Letters to the Editor
Inquiring minds want to know if the Republicans and Tea Party stand for anything besides a nonstop assault on women’s freedom of choice (anti-abortion) and the obstruction of the economy, government, and progress of the country like they’ve been fixated on for the past six years.
Republicans have spent their time passing hundreds of restrictive anti-abortion laws around the country in the last few years and last weekend they were at it again as House Republicans passed legislation that would ban most abortions starting with the 20th week of pregnancy. You did hear Senate leader Mitch McConnell say the Republicans would “change,” right after they won the last election. Talk is cheap, especially if you’re a Republican.Learn more »
I must take issue with Carole Chapman’s attack of Stan Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Movement. If she had done some fact checking, she would know the modern Tea Party had its beginnings with Dr. Ron Paul in 2007.
Chapman wants you to think that it was formed in response to Obama’s election, which is clearly not the case. To refer to Mr. Meckler as a radical is preposterous! It is liberals who are the radicals! Your support of alternative lifestyles, taxing the rich job creators to oblivion, legalized pot use, anti-gun ownership, confused bathrooms, and frivolous laws designed to erode the freedoms of good law-abiding citizens is what’s radical. Americans are better off without liberals’ view of how society should be.Learn more »
Could The Union please include some nutrition information at the end of their recipes? I understand that including some of the information, like a standard nutritional label does, would be close to impossible, but if serving size, calories per serving, carbohydrates per serving, and fat per serving were included, it would sure be of use to many of us.
Nowadays more people are making nutrition an important part of their diets.Learn more »
At a recent meeting, I was surprised to hear of a developing county problem. There is a relatively new type of incivility that is being generated by an inconsiderate brand of rude motorists.
At the recent Combie and Hwy. 49 tragic accident, first responders were surprised to be the victims of taunts, horn honking and just plain rude behavior from some inconsiderate and impatient drivers.Learn more »
What a joy to drive past the Nevada City post office on Coyote Street and see the beautiful red poppies planted there, I don’t think the post office has ever looked so good.
I want to thank Miriam Morris for all of her hard work volunteering her time, keeping the planted areas around Nevada City looking so good. If you see her out there, be sure to thank her, I know I will.Learn more »
How sad that the city and county can’t realize how popular Rattlesnake Road is to many different groups. We even had the Amgen Bike Race racing down Rattlesnake for the second time.
Why can’t the county finish painting the fog lines (the white lines along the edge of road) from Wheeler Cross to Dog Bar? I was told that the width of road was too narrow. I measured at various places the fog lines that had been newly painted and then measured where they had not been painted. Plenty of width to finish the job. The most popular road in the county and we can’t finish what was started.Learn more »
Whether it’s sending out notice of a lost cat, dog or, most recently, a 40 plus-year-old tortoise, alerting us about a nearby burglary or a bear frequenting an area birdfeeder or sending out an update on the latest Ferrell gas price, Jim Hurley is the man.
Here in our Lake Vera/Round Mountain vicinity, Jim regularly sends out informative (and often very witty) email blasts, as well as photos on the state of the neighborhood. He’s our human neighborhood watch.Learn more »
I’d like to give a big thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains for their generous donation to help fund the Free Health Care Clinic happening Nov. 14-15 at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall.
The clinic includes medical, dental and vision care. We’ll be serving 500 patients each day, and it is open to everyone for free, funded by donations. This is being brought to us by California Care Force, an all volunteer staffed nonprofit in Roseville (CaliforniaCareForce.org).Learn more »
I think that the Center for the Arts Theatre is such a treat to see music in and I have always enjoyed the smallness and the personal touches that are present everywhere.
I was at the Veterans Hall to see Joan Armatrading. I have not seen her in over 30 years. I thought she was playing at the Center, but was mistaken since I didn’t realize that you guys were putting the show on at the Veterans Hall because you needed a bigger venue.Learn more »
So good to read Linda Johnson’s letter to the editor regarding the TV guide. Right on.
