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Michelle Cosley: Celebrating National Health Center Week with support

August 18, 2017 — Community health centers like Sierra Family Medical Center serve 25 million Americans nationwide in medically underserved areas. Over the last 50 years, health centers have saved countless lives, reducing and preventing chronic disease. Right now a crisis looms with the scheduled expiration of a fund […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

August 18, 2017 —

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Our View: Even our crossroads are at a crossroads

August 18, 2017 — We regularly wring our hands over the need for growth and its potential impact on our quality of life. Whether with proposed commercial or residential — let alone industrial — development, we typically tap the brakes to slow down for a detailed discussion. And that's […]

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Darrell Berkheimer: Congress is the real problem in Washington

August 18, 2017 — I have been saying since the 1980s that it does not matter which buffoon we elect as president — because Congress is the problem. But I never really believed we actually would elect a buffoon. And now both conservative and liberal columnists are pointing out […]

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Jeff Kane: Just whom does Rep. LaMalfa represent?

August 17, 2017 — I don't agree with Rep. Doug LaMalfa that it's a good idea to deprive tens of millions of Americans of health insurance in order to give the wealthiest one percent a huge tax cut. But what bothers me more is his refusal to hear those […]

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Jean Creasey: The Kellermann Foundation’s Batwa Challenge returns to Nevada City

August 17, 2017 — Summer is winding down and many of us are left asking, "Where did the time go?" Time always seems to pass too quickly and we constantly wish for more; just a few additional hours to accomplish yet another task. I have learned from working through […]

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Don Rogers: Stoking flames in Charlottesville

August 17, 2017 — Suppose those neo-Nazis and KKK members, those supremacists, those victimized white males came with their sticks and their shields and their tiki torches to defend whatever a Confederate statue in Charlottesville represents for them — and no one else showed up? What then? What if […]

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Chris Rauwendaal: Jessica Holcombe, a fresh new face in politics

August 17, 2017 — Next year we have a chance to remove Doug LaMalfa from office. LaMalfa has represented Congressional District 1 since 2013; it has been a painful experience. LaMalfa has voted 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He voted against legislation to end the government […]

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County (Aug. 17)

August 16, 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. MISS: To the hateful and violent terrorism […]

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Terry McLaughlin: Voter fraud or not, well worth a look

August 16, 2017 — Rhode Island — the smallest state in The Union, and the setting for a beautiful July wedding on Narragansett Bay to which I was invited. Everyone in Rhode Island seems to know everyone else, particularly within their own small communities. And with a population of […]

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Terry McAteer: Rejecting endorsement of hatred, bigotry

August 16, 2017 — I have been a lifelong Republican. I have been elected six times (four times in Nevada County and twice in Inyo County) as County Superintendent of Schools. I worked hard for the Reagan and Bush campaigns (even being invited to the inauguration for my assistance). […]

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John Carr: Carrtoon

August 15, 2017 —

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Erika Kosina: Uniting our local tech community — why we need to do it right now

August 15, 2017 — A total of 150 tech companies can't be wrong — there is a small but steadfast community of tech companies in Nevada County. You didn't realize there were 150 tech companies here? That's what the Nevada County Tech Connection is trying to fix. Raising awareness […]

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Ron Seeger: Rattlesnake season: look before you leap

August 15, 2017 — My neighbor, Heidi, warned me and my cat last week about a rattlesnake she had just encountered. It was near a storage shed less than 100 feet up a hill from our dwellings. I grabbed a scrub brush with a 4-foot handle and went to […]

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Brian Hamilton: WANTED: Decency in discussion

August 15, 2017 — Ahhhh … I love Nevada County in the morning. The short slow drive up Highway 49, with the sun serenely flickering from the east through all these tree-covered hillsides, while I hum along with an Arlo Guthrie take on the City of New Orleans … […]

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Greg Zaller: Important news about affordable housing

August 14, 2017 — Last month, the Nevada County Planning Commission made an important decision that could have statewide implications for affordable housing. ABC Channel 10 evening news was there to report on it. The planning commission's business that day was to approve a re-writing of the zoning ordinance […]

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Vince Alcantar: Socratic ‘absolute equality’

August 14, 2017 — In reply to Tim McCall's opinion piece on the United Nations, thank you for giving the UN its due. The UN works only in accordance to its member nations and generally respects each country's sovereignty and rights. Resolutions by the UN are often more as […]

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Susan Kane: North Star conservancy’s hoedown a hit

August 14, 2017 — The Board of Directors of the North Star Historic Conservancy would like to thank our annual sponsors, volunteers, and supporters of this year's major fundraiser, Country Hoedown at The North Star House. Attendees kicked up their heels, enjoyed the music of Chris Crockett, and "country" […]

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

August 14, 2017 —

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Thomas Elias: Broken apart, disclose act still vital for public trust

August 14, 2017 — "Give light and the people will find their own way." — longtime slogan of the now-defunct Scripps Howard Newspapers group. The essence of that motto, written early in the last century, was a strong belief that if Americans know enough about an issue or politician […]

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