Patricia Black and Mike Mooers can continue denying what Planned Parenthood has done and will continue doing until they watch the complete tapes, believe their own eyes, and get off the liberal “Kool-Aid.”
How can any free-thinking caring American think any other way? I am personally appalled by those who will stand by left-wingers like Obama, Hillary, and Planned Parenthood and not their own intelligence to see and do the decent and right thing.Learn more »
Sue Jeffrey recently wrote about abortion in these pages. She asked a very important question: “Please tell me what it is, if it isn’t government overreach, when those who morally and religiously oppose the killing of an unborn child are forced to pay for that procedure?”
I’m happy to answer her question. It’s democracy. Our government, through our elected representatives, allows federal tax dollars to be spent on abortion, but only in cases of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.Learn more »
The Falls Prevention Coalition’s eighth annual Community Event drew 275 people, our largest number of attendees ever.
Many individuals and organizations contributed to its success. Special “thank yous” to: The Seventh-day Adventist Church congregation and staff for allowing use of their church campus and supporting our work; Emily’s Cake & Catering; the Food Bank guys for setting up; The Union; KNCO broadcasters for interview time; and the fabulous RSVP staff and volunteers for the many things they did to help with organizational details.Learn more »
Forty-five. A pretty ordinary number, right? In minutes, it’s three-quarters of an hour ... in sports, about half of a football game ... in marriage, the sapphire celebration.
But now, 45 has taken on a darker and more gut-wrenching meaning: the killing rampage at Umpqua Community College in Oregon became the 45th school shooting in 2015.Learn more »
As the state moves toward taxing marijuana growers for the first time, those same growers also are starting to face restrictions on water use, just like farmers of more conventional crops.
One reason is that the water consumption of pot farms has caused serious depredations of salmon and trout runs in several Northern California streams, most notably the Eel River and its tributary streams in the so-called “Emerald Triangle” of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties. Marijuana has long been the largest cash crop in that region.Learn more »
I have been volunteering with Hospitality House for about eight years and I see faces disappearing from the shelter and becoming neighbors.
Tom manages the Rapid Re-housing program, which has housed over 90 people this year, including 24 children and 34 chronically homeless — with a success rate of 96.8 percent.Learn more »
Regarding Mr. Montes’ op-ed on Sept. 26 about the perfection and morality of free enterprise, and the good it has bestowed on the world, rich and poor alike.
Is the history of the Civil War a giant federal government conspiracy because the slave owners decided that it was wrong to beat, sell and rape their slaves, and gave them freedom out of the goodness of their hearts? Or maybe slavery itself is historical hoax? As is global warming?Learn more »
How many people would a bullet train serve versus a water pipeline?
California is going off in the wrong direction when it comes to spending money on projects that will take more money and time than originally anticipated, and never make a profit.Learn more »
This is going to be a good year for the tourism industry in Nevada County.
How do I know? Simple: I just looked at paid attendance at the 2015 Nevada County Fair.Learn more »
I was recently asked what I thought about John Boehner’s announced resignation as Speaker of the House.
Some of the people I spoke with thought a person more ideologically right should take his place and others thought someone more willing to work with the Democrats would be the better choice.Learn more »
Editor’s note: The Union accepts one submission per author, per 30-day period, although our policy does afford opportunity for rebuttal on a case-by-case basis in the form of a letter to the editor. However, due to high interest in this timely topic, The Union is publishing Heidi Hall and Michael Mann’s full response to a recent Other Voices submission.
We believe that Dr. Michael Mann’s opinion piece in The Union on Sept. 22 should have been the end of the opinion wars in our local news on the internationally debated topic about whether or not climate change exists.Learn more »
As we are reminded each Memorial Day in May, and each Veterans Day in November, when it comes to our military veterans service to our country, “All gave some. Some gave all.”
But too often, as reports on the Veterans Affairs Department uncovered in recent years, our nation has fallen short in giving our veterans their due.Learn more »
Nobody likes to talk about it, but homelessness is a big issue that causes both moral and safety concerns.
According to the January 2015 homeless count, 279 people were living in unsheltered or emergency living arrangements.Learn more »
I do not know Linda Campbell personally. But I have been following The Union’s coverage of her actions. And I am disappointed by their critique of her. The last time I read our Constitution, our first amendment right is our right to free speech.
Has that been changed and no one told me?Learn more »
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, a letter to the editor commented on my State of Jefferson Movement description of the general governance structure for the new state.
Once we separate from California, we will need to form a new government. Our governance structure is based upon input from colleagues from the committees involved in this 20-county effort.Learn more »
On behalf of my 12-year-old granddaughter and myself, who were involved in an automobile accident on Highway 49 last Thursday, I would especially like to thank Matt and Russell from Dignity Health (Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital) for their efficient and thorough assistance with a health/injury screening at the accident site.
