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2 weeks ago

Frank Axe offers to debate Louis Boitano

This fall’s District 4 supervisor election is critical for Amador County’s future. As I talk to the voters in Sutter Creek, rural Jackson and Pine Grove, it’s clear they deserve a full and robust debate on the issues facing our county today.

Those issues include building a stronger economy with family-wage jobs; protecting local community character, quality of life and scenic beauty; protecting local residents from wildland fire; the Grand Jury special reports on the Health and Human...

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Jerry Budrick
3 weeks ago

In Brent Parsons’s recent column, Amador Water Agency General Manager Gene Mancebo said that in another 20 years or so, “…we will need to complete conservation projects like the small-diameter pipeline and possibly new supply projects.”

Mr. Mancebo is right that the county has large surpluses of water today. And the AWA’s 2015 Urban Water Management Plan update, completed in June, does not project a need for new water supplies in the foreseeable future.

The water plan includes forecasts of supply and demand. Table 7-4:...

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07/28/2016 3:37 PM
Thank you for your article on the Scouts from Troop 159. It was very intertaining, as well as encouraging. I am a member of Troop 477 in Ione and live out side of Plymouth. I am currently working on my Eagle. It was encouraging to hear about these men and their experiences they had as Scouts and how they continue to reflect on them even now, as senior citizens. Now I know all this time I’ve spent in Scouts will not be a waste, but a blessing that I will have something to look back on and remember all the fun and hardships through the... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
07/28/2016 12:43 PM

I am writing to comment on Sarah Spinetta’s feature story on wild horses. I will not dispute the accuracy of the story from the viewpoint of a wild horse enthusiast. What is missing, unfortunately, is the viewpoint of the people who are tasked with management of the public lands. As a retired Forest Service land manager, I would like to add that perspective.

The problem with Sarah’s article is that she considered only the horses. In the absence of other existing uses on the public rangelands, the size of the horse herd is no...

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 1:42 PM

Another deaf & dumb RINO headed to unemployment line?

The list of Republican politicians who have surrendered their souls to the abyss of RINOism (Republican In Name Only-ism, Ed.), and whom have been punished for doing so by patriotic voters, continues to expand and grow as Trumpmania sweeps across the American political landscape, undeterred by “Nevertrump” traitors and the mainstream media.

Eric Cantor was at one time regarded as a fair-haired boy in GOP circles until his support for illegal aliens ended his run in the US...

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07/14/2016 1:32 PM

I would like to thank everyone from the Ledger Dispatch who is supporting me through this ride. I was so glad to find out how much my community backed me up in everything. I’ll keep you updated.

Josh Coy

Somewhere on a bicycle

Master Sergeant’s letter to FBI Director James Comey

Sir, to say I am appalled with your decision would be a gross understatement. I watched and listened to your speech regarding presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, and cannot fathom that, with all of the...

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Guest Commentator
07/07/2016 1:20 PM

The Clintons and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Hillary Rodham Clinton is apparently betting that the American public is as dumb as MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber alleged last year when he explained the factors that lead to the passage of ObamaCare.

According to Gruber, voter stupidity and a total lack of transparency were the only reasons that ObamaCare became law in 2009.

Stupidity and transparency aversion appear to be dominant factors in Hillary’s attempt to keep the ongoing federal investigation into her cavalier...

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06/30/2016 1:34 PM

I have been very disturbed by some of the recent letters I’ve read on the Ledger Dispatch Opinion page. That the country is in the midst of the worst election cycle (primary and now general) that many of us have ever witnessed is a gross understatement. The rhetoric is and has been the most caustic, inflammatory, defamatory and downright nasty that I’ve ever heard. It’s bad enough that the candidates (one in particular) are engaging in this kind of shameful behavior, but do we have to?

I encourage anyone submitting letters...

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06/23/2016 12:14 PM

Amador Water Agency Board sees reason, or does it?

On June 2, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted 3-2 to abandon the piping of the Amador Canal and to stop all work on the project. This vote was a victory for the voices of reason, who were apparently able to look past the fear-mongering, greed and distortion of facts espoused by those who would see the project through.

But only a week later, on June 9, the board failed to follow through on its vote to abandon the Canal Project, by voting 2-2 to not rescind and...

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Guest Commentator
06/16/2016 1:11 PM

‘News’ should not be filled with ‘Opinion’

Dear Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Budrick,

I am writing to you due to a concern I have about how “news” was presented in last Friday’s Ledger Dispatch. My concern involves the mixing of news with unnecessary “opinion” in a news story.

The front page had a very important news story concerning the 2016 Primary Election results. Your reporter, Eric Winslow, made a credible effort in presenting the “who, “what” and “where” of the story. Unfortunately, his “why” left a lot to be desired. This...

