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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

Congress: No Accountability

It is not about what political party a member Congress belongs to, it is about accountability for government to do what is right. The Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Act has failed. House Bill HR-543 was stalled in the VA committee even though there were 258 co-sponsors in support of the Bill — enough for a House vote. More Vietnam vets will die, many cannot pay medical expenses some are forced to take second mortgages on their homes or sell their homes. Does Congress care? Most do not. However, we vets do...

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3 weeks ago

Kudos And Compliments

I just spoke with Lynn, in subscriptions, regarding the December 23, 2014 issue of the Mother Lode Life and Times ‘In Your Face’ photo of Adolph Hitler and Hillary Clinton saying the same thing, both stating that society is more important than the individual.

Lynn and I disagree that the article was inappropriate and she said some readers didn’t like it. Why? I think the posting was great! I’d like some follow-up on the pros and cons.

By the way: This mindset, this “what is best for society” kind of thinking i...

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3 weeks ago

Amador County’s agricultural community is in danger. Development and vacation rentals have started to proliferate our area and are taking away our residents, our sense of community and our stock of residential homes.

I moved to my 20 acre vineyard property 18 years ago and was immediately welcomed by the rural agricultural community. I discovered that “close” neighbors were not just next door, but those 20, 40, and even 1,000s of acres away.

I recently took stock of the properties on my private road and those behind me lining...

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4 weeks ago

2015 will be over almost quicker than you can say Happy New Year! Just look how fast 2014 sped by us all. Time rarely feels as if it’s standing still unless we are waiting on something to happen. Time only drags when we need something to happen like a cure for a disease, a job to open or a relative to come home from the Middle East. When time drags we make the mistake of wishing it away.

We only have a little bit of time. We all have the same in a day, a week or a year. Every year that we live we are extended the same number of days...

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12/26/2014 9:59 AM

I was recently visiting Amador County and managed to sneak in some holiday shopping. What a treat! The quaint towns, shops, the people — the whole experience was absolutely incredible. I won’t miss the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights and plan on making a trip to Amador a Christmas tradition.

While visiting, I lost my wallet — or left it at a shop. Amazingly, it was returned with all my holiday cash still intact. What a community, what a location. Amador County is awesome.

Ann Gunderson

Sacramento

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12/26/2014 9:58 AM

To all our friends and family, we hope you are staying warm tonight and every night and are staying reasonably well and comfortable in these somewhat difficult times. As you sit at the table eating, remember all the positive things in life and how lucky we really are. Think of all those that may not be as lucky as you and us and consider how you may help them. Merry Christmas!

Gary and Jean Dorall

Pine Grove

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12/26/2014 9:57 AM

Were you in the audience for one of the Choralier’s Christmas Songs performances? If not, you missed a wonderful “getting into the Holiday spirit” experience. We are so blessed in Amador County to have this local group of extremely talented musical artists. They not only have gorgeous voices *all can solo), but they can do what’s best to “sell a song.”

I particularly like the facts that:

1) I can understand every sung word

2) They memorize every song (and there are many)

3) They have the ability to convey to their audience that...

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12/26/2014 9:55 AM

Ron Lowe asked several questions, which I’ll try to answer.

The American people are not happy with the President and the Affordable Care Act. The Democrats lost the house in 2010 because of the health care law, that coupled with the public becoming aware of the President’s ineptitude and untruthfulness, lost the Senate in 2014, it’s actually pretty simple. Ron, you may recall that the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress as well as the Presidency for two years (2009, 2010). During that time they did nothing but create a...

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12/19/2014 10:35 AM

The family of Lois Porteous-Noble-Shepherd would like to thank everyone for your support during the loss of our Mom, Grammy & Great Grammy. We appreciate the kind words, cards and flowers. Thank you to the Ladies Missionary, Reverend Gerald Meyers and the entire Community Covenant Church of West Point for helping us with Mom’s “Celebration of Life.” We appreciate everyone coming to the service and those who shared their life experiences with our loved one.

Donations in her memory can be made to ARC of Amador & Calaveras, 75 Academy...

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12/19/2014 10:32 AM

After reading Mr. Lowe’s Letter to the Editor I came to the conclusion that he might have made an error. He states “that 60—70 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed. “I personally think it’s much higher. Why did so many democrats get voted out while by the voters and put in those do-nothing republicans? Well, let me see if I can answer your question, Mr. Lowe?

