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John Tuttle
1 week ago

A common over-the-counter drug that tackles pain and fever may also hold keys to a longer, healthier life, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in the journal Public Library of Science-Genetics.

“We first used baker’s yeast, which is an established aging model, and noticed that the yeast treated with ibuprofen lived longer,” said Dr. Michael Polymenis, an AgriLife Research biochemist in College Station. “Then we...

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Terry Sanders
1 week ago

With Amador County being a high concentration of retired age residents, it is no surprise that I get a lot of questions concerning VA Long-Term Care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system. More than 90 percent of VA’s medical centers provide home- and community-based outpatient long-term care programs. This patient-focused approach supports the wishes of most patients to live at home in their own communities for as long as...

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William Peterson
1 week ago

The financial world has changed dramatically over the last several years and many more dramatic changes are expected. All of these changes have caused questions, concerns and uncertainties for many. With the complexities of retirement planning these days, many people have turned to professional help. So, when we are looking for some help or a change, how do we find the right financial advisor for out specific situation?

Choosing a financial advisor may be one of the most important financial decisions that we will ever make. The...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Last year’s Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic bill, state Senate Bill 1199, was a major story in Amador County, regardless of a reader’s position on the issue. Unfortunately, the paper’s coverage was incomplete and highly biased.

The paper is again failing its readers on this issue. In an end-of-year news summary in last week’s paper, the ALD claimed that the battle over SB 1199 was between local officials and “a small group of mostly out-of-area environmentalists” who “claimed” to have local support.

The ALD’s spin on the story is...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

The recent murders in France by terrorists that killed 12 newspaper persons, one police officer and four Jews have united the peoples of France and Europe like no other event since World War II. This was vividly demonstrated by the unity of Europe’s leaders as they joined hands together in their march down one of Paris’s crowded Avenues. The estimated crowd for this stunning show of unity was to be one million.

The president of the United States, a leader of the free world, was nowhere to be found. Why was this? Would it not have...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

The cycle of violence: When will it be interrupted? The attack on Charlie Hebdo was another incident of “Terror in [fill in the blank]… attackers part of [fill in name of terror network].” It was an incident of home-grown terror, since the attackers were French-born second-generation immigrants. It is time to shift away from ineffective, reactive tactics and strategies of dealing with this kind of terror toward conflict transformation, by transforming the structures leading to terrorism.

Let’s be clear. The assassins in Paris did...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
I recently read an extremely impassioned guest commentary written by a cancer patient’s sister who chronicled the tremendous suffering her sister endured during her dying process. It was heartbreaking to hear about the pain and suffering the patient, Elizabeth, had to endure. In the article the sister of the patient talked about how hospice was unable to manage the pain and because I am the Executive Director of Hospice of Amador & Calaveras I was very concerned. I could not remember this particular patient or this particular... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

A number of bills sponsored by the California State Board of Equalization have been signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and will take effect January 1, 2015.

“The new year brings a number of new laws, including those I sponsored to help small business owners and veterans,” said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. “We want taxpayers to be aware of these new laws so they can receive all the benefits they’re entitled to.”

They include: Two BOE-sponsored bills will assist veterans. Vets whose 100 percent disability...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

Why don’t all of you come to my party? It will be efficient, fair and one that everyone can join. This party will be different than the parties you are used to. Our party goers don’t harbor special interests; base most of their beliefs on their political party ideology, religious beliefs, feel entitled or join because there is some financial gain to be had.

Like birthday parties, Christmas parties, and other get togethers, we celebrate what we all have in common, not what we don’t. Collectively, we have fun, put aside our very...

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David Sayen
12/19/2014 10:47 AM

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor bills, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, and other items. It requires a monthly premium and an annual deductible. I’m happy to report that Part B costs for 2015 will be identical to 2014: $104.90 a month for the premium (for most beneficiaries), and $147 for the deductible.

Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015...

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Guest Commentator
12/19/2014 10:36 AM

The community Christmas party was only a few days away when the woman in charge called and asked, “Daris, would you be willing to be Santa at our Christmas party this year?” I taught the children music at church and knew them well. I love children and thought this would be a fun thing to do. I have also done a lot of acting and felt I could disguise my voice enough that they wouldn’t recognize me, so I accepted.

