Opinion, Analysis, Discussion
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 »
Last Sunday, my wife and I got up a little late in our cozy home. As I looked out the window, I wondered what it would be like if I had to live outside. I got a little insight when I volunteered at the Sierra Roots cold weather shelter in Nevada City, and I would like to share it with you.
First, let me say that I am not a member of Sierra Roots. I just came there to help and learn something, and learn something I did.Learn more »
The commercialization of the holidays seems to come sooner and sooner with each passing year.
Some people only see Christmas as a time for “stuff”: gifts and toys, candy canes, caroling, decorated trees, egg nog, parties and a jolly rotund guy with a white beard and a red suit.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!
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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 »
Nevada City has taken some heat this week over not opening an emergency warming shelter for homeless people, as temperatures dipped below freezing over the past several nights.
As reported on page one of today’s edition of The Union, the city does plan to open the warming shelter this weekend, on both Friday and Saturday, as a winter storm advisory announced by the National Weather Service called for 3-12 inches of snow in the foothills with low temperatures falling into the teens.Learn more »
I had to go to the doctor yet again on Monday. I couldn’t hear out of my right ear for about a week. Figured I had some serious wax buildup. At home, we tried hydrogen peroxide and a couple sessions with those drops you get at the pharmacy, followed up by washing out with warm water in the shower.
Plus, I’d very carefully* tried to extract some of it with a modified paper clip, to no avail. (*Yes, darn it, I know you’re not supposed to do that.)Learn more »
We had high hopes this season with the selection of Dennis Houlihan as the new Nevada Union varsity head football coach.
In no way could we visualize him doing such a poor job as a coach of young men. But the season results speak for themselves.Learn more »
In a letter published Nov. 7 and titled “Sounds Like Somalia To Me,” Nancy Eubanks disparages former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack’s “theories” on local law enforcement and states that “the Constitution says the ultimate law of the land is the Supreme Court.”
What Ms. Eubanks may not realize is that Sheriff Mack argued a case before that very same Supreme Court in 1996, and on June 27, 1997, the majority ruling on that case stated, “[E]ven where Congress has the authority under the Constitution to pass laws requiring or prohibiting certain acts, it lacks the power directly to compel the states to require or prohibit those acts … Congress cannot compel the states to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. … Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the State’s officers directly. … Such commands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”Learn more »
Mr. Thomas Elias, I am obliged to comment on your column concerning the routing of the bullet train, or should I say “rerouting,” as you propose.
I think that the majority of Californians have made their point of view quite well known — that the whole project should be scrapped. It will prove to be enormously expensive, the ridership will be well short of the lofty numbers presented to the public, and reasonable alternatives currently exist.Learn more »
It is unfortunate that now, when land “conservancies” acquire wild(-ish) land, the first thing they want to do is get the masticator out there to destroy what they just acquired, all for “fire safety.” How did it get to this point (give donations wisely)?
“Fuels clearing,” especially in wildland areas is just out-right habitat destruction. It destroys the most important layer for wildlife (sorry, but much of our wildlife like it “messy”). Wildlife need cover to escape predation. They exploit spaces in their environment. “Fuels thinning” destroys their homes and does not guarantee yours will be left standing.Learn more »
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.Learn more »
I listened to Congressman McClintock’s Town Hall phone meeting on Dec. 2.
I found our representative to be something of a snake oil salesman, not because our opinions differ, but because he distorts the truth to the people who are already on his side.Learn more »
The recent letter to the editor by Manny Montes corrects Jim Firth, in that he may be surprised we do not have a democracy but rather a constitutional republic.
More accurately, we have evolved to an “ineptocracy.”Learn more »
A recent letter to the editor contained some factual errors.
Regarding Mr. Rohl’s claim that President Obama is devoted to ever-higher taxes on all Americans, even the poor, the “Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan federal agency, published its report of tax rates for the 2008 and 2009 fiscal years and found that tax rates are at a 30-year low.”Learn more »
Could someone please explain to me why we have this stupid time change?
I’ve never used an alarm clock for 50 years, so all the time change does is mess up my biological clock, which takes about two months to readjust. A couple of other states don’t have it, why does California? It makes no sense.Learn more »
The framers of the Constitution feared an all-powerful federal government. With great purpose, they included safeguards to prevent a shift in power from the various states to a centralized government.
The Senate recently broke their own rules to change the rules. One enabler of such a cynical act is most certainly the 17th Amendment (1913).Learn more »
I am writing this to hopefully get my generation (I was born in 1953) to consider the America we are leaving for our children.
The debt and the broken political system are the two most striking broken parts that I see. We have a $17 trillion debt and counting, that is being left to the next generations. Our spending-to-revenue intake is out of control; and the first order of business is the spending side.Learn more »
I want to talk to you about RSVPing. No, I don’t mean repondez s’il vous plait — what we’re supposed to do when we receive an invitation to an event. I mean responding to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s request for volunteers and to the desire we have to give back.
RSVPing means being part of an organization that gives volunteers the satisfaction of knowing their talents and long years of experience can be put to good use — that their contributions still count. It can mean learning new skills, having new experiences and making new friends.Learn more »
Jim Firth, in his letter to the editor, juxtaposes the Tea Party with a litany of government policies/programs, which seem to represent contradictions. He concludes that they (“want-to-be patriots”) are obligated to accept the judgment and rule of law of the “majority” that our democracy requires.
It might surprise Mr. Firth that we do not have a democracy but a constitutional republic. The vehement debates between the Federalist and Anti-Federalist during the Constitutional convention, May through September of 1787, centered on the fears of an overpowering, usurping central government. Additionally, the fears of majority rule, argued against so eloquently by James Madison in Federalist No. 10, is what our founders sought to avoid in the Constitution of the United States. The horror they would express if they were to witness what we in fact have today.Learn more »
Since last summer, I have been a supporter of a reconfiguration of personnel and operating procedures of the Alta Sierra Property Owners Association’s board of directors.
This involved attending meetings, letters to The Union, and letters to the board itself. In my first letter to the board, it was responded to by Paul Hoefler, the board president, and he closed with: “Again, thank you for your input. Please stay involved.” So, to properly stay involved, I joined ASPOA for the first time since we moved here in 2004.Learn more »