Letters to the Editor
It’s not just a bridge … it’s the longest single span arched truss-covered wooden bridge in the world. It’s our bridge, and it brings history and beauty to our region. We must “Save Our Bridge at Bridgeport!’
You, as readers of The Union, have seen a multitude of articles appear from various members of The Union’s editorial staff. We, the South Yuba River Park Association (SYRPA) are very appreciative and grateful to The Union, and we thank you for being so attentive to the issues related to the bridge and our efforts to assure its rehabilitation. This past Wednesday, readers of The Union learned what they can do to help make certain that the bridge is repaired and once again be opened to the public. The front page article by Ivan Natividad is greatly appreciated.Learn more »
It seems that it is pure greed by the landowner who wants to build an unnecessary, environmentally incongruous, anti-small town shopping center at Dorsey Drive and Highway 49. I am so proud to take visitors to Grass Valley and Nevada City until we drive through the Brunswick area. Then, I so am embarrassed that past area managers allowed such an ugly, environmentally detrimental, seemingly unplanned building frenzy blight to occur.
Shopping options have changed mainly due to the Internet. No amount of brick-and-mortar construction will change that. However, it should also be noted that the smaller local mom-and-pop book and video stores have out-survived the big box ones and these businesses utilize older buildings. It has been stated that most vacant buildings will imminently have new tenants, but I look around at all the long-term vacant buildings on East Main Street alone and wonder if that statement is true.Learn more »
Kudos to the performance of “Company” by The Sierra Stages Community Theater.
What a wonderful evening of entertainment by a hardworking talented cast, crew and volunteer group. Ken Getz and his orchestra, as per norm, rounded out an accomplished production.Learn more »
Scooters Pals would like to acknowledge The Union for their support and assistance to dogs in shelters and rescues in Nevada County.
The space they donate to Pet of the Week and announcement of dog adoption events is invaluable to abandoned pets looking for homes. Every time they show a Scooters Pals dog, we get a number of inquiries and applications for that dog, almost always resulting in a forever home.Learn more »
Two young adults are responsible for 10 residential burglaries. Our lenient Judge Anderson allowed them to plea bargain down to two charges. No trial convened, eight felony offenses thrown out, and no justice for eight of their victims.
A four-year, eight-month prison sentence was agreed to; with time served credit and good conduct reductions they will likely serve only two years in prison.Learn more »
Recently Amy Cooke, the owner of Summer Thyme’s Bakery & Deli, held a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).
The event was great; with over 25 people showing up to support PiELL and to hear Diane Miessler (PiELL board president) and her band, Purdon’s Crossing. A percentage of the evening’s profits, as well as the band’s tips, were donated to PiELL. Thank you Amy and Purdon’s Crossing.Learn more »
I’m 15 years old and am one of the vice presidents of The Environmental Committee Of Nevada Union (ECONU). I believe we need to ban plastic bags in Nevada City as well as Nevada County.
We should also put a 10-cent tax on paper bags. The production of plastic bags requires petroleum and natural gas, which adds to global warming. Thirteen billion plastic bags are distributed annually in California and only 3 percent are recycled. A single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. To make matters worse, plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down.Learn more »
Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills is pleased to announce the recipients of our mini-grant donation program that awards funds to local and international groups that benefit women and children. The mini-grant funding program is offered every year in February and March. Funds for this program and a similar donation program held in September/October are a direct result of donations made by visitors to our annual Garden Tour, held the weekend after Mother’s Day.
Awardees are the Linus Project, Women of Worth, Child Advocates Puppeteer Program, Hospice of the Foothills bereavement Youth Program, the Cinderella Project that helps high school students attend their prom, Friendship Club for the establishment of a Garden Project and NEO, New Events and Opportunities, for local teens. We thank everyone who applied for these funds and wish we could grant more to needed community projects. Help us by attending our local Garden Tour. Points of sale are located throughout our community or you may purchase a ticket by contacting a Soroptimist member. For more information, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn more »
In response to James Coe’s letter on March 4 regarding a purposed new shopping center:
Mr. Coe is clearly oblivious about how today’s youth really work. His solution to keep kids off drugs and out of jail is to build another shopping center. Really?Learn more »
I can relate with the lady who found a German tourist trying to find a bench in Grass Valley where she could eat her sandwich. I am from Germany myself, although not at this time a tourist.
I have lived here for 30 years and love the area. However, I also regret that there are so few benches along our trails. At the popular Gracie ditch, which is over four miles long, there is one bench, and it is so close to the entrance that you are not ready to sit down when you get there. There are no benches on the trails at the Empire Mine. In Condon Park there are some benches, and also in Pioneer Park. The much-disputed boardwalk in Nevada City is very nice for sitting down and having a sandwich. I did this once and was not driven away.Learn more »
The Union’s front page article with Bill Jacobsen on Internet access has a point.
