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6 days ago

Amador Water Agency Board sees reason, or does it?

On June 2, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted 3-2 to abandon the piping of the Amador Canal and to stop all work on the project. This vote was a victory for the voices of reason, who were apparently able to look past the fear-mongering, greed and distortion of facts espoused by those who would see the project through.

But only a week later, on June 9, the board failed to follow through on its vote to abandon the Canal Project, by voting 2-2 to not rescind and...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

‘News’ should not be filled with ‘Opinion’

Dear Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Budrick,

I am writing to you due to a concern I have about how “news” was presented in last Friday’s Ledger Dispatch. My concern involves the mixing of news with unnecessary “opinion” in a news story.

The front page had a very important news story concerning the 2016 Primary Election results. Your reporter, Eric Winslow, made a credible effort in presenting the “who, “what” and “where” of the story. Unfortunately, his “why” left a lot to be desired. This...

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3 weeks ago

Gratitude and apologies are in order

On behalf of some very embarrassed citizens of Calaveras County, I would like to apologize to the caring individuals of the Area 12 Agency on Aging and the very generous, community-minded representatives of our local public television station, PATV, for the shameful comments and responses made by a few selfish, hateful and mean-spirited attendees at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 31.

I believe the majority of Calaveras County residents are appreciative and grateful for the...

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4 weeks ago
This is a wake-up call to the community, regarding Kit Carson, the only nursing and convalescent hospital in our county. Several times a week I have been visiting a wonderful friend who has resided here for almost three years. We both feel extremely grateful to the excellent and sacrificial care provided by the nurses and aides. They go over and above in their care and tender love for each resident, some of whom are unable to voice their gratitude. However, this for profit institution has made administrative decisions that have put... [Read more]
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05/26/2016 1:03 PM

Is Boitano’s credit for the Pine Acres fuel break legit?

Supervisor Louis Boitano recently claimed credit for the Pine Acres fuel break. That fuel break was a project of the CalFire Vegetation Management Program and the Amador Fire Safe Council. It was not a county project and the county did not fund it.

CalFire Assistant Chief Chris Post wrote a report about the role the fuel break played in the Butte Fire. His list of those responsible for it doesn’t include Supervisor Boitano. Here’s what Chief Post wrote:

“The following...

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05/19/2016 3:11 PM

Recently, a Gwen Clayton supporter questioned (District 4 Supervisor) candidate Frank Axe’s residency and his qualifications to run for county supervisor in District 4.

Frank and his wife, Kathy, have been my neighbors in the Pine Grove area for more than 10 years. In contrast, it is my understanding that Gwen moved to Pine Grove in late 2014, after living in Sutter Creek and Fiddletown.

Frank has a 30-year record of accomplishments in industry and education. It is obvious from his background that he is a detailed planner. In...

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05/12/2016 2:01 PM

Gardeners in Plymouth should prepare their beds

Wise gardeners will not purchase plants for their gardens until they have first prepared the beds.

This saying comes to mind as I contemplate the 500-new-homes project for Plymouth.

Thanks to readers Brackett and Swanson, who have already voiced their concerns. And I was heartened to read in the May 6 edition of the Ledger-Dispatch (p. A10) that the Plymouth City Council had approved a special tax assessment on each new home to be used for such purposes as road and sidewalk...

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05/05/2016 2:01 PM

Note: Letters to the Editor supporting or opposing candidates in the June 7 Primary Election must be in the editor’s possession by May 24, for publication on Friday, May 27, to allow time for rebuttal.

The Sutter Creek ducks are not dead!

Last week, Mark Miller lamented the fact that this year the ducks did not return to Minnie Provis Park for the Great Sutter Creek Duck Race. There are many factors behind the decision to not run the race in 2016, not the least of which was the fact that the park was undergoing a facelift...

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04/28/2016 2:06 PM

I just want to say how much I enjoy the writings of Brent Parsons. Sometimes I think it is the best thing in your paper. Please do not leave his column out. Fewer photos of people would be welcomed, as they are really only of interest to their friends and family in most cases.

Brent can take any subject and make it sound interesting. I especially enjoy his way of “turning a phrase” in an unexpected way, reminding me of Mark Twain.

Thank you!

Dorothy Wall

Pine Grove

Thank you, Dalton family

I wish to commend...

