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John Tuttle
1 week ago

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
1 week ago

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
1 week ago

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
1 week ago

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
1 week ago

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
2 weeks ago

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
2 weeks ago

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
2 weeks ago

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
3 weeks ago
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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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

Kudos And Compliments

I just spoke with Lynn, in subscriptions, regarding the December 23, 2014 issue of the Mother Lode Life and Times ‘In Your Face’ photo of Adolph Hitler and Hillary Clinton saying the same thing, both stating that society is more important than the individual.

Lynn and I disagree that the article was inappropriate and she said some readers didn’t like it. Why? I think the posting was great! I’d like some follow-up on the pros and cons.

By the way: This mindset, this “what is best for society” kind of thinking i...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

Amador County’s agricultural community is in danger. Development and vacation rentals have started to proliferate our area and are taking away our residents, our sense of community and our stock of residential homes.

I moved to my 20 acre vineyard property 18 years ago and was immediately welcomed by the rural agricultural community. I discovered that “close” neighbors were not just next door, but those 20, 40, and even 1,000s of acres away.

I recently took stock of the properties on my private road and those behind me lining...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

A number of bills sponsored by the California State Board of Equalization have been signed into law by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and will take effect January 1, 2015.

“The new year brings a number of new laws, including those I sponsored to help small business owners and veterans,” said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. “We want taxpayers to be aware of these new laws so they can receive all the benefits they’re entitled to.”

They include: Two BOE-sponsored bills will assist veterans. Vets whose 100 percent disability...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

Why don’t all of you come to my party? It will be efficient, fair and one that everyone can join. This party will be different than the parties you are used to. Our party goers don’t harbor special interests; base most of their beliefs on their political party ideology, religious beliefs, feel entitled or join because there is some financial gain to be had.

Like birthday parties, Christmas parties, and other get togethers, we celebrate what we all have in common, not what we don’t. Collectively, we have fun, put aside our very...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago

2015 will be over almost quicker than you can say Happy New Year! Just look how fast 2014 sped by us all. Time rarely feels as if it’s standing still unless we are waiting on something to happen. Time only drags when we need something to happen like a cure for a disease, a job to open or a relative to come home from the Middle East. When time drags we make the mistake of wishing it away.

We only have a little bit of time. We all have the same in a day, a week or a year. Every year that we live we are extended the same number of days...

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Guest Commentator
12/26/2014 9:59 AM

I was recently visiting Amador County and managed to sneak in some holiday shopping. What a treat! The quaint towns, shops, the people — the whole experience was absolutely incredible. I won’t miss the Sutter Creek Parade of Lights and plan on making a trip to Amador a Christmas tradition.

While visiting, I lost my wallet — or left it at a shop. Amazingly, it was returned with all my holiday cash still intact. What a community, what a location. Amador County is awesome.

Ann Gunderson

Sacramento

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Guest Commentator
12/26/2014 9:58 AM

To all our friends and family, we hope you are staying warm tonight and every night and are staying reasonably well and comfortable in these somewhat difficult times. As you sit at the table eating, remember all the positive things in life and how lucky we really are. Think of all those that may not be as lucky as you and us and consider how you may help them. Merry Christmas!

Gary and Jean Dorall

Pine Grove

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Guest Commentator
12/26/2014 9:57 AM

Were you in the audience for one of the Choralier’s Christmas Songs performances? If not, you missed a wonderful “getting into the Holiday spirit” experience. We are so blessed in Amador County to have this local group of extremely talented musical artists. They not only have gorgeous voices *all can solo), but they can do what’s best to “sell a song.”

I particularly like the facts that:

1) I can understand every sung word

2) They memorize every song (and there are many)

3) They have the ability to convey to their audience that...

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Guest Commentator
12/26/2014 9:55 AM

Ron Lowe asked several questions, which I’ll try to answer.

The American people are not happy with the President and the Affordable Care Act. The Democrats lost the house in 2010 because of the health care law, that coupled with the public becoming aware of the President’s ineptitude and untruthfulness, lost the Senate in 2014, it’s actually pretty simple. Ron, you may recall that the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress as well as the Presidency for two years (2009, 2010). During that time they did nothing but create a...

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David Sayen
12/19/2014 10:47 AM

Good news for people with Medicare in 2015: Part B costs will remain the same as in 2014.

Medicare Part B helps pay for doctor bills, outpatient care, durable medical equipment, and other items. It requires a monthly premium and an annual deductible. I’m happy to report that Part B costs for 2015 will be identical to 2014: $104.90 a month for the premium (for most beneficiaries), and $147 for the deductible.

Most people with Medicare don’t pay any premium for Part A, which helps covers hospital care. But for those who do, the 2015...

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Guest Commentator
12/19/2014 10:36 AM

The community Christmas party was only a few days away when the woman in charge called and asked, “Daris, would you be willing to be Santa at our Christmas party this year?” I taught the children music at church and knew them well. I love children and thought this would be a fun thing to do. I have also done a lot of acting and felt I could disguise my voice enough that they wouldn’t recognize me, so I accepted.

The night came, and after the community dinner, I dressed in the red garb, black boots, and fake beard and wig. At the...

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