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Jake Herfel
1 week ago

Dear Board of Supervisors,

The Newman Ridge mining project has been through a long and rigorous environmental review process that has examined every aspect of the plan, from noise and traffic to air and water resources, and there will be ongoing tough oversight from the state. This environmental review process has taken years to complete. It’s time that the plan be allowed to move our economy and our county forward.

In addition to having completed a thorough environmental review under rigorous state standards, there is a plan...

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Jason Mulford
1 week ago
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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U.N. Owen
1 week ago
Our out-of-town mobile home park owner of Meadowood Pines, in Pioneer, Calif., at 23750 Carson Drive, just gave us a new raise. Rent is now double what other parks charge. Most people have left and the park is almost empty. It seems when we got good offers for our homes ($42,000 cash or more after prices dropped), the owner would turn down real good buyers and would not let them rent here. Since they wanted to pay cash and the highest space rent in the county, some feel the owner wanted the price to drop and/or to get rid of units so... [Read more]
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Margie Russo
1 week ago

I was very upset when I picked up last week’s local paper and there on the front page was a picture of my daughter’s house that burned and was a total loss. What really upset me was, “It looked suspicious.” Why don’t you try to find out what really happened before you print the article. Do you really think someone would set it on fire after they had been working for two months on it, painting inside and out — new carpets and appliances?

The real truth was the wood stove fell through the floor and when it did the stove door...

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Kathleen DePuy
2 weeks ago

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
3 weeks ago

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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Margaret Crain
3 weeks ago
When I walked in the morning, I always looked forward to resting at the Perry Earl Park on Shakely Lane in Ione. The other day I was shocked to discover an empty, weed-filled area, minus the trees and the play area for children. I hope in the future that any trees removed from an area so hot in the summer could have a chance at public support to save them. If an “intent” notice had been made, I would have made every effort to save them. Even in times of drought, trees like the native oaks will survive. They hold the soil, make... [Read more]
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Lynne Standard-Nightengale
3 weeks ago
Thank you for the paper’s coverage of the recent General Election. I would like to clarify a statement made in the Campaign Finances article that appeared in last Friday’s edition regarding payments made by Lynn Morgan’s campaign. Everyone on her campaign team was a volunteer, including myself. The article stated that I was paid for my “services.” The fact is that I was reimbursed for campaign expenses that I charged to a personal credit card. If the reporter had read the reporting form more closely, he would have seen that the... [Read more]
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Larry McGrorty
3 weeks ago

Here is an email sent to journalist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune, after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins. It is reprinted here with permission.

Dear Mr. Page:

I always love your articles. and I generally agree with them. I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name to the “F***skins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the ********* in Congress.

Here are some other politically correct matters to consider:

I agree with our Native...

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Aaron May
3 weeks ago
Last Sunday, October 26, I was in a serious Motorcycle accident after hitting black ice on Highway 88 above the Mormon Immigrant Trail. Needless to say, I am very lucky to be alive. The reason I am writing this letter is to express my sincere thanks to so many people who helped me not only at the time of the accident, but immediately after and during recovery as well. There was a person that served as a Medic in Afghanistan that helped at the scene, many people driving by who stopped to help, the American Legion Ambulance Team,... [Read more]
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Frank Cunha
3 weeks ago

In May of 1870, the first Sutter Creek grammar school was destroyed by fire. The community immediately came together to build a magnificent, two-story brick school that was open for classes that fall.

Recently, I was able to experience first-hand that Sutter Creek’s sense of community is still going strong almost 150 years later.

On September 20, I was overwhelmed by the response as the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation held a yard sale at the old grammar school as their first fundraiser to restore this historical...

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Matthew Hedger
10/31/2014 11:08 AM

Letter to the Editor — Congressional District 4 Race, by Gerald Waters

Many political candidates will say anything to get elected. Instead of listening to them, let’s look at what the outside watchdog groups who track every vote, say about them. The watchdogs agree: Tom McClintock is the right choice for Congress.

