Analyzing news events and news sources is the job of journalists throughout the world.
So it is natural for readers to wonder how they approach that work.Learn more »
Ever hear of the Pareto principle? This principle simply states that, for many events, roughly 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes.
This is often used in business, as well, where 80 percent of a company’s profits and complaints come from 20 percent of its customers, and 80 percent of a company’s sales come from 20 percent of its products.Learn more »
The University of Missouri Student Association vice president recently said, “I personally am tired of hearing that First Amendment rights protect students when they are creating a hostile and unsafe learning environment.”
She is inferring that I don’t want you to speak if you disagree with me or if what you say offends me. The education of all students is being disrupted by activist student behavior, a trend becoming prevalent in our colleges where free speech isn’t encouraged but shut down. Political correctness is used to silence others with whom there is disagreement rather than allowing open dialogue. College administrators must let students know this type of behavior has consequences and will not be tolerated.Learn more »
I was part of the United Methodist delegation to Rio de Janeiro during the first climate talks in 1992. Even then, world leaders agreed that stopping climate change and alleviating poverty must go together.
This November 30, the 21st “Conference of the Parties” (COP 21) will take place in Paris, where world leaders will be protected by greatly enhanced security because of the recent terrorist attacks. Civil society won’t enjoy such protection — demonstrations in Paris have been prohibited. But around the world people will gather to call for world leaders to take strong action to limit greenhouse gas emissions, including mechanisms for wealthy nations to share renewable technologies to enable poor developing nations to leap frog over fossil-fuel polluting industrialization that has caused climate change. Locally there will be a demonstration on Nov. 30 and two prayer services on Dec. 1.Learn more »
On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement. This week, on the day the video was released to the public by court order, Officer Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder — 400 days after he killed Laquan McDonald.
The official scenario that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) offered sounded like so many others: The teen was armed with a knife and lunged at Officer Van Dyke and his partner. Van Dyke, the official story holds, fired on the youth only to protect himself and his partner from a potentially lethal attack.Learn more »
There have been many articles in the last year with some variation of the headline “GOP Surrenders on Obamacare.” The stories mostly concern a tendency among some Republican policy elites to adopt the Washington conventional wisdom that Obamacare cannot be repealed because it has already become deeply entrenched in American life.
Those Republicans might want to reconsider. A series of developments in recent days suggests the Affordable Care Act is in perilous condition and could become even more troubled in months to come.Learn more »
It is all too often that we only let people know when they are doing a bad job, and rarely when they are doing a good one.
I had surgery at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in October, and could not have received any better care. From the wonderful pre-op nurse Laura to the young Jessica who brought the dinner trays, I was treated with such care and kindness.Learn more »
The Craft Guild of Nevada County would like to thank everyone who helped with promoting Winterfaire this year. There are so many it is impossible to name all who have helped. It does make it possible for us to give back to our community. Come see us next year, which will be our 34th year, on Oct. 15-16, 2016.
Jeannie Norman, presidentLearn more »
Paradise Found, Paradise Lost; is the scary feeling my husband and I have after hearing and then witnessing some of the irresponsible fiscal decisions of “the board” of Lake Wildwood.
No one likes to be negative or a trouble maker. And the quiet beauty, security, and tranquil atmosphere here in Lake Wildwood nourishes your spirit and appreciation for such a wonderful community.Learn more »
My family has been actively involved with NEO since day one. After over seven years of volunteering we have witnessed the many changes NEO has gone through and the many obstacles they’ve had to overcome. One thing that has stayed the same over the years is the positive influence NEO provides to youth in our community.
For many years NEO didn’t have a place to call its own. When I ran a business here in Grass Valley, I would let NEO take over the store, parking lot, and sidewalks in order to host their events. Countless youth in Nevada County had their first musical gig or dance performance in front of my store. We hosted fundraisers in the parking lot and outdoor movie nights too. Those days are over now because one of NEO’s dreams has become reality. NEO now has a physical building to call their own. A place to host events and a place youth can call home. But they’re not done dreaming because their dreams are much bigger. And they need your help. They need our help.Learn more »
With all the negativity in so many of the columns appearing in The Union these days, it is so refreshing to read Hollie Grimaldi Flores’ commentary column.
Hollie incorporates her special brand of humor and I look forward to reading her column. It is a real pleasure.Learn more »
I’m responding to Nancy Eubanks Other Voices, which was in part a response to an analysis I provided on Oct. 5 regarding the impact of Dodd-Frank regulations on small businesses. I highlighted three examples of the damage Dodd-Frank has caused.
1.) It has driven community banks which primarily serve small businesses to close their doors.Learn more »
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, we extend sincere appreciation to The Union for hosting the ninth annual Paint the Town Pink.
This special event brings our community together to raise awareness and funds to benefit advancement of breast care locally and to support breast cancer survivors and fighters. We thank the many merchants, vendors, volunteers, restaurants, entertainers, fundraising teams and the public for their contributions to Paint the Town Pink.Learn more »
Lynn Wenzel: Thousands in scholarships available from Business & Professional Women of Nevada CountyNovember 24, 2015 —
What a difference an education can make! And yet, so many women who have managed to escape from domestic violence or who are struggling to attend school at night as single parents, or older women who have put aspirations on hold, are denied the financial help they need in order to succeed academically.
