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Ted Gaines: More government spending equals more taxes

November 13, 2018 — This year's legislative session ended in September but you'll feel the damage to your pocketbooks for years to come. I will give my Democrat colleagues credit for consistency, at least, because every year they come up with new and creative ways to spend taxpayer money,

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Paula Orloff: Are Scrabble players smarter?

November 11, 2018 — Are Scrabble players smarter? Smarter than who, you might ask. For the sake of comparison, let's ask if Scrabble players are smarter than the rest of the adult population. I'd say no, but since I'm a fairly avid player, I'm amused that some show a

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Al Dover: Regarding Gretchen Serrata

November 8, 2018 — Please permit me a personal observation. I have had the good fortune to come across many talented, dedicated public servants during my 45 years in the law profession with 20 of those as a Nevada County judge. No one, in my opinion, is more deserving

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Bruce Rayner: PG&E is trimming your trees

November 8, 2018 — Most PG&E customers who live locally in rural areas have been dunned lately by threats (for your safety) to cut off power when there is even a remote possibility that power lines will spark and cause a wildfire. Those whose power has been cut off,

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Judie Rae: A call for civility

November 5, 2018 — One of my favorite cartoons from years ago depicted two cavemen batting each other over the head with clubs. The caption read "World War Four." I can no longer give attribution to its creator, who, I believe, was commenting on the threat of nuclear war,

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Gerald Doane: The police officer’s mission and strategy

November 5, 2018 — The advent of social media and publication of police dash and body camera videos in the media has revealed to the public the serious risks police officers face. At the same time, the videos reveal some errors in police performance. The publication of these videos

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Ed Thomas: Tax measures have made a difference for Grass Valley

November 4, 2018 — Five years ago, after the citizens of Grass Valley approved a half percent sales tax increase, I was appointed to the five member Oversight Committee. I was selected to chair the committee and have done that for the last five years. The Committee has met

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Todd Juvinall: That coming wave has turned red

November 2, 2018 — What an exciting year to be an American and part of the political process. Our country is a example of how we can proceed as a country without bloodshed or a civil war. And no dictators either. We run the place and once in a

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Lew Sitzer: Our nation’s mental health?

October 31, 2018 — We don't need to look very far to recognize something is wrong; mass shootings, even at schools and churches, a society polarized, unable to talk or listen to one another, a media that is fixated on fear and a planet that is choking, on a

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Otis Wollan: Looming NID rate hikes truly frightening

October 30, 2018 — In those hotly contested NID Board elections, there's a late-breaking issue that is hiding in the shadows like a Halloween monster — the 80 to 100 percent rate hikes that NID is proposing for the next five years. Most of that hike will happen next

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David Heinen: Keep the community forum reasoned, civil

October 26, 2018 — Jo Ann Rebane, an Editorial Board member for The Union, presents us with yet another hate-filled screed where we learn that Democrats are bad — really bad —and conservatives are beleaguered by said bad, really bad, Democrats. We learn that there is a long list

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Bob Hren: Gas tax deception

October 24, 2018 — In 2017, California had some of the highest fuel taxes and auto registration fees in the nation. Now, they are even higher. Democrats passed Senate Bill 1 raising the gas tax by 40 percent, diesel taxes by 50 percent, and increasing your vehicle registration fees

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Brent Hastey: Proposition 3 deserves your attention

October 23, 2018 — In November, voters will face a string of initiatives. As the chairman of the Yuba Water Agency and the president of the Association of California Water Agencies, I encourage you to take a good, hard look at Proposition 3, the Water Supply and Water Quality

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Karen Perry: NID can’t have my fire egress

October 23, 2018 — Raise your hand if you've smelled and breathed smoke in the air this summer. How about heard or seen a Cal Fire plane flying overhead? Anyone lived in the area long enough to have started packing the car at least once because a fire was

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Cynthia Hren: District 1 needs a true conservative record

October 22, 2018 — Have you noticed all the Audrey Denney for Congress signs that have been sprouting up all over Nevada County? Ms. Denney, a 34-year-old agricultural educator, is very enthusiastic and persuasive about her idealistic socialist agenda. Her campaign slogan is "People over Politics" on her website.

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Lindy Schasiepen: Big Brothers Big Sisters gets a new look

October 21, 2018 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe, which creates long-lasting, meaningful mentoring relationships for youth, rolled out a new brand look. This new brand helps the organization to remain relevant and make an impact through mentoring in North Tahoe, Truckee, Grass

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Tom Behlmer: LaMalfa’s voting record says it all

October 19, 2018 — The November elections will be here soon. Want to know where your Congressman Doug LaMalfa stands on the issues? Below is a brief summary. A reminder that just because a congressman votes a certain way on a bill, does not mean it will become law.

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Mike Pasner: The change Nevada Irrigation District needs

October 19, 2018 — The upcoming election to fill spots on Nevada Irrigation District's board of directors is the most important election in the 32 years that I have been farming in Penn Valley. On Nov. 6, we will have the opportunity to fundamentally change "business as usual." The

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Terry Lamphier: ‘Affordable Housing?’ It’s a myth, folks

October 19, 2018 — For those who still believe facts "'trump" rhetoric, note that current political candidates touting affordable housing "solutions" while ignoring facts are either ignorant, ill-informed or ill-intentioned. November election candidates, ranging from our local Nevada County Contractor's Association Political Action Committee-endorsed Grass Valley City Councilmember Ben

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Adela Wilcox: Learn where candidates stand on homelessness

October 18, 2018 — Whether we have been homeless, or are affected by litter or wildfires from camps, or we donate to services that support our homeless neighbors, we are all affected by homelessness in some way. As we are in an election year, we hear many local candidates

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