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Roy Bjornson
7 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Roy Bjornson

Pioneer

After watching footage of the raging King Fire and reading the article in the Ledger Dispatch by Supervisor Ted Novelli about all the work that Amador County has done to prepare for wildfires, I’m grateful that we have such farsighted local leaders and fire officials in our county.

All of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is under threat of catastrophic wildfires as shown by the 100,000 acre King Fire north of us, that’s probably still burning, and the 256,000 acre Rim Fire...

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Lori Jagoda
7 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Lori Jagoda

30-year resident of District 3

With the November election just around the corner, I hear many different reasons voters give for choosing the candidate they support. Often, it is because the candidate is a friend or neighbor. People say the candidate is a “nice person” and volunteers at local events. Others feel if a person has held a position for a number of years, they must know what they are doing. If you stop and think about it, we probably all know several people who fit this profile...

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Fred & Joanie Hall
7 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Fred and Joanie Hall

Jackson

We read Brent Parsons’s interview with Connie Hudson in the October 3, 2014 Amador Ledger Dispatch.

As Brent and many others know, she worked for us at Ace Hardware, in Pine Grove, for over 20 years. We called her Saint Connie, because she was always happy, never said a bad word about anyone, and was a sheer joy to work with. (You may have noticed that we said “work with.” She never really worked ‘for’ us — she worked for all Amadorians, and we were just lucky enough...

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Arthur R. Price
7 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Arthur R. Price

Pioneer

I have been acquainted with Ted Novelli for more than 20 years. Ted is a person of honesty and integrity, and works for what is right for the community and county. He is familiar with Amador County, its needs, resources and government. When Ted ran for the District 3 Supervisor seat, his platform was based on being a “full-time” supervisor, being available to constituents, and being fiscally prudent in handling the county’s finances. He has certainly upheld those promises as Ted...

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Kent Shelton
2 weeks ago
I’m 72 years old, a widower of three years, and I live alone with my dog. At 10 p.m., my dog started barking and growling at something past the front hedge, 36 feet away. When I came out on my porch and stepped around the corner, in my driveway were seven or eight cops with automatic weapons and one police dog. One asked me to put down my flashlight and come off the porch, where he handcuffed me and patted me down. He then asked to search my house. I said, “Go ahead.” After I asked what was going on, he said, “Someone called in,... [Read more]
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Shirley Dillon
2 weeks ago

For several years, I sent homemade cookies to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.These went mostly to our nephews (hence the name, “Operation Auntie,” but some of the people I sent to I did not know very well or at all. As I sent two to six boxes a month with eight to 10 dozen cookies each, it got quite expensive with ingredients and postage.

Supervisor Ted Novelli heard about this and reached into his own pocket and several times gave me up to $40. This helped tremendously. So, it is time I thanked him on behalf of myself and the...

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Geoff Smith
2 weeks ago

I found the recently published letter from Austin Ford, Jr., in support of District 3 candidate Ted Novelli troubling, mostly because of Mr. Ford’s unfair and inaccurate characterization of candidate Lynn Morgan’s position on several issues. I encourage the reader to talk to each candidate directly and read their published positions on local issues to form their own opinions.

Mr. Ford’s letter makes clear his longing for the days of old (really, only 15 years ago) when he first moved to Amador County when “living wasn’t always...

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Frannie Weinrob
2 weeks ago

Community spirit is alive and well in Pine Grove. On Friday, October 3, Pine Grovians and friends turned out in huge numbers to celebrate our lovely township.

That night on the stage at the Pine Grove Town Hall the angelic voices of the Pine Grove Elementary Choir delighted the audience, and the Pine Grove Elementary Robotics Club amazed us with their inventions. Thank you, Kelly Hunkins, Principal of P.G.E., for your support and encouragement of our event.

In this county, with so many enticing events happening on the same...

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J.S. Gobershock
3 weeks ago

My household recently received a postcard from District 3 candidate Ted Novelli. The postcard prominently displays two U.S. Marine logotypes in color.

Mr. Novelli’s use of the logo implies an endorsement. The Marine Corps has not approved its use for this purpose. In fact, this use is in conflict with the Marine Corps trademark program, which expressly prohibits the use of their logo for political campaigns. This policy is clearly stated at: hqmc.marines.mil/divpa/Units/MarineCorpsTrademarkLicensingProgram/FAQ.aspx.

