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I have known Nancy Palmer for many years and have always been impressed with her strong sense of devotion to Sierra College. We frequently discuss her concerns and desire to do what is best for the college and the students. The Nevada County campus is beautiful. And it’s a real advantage to the students who want an opportunity to advance their education without having to travel long distances. I know Nancy had a large part in making this possible. Thank you Nancy.

Margaret Urke

Grass Valley



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They sure don’t make Republicans like they used to. True, they’ve always been doctrinaire and authoritarian, and preoccupied with power and money. That’s more obvious than ever. But somehow they used to have dignity. Now that’s all gone. The new crop is rude and hostile, as well as credulous.




Democrats, on the other hand, haven’t changed. They are still gentlepersons (maybe too much so) and still intelligently concerned about the big issues – the ones with consequences that are far-reaching and long-lasting – in other words, the big ethical issues. No ethical issues are bigger than violations of the U.S. Constitution and international law, sending our kids in the prime of life to kill and be killed in an illegal war, massacre of civilians, corporatism (fascism, really), and especially trashing the planetary life-support system for profit.

As a smoke screen, Republicans seize upon the private and personal issues (where American freedoms start) and, in disregard of consequences, call them “moral” issues to be controlled by law. Some even enforce their minority opinions through violence.

It all feels so up-side-down. Let’s set the world aright again and keep our priorities straight, starting with restoring democracy – or at least the planet.

Carol Kuczora

Grass Valley

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As a radical freshman Democrat in the legislature, Charlie Brown will not be able to deliver as he states in his campaign ads. He states that he will fight for conservative values. How can that be when he is a radical liberal?

If he is a true conservative, he would not be accepted by the liberal Democratic party and would have no power. Even though he is retired military, he is anti-military. He will not support the veterans of Nevada County. Endorsement by former General Wes Clark shows Charlie Brown’s true colors.

Charlie Brown is not the answer.

Bill Babbel

Rough & Ready

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Tom Anderson has the right combination of qualifications, temperament and experience to make a fine judge, succeeding a judge with whom he has worked with for years, Judge Carl Bryan.

Nevada County has been fortunate in having an excellent bench of good judges. We will all benefit from keeping it that way. It should be noted Tom Anderson is endorsed by all of the present judges of Nevada County Courts.

Anderson’s experience as pro-tem judge can help him well, as will his virtually daily appearances in our own courts. His participation in rehabilitation programs can save us scores of thousands of dollars a year, as well as bringing people back into society far better equipped to deal with life than jail and prison, who simply learn how to be more effective criminals.

We don’t need a soft judge or a tough judge. We do need a just judge who will decide on the law and the facts. Tom Anderson is such a person.

I support him without reservation.

Harold Berliner

Nevada City

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If we are looking for someone who has made an impact in our local high schools, Jim Adams is the man. As he runs for the Nevada Joint Union High School District Board, there are few more qualified than Jim. His knowledge of and participation in our area high schools have been outstanding. His interest in our youth is very noteworthy and the many youth projects in which he has participated in make him a standout. Jim Adams is the best choice for the Area Two NJUHSD Board Position.

Paul Billieu

Grass Valley

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If the voters of Grass Valley elect Chauncey Poston and Dan Miller to the two open seats on the Grass Valley City Council, I’ll be optimistic about the city’s next four years. Both men have already made major community contributions and have demonstrated their ability to carefully listen to the public, provide intelligent debate and leadership and arrive at decisions which are respectful to all perspectives.

Their election on Nov. 7 could allow Poston and Miller to join councilors Mark Johnson, Lisa Swarthout and Dean Williams in considering the four Special Development Areas, including Loma Rica Ranch, Northstar, Kenny Ranch and Southhill Village at the old Bear River Mine Site. The council will also be considering whether to permit the reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. The five projects have already generated a mixture of conflicting responses from the public, and experience and leadership will be required to provide representation for all segments of the community.

The future health of Grass Valley’s quality of life, environment and economy will be decided by the new City Council in the next four years, and a vote for Chauncey Poston and Dan Miller will ensure that we’re all listened to and fairly represented.

