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Wyman Dickerson
2 days ago

The Amador Community College Foundation hosted our second annual gala, “A Night In Paris,” Saturday night, November 15, at the Jackson Rancheria Casino & Resort. It was well attended and supported by, not only the attendees, but also the community at large.

First, we’d like to thank our major underwriters, Jackson Rancheria and Volcano Communications, for their generous sponsorships. Secondly, we’d like to thank to all donors of product or experience packages to make the live and silent auctions a success. We realize that our...

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Craig Burman
2 days ago

Dollar General just flexed its muscles to limit or exclude competition from the new PIne Grove Commercial Center where they plan to open their first store in Amador County. After much debate from all sides, DG filed (recorded) an agreement with Del Rapini Construction containing covenants and restrictions to limit the construction of any business by name and by function, as defined in the recorded document.

The list of businesses excluded is extensive, including every dollar store you have ever heard of and also including CVS,...

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Jake Herfel
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days 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
2 days 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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William Peterson
1 week ago

IRAs and other types of retire­ment accounts are perceived by many people as pretty simple plans. But, as we have discussed in the past, there are many complexities to IRAs that can cause big problems. When it comes to inheriting an IRA, the rules and guidelines are more complicated than most people realize. Without the proper understanding, an IRA inheritance could spell disaster.

It is not unusual for IRA heirs to not know about or misunder­stand some key rules and guide­lines. A wrong move can often cause much of the inherited...

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David Sayen
1 week ago

You may not realize it, but there are actually two ways to receive your Medicare benefits.

The best-known way is Original Medicare. With Original Medicare, you can choose any doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider you want, as long as they accept Medicare. When you receive medical services or goods, Medicare pays the provider directly.

The other way is Medicare Advantage, which is a form of managed care, like an HMO or PPO. Medicare Advantage is provided by private insurance companies approved by Medicare. If you’re in...

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Mark Belden
1 week ago

Why don’t all of you come to my party. It will be efficient, fair and one that everyone can join. This party will be different than the parties you are used to. Our party-goers don’t harbor special interests, base most of their beliefs on their political party ideology, religious beliefs, feel entitled or join because there is some financial gain to be had.

Like birthday parties, Christmas parties and other get-togethers, we celebrate what we all have in common, not what we don’t. Collectively, we have fun, put aside our very...

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Kathleen DePuy
1 week 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
2 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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William Peterson
2 weeks ago

“Hi Bill. Recently, on your radio show, you mentioned something about special favorable tax treatment for employer stock held inside of a retirement plan. I am retiring this year, at the age of 67, and part of the investments inside my 401(k) plan is employer stock. Can you explain what this special tax treatment is and how I can take advantage of it? Thank you. Larry.”

Hi, Larry. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. Your question is a very good one that is on a tremendously valuable, but not well-known, tax strategy. What...

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Margaret Crain
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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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William Peterson
3 weeks ago

It is Halloween week, the time of year for scary stories, haunts, fears and illusions. Fortunately, all of these things are just make-believe for just a few days each year. Unfortunately though, there are many scary issues going on in the economic, retirement, tax and investment world right now that are not make-believe, and many people are fearing the worst and are downright worried. Are you scared?

Last week, I addressed the trick-and-treat part of the Halloween season by writing about some financial tools, where we can use some...

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Ron Smylie
3 weeks ago

I am writing this in response to Jack Brotherton’s Letter to the Editor of October 24, 2014. Mr. Brotherton would like the citizens of Ione to believe that only two candidates are capable and talented or care enough to hold the position of city council. With his statements, he totally disrespects the people of Ione.

In regards to the Voter Pamphlets’ candidate statements, Mr. Brotherton neglects to inform you, the readers, that there is a $300 fee attached. There is also quite an expense for mailers, door hangers, signs and...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago

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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