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Milan Vodicka: Health care? What health care?

March 27, 2017 — My fellow citizens of Nevada County and honorable Doug LaMalfa, our representative in the Congress of United States: Let me start with the undeniable (not "alternative," not "fake") fact. Everyone of us needs and will need health care, in one form or another. This makes […]

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Steven Pettit: Bear River Recreation Area instead of Centennial Dam

March 27, 2017 — Picture another foothills recreation area with great trails, water fun and a multitude of activities for everyone to share and enjoy. There might not be a need to displace people, destroy homes and confiscate land all in the name of "the greater good". The Centennial […]

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Rich Howell: Reading vital for success in life

March 27, 2017 — How delightful it was to read The Union article about Ava Ban's incredible reading achievement. As a director of children's musicals, I've had two opportunities to work with young Miss Ban and find her to be wonderfully enthusiastic and capable. Here, however, I'd like to […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes village idiot

March 27, 2017 —

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Hilary Hodge: The Friendship Club is essential to western Nevada County community

March 27, 2017 — I had the pleasure of attending The Friendship Club's fundraising event last week. I got to hear about the organization's incredible programs and listen to the stories shared by their amazing staff, volunteers, and from the young women they serve. As the event went on, […]

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Chris Enss: Medical care comes through — at last

March 26, 2017 — It was our greatest hope that the article which appeared in The Union last week about our friend Steve Jobe would bring attention to his suffering and pressure the insurance companies to approve his stay at a long-term facility. The article did just that. Public […]

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Free Freedle: In case you didn’t hear

March 26, 2017 — I was at the LaMalfa town hall. Before the event began some people came up to me to say they may not agree with me, but they would defend my opportunity to speak. In other words, they seemed to believe in the Constitution and freedom […]

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George Boardman: LaMalfa, majority of people at town hall were on different wave lengths

March 26, 2017 — If there's one take away from Rep. Doug LaMalfa's town hall meeting March 18 in Grass Valley, it's that most of the people who attended the get-together are in the wrong congressional district. Where's gerrymandering when you really need it? LaMalfa's long-awaited appearance in the […]

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Caltrans director: We heard you loud and clear on Highway 49 safety

March 26, 2017 — Traffic safety along 18 miles of Highway 49 between McKnight Way and Dry Creek Road was on the mind of everybody who attended the community meeting March 22 at the Bear River High School. The meeting provided a welcome opportunity for the community to voice […]

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Chuck Frank: Oroville Dam repairs targeted

March 24, 2017 — During the first part of this month, there have been environmental concerns over fish that are trapped in pools which then alerted two federal agencies, namely, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which sent a letter to the […]

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Paula Orloff: C’mon, just ‘believe me’

March 24, 2017 — In the spirit of "Our ignorance is their power," I'd like to comment on what appears to be the most manipulative words and deeds of our new leader, President Trump. 1. Trump, the successful businessman, initially said he would release his tax returns during the […]

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Peter Van Zant: Is Centennial Dam needed?

March 24, 2017 — Over the past few years, Nevada Irrigation District has presented various rationales for embarking on the Centennial Dam project. However, by their own analysis, they have enough water to more than meet projected needs up to the year 2040 and have only incremental needs beyond […]

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Mimi Faudoa: Community helping community

March 24, 2017 — We live in a beautiful place, full of caring people who help each other. Recently, the Penn Valley Lions Club held the annual crab feed. This has been our primary fundraiser for over 23 years. We wish to thank all of the businesses and individuals […]

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Our View: More conversations, fewer arguments are the way forward

March 24, 2017 — One week ago, our community got an up-close example of "democracy in action," as the headline read. Hundreds of people packed the main building at the Nevada County Fairgrounds last Saturday to talk to, and hear from, U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, the person who represents […]

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Harold Graves: Thank you to our congressman

March 24, 2017 — With so many negative comments in the The Union regarding Congressman Doug LaMalfa, I, as a Vietnam veteran, would personally like to thank him for all he does for our local veterans. Many times when my fellow veterans have been frustrated after dealing with the […]

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R. L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

March 24, 2017 —

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Thomas Elias: Real estate prices driving moves from California

March 24, 2017 — If you're a millennial, now aged 18 to 35, there's a good chance the only major city in California you're very much interested in moving to is San Francisco. That's because it's largely walkable, with plenty of amenities like singles bars and gorgeous parks. And […]

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Richard Marks: Alternatives to Centennial Dam

March 23, 2017 — During my 27-year career as a teacher at the Colfax Elementary, I took my students to the Bear River to study all the plants, animal, hydrology of watershed. The Bear River is a great laboratory for my students to understand the interrelationships of humans with […]

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Don Rogers: The thrill is gone

March 23, 2017 — I realized my lifelong fervor for basketball had died when Donner Pass closed and I didn't care. I chose howling, icy hell over squeaks and jumpshots and a keen eye on the scoreboard while points amass and the clock ticks down. I had known the […]

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Leah Schwinn: Let’s improve our health care system

March 23, 2017 — When you hear the term "single payer" in regards to health care, understand that it is referring to a financing system, one in which a public entity collects the money and pays the bills. Right now we have many payers, the insurance companies. There are […]

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