Opinion, Analysis, Discussion

Marilyn Rosenbrock: A little civility goes a long way

February 27, 2015 — 

Regarding letters to the editors and the articles recently printed in The Union: It is so easy to assume if I have not had a particular experience (i.e., friendly community) that you have described, you must not have had that experience either.

Another approach might be ... “that is not my experience in Nevada County and I am sorry you have encountered objections to your personal point of view. I will be more aware and speak out if I see that kind of disrespect.”

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Ralph Hitchcock: ‘The Sierras’ is the traditional usage – not “The Sierra”

February 27, 2015 — 

A Feb. 17 letter from Mr. O’Dwyer made a correct statement that the Sierra Nevada was one range. However, he then went on to state somewhat pedantically that therefore the plural term “the Sierras” is incorrect. Regardless of “correctness” local usage normally rules.

“The Sierras” has been used by almost everyone with a Northern California family heritage prior to the 1960s, when the influx of people from Southern California and the nation got underway. The term “the Sierra” seems to be used by those without that local heritage. The difference between the two terms is minor, but as a 6th generation Northern Californian I don’t want to be told by a person who admitted that he had just learned about antlers and horns, that the term my Northern California peers and I have been using all our lives is wrong.

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Bill McQuerry: ‘Grossly unbalanced cartoon’

February 27, 2015 — 

Herewith a few remarks in response to the grossly unbalanced cartoon of Feb. 11, featuring “Darwin.”

An unbiased individual, presented with the scientific facts from both sides of this long-standing controversy, in each area referred to in the cartoon (paleontology, DNA, botany, etc.) would see that the scientific evidence in each of these areas is at least as strong in support of creation as it is for evolution. In fact, since neither creation nor evolution can be either proven nor disproven, one’s support of either belief system comes down to just that: one’s belief system.

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Harry J. Wander: Vaccines are safer than diseases

February 27, 2015 — 

In over 56 years of practicing medicine, the last 50 specializing in pediatrics, I have seen many children die from vaccine preventable diseases. These have included such diseases as meningitis, pneumonia, whooping cough, measles, and chickenpox.

I have never seen a child die from a vaccine. I have never even talked with a physician who has seen a death from a vaccine.

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Diane Robertson: Our vibrant culture is the true gold of these hills

February 27, 2015 — 

In recent columns, George Boardman and JoAnn Rebane take Nevada County folks to task. Mr. Boardman seems to imply that we’re likable hicks, and Ms. Rebane that we’d best get busy encouraging more logging, milling and other big exploitative industries lest our cities become ghost towns.

Neither mentions our vibrant culture. We have a wealth of talent here, and the connections and the professionalism to import what we lack. We have not one, but two classical music organizations, InConcert and MIM. We have at least five theater companies. We have musical performances in a wide variety of genres presented by the Center for the Arts, Miners Foundry and the Nevada Theater. We have literature readings. We have dance. We have three multi-screen cinemas, one of which shows the Met Live and National Theater Live. We have countless visual artists — painters, sculptors, potters. We have numerous festivals throughout the year, from blue grass to environmental film to storytelling. Access to any of these cultural events is not cheap, but it’s a great deal cheaper than in big cities, and it’s free for volunteers.

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Karen Smith: Well, done, Mr. Scofield

February 27, 2015 — 

Rich Scofield describes his Other Voices column as an apology to his teammates at The Union.

It is actually a love letter to his career and all the teammates he has enjoyed over the years. Well, done, Mr. Scofield. Enjoy your retirement as that Ol’ Man River keeps rolling along. And thanks for your efforts (and your teammates’) in getting the paper out for all of us to read and discuss.

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Mary Anne Davis: Offering a few hours of help could change a child’s life

February 27, 2015 — 

Would you give an hour or two of your time each week if you knew it would make the difference between an elementary school student succeeding in school ... or not?

Any one of us who has been in any school in America has seen the children who aren’t the high achievers — who struggle along barely passing from grade to grade, usually because their math or language arts skills aren’t strong. Maybe we identify because we were once one of those kids. Classrooms are full of children who all learn in different ways, yet teachers are expected to teach them all in the same way in the same amount of time.

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Hemig: Why newspapers are, and will always be, important to our community

February 27, 2015 — 

I can’t tell you how many times since I arrived last year that I’ve heard people say, “I get my news from the Internet.”

The Union’s print and online publications are seen by more than 40,000 people per day. That’s a lot of people, but that’s not everyone in western Nevada County. When I talk with non-readers, the Internet appears to be their go-to source for news.

