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Sheila Miller: Suggestions regarding fire safety

October 17, 2017 — After experiencing the recent evacuation of Lake Wildwood due to the Lobo fire I would like to suggest the following: Lake Wildwood should post evacuation route signs showing the exits, (including the emergency exits) out of Lake Wildwood. They would be similar to the Tsunami

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Lang Waters: Dark Money, bright laws

October 17, 2017 — "Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman." — Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis If there is anything that reds and blues can agree on, it's

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Paul Boisvert: It’s about respect

October 17, 2017 — In our current divisive sociopolitical environment, it seems that it is as important to solve the challenge of how we work together as it is to solve the actual problems we face. I commend Don Rogers for his insightful essay on political discourse where he

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Tucker Martinez: Climate change: human versus natural

October 16, 2017 — If I were to randomly select a stranger and ask them why they do or don't believe in climate change I would likely get a variety of different answers from those who do believe in it, but for those who don't believe in climate change

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Marylou Falstreau: 65 years … 65 works of art

October 13, 2017 — Turning 65 is a surprise for all of us if we are still here and if we haven't been paying attention to time passing. Our joints begin to rebel, our sleep becomes less deep and our decisions for the future have more to do with

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Richard Crist: Bullies and the bullied have far-reaching ramifications

October 13, 2017 — School shootings have been happening for centuries, perpetrated by students, teachers, parents, police, soldiers, school personnel and mental cases. Shooters have many reasons for doing this — accidents, self-defense, bullying and revenge. Males are practically always the shooter, and many shootings can be traced to

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Dick Sciaroni: A free and unfettered press assures America’s future

October 12, 2017 — In a recent column, Manny Montes indicted both the American mainstream press and academia, attacking their motives and patriotism while decrying the evils of progressive ideology. When thoughtfully examined, his attack is unbridled polemic that seeks a return to the past. Mr. Montes takes aim

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Beate Moore: The best choice for Nevada City’s first medical cannabis dispensary

October 10, 2017 — The Nevada City Council will soon be voting to approve its first medical cannabis dispensary. Council members have the opportunity to select a dispensary with a mission to serve patients, protect the environment, and give 100 percent of its net proceeds to local nonprofits that

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Chuck Kastenholz: Short-term rentals in Grass Valley?

October 9, 2017 — Allowing short-term rentals in residential Grass Valley is absurd. I attended the Grass Valley City Council Meeting in September, where they continued to address the issue of changing the regulations regarding short-term rentals. Full disclosure. I don't live in the city of Grass Valley. For

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Marina Bernheimer: Child Advocates of Nevada County promotes a healthy community

October 8, 2017 — At Child Advocates of Nevada County, we believe that the best way to cultivate a healthy community is to ensure that local children and families have the tools, support, and resources they need to be healthy and strong. We accomplish this by implementing three programs

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Doug Hastings: Money down the drain

October 6, 2017 — Regarding the story in The Union entitled, "Pipeline project stalled," ­can this be true or is our wonderful Grass Valley newspaper just kidding us? Work on the new sewage connection in the Penn Valley area is at a standstill, leading the county officials to say

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Paula Orloff: The bomb empire — a true fable

October 6, 2017 — Once upon a time there lived an emperor who ruled over the land of the United States of Ameritz. It was a big beautiful land, blessed with naturally good climate and diverse riches. This ruler was called Emperor Golden, which reminded his subjects of the

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Eric Tomb: Senators, listen to your constituents

October 3, 2017 — Regular as clockwork, there's a California election in June and November every even-numbered year. Each of these elections usually includes a dozen or so propositions, some set up by the legislature, some by citizen-sponsored petitions, some by corporations who have the money to pay for

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Charles Bednar: Majority rule, not the NRA lobbying arm

October 3, 2017 — Majority rule is the bedrock principle of our democracy. For 240 years, Americans have agreed that policy supported by a majority of voters becomes the law of the land. Except when it comes to firearms. Let's look at the math: The National Rifle Association claims

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Scott McFarland: Western Sierra Medical remains committed in changing world of health care

October 2, 2017 — Health care has taken center stage during the past several years, prompting endless conversations and many spirited debates about the cost and coverage — and who is ultimately responsible for the most critical of services for communities across the nation. Western Sierra Medical Clinic —

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Robert Bumgarner: Restoring free speech rights to homeowner association members

October 1, 2017 — If you live in a community that's managed by a homeowner association, you know that they often stifle the free speech rights of individual owners. That's because First Amendment constitutional speech protections apply to governmental restrictions on free speech, not to private corporations like those

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Chuck Frank: Deliberate turmoil and chaos at every turn

September 29, 2017 — As of late there has been a lot of pointing the finger and talk in the mainstream news about "white supremacy." What we have here is one more bone thrown out for the masses to chew on, all the while, politics becomes business as usual.

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Bill Drake: Racism in western Nevada County, racism in ourselves

September 29, 2017 — On Sept. 26 a young black man was walking down Mill and Main streets in Grass Valley, when white men in a car slowly followed him for about three blocks, yelling "nigger, nigger" repeatedly. Furthermore, not a single person on the busy street gave the

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Jerry Martin: A lesson from the ancients

September 28, 2017 — Many millennia ago, before written language, before the wheel, there lived a small tribe of primitive humans somewhere in the Alps. This collection of four or five families, all fictional, lived together peacefully, with little friction and little food. They mostly ate pine cones and

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Sandra Boyd: ‘Image Nation’ veterans program makes a difference

September 27, 2017 — I am deeply saddened to read of the loss of funding to Image Nation by the California Arts Council reported by The Union on Aug. 23. I am one of the participants of the first group of Image Nation begun in September 2015. I am

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