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Denes McIntosh: The pleasure of knowing pain

March 19, 2019 — Most everyone has suffered some degree of personal/emotional or situational hardship and misfortune in life. And many have been affected by at least one painful benchmark, including the death of friends or family, the perpetual ache, and disorientation, of divorce (whether it be one's own,

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Vickie Stokes: NID’s money woes are self inflicted

March 19, 2019 — Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a series of stringent mandatory water restrictions on April 1, 2015 due to his misunderstanding of how to effectively deal with the drought. He ordered California's cities and towns to reduce water usage by 25 percent. However, Gov. Brown's water restrictions

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Jeffrey Peach: Fire safety on Banner Mountain

March 18, 2019 — Over the last decade, the frequency and intensity of wildfires in California have increased dramatically. The recent Camp Fire in the Paradise area should be an eye opener for all residents of Banner Mountain because our terrain, fuel loadings, and communities are very similar to

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Hilary Hodge: The Methodist Church and the LGBTQ community

March 17, 2019 — It's 1988. I'm tall for my age but my feet still don't touch the ground when I'm sitting in the pew. I'm 8 years old and wearing a pink lacy dress with tights, swinging my feet. My mother is the pianist at Byron United Methodist

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Diane Dean-Epps: Newsom can fix homeless; meanwhile, more yarn

March 15, 2019 — Acting as a sheet of sorts, the paper bag is mostly underneath him. He looks uncomfortable. And cold. And so, so tired. And that combination does it. I may have been walking past him, but I can't look past him. Nor should I. I see

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Jonathan Pierce: Free health clinic a community effort

March 15, 2019 — An excellent free clinic is returning to Grass Valley next Jan. 10-12, 2020, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and this semi-retired doctor is mighty happy about it! Why? The coming combination of giving and receiving when there's real need. United Way of Nevada County (uwnc.org)

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OTHER VOICES: Western Nevada County’s United Methodist clergy speak out in support of LGBTQIA

March 12, 2019 — We, the undersigned, are ordained clergy members of the United Methodist Church. We are either currently appointed as pastors in Nevada County churches or are retired clergy now residing here. The official legislative body governing our global church is the General Conference, comprised of officially

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Bill Kerler: Serving others, just like hosting old friends

March 12, 2019 — Why on earth would I ever want to cook meals for unknown homeless people? What would ever possess me to do such a thing, especially on cold, wet and snowy nights? Please allow me to take a moment to tell you my journey to this

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Gregory J. Diaz: Some thoughts about voting

March 11, 2019 — Something new has cropped up in our county, echoing actions elsewhere. Groups are trying to persuade voters not to Vote by Mail in our March 26, 2019 Special Vacancy Election for State Senator (District 1). The Nevada County Tea Party is one of those. In

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Mac Small, Jr.: Wanted: grand jurors

March 10, 2019 — So, you want something to do that would benefit your Nevada County community, but you're not sure what that might be? How about the Nevada County Grand Jury? You can make a real contribution and at the same time get the best political science course

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Richard Cristdahl: How did Trump happen?

March 8, 2019 — Conservatives' brains are different than liberals. Studies show that it depends on the size of your amygdala, this is an almond shaped mass of gray matter located in the frontal portion of the temporal lobes of your brain that deals with fear. A magnitude of

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Robin Diel: Network television news: the sin of omission

March 8, 2019 — Over the last year I've made an effort to broaden my daily news gathering activities and have noticed some trends across the spectrum of major network television news broadcasts. Besides "cherry picking" quotes that emphasize one narrative rather than inform the public of the wider

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Jerry Martin: Third Team Sudoku Tournament coming in April

March 7, 2019 — Intelligence is only as good as the accuracy of the information on which it operates, and depends on how the information is managed. As smart as Einstein was, if he had been taught and believed that water was milk and milk was water, he would

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Dennis Babson: On the West Coast Walk for Life

March 6, 2019 — Columnist Terry McLaughlin recently wrote about her memorable experience at last month's West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco (The Union, Feb. 16). During the rally before the walk, seven pregnant women went up on stage and placed microphones against their bellies. When the

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Mike Pasner: NID Roundup pilot project finally open to the public

March 6, 2019 — For over 40 years, 350 miles of the Nevada Irrigation District's 450-mile raw water canal system have been chemically managed with herbicides. Copper-based aquatic herbicides are dripped directly into the water throughout the irrigation season (April through October). Roundup is sprayed along the ditch banks

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Robert Stepp: Where are we headed?

March 5, 2019 — Rene Descartes reasoned, "I think, therefore I am." That logic has morphed today into something akin to, "I exist; therefore, I am entitled." With that entitlement should come accountability and responsibility, but regrettably those concepts are becoming more and more remote from entitlements. Kennedy had

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Richard DeKnoop: Life before vaccines

March 4, 2019 — I'm a 75-year-old man living my dream here in Grass Valley. The last couple of months I have been disturbed by things in the news. Not the dumb and pointless slap-fighting in Washington this time, but the appearance of news that diseases — previously thought

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Fran Brodel: Don’t forget SmarterBroadband

March 4, 2019 — I would like to comment on the article in the Feb. 18 edition of The Union by columnist Erika Kosina regarding "what the fiber network means for Nevada County businesses." As the co-owner of SmarterBroadband Inc., a locally owned and operated high-speed internet company that

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Aimee Retzler: Nevada County’s commitment to fighting food injustice

March 3, 2019 — George Boardman's presentation of "the reasons that poor people eat junk food" in his Feb. 4 column made me realize how lucky we are to live in a place where there is a myriad of assistance to break this cycle of injustice that comes from

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Jim Ciaffoni: How deep was the snow?

March 1, 2019 — If western Nevada County had gotten half the snow that was predicted in the last couple of weeks, we might have set a record for snow depth, or would have we? How deep was the snow in the past? This is a tricky question for

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