November 18, 2018 — Mr. Newell, Perhaps you can explain to me how our broken judicial system can be made whole. I have watched capital crimes, murder and kidnapping, somehow made to be a lesser crime in regards to punishment. The murderers allowed to be given special treatment due
November 18, 2018 — Ah, blue wave! My humble question is, "Where is the national media coverage?" Yes, I was and I am disappointed. It seems that severe reductionism prevails. It seems that all the history and inherent complexity is lost. We were left with only two dominant issues
November 18, 2018 — It was the best of times for Republicans as they entered the midterm elections, or at least the GOP I've known for most of my life. The economy is booming and unemployment, at 3.7 percent, is nearing all-time lows. The evil regulators are in retreat,
November 16, 2018 — Not to dismiss the health impacts of the air quality in western Nevada County this week but, considering the catastrophe our neighbors to the nearby northwest face, complaints about the air we're breathing seem awfully insignificant right now. Seventy-one people dead. One thousand more missing.
November 16, 2018 — On Nov. 9 at approximately 5 p.m. I was the victim of a hit-and-run accident by the McKnight freeway exit. I wish to thank those individuals who chased the perpetrator down and held him until police arrived. I have been a resident of Nevada County
November 16, 2018 — Ever since the 2010 passage of Proposition 14, Libertarians and members of other small but sometimes significant California political parties have griped about the lack of choices presented to voters in the state's biennial November general elections. Advocates of the "Top Two" primary election system
November 16, 2018 — Soroptimist International Grass Valley is having their final sewing event for this year. One last big push to hopefully reach our goal of 300 dresses for the "Dress A Girl" project and 300 shorts for the "Dress a Dude" project. Both organizations feel that nice
November 15, 2018 — On the front of the Supreme Court in Washington,D.C. is the inscription: "One nation under Law" this means the people are under the law and no one is above it. On the back of the building are the words, "Justice is the Guardian of Liberty."
November 15, 2018 — A hang tag with an illustration of PG&E's 12-foot radius and clear-to-sky standard for vegetation removal was on our front door when I got home from work last Wednesday. The next day I met with the gentlemen who had left the tag so he could
November 15, 2018 — Is this still the United States? When did it become acceptable, or even advisable, for a past president to encourage dissent between our military and a sitting president? I was shocked to hear Obama speak such words. Civility? Don't look for it on your left.
November 15, 2018 — It has been four years since Nevada Irrigation District (NID) passed closed-session Resolution 2014-43, authorizing a water rights application for a "water storage project on the Bear River" without any public comment or board discussion. This was the beginning of Centennial Dam. Since then, SYRCL
November 15, 2018 — Mom had in mind a clean, cheaper place called Canoe House, a step or two up from McDonald's harkening back to our life in Hawaii. Early childhood for me, happy young family memories for her. My wife and I were thinking something fancier, and we
November 14, 2018 — Vice President Mike Pence is setting himself up to replace his boss if Trump leaves office early or does not seek re-election. Pence would never admit this. He plays the part of unctuous toady so fully that conservative writer George Will called him "America's most
November 14, 2018 — It is difficult to describe accurately the deeply tragic nature of the assassination of Jews worshiping at their synagogue. During his campaign and continuing into his present, Trump has inflamed passions with his attacks on the "other." Despite the inevitable carnage that will result from
November 14, 2018 — 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 email@example.com. HIT (from author Gage McKinney and Editor Brian Hamilton):
November 14, 2018 — It always amazes me, watching television on Election Day, where we see long lines, voter ID requirements and polling place snafus in many states throughout the country. I've voted in every California election for the past 44 years and have never been asked for my
November 14, 2018 — Some states have laws against campaigning on the day of elections, so why is it that all the media are allowed to continue their campaigning for politicians? If you watch the news, the media is doing the same basic thing the politicians are doing, the
November 13, 2018 — On a beautiful fall day on Oct. 13, 80-plus volunteers from local trail groups gathered to work together on trail maintenance and construction in the Tahoe National Forest along the Highway 20 corridor. The annual event spearheaded by the Tahoe National Forest Service's Yuba River
November 13, 2018 — In Simon Gates' letter to the editor on Oct. 31 regarding Judge Kavanaugh, he stated that "It is just as bad to assume innocence as it is to assume guilt." Excuse me, did I really see those words in print? I read this sentence in