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Guest Commentator
2 days ago

Writer was looking forward to voting on State of Jefferson

An open letter to the Amador County Board of Supervisors:

I was disappointed when reading the article in the Ledger Dispatch last week about the Board of Supervisors’ decision to take the State of Jefferson off of the voting agenda in the next primary election. I attended the board meeting the month before, when a vast majority of the attendees in the room were in support of the grass roots movement to remove Amador County from the State of California and join the...

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Jerry Budrick
5 days ago

This is an open letter to the Board of Supervisors, Sen. Tom Berryhill, Rep. Frank Bigelow, other Amador County elected officials and employees, NPOs, vendors, contractors, and any others with a relationship with The Oaks Community Association (TOCA).

A State of Jefferson meeting is being held in TOCA’s clubhouse on Feb. 3. This event violates a long-standing policy of not using TOCA’s resources for political events. Without approval by the Board of Directors or the TOCA community as a whole, the current board president, Rickie...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

As I start leaving the silver years and head to the golden years of life, I find myself attending more funerals and taking the time to ponder life. I hear some great things about people at funerals that I never knew; things I wish I had known when they were alive. I also realize that there are a lot of wonderful people in Amador County that have many years ahead of them and have given me positive inspiration through their example.

One of those people is Johnny Vinciguerra. Most of us know his smiling face if we shopped at Safeway....

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12/29/2015 12:52 PM

In Response to Nora Coryell’s Dec. 18, 2015 Letter

Why would a person blame a lawful organization for such malice with absolutely no facts, let alone information, to back up the article (...NRA must be very proud)? The NRA did not sell those weapons to the deranged individuals. However, the law was followed in their purchase. Admittedly, all purchasers of firearms don’t undergo training on the proper handling of their purchase, but another very large group of law-abiding citizens and NRA supporters do, including me. The criminal...

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12/22/2015 12:11 PM

We are writing to commend Volcano Telephone Service Center Manager David Dobbie. His actions during the Butte Fire truly exemplify the words from that company’s Mission statement: “passion for excellence in all we do…” and “contributing to our community…”

On September 9, 2015, my husband and I packed our belongings and pets and prepared to evacuate our Glencoe home. With flames in view out our front windows, in the dark, in the 100 degree heat, under a heavy layer of choking smoke, we literally kissed our beloved home of 20 years a...

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Via Press Release
12/17/2015 12:55 PM

Well Folks, we’ve finally surpassed the incredible standard of having an average of at least one mass shooting a day in 2015. Logical perhaps, since we now have more firearms than we have people. The NRA must be so proud, not to mention rich. These two facts taken together do certainly give the lie to the nonsense that more guns make us safer, and still the dumb party continues to deny that gun violence and guns are related. After all, it’s not the gun’s fault, right?

According to them, absolutely everyone should have some, and...

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12/03/2015 12:39 PM

The house in Pine Acres has been in our family since it was built almost 40 years ago. Four generations have enjoyed visiting and/or living there. We owe a major debt to the firefighters who risked their lives saving all the homes in our area. We are especially grateful to Battalion Chief Charles Blankenheim and Division Chief Chris Post of Cal Fire, and to Cathy Koos-Breazel of Amador Fire Safe Council, for their continued efforts to make Amador County a safer place to live.

Monte and Joanne Nelson

Metamora, MI

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Dan Rothenbush...

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12/03/2015 12:36 PM

Have your magnifying glass handy when you are reading store ads so you can see the microscopic printing of “conditions” relating to purchases. I learned my lesson this weekend looking for good buys on frozen turkeys to purchase for a charity Thanksgiving food drive.

I saw that Safeway was advertising frozen Butterball turkeys for 99 cents a pound. Great! But...

The clerk informed me that at that price I needed to purchase $25.00 of groceries. I told her and the store manager it was for charity. And their responses?

“No exceptions!”...

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12/03/2015 12:42 PM

Get a grip America. We have so much to be thankful for this year and a headline this morning puts things in perspective: “FBI: No credible threat to US after Paris attacks.”

Regrettably, Republican politicians are not satisfied to let Americas alone and enjoy Thanksgiving day; The once dignified party of cautious change has become a cauldron of fear-mongering politicians who prey on the ignorance and bigotry of their constituents and the public. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, share what you have with friends, toast to the beauty of...

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12/03/2015 12:40 PM

On November 1, 2015, I was in Safeway and misplaced my wallet. I wish to thank the person who turned my wallet in to a Safeway employee. A very special thank you for your kindness and honesty.

