Letters to the Editor

Riley Cleary: Are restaurants preparing food that is truly gluten free?

March 5, 2015 — 

I am a student at NU Tech High School, writing to you about a rather prevalent issue that I think should be addressed or have awareness increased.

Everybody should be able to go out to a restaurant every once in a while. For some people though, they simply can’t. My girlfriend has Celiac disease which means a crumb, even the smallest particle of gluten can upset her stomach very much and take days to return to normal.

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Who among us abhors the First Amendment?

March 5, 2015 — 

On Valentine’s Day after serving a record 150 of $5 breakfasts, we erected a signboard advertising a “Film Night” the following Thursday on the impact of immigration. The films are by a nationally famous documentarian, Dennis Michael Lynch.

Within five hours it had been vandalized. Am I to believe that someone in our community abhors the First Amendment?

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Karen Wallace: Clear Creek Chocolate Celebration a success

March 5, 2015 — 

We want to thank everyone who helped make the fifth annual Clear Creek Chocolate Celebration on Feb. 6 another wonderful evening — even though it was storming like crazy! A total of $1,200 was raised for the Clear Creek Alumni Scholarship Fund. Numerous local chocolate makers generously donated chocolate tastes and silent auction items. We received gift cards from our local grocery stores, restaurants, retailers and donations for copies. We are also grateful for the financial donations received. We appreciate all the help we received from our community to make this event a success!

Karen Wallace, on behalf of the

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1,200 pounds of Dungeness crab

March 4, 2015 — 

The members of Higgins Diggins Lions Club would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets and attended our Fourth Annual Crab Feed on Feb.13-14 at Higgins Lions Community Center.

Over 380 guests consumed 1,200 pounds of Dungeness crab, 140 pounds of prawns, pasta, salad and cake, while enjoying the company of their family, friends and other community members.

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Jim Moss: No apology necessary

March 4, 2015 — 

Rich Scofield’s Other Voices article in the Feb. 14 issue of The Union talked about teamwork in the workplace.

Well, if there’s a person who exemplifies that more than Rich, I never met him.

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Consumers getting the shaft

March 3, 2015 — 

A recent Associated Press article described the current rate of U.S. Inflation as “ultra low,” i.e. “… inflation isn’t managing to reach even the Federal Reserve’s 2 percent rate.” I suppose this is good, but I do have a few questions when it comes to calculating Inflation vis-a-vis food costs.

Remember the half-gallon carton of ice cream? It shrank to 1.75 quarts, and then to 1.5 quarts.

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Lindy Beatie: ‘Big Night Out’ big help to Big Brothers Big Sisters

March 3, 2015 — 

Last year Diego’s Restaurant, at 217 Colfax Avenue in Grass Valley, hosted several “Big Night Out” events and they were such fun and so successful that June, Diane and Tony signed up for more events this year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe was once again the fortunate organization to receive a portion of the proceeds from the evening on Feb. 3.

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Do the research, then decide

March 2, 2015 — 

Do the research, then decide

I would like to thank Jim Goetsch for his article, “Economic recovery slowed by administration’s policies” in response to Heidi Hall’s editorial on President Obama’s State of the Union Address. It had some very good and true talking points.

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Ruby Totten: Come on, George

February 28, 2015 — 

Ah rats ... I’ve always enjoyed George Boardman’s columns. But he blew it in his column, “It’s time to stop tolerating weird science of anti-vaxxers.” His biased reference to those who oppose PG&E’s Smart Meters as “people ... who think smart meters are spying on them,” showed lack of research. The outstanding majority of those wanting to veto Smart Meters list health issues as the chief drawback.

Ruby Totten

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Edward Thomas: Tree management plan confusing

February 28, 2015 — 

If it weren’t so sad, it would be amusing. The county stirs up a million dollar lawsuit by insisting on a tree management plan in the so-called visually important ridgeline/cell tower case, while a few miles away, down in the flats, trees are cut down without their permission.

Property owner in the first case demonstrates that their project can’t be seen from anywhere, yet county insists on a tree management plan. Can’t see the forest through the trees or can’t see the trees through the forest? You choose. I’m confused.

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Marilyn Rosenbrock: A little civility goes a long way

February 27, 2015 — 

Regarding letters to the editors and the articles recently printed in The Union: It is so easy to assume if I have not had a particular experience (i.e., friendly community) that you have described, you must not have had that experience either.

Another approach might be ... “that is not my experience in Nevada County and I am sorry you have encountered objections to your personal point of view. I will be more aware and speak out if I see that kind of disrespect.”

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Ralph Hitchcock: ‘The Sierras’ is the traditional usage – not “The Sierra”

February 27, 2015 — 

A Feb. 17 letter from Mr. O’Dwyer made a correct statement that the Sierra Nevada was one range. However, he then went on to state somewhat pedantically that therefore the plural term “the Sierras” is incorrect. Regardless of “correctness” local usage normally rules.

