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Guest Commentator
2 days ago

Amador County deserves politics that are as good as its people.

I am responding to the unfortunate personal attack levied on me by former District 4 Supervisor Candidate Gwen Clayton in last week’s paper. I was saddened and dismayed to see Ms. Clayton bring to Amador County the worst kind of political rhetoric we are seeing in the presidential race today. Instead of focusing on what we can do together to make our county prosper or explain why she prefers the incumbent in the election, she chose to attack me.

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

In response to your commentary Aug. 12, please take my words in the spirit in which they were intended. I am not trying to berate or antagonize you. But I have some concerns that I want to address.

So far, what I’ve seen coming from your campaign is a bunch of promises to create a Utopian society, but no real plan to get there. You’re good about attacking the incumbent regarding the Grand Jury Report and the stonewalling of the general plan update, but I don’t see any reason why voters would have faith that you would be any...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

Frank Axe offers to debate Louis Boitano

This fall’s District 4 supervisor election is critical for Amador County’s future. As I talk to the voters in Sutter Creek, rural Jackson and Pine Grove, it’s clear they deserve a full and robust debate on the issues facing our county today.

Those issues include building a stronger economy with family-wage jobs; protecting local community character, quality of life and scenic beauty; protecting local residents from wildland fire; the Grand Jury special reports on the Health and Human...

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2 weeks ago

(Editor’s note: Molly Taylor is a third-generation Amador County landowner studying Urban Development at New York University. She grew up roaming and riding on her family’s ranch outside Ione.)

I am writing as a member of a third-generation Amador County family and landowner. Presently a resident of New York City, I am struck by the critical nature of foresightful, in-depth civic planning and how deeply and permanently affected communities can be though poor, lopsided and superficial planning.

The stark contrast between the...

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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago

(This guest commentary first appeared in the August 2016 edition of the Upcountry News Vol. 15, No. 8, courtesy of Rick Torgerson, Publisher)

After reading Ruth Gottstein’s and Linda Toren’s articles in the July issue of the West Point News, I felt a sense of deep pride in our local community. In these troubled times, they reminded us not only to become well-informed and utilize our public libraries, but also to nurture and seek the best in ourselves, both personally and collectively. Rather than engaging in rancorous or hateful...

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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago

In Brent Parsons’s recent column, Amador Water Agency General Manager Gene Mancebo said that in another 20 years or so, “…we will need to complete conservation projects like the small-diameter pipeline and possibly new supply projects.”

Mr. Mancebo is right that the county has large surpluses of water today. And the AWA’s 2015 Urban Water Management Plan update, completed in June, does not project a need for new water supplies in the foreseeable future.

The water plan includes forecasts of supply and demand. Table 7-4:...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
Solar carports and canopies are a win-win for drivers and businesses.
Everybody likes to win. So, when there is chance to get a win-win, that's doubly great, right? Since win-win situations appear so rarely in our world of conflict and strife, we would be smart to take full advantage of one when it does pop up. Happily, foothill folk are fortunate to have the kind of sunny climate that would make the spread of the solar carports the kind of win-win that keeps on winning for multiple companies, organizations and groups in our County, year after year. By building solar carports and canopies, we can all... [Read more]
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07/28/2016 3:37 PM
Thank you for your article on the Scouts from Troop 159. It was very intertaining, as well as encouraging. I am a member of Troop 477 in Ione and live out side of Plymouth. I am currently working on my Eagle. It was encouraging to hear about these men and their experiences they had as Scouts and how they continue to reflect on them even now, as senior citizens. Now I know all this time I’ve spent in Scouts will not be a waste, but a blessing that I will have something to look back on and remember all the fun and hardships through the... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
07/28/2016 12:43 PM

I am writing to comment on Sarah Spinetta’s feature story on wild horses. I will not dispute the accuracy of the story from the viewpoint of a wild horse enthusiast. What is missing, unfortunately, is the viewpoint of the people who are tasked with management of the public lands. As a retired Forest Service land manager, I would like to add that perspective.

The problem with Sarah’s article is that she considered only the horses. In the absence of other existing uses on the public rangelands, the size of the horse herd is no...

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07/28/2016 3:43 PM
John Plasse, District 1 Supervisor for Amador County.
When I first received an email from Amador Ledger Dispatch reporter Eric Winslow, I was curious as to why he was asking for my “personal but informed opinion” on issues surrounding the Grand Jury Report on the Health and Human Services building lease. I thought that maybe it was addressed just to me as Chairman of the Board. I conferred with County Counsel and our CAO as to the appropriateness of responding to issues raised in a Grand Jury Report prior to the Board meeting their statutory obligation to formally respond to Grand Jury... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
07/28/2016 3:19 PM

In response to the opinion piece written by Eric Winslow in the Friday, June 17, 2016 Ledger Dispatch — it refers to a syndrome called Myth of Redemptive Violence, Eric’s attempt to paint a narrative of American history that revels in violence, celebrates violence and finds that violence provides meaning to America’s existence or is, as he says, redemptive.

