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Matthew Hedger
02/19/2015 7:37 AM

Do We Really Need A Bullet Train?

George Runner’s letter provided much food for thought concerning our dollars.

Been wondering why California needs the high speed train? In my humble opinion, seems we should spend the tax dollars on maintaining what we have, our roads and highways are in serious need of repair, the drought situation needs immediate research. What happens when our farmers can no longer grow the food we eat? When forest critters are unable to find water & food? Humans also need water to survive.

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David Sayen
02/19/2015 7:35 AM

Most people I know are looking forward to signing up for Medicare just as soon as they can.

When you’re first eligible for Medicare, you have a seven-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Medicare’s Part A and/or Part B benefits and services. Part A covers hospitalization and Part B covers doctor visits, outpatient care, and other medical goods and services.

Many people become eligible on their 65th birthday. Those folks can sign up during the seven-month period that begins three months before the month they turn 65,...

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William Peterson
02/19/2015 7:30 AM

When you retire, will you have a pension coming? This can be a puzzling question as many of don’t know exactly what a pension is. Quite often we confuse the word pension with our 401(k), IRA, or other retirement savings. A pension is an income or annuity that guarantees us income for a period of time or the remainder of our lives. So, for example, you work 30 years at ABC incorporated and when you retire, they guaranty you an income of, say, $2,000 per month. This is a pension.

Now, I realize that many of us will not have access to...

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Matthew Hedger
02/12/2015 9:46 AM
As my clients and listeners to my radio show will tell you, I am quite schizophrenic when it comes to long term care insurance. Now, I get the need. My mom needed long term care as did my dad, my step mom and, quite likely, my wife at some point. I see that statistically, about 42 percent of us will require some kind of long term care at some point in our lives. And I know that long term care is really expensive and the costs are rising at a much fast clip than inflation. So I really get the need for long term care insurance and I... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
02/12/2015 9:39 AM

Seniors Service Club Seeks Input

I’m Mike Krisman, CEO (Chief Elder and Organizer) of the newly formed Amador Seniors’ Service Club. It is planned to service many needs for all seniors, needy or not. Seniors helping seniors is our motto. The club’s startup takes time, so, it has been difficult to advertise and explain its purpose for: information exchange, health watch and exercise, recreation, entertainment and helping hands service. Many seniors are unaware of entitlements and programs that are available to them.

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Guest Commentator
02/12/2015 9:37 AM

After years of debt, deficits and budget cuts, it may come as a surprise to learn that our state government is flush with cash. But you wouldn’t know it by the talk of tax increases coming out of Sacramento.

First the facts:

California is outspending other states — As the Sacramento Bee’s Dan Walters recently reported, census data shows California state spending jumped 7.5 percent last fiscal year and is well above average when compared to other states.

The Governor’s proposed budget is huge – In January, Governor Jerry Brown...

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Guest Commentator
02/05/2015 8:29 AM

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has just announced its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock moving ahead the minute hand to three minutes till midnight. The clock represents the count down to zero in minutes to nuclear apocalypse - midnight. This significant move of two minutes is the 22nd time since its inception in 1947 that the time has been changed.

In moving the hand to three minutes to midnight, Kennette Benedict, the Executive Director of the Bulletin, identified in his comments, “The probability of global catastrophe is very...

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Guest Commentator
02/05/2015 8:28 AM

You probably didn’t notice, but the Senate passed a milestone a couple of weeks back. Before 2015 was a month old, senators had already had a chance to vote up-or-down on more amendments than they did in all of 2014.

This is a promising sign that new Majority Leader Mitch McConnell might have meant it when he declared last year that he wants the Senate to return to the “regular order” of debate and amendments. For the last few weeks, a favorite inside-the-Beltway guessing game has been whether he’d be willing to stick with it in the...

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Guest Commentator
02/05/2015 8:25 AM

Nora, Nora, Nora!

Nora Coryell, your “Note To All The Haters,” published in the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Jan 30, unwittingly states through Bible content you brought up, why Ms. “X” Secretary of State cannot be Commander-in-Chief. God’s founding fathers state, “The Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” A Christian does not lay in wait to watch the assassination of another of God’s great creations. Let us not forget how the Founding Fathers dealt with the original perceived terrorist thought of the time: “…the merciless Indian Savages,...

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Guest Commentator
01/29/2015 7:10 AM

A Note To All The Haters

A note to the Haters: Ten years of your life have already been wasted fuming and fussing about the black man in the White House, and you’re never going to get them back. Now you face another similar waste if you indulge in the right wing insanity of Hillary hatred.

While you pass around insensitive, untruthful emails, post crazy talk on facebook and generally make a nuisance of yourselves, most of your family, neighbors, coworkers and friends have already had it up to here, and I doubt they can take another...

