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5 days ago

Supporting our local youth is a very important part of this community. Here in Amador County you read in the Ledger Dispatch about folks coming together for a common cause to help an individual or family that have had some storms enter their lives. One family who needed help with their septic system and a gentleman who is disabled with an electric wheelchair. An offer of encouragement so they can have a better quality of life.

I was saddened to hear of a scenario with our new neighbor, Dollar General in Pine Grove. A local...

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5 days ago
I’m writing in response to Mr. Wiebold’s August 21 “Nuclear Deal, Plan B,” but I accept that I may have misunderstood what he meant. I hope so. There is a difference between Iran and Israel, Randy. Israel is a civilized democracy that wants to feel safe from the potential for aggressions by Iran, which has publicly vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. And why should anyone believe that they would not attempt to carry that out, given the nuclear tools of war? Even in the year 2015, men in Iran will stone a woman to death... [Read more]
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5 days ago
Dear Marilyn, great word “exegesis.” You must not have understood my letter. I never questioned the Pope’s understanding of Scripture. I did question his expertise on climate. I wonder why the leader of the Catholic Church is so interested in climate when saving lost souls, something the founder of my Christian faith (Jesus), said was our number one priority. I’m aware of some of Jesus’ teachings and the words he used, I just don’t remember Him mentioning them as a replacement for increasing our water storage as the population... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The City of Sutter Creek now sports a few new speed limit signs, if you haven’t noticed. I don’t know exactly when they were put in (I’m not too observant, I guess) or why we weren’t advised of the change (I haven’t seen anything in the paper), but I’d love to know who the brilliant party(s) was (were) who decided on a 15 mile an hour speed limit through town. Have you ever tried to go 15 miles an hour under normal driving conditions? I have, since I noticed the signs, as I try to adhere to traffic rules, but this seems ridiculous!... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

If Israel is so dead against President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran then I have an alternative Plan B for Israel. Plan B: In order for Iran to give up their nuclear weapons program, Israel should have to give up her nuclear weapons. If Plan B doesn’t work, then it should be up to Israel to come up with a Plan C. Plan C I’m guessing might involve some precision bombing and yet another possible war in the Middle East.

Randy Wiebold

Jackson

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2 weeks ago
I applaud the members of the democratic state senate and assembly who are making efforts to combat climate change in our great state of California. It is honorable that they make such efforts, particularly when we are in a state of emergency over an unprecedented, crippling, drought. What is less honorable, is the fact that they seem oblivious to the realities of life that blue-collar Californians face every day in rural regions of our state. The fact that the Senate passed SB 350 was a huge mistake, and I hope and pray our Assembly... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Parable: There was a great drought. For months there had not been a drop of rain and the situation became catastrophic. The Catholics made processions, the Protestants made prayers and the Chinese burned joss-sticks and shot off guns to frighten away the demons of drought, but with no result. Finally the Chinese said, “We will fetch the rainmaker.” And from another province a dried-up old man appeared. The only thing he asked for was a quiet little house somewhere, and there he locked himself in for three days. On the fourth day, the... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
So, Ron Watson feels Pope Francis, who has a Doctoral Degree in Theology (as well as an additional degree in Chemistry) knows little about biblical exegesis or climate change? He may also be interested to know that the terms “connection, compassion, commitment, and humility” come directly from the New Testament as spoken many times by the founder of his Christian faith. I suggest he read the the Pope’s seventy-five page encyclical, including ten pages of references and endnotes, before making such unfair and biased statements.... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

We are meeting the 25 percent water reduction our AWA has requested. I would hope the AWA would meet this goal due to the Governor’s request for this state wide water rule but, I also had hoped the AWA would curtail their budget on their proposed projects for the 2015-16 year to show their “good neighbor” police to the rate-payers. We have sustained the increased rate per unit of water so many times in the past five years and listened to their excuses for never receiving enough money to operate.

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3 weeks ago

Connection, compassions, commitment and humility

Thank you, Sherry Curtis, for your letter and thank you to Marilyn Nutter, Caryl Callsen and Brian Gray for continuing this important discussion. Caryl, Brian and Marilyn all quote the Pope. I certainly don’t want to offend any Catholic brethren, however, the Pope speaks for the Catholic Church, not all Christians. And unless he quotes scripture, it’s just his opinion, no more or less credible than my opinion or yours. The scripture that deals with worshiping the created instead...