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Inyo County Board of Education: Inyo Register story on McAteer full of exaggeration, falsehoods

February 27, 2015 — 

We write this letter today to set the record straight regarding Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Terry McAteer, concerning an article submitted to The Union by the editor of the Inyo Register. Unfortunately, Inyo County is ill-served by this libelous article against our superintendent and your former county superintendent.

Let us be clear: This article is filled with gross exaggeration and outright falsehoods. In fact we wish to highlight several of the transformative results that Terry has helped create during his seven years as the educational leader in our community:

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Nevada County clerk-recorder’s office issues report on electronic poll book

February 26, 2015 — 

The digital age has changed the way people around the world process information. So, too, has digital evolution changed the way elections are conducted in Nevada County, according to Clerk-Recorder Gregory J. Diaz.

The careful introduction of Electronic Poll Books (e-poll books) in the county has already benefited voters, taxpayers and the team of election workers who run the polls, tabulate the votes and assure that the elections are conducted lawfully.

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Andrea Heyser: Grass Valley City Council goes against will of the people

February 25, 2015 — 

There is something that I do not understand about the replacement of one of the council members in Grass Valley. Aren’t the council members supposed to represent the people of Grass Valley and not the original council members themselves? If the council requests volunteers to interview for the Grass Valley council member vacancy, then the chosen one will represent those who chose him, the existing council members, not the people.

The people have already chosen the individuals they want, one may be indisposed by the criminal system, the other is willing and waiting for her new assignment on the council, one made by the people she is to represent. Her name is Jerri Glover.

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Lorraine Reich: What is going on?

February 25, 2015 — 

Look up! Is anyone concerned as I am about what is going on in the skies overhead? Just look up and you will see — for example, today, Feb. 18 — lines being painted across our skies by airplanes which are spraying chemicals into the atmosphere. What is going on? These are not contrails which disappear within moments of the jet passing. These sprayed trails stay in the sky for hours and by this afternoon there is likely to be a thin coating across the entire sky blocking out the sun’s normal rays. I’m concerned.

This pattern occurs several times a week, every week. Who is doing this, why is it happening, and why are U.S. citizens not voicing their concerns?

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Whitney Anderson: Amazing support after Highway 49 accident

February 25, 2015 — 

​My daughter and I were involved in a very serious car accident on Feb. 7 on Highway 49 near Oak Drive. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all persons and passersby involved in our rescue from the car. Our hearts are heavy with sadness for the other driver who did not survive and we are praying for her family and friends during this sad time. May God bless their family.

​My daughter and I are both home now and are working on rehabilitation. We want to specifically thank the people who stopped and helped us escape our smoking and damaged car. We have no idea who the men were and we hope that some of them see this thank you. One car with several gentlemen stopped, checked in with me, and then physically took my daughter, who could not walk, out of our car and placed her in theirs. Thank you so much for your gentle rescue of her.

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Nancy McDonald: The definition of treason?

February 25, 2015 — 

“Hey ISIS! Just want you to know that we are coming for a fight. We will be there on the 6th of April with 20,000 men. Don’t worry — we will be gone by Ramadan. We will be stationed on the ridge overlooking the valley — 5,000 men there, 3,000 setting up a base, 4,000 by the town of Mosul. We are hoping that you don’t set up any IEDs or land mines. We understand your plight, that you don’t have jobs and that is why you fight. Would midnight basketball help? Group therapy sessions? What would you like us to do for you?”

Now, I am not a lawyer, but isn’t revealing our plans to the enemy aiding and abetting the enemy? Isn’t that the definition of treason? What is this president thinking?

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Cartoon

February 25, 2015 — 

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Grass Valley, culturally rich

February 25, 2015 — 

I ‘m a retired college dance teacher, and moved here from Humboldt County to escape gray weather, to hike and ski the local mountains, and explore the rich cultural activities of Grass Valley.

I attended the recent city council meeting where three candidates were interviewed for the open council seat. What I heard from the answers to various questions mostly had to do with revenue, economic development, tech start-ups, infrastructure and fire/police safety issues. The question about ranking city issues before or after the importance of park and recreation activities was botched by each candidate.

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New marijuana facts from Colorado, Washington

February 25, 2015 — 

Whether we like it or not, chances are good that California voters will approve a 2016 initiative to legalize marijuana for adults over 21. I myself have mixed feelings about this proposal; however, I choose to work with the drafters of the initiative to ensure that medical marijuana patients retain their rights after recreational use is legalized.

Protecting the rights of small mom and pop cultivators is another key issue that needs to be resolved before I would support this initiative.

