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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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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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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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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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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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Paula Orloff: Senator Gaines and health-care tax scare

June 19, 2017 — Perhaps Gaines is out to lunch … with the health insurance and drug companies when objecting to the Healthy California Act because of "tax rates beyond imagination." Gaines' scare tactic overlooks the state and feds coverage of $225 billion for Medicare, Medicaid and tax credits. […]

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Connie Anderson: The kindness of strangers

June 19, 2017 — I was involved in a car accident on June 5 on Adams Street in Nevada City. A wonderful woman stopped and insisted on staying with me until I got some help. I don't even know her name, but I want to thank her for her […]

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Lori Martin: Let freedom ring!

June 19, 2017 — It is time for barbecues, fireworks, and/or enjoying Donner Lake. Parties often include alcohol and can turn from festive to fatal if driving is involved. Before drinking, choosing a designated sober driver is a priority. When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit head-on […]

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Phil & Vicki Reinheimer: Hats off to Twelve 28

June 18, 2017 — Kudos to the new restaurant in Penn Valley, named Twelve 28 (for the owner's birthdate!). Great food, service, beverages, and a welcome addition for us here along Pleasant Valley Drive. Hope you continue to grow and flourish! Thanks for a great lunch. We will be […]

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Joan Dyer: Single-payer makes sense for California

June 18, 2017 — A state-run system for health-care payment, like single-payer, makes so much sense for California residents. The savings from eliminating the for-profit insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, with their big salaries, expensive ads, stock-holder profits, etc., will more than cover the added expense of total coverage […]

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Sandra Boyd: Heroes Bridge Tour a touching tribute

June 16, 2017 — This is our third year going on the bicycle "Local Heroes' Memorial Bridge Tour," led by Tour of Nevada City Bike shop's Duane and Connie Strawser. Thanks and gratitude to Duane and Connie for doing this every year. It is deeply moving to hear of […]

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Sarah & John Regan: Thanks for a great school year

June 16, 2017 — With the ending of another school year, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the teachers, administrators and entire staff of Deer Creek Elementary School. Everyone at the school — including Principal Daugherty, the teachers, the front desk staff and the grounds and […]

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Sue Schwarz: Removal of post office trees a bad decision

June 16, 2017 — Rich Young is "right on" in his op-ed about the obliteration of trees. It was a shock to see the post office trees gone. Why on God's green earth would someone give the OK to have this done? The trees were beautiful, provided shade and […]

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Jacqueline Finley: Trump’s budget proposal short-sighted

June 14, 2017 — President Trump's proposed budget is very shortsighted and inhumane. Randomly cutting funding for struggling individuals and families, whether in the United States or abroad, doesn't end poverty and human misery. It increases it. If redistribution of monies is deemed necessary, it needs to be done […]

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John Regan: The high cost of Centennial Dam

June 13, 2017 — Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Director John Drew's defense of NID's controversial scheme to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River (The Union, May 27 & June 3) reminded me of another plan to flood a natural treasure. Sixty years ago, dam builders sought to inundate […]

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Rachel Helm: Right on, on First Amendment rights

June 12, 2017 — Kudos to my Editorial Board colleague Lynn Wenzel for writing her June 7 Other Voices piece defending Kathy Griffin's First Amendment rights. I despise Griffin's brand of humor. It was disrespectful to our president and it was a cruel thing to do to his family. […]

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Mike Smith: A dilemma for Congressman LaMalfa

June 12, 2017 — As reported in the New York Times, California has joined with other nations in a world-wide advancement of climate change solutions. This is occurring just as our national government is trying to turn back the clock, trying to ignore the problem. Our Congressman LaMalfa historically […]

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