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John Tuttle
Yesterday
I have great admiration for the men and women who swear to uphold the Constitution by serving in the military either by being drafted or volunteering to serve. The training and regimentation of life in the military leave an indelible mark on the later life of a person that sems to mke one love their country and fellow citizens more as that person grows older.

In my opinion, Ted Novelli fits the bill as a veteran and deserves to be reelected as Supervisor of District 3 in November. He has served with distinction as both veteran...

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Ron Watson
Yesterday
Congratulations on the new format. I can only imagine how proud you folks are. I like the “big paper” fold and the paper quality is 1st class. I truly value having a local paper and wish that everyone understood the importance of having a quality paper in our community.

Please pass along to your staff what a great product they produce.

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Mark Bennett
Yesterday
The July 25 Ledger Dispatch ran a Guest Commentary titled, “Declaration against the Dollar General Project in Pine Grove.” The writers charged Dollar General with paying only the minimum wage. What are the wages of the present store clerks and restaurant workers in Pine Grove? Have they done a survey? They also charge Dollar General with selling cheap imported goods. How is this different than any other store in Pine Grove or elsewhere in the United States?

They also state, “Dollar General is obligated to its shareholders, not to...

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W. David Wardall
Yesterday
This open letter is for the person who flew an unmanned aerial vehicle through the Sand Fire. I retired from CAL FIRE in 2008, after 31 years as one of the aviation managers, aerospace engineering and aircraft maintenance. I also flew tankers. A medium-sized, four-pound bird can destroy a turbine engine. The bird parts ingested by the engine will block air paths and over-temp the engine. It costs $150,000 to $500,000 to remove and overhaul a turbine engine. This would hold true if the engine hit and ingested the UAV, too.

Now, a...

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John Tuttle
Yesterday
A big “Thank you” to all firefighters form all over and all emergency personnel for your part in the Sand Fire.

To all citizens of Amador And El Dorado counties — sorry for your loss of home, loss of animals, cars, etc.

My thinking is that CAL FIRE, the Sheriff’s Departments, Highway Patrol and any other response team and the citizens of Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras need to have a large, townhall type of meeting. This hand doesn’t know what that hand is doing — lots of false info or lack of.

We need better info or as much...

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Ralph Vogel
Yesterday
It’s been one heck of a year for the “Wood Angels,” the folks who give firewood away to those in need, seniors and others. It seems hardly a week went by that one of us wasn’t in the hospital, doctor appointments, medical tests, ambulance rides, automobile accidents, etc. And, to top it all off, much of our equipment began to break down faster than we could repair it.

Amador County residents and businesses came to our rescue. A wonderful article in the Ledger Dispatch brought us much-needed oak trees. Our annual wood raffle...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Our Board of Supervisors will be talking about Wild N Scenic for the Moke River next Tuesday July 29, at 6:00pm. It's a night meeting so that should help get folks there. I would love to hear any comments on SB1199. I know it's a confusing subject so please if you weigh in on this do your research first. We will be taking action! If you want to learn about it and how it affects you, please come to the meeting.

The reason I felt we needed to bring this to the public again is the first time we did not give the public a chance to weigh...

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Tom Thompson
1 week ago
When someone comes to you and offers to put on a fundraiser benefiting your organization or cause, I would be very surprised to hear the leader of that organization or the champion for that cause say “No, thank you,” for whatever reason.

Yes, a tough decision — As a community member and strong supporter of Amador County, I will say that deciding to have our 1st annual “Swing to End Hunger” golf tournament out of the county was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make since joining the Interfaith Council of Amador a...

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John Tuttle
1 week ago
Most of us who live in Amador County are here because we value its history, climate, rural beauty and small towns.

Today this way of life is greatly at risk as the Dollar General Store Corporation has targeted Amador County to build four of its box stores: the first in Pine Grove, and soon after most likely in Plymouth, Ione, and Jackson. If you are a supporter of small locally owned businesses, and don’t want the county to be known for its cheap box stores and buildings that look like they belong in big city strip malls, rather...

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Nora Coryell
1 week ago
It was sickening to see the hate-filled faces of enraged bigots as they screamed and threatened little black children trying to enter schools in the south half-a-century ago. I couldn’t help but be reminded of it watching once again on television other hate-filled adults yelling and poking signs at buses of unaccompanied children, and mothers and babies being transported to a detention center that I feel sure they did not want be at in the first place. Is that really the best we can do in the face of this humanitarian crisis, for... [Read more]
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Randy Wiebold
1 week ago
The sooner America starts repairing and preparing America’s infrastructure, the less expensive and better that rebuilding will be for America toady and America’s future.

