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Tom Behlmer: A look at LaMalfa’s voting record

August 19, 2018 — The upcoming elections will be here soon. Our congressman, Doug LaMalfa, will be on the ballot. Much of the public don't closely watch how their congressmen vote. Fortunately, there are organizations that do monitor voting records. One is PoliticsThatWork.com. According to their site, he's voted

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Julia Amaral: Recorders for the Batwa

August 17, 2018 — A few weeks ago, The Union newspaper alerted our generous community about efforts to donate new and used recorders to the Batwa (pygmies). We have received 166 recorders, and for that we are sincerely thankful. For those of you who have not yet donated, the

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Mark Wilson: Political posturing while District 1 burns

August 17, 2018 — During fire season, who would celebrate the early release from prison of men convicted by a jury of their peers for deliberately committing arson that threatened the lives of family members, hunters, and firefighters? That would be our congressman, Doug LaMalfa. The congressman recently celebrated

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David Briceno: Murdering on Tweet Street is sweet

August 16, 2018 — "When someone attacks me, I always attack back … This has nothing to do with a tirade but rather a way of life!" — Donald J. Trump, Nov. 11, 2012 tweet President Trump tweets copiously. He habitually attacks others through his tweets. His venomous attacks

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Robin Wallace: An important reminder on refugees

August 14, 2018 — These days, have you noticed lately how difficult it is to stay on the subject? Several weeks ago it was all about the refugees from countries in Central America seeking asylum at our southern border. Most American citizens were outraged at learning about children being

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Jeff Sheldon: Safety issues go beyond state parks

August 13, 2018 — Seldom do I wholly agree with Thomas Elias' writings, but his piece "How safe are state parks,", was worthy, at least, as far as it goes. I would like to add to it. I agree our state parks are not safe, but most everywhere in

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Cheryl Cook: How Vladimir votes

August 12, 2018 — Clear the room. I have a disturbing theory. It has to do with how Donald Trump may have defied the national election polls by defeating Hillary Clinton in the last election by a very small margin. How? Vladimir voted. Turns out you don't need a

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Barbara Rivenes: What will we do this November?

August 10, 2018 — Does it feel to you like we are moving into an apocalyptic time? Some are calling our current period "the Anthropocene," meaning a geological epoch altered by human activity! Is that even possible? But reports tell us that the Arctic Ocean is now 61 degrees

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Brent Hastey: Yuba County Water Agency rebrands as Yuba Water Agency

August 10, 2018 — If you haven't already heard, Yuba County Water Agency is rebranding, changing our name to Yuba Water Agency, providing an easy-to-identify moniker and logo, as we strive to develop a stronger relationship with the people of Yuba County — the people we serve. For those

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Daniel Baldwin: Let’s talk before it’s too late

August 10, 2018 — On Aug. 1, Terry McLaughlin wrote a column about the Democratic Party in the U.S. Two days later on Aug. 3 Darrell Berkheimer wrote a column about violence in American politics. These were two very different columns, but both seemed to address the same core

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Paul Moore: Investigation is not done until you have all the evidence

August 8, 2018 — As a trained historian and amateur builder, I know very well that you cannot put a time limit on work. Either you have found all of the evidence, or the research is not done. Or a piece of furniture is not done just because the

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Lary Lansburgh: Understanding the E-Horse

August 8, 2018 — Our neighbor Mitzi Briskitt loves high-tech gadgets. She had invited my wife, Emmeline, and me to her house so we could admire her latest purchase. Mitzi pointed to something that looked like a radio speaker. "Oh no," said Emmeline. "What is it?" I asked. Mitzi

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Karen Brazas: Celebrating the ‘Dog Days’ of August

August 7, 2018 — August, you say? What's to celebrate in August? In January we ring in the New Year and celebrate the legacy of MLK. February brings the hearts and flowers of Valentines Day. And after March turns green for "St. Paddy," April Fool's Day and Easter mark

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Don Joy: Nevada City citizens should be heard on proposed Sargent statues

August 5, 2018 — There is a proposal in the works to erect a full-sized bronze statue of Aaron Sargent and his wife at the top of Broad Street in Nevada City. The specific location is in front of the large, white Victorian house that sits in the middle

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Manny Montes: American philosophies: Equality or liberty?

August 3, 2018 — A conservative would say, "You've got to pick yourself up by your bootstraps." The progressive would respond with, "Yea, but what if he doesn't have any boots?" How clever. I didn't think of that. Well, to borrow a phrase from "Cool Hand Luke," "What we

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Milan Vodicka: Arguments? Or insults?

August 3, 2018 — My previously published article, "Fascist U.S.? Concentration camps? For kids?" invoked a plethora of responses. This is very positive — we, as a vibrant society need to exchange and cultivate ideas. Alas, as it seems to be more a norm than exception, in "comments" elsewhere,

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Pauli Halstead: Time for county to fund support for shelters

August 3, 2018 — There are estimated over a hundred mentally ill homeless people in our county. I just read the Request for Proposals that the county is shopping around, hoping to find an operator to manage the winter warming shelter for a measly $10,000-15,000 for four months this

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Frederick Hall: Trump’s drive to be the only one with power

July 31, 2018 — Trump vowed to "Make America Great Again." Statements during the campaign and since give clues to what his catchy phrase means to him. Restoring the respect America once commanded in the eyes of the world is of first importance. He says he would reverse the

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Jan-Michelle Sawyer: Sargent sculptures depict historical revisionism

July 30, 2018 — As an educator and professional commemorative sculptor, I applaud what the Marching Presidents have taken upon themselves on behalf of our historically enriched community by commissioning a life-size sculpture honoring Senator Aaron Sargent and Ellen Clark Sargent. Historians have documented that Ellen Clark was a

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Bob Hren: Who is the traitor?

July 29, 2018 — Hysteria by the media and Democrats over Trump's supposed "treason" in his Helsinki meeting with Putin has been a shameful exercise in misinformation and hyperbole. It has never been proper diplomacy or wise to call your counterpart at a heads-of-state meeting a liar. Think of

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