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Vivian Speas
5 days ago
Being an animal lover, I could not believe that a raccoon has no chance. It is a state law! What is wrong with relocating them to an area up in the hills? They do not put down skunks, rabbits, whatever — why raccoons? [Read more]
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Randy Wiebold
5 days ago
Spaceship Earth’s annual orbit around the sun covers over 570,000,000 miles at well over 66,000 miles an hour. That’s over 18 miles per second. Spaceship Earth’s daily rotation at the equator exceeds 1,000 miles per hour.

Good guys and bad guys, actors and clown,

Floras and faunas, at sea and on ground.

Upsides and downsides, whirling all around.

We captives of the cosmos, within Earth’s fragile realms.

We captives of the cosmos had better take care of whatever is shielding Spaceship Earth from all that velocity,...

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Jerry Budrick
5 days ago
The Amador Artists Open Studios was held September 20 and 21, inviting the public to view artwork produced by local artisans. This event was also a fundraiser benefitting our scholarship program and annual student art show. We greatly appreciate the publicity provided by the Ledger and especially want to single out Lifestyles Editor Carolyn Schmitz in that regard.

The Artists Association received support from many businesses and organizations that provided gifts and certificates for the raffle, helped to underwrite the event,...

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Ron Watson
5 days ago
Sutter Creek

Ms. Renfree’s commentary on dress codes was a wonderful mix of cliches. Terms like “empowerment,” “self worth,” “creative expression,” “spaces of empowerment,” and “assert agency over her body” all sound impressive and highly intellectual. They are really nothing more than an attempt to divert attention from the real issue and avoid taking responsibility for one’s actions. When I walk in the morning, I see girls walking to the bus stop and wonder what parent would allow them to go to school wearing short shorts and...

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Brent Parsons
5 days ago
I was a young teen as the United States escalated its involvement in Vietnam and I was of draft age at the war’s apex. I survived the lottery and the conflict in college. I don’t pretend to know what the war was all about but I know I didn’t want to go. After 50,000 U.S. dead, many times that of Vietnamese dead, jungles defoliated, and billions of dollars spent, our enemy won. Forty years later, that enemy although undefeated like Germany, Japan, and Italy, is now our friend. The dominos didn’t continue to fall and some form of... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
5 days ago
My husband Scott and I had an opportunity to spend our anniversary at the National Hotel in Jackson. I wanted to let other county residents know that it is a “first class” operation, and they need to experience it for themselves. Beautiful rooms, excellent service, and a much-improved Stanley’s Steakhouse. We found out they even have a “local’s discount” for both rooms and the restaurant. Try it - you’ll like it! [Read more]
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Jerry Trottier
5 days ago
This year, more men are forecast to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Men have a higher death rate from prostate cancer than women from breast cancer. In the average American family, the husband has a greater risk of developing prostate cancer than the wife has of developing breast cancer.

Prostate cancer in men is the most diagnosed, second only to non-fatal skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, behind only lung cancer. The American Cancer...

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David Sayen
2 weeks ago
As a person with Medicare, do you have any rights and protections? You certainly do!

You have rights whether you’re enrolled in Original Medicare — in which you can choose any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare — or Medicare Advantage, in which you get care within a network of health care providers.

Your rights guarantee that you get the health services the law says you can get, protect you against unethical practices, and ensure the privacy of your personal and medical information. You have the right to be treated with...

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Marian Randolph
2 weeks ago
With all there is to worry about these days — drought, lack of jobs, education, prices going higher, stagnant wages, gas usage and prices, healthcare, etc., etc., our current legisatures have completed very little during the past recent sessions (that is, if they were present — many weren’t).

Now, these part-time employees, of “we the people,” recently gave themselves a raise to add to their six-figure salaries. And at the last pressing session, before they left for their next vacation, what did they worry about? Recyclable...

