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Mary Jean Heltsley: Vote for Bill Smethers for sheriff of Nevada County

April 25, 2018 — Nevada County is well under way with our political season. The signs are up, showing the tremendous support and the passion this community has for the candidates that are running. The public forums have allowed the candidates to share their vision for the office they

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Horti Davis: Don’t miss ‘South Pacific’

April 25, 2018 — The excellence of CATS (Community Asian Theater of the Sierras) remains astonishing. How to make the old gem, South Pacific, "fresh" seemed an insurmountable challenge for them to take on. But once again they have exceeded even their high standards. Accompanied by live orchestration, led

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Terry McLaughlin: What do you want our western Nevada County community to embody?

April 25, 2018 — Do you have a vision for Nevada County? What do you want our community to embody? Nevada County, along with the rest of California, and indeed, the United States, is facing many issues which affect the quality of life for its residents. Everyone who lives

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Hits & Misses in Nevada County: Hit to reading The Union from front to back every day

April 25, 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 editboard@theunion.com. HIT (from reader Art Kugler): To The Union's staff

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Mike Ferguson: In support of Cliff Newell

April 24, 2018 — As the former district attorney for Nevada County, I have a good understanding of what it takes to do the job well. The cornerstones of what makes a good district attorney are the very same things which have defined Cliff Newell's time in the position.

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Patricia Smith: Placing our hope in the future

April 24, 2018 — I am endorsing Hilary Hodge for District 3 supervisor not because she is a woman, but because I feel she is the best candidate for the position. To me, gender is the least important factor in picking a candidate. If we're honest, there are candidates

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Franca Nielson: Thank you, to our community

April 24, 2018 — On March 25, 2018, my son Tyler Nielson was killed when a drunk driver chose to get behind the wheel of a car. Since that day, my family has discovered, even more than we thought before, what an amazing community we live in. The amount

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Terry McAteer: Retired males are dealing with loneliness and depression

April 24, 2018 — I was chatting with a couple of elderly blokes recently in a pub in Waterford, Ireland. They were describing their development of a "Man Shed" solely designed as a place where retired men in a community could come to chat and have camaraderie with other

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Support forward-looking candidates

April 23, 2018 — As we fight and fume over the antics in Washington, it is important to remember that progress and positive growth often start at the local level. A strong structure for making broader change can only come from an active, involved and functional community base. We

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Rick DeKnoop: Southern water districts want Delta water, and won’t take no for answer

April 23, 2018 — Am I the only one but do I hear a giant sucking sound to the south? That insatiable area to the south will not be satisfied until all the water is down there. I remember the fertile area known as the Owens Valley, which was

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Kent Gallagher: Vote for John Foster

April 23, 2018 — I encourage you to support John Foster for sheriff. As police chief of Grass Valley for 17 years he has proven experience and has had abundant opportunity to interface with the sheriff concerning all of the issues that help create a secure community for all.

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Ehud Gat: First step is acknowledging the problem

April 23, 2018 — I was encouraged to read Michael McDonald's March 5 response to my column in this very paper regarding the need for wiser resource allocation and greater accountability in programs that are designed to help the homeless. To begin with, allow me to point out that

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Thomas Elias: A chance to fix the biggest bullet train mistake

April 23, 2018 — By the beginning of next year, California will have a new governor and perhaps a new perspective on its largest building project of this and the next decade — the fractionally-built and ultra-controversial bullet train now under construction in Madera and Fresno counties. A new

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R.L. Crabb: It takes a village idiot

April 23, 2018 —

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Edward Taylor: What’s LaMalfa’s stand on guns?

April 22, 2018 — I would ask The Union, as our only local published news, ask our representative Doug LaMalfa to share is position on assault rifles, large capacity magazines, background checks, and basically all gun issues. I would also ask that you request from Mr. LaMalfa how much

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Denise Cain: Sammie’s Friends saves lives every day

April 22, 2018 — It's easy to kill animals. It's also cheap. Puppies, dogs, cats, kittens. Yes, it's cheap and easy. Stanislaus County kills 150 on any given Sunday, after the taxpayers built them an $11 million shelter. Why? Because its still cheaper to kill animals. Forget that these

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Kathy Mendoza: Change begins with each one of us

April 22, 2018 — Our democracy is on the verge of being eradicated and the name of our country is under siege. The extremism of both parties is preventing our government from functioning and consensus is not being considered as a necessity or desired goal. This phenomenon has overtaken

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George Boardman: Will it be business as usual with new sheriff?

April 22, 2018 — There are a couple of disturbing aspects surrounding the saga of Nevada County Sheriff's deputy Jason Mackey, the narcotics detective who says he corrected an error in a warrant that didn't get corrected. The first was the decision of District Attorney Cliff Newell to call

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Manny Montes: Gun control: smokescreens to curb God-given rights

April 20, 2018 — Progressives understand the difference between a wrong word and the right word is like the difference between a fire cracker and a clash of thunder. Weapons of war, and assault rifles are rifles that look like the ones used in our military, but aside from

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Richard Sciaroni: Guns: want versus need

April 20, 2018 — On the heels of the Florida shooting one hears politicians and pundits propose conflicting solutions. Some call for stricter background checks, others for bans on weapons and ammunition; some would raise the age when one can purchase weapons while still others call for arming teachers

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