This is where Business & Professional Women of Nevada County’s (BPWNC) Dolores “Dee” Eldridge Scholarship steps in.Learn more »
Kindness to humans is lacking at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. Having suffered four days of hell, I feel I must warn the community to seek care elsewhere.
On a Saturday morning I rushed to the ER with shortness of breath. After a diagnosis I was admitted but then waited 15 hours to get a bed at 3 a.m. I was scheduled for an echocardiogram that I finally got a day and half later. No doctors where available to read results until next day. Found out your family doctor cannot examine you or treat you in hospital. Now a team of “hospitalists” is in charge of your care in the hospital. I saw one doctor after I left ER. She did not know me or why I was there. She was supposed to read the echocardiogram and release me but disappeared. Finally convinced a nurse to release me and had to take the echo to family doctor. Hospitalists seem nonexistent, I saw one for five minutes after the ER. Nurses never make rounds, do not respond to requests. Room was never cleaned.Learn more »
In response to an op-ed by Andy Navarrette of Pacific Gas and Electric, smart meters are not an “ upgrade.”
They are less accurate than analog meters, poorly made, vastly increase utility bills for many people, are often rapidly installed by poorly trained workers who are not licensed electricians, are generally not UL (Underwriters Laboratory) certified, are often uninsurable, frequently cause fires, and function as illegal wiretapping devices. They also constantly emit non-ionizing radiation which has been undeniably proven by science and medicine to cause harm to biological life forms over time.Learn more »
Would like to express my deep gratitude to the man who picked up my cellphone where I had dropped it on Nevada City’s Broad Street Halloween night and who promptly placed a call to locate the owner.
Not too much wrong with the world when there are people like him in it.Learn more »
I was surprised to see no mention of the terrorist attacks in Paris until I got to the last page of Saturday’s paper. Apparently, you thought a satirical website, suction dredge mining, a digital library, and a push to transport a mentally incompetent suspect more newsworthy than the loss of 150 lives. How disappointing.
Mary AndersonLearn more »
This is in reply to Linda Erdmann’s (Nov. 18) and Joseph Cohen’s (Nov. 6) rebuttals to my original (Oct. 26) piece about Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments. I was simply trying to set out her history of accomplishments not her platform.
Much of Ms. Erdmann’s economic concerns fall under the issue of income inequality, in part a consequence of the Bush and other Republican administrations globalization and two wars etc., which are addressed in the Clinton campaign. Additionally, I devoted three paragraphs detailing some of Hillary’s achievements as Secretary of State that was apparently overlooked.Learn more »
Kudos to The Union staff. Thank you so much for again producing your history of Nevada County film.
Its content represents the staff’s dedication to conscientious research into Nevada County’s fascinating past while presenting it in an interesting manner. Its value will grow as the years go by.Learn more »
In 1994 Nevada City voters passed Measure F, which prohibited homes within the city from being converted into short-term vacation rentals, defined as less than a 31-day rental period.
Passage of Measure F has helped to preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods from commercial interests for more than 20 years. With the advent of VRBO and AirBnB, a number of homes in Nevada City have in fact been turned into Internet driven, illegal, short-term vacation rentals, in direct conflict with Measure F.Learn more »
In reply to the Nov. 13 letter to the editor, noting “The State of Jefferson is a waste of time and money,” the author offers solutions that are an even greater waste of time and money.
All of the solutions offered have been tried again and again but overwhelming representation from the large counties continues to prevail, and frankly, always will.Learn more »
Twenty-five years ago we were fortunate enough to have been referred to Galen Martin, M.D. as our primary physician.
He was a magnificent doctor, steering us through all the curves of the medical/insurance system, taking our health challenges seriously, giving us every advantage of his knowledge, often going beyond “usual” care to get us seen by specialists, and always funny, personal and truly caring. A great loss to our community — our condolences to his family.Learn more »
I just came back from my birth country of Sweden. On Nov. 13, I was attending the funeral of one of my dear old friends of 50 years.
My friends family took us all to the Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm, where we together with many, many others could see a small, powerful exhibition called “Where the children sleep.”Learn more »
America has always welcomed the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but that may change in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks by Islamic State.
Immigration was a contentious issue before the Paris attacks, and the revelation that one of the butchers may have embedded himself in the wave of Syrian refugees entering Europe encouraged proponents of tighter immigration laws to tighten the screws.Learn more »
Well, I saw and read another article submitted to the paper by Izzy Martin of the Sierra Fund. The same writing was on the Sierra Fund’s Facebook page patting themselves on the back.
As usual, more false claims from the Sierra Fund. Even though Ben Allen authored bill SB637 on suction dredge mining, Martin fails to mention that the Sierra Fund provided extensive support in the writing of it.Learn more »
Reaching into the bag of nostalgia tonight, two of my sisters and I pulled out a memory of Halloween that had remained dark for the better part of four decades.
In 1978 (or ’77, or ’79, probably not ’80), the powers that were in Nevada City took liberties with what has to be a child’s second favorite holiday.Learn more »