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4 weeks ago

Creation or Creator?

In response to Sherry Curtis’ letter of July 31, let’s consider the recent encyclical by Pope Francis, “Laudato Si” in which he states, “Although it is true that we Christians have at times incorrectly interpreted the Scriptures, nowadays we must forcefully reject the notion that our being created in God’s image and given dominion over the earth justifies absolute domination over other creatures…Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty...

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07/30/2015 11:18 AM

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Better store name: Rarely Dollar General. I walked the aisles of Pine Grove’s Dollar General and found very, very few dollar items — and it was their Grand Opening! I compared their Fancy Feast canned cat food to Walmart’s. Walmart’s is 57 cents per can and their’s is 70 cents. I’ve talked to several friends who also found Dollar General’s prices much higher than other local stores. So remember: The name should be Rarely Dollar General.

Lynne Brumit

Pine Grove

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07/30/2015 11:17 AM

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Father God is unhappy with Mother Earth and her green pagan religion that worships the creation instead of the Creator. Her ways have destroyed millions of acres by wild fires, habitat, trees, wild life, watersheds, meadows, and private and public structures. We can see that these losses are because her followers would not let us clear out the underbrush or thin the forest through responsible lumbering. We couldn’t anymore take out bug infested or dead trees. Their call has been to leave it “Wild & Scenic”...

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07/30/2015 11:15 AM

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Since Governor Brown called for statewide mandatory water conservation in April, Amador County water customers have responded with an average 23 percent reduction in their water use this year.

At the same time, people have noted that some of AWA’s High Sierra storage reservoirs appear to have plenty of water. They understandably wonder why Amador citizens need to cut back on water use. At the Amador Water Agency, we get calls daily from customers concerned about the drought and confused about the state and...

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07/30/2015 11:14 AM

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Too bad John Tuttle didn’t bother to check before he wrote about Volcano’s water. Currently the town is using less than 40 percent of the water available. The notice from the State is a result of typical incompetent government-by-ambush bureaucrats sending out generic orders and threats. The Cleveland has supplied adequate town water since at least 1908, but State law and administration is so screwed up that the Services District has had to cover the bases by making multiple filings.

Incidentally, the excess...

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07/30/2015 11:13 AM

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Drought and now fires on top of it. California needs rain and Mother Nature seems to have turned off the spigot. Before the situation in California gets more serious than it already is, maybe the millions of Californians should consider the age-old truth “as you think, so it becomes,” and put it into action. It goes like this: As we think, so it becomes in our life. Everyone knows the validity of this statement. And as a community thinks, so it becomes in the community, and expanding it to the state level, as...

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07/30/2015 11:12 AM
It does not seem surprising or unreasonable that people would like to know what is in the foods they are consuming. As health consciousness has been increasing, more transparency and honesty in labeling food products have also been on the rise. Thus it is rather shocking that last week, a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives sided with giant biotech and food companies instead of their constituents. By a vote of 275 to 150, the House passed H.R. 1599, the so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” nicknamed the... [Read more]
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07/23/2015 10:44 AM

Benefit Rally and Barbecue

Thank you, Mother Lode Cruisers for choosing the Rusty Fund as your benefactor this year. Because of caring and charitable people like you, the Rusty Fund can help supplement the Amador County Animal Shelter’s budget for veterinary care and special needs of our homeless animals. We sincerely thank you for your support and generosity.

Barbara Walther

Pioneer

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07/23/2015 10:43 AM
I am saddened by the ridiculous and punitive rules and regulations imposed on the residents of Amador County by our Board of Supervisors and County Administrators. In the latest revelation, I had a nice historic mining property, undeveloped, that a young couple from Sacramento wanted to buy, to clean up, to camp on weekends, and eventually build a home. They were very excited about it until they discovered the County has a restriction limiting anyone from camping on vacant land for more than “16 days a year.” That means if you camped... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
07/23/2015 10:41 AM

For weeks, probably months, I have read so many doom and gloom articles regarding Dollar General and the store now open in Pine Grove. Traffic snarls with cars and huge trucks coming and going. I haven’t seen that yet. When will that happen? I read that, “ Pine Grove has everything we need.” Really? Upon my first visit to the new store, I noticed right off several items that I recently had to drive to Martell for.

I did try local stores first. “We don’t carry those,” I was told. Just today I read something like, “that monstrosit...

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