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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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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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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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Bruce Herring: Centennial Reservoir not better than six miles of river

June 23, 2017 — I write in response to recent opinion pieces by NID Division II Director John Drew. In the "Truth about Centennial Reservoir," Drew opens with a brief overview of the geologic and glacial forces shaping the present day Yuba and Bear River watersheds. He concludes this […]

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Michael Askins: Teens need our help

June 23, 2017 — The Union published an article about Paige Lyon, a 14 year old living in this community who is suffering from "severe scoliosis" — a progressive and debilitating curvature of her spine. The cost to heal her condition is $150,000. The health insurance company has chosen […]

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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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