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Harry Wyeth: Safe from single-payer socialism

October 20, 2017 — I feel so much better, and safer too, after reading Norm Sauer's letter explaining the dangers of socialist Bernie Sanders' government dominated "far-left" single-payer healthcare plot. Until Norm straightened me out, I was almost convinced that it would be a good thing for everyone to

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Robert Erickson: Taking a knee a First Amendment right

October 20, 2017 — I understand the NFL owners are contemplating requiring the players to stand for the playing of the national anthem vs. taking a knee in protest for what some players see as unequal treatment of people of color by various law enforcement agencies. Without weighing in

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Hilary Emberton: In response to ‘Bernie’s boondoggle’

October 19, 2017 — As an ex-pat Brit and now U.S. citizen, I feel I have to defend the much maligned and misunderstood British National Health Service (N.H.S.), as referenced in Norm Sauer's letter "Bernie's single-payer boondoggle." I consulted a British friend, Dr. Simon Dyer, who has recently retired

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Jeff Kane: LaMalfa and the NRA

October 19, 2017 — In 2014 the National Rifle Association gave Rep. Doug LaMalfa and other incumbent California Congress members $807,462. In contrast, we only pay his salary. Judging from his positions, which group do you think he represents? Jeff Kane Nevada City

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Dee Demorest: Following up on Me and the DMV: a cautionary tale

October 18, 2017 — I was warned by a fellow "senior" friend a while ago that the DMV works exactly like the author of a recent column stated. So, I made a reservation, and when called to the counter, said, "I would like a paper test copy, please." The

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Joan Girdler Good: Read your own bumper

October 18, 2017 — Upon returning from an appointment in Sacramento, we were discussing the frequency of people not using their turn signals, running red lights, tailgating and in general, aggressive, inconsiderate driving which translates to dangerous! While ruminating on these observations, a car sped past us on the

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Cydne Grimsby: Thanks to Liz Kellar for wake-up call on fire safety

October 18, 2017 — Thank you, Liz Kellar, for your powerful article in The Union today. I needed to read this as I too have felt (falsely) insulated from the ravages of fire which annually assaults areas around our beautiful Grass Valley town. My husband and I live in

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Craig Silberman: Kneeling isn’t about disrespecting the flag or the troops

October 17, 2017 — In his letter to the editor of Oct. 12, it's unfortunate that Bob Larive hasn't bothered to learn what players in the NFL and other sports are "upset about" when they protest during the national anthem. He and others can say it's the flag or

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Lyle C. Zufelt: Thank you for saving lives

October 17, 2017 — At 4 a.m. Monday, a man saved my mother's and brother's lives. He drove to their home to wake them and tell them a wildfire was coming. They barely made it out. If not for the kindness of a neighbor they would have been overtaken

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Elaine Ashton: Don’t rule out massage for joint pain

October 16, 2017 — As a massage therapist of over 25 years, I would like to rebut some of the advice offered by Mary Beth TeSelle in her Oct. 3 article. Her first bit of advice is "Keep Moving." Continually asking tight muscles and sore joints to keep moving

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Tom Behlmer: More of the same from Congressman LaMalfa

October 16, 2017 — Our congressman, Doug LaMalfa, voted against using funds to enforce rules limiting methane emissions (H.R. 3354, amendment 368). Why is this important? Methane is a very strong green house gas that contributes to global warming. It is much more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping

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Dennis Wescot: What’s the fascination with Tractor Supply?

October 15, 2017 — Why is The Union so fascinated with the proposed Tractor Supply store? What I see is a big box chain store coming in with slightly lower prices and slightly lower quality than what you can find now at B&C True Value, A to Z Supply,

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Hilary & Nelda Fetzko: COLAs protect against inflation

October 15, 2017 — As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president's budget which would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals that

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Sherry Bullard: SPD goes above and beyond

October 15, 2017 — I would like to say a special thank you to Grass valley SPD Market for the amazing customer service I received after most of a bulk flower order for my daughter's wedding was cancelled two days before the wedding (due to the hurricane in Florida).

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Deborah Aufdenspring: Gold Miners Inn welcomes evacuees

October 13, 2017 — At 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, my husband and I found ourselves in the lobby of the Gold Miners Inn along with a small bedraggled group of other fire evacuees. More evacuees followed. We brought with us the clothes on our backs, our cats, our

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Chris Neussendorfer: Blessed to have amazing firefighters

October 13, 2017 — Our fire crews did such a tremendous job over the last few days tackling everything thrown their way like the champs they are. A huge heart felt thank you to the very best fire fighting crews in the world. We are so very lucky and

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Janeen Singer: Thanks to ‘Love March’ attendees

October 12, 2017 — We were so very heartened to see such an outpouring of support for Imani and his family after the racist event that happened just days before. Over 1,000 of you stopped what you were doing to be there. This is far more than we've seen

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Bob Larive: Football players insult our country

October 11, 2017 — An open letter to Roger Goodell, NFL Headquarters, New York: I just saw your NFL player's pathetic displays during our national anthem at various games today. I have been a loyal fan, but you have lost me. As a patriotic American and veteran, I will

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Ali & Bill Alvarez: To our amazing community

October 11, 2017 — The Alvarez family would like to express our deepest thanks to all who came in support of our family and to those who have helped and supported us while our daughter has undergone her treatment. The fundraiser was a huge success and helps us as

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Heidi Starr: Honoring our first people

October 9, 2017 — In observance of Monday's holiday, when some celebrate Columbus and others celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, I would like to extend my deepest respect to the first peoples upon whose soil I live — the Nisenan tribe of Nevada City. I sincerely wish there was something

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