Letters to the Editor

‘Enhanced’ interrogation damages us all

December 18, 2014 — 

The recent Feinstein Report on “enhanced” interrogation techniques (torture) not only demonstrates that it is ineffective, but that it has a corrosive effect on us as a society and that as a civilized people it is something that no human being should do to another human being.

Also, I would say it is inhuman to take another life unless a person’s life is immediately threatened. A corrosive effect on us as a society has been ongoing and will continue to denigrate us as humans as long as we condone taking another life, whether it is done by an individual or by an institution.

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Open letter to Senator Feinstein

December 18, 2014 — 

Dear Sen. Feinstein: I cannot tell you how appalled I am with your decision to release the Democrat’s summary report on the CIA and its use of enhanced interrogation on terrorists who were responsible for killing over 3,000 American civilians.

You were the chairwoman of the Select Oversight Committee on Terrorism. What was your senatorial duty on that day? Do you not bear some of the responsibility since you failed to protect the Americans who died on that day?

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Holiday Cheer Program a success

December 18, 2014 — 

Once again our community has given of themselves to make the Senior Outreach Program a wonderful success. With an abundance of donations and the help of many caring individuals and groups, we were able to package and deliver 137 Christmas gift bags to our communities homebound seniors.

A special thanks to the following groups: Craft Guild of Nevada County, RSVP, Not 2 Square Weavers, Sierra Center for Positive Living, Grass Valley Red Hat Crafters, Bitney Springs Prep College, Job’s Daughters, Interfaith Food Ministry, Patchwork Pals Quilting Group, Nevada City United Methodist Church Prayer Shawl Ministry, Nevada County Juvenile Hall, Nevada County Behavioral Health, Nevada County District Attorney, Ladies Relief Society, Help at Home Senior Care team and Girl Scout Troops 750,930,920,538,192 and 154.

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Supes shouldn’t raise their own salaries

December 18, 2014 — 

Our county supervisors’ pay will rise from $39,447 to $43,335 in January. This is the first leg of the $10,000 raise they awarded themselves over the next three years. They say they want to attract younger people to run for office, but the real reason is probably ordinary greed — they can raise their own salary, so they do. Then they cancel the Dec. 16 board meeting, one of their duties.

The regular staff does the work that actually keeps the county running. They’ve had to forgo raises and cope with furlough days and staff cuts. Good management sees to it that those who do the work are appreciated and well compensated before they reward themselves.

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Is our community biased toward allopathic conventional medicine and all in favor of a medical monopoly?

December 16, 2014 — 

I would love to buy Dr. Bigelsen’s office equipment as his family faces financial ruin.

But, who wants to set up an office to be raided for “being different” or something that Western medicine professionals do not understand because of their lack of training in medical college, especially in this community of many wanting the holistic approach to medicine and wellness rather than the allopathic approach of toxic chemical drugs, surgery, and radiation as medicine.

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Confused on the bridge

December 15, 2014 — 

I just read the article regarding the Dog Bar Bridge and was confused on a few things.

The article said that the bridge could be flooded once the new Parker dam was going in but, as Supervisor Terry Lamphier says, it is a major thoroughfare. So why do anything at all to the current bridge, if it will be under water once the dam is built?

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Bigelsen case unfair

December 15, 2014 — 

I am writing to express my disappointment in the court system and at the DA for pursuing this case against Harvey Bigelsen.

Dr. Biglesen had treated me for knee pain a couple of years ago because I had been experiencing pain after a day of skiing (I am a professional ski coach). After only two months of treatments, my pain has gone away and has not returned since. There are many aliments Western medicine has no way of treating. My degenerated cartilage is one of these conditions.

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Thanks, Steve

December 15, 2014 — 

Kudos to Steve Sauer of Signature Health Insurance Services in Grass Valley! He’s helped me with my health insurance questions, woes and frustrations and made everything work the way it should. He’s a real professional and a great guy. I really recommend him and can’t thank him enough!

Sally Maki

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Cheney’s torturing: extreme sadism

December 13, 2014 — 

Torture happened. It brings to mind my favorite book title, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, (Charles Mackay, 1841).

The torture that our country has done was nothing less than Dick Cheney’s extreme authoritarian sadism and it was contagious. It infected millions of U.S. citizens when they were feeling vulnerable. Most hope we could put it behind us, but it has awakened mean-spiritedness within some.

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Why the delay with the Lamphier case?

December 13, 2014 — 

I just wanted to know if The Union is keeping up to date about the charges alleged against Terry Lamphier. Has The Union, as a community based newspaper, even sent a reporter to Sacramento to find out for themselves what is taking so much time with the investigation?