Sharon Mahaffey Boivin

Nevada City

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In response to the letter (Oct. 14) submitted by the 1963 United States Air Force Academy grad, I match his credentials except I’m a ’74 grad/pilot and a veteran of Desert Shield/Storm. When he speaks of “flushing the Brown,” the foul odor must be coming from the stench of corruption permeating the Doolittle camp.

I served on active duty with Charlie Brown and have the highest respect for his integrity, and he certainly can’t be branded as a left-wing liberal. However, he does respect individuals’ rights and liberties under the Constitution. Hey ’63, if that makes him a liberal by your definition, there are a whole lot of us “liberals” out there. You also chided Charlie for “lies and half-truths;” however, while I respect your service to this country as a fellow USAFA grad, it’s time to come out of your phone booth and ask, “When has ‘lobbyists’ Representative’ Doolittle come close to any significant measure of the truth?”

He’s a career politician who will say or do anything in a frantic attempt to maintain his grip on the District 4 seat. As an Independent who normally votes Republican overwhelmingly, I stand with Charlie Brown.

D. Bonsi

Penn Valley

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As election day nears, I found the following interesting in view of the controversy surrounding Diebold Election Systems. Consumer Reports October 2004 edition, page six, has the following information. “People in precincts that already offer e-voting have reported the use of unauthorized software, non-working machines and delays in tallying votes cast on screen.” Also: “This spring, the California Secretary of State’s office ordered most e-voting counties to ditch the machines or take additional security measures.” In light of all this it is interesting to note that this well-documented report also says that “Counties must also give voters the option of using a paper ballot.” Nevada County voters concerned about the efficacy of their vote may want to take advantage of the offer of a paper ballot if it is offered in our county.

Russ Powell

Chicago Park

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Please vote to re-elect Nancy Palmer as a trustee for Sierra College. Nancy has stood fast in the face of adversity and not backed down. She fought for the Nevada County campus to retain all of the bond money locally. She has been a staunch advocate of the new Truckee campus. She is a firm believer in partnering with the community; a fine example is the new Lincoln Library. Nancy was on the search committee that selected the new president of Sierra College.

Re-elect Nancy Palmer. Her only agenda is the success of Sierra College.

Linda Marcus

Grass Valley

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Proposition 90 is a very deceptive and dangerous proposition. It was funded by a New York developer who hates governmental regulations. The S.F. Chronicle called it the “stealth initiative.” As the law stands now, the government must pay a property owner “just compensation” if the government actually acquires property for some project such as a community center or a road widening project.

What Prop. 90 says is, for example, if a community decides to reduce the number of homes a developer is allowed to build from 200 to 50 because of traffic concerns, taxpayers would be forced to pay the developer for the value of the 150 homes he wasn’t allowed to build. So compensation could be required for any “regulatory taking” as well as a actual taking that affects a parcel of property.

This proposition is opposed by a wide range of conservative and liberal organizations, including the California Republican League, the Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Melanie K. Wellner

Grass Valley

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Terry Lamphier is the only voice calling for a truly different path for Grass Valley, one that will take us where we genuinely want to go. Everyone talks about livable and people-friendly neighborhoods, prosperous commercial centers, environmental awareness: Lamphier’s vision goes beyond the rhetoric. When he checks the “quality of life” box on his campaign posters, he means it.

At a recent “smart growth” forum, we were regaled with the economic benefits that would result from the latest, greatest development mania. Sustainability was the buzzword. However, when the downside aspects were mentioned (ever so briefly), they just happened to be increased crime and loss of quality of life. Quality of life, the essence of our shared experience, cannot be engineered back once it is gone. It is what we still have in Nevada County.

Lamphier’s thoroughness and the depth of his understanding of the real consequences of growth are essential for a balanced Grass Valley City Council. His perspective brings wisdom to the discussion of numbers and dollars. Lamphier offers a precautionary approach to what can never be reversed – massive buildout- and presents ways to design our communities that will fulfill our most important and cherished requirements.

Harriett Fels

Nevada City

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Having just received my sample ballot for the upcoming election I noted that it does not contain the sales tax increase proposal for Grass Valley.

The election official I spoke with advised that only voters living within the Grass Valley city limits are allowed to vote on the sales tax increase issue.

Is that fair for the hundreds (thousands) of voters with G.V. addresses living outside the city limits? Absolutely not. We all shop in G.V. and will be paying G.V. sales taxes just like those living within the city limits.