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Tom Miller: Church community mourns passing of Paul Perry

February 25, 2015 — 

We mourn the death of Paul Perry, who will be remembered as one of the people who shaped western Nevada County into what we know today.

Perry did for this community, through music, what Osborne and Woods did for architectural preservation; what Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital did for medical care; what KVMR and KNCO did for radio broadcasting and public discourse; what the Grass Valley Group did for technology; and what Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus did for education.

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

February 24, 2015 — 

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John Keane: Regressives vs. progressives

February 24, 2015 — 

Before they make complete fools of themselves by starting every sentence with “the American people want” this or that ... someone should remind the GOP leadership that only a third of the electorate voted in the last election and that they won by a little more than half of those voters. Not exactly a landslide.

By not voting the progressives have, for the second time, handed Congress over to the regressive party. The lesson to be learned is that in a country where low voter turnout favors one party, not voting is voting. In a perverse way everybody wins. The regressives can continue pulling us back to the ’50s while progressives can continue to whine that the president is not doing enough.

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Firefighters make pancakes in the rain for student fundraiser

February 24, 2015 — 

The Starmakers of Magnolia Intermediate School would like to thank Higgins Diggins Cal Fire Engines No. 21 and 22 firefighters for supporting them at their annual Pancake Breakfast and Cabaret held on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The firefighters worked for hours in the rain cooking hundreds of pancakes for hungry guests. We could not have done it without you!

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Dennis Elliott: Thanks for helping scholars

February 24, 2015 — 

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Julie Reaney: All of us deserve choices in end-of-life decisions

February 24, 2015 — 

This commentary is a follow-up on both of the “Other Voices” articles by Carolyn Peterson, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills on Feb. 3 titled, “Can 1.5 million people a year be so wrong?” and Greg Archibald’s response as a 77-year-old individual on the Feb. 10 titled, “4.8 million people deserve the discussion.

Coincidentally, I too am a 77 year old with yet another slant on the need for individual choice. In this case, mostly, but not exclusively, about the very personal subject of how we die when there is the opportunity to choose.

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Heidi Hall: Homeless problem belongs to all of us

February 24, 2015 — 

Many of them have medical problems and addictions. More than half of them have become chronically homeless. Some of them are families who had to choose between paying rent or having food and heat. Some of them are troubled teens. Many of the women were abused. Most of them have lost their jobs and can’t find new ones. A surprising number of them are veterans.

Almost all of them started somewhere safe and warm and fell into a trap of poverty, ill health, abuse, bad luck or unemployment.

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Thank you for a fitting farewell

February 23, 2015 — 

Just wanted to give a big ‘thank you’ to some very special organizations in our area: Hospice of the Foothills, Atria Assisted Living, Chapel of the Angels, St. Patrick’s Church, Foothill Flowers and Alta Sierra Country Club.

Our family recently experienced the loss of my husband’s father. He and my mother-in-law had been living at Atria for the past year and they had and still do receive exceptional assistance for their everyday needs.

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Tom Durkin: Mortal coil shuffle

February 23, 2015 — 

Blessings on the caregivers in assisted living, long-term care, and ultimately, the tender refuge of hospice. These people and the organizations they work for provide a wonderful service for people who are dying what doctors call a natural death.

But a natural death is not for everybody.

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Scott McLean: Why the military vehicle?

February 23, 2015 — 

In relation to the front page article on Valentine’s Day — could someone please tell me why the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office needs a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle?

Scott McLean

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George Boardman: Bicyclists deserve the same protection motorcycle riders have

February 23, 2015 — 

A California state senator is trying to make life safer for the state’s adult bicycle riders, but as you might suspect, they aren’t interested in anybody telling them what to do.

Cycling can be excellent exercise or just a pleasant excuse to get some fresh air and relieve the tensions of modern living. More adults are rediscovering their inner child every year and giving it a whirl.

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

February 21, 2015 — 

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Manny Montes: Today’s regulatory environment chokes economic growth

February 21, 2015 — 

The Union Editorial Board member Norm Sauer wrote a piece on our current administrative (regulatory) state, and warned of its extra-constitutional assault on our liberties. Harry Wyeth responded with amazement at how this well-meaning, educated man “can reach such odd-ball positions.” What is amazing is how Mr. Wyeth, a retired attorney, can make such a statement in light of the fact that if anyone should understand the nature of Mr. Sauer’s argument, is an attorney.

Mr. Wyeth continues in this vain and states Sauer’s piece, “...was no more than the same old, same old standard Tea Party conservative’s wailing about bureaucracy, big government, and failure to follow the Constitution — or at least what the writer’s idea of what the document should mean.”

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