It is true a vast majority of Americans (the working, taxpaying kind) are very upset with the direction we are headed. It’s multiplied by...

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12/19/2014 10:28 AM

Because of the news about Bill Cosby, I am sending you the list of rules that my mother told to me.

Momma said:

If a gentleman takes you to dinner, you are not the dessert.

If he wants you to go to his room to get his coat, you don’t have to go, he knows where it is.

If he wants to show you the famous paintings in his room, there is no art print worth seeing in any hotel room.

If you are dumb and find yourself in his room, do not sit on his bed, if you do keep your knees together, and your feet on the floor.

You are not a hoe,...

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12/19/2014 10:24 AM
I’d like to thank those who have supported the restoration of the Catholic Cemetery thus far and for the generous donations we’ve received. Continued donations are greatly appreciated and directly affect the restoration project by helping us to progress further. I encourage all members of the community to come by the cemetery to see how great it’s beginning to look, and witness the transformation for yourself. Future projects here at the cemetery include repairs to the custom fencing that surrounds the property, and repaving the area... [Read more]
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12/12/2014 9:38 AM

I would like to respond to the letter published in November, 21, from U.N. Owen regarding “Ghost Town Pines.” I don’t believe U.N. Owen (is that unknown?) is a permanent resident of this mobile home park. To begin with the writer used the wrong name for the park.

I don’t know what site rents are in other mobile home parks, but I don’t know of any other areas anywhere where most of the sites are approximately 1/3 acre. We are not crowded so close together that you could sling mud out your front door and hit your neighbor.

When I...

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12/12/2014 9:36 AM

Economist Philip G. King submitted to the court a Declaration opposing the Dollar General store in Pine Grove. He states that the Dollar General store is in violation of the General Plan. But the material he quotes is from the proposed General Plan which he characterizes as an update underway. If the court honors a proposal, not yet adopted into law, we have a problem far greater than that of a new store some people don’t want.

Dr. King states that Dollar General will compete with local businesses such as Guy’s Saw Center since they...

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12/12/2014 9:34 AM
Executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, 3500 new business crushing regulations, the feds attempting to regulate our local police departments—all within the last two weeks! State governments are waking up to the fact that they have the power to stop this federal overreach, regain state sovereignty, and bring power back to the people through use of a tool our Constitutional Framers gave them for just this situation, an Article V Convention of States (COS). Last Thursday, Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, a vocal... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
12/05/2014 7:59 AM

I would like to share some thoughts about our future from my observations after attending 6 years of meetings of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors.

There seems to be two opposed approaches to solving perceived problems of providing for the basic wants and needs of the people.

The first, and most prevalent, is the group or collective viewpoint. Expanding the size and cost of government is very important to expanding the collective process. Some refer to this as transformation; others use the term socialism. The implementation...

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Matthew Hedger
12/05/2014 7:54 AM

Polls have shown for the last few years that 60-70 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed. That being the case, why on earth did American voters give control of Congress to the “do-nothing”, block-everything Republicans who have spent the last six years obstructing the economy and government all in an attempt to make President Obama be seen as a failure. This doesn’t make sense.

Why would American voters elect voodoo, supply-side, trickle-down Republicans who are still married to the same economic...

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Jason Mulford
11/20/2014 10:36 AM
When my wife and I started a community organization (Amador County Veterans Organization, Inc.) three years ago, Supervisor Ted Novelli gave us our very first donation. He met with our Board of Directors to share his wisdom that government moves slowly for a reason and to take our time in order to ensure we don’t make a mistake that would interfere with our goals to help local veterans. Chairman Novelli has helped me navigate the vast bureaucracies of government over the last three years in many instances. He has even gone as far as... [Read more]
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Kathleen DePuy
11/13/2014 11:49 AM

I recently had such a good experience with a local jewelry store that I would like to share it with you.

I’m not experienced with jewelry and feel very vulnerable and uncertain in jewelry stores. I had a decision to make regarding two rings and needed advice.

The first store I went into was ready to take most of what I had with very little return for me. Even I knew that was a bad deal. Then I walked into Rare Exception Jewelers. I was treated in an honest, warm and courteous manner. They taught me the value of what I...

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Via Press Release
11/06/2014 12:49 PM

At the Department of Veterans Affairs, we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in government. I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve you — our Veterans — and improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned. It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a Department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric — the outcomes we provide for Veterans.

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, enacted less...

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