Letters to the Editor
As one of 18 million people who lost a health-care plan I liked, I scrambled to find another one.
Thank God for Obamacare. I now have a policy that costs me more than double, has a deductible that is double what I had before, covers less per visit to doctors and doesn’t cover my prescriptions. But fortunately, I now have maternity coverage (I am 59 years old), pediatric coverage (maybe for my kitten?), pediatric dentistry (but I can’t get dental coverage for myself), transgender coverage (if I decide to change sexes), and my husband has maternity and lactation coverage (in case they ever figure out how a man can have a baby).Learn more »
A huge thanks to the person who found my check book in the parking lot of Raley’s supermarket. It’s wonderful to know that there are honest people in our community.
Sally IngleLearn more »
A big thank you to the three young people (probably Nevada Union High School students) who rescued me on Dec. 10.
My car could not make it up the approach to Ridge Road due to ice. They hurried over with big smiles on their faces and gave me a push. Bless them and all the wonderful people in the area who came to the rescue of many caught in the ice and snow.Learn more »
I wish to revisit the letter recently written about the ravens. While I cannot say they are “wiping out the songbirds of Nevada County,” I can tell you what the are doing out here on North Bloomfield Road.
My neighbor recently complained to me that ravens tore apart her entire outdoor patio set — while she watched. I doubted it. Even laughed. “Never heard of such a thing,” I told her.Learn more »
I appreciate the responses to my article on Coach Houlihan and the time his associates took to defend him. I do not agree with the respondents’ opinions, which are directly opposite of mine. I believe my evaluation to be factually based on personal observations, my knowledge of the game and what it takes to be a leader,
I am not some country bumpkin who fell off a turnip truck the day before I wrote my article. I am well qualified to make a judgment on a coach’s leadership skills. I have 25-plus years experience coaching high school football. I conducted football, basketball and baseball coaching seminars in Germany, Spain and Iran to DOD American high school coaches. In my 35 years in human resources management, I conducted hundreds of hours of management seminars and evaluations.Learn more »
Thanks to the driver of the Fischer tow truck who managed to get our auto out of a very precarious situation Sunday. We were totally blocking a road, very near a large tree and a “drop off.”
Still unable to get home after he unstuck the car, we were able to get to the home of a friend, Dave Root, of Dave Root Heating and Air Conditioning. Using an emergency route, he got us safely to our house where we gathered clothes, medication and medical equipment so we could go to safe lodging. Thanks for exceptional service and exceptional friends! We also thank God for protection!Learn more »
In response to a recent Tea Party fundraiser, I looked out my window and lo and behold, I am living in Grass Valley, Calif., not Boston, Mass., and I certainly know the difference.
Having been born, raised and educated in the great city of Boston, I take offense with this group who dare call themselves the Boston Tea Party patriots. I say, call them what they are: Nevada County anarchists who are responsible for shutting down our government for two weeks. Remember? In most civilized countries, this would be called treason.Learn more »
With privilege and honor, I have been able to participate in the Toy Run again.
It is a most exuberant experience for me. To see the multitude of differences set aside and the heartfelt giving preside gives me faith in the human race.Learn more »
Regarding the Dec. 11 article in The Union titled “School board to pay retirees less than sought” — this really struck a chord, as school boards and superintendents are the heads of our school districts that are supposed to look out after the affairs of our children.
Our children love their teachers and want the best for them, and we, the parents and grandparents, want the best for our teachers and students.Learn more »
I am so grateful for our convenient local book store, The Book Seller. I urge those of you living in this area to support this local business instead of going to Amazon or other Internet sources for books. If Book Seller does not have the book you want (easily learned from a local phone call), they will make sure that they have it very quickly … probably at least as quickly as it might take for Amazon to get a book to you.
I have no problem with Amazon, which is great for people who aren’t fortunate to have access to a local book store. However, if you live locally, I urge you to support the Book Seller.Learn more »
I have been receiving frequent “live” phone calls from heavily accented male voices purporting to represent Windows, telling of high risk of my computer being invaded and asking me to go to my computer and follow his directions over the phone.
It is such an obvious fraud that I wonder who would fall for such. But it must work because the number of such calls is increasing.Learn more »
Thank you and God bless you to the anonymous customers at Lumberjacks Restaurant Friday, Dec. 13, who paid for my mother’s and my lunch bill.
