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Nora Coryell
1 week ago
That was an interesting piece on “Our Area Town-by-Town” which includes towns in Calaveras County. I am wondering if Calaveras County, or at least our side of it, is now going to be covered in the paper? I remember when Calaveras had its own edition and editor and I thought it was a shame when the Ledger stopped covering that county completely.

Some good articles in the future might be pieces on the many disappeared ghost towns and their remnants, especially Quincy, Contreras, Doschville, Butte City and Camp Opera. And, of...

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Jennifer Wylie
1 week ago
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 the 7-11 Committee met to continue the discussion of the current state of Amador County schools and the District’s plans for consolidation. Superintendent Dick Glock shared with the committee and members of the public present, his official recommendation and report, given to the ACUSD/ACOE Governing Board on July 23, 2014. “After listening for 18 months, I think it is time for me to make some recommendations: Leave Ione as is for now; there is too much uncertainty about the timing of population growth. The... [Read more]
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Bob Martinez
2 weeks ago
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the staff at Castle Oaks Golf Club in Ione for their hosting of the Junior Golf Week 2014 golf clinic. My grandson attended the clinic organized and instructed by Castle Oaks Director of Golf Dominic Atlan, LPGA Club pro Teresa Ishiguro and co-instructor Will Byrd.

Myself and many parents and grandparents witnessed the great patience, golf knowledge and pleasant demeanor the staff displayed during this clinic. They provided a safe, fun learning environment for local youth...

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Lynnea Honn
2 weeks ago
This year’s Amador County Fair Rodeo clothed the apparent breaking of a steer’s leg in the flag-waving platitudes of patriotism and religion. Jesus would be appalled at what we do in His name. I have loved the sport of rodeo, the venue of the cowboy, in competition with his/her peers, showing the apex of skills based on historical and current needs in the cattle industry — the industry that feeds us. However, let’s be honest. Rodeo is the epitome of the prey/predator relationship. In that relationship, we need to honor the animals... [Read more]
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Ron Watson
2 weeks ago
You liberal folks need to have a staff meeting to line out your priorities. Randy, the reason that our infrastructure is falling apart can be explained with two words — “entitlement spending.” Entitlement spending continues to increase, not so for infrastructure spending.

The reason you need to meet with Nora is the fact that she is advocating another huge increase in entitlement spending. It’s for folks who don’t like their country and want an all-expenses-paid vacation here in the good ol’ USA, paid for by us folks, of course. No...

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Vivian Speas
2 weeks ago
Thanks to Mr. Holman, owner of the Jeff Holman Auto Center, and Mrs. Manning, owner of The Feed Barn, along with Mr. Robert Stephens and all those that work with the A-PAL program. It is a God-sent program. Four-legged animals have the right to a good life. So, thank you again. [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
After reading the article about The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, I thought readers should hear another side of the story. Before I retired in August, 2012, I worked at The Arc for over eight years. I enjoyed coming to work every day. It was a pleasure to be part of a wonderful, caring organization whose mission was to give direction, care and purpose to the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

Under the direction of Executive Director Mike Sweeney, the staff and administration were working towards the same goal and it...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
Pioneer

After reading Ray Perry’s letter to the editor about several groups taking their golf tournaments out of this county, I thought back and realized how many times a week I hear the word “local.” It’s almost in all advertising in this county. It is on the radio, the local TV station, certainly the newspaper in many different advertising and fundraiser articles and just in general. This is a tight-knit community and a very giving one. Why would a group that asks for donations on a regular basis take business out of the...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
The Sand Fire broke out on July 25 and is blamed on a vehicle igniting dry vegetation. David Roberts, owner of the Rancho Cicada retreat, saw the car across the river with flames coming out of the exhaust pipe as the driver continued to drive, setting more and more vegetation on fire. Forty-five new people had just arrived at the retreat and were unpacking their cars. David had to rush and gather everyone to drive out as fast as possible. They all got out. When they were all out, David realized his partner at the retreat was not... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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.

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago
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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks 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
07/24/2014 12:41 PM
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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Nora Coryell
07/24/2014 12:50 PM
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
07/24/2014 12:52 PM
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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John Tuttle
07/24/2014 12:42 PM
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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