We’ve lived in a remote area by Scotts Flat for six years now. Started with satellite (Hughes Network). It was awful. They’ve since upgraded their sats, but still far from optimum. I’ve found a solution that works for us; Banner Mountain emits 4GLTE signals for both Verizon and AT&T. So does Wolf Mountain. WilsonElectronics.com offers 4GLTE repeater amplifiers, antennae, cables and solutions to bring that signal into your home at 5 bars. One-time costs will vary between $500 to $800. Then, the only thing you have to pay for is the LTE service from your provider.Learn more »
Deer Creek and Seven Hills schools’ parent-teacher clubs wish to thank the participants who attended and the many local businesses who donated to our Casino Night fundraiser at The Miners Foundry — a second annual success! We urge our families to show their thanks to local businesses by frequenting them whenever possible. The proceeds from the evening will go toward worthwhile programs, activities and needs for our students’ academic adventure in the Nevada City School District.
Thank you for your continued support!Learn more »
What was the debate in Arizona about? The Arizona brouhaha was about gay rights, but in a much larger sense, Arizona was about human rights.
It was about a religious minority trying to force its agenda on the citizens of Arizona. A recap of the Arizona episode: It was not an Arizona thing; it was a subculture in the Republican and Tea Party using religion as an excuse to refuse service to gay citizens of Arizona. It was about discrimination against gays and lesbians. And thanks to Arizona for exposing the anti-gay faction that has embedded itself in the Republican Party and Tea Party. Two thumbs up to Gov. Jan Brewer who saw through this farce and vetoed the bill in question.Learn more »
It seems that the Republican leadership is determined to define itself in exclusionary terms. The traditional Republican guard recoils from defining itself as the party that includes Conservatives, Libertarians and Tea Party members. Yet that is precisely what the party is. Putting a hyphen in the name would accurately acknowledge the party’s constituency and willingness to incorporate these segments into the party platform.
By not doing so, the party simply will fail to attract voters who consider themselves Conservatives, Libertarians and Tea Party members. It’s basic marketing, folks. If something doesn’t appear to meet your needs, you don’t buy it.Learn more »
I want to say a great big kudos and thank you to all of the community members and students, of which there are too many to name, who supported our Lady Miner Basketball teams this year.
We had a wonderful season and appreciate the people who helped us at fundraisers, filled the stands and gave so much throughout the year.Learn more »
My daughter Holly’s 20-year old cat broke her the femur in her hind leg. At the Grass Valley Vet Hospital, my daughter was crying uncontrollably because she was so broken up over a possible amputation. A very kind lady named Darlene felt so bad that she donated $100 toward the vet fees.
Holly wants to say, “Thank you Darlene, you are a God-send.”Learn more »
I am a student at the high school and the vice president of the newly formed Environmental Committee of Nevada Union. The committee is a group of students striving to make our community more environmentally responsible and active.
It is very important that our community do everything to have less environmental impact. Currently, Nevada City is drafting and instituting a bag ordinance. This ordinance will ban single-use plastic bags, and stores will put a fee on paper bags. However, Grass Valley will not be even considering such an ordinance until July. The bag ban in Grass Valley is incredibly important and should not be left for consideration until July.Learn more »
Bob Galletta claims (Feb. 28) that President Obama is “dismantling the Constitution,” using as “proof” the numerous court decisions by “left-wing liberal judges” that various state laws banning gay marriage are unconstitutional. Those decisions have generally been based on either the 14th Amendment enacted in 1868 or the “full faith and credit clause” of our Constitution enacted in 1787. (By the way, I, too, disagree theologically with gay marriage, but the Constitution is not Scripture).
Would those “left-wing” judges he mentions be the Kentucky and California federal judges appointed by President Bush, Sr., or the Texas and Oklahoma federal judges appointed by President Clinton (all of whom were approved by the Senate and serve for life, so I wonder how President Obama could influence them)? Or were those judges on the Iowa Supreme Court, which decided unanimously in April 2009 that the Iowa gay marriage ban violated the Iowa State Constitution? Or the New Mexico Supreme Court, which unanimously found the New Mexico ban unconstitutional? And if President Obama is so all powerful and dictatorial, why can he not get Congress to do anything?Learn more »
This is an open letter to Gov. Brown regarding his upcoming meeting with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Dear Governor,Learn more »
Once again our Sierra Stages has put on a great show. Expecting difficult Sondheim music, we were pleasantly surprised by the cast and music of “Company” at the Nevada Theatre.