Also thanks to CHP Officer Douglas for help at the scene. And last, a special thank you to the very kind lady who chose to remain anonymous, who came over to our vehicle immediately after the accident and before any officials arrived, who had a most calming effect on my granddaughter who was quite upset at the time.Learn more »
Great column on Oct. 2 by The Union’s publisher Jim Hemig entitled, “Who will take up our legacy?”
I am the Exalted Ruler at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge and I can’t agree with you more. I am 56 years old, still work full time and am able to find time to devote many volunteer hours a week to the great cause that is the Elks. In the good-ol’ days, our lodge had almost 500 members. Now we are down to around 130.Learn more »
Does anyone think we should be entertaining ourselves with a little more kindness and a lot less violence?
Didn’t we think lions killing Christians was depraved? What is so “civilized” about entertaining ourselves with violence in every aspect of entertainment available? The violent movies and games are especially bothersome to me. I wonder what would happen if we would saturate the media with a lot of talk and action about mental and emotional health?Learn more »
Having known Larry King for the past four years, I have the utmost respect and admiration for him.
I was very impressed with his comments and concerns regarding the Eskaton employees efforts to establish a connection with the SEIU.Learn more »
I’ve never seen as many people so happy to clean up trash than I did last weekend.
Saturday was the second annual Random Acts of Kindness Event, or RAKE for short. Last year the event included a random smattering of good deeds such as giving blood, washing windows, pumping gas, chopping firewood and handing out flowers in Nevada City (which was the job I snatched up) among many other acts of kindness.Learn more »
Every once in a great while, if we are truly lucky, we find ourselves exactly where we are meant to be.
As the new executive director of the Grass Valley Downtown Association and a current resident of downtown Grass Valley, I am grateful to be in that space.Learn more »
There has been a lot of back and forth on the Ideas & Opinion pages of The Union recently about whether or not climate change is occurring or if it is human caused. While that debate may be interesting to some, another debate that is much more relevant that affects the lives of thousands of Nevada County residents is getting little attention.
Whether one believes in anthropogenic global warming or not, California made its decision in 2006 with AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, and has moved forward with policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The policy has been tested numerous times both at the ballot box and in the courts and has stood the test of time. The policy is now the law.Learn more »
Norm Sauer wrote a well organized and carefully researched article debating human caused climate change that was published in The Union on Sept. 21. Two days later a caustic rebuttal was published in The Union written by a professor from Pennsylvania.
How could the professor’s article appear in The Union so fast, I ask? My theory is that our small group of local “carbon haters” met and said, “How do we respond to this well thought out attack against us? We don’t have the expertise locally to respond so let’s get help from a highly paid out of state professor to do that for us.”Learn more »
I’d like to offer my congratulations to the Nevada County Department of Social Services. For the second year in a row the department was recognized by the state of California for its fast and efficient work processing applications for the CalFresh program.
Nevada County processed 99.2 percent of the applications it received within 30 days — an impressive accomplishment — and important, too, because CalFresh is often one of the first social services people access when their financial situation declines. Providing wholesome food to families quickly can help them remain in permanent housing or pay for needed medications. In short, timely access to CalFresh can save money by preventing families from needing other more costly social services.Learn more »
John Cook notes, “Scientific skepticism is healthy. Scientists should always challenge themselves to improve their understanding.”
Yet this isn’t what happens with climate change denial, such as Mr. Sauer’s column represents.Learn more »
When I was asked to be a project manager for the Anew Day RAKE event, I was told that I would need to get community volunteers to assist in cleaning up an assigned area. My assignment was Lyman Gilmore and Scotten schools.
While this event was a fundraiser for Anew Day, it was also a chance for community members to give back to their community.Learn more »
When a group of us volunteered with California CareForce to bring a free health care clinic to our community, we had no idea what we were getting into. Nor could we imagine the incredible level of support we’d receive from organizations, churches, businesses and individuals who have given so much to make this clinic possible.
Among the many tasks our “Community Host Group” is responsible for are securing a venue and lodging, raising community awareness, fundraising, recruiting volunteers, feeding the volunteers, connecting with local clinics for follow up care, traffic control and parking.Learn more »
I would like to clear up misinformation written by Ray Bryars (Other Voices) on Sept. 25. When the Berriman Ranch project was approved in 2010, it was the intent of the developer to construct a short trail segment from the subdivision to Kmart.
At the time of approval, Kmart had “tentatively” agreed to the idea and indicated they would grant an access easement. Recently, as we entered the design phase of the project, we once again approached Kmart to secure an access easement. Their board reviewed various tie-in locations and ultimately decided not to grant an easement because they did not want to direct the public behind their buildings where there is no public access.Learn more »