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Guest Commentator
01/29/2015 7:15 AM

About the attack on the French magazine, Charlie Hebdo: yes, they had a right to free speech. I have a right to free speech too, but if I insult my neighbor’s deepest religious beliefs, do I expect him to stand by and do nothing? The prophet Mohammed is as sacred to him as Jesus is to Christians.

I am not excusing the vengeful murders that followed, but the tragedy in Paris calls us to look at ourselves: When we mock the deepest beliefs of others, they will strike back, even if they die for it. Mockery is a form of contempt. The...

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John Tuttle
01/22/2015 6:41 AM

A common over-the-counter drug that tackles pain and fever may also hold keys to a longer, healthier life, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.

Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in the journal Public Library of Science-Genetics.

“We first used baker’s yeast, which is an established aging model, and noticed that the yeast treated with ibuprofen lived longer,” said Dr. Michael Polymenis, an AgriLife Research biochemist in College Station. “Then we...

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Terry Sanders
01/22/2015 6:38 AM

With Amador County being a high concentration of retired age residents, it is no surprise that I get a lot of questions concerning VA Long-Term Care.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a spectrum of geriatric and extended care services to veterans enrolled in its health care system. More than 90 percent of VA’s medical centers provide home- and community-based outpatient long-term care programs. This patient-focused approach supports the wishes of most patients to live at home in their own communities for as long as...

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William Peterson
01/22/2015 6:35 AM

The financial world has changed dramatically over the last several years and many more dramatic changes are expected. All of these changes have caused questions, concerns and uncertainties for many. With the complexities of retirement planning these days, many people have turned to professional help. So, when we are looking for some help or a change, how do we find the right financial advisor for out specific situation?

Choosing a financial advisor may be one of the most important financial decisions that we will ever make. The...

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Jack Mitchell
01/22/2015 6:31 AM

The Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic bill, State Senate Bill 1199, was a major story in Amador County, regardless of your position on the issue, just as Cecily Smith the Executive Director for the Foothill Conservancy has stated in her guest commentary today. I don’t recall ever running an editorial for, or against, the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic bill — in fact I never have.

You are correct in our bias, however. I failed to hold the Foothill Conservancy responsible for their lack of information when we first requested many items to...

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Guest Commentator
01/22/2015 6:29 AM

Last year’s Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic bill, state Senate Bill 1199, was a major story in Amador County, regardless of a reader’s position on the issue. Unfortunately, the paper’s coverage was incomplete and highly biased.

The paper is again failing its readers on this issue. In an end-of-year news summary in last week’s paper, the ALD claimed that the battle over SB 1199 was between local officials and “a small group of mostly out-of-area environmentalists” who “claimed” to have local support.

The ALD’s spin on the story is...

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Guest Commentator
01/16/2015 10:27 AM

The recent murders in France by terrorists that killed 12 newspaper persons, one police officer and four Jews have united the peoples of France and Europe like no other event since World War II. This was vividly demonstrated by the unity of Europe’s leaders as they joined hands together in their march down one of Paris’s crowded Avenues. The estimated crowd for this stunning show of unity was to be one million.

The president of the United States, a leader of the free world, was nowhere to be found. Why was this? Would it not have...

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Guest Commentator
01/16/2015 10:25 AM

The cycle of violence: When will it be interrupted? The attack on Charlie Hebdo was another incident of “Terror in [fill in the blank]… attackers part of [fill in name of terror network].” It was an incident of home-grown terror, since the attackers were French-born second-generation immigrants. It is time to shift away from ineffective, reactive tactics and strategies of dealing with this kind of terror toward conflict transformation, by transforming the structures leading to terrorism.

Let’s be clear. The assassins in Paris did...

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Guest Commentator
01/16/2015 10:23 AM

Congress: No Accountability

It is not about what political party a member Congress belongs to, it is about accountability for government to do what is right. The Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Act has failed. House Bill HR-543 was stalled in the VA committee even though there were 258 co-sponsors in support of the Bill — enough for a House vote. More Vietnam vets will die, many cannot pay medical expenses some are forced to take second mortgages on their homes or sell their homes. Does Congress care? Most do not. However, we vets do...

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Guest Commentator
01/10/2015 8:10 AM
I recently read an extremely impassioned guest commentary written by a cancer patient’s sister who chronicled the tremendous suffering her sister endured during her dying process. It was heartbreaking to hear about the pain and suffering the patient, Elizabeth, had to endure. In the article the sister of the patient talked about how hospice was unable to manage the pain and because I am the Executive Director of Hospice of Amador & Calaveras I was very concerned. I could not remember this particular patient or this particular... [Read more]
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