Glad I take two other papers and get their listings. Also, the article that was published to explain why it had been removed made no sense at all! And I so appreciate the letter recently printed from Jack Moorhead. He hit the nail on the head. Having lived here since the 1930s, I have never before considered not subscribing to The Union, but it’s becoming a decision more and more.Learn more »
In celebration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 19 through 25, 2015, the Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Center erected a Memorial Wall of Remembrance at the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City during the entire month of April. The Memorial Wall is a collection of photos of deceased crime victims from Nevada County, many of whom died in the county they called home. The photos bore the images of those ranging in age from toddlers to senior citizens. Viewing the Memorial Wall is extremely powerful and sobering but even greater is the trauma experienced by the family members and friends of the victims in the wake of the crime.
Our staff would like to thank the following who made this Memorial Wall display possible: Larry at Hospice Gift and Thrift (Freeman Lane) for assistance on the purchase of a small table; Tom and Doug from Nevada County Facilities; Jan and colleagues in the Nevada County Assessor’s office for maintaining the battery-powered candle every work day; Laura who graciously donated the candle and The Union for selecting the Memorial Wall story and photo as their headline news on April 11 — what an honor for crime victims.Learn more »
May is the time of the year when we honor our teachers. Many students and their parents have been planning luncheons or have sent their teachers something special to say thank you.
It’s something we all have in common — having been inspired by or helped by teachers throughout the years.Learn more »
I would like to thank and commend Ernie’s Van & Storage for completing a complicated delivery to Sammie’s Friends Animal Shelter this past week.
We are creating a new cat facility out of an old triple wide trailer, and had a delivery of 30 cat kennels weighing over 200 pounds each, delivered to the site and placed in the correct rooms. The delivery guys went above and beyond by helping solve the “puzzle” of what goes in each room. They did this with a lot of hard work, a great attitude, and an incredible sense of humor.Learn more »
Regarding David Briceno’s editorial to “Bring Back the Parties,” there’s another important role for Independents.
When either party runs a nitwit, many Independents register in that party to nominate the most reasonable candidate.Learn more »
If your boat has a leak in it, it doesn’t help to drill a hole in the bottom. And, trusting the current crop of politicians to rewrite our Constitution, which would be the result of a constitutional convention (aka Convention of States), is not the solution to government overreach.
The Constitution is not the problem, changing it is not the solution.Learn more »
I totally agree with Linda Johnson of Nevada City, whose letter appeared on May 7 in The Union. I looked forward to the TV Guide and am disappointed you discontinued it.
Clare McDowell, 26-year subscriberLearn more »
The Italian Cultural Foundation held its Annual Pasta Sauce Cook Off on May 9.
It was a huge success thanks to the effort of some great people, such as Kate Malmgren and the staff at Holiday Inn Express, Theresa and staff at Bear River Pasta, deejay Andy and our cooks — Uncle Luco’s Kitchen, Dante Paverello, Don Branson, Steve DeSena and Don Mortara.Learn more »
I was admitted to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with heart attack symptoms, and I thank Dr. Hemsley for ordering the abdominal ultrasound, and Dr. Statton for removing my gall bladder ASAP under complicating factors.
Discharged after eight days, I was cared for by many, but my thanks go to nurses Marc, Judith, Nina, Jenna, and support staff, Vanessa, for their care. I feel, however, especially fortunate to have had consistent care by nurses Alissa, Karen, and Nicole, my “angels,” competent, critical thinkers — getting answers to my questions and putting in the extra effort to handle my concerns, while in the midst of the hospital’s tech transition.Learn more »
Kudos to Jesse Cohen, the owner of Smiley Guys Smokehouse in Grass Valley, for recently hosting a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).
Everyone who attended enjoyed great ribs and other slow-cooked food for a good cause. A percentage of the evenings proceeds was donated to PiELL. Partners in English Language Learning offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County.Learn more »
On May 18, the Crimean Tatars throughout the world, including the Crimean Tatar-Americans, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Crimean Tatar Genocide — the “Surgun,” our “Day of Mourning.”
The history has recorded May 18, 1944, as one of its darkest days, when the entire Crimean Tatar population, mostly women, children and the elderly — since able-bodied Crimean Tatars were fighting as members of Soviet Armed Forces to defend their Soviet motherland — was uprooted from their homes without any warning, loaded on trucks in town centers and taken to the nearest train stations to be deported to Central Asia, Urals, Siberia and other remote areas of the then Soviet Union.Learn more »
The minority should have a voice. After talking to a sweet lady ahead of us in a checkout line who was looking for a TV Guide magazine, I asked if she too missed the TV Guide in The Union.
