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Bad behavior by some mars Cornish Christmas

On a recent visit to my hometown, I told my husband about Cornish Christmas and about great memories I had as a child. I related my experiences to my mother-in-law about strolling down the street, eating great food, listening to laughter and music, and had her convinced that it was the thing to do.

So, we set out for a great evening. What a mistake! I have never experienced such rude and disrespectful young people ever – and I live in Las Vegas! Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against tattoos, funky dress and long hair. I believe that one’s self-expression is great. But the loud conversations containing racial remarks and slurs, the disrespectful language used, the pushing, shoving and fighting, was not what I expected from a “family-oriented” event.

I read in the paper one citizen’s concern about a Mardi Gras event. Stating his desire to “not communicate to our young people that we endorse the attitudes and behavior inherent to Mardi Gras” indicates to me that he has not visited Cornish Christmas lately. Actually, you could probably just change the name to “Cornish Gras” – believe me, the only thing missing was the alcohol.

Debra DeCius

Las Vegas.

Get your own gift

– go adopt a pet

There are many cats and dogs waiting at our local shelters to be adopted. Wouldn’t it be great if they all found homes by Christmas?

Please consider adopting a pet from the shelter. It’s not usually a good idea to give live animals as gifts (many of our calls after the holidays are from people who don’t want the pet they got). But how wonderful it would be if you gave yourself and the homeless cat or dog this gift. For the pet, it would be the gift of life — a second chance. For you, it would be someone in your life who will be forever grateful for your kindness, someone who will love you no matter what, and also be a fun companion!

If you have room in your heart and home, please consider adopting a pet from the shelter soon.

The Grass Valley Animal Shelter is on Freeman Lane is open 11-1 and 3-5 during the week, and 9-11 Saturday. The Nevada County Animal Shelter on McCourtney Road, right before the landfill, is open 11:30 -3:30 during the week and 10 -12 on Saturday.



Pet Adoption League

No holiday season cheer

for many animals

The holiday season is viewed as the happiest time of the year. It conjures visions of families gathering by a warm fireplace, sharing their love, opening presents, and feasting on turkeys and pigs.

But for the millions of factory farmed turkeys and pigs hauled to slaughter for thousands of miles in freezing weather, the holiday season signifies misery, despair, and death. Their agonizing death journey follows a lifetime of caging, crowding, deprivation, drugging, mutilation, and manhandling.

Each of us can refuse to subsidize this wanton cruelty during this holiday season by choosing plant-based foods that abound in every supermarket. These include fresh fruits and greens and soy-based deli slices in the produce section, veggie burgers and nuggets and ready-to-eat dinners in the frozen food section, and a variety of soy milks, cheeses, and ice creams.

This holiday season, let’s begin spreading the message of “peace on earth” to all living beings.

Paul Kennedy

Grass Valley

Some facts about the NH2020 petition

After seeing the cartoon depicting Bedwell submitting petitions to the Board of Supervisors concerning NH2020, I decided that I should submit a few facts out about the initiative.

A copy of the petition can be obtained from the elections office. The text of the initiative is:

Shall Nevada County Board of Supervisors (BOS) authorize the implementation of any rules, regulations, or ordinances (past, present or future) related to Natural Heritage 2020 (NH2020) as defined by BOS resolutions #00217, #00218 and subsequent recommendations from the NH 2020 Community Advisory Committee (CAC)?

The following information with regards to the initiative process can be obtained by going to the elections office web page at

What the above means is that it was up to Bedwell and his cronies to submit the petition to the Elections Office. It also means that since the BOS were not the proponents of the petition, they were not authorized to submit the petition. The moral here is, it was Bedwell who failed to fulfill his duties to the county and not the supervisors.

John LeLange

Grass Valley

Shocking report

is being overlooked

President Bush’s pressure on Congress to support a war against Iraq overshadowed the shocking revelation of the joint House-Senate Intelligence Committee looking into 9-11. Some of the most startling information about prior knowledge has not been reported locally, and I suspect that most representatives and senators are still unaware of the committee’s findings. If they were, some congressmen would be less inclined to cave in to the wishes of the executive branch.

Under the staff leadership of Eleanor Hill, a former inspector general at the Pentagon (and without the full cooperation of the CIA and the FBI), her committee has enough information in the public record to punch a big hole in the agenda of the Insiders whose plan is to destroy American sovereignty by 1. Empowering the United Nations and 2. Creating the Leninist KGB-like “Department of Homeland Security.”

Please contact the congressmen and the senators of the committee and get the complete report for publication in The Union.

Ruth Gessert

Grass Valley

Our beautiful county doesn1t need casinos

Re The Union1s report on 3Casino gaming gets mixed signals² (Dec. 11):

I attended the meeting when the Nevada County supervisors heard the resolution opposing Indian gaming in Nevada County. I am strongly opposed to Nevada-style casinos in our lovely county. If we don1t address this issue now and take a stand, we are likely to have casinos across our county.

As the meeting unfolded, it seemed to me that everyone on the board would agree that Nevada-style gaming casinos are not what we want in Nevada County. Even the Tsi-Akim Maidu tribe seemed to agree. It is very difficult for me to understand why the board did not modify the resolution taking out 3Indian gaming² and insert 3Nevada-style gaming² and pass the resolution.

I want to compliment Sue Horne and my supervisor, Bruce Conklin, for their position against this style of gaming and for not being swayed by intimidating remarks that this smacks of racism, prejudice and the like.

We want to keep our county beautiful and free of the casinos and all that go with them.

Richard Atkins

Grass Valley

Find out what1s coming

On Dec. 10, at the county supervisors meeting, one of the questions for the day was a resolution to resist any development of Indian gaming casinos within our county.

Most citizens, including one Indian, spoke in support of the resolution to resist these casinos. Various reasons were offered; from religion to increased crime. Some citizens, mostly Maidu Indians, spoke in strong opposition, professing that they have no intention, should they become an officially recognized tribe, of developing a casino, though one Indian did comment that they could not speak for the intentions of any future tribal councils. They also played 3the race card.² That is, they accused anyone who disagreed with them of being racist.

All this seemed to unhinge the supervisors. They are usually tolerably efficient and in control. Not so on this subject. Confusion and indecision reigned. In the end, no vote on anything related to casinos was taken.

Should you feel that Vegas-style casinos are absolutely out of place in Nevada County, and find the above described opposition to this resolution to be insulting and disingenuous, pick up the Dec. 16 issue of Time magazine for details on what may be coming to an area near you.

D.B. Cameron, DVM

Nevada City

Dismayed by column

I was dismayed to read Don Hermann’s column, “‘Sovereign nation’ notion flawed”, suggesting Native American tribal sovereignty is the result of guilty feelings.

Tribal sovereignty was established by our Constitution<not guilt. Chief Justice Marshall wrote in the early 1800s, “The Constitution, by declaring treaties already made, as well as those to be made, to be the supreme law of the land, has adopted and sanctioned the previous treaties with the Indian nations, and consequently, admits their rank among those powers who are capable of making treaties.”

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights wrote, “The course of judicial decision on Indian tribal powers is marked by adherence to three principles: 1. Indian tribes possess the powers of any sovereign state; 2. Conquest terminates tribal power to enter into treaties with foreign nations, but does not affect internal tribal sovereignty. 3. Tribal sovereignty is subject to qualification by treaties and legislation by Congress, but full powers of internal sovereignty are vested in Indian tribes.”

Whether you consider casinos the ideal expression of their constitutionally founded right is another question. Want to talk about an evil evolution of constitutional rights? Let’s talk about the perversion of the “right to bear arms.”

Steve Rothert

Nevada City

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