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Pauli Halstead: Housing, not handcuffs, for homeless

September 21, 2018 — "The use of the criminal justice system to punish those whose only crime is being poor and without housing is not worthy of our great nation. It is unconstitutional and, moreover, it is bad public policy. "Such policies only reinforce and strengthen the vicious cycle

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Mikos Fabersunne: Conflating campus activism with anti-Semitism

September 21, 2018 — Thomas Elias, as he has done in past columns, conflates campus activism directed against Israel with anti-Semitism (Sept. 7). He represents the movement of Zionism, which from the late 19th century has promoted founding a Jewish state in Palestine, and since the 1920s has recognized

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Mark Wilson: Get represented in Congress

September 20, 2018 — Since 1789, when the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives were established, the House was designed to represent the will of the people. In those early days, Senate members were elected by the state legislatures, but members of the House have always been elected

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Alex Oseguera: It’s time for a recycling reset

September 18, 2018 — Recycling is at a crossroads in California and across the globe. A crackdown from China on what materials it will accept and how "clean" those materials must be, is causing a ripple effect throughout the industry that ends in how you sort materials in your

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Janice Bedayn: Clarifying conversations with congressional, assembly candidates on Nevada County forums

September 18, 2018 — I am the president of the League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County and want to clarify the correspondence that took place between our local League and the District 1 congressional candidates as well as the state Assembly candidates. The campaign manager for Mr.

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Gary Litke: Let’s get better

September 17, 2018 — Former President Obama began his participation in the election season with a speech at the University of Illinois. As I watched and listened, it was impossible not to compare his words and spirit to those of President Trump; eloquent to childlike, inspiring to demeaning, hopeful

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William Larsen: Thanks, but I am home

September 16, 2018 — I had an interesting experience recently. I was crossing the Brunswick bridge after a demonstration with my sign under my arm when a voice came out of a car slowing down as it passed. "Take your sign and go home." At the moment — extremely

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Paul Jaffe: Denney, LaMalfa, Social Security and Medicare

September 14, 2018 — Social Security is at stake in the upcoming midterm elections: the GOP and Rep. Doug LaMalfa want to reduce Social Security benefits by raising the age of retirement, increasing beneficiary contributions to Medicare (co-pays), and other cuts to Social Security. This despite the fact that

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Gary Zimmerman: What does a billion-dollar dam mean to you?

September 14, 2018 — The Nevada Irrigation District elections this November are critical to the future of the water district, and all who live in the Yuba/Bear watershed. As an economist who has analyzed the costs of NID's proposed Centennial Dam, I'll focus on the fiscal impact of NID's

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Terry Lamphier: Questions for Grass Valley City Council candidates

September 13, 2018 — Grass Valley voters may not make much of a difference in this fall's national election but they can certainly have an important, real and immediate effect on our community. Our current council is not serving the community's needs by continuing to allow wealthy developers to

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Richardt Stormsgaard: Why lifelong Republicans should vote for Democrat Audrey Denney

September 11, 2018 — Back when the Republican Party was generally a force for good, Republican President Eisenhower in his farewell address expressed his fears of corporate malfeasance infecting our government, including total disregard for the environment that we all live in and depend on. He referred to the

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Chris Crain: Use AmazonSmile to help locally

September 9, 2018 — We all love our local businesses and like to support them by shopping locally first. At times, however, selection or other considerations lead many of us to make some purchases through Amazon. If you already shop on Amazon, there's a simple way to direct a

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Mark Reynolds: A year that will live in infamy: It’s time to act on climate

September 7, 2018 — Those of us who understand the existential threat posed by climate change have been waiting for the "Pearl Harbor moment" that galvanizes people and politicians alike into taking action to minimize that threat. 2018 is turning out to be a "Pearl Harbor year," where a

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Patricia Sharp: Sovereignty of self

September 7, 2018 — In discussing the morality of women who choose to use contraception or have an abortion, right vs. wrong and responsibility for one's actions are in play. There's something else in play, something unspoken though implicit within the discussion. Morality and responsibility rely on self-governance. This

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Dobbs’ Work Highlights ‘Artist of the Oaks’ Show

September 7, 2018 — The fall exhibit at the Clubhouse started Sept. 3 and we have exciting news! Starting with this exhibit, we  have the work of a featured artist on one wall of the exhibit! Dennis Dobbs is our first artist to be featured. His vibrant paintings always

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Robin Diel: Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing

September 6, 2018 — I watched the introductory hearing on Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) gave a concise summation of Democrat objections to Judge Kavanaugh appointment. As such, I would like to summarize the viewpoint of Sen. Cruz for the benefit of our

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Manny Montes: Choose capitalism

September 5, 2018 — The 2016 Socialist candidate for president, Emilio Soltysik, said he would like to see a 70 percent tax rate, stating, "Let say you make one million dollars, if you were taxed at 70 percent, if you can't get by on 300,000 dollars, in a country

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Gary Palmer: Show me the facts

September 4, 2018 — I know, there is no point in mentioning facts these days, but this one is important, so here it is: unauthorized immigrants may have lower crime rates than our own entrenched population of citizens and legal immigrants. Here is a quote from FactCheck.org: "Alex Nowrasteh,

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Cheryl Cook: Multicultural team wins Little League World Championship

September 3, 2018 — On Saturday, Aug. 25, Barbara Samardich wrote an op-ed entitled, "Both parties ignore 'multiculturalism does not work.'" As we read the column in The Union that same morning, a multi-cultural Little League team from West Oahu, Hawaii, was beating a team from Georgia to win

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Mindy Oberne: A tribute to Stan Brock

September 3, 2018 — I wanted to let my community know that a great man has just passed. His name was Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), which helped hundreds of thousands of people get the medical, dental and vision care they so desperately needed. It was

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