For the last two years, McClintock was ranked first in the entire 435-member House of Representatives by the National Taxpayers Union. He has been endorsed by Citizens against Government Waste, the National Federation of...

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Andy Rodriguez and Terri Works
10/31/2014 10:50 AM

I was at a Jackson City Council meeting last night and once again heard someone from Up-country state that, since what happens in Jackson affects the entire county, she had every right to speak out on a purely Jackson issue. I thank her for giving me permission to voice my opinion concerning the proposed Dollar General store in Pine Grove.

I think Dollar General would be a good thing for Amador County, but mostly for how it would help the financially-strapped residents of the Up-country. Not having to drive that extra ten miles...

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Larry Rhoades
10/30/2014 12:37 PM
The Great Recession has decimated so many jobs in our county and here is a new opportunity to put people back to work and to bring in much-needed tax revenue. The Newman Ridge project will create nearly 200 initial jobs and 60 permanent jobs at completion. This would be a tremendous boost to the local economy that simply cannot be ignored. The project will also bring in nearly a million dollars in county tax revenue that can be used for essential public safety services that will improve our neighborhoods and improve the quality of... [Read more]
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Wendell Peart
10/30/2014 12:39 PM

With the race riots taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, and accusations of police brutality, now is the time to support our local law enforcement personnel, not to castigate them. Remember, the police are not the cause of the riots, but rather the rioters. Time Magazine, in the September 1 issue, featured an article, “The Tragedy of Ferguson,” which left one with the impression that would have you believe it was the police who are the problem, rather than the rioters.

In this regard, on August 22, over a national TV network, a...

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S.J. Ozment
10/30/2014 12:40 PM

I agree that the 9 things I wouldn’t want to know about you or anyone else is absolutely correct. I found the first item to be especially disappointing. I would think someone who feels qualified to write for a newspaper publication would have a better command of the English language than to resort to her choice of words in item 1. The F-bomb? Really??

Crude at best.

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Sandi Soracco
10/30/2014 12:42 PM

I recently received a letter for the City of Jackson , in regard to a meeting concerning the new sewer rates. The current charge for a single hook-up us $29.30.

I recently asked the front desk why my bill had been $58.70, since the city is well aware my second building was lost to arson in 2007.

They would reduce my rate If I would promise not to build anything on my property.

This is blackmail, and not a thing was said about the reimbursement owed to me.

I was also told, should I take the reduction, then later want to...

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Gary Dorall
10/24/2014 10:41 AM

There is no doubt that Lynn Morgan is a nice lady that photographs well

and is family oriented, but lets go beyond those issues.

Being up in years, I firmly believe in the old adage that "Birds of a

Feather Flock Together". Morgan's sidekicks and supporters are

"no-growthers" which demonstrate the "I'm here, let's close the gate"

syndrome. As a group they have obstructed new business, water

development issues, pipe line construction to name a few. Obviously

this affects employment, fire safety measures, human needs and...

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Rebecca Brown
10/23/2014 12:12 PM

Letter to the Editor, from Rebecca Brown

Ted Novelli is shamelessly exploiting this year’s fears of wildland fires to get elected.

Ted and I were at an Upcountry Community Council meeting earlier this year where we all heard the guest speakers from CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service respond to a question about whether a wild and scenic designation for the Mokelumne would prevent firefighters from accessing its water to fight fires. The firefighters replied they are allowed to take water from any available source, and a wild and...

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jack brotherton
10/23/2014 12:13 PM

Letter to the Editor, from Jack Brotherton

A number of Ione voters have asked me who they should vote for in the November 4 Ione City Council election. I’ve suggested they vote for only two (Dan Epperson and Dominic Atlan) of the six candidates.

A resident living in the older part of Ione called me two days ago and asked who other than Dan and Dominic should be elected. My response was to recommend a vote for only those two candidates because, while the ballot says “vote for no more than three,” you have no obligation to vote...

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