Violence is not redeeming. It is an ugly destructive act committed when a rational mind no longer functions or is necessary in response to violence when our lives are...

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 1:42 PM

Another deaf & dumb RINO headed to unemployment line?

The list of Republican politicians who have surrendered their souls to the abyss of RINOism (Republican In Name Only-ism, Ed.), and whom have been punished for doing so by patriotic voters, continues to expand and grow as Trumpmania sweeps across the American political landscape, undeterred by “Nevertrump” traitors and the mainstream media.

Eric Cantor was at one time regarded as a fair-haired boy in GOP circles until his support for illegal aliens ended his run in the US...

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Eric Winslow
07/21/2016 11:51 AM

A hearty, seasonal, stew, served chilled, which perfectly complements any mid-life repast

(Serves Billions)

Ingredients:

1 human brain (severed from any connection with a human heart)

210 lbs. of desire, fear and ignorance

3 cups of the past

2 cups of the future

1 1/2 heaping tablespoons of chopped "if-onlys"

1 cup of sliced "when's" and "maybe's"

Pre-heat oven to a temperature of 98.5 degrees. Bake the brain, smothered in a morass of desire, fear, and ignorance, for about 50 years.

While the brain is baking, take...

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Jack Mitchell
07/21/2016 1:40 PM
As the County Civil Grand Jury’s Final Report was released, I, like many of you I imagine, was interested to see what they investigated and what their findings might be. On the top of that list, for me anyway, was the Health and Human Services building, as three current Amador County Supervisors, Richard Forster, John Plasse and Louis Boitano, were all serving on the board when the decision to rent the HHS building over 20 years. Currently that rent is somewhere around $1,615,680 annually. I say estimated, because it’s a moving... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
07/14/2016 1:34 PM

By Susan Manning, Cecily Smith and Terrell Watt

Everyone who lives in or visits Amador County loves this place. It’s one of the most scenic counties in the state, with high quality of life, clean air and water, abundant wildlife, rich history, deep Native roots, beautiful rivers, authentic working ranches and true community character. But if the Amador County general plan update proceeds on its current path, we will lose much of what we love about our county today.

Next Tuesday, July 19, the Amador County Planning Commission...

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Via Press Release
07/14/2016 1:32 PM

I would like to thank everyone from the Ledger Dispatch who is supporting me through this ride. I was so glad to find out how much my community backed me up in everything. I’ll keep you updated.

Josh Coy

Somewhere on a bicycle

Master Sergeant’s letter to FBI Director James Comey

Sir, to say I am appalled with your decision would be a gross understatement. I watched and listened to your speech regarding presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, and cannot fathom that, with all of the...

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Guest Commentator
07/14/2016 1:30 PM

The Amador County Assessor’s Office has just finished the task of reviewing all of the assessments for 2016-2017 and the overall change in assessed value throughout the county was an increase of 3.86 percent.

Property values in Amador County have been increasing, as well as property values throughout the state. Even though the increase in assessments in the county is relatively modest, it is the largest increase in assessments in the past eight years. It is also the fourth straight year of increasing assessed property values...

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Guest Commentator
07/07/2016 1:20 PM

The Clintons and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Hillary Rodham Clinton is apparently betting that the American public is as dumb as MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber alleged last year when he explained the factors that lead to the passage of ObamaCare.

According to Gruber, voter stupidity and a total lack of transparency were the only reasons that ObamaCare became law in 2009.

Stupidity and transparency aversion appear to be dominant factors in Hillary’s attempt to keep the ongoing federal investigation into her cavalier...

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07/07/2016 1:53 PM
The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility commends Governor Brown for signing a package of bills to tighten California’s gun contol laws, including bills to close the “bullet button loophole” in California’s assault weapons ban and a bill to ban magazines holding more than 10 rounds. PSR/Sacramento also recognizes the extraordinary amount of time and effort that legislators, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and members of civil society invested in getting these bills signed into law. This being... [Read more]
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07/07/2016 1:22 PM

Although the Preamble to the Constitution is a statement of intent, not a codification of law, the Founders hoped to work toward cited objectives, one of which was to “establish justice.” Perhaps at no time in U.S. history have more people felt the effects of corruption of government and lack of established justice more than now. Some in high places act as though rules/laws are for others and that they can lie and potentially damage our national security without consequence, such as appears demonstrated now.

On July 5, FBI...

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