The night came, and after the community dinner, I dressed in the red garb, black boots, and fake beard and wig. At the...

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Guest Commentator
12/19/2014 10:19 AM

Sheriff Ryan’s Thoughtful Donation Brings in Substantial Monies for the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Foundation.

Sheriff Martin Ryan, a true friend of the Legion, has always shown much interest in the welfare of veterans. His concern for the betterment of our deserving California Veterans comes from his rich history with the American Legion, such as playing American Legion Baseball and participating in Boys State.

American Legion Baseball strives to teach young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and...

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Guest Commentator
12/12/2014 9:32 AM

Like most Americans, I believed modern medicine could relieve the most severe pain imaginable. I discovered I was terribly wrong after witnessing the excruciatingly painful, five-week dying process of my younger, 66-year-old sister Elizabeth Martin.

Elizabeth originally received a colon cancer diagnosis four years ago. Then in June, she learned she had Stage 4 liver cancer that had spread to her lungs, spine, kidneys and adrenal glands. She was taken to an emergency room and opted for hospice care after she received a terminal...

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Guest Commentator
12/12/2014 9:30 AM

The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the City of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.

Bethlehem was known as the City of David because it was from there that Israel’s greatest king had come. Joseph the carpenter was of the lineage of David. And so, says scripture, was Mary his betrothed...

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Wendell Peart
12/12/2014 9:25 AM
Environmentalists time and time again wailed at the 1991 Drought Hearings held in Sacramento about the deteriorating condition of the Bay Delta Area and still do. These grown up people choose to ignore that California, much less the nation, is experiencing a growth in population, now exacerbated by immigration. This was very evident in Southern California. Southern California needed water in order to continue its growth and sustain their economy. The environmentalists, on other hand, ignored the needs for water for home owners in the... [Read more]
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Mark Belden
12/05/2014 7:49 AM
The Affordable Care Act, the ACA, known to just about everybody as Obamacare is about half implemented. I always refer to it as the Affordable Care Act, and I wish others would also. Each state may administer their form of the ACA, and incorporate health care for low income folks (an extension of Medicaid) not eligible for ACA benefits using federal funds (for a limited number of years). Many states have chosen not to participate (in the ACA), and several have refused federal funding to residents of their state not qualified for the... [Read more]
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Wendell Peart
12/05/2014 7:45 AM

In California’s on going search for more and more water, the question comes to mind what has happened that has caused California so much grief now that the state is experiencing a drought that is causing so much hardship. There are those who would point to Representative Charlie Halleck, a Republican from Indiana, as one who triggered a chain of events in 1963 that is still having an effect on the United States, particularly California.

The event in question was the Civil Rights movement in 1963 and the civil rights legislation...

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John Tuttle
11/27/2014 11:05 AM

The first Thanksgiving in the New World was celebrated in 1621, nearly a year after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

In 1789, George Washington became the first of many US presidents to formally proclaim a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”:

I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then...

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Matthew Hedger
11/27/2014 11:02 AM

By Seth Lipsky

Because America is crackling with constitutional cases over religious freedom, let us begin Thanksgiving morning with a reflection on the object of all this gratitude: Whom do we thank?

Is it the Indians? The Pilgrims? Nature? Fortune?

It turns out that the record is long, clear and official. It goes back to George Washington’s first Thanksgiving proclamation, issued on Oct. 3, 1789, in New York. He called for a day of public prayer and thanksgiving — to God.

Congress, Washington noted, had requested that he...

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Wyman Dickerson
11/20/2014 10:10 AM

The Amador Community College Foundation hosted our second annual gala, “A Night In Paris,” Saturday night, November 15, at the Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort. It was well attended and supported by, not only the attendees, but also the community at large.

First, we’d like to thank our major underwriters, Jackson Rancheria and Volcano Communications, for their generous sponsorships. Secondly, we’d like to thank to all donors of product or experience packages to make the live and silent auctions a success. We realize that our...

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