Letters to the Editor

Audrey Ohlson Smith: The right to die on your own terms

July 28, 2015 — 

Thank you for the “Other Voices” by Kent Treiber regarding the right to die. I, too, am very saddened by the inaction of the Legislature on SB 128.

Whatever the Catholic church believes (and why should that matter to the Legislature), the church has no right to deny anyone the ability to make their own choices about their own lives.

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Howard Kwasniewski: "The Producers' does not disappoint

July 28, 2015 — 

We went to Nevada Theatre last night and saw “The Producers.” This was by far one of the best local theater productions I have ever seen.

The acting was incredible and the music was perfect. Even though the performance was two and a half hours, it never felt long.

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Kudos to free medical clinic supporters

July 28, 2015 — 

Our sincere appreciation to Twin Cities Church and Gold Country Lions for their donations in support of the free health care clinic taking place on November 14 and 15 in Grass Valley, and to Emmanuel Episcopal Church-Grass Valley for offering to provide lunch to the volunteer set-up crew. The clinic will offer free medical, dental and vision services to approximately 500 patients per day, and is run by an all-volunteer staff. Please see the CaliforniaCareForce website, call 530-273-3033 for immediate local information, or attend the next volunteer meeting (6 p.m. on August 12 in the meeting room at BriarPatch).

Susan I. Swift

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Jeff Heilmann: Where's the common sense?

July 28, 2015 — 

Concerning the Lester and Laferte trial, we have a hard time understanding how fraud with malice occurred when both of these individuals had their own funds invested in these properties.

This makes no sense. This was hard money lending. Hard money lending is high risk with high reward (high interest lending).

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Fran Thompson: Thanks for a winning combo

July 27, 2015 — 

Many thanks to local artist Loana Beeson for the donation of her local scenic watercolors for our new Dignity Health, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary informational brochure.

The addition of Ms. Beeson’s colorful paintings brings attention to not only important information concerning joining the Auxiliary, but reminds us of the historic landmarks within our community — what a winning combination!

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Carolyn Anderson: 'The Producers' is Sierra Stages at its best

July 27, 2015 — 

The Producers is one of the most hilarious, entertaining performances I’ve ever seen.

Kudos all around to the brilliant actors, musicians, directors, set and costume designers. I loved every minute and encourage you to get your tickets now before these performances sell out. This is Sierra Stages at its best!

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Jacqueline Finley: Confederate flag lowering the right step

July 27, 2015 — 

When one person is denied rights, every person is denied rights. These include not only rights to equal justice and opportunity, but also rights to equal respect and dignity.

While the Confederate flag has not flown for the past 50 years over most of the United States, the fact that it has been permitted to fly — until recently — over specific regions of our country has diminished all Americans.

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Denise Cain: Generous support for 'You Bet' the dog

July 27, 2015 — 

On behalf of Dave and You Bet, Scooters Pals would like to deeply and sincerely thank you all for your generous and heartfelt response to their story. Sadly, You Bet the dog went quietly into the night the evening of his last vet appointment.

Though we thought he was on the upswing, infection set in, and he did not have the strength to fight anymore. Dave is of course devastated by the loss, but none the less, humbled by the outpouring of caring of those that shared his story, and responded with funds to pay You Bet’s vet bill. Thank you all.

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Leah Schwinn: Northridge steps up for California CareForce

July 25, 2015 — 

Kudos to Northridge Restaurant in Nevada City for hosting a fundraising dinner for the California CareForce free medical, dental and vision clinic coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15.

What a fun night it was! The place was packed with people socializing and enjoying the wide array of yummy food, yet the wait staff remained calm, sweet and helpful ... even when I spilled my salad dressing on the table. It was a super successful fundraiser for the clinic.

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Renee McGrath: God bless the Good Samaritans

July 25, 2015 — 

On July 14, I was driving through Nevada City and suddenly experienced the need for medical assistance.

I stopped my car, in a no-park zone, and asked a gentleman for help. He got me to a safe place, called 911 and stayed with me until the ambulance came. Then, he parked my car and delivered the keys to the Emergency Room. Several others also offered help.

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Heidi Powell: No diapers required at Memorial Park pool?

July 25, 2015 — 

Memorial Park Pool does not require swim diapers for babies or toddlers coming with their parents to swim, so consequently this pool has had to close down due to poor water quality five times in the past six weeks.

