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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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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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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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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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Chauncey Poston: Measure E will help Grass Valley meet shortfalls

April 19, 2018 — I served as a Grass Valley Council member from the beginning of 2007 until 2011. From the moment I took office, through the end of my term, our town suffered from the ravages of "The Great Recession." As decision makers, the City Council had no

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Curt Romander: Save Sammie’s no-kill shelter

April 18, 2018 — Recently, we received the news that our proposal to continue to operate the Nevada County Animal Shelter was rejected by "county officials." We believe that we presented a very fair and well thought out proposal that covered all of the conditions and concerns that were

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William Larsen: Go kids go

April 17, 2018 — I was at first interested in Stephen Heilman's March 17 column, which seemed to be going somewhere but devolved into just another Right Wing harangue against the political Left. Heilman spends seven paragraphs relating how it was for him at Nevada Union in 1968, which

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Best Little Gold Rush Festival in California

April 16, 2018 — Pioneer Day in Smartsville, the "Best Little Gold Rush Festival in California," has a historical theme. We have tours of the mining areas, impersonations of historic characters and we are restoring the 1871 former Catholic Church. But Pioneer Day is a family-friendly event, so what

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Mel & Julie Marshall: Suggestions to ease the affordable housing crisis

April 16, 2018 — So we listened with great interest to the affordable housing meeting held in Nevada City on March 20. My wife and I are presently building our new house (48 percent complete) so we are very aware of the present day cost of building. The fees

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Boot Drive raises $5K for Burn Institute

April 16, 2018 — Recently, Penn Valley firefighters conducted a boot drive at the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Lake Wildwood Drive. They were there for five hours and collected some $7,481 dollars for the Firefighter Burn Institute Earlier this month, the executive director of the Burn Institute

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Stephen Munkelt: Column missed the point of misconduct case

April 15, 2018 — Mr. Rogers, your column on the district attorney race and Deputy Jason Mackey completely missed the point (Clouseau with a beard, April 13). The motion on government misconduct was not focused on Mackey's conduct so much as the dishonesty, corruption and incompetence of District Attorney

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Robert Whiteaker:” Don Rogers and the Bible

April 13, 2018 — Publisher Don Rogers' column, "Our lot in life," depicts Aristotle's cave, which is an allegory of the human condition where people are prisoners facing a blank wall. There is a fire behind them and people and objects pass between them and the light so that

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Susan Brandt Blachley: Copper herbicides in our waterways

April 13, 2018 — I write this on April 1, Easter, a holiday of rejuvenation. This is why, to me and many in our community continue to be amazed that, in this day and age, the treatments of copper herbicides in our miles of waterways continues. On April 3,

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Jim Goetsch: Sociopaths? Really?

April 13, 2018 — It is so refreshing to find a couple of writers, Jon Peck and Joan Keyes (Other Voices: The camouflage of conservative social issues March 17, The Union), whose apparent vast experience with the Republican Party allows them to define us so well in a single

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Jodi McDonald: Good morning, Nevada County

April 12, 2018 — I hope you had a great night's sleep in the privacy and comfort of your home. Did you wake up to a hot beverage and an invigorating shower? Was it difficult choosing what to wear? Did you have a nourishing breakfast? Me too! All things

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Erika Kosina: The state of broadband in Nevada County

April 10, 2018 — Nevada County's tech industry is poised for growth. More and more tech talent and businesses are realizing what a great place Nevada County is to live. But before this growth can happen, we need two things: more housing and more internet. Nevada County Tech Connection

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Terry Lamphier: Rules? Which rules?

April 10, 2018 — In our era of uncertainty, most of us believe in the importance of laws, regulations and rules, though we might not always understand them or agree with them. A current local controversy involves the appropriateness of granting construction approval of several Dollar General stores which,

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