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Mike Vasser: A closer look at the business of health

June 28, 2017 — In Terry McLaughlin's flawed opinion piece in The Union on June 8, she references "The Business of Health" by Ohsfeldt and Schneider. The title immediately reflects the bias of the authors in implying that health care is like any business that places the focus on […]

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Brian Dahle: Senate Bill 562 – half baked

June 28, 2017 — Senate Bill 562 — half baked I was shocked to read the recent letter accusing me of trying to "mislead and deceive" voters about Senate Bill 562, the single-payer health care bill. When I emailed a recent survey to constituents asking their opinion, the cost […]

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County (June 29)

June 28, 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: From a reader to the "10th […]

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Joan Field: Health care alert for Americans

June 27, 2017 — The Senate's "Trumpcare" legislation shows how six years of doing as little legislation as possible during the Obama presidency results in a health care plan for the next 10 years that is an abomination. The law removes over 20 million Americans from Medicaid in the […]

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Carolynn Peterson: A search begins

June 27, 2017 — In March 2014, my 36-year nursing career led me to Nevada County and Hospice of the Foothills. I was initially a consultant and then hired as a contract employee to fill the role of interim director of Patient Care Services. By September, I was asked […]

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Richard Christdahl: Ford and other Un-American American companies

June 27, 2017 — Ford has decided to build a $1 billion Ford Focus plant in China; moving the plant from Wayne, Michigan to save money, using China's cheap, no-benefit, labor force. That's $1 billion taken away from our economy plus all the billions of dollars in labor, and […]

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Deborah Wandro: Common sense and shade

June 27, 2017 — I am so relieved that others noticed the ghastly tree cuttings at the Grass Valley post office. The wonderful shade and beauty has now become a heat-riddled void! If enough of us complain maybe we can get whoever is responsible to replant something new? Maybe […]

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Miriam Martin: Unity from the top

June 27, 2017 — Thanks to Jacqueline Finley, for her June 15 letter to the editor. She said we need to put party aside and "do what is best for America." Then on the front page there is an article about Doug LaMalfa calling for unity. If he and […]

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Ray Bryars: Deal with the distracted drivers

June 27, 2017 — It's time for our local law enforcement to enforce the California distracted driver laws. Almost every day we read about head-on collisions or serious crashes. Everywhere I drive I see skid marks, knocked over signposts and smashed trees along the side of the road. When […]

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Hilary Hodge: Housing in Nevada County, Part 3: Buying

June 26, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the third in a three-part series looking at housing in Nevada County. Today's column focuses on buying, while parts one and two discuss relocating and renting, respectively. To read all three parts of the series, see this story at TheUnion.com. A […]

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Robert Packard: An easy decision

June 26, 2017 — The following opinion piece is in response to Terry McLaughlin's column, which ran on June 7, claiming "Single payer health care could bankrupt California." If everything in Ms. McLaughlin's description of the Healthy California Act, SB 562, were as she describes, only a fool would […]

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Roger Lewis: State single payer system makes financial sense

June 25, 2017 — The following is in response to Terry McLaughlin claiming "Single Payer Health Care Could Bankrupt California:" Numbers are deceiving. I'd first like to put to rest, once and for all, the issue of SB 562 (single payer healthcare in California) costing us $400 billion; and […]

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The president’s budget

June 25, 2017 — Okay, before we jump to the conclusion that we will now be "casting people into the streets," consider this: It's important to know that the welfare programs are not only broken, but fraught with abuse. Improper welfare payments, including fraud, are estimated to be 10.1 […]

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George Boardman: Rope-a-dope, moving the needle, and off-the-cuff grandstanding

June 25, 2017 — Sports fans of a certain vintage can recall Muhammad Ali's "rope-a-dope" strategy against George Foreman during the famous Rumble in the Jungle, where Ali let Foreman wear himself out with ineffective punches before Ali delivered the knockout blow. I was reminded of the strategy when […]

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Darrell Berkheimer: The best ‘klutz’ insurance is prevention

June 23, 2017 — I recently spent a week sleeping in a recliner — not by desire, but by necessity — for relief from pain. It was the third time I had to do that in the past 12 years — because I suffered either cracked or badly bruised […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

June 23, 2017 —

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Manny Montes: We cannot allow our courts to be bastardized

June 23, 2017 — During Neil Gorsuch's senate confirmation hearings, Senator Dianne Feinstein intoned, "I firmly believe that our American Constitution is a living document, intended to evolve as our country evolves." I would love to be present when Feinstein is about to sign the document for her house […]

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Jessica Boucher: Looks a lot like a rose garden

June 23, 2017 — They say, "To the victor goes the spoils," but I say, "To the hard workers go the spoils of life." For the last two weekends, my husband, my son and I have been moving bricks, which weigh 50 pounds apiece, for a short retaining wall. […]

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Our View: Nevada County made the right call in opening marijuana meetings

June 23, 2017 — There's a reason people fling open the windows and let in the sun when cleaning. As the cliché goes: "Sunshine is the best disinfectant." That's a phrase regularly uttered when the government tries to close the blinds on something it's doing. Darkness and closed doors […]

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Lee Zasloff: Single payer health system a win for small businesses

June 23, 2017 — It's astounding how much misinformation and even intentional deception is being perpetrated concerning SB562 — the Healthy California bill. Now that the bill is about to be voted on by the state Assembly, our very own assemblyman Brian Dahle is trying to mislead and deceive […]

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