In other words, a toddler or baby has urinated or defecated in the swimming pool. You might think that this is no big deal, but it impacts two local children’s swim clubs that are not allowed to swim on those days due to poor water quality. The parents of the children in the Orca Swim Club and Northern Sierra Aquatics who pay for their children to learn to swim are being shortchanged, as are their kids. This is not fair, especially when it is an easy fix. Every pool in other towns where these clubs have swam have signs posted that swim diapers are required in order to use the pool.

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Paul Pease: Nevada Union High School Class of '70 knows how to celebrate

July 24, 2015 — 

I, Paul Andrew Pease, class reunion president for the Nevada Union High School class of 1970, would like to offer my deepest love and deepest thanks to Jack and Deanna Mulligan for letting us have our 45-year class reunion at their house — and giving me the leftover food after everyone got done eating.

Thanks, also, to our cook Charley Phelps and the Class of 1970 for taking up a collection to pay my property taxes. Thanks also to the Class Reunion Committee and others for putting together the most wonderful class reunion, and treating me and others like family.

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Ralph Hitchcock: Don't call it Gracie Canal Ditch

July 24, 2015 — 

In a July 13 story in The Union, a reporter used the term “Gracie Canal Ditch.” This 130-year-old ditch has never been called that until the last few years when so many more people discovered what a great walk it is.

Until NID sees fit to change the name, it is the Lower Cascade Canal!

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Warren Knox: Fewer fire works incidents thanks to task force

July 24, 2015 — 

The July 4th holiday is one of my favorites of the year. But in the middle of this drought, with temperatures soaring, the potential for that celebration to spark more than fun was very high.

Last year, these celebrations created 80 fireworks related incidents that strained our local emergency services. These incidents create a significant danger to our community, and reduce the ability of emergency services to respond to more serious calls.

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Laura Patrick: Go see 'The Producers'

July 23, 2015 — 

Do yourself a favor, for entertainment, go see a live play in Nevada County! We have such talent in our area.

We just saw “The Producers” put on by Sierra Stages at the Nevada Theatre. I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. Great actors, singing, dancing, and the costumes ... just wow!

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Bill Neville: Not all homeowners support Eskaton lawsuit

July 23, 2015 — 

This is to clarify the Eskaton Grass Valley Village articles which have appeared recently in The Union. I am writing on behalf of myself, an Eskaton homeowner.

Although from a legal perspective, the lawsuit filed by Coley and Lorini is technically on behalf of the “other 130-plus homeowners” of Eskaton Village, Grass Valley, it is inaccurate to infer all 130-plus homeowners agree with filing the lawsuit.

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Joan Bega: NID holds 'private' meeting on reservoir?

July 23, 2015 — 

Nevada Irrigation District has misled the public, and lied to me directly, about the new Parker Dam and Reservoir (now to be named the Centennial Dam). I’m devastated.

Those of us who live in Nevada County, near or on the Bear River, were sent a letter to a “private” meeting on July 7, to advise us that they would be flooding all or part of our property. Since when can a state public agency hold private meetings? The meeting had rules: you could not record the meeting, and you could not take pictures of the presentations. What else are they trying to hide?

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Dora Cividino: No need for inflammatory rhetoric

July 23, 2015 — 

That Linda “Maw” Campbell had the fortitude to issue a mea culpa to her damaging editorial letter is refreshing. Now will Carole Chapman step up to follow with her own mea culpa after correlating the Confederate flag with the State of Jefferson or the Tea Party to a hate group?

This inflammatory rhetoric, which to the less discerning, excites the possibility of violence. To author something that has no room for other beliefs, or a way of life, seeks to categorize her fellow man to fit her mold and alerts us that these deep seated divisions are destroying our nation today. Nevada County is a microcosm of our society. She brings up the recent murder of nine innocent people. The lesson the families gave was one of forgiveness and love. The lesson here is to get off the pre-planned scripts of ideology and think rationally.

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Mindy Oberne: Kudos to the banjo player

July 22, 2015 — 

Those who have the least give the most. My husband and I were tabling in front of BriarPatch Co-op to give out information about the free health care clinic coming to Grass Valley Nov. 14-15. We also had a donation jar.

Next to us was Richard Caudle, a banjo player and singer, who was a very pleasant neighbor. All day people were tossing money into his banjo case, while passing our donation jar as though it were invisible. All day, Richard heard us speak about the clinic.

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Amanda Wilcox: Gun violence can be reduced

July 22, 2015 — 

George Boardman was spot-on with his proposals for curbing gun violence in America. Expanded background checks, gun training, secure storage, and the reporting of stolen firearms are strategies that would reduce firearm deaths. Moreover, these policies enjoy strong public support.

