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2 weeks ago
The 2016 presidential race, like all presidential races, has raised questions and controversies regarding the religious faiths of the candidates. Donald Trump’s beliefs have been questioned, as were Ted Cruz’s. And trying to pin down Bernie Sanders’ views on God is very difficult. But that said, recent developments just occurred with the United Methodist Church that should focus the spotlight on Hillary Clinton’s religious thinking. They constitute two crucial moves that stand in direct opposition to Clinton’s longtime militancy for... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

Adulthood brings certain financial responsibilities like the building of budgets, bank accounts and proper insurance. It’s surprising how few consider a proper estate plan part of that essential mix.

To read this whole guest commentary, see the June 10 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch

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3 weeks ago

In the last few days, Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to become the Republican nominee for president in 2016. A few remaining unpledged delegates pushed him over that threshold.

You would think that would be cause for celebration. In many camps it may be, but then it also gives rise to panic. Donald Trump’s wife has been claiming “My husband’s not Hitler.” Many in the media claim Trump will become an authoritarian figure if elected president — that quite literally scares a few folks. That would explain where...

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3 weeks ago

Do this. Be here. Listen to me.

Any good parent wants to raise happy, well-adjusted children, but the way they go about often undermines that goal.

“As a rabbi, I’ve watched a lot of parents over the years,” says Rabbi Roger Herst, author of “A Simple Formula for Raising Happy Children” (www.rogerherst.com). “Many of them don’t seem to be achieving what they want for their children. They try hard, they mean well, yet they still miss the mark.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way, he says.

“For one thing, parents who think...

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George Runner
05/26/2016 1:11 PM

Blink and you’ll miss it. Special interests have struck a backroom deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour in just six years. The deal was rushed through the Democrat-controlled Legislature—with little public input—and signed into law by the governor in less than a week. It’s almost as if no one wanted to take the time to stop and listen; if they had, they might realize they’re making a huge mistake.

While a $15 per hour minimum wage may seem like a good deal for workers, it will cost many their jobs and raise the...

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05/19/2016 3:15 PM

You’ve seen or heard them — television, billboard and radio ads offering to file lawsuits for medical patients who have been diagnosed, treated and/or prescribed medication by a doctor.

The ads allege that the doctor may have treated your ailment improperly or prescribed unnecessary or even harmful medication. Not only do these ads unfairly demonize doctors, they prey upon unsuspecting patients.

These ads are not about protecting patients and other medical consumers. They are recruitment tools for unscrupulous personal injury...

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05/19/2016 3:02 PM
Gene Mancebo of the Amador Water Agency. ALD file photo by Eric Winslow

The Water Agency has undertaken several conservation projects over the past decade to conserve precious water, which in turn helps maintain water rights for the future of Amador County.

The Agency’s latest project would put water currently flowing in the mostly earthen Amador Canal into a pipeline. Less than half of the water put into the beginning of the canal makes it down the entire 18-mile canal to the New York Ranch Reservoir. Leakage and evaporation claim an estimated 1,800 acre-feet — about half-a-billion gallons of water...

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05/19/2016 2:34 PM
As we drive about the county, specifically in the area from Pine Grove and to the east, we see those dense bushes with the bright yellow flowers alongside the roads. You see them in Pine Grove east of the elementary school, in Volcano on Ram’s Horn Grade, on Shake Ridge Road and in Pioneer and Buckhorn. They are also frequent on the Community Leach Field property owned by the Amador Water Agency and land administered by the BLM. The flowers and the green foliage of the plant present a beautiful contrast of colors, but don’t be... [Read more]
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05/12/2016 2:04 PM

To present and future residents, business and landowners of Amador County:

Why does the Amador Water Agency board of directors wish to put the Amador Canal in a small-diameter pipe? Is this project really in the interest of present and future Amador county residents, businesses and landowners? These are the questions that I have repeatedly asked the AWA directors and to which I have received no answer.

The Amador Canal has a 142-year history, during which it has constantly supplied the economy and eco-system of southern Amador...

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05/12/2016 2:03 PM

To: Susan Grijalva, Amador County Planning Director

From: Edith Hannigan, Board Consultant, State Responsibility Area

The California State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection would like to issue comment on the scope and contents of the Amador County General Plan Update Draft Environmental Impact Report, specifically the Draft EIR Hazards and Hazardous Materials analysis.

In particular, the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is concerned about plans to provide for adequate ingress and egress to developed land in high or...

