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Responding to Billy Cooper and his letter published on September 12, 2019: I am a Democrat and I am proud to be a citizen of the United States and I am proud of our Constitution and form of government. I do not agree with your opinion but I support your right to freedom of speech.

I sympathize with Ms. Mitchell’s frustrations about the lack of political representation of her particular views in the state of California. Sometimes we have ideas that a majority of reasonable people just don’t agree with. We don’t always get what we want and, well, sometimes that makes us…

Doctors over-prescribing opioids did not cause our drug crisis. According to CDC’s data, nearly half of all overdoses don’t involve prescribed opioids at all. Among the remaining drug-related deaths in 2017, half involved illicit fentanyl and heroin. Only about 18,000 deaths involved a presc…

I have watched the Democratic Party turn into the Democratic Communist Party. I see the words of Maxine Watters “Get In their face” being played out in the attacks on police officers across the country, the worst being in NYC. These attacks border on anarchy. And the ideas put forth by those…

On August 29, 2019, I, my wife Karen and our daughter Michele were interviewed by CBS evening news on the subject of the nationwide epidemic of Firefighter/First Responder suicides. Our son, William “Billy” Lewis, committed suicide on Feb. 14, 2016, after suffering from post traumatic stress…

The local response to the statement by the UN conference on climate change leaves me discouraged. It is obvious that few people have any conceptions that the energy freed from chemical and nuclear bombs remains in the environment in the form of heat and adds cumulatively. 

He was sitting there, all alone, at Taco Bell, his bedroll leaning against his leg; his only possession. Across the room four young boys were quietly singing happy birthday to one of the four. This young man looked up and said, “it’s my birthday too.” Nobody had noticed; nobody cared.

Brad Westmoreland wrote that guns kill people again. That is ludicrous. A gun is an inanimate object that can do nothing but sit there if not for a person to pick it up and use it. Clearly no gun alone has ever killed anyone. The logic behind this premise is profanely flawed. If that person …

The City of Marysville will be considering sewer rate increases at their public hearing on September 17, 2019, at 6 p.m. The initial increases start at 33 percent for residential customers and between 41 percent and 93 percent for commercial customers, with a 3 percent annual increase for bo…

The Editorial Board of the Appeal-Democrat recently engaged in a bit of navel-gazing with its article about gun control arguments following the latest of America’s all-too-common mass shootings.

Thank you for your thoughtful inquiry in the August 7 Our View. You asked the question, “why someone would want to shoot a lot of people,” and you raise the question of how the shooters “feel about life.”  We believe the answer is the killers do not value human life, theirs or anyone else’s.…

Let’s pretend for a moment. What if? Do you have a choice? How are patriotic freedom loving citizens looked at in the media? How are Judeau-Christian values treated in the media? How are we treated in court? When are we not called vicious names?

I have just learned of the impending closure of Gauche Aquatic Park for five months of the year and I and my family are completely surprised and incredibly disappointed.

The busy corridor of Fifth Street has the most dangerous intersection in the Yuba-Sutter area. That intersection is F Street and Fifth Street. The most obvious way to improve Fifth Street is to block off F Street from Fifth Street, like in the suburbs. That room can be used for parking. Also…

More than 400 people came to the 27th Annual Garden Tour presented by Marysville-Yuba City branch of AAUW, enjoying the results of the work and dedication of people who love to create interesting and beautiful outdoor spaces. Thank you to those owners as well as to the artists who shared the…

Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of all animals prayed: “heavenly Father, you created all things for your glory and made us stewards of these creatures.” 

For years Franklin Road between Harding and George Washington Boulevard has been a busy thoroughfare. However, in years more recent, its residents and their pets have been subjected to unenforced excessive speed violators. No matter the outcry and numerous requests and emplacement of the YCP…

I am befuddled as to why residents residing well within the city limits/growth boundaries of Yuba City are allowed to keep chickens. Albeit not roosters, but female chickens produce more than their fair share of unwanted and annoying noise. Every morning, as well as throughout the day, we ar…

On Wednesday, April 24, Fox 40 reported a federal judge granted a proposal for PG&E to pay $235 million to its employees in bonuses. How can a utility pay bonuses when it just filed for bankruptcy? If you divide $235 million by 85 deaths in Paradise and eight in San Bruno, you will find …

Global warming is not a myth, but predicting the end of the Earth 19 years ago was and now in 12 years or 1,200 years is. Al Gore predicted 19 years, but it did not happen. Now AOC’s 12 years will not happen. If the environmental scientists like OC’s and friends really believe that the end o…

I applaud Mr. McAnulty for submitting a common sense letter to the A-D regarding the debate between legal versus illegal immigration in our country (Re: Illegal immigration is simply illegal, April 14). 

The American Dream is the dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone. Opportunity should abound for each according to their ability. It should not be constrained by humble beginnings, race or gender. Many are living that dream today, but many others are…

In 1928 my father-in-law immigrated to the U.S. from Germany. It took him four years of applications and a requirement that he would have a sponsor in the U.S. who would be financially responsible for him until he could make his own living. He was drafted and fought in WWII against his homel…