Boardman misses the mark, however, regarding the Second Amendment and his belief that little can be done to reduce gun violence. Although in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense, the court stressed that the right is limited and does not protect a “right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” All nine Justices agreed that a wide variety of gun laws are presumptively lawful and, in fact, almost all constitutional challenges since 2008 have been rejected by the courts.

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Kay Bonnigson: Peace Lutheran women to help feed more than 200 volunteers

July 21, 2015 — 

Special thanks go to the Peace Lutheran Church Women (PLCW) who have generously donated funds toward obtaining breakfasts for volunteers of the upcoming free health clinic.

This type of donation is particularly appreciated because on each of the two clinic days there will be between 200 and 250 professional and lay volunteers, many of whom will be present from as early as 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., all of whom will be provided both breakfast and lunch.

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Mark Henry: And the debate continues

July 21, 2015 — 

Of the many things commendable about our community, I find none more enjoyable than the lively and thoughtful ongoing discussions we have about the nature of how we govern ourselves, and the role of civil authority.

I moved here in 2000, just as the debate over NH2020 was heating up. To this day, rarely a week goes by without editorials and/or comments in The Union regarding the meaning and intent of the U.S. Constitution and how its current interpretation affects our daily lives.

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Erika Kosina: Loving our library

July 21, 2015 — 

We are so lucky to have the Nevada City library and especially its devoted, warm and caring children’s librarians.

They go above and beyond to host a delightful and imaginative stuffed animal sleep over each year, and this year was no exception. Thank you for doing what you do! Yet another reason to love living in this town.

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William Larsen: USA hijacked by the 1 percent

July 20, 2015 — 

The negative responses to Jeffery Vogel’s piece on “American Exceptionalism” has been over the top with misrepresentations, innuendo and half truths.

In not giving reasonable weight to simple historical facts, e.g. slavery, crimes against indigenous peoples, etc, the detractors seem steeped in willful ignorance with regard to historical fact. Mr. Vogel clearly is a person who loves his country and sees its/our mistakes and shortcomings, along with our many achievements.

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David Walters: A real talent

July 20, 2015 — 

I want to give kudos to Annita Kasparian for her beautiful photo on the front page of The Union’s July 8, 2015 issue.

This photo is very well composed and timed with the sunset and with a light source shining on the nose of what appears to be a World War II-era fighter.

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Pascal Davidson: Not a hate group

July 18, 2015 — 

I read a letter to the editor you posted about taking down the Confederate flag, which I completely agree with.

But then it went on saying that the people in Northern California that follow the State of Jefferson is a hate group? It said we are trying to secede. That’s false. It’s called withdraw, and become our own state in this wonderful country called USA.

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Jim Firth: I'm for increasing voter turnout

July 18, 2015 — 

Terry McLaughlin is “confused.” The letter in response to an “Other Voices” I wrote titled “Let’s increase voter turnout” (published June 20) regarding the New Motor Voter Act asks, “Is he (Jim Firth) suggesting that the DMV should make that decision (choosing a Political Party) for these newly registered voter ... ?”

Let me state this simply for Terry — no. Rather than cherry-picking quotes for your response letter, ask readers of this newspaper to read the entire 750-word article for themselves.

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Nancy Brost: Failure of national and local policy

July 18, 2015 — 

Kathryn Steinle was murdered in San Francisco on Pier 14 on the Embarcadero while walking with her father.

An illegal immigrant who had been deported five times and had a history of seven felony arrests was charged with the crime. This was a shocking reminder to Americans of just how broken our immigration system is with weak enforcement and porous borders.

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Linda Burr: Jury verdict heart breaking

July 18, 2015 — 

For those lucky enough to be a friend of Sue Leferte, the jury’s verdict of guilt is heart breaking. It is with confusion and sadness that we see our friend in jail for something of which she is not guilty.

Those who know Sue know that she would never have persuaded anyone to invest funds in Gold Country Lending with intent to defraud. Those who invested in the company knew, or should have known, that it was not the same as placing money in a bank account which pays interest at the rate of pennies on the dollar. The higher the interest rate the more inherent the risk in any investment.

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Paul Micsan: 'Caesar' hits the mark

July 18, 2015 — 

“Caesar” is bold, frenetic, heart-pumping, and wildly entertaining!

The source is Shakespeare, but the adaptation is pure Jimmy McCammon. He retains most of The Bard’s classic text while expertly making it contemporary and accessible. The Synthetic Unlimited Opera House accommodates this multimedia production beautifully, putting you smack-dab in the middle of the action. A terrific cast and expert direction (also by Jimmy McCammon) round out this truly unique experience.

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