We have been disenfranchised by whatever government body is responsible for this exclusion.

John Biasatti

Grass Valley

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I am writing in support of Corinne Parilo for NJUHSD Trustee area 1. I have known Corinne for over 20 years and have observed her support, care, and love for her children as well as others. Since she has been on the Nevada Joint Union School Board she has done and outstanding job and has been a breath of fresh air supporting the issues of the students and staff. She is not afraid to speak out for issues that improve the schools for the kids. Corrine is for the kids, all the kids and I am supporting her in her re-election to the NJUHSD Trustee Area 1.

Sue George

Nevada City

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I was on the board with the executive director of the California Alumni Association (U.C. Berkeley), a 90,000 member nonprofit association, for a period of 18 years. During that time I had the opportunity to work with Ray Shine for many years in his capacity as an active volunteer and board member. Ray was always proactive, participatory, and helpful. In addition, on thorny issues he was a good listener, asked pointed, relevant questions, and never hesitated to offer a reasoned opinion. All of these qualities I consider extremely important for a judicial post.

On the administrative level, he served the association by chairing our national scholarship effort, no small effort as dozens of students are involved as are millions of dollars. I highly support Ray’s campaign to become our next Superior Court Judge, and hope you will join Julie and me in voting for him on Tuesday.

Bert Barker

Grass Valley

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John Doolittle’s catchy campaign slogan, “He Stands With Us,” is missing some words. Doolittle’s campaign should be made aware of their serious oversight. If not corrected fast, the signs at gas stations in Grass Valley and Auburn might cause a loss of business for the poor oil company. To be helpful, here’s some needed extra words:

He Stands With Us Elitist Snobs. He Stands With Us Corrupt Lobbyists. He Stands With Us Ethically Challenged Politicians. He Stands With Us Government-For-Sale Hawkers. He Stands With Us Rich Interests And Not The Poor Or Middle Class. He Stands With Us Easily Bribed Statesmen. He Stands With Us Pseudo Environmentalists. He Stands With Us Felon Friends: Former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Close Friend Abramoff.

He Stands With Us Wives Of Congressmen Who Pocket 15 Percent Of Their Husbands’ Campaign Donations. He Stands With Us Challenged In Judging Character. He Stands With Us Political Pimps Of Bush. He Stands With Us Chronically Re-elected, Whether Affected By Scandal, Corruption, Or Both. He Stands With Us Politicians That Would Rather Line Their Own Pockets Than Truly Represent The People.

Hopefully, one of these slogans might “help” the Doolittle camp. In any event, happy voting.

David Briceno

Grass Valley

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Tom Anderson is running for Superior Court Judge, a position for which he is well qualified based on his extensive experience as a judge pro tem. For several years, Tom has been our public defender, whose job it is to provide legal counsel to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney. This is a crucial part of our democracy, to ensure that everyone – rich or poor- has equal access to our legal system. Tom believes in this principal just as he believes in our democracy. He is, without a doubt, the very best candidate for this nonpartisan job.

Penelope Curtis

Grass Valley

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Again we have the opportunity to elect Nancy Palmer to the Sierra College Board. A true public servant, she has been active for many years in numerous area projects. Support her continuing work for the Educational Services of the several Sierra College Campuses.

Let’s re-elect Nancy Palmer.

Wayne Raley

Grass Valley

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I extend a thank you to Jim Adams for answering the call to join the NU School Board. Through our involvement in church, Rotary, and business I have witnessed Jim’s responsibility, leadership and integrity. His positive energy will help us insure a positive future for our youth. Circle his name in your sample ballot today. Bubble in his name in your absentee ballot now. I trust our youth to Jim Adams. Join me in voting for Jim Adams.

Michael McDaniel

Nevada City

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I am writing in support of Mary Anne Davis for the Nevada Union High School Board of Trustees, Area 1.

I have known Mary Anne for a number of years, working with her as a member of the TCCA Board and also as a member of the Sierra College Choir.

Mary Anne is intelligent, capable, energetic and creative. She also is a team player and brings business skills to the table. Whatever the task, Mary Anne jumps right in and gets the job done. I believe she will make a excellent NJUHSD Board Member. Please vote for Mary Anne Davis on Nov. 7.

Barbara Hall

Grass Valley


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