Once the election was over, it seems both to myself and many others as if our sheriff has not pushed the state far enough or fast enough for the results of Mr. Lamphier’s computer analysis. I realize the state has a backlog of computer related crimes to investigate, but the extremely serious accusations against a setting county supervisor and councilman elect should have some priority. I have both read about and watched on television higher profile individuals (entertainers, sport figures, political leaders etc) having extremely serious matters such as this looked into in a much more timely manner.

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Do as the officer asks

December 13, 2014 — 

If a man with a uniform, a badge, and a gun tells you to do something, it is wise to do what he says.

If you don’t, trouble follows, and you will be the loser.

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Thanks to Bear River faithful for support at section title game

December 13, 2014 — 

The Bear River varsity football staff would like to send out a “Thank You” to all the fans that attended the Section Final football game in Lodi.

With so much at stake, it was so comforting and emotionally reassuring to have so many people rooting us on. Having been at every playoff game in the history of the school, I personally had never witnessed such a large and supportive crowd.

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‘Thanks to Give’ event a success

December 12, 2014 — 

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated time and money to “Thanks to Give” this year. A total of 156 meals and flower bouquets were delivered to seniors and disabled adults throughout the county on Thanksgiving Day.

Special thanks to Nevada City SPD Market, Foothill Flowers and Country Copy for their generous discounts, to the staff at the Community Center and to all agencies who helped get the word out, to the American Legion for use of their kitchen facilities and a huge shout out to all the volunteers. We appreciate your ongoing support of this worthwhile project.

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Winter Boutique proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters

December 12, 2014 — 

Sunday afternoon in downtown Nevada City, many friends came to visit the beautiful Powell House on Spring Street.

The Winter Boutique fundraiser supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County was full of smiling faces and very happy shoppers! Thank you, Eddie the Elf, for entertaining Bigs and Littles from your cottage replica, a charming home away from home. Thank you to our sponsors Telestream, Ensemble Design, B&C True Value, Tess’ Kitchen Store, Nana’s Artisan Bakery, and, of course, everyone in our community who cares about mentoring for children. Happy holidays!

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Thanks for coverage on impact of Prop. 47

December 12, 2014 — 

My compliments to Liz Kellar for a balanced article on the debate over the impact of Proposition 47 (“Unintended Consequences”).

Nevada County voters made the right choice in joining California voters (by approximately the same substantial margin) in approving Prop 47. One fact not mentioned in the article is that every indigent convicted felon has a constitutional right to file an appeal, represented by court-appointed counsel and paid for by the State.

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Just a thought

December 12, 2014 — 

Instead of blaming the police for using excessive force to stop someone, maybe people need to comply with the authority and do what they were told. Then straighten the problem out.

Patrick Carr

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Nationwide rules are reasonable, necessary

December 11, 2014 — 

This is in response to the Dec. 3 op-ed of Norm Sauer in which he argues, essentially, that all laws and regulations of the federal government are overreaching and impinge his personal liberties.

The truth is that every federal, state or local rule is going to be seen by some as limiting their personal liberties.

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Bigelsen treated unfairly

December 11, 2014 — 

I have no knowledge of Dr. Bigelsen except for what I’ve read in The Union.

The articles and letters I’ve seen seem to show that Dr. Bigelsen’s methods and treatment are based on sound medical/biological science, and several letters from his clients have attested to the effectiveness of his treatments, and no letters have stated otherwise or criticized them.

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Fruitcake gift warms the heart

December 10, 2014 — 

Fruitcake gift warms the heart

On Dec. 2, The Union published my letter about loving fruitcake.

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Trust begins with a good fry

December 10, 2014 — 

I want to talk about the lowly potato made into a French fry. Fries are important to me and should be to everyone who orders them or an addition to their hamburger. They are just as important as the burger. Why can’t restaurants get this right? Just cut up a potato and put it in hot oil and serve us hot fries not stale cold ones.

Most fries today are awful frozen ones. When I, or anyone of us, buy a burger we want the best and the fries should match and be the best. I want the whole platter to be superb and that means the side of fries. If a restaurant can’t give me/us a fresh fry and good tasting fry then how can I trust the burger?

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Bigelsen saved my life

December 9, 2014 — 

I was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor when I was four years old. I had brain surgery to take a biopsy of the tumor. I was treated with radiation and released cancer free.

