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William Neville: Fixing the wildland/interface fire problem

February 22, 2019 — Let me suggest some things our newly elected governor, Assembly and Senate should consider if they are serious about mitigating the urban-wildland fire problem: 1. Submit, for voter approval, a program to re-designate funds (approaching $100 billion) now directed to the "Super Train" to wildfire

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Paul Matson: How did all this happen?

February 22, 2019 — The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad began service in 1876 and continued until 1943. The tracks were then removed and the rolling stock dispersed. The 22-mile route ran from Nevada City to Grass Valley and then on to Colfax where you could catch a train

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Thanks for letting us be part of your lives

February 22, 2019 — For 46 years, our family has been at the corner of Pine and Commercial. To have a constant in your life for 46 years is no small thing. It is a lifetime. A lifetime of "the restaurant" being in our constant vocabulary, of amazing customers

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Lynn Wenzel: The heartbeats of women

February 22, 2019 — Yes, indeed, Ms. McLaughlin, heartbeats should be heard — those of the millions of women across this country who also have a right to life, health, safety, legal protection — all those things you demand for unborn fetuses. I lived through the pre-Roe v. Wade

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Our View: No punishment is enough in Sabrina Distura case

February 22, 2019 — The skies of Los Banos brooded on the day Sabrina Distura was sentenced for the deaths of two Nevada Union High School students. Intermittent rain and gray landscapes greeted those who drove almost 200 miles from Grass Valley to the Central Valley town. They trudged

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

February 22, 2019 —

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Thomas Elias: Will California GOP become a dinosaur?

February 22, 2019 — In mid-2016, just before Donald Trump won the presidency, California's Republican Party was on pace to become the third choice of state voters within three years, the first "major" political party to fall that low since Whigs became extinct just before the Civil War. The

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Our View: Why shut the door on governor’s visit?

February 21, 2019 — To paraphrase from a famous movie, Gov. Gavin Newsom's understanding of the word "transparency" doesn't mean what he thinks it means. Transparency doesn't include restricting access to a League of Cities meeting held today in Grass Valley. It's not found in a tailored statement afterward

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Don Rogers: Paper reflects the times

February 21, 2019 — Before the bust came the boom, and for community newspapers, the boom was fabulous. We thought it would last forever. We planned accordingly. Our publishers were geniuses, their bosses even brighter. Three-year plans and five-year plans. We charted the next decade out, the revenue trends

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Eva Zlimen: Nevada Union High letting students down

February 21, 2019 — Nevada Union High School is letting its students down by cutting higher level classes such as AP Calculus BC and the German program. As freshmen, four years of math and foreign language at our level was promised. In the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan that was

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Carole Carson: Hear our prayers

February 21, 2019 — Christians are commanded to pray for our leaders. In support of this effort, here are a few things that I believe need divine intervention. • Pray that the forecast deficit (because of the tax break for the rich) will not reach in excess of $1

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Jacqueline Finley: American ignorance is our downfall

February 20, 2019 — A British friend recently sent me a link to an interesting article in the London Times. I read the article and while it initially appeared to be a write-up about Kamala Harris' entry into the presidential race, I found it was a lengthy and insightful

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County: Using traffic apps in weather events is a MISS

February 20, 2019 — 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 editboard@theunion.com. MISS (from reader Walt Stickel): To all those drivers

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Virginia Whitehead: Promising piece of climate change legislation

February 20, 2019 — With recent news of weather extremes effecting people around the globe, it is easy to fall into a state of hopelessness. If you are a person who is anxious to see a solution, or interested in being part of a solution to fossil fuel pollution,

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Robert Smail: Bear Yuba Land Trust looking for outdoor lovers

February 20, 2019 — Do you enjoy the outdoors? Looking for a way to support the community and be out in nature? Then volunteering with the Bear Yuba Land Trust may be a good fit for you. The Bear Yuba Land Trust has preserved more than 15,000 acres of

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Gary Hammer: Can our country survive?

February 19, 2019 — So you say you hate President Trump? Will do anything to bring down his presidency? He is not on my guest list either. As much as I respect the office, I have to say Donald Trump is a jerk. His tweets make very little sense.

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Terry McAteer: Casinos are just a Band-Aid to solving real issues facing Native Americans

February 19, 2019 — One of the most fascinating parts to living in Inyo County for eight years was working with five tribal nations. Inyo County, the second largest county in area in the state, is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and has the highest

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Lindi Pagan: Nevada County businesses give Camp Fire families a boost

February 19, 2019 — I am kind of blown away by the kindness of many businesses in our local area. We have six families we know that lost everything in the Camp Fire. They have all relocated to our area. We are making up some gift bags for them,

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Alice Root: No waiver on wrong word usage

February 19, 2019 — I understand newspapers are on a tight budget and The Union has decided to send the printing job to Auburn. Has anyone else noticed the fairly frequent blotchy print, and lack of print in some areas so you have to guess at the wording? Also,

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Linda Schuyler Horning: Puppet politicians

February 19, 2019 — Ever wonder why every Republican politician supports Donald Trump? Forget about the Access Hollywood tapes, Stormy Daniels and multiple indictments of his co-conspirators. They falter for a day or two, but always fall back into line like penitent children. What makes these politicians put up

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