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Jodi Selene: LaMalfa’s family farm welfare

April 23, 2017 — I want to thank Michele Spencer for the informative and revealing article on U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa. I am tired of our congressional representatives living in luxury off our taxes: "To increase the subsidy available under federal rules, LaMalfa subdivided his family's 2,000-acre rice farm […]

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Maryann Hart: Visions of Wolf Creek

April 23, 2017 — Many thanks to the Gold Miners Inn for going more "local" and supporting Grass Valley history and themes! I know you already have been a positive influence with hosting locally important events such as the farming and watershed presentations. Hoping that along those lines you […]

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William Larsen: Finding workable solutions

April 23, 2017 — It is with true sadness that I continue reading the barrage of columns castigating one another for our conflicting views on the current administration. This intense back-and-forth vitriol further polarizes our community, and it is with some shame that I realize my part in perpetrating […]

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George Boardman: NID directors are taking on water when it comes to transparency

April 23, 2017 — You'd think people would know by now that anything they do in public can become an instant internet sensation in the virtual video world we inhabit today. United Airlines learned that lesson anew recently when it summoned airport police to drag a passenger off a […]

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Jerry Martin: ‘New’ historical Sudoku event coming to Nevada County

April 21, 2017 — Everyone who reads The Union has seen that weird puzzle, a big box with numbers and small empty boxes. The numbers seem randomly placed and refer to nothing recognizable. Somehow somebody figures out which numbers to but in which empty boxes. Not me. I hate […]

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Mark Wilson: Should we build walls or bridges?

April 21, 2017 — We are a nation of immigrants. A significant majority of us, apart from those whose ancestors lived here before the early 1600s or arrived unwillingly in the holds of ships, are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Some of us came looking for new opportunities and […]

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Fran Thomas: Have we become our own worst enemy?

April 21, 2017 — Americans seem to be fighting with everyone else about what they think the government should be funding for them or the country. One group wants money for jobs, another wants money for free health care, another wants money to build a strong national defense, and […]

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Kathleen Rogers: The Climate Agreement and the March for Science

April 21, 2017 — It's no coincidence that Earth Day, the first anniversary of the signing of the climate agreement and the March for Science are all taking place on the same day, today. It is the people's day. It has been the people's day since 1970, when Sen. […]

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Ivan Natividad: Check your assumptions, unlearn your prejudices

April 21, 2017 — I'm not a sexist. But I can be sexist. Sometimes without even knowing it. When I see a horrible driver on the road, I often assume that it is a woman. I've written employers with gender ambiguous names and wrongly addressed them as "sir." I […]

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Carol Glad: Thanks to Mary at Wild Birds Unlimited

April 21, 2017 — My "Good Citizen Award" for the week goes to Mary Kirk of Wild Birds Unlimited for being fast thinking and fast acting when a rental van hit my parked car in the Neal Street parking lot, then left the scene. The driver was caught because […]

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Eric Tomb: To Englebright (with apologies to William Wordsworth)

April 21, 2017 — Harry! You should be with us at this hour! Your party has fallen apart before our eyes. An alien thug has snarled his way to power and all of us are tangled in his lies. It's time for you to rise up from your lake […]

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David Parry-Jones: More to our history than gold mines

April 21, 2017 — Everything here in Grass Valley is "starting to look like a log ride at Disneyland," George Boardman wrote in his Monday article referring to our area's public art depictions that strive to "define" our town and its roots to visitors and us alike. With the […]

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Our View: County should open the doors on all marijuana panel meetings

April 21, 2017 — There are plenty of legal reasons to close a government meeting to the public. You need look no farther than an agenda for the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to find a list of closed-door sessions. A significant threat of litigation, labor negotiations and real […]

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Pauli Halstead: Nonprofits need help in helping homeless people

April 21, 2017 — I learned a new word recently, "anosognosia." Did you know that up to 40 percent of those with bipolar disorder and approximately 50 percent of those with schizophrenia do not have the neurobiological insight to realize they are ill? It is not psychological denial, it's […]

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Don Rogers: A canvas to be crunched

April 20, 2017 — You don't think of bankers as artists or creative types. At least I never did until Tuesday evening, at the retirement party for Mike Vasquez, banker through and through, so much so he's retired twice before and no one quite believes this will stick, either. […]

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Ray Bryars: Approval of Grass Valley mural should be revisited

April 20, 2017 — The Grass Valley Planning Commission on March 21 once again managed a surreal meeting that somehow ended up making a decision that defied all reasonable logic. Agenda item 7.4 was a "Development Review Committee recommendation on a 20 by 80 foot wall mural located on […]

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County (April 20)

April 19, 2017 — (This story has been corrected with the right date for Byers Enterprises’ open house. The Union regrets the error.) 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 […]

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Laurence Kaufman: Stick to the real facts

April 19, 2017 — It's easy to be aware of and agree with the allegations of the lack of civility in today's world. Is it possible to achieve a breakthrough in mutual respect in this era of overheated rhetoric and alternate facts? Should we be able to discuss in […]

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Paul Boisvert: Agree to respectfully disagree

April 19, 2017 — Terry McLaughlin's essay on Nevada County's Invisible Movement in The Union is another unfortunate example of how our political dialog has deteriorated to denigrating people rather than addressing the issues they espouse. McLaughlin does a great disservice to political discourse by trying to connect Indivisible […]

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Linda Erdmann: Lining pockets instead of fixing roads

April 19, 2017 — Hoover Dam was completed in five years, two years ahead of schedule. The Oakland Bay Bridge was completed in slightly over three years. The Oroville Dam took seven years despite multiple floods and a rail line wreck which delivered supplies. The Golden Gate Bridge opened […]

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