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Legislation that can make progress in reducing air pollution

June 25, 2019

Thanks for printing the June 19 article from the Associate Press, which reports a new milestone in the steady erosion of meaningful governmental leadership on addressing climate change and air pollution. EPA Chief Wheeler announced...


A house divided

June 25, 2019

Memorial Day is behind us for another year — and our focus was primarily on recent wars fought overseas. Our own civil war was more tragic; 620,000 deaths, and potentially disastrous; a divided nation over...


Discriminate against Americans ? (HR5)

June 25, 2019

Tom McClintock appears to be in favor of LGBTQ discrimination. Upon passing of the ‘Equality Act to Ban Anti-LGBT Discrimination’ (HR5), Pridesource quotes him: Leading the charge in stoking fears over the Equality Act was...


Devastation done to our forests

June 24, 2019

IF PG&E and the county are supposed to be clearing “county maintained roads,” then why in the “h___” are they clear cutting Casci Road and Casci Court? County maintained roads receive snow plow assistance, asphalt...


A compassionate good-bye

June 24, 2019

I would like to thank Best Friends Animal Clinic, most especially Dr. Sterling for his thoughtful, caring, compassionate, visit to my home to send the last of my loving Doxies over the Rainbow Bridge. She...


Not my mother’s Republican Party

June 24, 2019

My mother believed in personal and fiscal responsibility and “America the Beautiful.” She would be appalled at today’s conservative party which creates $2 trillion in debt and gives tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy....


Trump’s threats to cut off FEMA to California

June 23, 2019

We’re already in another dangerous fire season, with the threat of ruined lives and communities as real possibilities until the rainy season returns. President Trump, in a recent bombast, threatened to cut off federal emergency...


Christopher Rodda: A magnificent read

June 23, 2019

I have almost completed reading that extraordinary book, “When Miners Sang: The Grass Valley Carol Choir” by Gage McKinney. While the incidents and experiences relate to Grass Valley, the author’s understanding relates this history to...


Karen Musalo: Western Slopes Connection correction

June 21, 2019

I write in response to your article, “Immortalized: A 1970s Nevada County publication is laid to rest in the Searls Historical Library,” which is about the Western Slopes Connection (WSC), an alternative paper published out...



Bill Neville: The need for good planning

June 20, 2019

I often disagree with George Boardman, but his June 17 column on our county government’s seeming reluctance to accept the need for economic growth is “right on” — without new, good-paying jobs to create work...


Dick Sciaroni: Putting personal gain before country

June 20, 2019

The Republican Party is not a political party in the traditional sense. Instead, it has become a social movement using pent-up frustration with traditional politics to distort our electoral system. Trump controls this movement, enjoying...


Political smugness

June 19, 2019

Regarding Karen Tricomi’s political advertisement for Audrey Denney in “Other Voices,” I should have expected inaccuracies when she misspelled her candidate’s name in the first sentence. But I could not anticipate the degree of flawed...


Darla Draper: The importance of play

June 19, 2019

Thank you, Izzy Tooinsky, for your delightful and affirming column published in The Union on June 15. Truer words have not been spoken! Since 1974, I have been playing with children. I moved to Grass...


Steve Staser: Food and Toy Run tournament a success

June 18, 2019

Thanks to the following for their help, support and donations to the 2019 Nevada County Food and Toy Run Golf Tournament: Kelley Runkle, pro at the Nevada County Country Club; Mark Ryan, president of Nevada...


Mary Johnson: Cows, cars and consideration

June 18, 2019

Many, many thanks to the rural minded Nevada County drivers who all stopped for the two cows that jumped the fence for a brief walk about on Highway 174. After the delivery of cows to...


Linda Roemisch: Too high-tech for our own good?

June 17, 2019

Are outdoor fire warning sirens the answer? I’ve been asking my self this question for months. There are emergency siren alert systems for flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis. Why is there not one for fires?...


Dan Bartlett: Not my mother’s Democratic Party

June 16, 2019

My mother supported and followed the Democratic Party through the Depression, World War II and on through the Clinton years. Based on our conversations late in her life, she would not support the current direction...



Lisa Schliff: We can’t escape housing crisis

June 14, 2019

Nevada County hasn’t escaped the American housing crisis. Since 1960, renters’ median earnings throughout the nation have gone up 5 percent while rents have risen by 61 percent. Workers earning the prevailing minimum wage can’t...