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04/28/2016 2:02 PM

Needless to say, I had to respond to the allegations made by Mark Spears in the April 22 edition of this paper. He alleged that I was somehow improperly using the County road crews and their resources to my own ends as they did work on Clinton Road and the neighborhood where I live, Jackson Pines. Sometimes one can be quick to assume that all people possess the same character defects that one possesses themselves.

I will say simply that I have never requested nor have I received any special response or treatment from any of the...

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04/21/2016 1:08 PM

The Ratepayer Protection Alliance is again costing Amador Water Agency customers tens of thousands in legal expenses. This time, instead of RPA and their friends suing AWA directly, they got Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to sue them. A leader of RPA bragged, “…they’re (HJTA) not going to run out of money…”, showing RPA doesn’t care about the burden of legal costs on ratepayers.

The HJTA lawsuit was to force AWA to put its temporary drought charge to a vote of the county. The temporary charge is needed because the State...

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04/07/2016 1:09 PM
How many of you are tired of “political correctness?” How many see the real danger behind “political correctness?” Four serious threats to our freedom are “hate crimes,” “hate speech,” “child endangerment” and “Islamophobia.” When the U.S. Attorney General can threaten citizens who criticize Muslims with prosecution, our 1st Amendment rights are in jeopardy. Has the attorney general ever threatened people who criticize Christians? When the government at any level can arbitrarily decide what is “hate speech,” our 1st Amendment rights... [Read more]
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03/31/2016 12:40 PM

In this national campaign, it certainly appears that the GOP has already flown its Piper Cub into a box canyon. (Those of us in the vicinity of the Sierra know what that is and how it inevitably turns out.) At this point, it probably no longer matters who now grabs the controls.

John & Connie Herrell

Jackson

Riggsby, Bosworth and religious differences

June Bosworth is mistaken if she thinks terrorist acts have not been committed by Christian groups in the name of God. One need only think of the Crusades and the...

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03/24/2016 2:10 PM

Trump can’t beat Hillary (unless she is in prison)

What an unusual presidential primary season we have this year. The majority of Republicans, nationally, are disgusted with our representatives in Washington: clear majorities in each House and yet afraid to oppose President Obama or the Democrats. They won’t even pass a budget. So, we need change; get rid of the Establishment. Along comes Donald Trump. He attracts record-breaking crowds at his rallies; in the recent primaries, he has received votes from those who haven’t voted in...

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03/17/2016 12:48 PM

I couldn’t let the local basketball season fade away without complimenting the Ledger-Dispatch on the excellent action photography of Aaron Johnson. Week after week I have enjoyed his work. The picture on C1 of the March 11 edition was superb.

Joe Evans

Volcano

Trump’s political contributions

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has boasted that he has made contributions to many politicians over the years.

It occurs to me that a contribution from a businessman and builder who has probably needed zoning changes and...

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03/10/2016 1:38 PM

The Amador Community College Foundation has been working diligently for the last seven years to bring meaningful college education and certificate programs to Amador County students of all ages. This work has been done entirely by a dedicated group of volunteer Board members and others, and has resulted in many positive educational opportunities for our community.

In mid-2013, the ACCF Board of Directors ended up with four vacancies on the Board and went about advertising for interested persons to submit applications to serve as a...

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03/03/2016 12:23 PM

The refusal of approving a Supreme Court justice is yet another Republican obstruction that will eventually backfire.

The Republican Congress is going to block any Supreme Court justice that President Obama tries to appoint. Even if that nominee is a moderate.

The backfire will come after the Republican Congress obstructs President Obama’s choices for the remainder of his presidency. Then an appointment to the Supreme Court will be up to the next president.

Who will be the next president? My guess is that the next president,...

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02/25/2016 1:24 PM

PG&E has given the corporate image of greed and exploitation a welcome face-lift. Their gift of $20,000 to the Amador Community College Foundation makes me want to cheer. It is rare for corporations who make billions to give much back to the ordinary people who make that possible. When PG&E director Nick Glero “saw a need and stepped up to fill it,” he was not only helping our young people get a needed boost, he was setting an example. May we see more of that from others. Thank you, PG&E.

Helen Bonner, PhD.

Jackson

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02/04/2016 1:36 PM

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
02/01/2016 2:11 PM

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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