Celebrating my mother’s 85th birthday was a special occasion that day — she had not been able to get out to a restaurant since her birthday last year. Living with Alzheimer’s is challenging for her. I was so thankful and excited that we were able to go out together, and your paying our lunch bill was a blessing from God.Learn more »
Jim Black’s Other Voices piece (“Nevada Union football coach should resign”) assigns way too much ability to coaches to determine the success of teams.
In Black’s telling, you would think the Miners fell off a cliff the minute Dennis Houlihan replaced Dave Humphers as head coach. In fact, the Miners were a mediocre 16-16 the last three years Humphers coached the team. A cynic might suggest he saw what was in the pipeline and decided it was a good time to retire.Learn more »
First of all, shame on The Union for allowing an ill-informed person to be a guest opinion writer in the paper.
Second, as a person with direct knowledge of the football program, I find Jim Black’s comments on the Opinion page disturbing. I find them disturbing because Mr. Black is out of touch with the program. It would be beneficial to your readers to know that Mr. Black is not directly involved with day-to-day operations of the program and cannot make an accurate assessment of what is really going on. For a person who was not around the program that much this summer and then stopped coming to practices after two weeks of the regular season, Jim sure thinks he knew a lot about what was going on within the change of the program.Learn more »
I don’t know Mr. Black or coach Houlihan, but I do recognize inflammatory screed when I read it. I believe it was irresponsible for The Union to print tirades of this nature.
Before getting off on coach Houlihan, perhaps we should the examine 2010, 2011 and 2012 records of NU’s JV and frosh teams. As I recall, they were mediocre at best. Athletic talent runs in cycles, and NU was pretty iffy until coach Blankenship showed up. And as I recall, he caught a lot of flak until the program turned around. Coach Humphers had a great run and got out just in time.Learn more »
Miss Paleo, a local gluten-free dessert mix company, would like to thank the many people who purchased gift boxes, with $10 going to the Grass Valley Animal Control Spay/Neuter Fund.
There are so many great and wonderful groups in Grass Valley that save the lives of so many unfortunate animals. We are truly blessed! Still, the more animals we can spay and neuter before adoption helps all the groups and the community as a whole. We are running our fundraiser through Dec. 21 and hope that, if you want to help make a difference for animal overpopulation, you consider purchasing a gift pack of gluten-free cookie, brownie and bread mixes for people on your shopping list.Learn more »
The “new politics” of the Obama Democrats consist of passing legislation by lying about its content.
Obamacare was passed because it was repeated many times: “if you like your doctor and your insurance, you can keep your doctor and your insurance.”Learn more »
As a tourist visiting your town, I was impressed with the many historic homes and other sites. The pioneers worked so hard and left such a legacy to this day that it is the driving force in your community from 150 years ago.
What a treasure there is in this history, and I was shocked to see the destruction of the headstones and the fencing around the grave sites in the Old St. Patrick’s cemetery at the corner of Chapel and South Church streets. Those headstones tell us who these pioneers were, their ages, places of birth, some of their history and the love of their families.Learn more »
Thank you to the generous people of Nevada County who attended the Nevada County Country Christmas Faire over Thanksgiving weekend.
Our errand elves offered mistletoe, ran errands for vendors and watched your packages at our booth, and you generously tipped our students. Money collected is used to pay for an outdoor education camp — an optional educational activity. Without your help, many students would be unable to participate in the science program.Learn more »
The president has dishonored our country by ordering flags to be flown at half staff in “respect” to the memory of Nelson Mandela, whose “virtues” are largely a myth. This is an unusual order being that it is for a once foreign leader. But one for this man is an atrocious move.
Although he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from both Truman and Bush, Mandela did nothing for this country but instead was a severe critic of the U.S. (Ref: Joseph Farah, “The Real Mandela in his Own Words”) Further, as a leader in the South African Communist Party, he participated in armed violence against his own country, resulting in his incarceration for treason. (Ref: Cliff Kincaid, “Comrade Mandela’s Secret Life”) And this is a man deserving of our respect? (Ref: Joseph Farah, “Don’t Mourn for Mandela”) His claim to fame came from negotiating with then president of South Africa, F.W. de Klerk, to eliminate apartheid, which was an admirable cause for the blacks there, not here.Learn more »
Kudos to Republican Women’s Federated for its timely and generous donation to the Senior Meals Program. The Nevada County senior meals program provides a very needed service to homebound seniors in our community, and the donation by NCRWF will allow them to meet a financial shortfall for the coming year.
