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Brian Oneto
Yesterday
I have read both the letter in the Ledger Dispatch that Penny Stone wrote in response to Supervisor Novelli’s letter concerning the HHS Building, as well as the second letter that was submitted to the Ledger Dispatch by Lori Jagoda, and I offer the following thoughts:

Ms. Stone indicates in her letter she believes the HHS building is “directly linked to the loss of half of our staff and reduction in PH services.” Public Health pays approximately $250,000 in rent per year. If this rental amount went to zero, there would still not...

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Randy Wiebold
Yesterday
The sooner America starts repairing and preparing America’s infrastructure, the less expensive and better that rebuilding will be for America toady and America’s future.

Waiting three more years to rebuild America’s infrastructure will be that much more expensive for the American taxpayer. Waiting three more years not only impedes America economically but progressively as well.

Respectfully, President Obama saved America from another depression, but his is a lame duck president. He’ll be out of office in two-and-a-half years. ...

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Nora Coryell
Yesterday
It was sickening to see the hate-filled faces of enraged bigots as they screamed and threatened little black children trying to enter schools in the south half-a-century ago. I couldn’t help but be reminded of it watching once again on television other hate-filled adults yelling and poking signs at buses of unaccompanied children, and mothers and babies being transported to a detention center that I feel sure they did not want be at in the first place. Is that really the best we can do in the face of this humanitarian crisis, for... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
Yesterday
Most of us who live in Amador County are here because we value its history, climate, rural beauty and small towns.

Today this way of life is greatly at risk as the Dollar General Store Corporation has targeted Amador County to build four of its box stores: the first in Pine Grove, and soon after most likely in Plymouth, Ione, and Jackson. If you are a supporter of small locally owned businesses, and don’t want the county to be known for its cheap box stores and buildings that look like they belong in big city strip malls, rather...

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Tom Thompson
Yesterday
When someone comes to you and offers to put on a fundraiser benefiting your organization or cause, I would be very surprised to hear the leader of that organization or the champion for that cause say “No, thank you,” for whatever reason.

Yes, a tough decision — As a community member and strong supporter of Amador County, I will say that deciding to have our 1st annual “Swing to End Hunger” golf tournament out of the county was one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make since joining the Interfaith Council of Amador a...

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Jim Snoke & Georgann Wilmot
Yesterday
As homeowners, residents, and community-minded citizens of Pine Grove, Amador County and its surrounding areas, we do not want to see a Dollar General built in our neighborhood for the following reasons: we already have good, well-supported, community-based stores, including a grocery, banks, pharmacy, restaurants, hardware, convenience and other retail stores, each of which gives back to our community with their mutual support and community action; Dollar General has stated that they will not contribute to the support of our... [Read more]
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John Kingsbury
1 week ago
John Kingsbury
Mountain watersheds can survive without the Delta, but the Delta cannot survive without the watersheds. The waters that form creeks and streams in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains and join to create the great rivers that flow into the Central Valley provide water to more than two-thirds of the residents of the State and more than two million acres of productive farmland. Freshwater releases from upstream of the Delta help control salinity levels in the Delta for the benefit of fish and farming.

A mountain watershed is...

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Dave Kranz
1 week ago
As the height of California’s harvest season approaches, the full impact of water shortages on farms and ranches will become increasingly apparent—and a study released today by the University of California, Davis, estimated those impacts could include loss of 17,100 jobs and $2.2 billion in economic damage.

California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said the report underscores the need for the state to take swift, decisive action to address its long-term water problems.

“One of the saddest things about the losses...

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Susan Lukasha
1 week ago
I am writing to express my disappointment with the scheduled Pine Grove Dollar General store project.

For many reasons, I feel there needs to be public input on this project. I have strong concerns over the “Negative Declarations” status regarding the approval of the Environmental Impact Report and the ommission of public review originally.

The zoning and EIR were granted over 20 years ago and they need to be revisited.

While concerned community residents and business people seek legal counsel and an injunction to delay...

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Ray Perry
1 week ago
Golf community fundraisers are being held out of Amador County. I am surprised that Jack Mitchell has not tackled this issue. I am disappointed that two locally sponsored golf tournaments to support the Interfaith Food Bank, Sutter Amador Hospital and Stars have been or are going to be held in Sacramento County when we have two golf courses here in Amador County (Castle Oaks and Mace Meadow).

