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Mark Wilson: This is not normal

February 26, 2017 — Well before he set foot on the inaugural stage, Donald Trump set the tone for 2017 with his New Year's Eve tweet: "Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't […]

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Christy Sherr: Stand up to hate crimes in Nevada County, or look the other way?

February 24, 2017 — Switching on the coffee pot, she pets the cat, and opens the front door for the morning newspaper. Her husband, a disabled veteran, is still sleeping. Stunned, her legs betray her as she absorbs the shocking sight of her own front yard. Large white swastikas […]

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Jim Firth: Uniting progressive voices

February 24, 2017 — Region 1 is changing, but needs good, progressive candidates to complete the transformation from a staunchly conservative to a more inclusive moderate/liberal region. The election of Donald Trump has caused a very real push by American voters to move our country to demand a more […]

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Barbara Samardich: Hysteria on the left

February 24, 2017 — So, you ask, "Where are the right wing people who used to opine on the editorial page?" I, personally, have contributed many times but now I find myself hesitating because of the collective hysteria on the left. We all see people carrying signs that preach […]

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Robert Bee: Brown fiddles while California burns

February 24, 2017 — According to legend, Roman emperor Nero cared so little about his empire and its people that he played the violin while his city burned to the ground. This legendary event led to the well-known (in some circles) phrase, "Nero fiddled while Rome burned." In 21st […]

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Janice O’Brien: Sierra Roots has cold weather shelter success

February 23, 2017 — Thanks to the generous and incredible response to the call for volunteers to help with opening the Cold Weather Shelter, Sierra Roots was able to open the shelter at Seaman's Lodge in Nevada City seven days over the Christmas vacation and 11 days over the […]

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Jim Goetsch: Abolition of abortions means changing the way we think

February 23, 2017 — In his Feb. 4 column, Darrell Berkheimer used an interesting argument to support the need for abortion — namely that making abortions an exception rather than a rule would lead to increase costs to care for the mothers and the children who resulted from the […]

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Andrew Wilson: Nevada County Board of Supervisors ignores will of voters, shirks responsibility

February 22, 2017 — Last January, our board of supervisors bypassed customary procedures and adopted an "emergency" ordinance banning all cannabis cultivation and commercial cannabis activity. Recognizing that there was substantial opposition to their actions, and hoping to silence it permanently, they simultaneously put Measure W on the ballot, […]

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Gail Johnson Vaughan: Don’t put children in jail

February 22, 2017 — Regarding the Feb. 2 opinion piece by Terry McLaughlin entitled, "Did California just legalize child prostitution?" The answer is no. SB 1322 recognizes that when a child is victimized the criminal is the adult, not the child. The new law does not decriminalize the adult […]

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Paul Berger: Maybe the answer is yes

February 21, 2017 — Now that the Trump presidency is a few weeks old, I wonder if the voters who hoped and prayed for his victory, who believed he would save America from its downhill slide, would mind answering a few questions. Did you vote for a president who […]

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Elaine Meckler: Give President Trump the respect he deserves

February 21, 2017 — Hillary Hodge's Feb. 7 column in The Union starts out by saying that she loves her country and loves America and believes in democracy. If she truly believes in democracy she should be able to accept that President Trump won the election by receiving 304 […]

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Charisse Lolli: Three more Dollar General Stores in Nevada County? Seriously?

February 19, 2017 — There has been a lot of opposition regarding the proposed development of three more Dollar General Stores in our community. But there seems to be some confusion about why there is opposition. Simply put … It's too big! The 9,100-square-foot building, according to the Draft […]

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Alan Greenbaum: From democracy to a dictatorship: a quick trip

February 17, 2017 — In my life as a Jew, I have reflected over the years on what it must have been like to be living in Germany during World War II — both from a Jewish perspective and from a German perspective. The Jewish perspective is easier for […]

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Rachel Helm: That is not who we are

February 17, 2017 — Like many of my fellow Nevada County citizens, I watched the Super Bowl. Regardless of whether you're a Patriots or a Falcons fan, it was a terrific game. I was a little concerned that Lady Gaga would go partisan, but she chose to take the […]

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Doug Crice: Give Trump a chance

February 17, 2017 — I was shocked and delighted by the surprise victory by Donald Trump in the presidential election. Like most of my conservative friends, I would have been accepting if the voting had gone the other way, but it seems to have driven the opposition insane. Hollywood, […]

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Cynthia Hren: We are not a democracy

February 16, 2017 — Presidential candidates, elected officials and most writers to this newspaper have all incorrectly referred to our nation as a democracy. If you recall in our pledge of allegiance to the flag "… and to the Republic for which it stands …" clearly refers to the […]

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Tom Achter: Are you up to the challenge?

February 15, 2017 — Have you ever seen a newspaper article that outlined a study and a report done by our Nevada County Grand Jury? Have you wondered about what this "thing called Grand Jury" is all about? Indictment proceedings behind closed doors and the power to subpoena citizens […]

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Jonathan Collier: Safety benefits of a dispensary

February 14, 2017 — Nevada City overwhelmingly supports cannabis, or so it seems. Last year Nevada City residents voted 74.76 percent against Measure W and 64.69 percent in favor of Prop 64. And the unfolding of new state regulations is likely to provide more good reasons to proceed forward […]

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Mike Blanton: Accept refugees, but carefully

February 10, 2017 — Recently, a number of people have gone into a high-speed warble over the new presidential order to more carefully review entry into this country by people from seven selected countries that may pose risks to the U.S. I agree that this is being done due […]

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Sarah Wilson-Daley: Working together to avoid unwanted pregnancies

February 10, 2017 — I am reaching out to both pro-choice and pro-life people to end abortion. We can only do it if we work together by finding common ground and pragmatic solutions. First of all, we can only end abortion if men and women work together and believe […]

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