire — people who can and do know all of Israel’s shortcomings vis-a-vis the Palestinians and human rights in general and who cite them chapter and verse.
I went there wondering if my lifelong feelings as a Zionist would hold up. I was amazed at what I saw and experienced!Learn more »
Maybe you too recently received an invitation from Congressman Doug LaMalfa to provide feedback on the Affordable Care Act. Like many other invitations for feedback from politicians (especially those in the Tea Party), the message already contained his point of view, and the expectation was clear he wanted the recipient to provide supporting evidence to reinforce his position.
So I decided to let LaMalfa know exactly how the ACA has affected our family’s ability to get affordable and comprehensive medical insurance. After the ACA was passed, California and other states elected to enact one of its early provisions that provided coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The program, known as PCIP, was the only way my wife was able to get medical insurance, let alone anything that was affordable. In fact, to qualify for PCIP, one had to be recently declined coverage from an insurer, which of course was easy to do.Learn more »
Please join Citizens for Choice in celebrating 24 years of advocacy for you, our Nevada County community.
Citizens for Choice will be hosting its fall fundraiser 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at 151 Union Square in Grass Valley. There will be music and an auction, delicious hors d’oeuvres and celebrating as we enter our 25th year with having completed exciting accomplishments and the setting of specific strategic goals.Learn more »