T. N.

Amador County

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12/03/2015 12:34 PM
SEIU local 1021 Rep. Ann Schulyer’s letter to the editor concerning the Board of Supervisors’ salary increase was very disheartening. This board and previous boards have always tried to lead by example, and any consideration of ALL of the facts would demonstrate that fact quite readily. The last raise received in 2008 by the Board of Supervisors was in conjunction with a salary study performed county-wide that indicated that the board should receive 40 percent of the salary paid to a Superior Court Judge. The board in 2006 elected to... [Read more]
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12/03/2015 12:32 PM
Gary Dorall is off base in assuming that TSPN TV had a “lack of interest in the ongoing emergency” during the Butte Fire. Mr. Dorall might not be aware that the station’s owners, Tom and Sue, were trapped in a time consuming evacuation from their home on Irishtown Road. Having worked with TSPN over the last two years, I made multiple attempts to get down their road and make myself available to them during the Butte fire. Clearly there were more complex issues at play, including their personal safety and inability to return to their... [Read more]
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11/24/2015 11:33 AM

It’s a time for parties with spiked punch, spirited eggnog on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve champagne, and then beer and football games on New Years Day.

Driving drunk risks your life and others. If you do not harm anyone, a DUI costs thousands. Isn’t a taxi cheaper than that? When I was 16 in April of 1992, a drunken driver hit me head-on. I was a Tracy High athlete that played against other San Joaquin county teams. I was in a coma for 100 days, had paralysis, brain injuries and multiple broken and dislocated bones. I stayed in...

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11/24/2015 11:32 AM
After reading Ron Lowe’s letter, I wonder, who’s trying to deceivewho? What exactly is a “Christian Identity group.” I’m a Christian, Ron do you consider me a danger to your safety? Over what time period and what were the circumstances that 25 law enforcement officers lost their lives to “right wing extremists” How many innocent people including women and children were killed at Waco, Texas? Ron, if you don’t think there are those in government whose goal is the elimination of an armed citizenry, then your not as informed as you... [Read more]
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11/24/2015 11:34 AM
It is apparent that there are those, including a D4 Supervisorial aspirant, that have been critical of the county for the methods used to notify residents of what is happening and guidance as to what the residents should do during an emergency such as the Butte Fire. The critics have used such venues as Facebook to launch their “over the back fence” critiques stating such things as the Board of Supervisors are living in the 1970’s and the county doesn’t have enough computers to alert people of what is happening and what to do and... [Read more]
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11/24/2015 11:33 AM
After reading the letter in last week’s Amador Ledger Dispatch on terrorists, I decided to check the writer’s facts. The number of right-wing terrorist groups he cited is a little iffy, since it appears to come from the Southern Poverty Law Center, but he was right on his basic contention that right-wing groups have killed a lot more people (in this country) than Muslim terrorists. So why do the Islamists get all the headlines? I think it’s because murders committed within a group are not seen as being as bad as those between groups.... [Read more]
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11/24/2015 11:31 AM

Frequently, our local leaders are revered in the Amador Ledger Dispatch for their commitment to the community. Interestingly, if you were to go by the Ledger Dispatch, you would think that only a select few people are the foundation of this commitment. You know who these people are. They are the ones that give themselves a huge pat on the back, bang the drum loudly for a job well done and never miss a chance for a photo-op.

Often, the people that make the biggest difference in someone’s life don’t bang a drum at all. They are quiet...

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10/22/2015 11:57 AM

In her commentary, “Drug price controls threaten cystic fibrosis patients,” Lisa Yourman makes a compelling plea for new drugs to help her children and others who have cystic fibrosis. However, she confuses negotiated drug prices with government-imposed price controls, warning that “some members of Congress want the government to implement de facto price controls by ‘negotiating’ artificially low prices in Medicare’s prescription drug benefit.”

By definition, a “negotiated price” is a mutually agreed price. There cannot be a...

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10/22/2015 11:56 AM
I will always be amazed at unity of this community showed during this period. The endless cars and trucks of “close” and “far away” neighbors pulling into our parking lots to donate heaps of their items without requiring a thank you. The endless phone calls from local businesses asking us what they can do or donate to help us. Local business people and volunteers taking time from their lives to just “show up and be put to work” and of course the Tribe demanding their business and profitability be put on hold so their neighbors could... [Read more]
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10/22/2015 11:55 AM

After due deliberation, as Amador Republicans we feel it is in the community’s interest that we express our dismay at the article “Tale of Two Picnics” by Eric Winslow. This is the second major instance of inaccuracy by the Ledger Dispatch regarding our group. Previously an article stated that we no longer exist.

The local Republican central committee members and spouses, a balance of men and women, along with three Sacramento State University students including their female executive director, worked hard to organize a Labor...

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