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Skip Pollard: Living in challenging times

August 22, 2019

We are living in challenging times. Political wildfires and actual wildfires are impelling people to run away, or at least consider it. Google searches for “how to move out of America” have spiked to levels...


Trena Bristol: Hazardous intersection in Grass Valley

August 22, 2019

Has Grass Valley’s city leadership considered putting a highly visible traffic signal on Highway 174 at Race Street? Just below Race street is a sharp curve. No one entering 174 from the lower streets can...


Arthur Krugler: Laws from wiser leaders needed

August 22, 2019

Today our nation is searching for answers to tragedy and demanding legal solutions. We demand our legislators pass laws — effective laws — to eliminate guns used to murder. Perhaps our current leaders can be...


Don Rogers: The meaning of life?

August 22, 2019

To understand, you don’t have to climb a mountain and ask a loin-clothed wise man in the snow and wind. Don’t need to take a class, go to church, crack a book, follow these five...


Russell Steele: Overwhelmed and under-counted

August 21, 2019

The U.S. government is preparing for the 2020 census starting April 2020, and it is going be online. The 2020 Census is going to rely heavily on you answering the Census questions on your smartphones,...


Susan Rogers: Plenty of shame to go around

August 21, 2019

I wasn’t there, but I’ve read and heard a lot about the recent town hall hosted by the office of Rep. Doug LaMalfa. The fact that it generated four “Miss” submissions to this paper’s weekly...



Scott McLean: Power, money and justice

August 21, 2019

Richard Nixon signed the EPA into law. The Republicans now want to weaken the Endangered Species Act, a centerpiece of EPA regulation. Follow what’s left of the Republicans and you’ll have a world without giraffes,...


Irene Travis: What happened to free speech?

August 20, 2019

All you people who were so rude at Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s recent community meeting at the Grass Valley City Hall might want to take a moment and consider who is pushing you to act like...


Shanti Emerson: It’s an inside job

August 20, 2019

So your best friend in high school read your diary and blabbed all your secrets. Your first spouse ran off with your next door neighbor, and your stepmother squandered all your father’s savings. A doctor...




Mike Akiyoshi: Is this what justice should look like?

August 19, 2019

On July 31, Michael Akiyoshi was arrested by Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies for contact with a minor for the purpose of having sex. The deputies alleged the conversation with a 15-year-old girl had been going...






Cheryl Miller: Enough with angry rhetoric

August 18, 2019

The recent shooting in Gilroy resulted in the death of three innocent young lives. This is so hard to understand, but one thing really stood out to me, someone in the crowd called out to...



Thomas Elias: Gerrymandering: California again takes the lead

August 16, 2019

Gerrymandering has been a reality in politics more than 200 years, since Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry designed a congressional district whose outlines looked a lot like a salamander to ensure one of his fellow Democratic-Republicans...