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Don Rogers: It pains us to think

September 21, 2017 — Why it took me so long, I don't know. Seems obvious now: Conservatism, as we understand it today, boils down to the strict father. Liberalism goes to the nurturing parent (not Mom, exactly; more a partnership). Well, duh. I just needed the right image. Now […]

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Louis Marinelli: Respect what our veterans fought for

September 21, 2017 — The United States of America exists today as a product of secession. About 40 percent of the American colonists supported independence from the British Empire and they ultimately decided what country the other 60 percent of the colonists would live in. Today about a third […]

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Dottie Schmidt: Give the Golden State some love

September 21, 2017 — California Admission Day has come and gone. Nowhere in The Union or other newspapers, television news, radio, etc. did I hear or see a word about the anniversary of California's statehood. Every Fourth of July we celebrate the founding of our country with great exuberance, […]

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Jim Cunningham: Bring back civility in debates

September 21, 2017 — I recently watched a video debate at The Open Book between William F. Buckley and James Baldwin that took place at Cambridge in around 1965. Although it is not my favorite manner of discourse, I was struck with the intellectual honesty and nuance brought to […]

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Robert Bee: Support facts, not distortions

September 21, 2017 — As Gary Palmer clearly demonstrated in his twisted September 11 rant, "Remove Trump from Office," the left utilizes lies and distortions passed off as truth and fact to support its warped, narrow and destructive beliefs. Unfortunately, Mr. Palmer and his fellow leftists actually believe this […]

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Becky Goodwin: Spiritual? Religious? Neither? Both?

September 20, 2017 — I have heard it hundreds of times, from persons of tender hearts and keen minds: "I am spiritual, but not religious." I am a pastor, so when someone says this to me, they are surprised that I offer sympathy, not a debate. I understand why […]

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Donna Day: Angels come in different packages

September 20, 2017 — My angel was a bear of a man by the name of Richard Cassens. This gentle giant looked in my eyes and saw he was needed to help someone in a very stressful situation. Richard didn't hesitate; someone else would have said "not my job!" […]

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Richard Cristdahl: Banks creating currency

September 20, 2017 — Analyzing the Wells Fargo scandal, the creation of 3.5 million-plus fake accounts, could be the missing link in how banks create currency in our debt-based economy, where the currency is only created out of debt. This may surprise most people, but banks create 97 to […]

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Nancy Brost: Set aside negativity and seek the facts

September 20, 2017 — Dave Glubetich's Other Voices on "PC, the Left's Lethal Weapon," was a welcome voice. He was willing to say that political correctness needs to end and be replaced with common sense, human kindness and open minds. Also, there is a lot negativity all around us […]

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Jacqueline Finley: Poll on Confederate statue a shock

September 19, 2017 — Recently I took The Union's online poll. The question: What should be done with Confederate statues and monuments, most of which are in the American South? Expecting that most respondents would vote as I did, i.e., voting to "take them down," I was flabbergasted to […]

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Ben Prescott: Let’s bring back the USA

September 19, 2017 — Your "country" is part something you feel inside, and part something outside that works because you vote. If you don't think politics make a difference, you've lost your country. Something's deeply wrong. We wonder if there's anything we can do. Here's the simplest thing: just […]

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Brian Hamilton: Putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising

September 19, 2017 — Through all these years of working for newspapers, I've seen a slew of sports-based fundraising events, from the routine regulars of bowling, golf and softball tournaments to the not-so routine events like donkey basketball and cow patty bingo — which, in April, added little extra […]

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Cynthia Hren: The U.S. is a constitutional republic

September 19, 2017 — I received a second challenge on the editorial page of The Union from a man who doesn't believe that our nation was established as, and remains, a constitutional republic. My informative and educational op-ed last February outlined the history of our founders and their vision […]

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John Worsley: Create safety zones for the homeless

September 18, 2017 — Here in Nevada County we see them everywhere. Holding up signs, "Homeless, will work for food," etc. Ever been approached in a parking lot or gas station by people asking for money? Ever given them money? Ever wonder what they did with it? Where do they […]

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Laurie Bell: Kudos for Volz Bros. Automotive

September 18, 2017 — Recently I changed automotive repair shops to Volz Bros. My car needed about $200 worth of repairs. The parts were ordered and I scheduled an appointment. After several hours of work it was discovered that a small part within the assembly of parts was packaged […]

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Shirley Payne: Thankful for Good Samaritans in Grass Valley

September 18, 2017 — I recently had a lovely lunch at a very popular restaurant in Grass Valley, but my afternoon turned into a nightmare when I tried to leave. The restaurant has very heavy doors at the entrance, part of the décor. As I passed through them the […]

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Thomas Elias: Double standard prevails in California government

September 18, 2017 — Few California administrations have been plagued with as much corruption as Gov. Jerry Brown's current governing cadre, with well-documented, possibly illegal manipulations by several major agencies run by his appointees. That's why Brown's double standards were so plainly exposed the other day when he blasted […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

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Julia Edwards: U.S. rapidly losing our place of moral authority

September 17, 2017 — Op-ed pieces have appeared in The Union urging us to give Trump a chance. Shortly after the last plea appeared, an article appeared in the L.A. Times on the qualities of leadership that the U.S. Army strives to give its officers. The current occupant of […]

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Claudette Paige: Founding documents a valuable resource

September 17, 2017 — A hearty "thank you" to The Union for publishing "The Presidency" insert that came with our paper today. It is a resource that definitely will be a keepsake for every subscriber. The inclusion of the U. S. Constitution is appreciated. To make it complete, "The […]

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