As time passed I was experiencing severe health issues. I would get pressure in my head and migraines that lasted for seven years straight. I went to every doctor I could find to get help. Everywhere I went I just got worse. I was not able to function normally and do normal daily things. It wasn’t until I read Dr. Bigelsen’s book that I had any hope. It talked about how surgery can be damaging over the years due to scar tissue and your body cannot function properly because of it. I live in Illinois so I flew down for two weeks. My scar was treated and for the first time in seven years I felt relief from the pressure. I was able to function normally again.

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Bigelsen on the cutting edge of research

December 8, 2014 — 

I would like to give you some feedback on Dr. Bigelsen who is getting ready to go to trial Jan. 27.

I met Harvey Bigelsen through a close friend, Dr. Bruce Lipton, who is a nationally known and renown microbiologist and researcher. Through the years I have met several people who have been helped by Dr. Bigelsen, people who other doctors had given up on.

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Racist cartoon should not have run

December 6, 2014 — 

Shame on you for running the flagrantly racist cartoon appearing on the Dec. 1 editorial page. Reinforcing old racial stereotypes using the hateful and mean message in this cartoon is inappropriate. If this cartoon is meant to reflect attitudes in Nevada City it creates the impression that Nevada City is not only about preserving its historical downtown but also about preserving historical racist attitudes that have no place in 2014.

Jerry Thomas

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Science for the greater good

December 6, 2014 — 

In reference to the article, “San Juan Ridge Mine group says Nevada County’s abandoned mines need rethinking” published Nov. 5, the quotes by Tim Callaway, CEO of San Juan Ridge Mining Corporation, appear to be off base and insensitive to a concerned citizen base.

It seems to me that the county is requiring a monitoring program that is providing necessary protection to a community’s water supply. Isn’t that using science for the greater good? Dismissing legitimate community concerns about significant past impacts caused by the mine as “politics” is insulting to both the community and the county staff and supervisors.

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Thank you, Dr. Bigelsen

December 6, 2014 — 

I have known Harvey Bigelsen for 25 years and observed his work while working with Dr. Michael Gerber.

Impossible cancer cases were given to Dr. Bigelsen and the results were amazing as I observed them. When cancer came into my breast I traveled to Nevada City to have Harvey shoot stem cells and other remedies in a “cocktail” shot. He would test vitals before the shot, look at blood and create what it was my body needed at that moment, then the shot, and all vitals balanced. My cancer was in stage 4, but I am through it, and Harvey was a major factor in this reality.

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We the People? Really?

December 6, 2014 — 

In response to Norm Sauer’s letter of Dec. 3, “Strong Government versus liberty,” while I agree with some of his points, the sweeping generalizations continue.

Yes, it’s “We the People” but “We the People” doing exactly what?

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A note about Dr. Harvey Bigelsen

December 6, 2014 — 

My question is why are we wasting taxpayers’ money on this? Why won’t the DA return Dr. Bigelsen’s microscopes?

I thought we are innocent until proven guilty? I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I was told I would have to take antibiotics for three months. I went to see Harvey Bigelsen. I experienced an incredible healing, I no longer suffered from chronic back pain of 35 years! The burning in my elbows and Achilles tendons was gone, and I feel I am about 85 percent better.

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A 1966 holiday memory

December 5, 2014 — 

When it comes to another holiday memory, it would have to be back when I was a freshman at Nevada Union High School.

At the time, the campus was divided in the North Campus on Ridge Road and South Campus on South Auburn Street. Two weeks before our winter concert in 1966, I broke my right finger while playing basketball in P.E. Fortunately I was able to modify my splint so I could play the B-flat clarinet. To make matters worse, the furnace in our log cabin broke and I caught pneumonia.

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Don’t drink and drive this holiday season

December 5, 2014 — 

Holiday celebrations normally contain alcoholic beverages. Do not make destructive decisions like drinking and driving.

When I was 16, in April of 1992, a .28 (Blood Alcohol Calculator) drunken driver hit me head-on. The collision caused a coma, brain injuries, and paralysis with multiple broken and dislocated bones. I stayed in two hospitals for seven months and 17 months of therapy followed. Relearning to walk and talk was difficult.

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Rescue dog a wonderful companion

December 5, 2014 — 

I would like to thank the Grass Valley Animal Shelter and Control, both Rich and Roger, for all the help in our adoption of Gretel, a Flatcoat Retriever mix! They went out of their way to help find the perfect dog for us. They care very much for the animals and finding them good homes. I would recommend that if you are even thinking about looking for a pet to be sure to include a visit to the Grass Valley City Shelter! I did and I rescued a wonderful companion!

Linda Burbridge

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