“The Sierras” has been used by almost everyone with a Northern California family heritage prior to the 1960s, when the influx of people from Southern California and the nation got underway. The term “the Sierra” seems to be used by those without that local heritage. The difference between the two terms is minor, but as a 6th generation Northern Californian I don’t want to be told by a person who admitted that he had just learned about antlers and horns, that the term my Northern California peers and I have been using all our lives is wrong.

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Bill McQuerry: ‘Grossly unbalanced cartoon’

February 27, 2015 — 

Herewith a few remarks in response to the grossly unbalanced cartoon of Feb. 11, featuring “Darwin.”

An unbiased individual, presented with the scientific facts from both sides of this long-standing controversy, in each area referred to in the cartoon (paleontology, DNA, botany, etc.) would see that the scientific evidence in each of these areas is at least as strong in support of creation as it is for evolution. In fact, since neither creation nor evolution can be either proven nor disproven, one’s support of either belief system comes down to just that: one’s belief system.

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Karen Smith: Well, done, Mr. Scofield

February 27, 2015 — 

Rich Scofield describes his Other Voices column as an apology to his teammates at The Union.

It is actually a love letter to his career and all the teammates he has enjoyed over the years. Well, done, Mr. Scofield. Enjoy your retirement as that Ol’ Man River keeps rolling along. And thanks for your efforts (and your teammates’) in getting the paper out for all of us to read and discuss.

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Andrea Heyser: Grass Valley City Council goes against will of the people

February 25, 2015 — 

There is something that I do not understand about the replacement of one of the council members in Grass Valley. Aren’t the council members supposed to represent the people of Grass Valley and not the original council members themselves? If the council requests volunteers to interview for the Grass Valley council member vacancy, then the chosen one will represent those who chose him, the existing council members, not the people.

The people have already chosen the individuals they want, one may be indisposed by the criminal system, the other is willing and waiting for her new assignment on the council, one made by the people she is to represent. Her name is Jerri Glover.

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Lorraine Reich: What is going on?

February 25, 2015 — 

Look up! Is anyone concerned as I am about what is going on in the skies overhead? Just look up and you will see — for example, today, Feb. 18 — lines being painted across our skies by airplanes which are spraying chemicals into the atmosphere. What is going on? These are not contrails which disappear within moments of the jet passing. These sprayed trails stay in the sky for hours and by this afternoon there is likely to be a thin coating across the entire sky blocking out the sun’s normal rays. I’m concerned.

This pattern occurs several times a week, every week. Who is doing this, why is it happening, and why are U.S. citizens not voicing their concerns?

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Whitney Anderson: Amazing support after Highway 49 accident

February 25, 2015 — 

​My daughter and I were involved in a very serious car accident on Feb. 7 on Highway 49 near Oak Drive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all persons and passersby involved in our rescue from the car. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for the other driver who did not survive and we are praying for her family and friends during this sad time. May God bless their family.

​My daughter and I are both home now and are working on rehabilitation. We want to specifically thank the people who stopped and helped us escape our smoking and damaged car. We have no idea who the men were and we hope that some of them see this thank you. One car with several gentlemen stopped, checked in with me, and then physically took my daughter, who could not walk, out of our car and placed her in theirs. Thank you so much for your gentle rescue of her.

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Nancy McDonald: The definition of treason?

February 25, 2015 — 

“Hey ISIS! Just want you to know that we are coming for a fight. We will be there on the 6th of April with 20,000 men. Don’t worry — we will be gone by Ramadan. We will be stationed on the ridge overlooking the valley — 5,000 men there, 3,000 setting up a base, 4,000 by the town of Mosul. We are hoping that you don’t set up any IEDs or land mines. We understand your plight, that you don’t have jobs and that is why you fight. Would midnight basketball help? Group therapy sessions? What would you like us to do for you?”

Now, I am not a lawyer, but isn’t revealing our plans to the enemy aiding and abetting the enemy? Isn’t that the definition of treason? What is this president thinking?

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Grass Valley, culturally rich

February 25, 2015 — 

I ‘m a retired college dance teacher, and moved here from Humboldt County to escape gray weather, to hike and ski the local mountains, and explore the rich cultural activities of Grass Valley.

I attended the recent city council meeting where three candidates were interviewed for the open council seat. What I heard from the answers to various questions mostly had to do with revenue, economic development, tech start-ups, infrastructure and fire/police safety issues. The question about ranking city issues before or after the importance of park and recreation activities was botched by each candidate.

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John Keane: Regressives vs. progressives

February 24, 2015 — 

Before they make complete fools of themselves by starting every sentence with “the American people want” this or that ... someone should remind the GOP leadership that only a third of the electorate voted in the last election and that they won by a little more than half of those voters. Not exactly a landslide.

