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Robb Wilmot: Home insurance companies canceling in Nevada City

December 12, 2018 — Home insurance companies canceling local policies AAA just canceled our home insurance with 60 days notice. I called several other large insurance companies who asked for the zip code and all said they weren't writing insurance for 95959 anymore. There is obviously an industry cartel

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Jonathan Pierce: Crunch the numbers: single-payer medical care makes sense

December 11, 2018 — Regarding a single payer medical care plan for California, one cannot wisely avoid getting down into the weeds to properly understand its financing. That's where the insurance/hospital chains/pharmaceuticals oligarchs are ginning up fearful, ill-informed opposition. "Whoa — $36.2 trillion over 10 years!" But with the

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Ron Barker: Grass Valley’s Peace Lutheran Church sends $8K to Camp Fire relief

December 10, 2018 — Many thanks to the 275 people who attended our "Dueling Organs … and More!" concert on Nov. 25 at Peace Lutheran Church. This concert featured the choirs from Peace and Emmanuel Episcopal churches. Plus, the amazing musicians and showmen Thomas Greathouse and Walt Strony presented

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Robin Diel: What you won’t hear …

December 10, 2018 — With President George H.W. Bush's death, you will hear appreciation for his character, bipartisanship and commitment to public service. You will also hear about the demise of moderate Republican statesmanship. There are two topics you won't hear from the national media as they lament the

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Jeff Pelline: Blue skies ahead

December 9, 2018 — I enjoyed reading Terry McAteer's column, "Gone blue: The unique link between Nevada and Orange counties." In fact, this is a statewide trend. Another example is the traditional conservative pockets of Ventura County, such as Simi Valley. "Ventura County continues to move to the left,"

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Judy Olson: The need for respect

December 7, 2018 — This is a response to Cheryl Miller's letter (Nov. 12), in which she responded to Margaret Munson's recent letter, agreeing with the headline, "Enough with hate and indecency." I, too agree … wholeheartedly … but not just regarding political parties but with everyone … everywhere!

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Daniel Baldwin: Thank you Elias Funez, reporter at The Union

December 7, 2018 — As a result of Elias Funez's article on Oct. 25, I received almost $1,200 in donations from the public to support a project to restore a forgotten Civil War cemetery in Nevada City. Without his help, none of the generous public in Nevada County would

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Carl McAbee: Put the powerlines underground

December 6, 2018 — There is lots of talk about improving the evacuation situation in the event of a fire here — all good and fine — but I think that energy is misplaced. I think it's better to encourage PG&E to put the lines underground. Expensive, yes, but

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Paul Pease: A 1970 Christmas memory

December 6, 2018 — This memory takes place in the winter of 1970 inside Sierra College before its new theater was built. It was a winter concert and I played clarinet in the symphonic band and sung tenor in the choir. We played Christmas selections, such as "Ave Maria,"

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Sally Knutson: Publicity boosts a worthy cause

December 5, 2018 — Bonnie Magnetti and I would like to express our extreme gratitude to the The Union freelance writer Lorraine Jewett and Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez, as well as KNCO newsman Geoff Flynn, all of whom have given our project to place wreaths on 1,022 graves at

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Jim Clawson: Do you want to be responsible for the next fire?

December 5, 2018 — This last month or so there have been a couple letters and guest editorials pertaining to PG&E'S request for additional trimming or removal of trees. I understand the concerns dealing with the 4-foot clearances versus the request for a 12-foot clearance and the owners' love

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Jeff Kotowski: We need a comprehensive fire plan

December 4, 2018 — Nevada County has been lucky to avoid a fire like the recent ones in other parts of California. But there is no fundamental difference that has saved Nevada County, unless you count luck. We need a comprehensive fire protection plan and we need it now.

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Reed Hamilton: Bipartisan bill gives us a path forward

December 3, 2018 — I'm sure I'm not alone in breathing a sigh of relief that rains are drenching our county. The stories of the deaths and destruction of the Camp Fire are still in the news every day. In the midst of all this I've wondered whether we're

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Gerrad Cichowicz: Deal with humanitarian crisis in Butte County first

December 3, 2018 — While true that many within the "migrant" caravan may be fleeing violence or persecution, that does not grant the right to rush our borders or assault our border security. One does not kick in an individual's door and demand shelter, food, or a new life.

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John Deam: Illegal voters and voter suppression

December 2, 2018 — George Boardman's "Center Stripe" was completely correct when he wrote "Take your pick: When Democrats lose an election, it's because of voter suppression. When Republican lose, it's because of illegal voters." However, the kicker is the Democrats' loss in an election is indeed caused by

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David Whitehead: Support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

November 30, 2018 — Support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act The Trump Administration released the latest National Climate Assessment Report. Its warnings should startle us all to action. Combined with the latest IPCC Report, the USA's report shows agreement and strengthens the consensus about the crisis confronting

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Greg Archbald: Lessons from the Camp Fire

November 29, 2018 — With the horrendous Camp Fire burning bright in our awareness, your recent editorial ("Our worst nightmare") was a timely wake up call to "accept the responsibility" that comes with choosing to live in a forest community. Your recommendations, however, are far too modest and miss

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Bruce Bolinger: Beware of phone scammers

November 29, 2018 — Today at 7 a.m. and again 45 minutes later we received an automated phone call purporting to be a Maria Gomez informing us that our Social Security number had been suspended, and that we should call a phone number, which she provided. I assume that

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Mike Hauser: ‘Survive the Drive’ coming again in April

November 26, 2018 — 'Survive the Drive' coming again in April Thanks so much for publishing the recent article regarding the efforts by Impact Teen Drivers and the California Highway Patrol to reduce — if not eliminate — distracted driving. The Roamin' Angels in partnership with Impact Teen Drivers,

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Russell Steele: Disruptive dots

November 25, 2018 — Erika Kosina wrote in Digital disruption: Tech, entrepreneurial ecosystem paves way for growth, "All we need to do is connect the dots." Yes, let's connect the dots, all the dots. Dot #1: Lack of affordable housing for young families fleeing urban blight. According to Joel

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