It is different. With the orchestra facing backwards onstage, it was a pleasant variation, which we aren’t used to. But seeing the musicians was noticeable, blending effortlessly with the cast. The musical numbers of “Marry Me a Little” and “Getting Married Today” are reasons alone to visit the Nevada Theater before March 24. The scenes of the same birthday party multiple times and a play without a plot are hard to imagine, but go anyway.Learn more »
A local martial arts school adds some kicks to Sierra Stages production of “Company.”
Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate worked with actors from Sierra Stages musical comedy, which opened this weekend, to add a little realism to a very funny scene.Learn more »
Lifestyle mall versus downtown Nevada City or Grass Valley. Only one major issue separates the two, the mall has lots and lots of free parking.
Make downtown accessible with plentiful parking and the merchants will follow. Yes, the city leaders have to be creative in how to create that parking, but with diligence they can overcome the naysayers. Downtown is a lifestyle mall already. Parking for downtown or a new lifestyle mall — you choose.Learn more »
On behalf of the Association California Loggers Gold Country Chapter, we would like to thank the following businesses for their scholarship donations: Dennis Elliott & Daughters Logging, A to Z Supply, Holt of California, Prospector’s Nursery, Ben Franklin, B&C Home Center, Weiss Brothers Nursery, Robinson Enterprises, The Willo, Carol’s Market & Deli, Sandy Cawthon, Parts for Imports, Penn Valley True Valley Hardware Store, Ridge Feed, Parts for Imports, The Wooden Spoon, Gold Flat Car Wash, Northridge Restaurant, Simply Country – The Farm Store, SPD Saw Shop, Plaza Tire & Auto, Nita Browning and Antouri Chiropractic.
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In response to the March 1 letter to the editor from Miriam Martin, regarding Nevada Union High School student behavior: To Ms. Martin, I say that you appear to be overreacting to the actions of a very few students, based on your perception that NUHS is a declining hot bed of intolerance.
Apparently you were not at the game to witness the behavior. Nor was I, but, as a substitute teacher at NUHS, I talked with many NUHS students and staff members who did attend. All agreed that the incident in question was the result of the actions of a few, all of whom have been disciplined.Learn more »
What we don’t want in Nevada County is to change our beloved little town. We are happy with the way it is.
We love that 150 young people are kept in jail every day because of drugs and a lack of motivation to better themselves. We love that our young people are lacking any chance for meaningful employment unless they have a doctorate degree in medicine. We love seeing young people roaming the streets looking for drugs because they have nothing better to do.Learn more »
Walking up the trail last summer from Salvation Army to the library, my friend and I were stopped by a woman, well dressed and carrying a back pack. She asked: “Can I sit down and have some lunch?”
My friend and I, having lived here since 1990, paused … momentarily … then the lady said: “I am a tourist from Germany and everywhere I try to sit to eat my sandwich, the police are bothering me.”Learn more »
I heard there will be a lot of propositions on the June ballot.
I, for one, will not vote on any of them. The reason is that I voted yes on Prop. 8 and the Supreme Court justices in D.C. decided that they knew more than 54 percent of the voters in California.Learn more »
Throughout the 30 years I have lived in Grass Valley, people have been clamoring for a 49/20 interchange at Dorsey Drive to alleviate the traffic debacle at Brunswick Road and give faster access to “Pill Hill,” the hospital and now Sierra College Drive.
If a shopping center goes in at the interchange, all the new traffic that it generates will defeat the purpose for the new exit. There will be congestion and long waits at traffic signals and pedestrian foot traffic. In short, it will be another Brunswick Basin mess. I am totally opposed to the construction of a shopping mall at that intersection. I realize that it could provide jobs and taxes for the county but surely there must be another, better place to put such a commercial venture.Learn more »
Is the Ukraine/Yanukovich scenario a prelude to a similar United States/Obama scenario?
Aren’t there some similarities in the fight against tyranny, in the struggle for self-government and freedom? Doesn’t the lawless overreach of big government in Ukraine sound familiar?Learn more »
Action needs to be taken regarding students’ bad behaviorMarch 1, 2014 —
In regards to the sports article on Feb. 27 regarding Sheldon high school parents and students upset by bad behavior from Nevada Union High school teens: This has been addressed before now and the powers to be have just swept this issue under the rug. A mother complained that her boy adopted from another country was called all sorts of names last year and the parents went to complain and nothing got resolved.
Now we had KCRA news on about the bad behavior at the game against Sheldon High. The Sheldon cheerleaders were so upset and embarrassed and they got pennies thrown at them.
Principal Mike Blake was to meet with the teens on Feb. 27. Let’s hope some good comes of this — you can bet this will be played down.
Who knows if a parent from Sheldon High will sue this school and then maybe something will finally be done about calling people names that aren’t appropriate. Something has to be done with the decline of this school. Good kids go there also and do well in sports and the music program is first rate.
So Mr. Blake, you need to stop this behavior now!