Yes, she said. We concurred that we, too, were not happy with the decision. We even paid extra for it in the past and were OK with that. We will definitely miss it and wonder about others who can’t get cable or satellite or can’t afford it. Printing off the computer is a hassle and a magazine is an extra cost. We now wonder how many others out there are not happy with the decision.Learn more »
Our 10-year-anniversary at Scooter’s Pals is coming up this weekend, and we have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks to everyone who came to our event at Smiley Guys this week to support our efforts to save dogs’ and cats’ lives by buying raffle tickets, bidding on silent auction items and eating with us on the anniversary of the loss of Scooter and Molly.
And thanks to the folks at Smiley Guys, who were so gracious to help us have a good time by providing lots of food choices, including vegetarian options. Many of us loved the mac n’ cheese casserole (yum!), the salad options and there are no better french fries on earth than those at Smiley Guys — better than homemade (well, at least my homemade).Learn more »
In reply to George Boardman’s column concerning the “demise of California,” he is correct in his appraisal of the easy hyperbole and overstatement prevalent today.
In the thriving “Talk Industry” there seems to be no downside to being wrong. If I were continually wrong in my job I’m sure there would be a price to pay. The same pundits and experts continue to be asked back for their opinions and predictions even though their track record parallels that of palm readers.Learn more »
The coverage of Baltimore has been shoddy — at best. The information that I have gathered from the media has either been incomplete or altogether inaccurate, when compared to eyewitness reports from the scene of the peaceful protesters.
On April 23, more than 10,000 people gathered peacefully to protest. A minority of people took advantage of the confusion and began rioting and looting. Striving for peace and for their voices to be heard, members of both the Bloods and Crips joined together to protect buildings and store owners from rioters.Learn more »
I was saddened by the Amy Goodman column, “The American Dream: Living to 18.” Does Ms. Goodman, “a nationally syndicated columnist” really believe that an American teenager’s greatest threat of an early death is an action by a police officer?
It seems to me that the idea that a 13-year-old black (presumably) girl should be concerned about being killed by cops, is like swimming with crocodiles and being afraid of mosquito bites.Learn more »
Yesterday I received another call warning me about a problem with “Windows” — probably my 500th call (one came at midnight about a month ago).
Since my old HP crashed in early March, I asked him if he was referring to the one that crashed and I said it had been recycled. I then hung up on him.Learn more »
It is beginning to burn my behind when I read over and over that some mentally unendowed people are angry because the farmers are getting more water than they do.
How can anyone be so short-sighted; what’s happening to us?Learn more »
The Nevada Irrigation District is now “requesting” all customers reduce water usage by 25 to 36 percent, and the governor says we are a long way from that reduction.
Since my wife and I currently use 39 gallons per day per person (statewide average is approximately 130 gallons per day), we do not see any reasonable way we can reduce an additional 36 percent. Therefore, we would like to propose the following Plan B to mitigate these draconian requirements.Learn more »
I want to say a great big thanks to the FireSafe Council of Nevada County and Wolf Creek Community Alliance and their volunteers for the continuing work they have done to remove invasive Scotch Broom along Wolf Creek in the South County.
I drive on Wolf Road every day and just hated seeing the dreaded Scotch Broom blooming in a very dense stand along the creek, knowing that those yellow flowers would become a jillion seeds which would spread the broom down the creek further and possibly down to the Bear River.Learn more »
May is the month to celebrate motherhood, and our thoughts turn to ways to show Mom how much we appreciate the care and love she showered on us throughout our lives. That’s what Mom’s do. They set aside their personal needs and wants to make sure their families are fed, clothed, educated and stay safe.
What better way to honor our moms than to give help to the young moms in our area who are in need of a little support and encouragement? So, along with the traditional flowers, candy, and Sunday brunch, (you notice I did not say in lieu of), make a donation in Mom’s name to the Nevada County Diaper Project. As little as $25 will provide a two-week supply of diapers for one baby.Learn more »