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Gale Fairbrother
2 weeks ago
Gratitude … not something people think about every day, or even think about at all. But I want to express my enormous gratitude for the people of Amador County and all that they do. From service clubs like The Lions Clubs, The Rotary Clubs, Native Sons, Kiwanis and Italian Benevolent Society, to the many businesses and non-profit organizations, and especially, to the individuals who volunteer their time, energy and resources to make this community a better place to live, work and play. I can’t begin to name all of the individuals I... [Read more]
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Donna Crawford
2 weeks ago
On a very hot early morning between Plymouth and Sutter Creek this week, I had a flat tire. I put the hood up and finally waved down a car willing to stop for me. This person phoned in for a tow truck and called my dentist to say I wouldn’t be getting my teeth cleaned that day. Several hours later, I made it back home to find that there was a message waiting on my home phone. It was Sara Saylor, of Plymouth, wanting me to call back so that she would be assured I made it home safely from my flat tire experience. Sara really helped me... [Read more]
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Bethany Anne Renfree
2 weeks ago
Editor’s note: guest commentary writer Renfree’s daughter attends high school in Amador County, where two recent incidents involving her school’s dress code policy resulted in the loss of class time for the college prep student.

Our daughters have disruptive bodies. Their hazardous midriffs and dangerous cleavage threaten the well-being of everyone around them. In a country where one in five high school girls is a victim of physical and/or sexual abuse by a dating partner (U.S. Department of Justice); in a public school system...

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Craig Burman
2 weeks ago
Guest Commentary on Dollar General, planned to be built in Pine Grove

My initial response when I heard Dollar General was coming to Pine Grove was, “This is not Appalachia and we don’t need a billboard for poverty hurting the saleability of our homes and further depressing housing values.” Now that I have been doing some research, I’ve found that there are many more aspects to the problems this company brings.

Rather than just relying on Wikipedia for information, I decided to visit a couple of DG stores — one in North...

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Terry Sanders
3 weeks ago
Family caregivers provide crucial support in caring for our Nation’s Veterans by allowing them to stay in the homes and communities they defended, surrounded by the loved ones they fought for. Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA care. The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers allows VA to provide additional supports and services to family caregivers of eligible Veterans injured in the line of duty.

In order to be eligible, the Veteran must have incurred...

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Mark Belden
3 weeks ago
I have been on both sides of an election, as a candidate for supervisor in my county of residence, Calaveras (1992), and for the California Assembly 5th District (2012). I have voted in almost every election since the age of 18 here in California, Maryland and New York. Whether you’re a candidate or a constituent, I can tell you the system is not effective unless voters fully understand their own political ideology, the initiatives or the candidates’ platforms and actually participate in the election process.

The first (and, in my...

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Adam Dalton
3 weeks ago
Letter to the Editor and Readers from Adam Dalton, Tribal Chairman of the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians

Efforts continue at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock, State Park as we begin the race against Mother Nature to complete what we can before the rain sets in. We’ve been hard at work here for over a year now, and are currently focused on rebuilding the Round House. The project is demanding and we are looking for volunteers to assist us in the push before winter’s arrival. More than 100 logs will need to be peeled of their...

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Elizabeth Friedenauer
3 weeks ago
Letter to the Editor from Elizabeth Friedenauer, of Pioneer

I feel that the most important requirement for a member of the Board of Supervisors is the ability to listen and respond to residents’ needs and concerns. Approximately four years ago, when the Pioneer and Pine Grove libraries’ hours were drastically reduced, and the librarian positions cut, I wrote and called each of the Supervisors several times. I was particularly interested in obtaining a response from my District Three Supervisor, Ted Novelli. I was hoping his...

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Marilyn Sibillia
3 weeks ago
Letter to the Editor from Marilyn Sibillia, of Pioneer

How many Amador residents take for granted the terrific service we experience every week when we put out brown can out in the evening and our garbage is removed? And do we consider we even have service on holidays? I want to let ACES know that I am a thankful customer for their wonderful and efficient service. You are appreciated!

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Oral Custer
4 weeks ago
A Letter to the Editor from Oral Custer

The City of Ione will be reviewing a Resolution for Consideration at its Sept. 9 meeting:

Whereas water treatment capacity that served the state facility Preston School of Industry is an antiquated system that will soon be lost unless upgraded to current standards;

And Whereas — The prison water storage capacity is designed only for the prison and without a new automated water treatment system, water storage that the closed facility provided will be inadequate to meet the need for...

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Mark Bennett
4 weeks ago
Dollar General was started as the depression ended in a little town in Tennessee by several individuals. They risked everything they had, which wasn’t very much, to create stores that gave ordinary people the best quality at the lowest prices. To this day, they uphold their origins by operating with lower profit margins than their competitors. When greeting cards were vastly overpriced, with few suppliers, Dollar General searched until they found a provider with prices more related to the cost of production than the preservation of a... [Read more]
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