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 »
“If The Union could change one thing in the next 12 months, what should it change?”
In my role as editor of our community newspaper and website, this is my favorite question among those we’ve asked of folks who have been so kind to take the time and participate in readership surveys — including the current survey available online — which we’ve conducted in recent years.Learn more »
On behalf of the 49er Breakfast Rotary of Nevada City, I would like to, once again, thank our faithful donors for the food and drink they supplied for our Hospitality Booth at the Barbara Schmidt-Millar Triathlon.
The unending generosity of SPD, Flour Garden Bakery, BriarPatch Co-op and SaveMart is deeply appreciated. These businesses donated baked goods, fruit and refreshments to support the athletes and volunteers at this event which raises money for the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Women’s Imaging Center.Learn more »
Regarding Tom Ferrer’s letter (Sept. 17), Earth’s hottest year on record, Mr. Ferrer dismissed the referenced website as a climate change denier’s site, ignoring the peer reviewed paper at the link showing no warming for 18 years.
He searched Google, where he claims to have found three websites showing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, citing Wiki as the source.Learn more »
Music in the Mountains Alliance extends a huge thank you to North Star House for providing the perfect venue for our event; Solune for Jacques’s sage advise and delicious wines; Chef Antonio Ayestaran and his awesome crew for another outstanding meal; Motoshi Kosako’s and Akio Sasajima’s beautiful music; Myra Nicol for our lovely invitations; our wonderful local merchants who’s donations for our auction helped raise funds for our Young Musicians programs; and to all whose attendance and support made our “Forks & Corks” food and wine pairing a success.
You are all the best!Learn more »
With all the discussion going on in our community on our homeless population, I felt I must chime in. My son, a 43-year-old man is sadly one of them. I will refer to him as “G.”
G suffers from mental illness with the co-occuring disorder of addiction. He is on probation and, like many, he cycles in and out of Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, mostly in his case because he does not check in with his probation officer.Learn more »
Most of us are familiar with the adage, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I think it’s a pertinent one to keep in mind as another election season heats up.
Our political opinions are almost always driven by good intentions, as are the policies created by our political leadership. But good intentions do not always lead to good results.Learn more »
When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot, dry alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, all anyone knew for sure was that they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity in California.
What no one could predict was that they were also putting a stamp of approval on the spread of energy poverty in many parts of this state.Learn more »
A study by climate scientists from Stanford University released in a report Sept. 17, 2015, debunks claims by climate change deniers that there was a recent 15-year lull in global warming.
Their study thoroughly debunks all of the statements made by Congressman LaMalfa at his recent public meeting. In short the study shows that a suspected 15 year lull in global warming, seized upon by climate skeptics as evidence that climate change had ground to a halt, never happened. The Stanford researchers blame the costly misunderstanding on faulty statistical methods. Their findings debunk the idea that global warming stalled or slowdown between 1998 and 2013, despite the fact that numerous climate studies claimed otherwise. Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist in the university’s School of Energy & Environmental Sciences and co-author of the study said, “Our analysis shows that there hasn’t been any slowdown or pause, rather, it showed that global temperature is a noisy system that goes up and down, but the long term trend of global warming persists.” The full article can be read online in the September 2015 issue of Climatic Change.Learn more »