Waiting three more years to rebuild America’s infrastructure will be that much more expensive for the American taxpayer. Waiting three more years not only impedes America economically but progressively as well.

Respectfully, President Obama saved America from another depression, but his is a lame duck president. He’ll be out of office in two-and-a-half years. ...

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Susan Lukasha
2 weeks ago
I am writing to express my disappointment with the scheduled Pine Grove Dollar General store project.

For many reasons, I feel there needs to be public input on this project. I have strong concerns over the “Negative Declarations” status regarding the approval of the Environmental Impact Report and the ommission of public review originally.

The zoning and EIR were granted over 20 years ago and they need to be revisited.

While concerned community residents and business people seek legal counsel and an injunction to delay...

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Ray Perry
2 weeks ago
Golf community fundraisers are being held out of Amador County. I am surprised that Jack Mitchell has not tackled this issue. I am disappointed that two locally sponsored golf tournaments to support the Interfaith Food Bank, Sutter Amador Hospital and Stars have been or are going to be held in Sacramento County when we have two golf courses here in Amador County (Castle Oaks and Mace Meadow).

These organizations continually ask for assistance from Amador County residents, but it appears that they are not supporting our local...

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Jeffrey Spiva
2 weeks ago
On Thursday, June 26, ACES Waste Services, Inc. delivered two 40-yard dumpsters to our Town Hall parking lot that started a week-long service of a cleanup effort for River Pines. After those two were filled so quickly, they replaced them with two more empty dumpsters on Friday for the weekend. The town took full advantage of these dumpsters, stacking everything that was brought in, making sure not to bring in any hazardous materials or unacceptable refuse.

After a little bit of confusion, and making a few calls on Monday morning,...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Sometimes change can be good. It can be necessary.

But...is this the future you envisioned for your Amador County way of life?

Excavation and construction are already underway for the building of a Dollar General Store on the corner of Ridge Road and State Highway 88 in Pine Grove.

Dollar General has a long list of poor marks in their aggressive history. According to www.247WallSt.com they are rated the 4th worst employer in the United States.

Dollar General’s property development is handled by Cross Development. This...

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Lynn Morgan
3 weeks ago
Now that the Grand Jury report has been finalized, I must comment on both Supervisor Novelli’s guest commentary of June 6 and Ms. Lori Jagoda’s letter to the editor of June 27 regarding the Health and Human Services building lease.

The results of the Grand Jury report show an astounding lack of openness and appropriate government transparency in the facts related to this HHS lease. The following facts should cause Amador County citizens some concern.

The original lease for the building signed in 2006 included rent at a rate...

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Larry Bowler
3 weeks ago
I was witness to a rare demonstration of administrative leadership by a local official recently. Ed Pattison, Ione City Manager, has been inherited and assisted with pursuing the vision and development of a city community center and railroad museum through his efforts to oversee the re-location of the historic, 140-year-old Ione train depot to City property located along Union Pacific rail lines adjacent to the Junior High in Ione.

This building was donated to the city by the Union Pacific Railroad some months ago after it was...

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Matthew Hedger
4 weeks ago
Why do two board members use the amadoroe email site? Is this email site funded with tax dollars?

As a former school teacher my observation has been to see the decline of quality schools. I believe the decline is due to consolidation of districts and the union regulation of teachers. Therefore, I have a strong objection to the closure of the Ione Elementary School. A solution in the interest of Amador county would be to return the Ione school district to the citizens of Ione.

Once a large consolidated organization is formed...

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Matt Cate
07/03/2014 11:51 AM
I’d like to offer my congratulations to Amador County Supervisor Ted Novelli who recently became a Fellow through the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government. He joins 27 other County Supervisors or Senior Staff from around the State who have become Fellows. Fellows must complete at least 60 hours of course work at the Institute just to become eligible for the program. Becoming a Fellow requires several more days’ worth of challenging coursework on contemporary practices in public sector leadership and engagement with the... [Read more]
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Randy Wiebold
07/03/2014 11:48 AM
Who financed Osama Bin Laden, from the bombings in Kenya to 9/11? Where were most of the 9/11 terrorists from? Who is suporting ISIS and ISIL today? Saudi Arabia, that’s who.

Why don’t the intelligence services and the Pentagon’s military advisors recognize Saudi Arabia’s involvement? Because without the revenues collected by the United States government that is generated by the use of oil, those intelligence services and the military might have to get real jobs promoting life over death.

Of course, that’s just a true...

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