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Our View: A fresh look at the new year

January 3, 2020

New year, new view. And some new hope for Nevada County to go along with them. It’s the time of year when many people look into the new year with hopes, plans and dreams. The...


Our View: Shop local to make a healthy community

December 6, 2019

Our local businesses are kind of like your teeth: Ignore them and they’ll go away. In the wake of multiple power shutoffs and harsh weather, that’s the last thing Nevada County should do. The recent...


Our View: Thankful for traditions that made warm memories

November 29, 2019

Pushing back from table, watching family and friends gathered to feast in food and gratitude, warm thoughts of Thanksgiving traditions bring back smiles, laughs and maybe even tears. The brown-haired boy, his bowl-cut bouncing along...


Our View: Nevada City needs course correction

November 22, 2019

The Nevada City Council has really stepped in it. Its meetings are chaotic. Council members snipe at each other. There’s confusion over a nonexistent third reading of an ordinance. And now it’s come to a...


Our View: California is our home, for now

November 15, 2019

You can’t blame folks from outside the state for choking when they first see the $4 price on a gallon of California gas. There are plenty of Californians who grow faint every time they saunter...


Our View: Honor and respect on Veterans Day

November 8, 2019

The soldier had no opinion on the war. He’d talk about his family, his little girl running through the restaurant as his wife chased her down. He’d talk about his experience overseas. Moving from one...


Our View: What it’s like when the lights go out

November 1, 2019

You’d have thought we’d been thrust back into the Dark Ages. With few exceptions, western Nevada County has been cloaked in darkness when the sun sets. The steady rattle of generators comforts some, and brings...


Other Voices: Adaptation and déjà vu

October 25, 2019

Moving here almost 50 years ago, my life was simpler in many ways, some of which I was happy to leave, such as living with an outhouse for two years as I built our home...


Our View: Responsibility is key

October 25, 2019

There’s a thread that winds through our community. It’s found through our homeless camps, water conveyance canals and PG&E power lines. It snakes its way through the infrastructure we use and our own personal actions....


Our View: Past time we followed rules of civil discussion

October 18, 2019

It’s easy to reference one of our nation’s most despicable moments when talking about the sad state of public discourse. Who hasn’t heard some talking head on cable TV discuss the 1856 caning that happened...





Our View: Assembly Bill 5 an out-of-touch overreach

September 13, 2019

R.L. Crabb isn’t looking for a full-time gig. Neither is John Hart. Crabb, the sharp-witted cartoonist who creates the “It takes a village idiot” published on these pages, and Hart, The Union’s former photographer who...


Our View: Marching Presidents shouldn’t be missed

September 6, 2019

The Famous Marching Presidents and First Ladies of Nevada City gather each year in honor of a clunky document. The U.S. Constitution has taken its share of beatings over the years. It’s had portions ripped...


Our View: Some people seem tired of voting

August 30, 2019

Fatigue is relative, especially with elections. You likely have no PG&E fatigue, or mortgage fatigue. Sure, you don’t like writing the monthly checks, and you might stress over them, but you don’t get tired from...


Our View: A view of school from every generation

August 23, 2019

The bell rings and school begins. It’s a scene we’ve all experienced, or will. Bursting through the doors of your school, finding your desk on the first day. The pencils are freshly sharpened. The teacher...



Our View: Consolidation once again on the table

August 9, 2019

Nevada County is composed of fiefs. They’re small to moderately sized jurisdictions within the county, some of which extend beyond its boundaries. School, water, fire and special districts are scattered across the land. A visitor...