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05/12/2016 1:52 PM

In a recent Pine Grove candidate forum, Amador County Supervisor Louis Boitano referred to the Foothill Conservancy in a way that could be misinterpreted in the context of the pending primary election. We’d like to make clear that our 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization does not and cannot support candidates for public office. Our individual members and officers, however, are of course free to exercise their rights as citizens and engage in the political process.

In 1992, when we were organized under a different section of...

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05/05/2016 2:05 PM

On April 19, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law two significant pieces of legislation aimed at improving enforcement of California’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The Governor signed SB 209 (Pavley) and AB 1142 (Gray), two complementary bills that together represent significant reform to SMARA.

This long-sought mining reform legislation will protect communities against the dangers of mining, while also ensuring current mining operations will continue to provide the raw material for building a better California. The...

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05/05/2016 2:03 PM

The U.S. Drought Monitor states that much of California is currently in extreme and exceptional drought conditions.

What’s contributing to severe drought conditions in our area? “Human activity, burning oil, gas and coal, has made droughts longer and stronger and hotter and drier in many places, including Northern California. If we continue on our current path on unrestricted carbon pollution, we will be sharply increasing the chances of mega-droughts in our area.” Stanford University Study (in the Bulletin of the American...

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04/28/2016 2:04 PM
In 1990, having just recently moved into Amador County, my family went to an event called The Great Sutter Creek Duck Races. It turned out to be a fantastic, family-oriented weekend of food, fun, games, prizes, duck races, duckling races, foot races, search-and-rescue demonstrations and much more. One of my sons even won a bicycle. This was a great introduction to what a small county and small community could really be. From then on, our extended family went every year to the event. One year, I even won a prize in the final race. I... [Read more]
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04/21/2016 1:10 PM

According to 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists, global climate change is here. Major corporations agree and are working to minimize the negative effects of climate change on the economy. Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank are two prominent international financial institutions that are transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Wells Fargo and Bank of America have recognized that the world economy needs to become more carbon-neutral and have invested billions in companies working towards this goal.

These financial...

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04/21/2016 1:33 PM

On behalf of the entire Dalton family, we are saddened by the recent loss of our dear friend of many years, Mr. Jack Thomas. Jack will always be one of the greatest and most memorable men that Amador County ever produced. He was a good friend of my late father, Earl Dalton Sr., who always spoke highly of both Jack and Larry Thomas and admired them for their impressive logging trucks. My father drove a logging truck for most of his life as well and throughout the years our families became very closely bonded.

I remember as a young...

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Jack Mitchell
04/21/2016 1:16 PM

Have you recently enrolled in Medicare, or will you in the near future?

If so, let me be the first to say, welcome! What should your first step be as a new Medicare beneficiary? I recommend taking advantage of the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive-care benefit.

During the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B, you can get a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit with your doctor. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health. Your doctor will also offer education and counseling...

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04/21/2016 1:07 PM
Editor’s note: more than 1,000 bicyclists from the Sacramento Wheelmen participated in last weekend’s Sierra Century bike ride through Amador and El Dorado counties. One of the routes offered to the riders passed through parts of Amador County protected by the volunteer members of the Lockwood Fire Protection District. Titled, “The Metric Century,” the route included 65 miles of cycling, with 4,500 feet of climbing, following rolling oak woodland from the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, to Ione, then on to Sutter Creek,... [Read more]
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04/21/2016 11:02 AM
Robert Derlet backpacking in Kings Canyon. Derlet is a Democratic challenger for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Tom McClintock (R-CA). Photo courtesy to Bob Derlet
Our majestic mountains face a multitude of challenges: drought, diminishing snow packs, bark beetle invasion of conifers, devastating fire, and massive tree loss in our forests. The catastrophic Butte Fire is a sad reminder of the powerful changes that can be brought on by Mother Nature. Earlier this month I spent a morning with a professional forester working on private land which sits in the lower conifer belt at 4,000 ft. elevation, just south of Amador County. At this site, 90 percent of the Ponderosa Pines had died. The property... [Read more]
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04/14/2016 2:15 PM
Photo by Eric Winslow

In a recent letter to the editor, Dennis Price expressed concerns over Sutter Creek resident Josh Coy’s upcoming cross-country service bike trip with Bike & Build, specifically questioning the fundraising requirement of such an endeavor.

As a nonprofit organization, Bike & Build relies on the fundraising efforts of its participants to support the affordable housing cause through competitive grants, in-kind donations, and volunteer efforts during summer programming. From local Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together chapters...

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