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Tim McCall: Be skeptical of the UN

June 22, 2017 — Vince Alcantar's June 16 letter regarding the United Nations was informative. While reading the charter excerpts provided, my sense of tranquility was set aside when I came across "… equal rights … of nations …" Certainly, we think the rights we enjoy and have fought […]

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Royce Larson: Get tough on drunks and speeders

June 22, 2017 — Regarding The Union's editorial on highway safety, it is seemingly always suggested for Highway 49 that more money be spent and more tickets be issued and that we all be nice. Those things have proven of limited effectiveness in dealing with the two main causes […]

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Don Rogers: For the time capsule

June 22, 2017 — Dear Oliver: Happy first birthday! You won't remember, but you had a great party. The highlight was the chocolate doughnut you wore more than ate. It's hard to imagine your world when you read this, an entry for your time capsule to be opened on […]

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Adela Wilcox: Grooviness expected at KVMR’s Summer of Love festival in Nevada City

June 22, 2017 — The year 1967 was such a pivotal year. The Vietnam War was heating up as protestors hit the streets around the county. Race riots exploded in more than 100 U.S. cities. The six-day war in the Middle East broke out. It was a violent time. […]

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Sandra Poteet: For-profit private insurance doesn’t work

June 22, 2017 — Gone are the good old days when health insurance was provided by all our employers or that people could reasonably buy on their own. Don't forget that the reason for the failing ACA is that health insurance and health care was too expensive. Those costs […]

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Marc Nichols: Analog vs. digital

June 22, 2017 — An interesting perspective from Martin Webb on how analog meters have understated customer usage for decades. I see no reason to doubt that assertion. However, given that in theory the California Public Utilities Commission grants rates to power companies based on expenses and income to […]

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Darrell Berkheimer: Stuck in Canada stirs potpourri of thoughts

June 22, 2017 — If you told me that two people stuck in a camping trailer in a RV park for two weeks — without wheels — can be an enjoyable experience, I probably would roll my eyes in disbelief. But pleasant and helpful Canadians, cooperating weather, plus outstanding […]

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County (June 22)

June 21, 2017 — Each week, we'll run through the sublime, the trivial and profound issues, decisions and goings on that strike us as Hits or Misses. You can join in, too, by emailing your Hits & Misses to drogers@theunion.com or bhamilton@theunion.com HIT: To "An Evening With Beloved Poets," […]

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Terry McLaughlin: When leaders demonize each other

June 21, 2017 — "A plague on both your houses!" cursed Mercutio in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and the phrase has since been used to criticize warring factions whose rivalry brings ruin to others — as well as to themselves. Such is the raging battle in this country between […]

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Jonathan Pierce: Senate Bill 562 provides decent care to all

June 21, 2017 — I have just read the recently published 80-plus page thorough Economic Analysis of the Healthy California Single-Payer Health Care Proposal (SB562) by economic experts of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). The authors' assumptions about the bill's costs are quite conservative and very reasonable. They project […]

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Natasha Muslih: ‘Merci’ for the hospitality

June 20, 2017 — My daughter was one of 18 students from Paris who recently traveled to Nevada City on a cultural visit. These kids traded boulevards for mountains, French for English, and their kin for host families who went above and beyond to make them feel right at […]

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Jack Crew: Oppose the California Values Act

June 20, 2017 — There is a bill currently under consideration in the California state legislature known as the California Values Act (SB-54). The obvious, but unstated, intent of this Act would be to make California a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. Some elected officials defend this lawless act, […]

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Thomas Elias: Just how rampant is corruption in state government?

June 20, 2017 — The well-documented "fix-is-in" proceedings which forced consumers to pay more than 70 percent of the cost of shutting down the San Onofre Nuclear Power Station were one form of corruption in state government for which no one has yet been punished in a meaningful way. […]

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Kathryn Davis: Ask, ‘Is there a gun in your home?’

June 20, 2017 — The issue of gun ownership is one of the most polarized issues in America. But no one wants to be at the hospital bed or at the funeral of a child victim of an accidental shooting. Parents asking if there is a gun in the […]

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R.L. Crabb: It Takes A Village Idiot

June 20, 2017 —

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Dave Glubetich: It’s all about Donald Trump

June 19, 2017 — America is in turmoil. And it's all centered around Donald Trump. For reasons both imagined and true, America's left is having a hissy fit. They don't like Donald Trump, what he stands for and what he is trying to accomplish. From the moment he was […]

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Paula Orloff: Senator Gaines and health-care tax scare

June 19, 2017 — Perhaps Gaines is out to lunch … with the health insurance and drug companies when objecting to the Healthy California Act because of "tax rates beyond imagination." Gaines' scare tactic overlooks the state and feds coverage of $225 billion for Medicare, Medicaid and tax credits. […]

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Connie Anderson: The kindness of strangers

June 19, 2017 — I was involved in a car accident on June 5 on Adams Street in Nevada City. A wonderful woman stopped and insisted on staying with me until I got some help. I don't even know her name, but I want to thank her for her […]

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Lori Martin: Let freedom ring!

June 19, 2017 — It is time for barbecues, fireworks, and/or enjoying Donner Lake. Parties often include alcohol and can turn from festive to fatal if driving is involved. Before drinking, choosing a designated sober driver is a priority. When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit head-on […]

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Hilary Hodge: Housing in Nevada County, Part 2: Renting

June 19, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at housing in Nevada County. Today's column focuses on renting, while parts one and three discuss relocating and buying, respectively. To read other parts of the series, see this story at TheUnion.com. Years ago, […]

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