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1 week ago

I am writing because I find it ridiculous that the “Keep it California” folks claim to have a “non-partisan political action committee.” Per Cindy Ellsmore, their PAC was formed to represent the interests of “all Republican, Democrat, and Independent voters.”

The reality is that at least five of their six board members are Democrats, and some of them think they have more to lose while standing in line for the California tax dollars. Those folks definitely DO NOT represent me or the millions of other Independents and Republicans!...

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1 week ago

The United States must accept responsibility for the damage its military actions have caused and recognize there are alternatives for the future.

In the nearly decade and a half since the September 11th, 2001 attacks, the United States has invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, carried out bombing campaigns throughout the Middle East, and launched special operations strikes throughout the world.

These policies are non-partisan. Many military actions begun under George W. Bush have continued and intensified under Barack Obama. The CIA-led...

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1 week ago

Although the “buzz” about bee declines makes headlines, excites public concern and warrants a White House Task Force on the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, bees are still in jeopardy.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have failed to act with force on one of the key causes of pollinator declines: neonicotinoid pesticides.

As the time approaches for the White House Task Force to announce its decision, it’s more important than ever that the EPA and USDA act...

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1 week ago

So by now it should be abundantly apparent to all Californians: the State of California does not have a disaster relief plan for drought.

Then comes mid-November, 2015: the beginning of the great California flood of 2015-2016. The agri-bountiful central valley of California becomes Lake Golden State. The state’s plan for flood disaster relief: life jackets for the young, old and the ones falling behind; the rest of the population: mandatory swimming lessons.

Where is a founding father when you need one? The founding fathers...

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William Peterson
1 week ago
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I think it’s pretty common knowledge that most Americans lack proper retirement education. With 10,000 baby boomers turning age 65 everyday between now and the year 2030, there will millions of people retiring over the next several years. So, it is time to get prepared, America.

Everyone’s goal is to retire comfortably one day. Obviously, the word ‘comfortably’ means different things to different people. However, for everyone to get to their own ‘comfortable’ position and stay there in retirement, several areas of planning...

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Brent Parsons
1 week ago
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I forgot who said it. An essay by Kurt Vonnegut remembered the source - Margaret Mead. The respected anthropologist was asked if, in her decades of cultural studies, she had discovered something approaching a universal key to happiness. I expected the usual: health, relationships, comfort and wealth. But her educated conclusion that cut across civilizations and history focused on men. It seems we boys were and are the happiest, almost euphoric, setting out on a hunt together. This “together” excludes women and children. Whether most... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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Dear Editor,

The aquifers throughout the state are in extreme drought. Amador Water Agency says water in the Mehrten aquifer is in a serious overdraft. There is no rain to recharge the aquifer. Newman Ridge Project will take 182 acre-feet of water per year for 50 years.

The Mehrten aquifer cannot sustain this level of drawdown. We are going to run out of water. Our wells will be dry. What will we do then?

Stop the Newman Ridge Project.

Respectfully, Virginia Silva

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2 weeks ago
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Americans hoard too much stuff. Everywhere I go in small or large towns I see storage facilities being built. Americans have “stuff” and we need more storage space. We spend most of our lives wanting stuff and then we have to worry about keeping or maintaining what we have accumulated.

My wife and I cleaned out a bedroom closet recently. I looked through my clothes and saw too much I had not worn in the last year. I bagged it and carried it off to the local charity pickup truck. I realize they will sell it but they will sell it...

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George Runner
2 weeks ago
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The last thing overtaxed Californians need is another tax. Yet the Legislature continues to churn out new taxes that, once enacted, rarely go away.

Our economy has been transitioning to a greater reliance on services. As a result, some tax reform groups have argued for expanding the sales tax to include services. On its own, a sales tax on services—like Senate Bill 8 by Sen. Bob Hertzberg—is a terrible idea. It would impose a massive, complicated tax increase on both businesses and consumers. In fact, a recent study found that...

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2 weeks ago
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Campus sexual violence has been the subject of an intense national conversation recently, but that dialogue often lacks critical input from schools that are already taking steps to improve their campus climates. Colleges and universities, it’s time for you to lead on this issue.

So far, and with good reason, most of the attention has focused on schools that are under investigation for violating federal laws about sexual violence and on the survivors bravely sharing their stories and calling for action. Yet there are a number of...

