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2 days ago

I was really surprised that recreation releases from our rivers were not included in your recent mandated water cut back orders of 25 percent along with the curtailment notices for Jr. Water Rights and some possible Senior Water Right users.

Perhaps you are unaware of how much water is released for the pleasure of whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Mokelumne River FERC License 137 for PG&E. requires a minimum of 700cfs units of recreation water for boating flows to be released 9 times a year. All this recreational water is let...

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2 days ago
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Federal programs rarely come in under budget. Consider Medicare, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1967, lawmakers projected annual spending in the program would reach $12 billion in 1990. The actual tab that year? A cool $110 billion.

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says that Obamacare will buck the trend.

The CBO has lowered its projections for the cost of the president’s healthcare law by $142 billion over the coming decade, from $1.35 trillion to $1.2 trillion.

Obamacare may cost the feds...

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2 days ago
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John Tuttle’s article regarding the fire fee in last Friday’s edition coincided with an article in Sacramento Bee the same day about almond growers planting more water thirsty trees during a drought. The Bee article stated that 40 to 80 percent of potable water is used by agriculture. To understand the connection between these two articles, one must understand the fundamental mission of CAL FIRE. Public Resources Code 4126 states CAL FIRE’s mission is to protect forests and trees capable of producing forest products, “...if such... [Read more]
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2 days ago

Signature Gatherers Annoy Another Ionian

Trying to stop the Newman Ridge mining project by delivering misinformation just isn’t right. Opponents to the project are hoping that folks all over Amador County will side with one family against a business venture in Ione by signing their name to a petition that will force a special election, at great expense to local taxpayers.

There have been many public hearings over the past few years and the community has been fully engaged with the developer of Newman Ridge. I wouldn’t stand up for...

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1 week ago

One Amador County High School?

Fine article by Craig Barraco, but before the school board makes a final decision regarding consolidation of Argonaut and Amador High Schools, shouldn’t the relocation committee, the school board and the superintendent show proof that this is the right move?

Reasons given are: Cailfornia increasing school standards ,declining enrollment and larger schools make for “better schools.” These were also some of the same reasons given back in 1983 when unification was passed after stating in print the...

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1 week ago
As a long-time resident of Ione, I have been quite interested in the proposed Newman Ridge Project. I have attended two Amador County Board of Supervisor’s meetings and one City of Ione City Council meeting in which the project, after extensive scrutiny, was soundly approved by the respective county/city representatives of the people. In each instance, those opposed railed on about a myriad of possible consequences utilizing every negative superlative they could. The opposition was so overboard with their presentation of negativity... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

Bad Law?

Executive order B-29-15 by Governor Jerry Brown concerning the water shortage seems extensive and onerous.

Some questions: (1) Why has water retention planning in California ignored the 100 year drought cycle for the last 40 years and stopped building reservoirs? (2) Is this executive order more about reacting to the drought or changing the form of California government? (3) Why is there no Sunset Clause? (4) Does the last Whereas mean what it says: “ I find that strict compliance with the various statutes and regulations...

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03/26/2015 10:31 AM
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All Smiles Thanks To Local Dentist

Last month I ended up with a painful, infected tooth while staying at my sister’s house in Pioneer. A friend recommended a local dentist, Dr. Schiappa.

He is a fantastic dentist. First, he got me in quickly and resolved the pain with antibiotics. The tooth was badly cracked and was not savable. Since then, he and his assistants have done excellent work and he’s been very conscientious, honest and fair. His staff is great and seems like family.

The downside, I live two hours away near Tahoe. But I...

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Matthew Hedger
02/19/2015 7:37 AM

Do We Really Need A Bullet Train?

George Runner’s letter provided much food for thought concerning our dollars.

Been wondering why California needs the high speed train? In my humble opinion, seems we should spend the tax dollars on maintaining what we have, our roads and highways are in serious need of repair, the drought situation needs immediate research. What happens when our farmers can no longer grow the food we eat? When forest critters are unable to find water & food? Humans also need water to survive.

Do we really need a...

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Guest Commentator
02/12/2015 9:39 AM

Seniors Service Club Seeks Input

I’m Mike Krisman, CEO (Chief Elder and Organizer) of the newly formed Amador Seniors’ Service Club. It is planned to service many needs for all seniors, needy or not. Seniors helping seniors is our motto. The club’s startup takes time, so, it has been difficult to advertise and explain its purpose for: information exchange, health watch and exercise, recreation, entertainment and helping hands service. Many seniors are unaware of entitlements and programs that are available to them.

60 percent of...

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02/05/2015 8:25 AM

Nora, Nora, Nora!

Nora Coryell, your “Note To All The Haters,” published in the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Jan 30, unwittingly states through Bible content you brought up, why Ms. “X” Secretary of State cannot be Commander-in-Chief. God’s founding fathers state, “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” A Christian does not lay in wait to watch the assassination of another of God’s great creations. Let us not forget how the Founding Fathers dealt with the original perceived terrorist thought of the time: “…the merciless Indian Savages,...

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01/29/2015 7:10 AM

A Note To All The Haters

A note to the Haters: Ten years of your life have already been wasted fuming and fussing about the black man in the White House, and you’re never going to get them back. Now you face another similar waste if you indulge in the right wing insanity of Hillary hatred.

While you pass around insensitive, untruthful emails, post crazy talk on facebook and generally make a nuisance of yourselves, most of your family, neighbors, coworkers and friends have already had it up to here, and I doubt they can take another...

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01/16/2015 10:23 AM

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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01/10/2015 8:05 AM

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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01/10/2015 7:31 AM

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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01/02/2015 10:51 AM

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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