Letters to the Editor
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.
Dennis ElliottLearn more »
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 »
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.Learn more »
A big “thank you” goes out to Carlos Delcid, owner of Penn Valley Northridge Restaurant, for holding a fundraiser for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL) recently. He generously donated a percentage of purchases during one evening to PiELL.
It’s due to friends like Carlos that we are able to continue teaching English to adults in Nevada County.Learn more »
While opposition argument is important in political discourse, the article by George Boardman is simply a diatribe of conservative talking points. Haven’t we had enough of those?
Mr. Boardman ignores the overt Republican mandate that they intended, from day one, to obstruct Obama at every turn and to destroy his presidency, even when he proposed policies supported by Republicans. Then Mr. Boardman has the chutzpah to complain about outcomes.Learn more »
We want to thank everyone who helped make the fourth annual Clear Creek Chocolate Celebration, our senior project, a great success!
A total of $2,500 was raised for the Clear Creek Alumni Scholarship Fund.Learn more »
I am appalled at the recent article in The Union about a big shopping mall, building, etc.
Nevada County has always been a beautiful, giving, caring, loving community until the recent decisions, one by one, but that are now coming in large lumps. No one seems to care that this county is being torn by big bucks, making a Bay Area out a once beautiful community, destroying everything that made this great county what it is. Or should I say used to be? Where are these decision makers coming from? They need to go back where they came from and if from here, they need to be shipped out of here. We don’t need you!Learn more »
On Valentine’s Day, I left my purse in a shopping cart in a local parking lot.
My heart sunk when I got home and realized this. Back I went and checked in the nearest store to see if my purse might have been turned in. What were the chances? My purse was there, and it was a happy day, after all.Learn more »
I applaud Miriam Miller’s comments on Nevada City and our beautiful historic district. Her article was articulate and well thought-out.
And, as she said, our community needs to be a vibrant and current place rather than a museum. If we want a museum, we need to bring back the whorehouses, switch out the cars for horses and we certainly need more bars.Learn more »
We read with consternation the article in The Union regarding the proposed Dorsey Drive shopping center. We are opposed to this proposal.
We were under the impression that the freeway ramps at Dorsey Drive were installed for easier access to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Sierra College. At no time was the current proposal included in the discussion of the ramp construction. How convenient for Russell Jeter to have the state/city foot the bill for access to his proposed shopping center.Learn more »
The interchange at Dorsey Drive was paid for with taxpayer funds to enrich the lives of the many. It wasn’t intended to enrich nor engorge the pockets of the few.
The notion of another mall in that vicinity is nonsense. It would most likely constrict access to the hospital area.Learn more »
Wouldn’t it have been a wonderfully thoughtful and courteous gesture had PG&E placed an electric signboard near the intersection of Sierra College Blvd. and Ridge Road Friday, advising eastbound drivers of the road closure one mile ahead?
But no, there was no such notice to unsuspecting drivers until they got to Eskaton and had to turn around and go back from whence they came. And this is the monopoly that spends millions of advertising dollars convincing us how much they “care.”Learn more »
According to a letter last week in The Union, information connecting the Tea Party with the tobacco industry has recently been made public.
It’s hardly surprising that the Tea Party Patriots have ties to Big Tobacco. After all, they both hide behind the same pseudo-libertarian “smokescreen” when promoting their political, economic and social agendasLearn more »
Not going back to Nevada City anytime soonFebruary 24, 2014 —
My wife and I were honored to be part of the One Billion Rising event. Nevada City has always been one of my favorite towns. I always tell people to visit and enjoy the eclectic array of shops and the diversity of the people.
My wife was to be one of the speakers after the event, so we decided to grab a pizza and enjoy it on the boardwalk. It looked to be very nicely done and inviting. It turned out to be, in my opinion, anything but — unless, of course, you like being inundated with clouds of marijuana and tobacco smoke or unless you like listening to loud conversations where every other word is the F-word.
There was even a very loud argument that required the presence of police to disperse. Dogs were tied to the fence with no food or water and with the owners nowhere in sight for a long time. I don’t care what people smoke or how they talk, but in a public place? How very rude, to say the least. Sad to say, I will not be going back to Nevada City anytime soon, nor will I be telling people to visit.