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Gary Dorall
6 hours ago

There is no doubt that Lynn Morgan is a nice lady that photographs well

and is family oriented, but lets go beyond those issues.

Being up in years, I firmly believe in the old adage that "Birds of a

Feather Flock Together". Morgan's sidekicks and supporters are

"no-growthers" which demonstrate the "I'm here, let's close the gate"

syndrome. As a group they have obstructed new business, water

development issues, pipe line construction to name a few. Obviously

this affects employment, fire safety measures, human needs and...

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Dan Traxler
Yesterday

Letter to the Editor, from Dan Traxler

In the past year, many more people have been able to receive health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act. This article is not about whether or not this is a good or bad thing. That is for another discussion. This article concerns the consequences that are now faced on the Federal Income Tax side.

If you are one of those that has been enrolled in the ACA through Covered California or through the Federal website and have been able to have your monthly payment of premiums reduced by...

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Via Press Release
Yesterday

Candidate for Amador County District 3 Supervisor Lynn Morgan recently announced that she has accepted the endorsement of the local SEIU 1021 Committee on Political Education for the Amador County Region. The offer of support and the generous donation that accompanied the endorsement were gratefully received by Morgan and her campaign team.

In a release to its members, SEIU’s regional Committee On Political Education stated, “The SEIU 1021 Committee on Political Education for the Amador County Region met August 14, 2014 to discuss...

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Rebecca Brown
Yesterday

Letter to the Editor, from Rebecca Brown

Ted Novelli is shamelessly exploiting this year’s fears of wildland fires to get elected.

Ted and I were at an Upcountry Community Council meeting earlier this year where we all heard the guest speakers from CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service respond to a question about whether a wild and scenic designation for the Mokelumne would prevent firefighters from accessing its water to fight fires. The firefighters replied they are allowed to take water from any available source, and a wild and...

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jack brotherton
Yesterday

Letter to the Editor, from Jack Brotherton

A number of Ione voters have asked me who they should vote for in the November 4 Ione City Council election. I’ve suggested they vote for only two (Dan Epperson and Dominic Atlan) of the six candidates.

A resident living in the older part of Ione called me two days ago and asked who other than Dan and Dominic should be elected. My response was to recommend a vote for only those two candidates because, while the ballot says “vote for no more than three,” you have no obligation to vote...

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Sue Uhlig
Yesterday

Letter to the Editor, from Susan Uhlig

Pioneer

I wanted to tell you about a water problem in Pioneer that has brought many people together and has ended up with a huge success story.

I have lived in Pioneer since 1989. During this time, my house has had very low water pressure. Whenever the local fire station used their hydrant, we would get absolutely no water. When the water came back on, it had black particulate in it. We rarely received word that we shouldn’t drink the water when it came back on.

A couple of years...

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Mark Bennett
Yesterday

Letter to the Editor, from Mark Bennett

At the recent Upcountry Council Candidate Forum Lynn Morgan stated that speaking before the Board of Supervisors can be intimidating and made what I consider unjustified comments about their treatment of speakers.

Her example was the No Newman Ridge Project leader Sondra West-Moore’s recent performance at the Supervisors hearing regarding recertifying the traffic portion of the project EIR. The fact that Ms. Moore’s assertions were proven false by the EIR, the court’s review of the EIR...

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Fred Hall
Yesterday

Letter to the Editor, from Fred Hall

Recently, I was driving south on Highway 49, heading towards Taco Bell, when I noticed a driver coming up behind me much faster than I was driving.

I pulled to the right to let him pass. To my delight, a Jackson police car immediately pulled him over for speeding, thus answering the question, “Where is a cop when you need one?” But then I was wondering what is the speed limit on that section of road? After living in Jackson for the last five years, you would think I would know. So I drove...

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Jan Migliaccio
Yesterday

Letter to the Edtor, from Jan Migliaccio

At the recent upcountry forum, Supervisor Ted Novelli stated more than once that he had to represent the whole county, and could not focus on the needs of District 3. In contrast, his challenger, Lynn Morgan, has committed to represent District 3 first. Where is our voice if we do not have a supervisor who will consider our needs first?

Lynn is someone who wants to hear our concerns and will go to work to get answers and find solutions. Our district needs a supervisor who will stand up...

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David Sayen
1 week ago

Medicare’s annual open enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage everyone with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

Open enrollment began October 15 and runs through December 7. If you want to change your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan, this is the time of year to do it. Any new coverage you select will take effect January 1, 2015.

If you have Original (traditional) Medicare and you’re satisfied with it, you don’t need to do anything during open...

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Roy Bjornson
1 week ago

Letter to the Editor from Roy Bjornson

Pioneer

After watching footage of the raging King Fire and reading the article in the Ledger Dispatch by Supervisor Ted Novelli about all the work that Amador County has done to prepare for wildfires, I’m grateful that we have such farsighted local leaders and fire officials in our county.