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Mark Bennett
2 weeks ago
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Political speech in the United States is wide open as it should be and while I cannot render a legal judgment, I believe that freedom hinges on responsibility. So when I read the No Newman Ridge quarry petition on Moveon.org I questioned how much imaginative argument we can tolerate and strive to be civil at the same time. Every one of their negative contentions have been completely refuted by extremely knowledgeable testimony at the Board of Supervisors, the Ione City Council and in the local media. The project has been subject to... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
From left: Wood Angels Jim McCarthy, John Dunn, Nancy Fort and Ralph Vogel. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
When I was 9 years old, my family moved from a new Eichler subdivision on what was once an orchard in Mountain View to what was then a thinly populated, semi-isolated, usually cold and relatively inexpensive agricultural stretch of coast on the San Francisco peninsula. A half century later, even the shabby homes of my youth are subject to a bidding war. The hills above my boyhood town were covered with imported eucalyptus forests which thrived and marched until they reached the shore or met a man who decided to stand and fight with a... [Read more]
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George Runner
3 weeks ago

Democrats in the California Legislature seem to be facing the reality that the fire tax they passed with the Governor’s help in 2011 is unfair. Californians who live in rural areas rely on a range of public services from multiple levels of government to combat fires. These residents already pay taxes to fund essential fire services.

The original fire fee was a scheme Governor Brown came up with after diverting about $90 million a year in fire prevention funds to help “balance” the state budget. Residents have gained nothing...

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Terry Sanders
3 weeks ago
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The VA Fiduciary Program provides oversight of VA’s most vulnerable beneficiaries who are unable to manage their VA benefits because of injury, disease, advanced age or are under 18 years of age. This most commonly happens when the VA approves NSC Pension with Aid and Attendance. A fiduciary is an individual or entity who has been appointed by the VA to receive VA benefits on behalf of a beneficiary for the use and benefit of the beneficiary and the beneficiary’s dependents. The VA appoints fiduciaries who manage VA benefits for... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
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California is now in its fourth year of the worst drought on record. Hydrologists estimate it is the worst drought in 1,200 years. The Sierra Snowpack today is just six percent of normal. Many of our reservoirs are nearly empty. One of our largest, the New Melones Reservoir on the Stanislaus River, is at just 22 percent of its capacity – with the rainy season now officially over.

Water rationing is now in effect in many communities. Many Californians face $500 fines if they take too long in the shower or spill a gallon of water on...

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3 weeks ago
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The long history of California is embattled with disputes over water diversions for export to other regions. The US Army ran out the Paiutes from the Owens Valley in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region that destroyed the Paiutes quality of life and largely destroyed the environment. The battle over the O’Shaughnessy Dam that flooded the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park facilitated water conveyance transportation from Yosemite to San Francisco and its suburbs. This came after a failed attempt at the targeted Lake Tahoe.... [Read more]
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04/23/2015 10:56 AM

I was really surprised that recreation releases from our rivers were not included in your recent mandated water cut back orders of 25 percent along with the curtailment notices for Jr. Water Rights and some possible Senior Water Right users.

Perhaps you are unaware of how much water is released for the pleasure of whitewater rafting and kayaking. The Mokelumne River FERC License 137 for PG&E. requires a minimum of 700cfs units of recreation water for boating flows to be released 9 times a year. All this recreational water is let...

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04/23/2015 10:54 AM
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Federal programs rarely come in under budget. Consider Medicare, which will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1967, lawmakers projected annual spending in the program would reach $12 billion in 1990. The actual tab that year? A cool $110 billion.

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says that Obamacare will buck the trend.

The CBO has lowered its projections for the cost of the president’s healthcare law by $142 billion over the coming decade, from $1.35 trillion to $1.2 trillion.

Obamacare may cost the feds...

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04/23/2015 10:51 AM
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John Tuttle’s article regarding the fire fee in last Friday’s edition coincided with an article in Sacramento Bee the same day about almond growers planting more water thirsty trees during a drought. The Bee article stated that 40 to 80 percent of potable water is used by agriculture. To understand the connection between these two articles, one must understand the fundamental mission of CAL FIRE. Public Resources Code 4126 states CAL FIRE’s mission is to protect forests and trees capable of producing forest products, “...if such... [Read more]
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04/23/2015 10:35 AM

Signature Gatherers Annoy Another Ionian

Trying to stop the Newman Ridge mining project by delivering misinformation just isn’t right. Opponents to the project are hoping that folks all over Amador County will side with one family against a business venture in Ione by signing their name to a petition that will force a special election, at great expense to local taxpayers.

There have been many public hearings over the past few years and the community has been fully engaged with the developer of Newman Ridge. I wouldn’t stand up for...

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