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Karl Rodefer
3 weeks ago
Like all local governments during the last four years, Amador County lost millions of dollars in revenue due to the global recession. But, unlike many other counties and states, Amador County found ways to cut unnecessary spending and to make common sense cuts to programs while finding ways to ensure that local residents got the vital services they need. Supervisor Ted Novelli was among those who rolled up their sleeves and got the tough job done when we needed it most. Ted Novelli is a true fiscal conservative who will ensure that... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
3 weeks ago

Our family discovered Amador County 15 years ago. The independence of the people and a sense of freedom reminded us of the New England we grew up in. The living wasn’t always easy, but it was the way we wanted to live — witness the generations of families that continue to make Amador their home. People focusing on their own lives made little or no effort to control the lives of others.

Water resources were guarded as precious to the community and to those that worked the land. Many went to a church of their choosing and, as we...

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Jim Scully
3 weeks ago

The Amador County Board of Supervisors held a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, September 23, specifically designed to listen to comments from the public. The topic of the public hearing was the controversial Newman Ridge Quarry and Edwin Center North Asphalt Plant, which has been challenged at every step by the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance, an organization formed to protect land, air, water and use rights in the Ione Valley.

The County and the developers were sued by LAWDA in 2012 over a misleading and faulty...

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Vivian Speas
4 weeks ago
Being an animal lover, I could not believe that a raccoon has no chance. It is a state law! What is wrong with relocating them to an area up in the hills? They do not put down skunks, rabbits, whatever — why raccoons? [Read more]
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Randy Wiebold
4 weeks ago

Spaceship Earth’s annual orbit around the sun covers over 570,000,000 miles at well over 66,000 miles an hour. That’s over 18 miles per second. Spaceship Earth’s daily rotation at the equator exceeds 1,000 miles per hour.

Good guys and bad guys, actors and clown,

Floras and faunas, at sea and on ground.

Upsides and downsides, whirling all around.

We captives of the cosmos, within Earth’s fragile realms.

We captives of the cosmos had better take care of whatever is shielding Spaceship Earth from all that velocity,...

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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago

The Amador Artists Open Studios was held September 20 and 21, inviting the public to view artwork produced by local artisans. This event was also a fundraiser benefitting our scholarship program and annual student art show. We greatly appreciate the publicity provided by the Ledger and especially want to single out Lifestyles Editor Carolyn Schmitz in that regard.

The Artists Association received support from many businesses and organizations that provided gifts and certificates for the raffle, helped to underwrite the event,...

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Ron Watson
4 weeks ago

Sutter Creek

Ms. Renfree’s commentary on dress codes was a wonderful mix of cliches. Terms like “empowerment,” “self worth,” “creative expression,” “spaces of empowerment,” and “assert agency over her body” all sound impressive and highly intellectual. They are really nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the real issue and avoid taking responsibility for one’s actions. When I walk in the morning, I see girls walking to the bus stop and wonder what parent would allow them to go to school wearing short shorts and...

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Brent Parsons
4 weeks ago
I was a young teen as the United States escalated its involvement in Vietnam and I was of draft age at the war’s apex. I survived the lottery and the conflict in college. I don’t pretend to know what the war was all about but I know I didn’t want to go. After 50,000 U.S. dead, many times that of Vietnamese dead, jungles defoliated, and billions of dollars spent, our enemy won. Forty years later, that enemy although undefeated like Germany, Japan, and Italy, is now our friend. The dominos didn’t continue to fall and some form of... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago
My husband Scott and I had an opportunity to spend our anniversary at the National Hotel in Jackson. I wanted to let other county residents know that it is a “first class” operation, and they need to experience it for themselves. Beautiful rooms, excellent service, and a much-improved Stanley’s Steakhouse. We found out they even have a “local’s discount” for both rooms and the restaurant. Try it - you’ll like it! [Read more]
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Marian Randolph
09/18/2014 1:40 PM

With all there is to worry about these days — drought, lack of jobs, education, prices going higher, stagnant wages, gas usage and prices, healthcare, etc., etc., our current legisatures have completed very little during the past recent sessions (that is, if they were present — many weren’t).

Now, these part-time employees, of “we the people,” recently gave themselves a raise to add to their six-figure salaries. And at the last pressing session, before they left for their next vacation, what did they worry about? Recyclable...

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Gale Fairbrother
09/18/2014 1:39 PM
Gratitude … not something people think about every day, or even think about at all. But I want to express my enormous gratitude for the people of Amador County and all that they do. From service clubs like The Lions Clubs, The Rotary Clubs, Native Sons, Kiwanis and Italian Benevolent Society, to the many businesses and non-profit organizations, and especially, to the individuals who volunteer their time, energy and resources to make this community a better place to live, work and play. I can’t begin to name all of the individuals I... [Read more]
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