Readers’ Corner 2/22/08 |

Readers’ Corner 2/22/08

Nevada County Republican Women: Gloria Gilchrease wants readers to know that Deborah Johns spoke at the recent luncheon at the Alta Sierra Country Club held by NCRW Federated.

Deborah is the executive director of military relations for Move America Forward – you know the organization through the “You don’t speak for me, Cindy” campaign that gives another voice to the Cindy Sheehan controversy. She also is the co-founder of Northern California Blue Star Marine Mothers and vice president of the Sacramento Blue Star Moms.

“Deborah spoke about her oldest son, William, a sergeant in the Marines who has recently completed his third tour of duty in Iraq,” Gloria writes. “She recalled how her son and other fellow Marines were very upset when Cindy Sheehan announced that she spoke for all mothers of sons and daughters fighting in Iraq. That was when Deborah decided to really get involved.”

Since then, Deborah has led five cross-country bus tours including “You Don’t Speak for Me, Cindy,” “These Colors Don’t Run” and “Fight for Victory.” This dedicated woman plays a very active role in support of the military.

Thank you, Deborah!

Fun for kids and moms: Denise Conners wants moms of little tykes to know there are others like them out there. You don’t have to go crazy all by yourself!

MOPS – which stands for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers – is a fun group of moms with babies and children up to 6 years old. The group meets from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. And – no kidding – they offer child care during the meetings.

“We provide a social, supportive environment for moms and a breakfast buffet,” Denise writes. “We have guest speakers (on topics) that range from car seat safety to belly-dancing instruction, child behavior and tips on organizing your home.”

This coming Tuesday, the group will have a Dad Panel with a question-and-answer period.

“This one is an annual favorite and very fun,” Denise says.

For more info, call Lizary Jones at 477-5100.

What makes a granny hot? Check it out on this link,

Mel Walsh, the rib-tickling writer whose column every Friday in The Union makes growing older seem less scary, has an entertaining item on the popular site where anyone can post anything.

It’s an interview Mel did on the “Early Show” on CBS about being young at heart, in which her charm and humor are readily apparent.

Mel’s book, “Hot Granny: Fabulous at 50, 60 and Beyond,” is written for with-it older women and can be found at The Book Seller in Grass Valley and on


Readers’ Corner is compiled by The Union staff. To submit items, e-mail them to, and put “RC” and your topic in the subject line, or call 477-4230.

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