All of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is under threat of catastrophic wildfires as shown by the 100,000 acre King Fire north of us, that’s probably still burning, and the 256,000 acre Rim Fire...

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Lori Jagoda
1 week ago

Letter to the Editor from Lori Jagoda

30-year resident of District 3

With the November election just around the corner, I hear many different reasons voters give for choosing the candidate they support. Often, it is because the candidate is a friend or neighbor. People say the candidate is a “nice person” and volunteers at local events. Others feel if a person has held a position for a number of years, they must know what they are doing. If you stop and think about it, we probably all know several people who fit this profile...

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Fred & Joanie Hall
1 week ago

Letter to the Editor from Fred and Joanie Hall

Jackson

We read Brent Parsons’s interview with Connie Hudson in the October 3, 2014 Amador Ledger Dispatch.

As Brent and many others know, she worked for us at Ace Hardware, in Pine Grove, for over 20 years. We called her Saint Connie, because she was always happy, never said a bad word about anyone, and was a sheer joy to work with. (You may have noticed that we said “work with.” She never really worked ‘for’ us — she worked for all Amadorians, and we were just lucky enough...

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Arthur R. Price
1 week ago

Letter to the Editor from Arthur R. Price

Pioneer

I have been acquainted with Ted Novelli for more than 20 years. Ted is a person of honesty and integrity, and works for what is right for the community and county. He is familiar with Amador County, its needs, resources and government. When Ted ran for the District 3 Supervisor seat, his platform was based on being a “full-time” supervisor, being available to constituents, and being fiscally prudent in handling the county’s finances. He has certainly upheld those promises as Ted...

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Kent Shelton
2 weeks ago
I’m 72 years old, a widower of three years, and I live alone with my dog. At 10 p.m., my dog started barking and growling at something past the front hedge, 36 feet away. When I came out on my porch and stepped around the corner, in my driveway were seven or eight cops with automatic weapons and one police dog. One asked me to put down my flashlight and come off the porch, where he handcuffed me and patted me down. He then asked to search my house. I said, “Go ahead.” After I asked what was going on, he said, “Someone called in,... [Read more]
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Shirley Dillon
2 weeks ago

For several years, I sent homemade cookies to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.These went mostly to our nephews (hence the name, “Operation Auntie,” but some of the people I sent to I did not know very well or at all. As I sent two to six boxes a month with eight to 10 dozen cookies each, it got quite expensive with ingredients and postage.

Supervisor Ted Novelli heard about this and reached into his own pocket and several times gave me up to $40. This helped tremendously. So, it is time I thanked him on behalf of myself and the...

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Geoff Smith
2 weeks ago

I found the recently published letter from Austin Ford, Jr., in support of District 3 candidate Ted Novelli troubling, mostly because of Mr. Ford’s unfair and inaccurate characterization of candidate Lynn Morgan’s position on several issues. I encourage the reader to talk to each candidate directly and read their published positions on local issues to form their own opinions.

Mr. Ford’s letter makes clear his longing for the days of old (really, only 15 years ago) when he first moved to Amador County when “living wasn’t always...

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Frannie Weinrob
2 weeks ago

Community spirit is alive and well in Pine Grove. On Friday, October 3, Pine Grovians and friends turned out in huge numbers to celebrate our lovely township.

That night on the stage at the Pine Grove Town Hall the angelic voices of the Pine Grove Elementary Choir delighted the audience, and the Pine Grove Elementary Robotics Club amazed us with their inventions. Thank you, Kelly Hunkins, Principal of P.G.E., for your support and encouragement of our event.

In this county, with so many enticing events happening on the same...

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Mark Gebhardt
2 weeks ago
It is high time someone exposed the inflammatory deceptions and half-truths being spread by Sondra West-Moore about the proposed Newman Ridge Project, west of Ione. I have no relation with the proponents of the quarry and industrial center. My sole interest is in the welfare of the county and the people who live in and around Ione. I attended the court hearing in 2013 that Ms. West-Moore claims she won. I have read her factually challenged diatribes in the Ledger Dispatch that go under the guise of “press releases.” I have heard her... [Read more]
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Kelly Trottier
2 weeks ago

The recent tragic suicide of actor-comedian Robin Williams turned the spotlight on many issues surrounding major depression. People asked, “How could someone who has everything commit suicide?” Depression is only one of the many acute brain disorders that should be treated exactly the same as other long-term illness, such as diabetes, epilepsy and heart disease.

Mental illness takes no prisoners and knows no boundaries. Mental illnesses are brain disorders that can affect anyone. They can cross all the socio-economic strata....

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