By not voting the progressives have, for the second time, handed Congress over to the regressive party. The lesson to be learned is that in a country where low voter turnout favors one party, not voting is voting. In a perverse way everybody wins. The regressives can continue pulling us back to the ’50s while progressives can continue to whine that the president is not doing enough.

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Firefighters make pancakes in the rain for student fundraiser

February 24, 2015 — 

The Starmakers of Magnolia Intermediate School would like to thank Higgins Diggins Cal Fire Engines No. 21 and 22 firefighters for supporting them at their annual Pancake Breakfast and Cabaret held on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The firefighters worked for hours in the rain cooking hundreds of pancakes for hungry guests. We could not have done it without you!

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Dennis Elliott: Thanks for helping scholars

February 24, 2015 — 

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Thank you for a fitting farewell

February 23, 2015 — 

Just wanted to give a big ‘thank you’ to some very special organizations in our area: Hospice of the Foothills, Atria Assisted Living, Chapel of the Angels, St. Patrick’s Church, Foothill Flowers and Alta Sierra Country Club.

Our family recently experienced the loss of my husband’s father. He and my mother-in-law had been living at Atria for the past year and they had and still do receive exceptional assistance for their everyday needs.

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Scott McLean: Why the military vehicle?

February 23, 2015 — 

In relation to the front page article on Valentine’s Day — could someone please tell me why the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office needs a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle?

Scott McLean

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Dixie Procopio: Dr. B healed me

February 21, 2015 — 

I have been treated by Dr. Bigelsen and Josh for eight years. If I had not had the opportunity to be treated by them, I would not be alive. When Western medical doctors gave me the “death sentence,” Dr. B and Josh healed me. Simple as that.

Please quit playing games with these good people.

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Franceska Alexander: Sad commentary on society

February 21, 2015 — 

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” played Feb. 8 at the Nevada Theatre as part of 2015 Short Film Oscar Nominees documentary lineup.

Although the theatre was not full to capacity that evening, the collective gasp audibly engulfed the dark when the New York Crisis Hotline for Veterans received a distressed call from a male Vietnam veteran who was squatting and self-overdosed at Rollins Lake on Highway 174.

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Dave and Kitty Vaars: What a great experience

February 20, 2015 — 

Have you ever considered that our roads are kept clear of snow, get drained of standing water preventing flooding, as well as all the other safety measures provided in the most horrid weather conditions Caltrans road crews toil in to provide safe passage for us all? We should all take a moment to say thank you.

We’d also like to thank the Nevada County work crew taking care of the brush and tree trimming along the roads. They trim the brush back to allow better visibility at corners allowing for a safe entrance onto roadways. They trim back tree branches overhanging the streets, and do so in a professional and courteous manner.

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Tammy Becker: Welcome Home Vets makes a difference

February 20, 2015 — 

I have seen the difference the Welcome Home Vets’ programs make for veterans, their families and the community. Veterans, receiving mental health care locally with a network of other vets who “get it.” Wives, who “walked on egg shells” finding their voices; parents, who felt isolated finding hope. Non-vets, learning about the impact of PTSD on all of us. Not just those who make headlines, but also those who suffer in silence. WHV provides services for these and more at no cost to the vets, their families or the community!

As executive director, Gary Brown worked with the board to establish a framework for services, wrote grants, prepared educational programs, met with community leaders and veterans organizations, gave presentations, created an office and more. Keeping the vision and mission of WHV going is the best way to thank Gary. Julie Cararra and our board are determined to expand WHV services and programs, to continue to serve those who served us.

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Sonia Britt: Great paper

February 20, 2015 — 

I’m struggling with words right now. Which, if you know me, is very unusual. But Saturday’s paper was one of the best papers I have read in a long time. There were so many good stories. I enjoyed learning the history of the Friendship Club and reading the success stories. I loved the cartoon R.L. Crabb drew of the potential city council members or member. I even chuckled at the likeness. The story Rich Scofield wrote concerning his retirement was so inspiring. For someone to work at a job for 54 years and hold such high regards for his employer is something we can only dream about. Thank you for sharing Rich.

My all time favorite was my daughter Halli’s “It’s time for a better party.” I’m not saying this because she is my daughter, but because I see a person who grew up in Nevada County and loves her community and everyone in it. She truly wants to make a difference. What you may not know about Halli is she has a college degree and graduated with honors. She chose to move back here and be the change. Please reach out to her or NEO and surround them with the support, help, money, and dance moves they need to see a community come together to build a center that everyone feels welcome. Thank you,

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Paul Molino: Catering to a new brand of tourists

February 19, 2015 — 

Don Joy’s comment in the Feb. 12 article about AirBnBs that some businesses don’t profit from tourism is somewhat shortsighted. To be fair, some businesses may not profit, but many more could.

Visitors change and their wants and needs change over time and the time may be here when both locals and tourists might wish again for more practical shops in town. And our existing bike shops provide quality goods and services for everyone.

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