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06/09/2016 12:19 PM

Gratitude and apologies are in order

On behalf of some very embarrassed citizens of Calaveras County, I would like to apologize to the caring individuals of the Area 12 Agency on Aging and the very generous, community-minded representatives of our local public television station, PATV, for the shameful comments and responses made by a few selfish, hateful and mean-spirited attendees at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 31.

I believe the majority of Calaveras County residents are appreciative and grateful for the...

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06/02/2016 1:25 PM
This is a wake-up call to the community, regarding Kit Carson, the only nursing and convalescent hospital in our county. Several times a week I have been visiting a wonderful friend who has resided here for almost three years. We both feel extremely grateful to the excellent and sacrificial care provided by the nurses and aides. They go over and above in their care and tender love for each resident, some of whom are unable to voice their gratitude. However, this for profit institution has made administrative decisions that have put... [Read more]
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05/26/2016 1:03 PM

Is Boitano’s credit for the Pine Acres fuel break legit?

Supervisor Louis Boitano recently claimed credit for the Pine Acres fuel break. That fuel break was a project of the CalFire Vegetation Management Program and the Amador Fire Safe Council. It was not a county project and the county did not fund it.

CalFire Assistant Chief Chris Post wrote a report about the role the fuel break played in the Butte Fire. His list of those responsible for it doesn’t include Supervisor Boitano. Here’s what Chief Post wrote:

“The following...

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Via Press Release
05/19/2016 3:11 PM

Recently, a Gwen Clayton supporter questioned (District 4 Supervisor) candidate Frank Axe’s residency and his qualifications to run for county supervisor in District 4.

Frank and his wife, Kathy, have been my neighbors in the Pine Grove area for more than 10 years. In contrast, it is my understanding that Gwen moved to Pine Grove in late 2014, after living in Sutter Creek and Fiddletown.

Frank has a 30-year record of accomplishments in industry and education. It is obvious from his background that he is a detailed planner. In...

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05/12/2016 2:01 PM

Gardeners in Plymouth should prepare their beds

Wise gardeners will not purchase plants for their gardens until they have first prepared the beds.

This saying comes to mind as I contemplate the 500-new-homes project for Plymouth.

Thanks to readers Brackett and Swanson, who have already voiced their concerns. And I was heartened to read in the May 6 edition of the Ledger-Dispatch (p. A10) that the Plymouth City Council had approved a special tax assessment on each new home to be used for such purposes as road and sidewalk...

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05/05/2016 2:01 PM

Note: Letters to the Editor supporting or opposing candidates in the June 7 Primary Election must be in the editor’s possession by May 24, for publication on Friday, May 27, to allow time for rebuttal.

The Sutter Creek ducks are not dead!

Last week, Mark Miller lamented the fact that this year the ducks did not return to Minnie Provis Park for the Great Sutter Creek Duck Race. There are many factors behind the decision to not run the race in 2016, not the least of which was the fact that the park was undergoing a facelift...

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Guest Commentator
04/28/2016 2:06 PM

I just want to say how much I enjoy the writings of Brent Parsons. Sometimes I think it is the best thing in your paper. Please do not leave his column out. Fewer photos of people would be welcomed, as they are really only of interest to their friends and family in most cases.

Brent can take any subject and make it sound interesting. I especially enjoy his way of “turning a phrase” in an unexpected way, reminding me of Mark Twain.

Thank you!

Dorothy Wall

Pine Grove

Thank you, Dalton family

I wish to commend...

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04/28/2016 2:02 PM

Needless to say, I had to respond to the allegations made by Mark Spears in the April 22 edition of this paper. He alleged that I was somehow improperly using the County road crews and their resources to my own ends as they did work on Clinton Road and the neighborhood where I live, Jackson Pines. Sometimes one can be quick to assume that all people possess the same character defects that one possesses themselves.

I will say simply that I have never requested nor have I received any special response or treatment from any of the...

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04/21/2016 1:08 PM

The Ratepayer Protection Alliance is again costing Amador Water Agency customers tens of thousands in legal expenses. This time, instead of RPA and their friends suing AWA directly, they got Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to sue them. A leader of RPA bragged, “…they’re (HJTA) not going to run out of money…”, showing RPA doesn’t care about the burden of legal costs on ratepayers.

The HJTA lawsuit was to force AWA to put its temporary drought charge to a vote of the county. The temporary charge is needed because the State...

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04/07/2016 1:09 PM
How many of you are tired of “political correctness?” How many see the real danger behind “political correctness?” Four serious threats to our freedom are “hate crimes,” “hate speech,” “child endangerment” and “Islamophobia.” When the U.S. Attorney General can threaten citizens who criticize Muslims with prosecution, our 1st Amendment rights are in jeopardy. Has the attorney general ever threatened people who criticize Christians? When the government at any level can arbitrarily decide what is “hate speech,” our 1st Amendment rights... [Read more]
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