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Russell Steele: STEM for all

January 17, 2019 — In November of 2018, the Little Hoover Commission found that between now and 2030 artificial intelligence technologies could have a $400 billion economic impact in California. From 1 million to 11 million California jobs could be impacted. The report details why state government lacks the

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Pamela Meeks: Thanks for continuing generous tradition of the Donation Day Parade

January 15, 2019 — The Donation Day Parade is the annual frosting on top of 135 years helping our community. We value holding onto this tradition, especially in a world of rapid change. From the patriotic beginning with the military honor guard to the students' excitement of finally delivering

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Tracy Pepper: Love Walk, the sequel

January 14, 2019 — On Martin Luther King Day (Monday, Jan. 21), our community will be celebrating unity, love and tolerance through an inspiring opening ceremony and an afternoon of art, music, poetry, workshops and children's activities at the "Love Walk II — A Community Festival" event from 11

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Heather Burke: Curbing cannabis robberies, means DA and sheriff need to protect farmers

January 14, 2019 — On the last day of 2018, two of the top local news stories both related to violent rip-offs in cannabis gardens: one where a young farmer ended up dead and another where the farmer thankfully survived a brutal encounter only to be treated like a

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David Briceno: Mixed up houses are better

January 13, 2019 — "That recently painted blue House over on the Hill that used to be red looks pretty impressive. The same people there seem different ever since quite a few of them got evicted and new tenants moved in. It's funny, but they all have a certain

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Chris Maxwell: AT&T above the law?

January 11, 2019 — Our neighborhood, and it seems much of Nevada County, can agree that AT&T's maintenance and disrepair of their phone lines is a major issue. Over the past few years, we alone have had repairmen come out at least 10 times for either no service at

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Denes McIntosh: A greater purpose

January 10, 2019 — We toil in the fields, in the factories, in the cubicles, in the corporate offices, and in the restaurants, bars and cafés. We try to find satisfaction in the work we do, all the while knowing that work inherently provides a greater reward than not

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Jacqueline Finley: A petulant bully, a narcissist should be impeached

January 10, 2019 — President Trump just announced he feels he is too successful to be impeached. I adamantly disagree, as I am sure do millions of other Americans. No one is ever too good to be "shown the door," if he or she fails to live up to

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Richardt Stormsgaard: California Sandernistas

January 9, 2019 — The Union ran an op-ed by Thomas Elias (Dec. 24) in which he lamented the fact that both major parties in California are becoming increasingly extremist. He is correct that leftist activists taking over the California Democratic Party present a danger to our state and

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Manny Montes: Progressives’ dagger plunged into heart of America’s founding

January 7, 2019 — Progressives have discovered the cure to human nature. It is so wondrous, but accepting the administering of this cure will be mandatory. Having this cure in their hands promotes a sense of divine right to rule. All obstacles to victory must be torn down. Eliminate

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Darrell Berkheimer: Expect actions on drugs, infrastructure this year

January 4, 2019 — The beginning of a new year is a time to be optimistic about some of the progress that might occur during the next 12 months. The Union already has provided us with several stories recapping this past year's events, plus a couple of articles sharing

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Gerald G. Doane: Fire safety and security begins at my property

January 3, 2019 — The drought has broken. The rains are back, at least for the time being, and it has been only a few short months since a devastating fire destroyed that not-so-distant community of Paradise. Because I live in a semi-forested community like Paradise, my fear of

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Terry McLaughlin: The not-so-ugly American

January 2, 2019 — William Lederer was a writer and a career Naval officer, having graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1936. He is probably best known for his book, "The Ugly American," which he co-authored with Eugene Burdick, then a political science professor at the University

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Greg Zaller: Fire safe Nevada County

January 1, 2019 — About a day after the Camp Fire began I met a refugee who told me that his first contact with the fire was when he stepped out of a store on an errand and noticed the parking lot was covered with embers. Burning ember showers

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Tom Mooers: Sierra Watch remembers Judge William A. Newsom

December 31, 2018 — This month we gathered in Dutch Flat for the funeral of Bill Newsom. For a guy who had been everywhere — and knew everyone, it was no accident that he chose a final resting place beneath the cedar and the pine of his beloved Sierra.

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Milan Vodicka: Lessons of 2018

December 30, 2018 — Another year, 2018, is gone. We are at liberty to reflect on its lessons. Last year, I devoted my writing to the emerging authoritarian state. This year provided some good signs of the prevailing goodness in people. This was manifested by the election results. Yet,

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Terry Lamphier: Housing developments: public subsidizing hazards for private-sector profits

December 27, 2018 — "We've got to continue to raise the bar on what we're doing and local land use decisions have to be part of the discussion," said Governor Jerry Brown, as quoted in The Union's article, "Official: California must mull home ban in fire-prone areas" on Dec.

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Jerry Martin: Avoiding Paradise

December 26, 2018 — The recent catastrophe in nearby Butte County is a clear wake up call which would be ignored only by irresponsible fools. Our recent meeting in the Rood Center confirms our collective concern. We are not fools, but need to get much better organized. Here in

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Robert Ingram: Killer fires, the ugly truth

December 25, 2018 — About 2 percent of California wildfires occur during catastrophic high-wind events. These are the fires that kill people and destroy communities, like Santa Rosa, Redding, Paradise (maybe Nevada City, Grass Valley, Alta Sierra or Banner Mountain will be next or all four at once). These

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Reinette Senum: Nevada City launches goat brigade, fire reduction campaign

December 24, 2018 — There is little need to stress how important it is to the safety and wellbeing of Nevada City citizens and neighboring residents that we reduce the heavy fuel loads in our surrounding forests and neighborhoods. The unprecedented fires in California, particularly in Paradise, have hit

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