I do hope other local civic organizations will meet the challenge of embracing the program and match this donation.Learn more »
I agree with everything Mr. Smith said in his opinion piece, “America the broken,” except his statement, “We elect new representatives …”
We don’t elect new representatives. We elect the same ones over and over and expect change. Didn’t I read somewhere that insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results?Learn more »
On Dec. 4, a column appeared by Manny Montes in which he explained his Tea Party principles. Montes indicated he wants to “return” to a notion of limited government and individual freedom. He goes on to clarify individual freedom as “people pursuing their rational self-interest.”
Perhaps he should have expanded on that remark, because as it reads in the context of the column, it jumps out as advocating selfishness as a guiding principle. Actually, this seems to comport with other Tea Party comments I’ve read. Who can forget: “Why should I pay for my neighbor’s health care?”Learn more »
I was attracted by the letter “No united families; no United States.” While I agree that America’s sickness is tied to the breakdown of the family, I think that divorce is a symptom, not the disease. As a 20-plus-year veteran of the classroom, I’ve answered to “Mom” and “Dad” frequently. I long ago concluded that the family is not what it once was.
Speaking as a teacher, I see children learning how to grow up less from their parents and too much from television and their peers. Parents, both working, have little time for their children. They fill their children’s lives with things but ignore essentials, unwittingly training another generation of poor parenting. Children aren’t often read to or taught their math facts, once parental responsibilities. Children don’t do chores with their parents.Learn more »
As chairperson of the Caring for America outreach arm of Nevada County Republican Women Federated, I was pleased to see Greg Schmidt’s letter (“Support for Women of Worth founder,” Nov. 13) in support of Sandy Escobar-Schmidt, founder of WOW.
Our club has been involved with WOW for a number of years, and the financial and emotional support this nonprofit organization provides for women and their children in crisis is invaluable. In an article published by The Union back in October, former board members have alleged “bad record-keeping” and “intent to hide something.” This article and the subsequent drop in both monetary as well as merchandise donations to this organization has only hurt the women and children in crisis that are so well served by Women of Worth.Learn more »
The front page of the Dec. 6 issue of The Union had two articles regarding repeat offenders and their bad choices. The back page under “WORLD” had an edited article about Nelson Mandela. What a disservice to your readers!
Kris VasserLearn more »
During the third weekend in November, Bear River High School seniors Kenny Pease, Nicole Pastore, Lauren Brennan and their band director, Mr. David Ahrens, had the honor of attending the 35th annual Western International Band Clinic in Seattle.
For three days, they learned from and performed with world-renowned contemporary composers/conductors and professional musicians, including the highlighted guest ensemble, The Boston Brass. Conducting several of the clinics were Brian Balmages, U.S. composer/conductor, Mike Bankhead, U.S. conductor, and Jan Van der Roost, Belgium composer/conductor.Learn more »
Thank you for your Dec. 2 article “Atheists spark debate with billboards.”
Who could not help notice — the president of the atheist group is named Judy Saint? Proving, yet once again, God has a sense of humor.Learn more »
As goes the way of the family, so goes the way of the country. No united families, no United States.
I read every day the political debates and the pundits’ evaluations on the symptoms of our dying country but rarely of the root causes — the demise of the American family being the quintessential.Learn more »
Annual altar show a successDecember 6, 2013 —
The Altar Show board would like to thank all those who made this year’s show a huge success. Special thanks to all the Altaristas who participated this year. Thank you also to the Nevada County Fairgrounds staff, KNCO, KVMR, Miners Foundry, The Union, House of Print and Copy, SPD, Full Circle Press, Emily’s Cakes and Catering and Imprintz. Spouses of the board, Kat Barrie, friends of the Board, and the wonderful poets who read for us.
Thank you so much, we couldn’t have done it without you! See you all next year.
Rough and Ready