These organizations continually ask for assistance from Amador County residents, but it appears that they are not supporting our local...

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Jeffrey Spiva
1 week ago
On Thursday, June 26, ACES Waste Services, Inc. delivered two 40-yard dumpsters to our Town Hall parking lot that started a week-long service of a cleanup effort for River Pines. After those two were filled so quickly, they replaced them with two more empty dumpsters on Friday for the weekend. The town took full advantage of these dumpsters, stacking everything that was brought in, making sure not to bring in any hazardous materials or unacceptable refuse.

After a little bit of confusion, and making a few calls on Monday morning,...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago
Sometimes change can be good. It can be necessary.

But...is this the future you envisioned for your Amador County way of life?

Excavation and construction are already underway for the building of a Dollar General Store on the corner of Ridge Road and State Highway 88 in Pine Grove.

Dollar General has a long list of poor marks in their aggressive history. According to www.247WallSt.com they are rated the 4th worst employer in the United States.

Dollar General’s property development is handled by Cross Development. This...

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Wendell Peart
2 weeks ago
In drought discussions, it becomes apparent that “population growth” is a huge factor impacting the limited water supply caused by drought. Like it or not, this affects all of us and should be considered in the public discussion. However, almost no one is willing to offer solutions. Why is this?

Dan Walters, dean of the Capitol Press Corps and columnist for the Sacramento Bee, probably more than most reporters, reported accurately that one of the main problems for California’s water supply, exacerbated by drought, lies in the...

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Lynn Morgan
2 weeks ago
Now that the Grand Jury report has been finalized, I must comment on both Supervisor Novelli’s guest commentary of June 6 and Ms. Lori Jagoda’s letter to the editor of June 27 regarding the Health and Human Services building lease.

The results of the Grand Jury report show an astounding lack of openness and appropriate government transparency in the facts related to this HHS lease. The following facts should cause Amador County citizens some concern.

The original lease for the building signed in 2006 included rent at a rate...

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Larry Bowler
2 weeks ago
I was witness to a rare demonstration of administrative leadership by a local official recently. Ed Pattison, Ione City Manager, has been inherited and assisted with pursuing the vision and development of a city community center and railroad museum through his efforts to oversee the re-location of the historic, 140-year-old Ione train depot to City property located along Union Pacific rail lines adjacent to the Junior High in Ione.

This building was donated to the city by the Union Pacific Railroad some months ago after it was...

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Frank Bigelow
2 weeks ago
Summer has arrived, and that marks the official kickoff of fair season. Many of you and millions of others around our state will visit your local fairgrounds this year to participate in one of California’s longest-standing traditions. But in recent years, state funding for fairs has been all but eliminated, threatening their very existence.

In 2011, at the peak of California’s historic budget crisis, the Legislature completely eliminated the $32 million in funding to the California Division of Fairs and Expositions, which oversees...

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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Why do two board members use the amadoroe email site? Is this email site funded with tax dollars?

As a former school teacher my observation has been to see the decline of quality schools. I believe the decline is due to consolidation of districts and the union regulation of teachers. Therefore, I have a strong objection to the closure of the Ione Elementary School. A solution in the interest of Amador county would be to return the Ione school district to the citizens of Ione.

Once a large consolidated organization is formed...

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Matt Cate
3 weeks ago
I’d like to offer my congratulations to Amador County Supervisor Ted Novelli who recently became a Fellow through the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government. He joins 27 other County Supervisors or Senior Staff from around the State who have become Fellows. Fellows must complete at least 60 hours of course work at the Institute just to become eligible for the program. Becoming a Fellow requires several more days’ worth of challenging coursework on contemporary practices in public sector leadership and engagement with the... [Read more]
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Randy Wiebold
3 weeks ago
Who financed Osama Bin Laden, from the bombings in Kenya to 9/11? Where were most of the 9/11 terrorists from? Who is suporting ISIS and ISIL today? Saudi Arabia, that’s who.

Why don’t the intelligence services and the Pentagon’s military advisors recognize Saudi Arabia’s involvement? Because without the revenues collected by the United States government that is generated by the use of oil, those intelligence services and the military might have to get real jobs promoting life over death.

Of course, that’s just a true...

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