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Guest Commentator
3 days ago

Sheriff Ryan’s Thoughtful Donation Brings in Substantial Monies for the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Foundation.

Sheriff Martin Ryan, a true friend of the Legion, has always shown much interest in the welfare of veterans. His concern for the betterment of our deserving California Veterans comes from his rich history with the American Legion, such as playing American Legion Baseball and participating in Boys State.

American Legion Baseball strives to teach young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and...

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Jack Mitchell
3 days ago

So, we’ve been a little crazy up here at the Amador Ledger Dispatch. The holiday season is definitely a test of strength and courage as a limited staff tries to cover and get to all the happenings without letting anyone down. And in Amador County, it’s impossible. Everyone has great stuff and great things going on. Out and about, a lot of the businesses I visit get to talking about stories they’d like to see, or things we need to cover — and yes, things we didn’t necessarily knock out of the park the first go round.

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David Sayen
3 days ago

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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3 days ago

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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3 days ago

The family of Lois Porteous-Noble-Shepherd would like to thank everyone for your support during the loss of our Mom, Grammy & Great Grammy. We appreciate the kind words, cards and flowers. Thank you to the Ladies Missionary, Reverend Gerald Meyers and the entire Community Covenant Church of West Point for helping us with Mom’s “Celebration of Life.” We appreciate everyone coming to the service and those who shared their life experiences with our loved one.

Donations in her memory can be made to ARC of Amador & Calaveras, 75 Academy...

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3 days ago

After reading Mr. Lowe’s Letter to the Editor I came to the conclusion that he might have made an error. He states “that 60—70 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed. “I personally think it’s much higher. Why did so many democrats get voted out while by the voters and put in those do-nothing republicans? Well, let me see if I can answer your question, Mr. Lowe?

It is true a vast majority of Americans (the working, taxpaying kind) are very upset with the direction we are headed. It’s multiplied by...

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Guest Commentator
3 days ago

Because of the news about Bill Cosby, I am sending you the list of rules that my mother told to me.

Momma said:

If a gentleman takes you to dinner, you are not the dessert.

If he wants you to go to his room to get his coat, you don’t have to go, he knows where it is.

If he wants to show you the famous paintings in his room, there is no art print worth seeing in any hotel room.

If you are dumb and find yourself in his room, do not sit on his bed, if you do keep your knees together, and your feet on the floor.

You are not a hoe,...

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Guest Commentator
3 days ago
I’d like to thank those who have supported the restoration of the Catholic Cemetery thus far and for the generous donations we’ve received. Continued donations are greatly appreciated and directly affect the restoration project by helping us to progress further. I encourage all members of the community to come by the cemetery to see how great it’s beginning to look, and witness the transformation for yourself. Future projects here at the cemetery include repairs to the custom fencing that surrounds the property, and repaving the area... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

I would like to respond to the letter published in November, 21, from U.N. Owen regarding “Ghost Town Pines.” I don’t believe U.N. Owen (is that unknown?) is a permanent resident of this mobile home park. To begin with the writer used the wrong name for the park.

I don’t know what site rents are in other mobile home parks, but I don’t know of any other areas anywhere where most of the sites are approximately 1/3 acre. We are not crowded so close together that you could sling mud out your front door and hit your neighbor.

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Economist Philip G. King submitted to the court a Declaration opposing the Dollar General store in Pine Grove. He states that the Dollar General store is in violation of the General Plan. But the material he quotes is from the proposed General Plan which he characterizes as an update underway. If the court honors a proposal, not yet adopted into law, we have a problem far greater than that of a new store some people don’t want.

Dr. King states that Dollar General will compete with local businesses such as Guy’s Saw Center since they...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago
Executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, 3500 new business crushing regulations, the feds attempting to regulate our local police departments—all within the last two weeks! State governments are waking up to the fact that they have the power to stop this federal overreach, regain state sovereignty, and bring power back to the people through use of a tool our Constitutional Framers gave them for just this situation, an Article V Convention of States (COS). Last Thursday, Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin, a vocal... [Read more]
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1 week ago

Like most Americans, I believed modern medicine could relieve the most severe pain imaginable. I discovered I was terribly wrong after witnessing the excruciatingly painful, five-week dying process of my younger, 66-year-old sister Elizabeth Martin.

Elizabeth originally received a colon cancer diagnosis four years ago. Then in June, she learned she had Stage 4 liver cancer that had spread to her lungs, spine, kidneys and adrenal glands. She was taken to an emergency room and opted for hospice care after she received a terminal...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

The ancient scriptures tell us the story of a census, a time for everyone to register with the government and enroll with the powers that ruled over them. A young carpenter took his wife to Bethlehem because that was the City of David, and the story tells us, that is where the Roman ruler required them to go so they could be taxed.

Bethlehem was known as the City of David because it was from there that Israel’s greatest king had come. Joseph the carpenter was of the lineage of David. And so, says scripture, was Mary his betrothed...

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Wendell Peart
1 week ago
Environmentalists time and time again wailed at the 1991 Drought Hearings held in Sacramento about the deteriorating condition of the Bay Delta Area and still do. These grown up people choose to ignore that California, much less the nation, is experiencing a growth in population, now exacerbated by immigration. This was very evident in Southern California. Southern California needed water in order to continue its growth and sustain their economy. The environmentalists, on other hand, ignored the needs for water for home owners in the... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

I would like to share some thoughts about our future from my observations after attending 6 years of meetings of the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors.

There seems to be two opposed approaches to solving perceived problems of providing for the basic wants and needs of the people.

The first, and most prevalent, is the group or collective viewpoint. Expanding the size and cost of government is very important to expanding the collective process. Some refer to this as transformation; others use the term socialism. The implementation...

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Matthew Hedger
2 weeks ago

Polls have shown for the last few years that 60-70 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed. That being the case, why on earth did American voters give control of Congress to the “do-nothing”, block-everything Republicans who have spent the last six years obstructing the economy and government all in an attempt to make President Obama be seen as a failure. This doesn’t make sense.

Why would American voters elect voodoo, supply-side, trickle-down Republicans who are still married to the same economic...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

If you have ever worked at a newspaper, you come to dislike the holidays. Early deadlines, timing of coverages, even schedules of cartoons and other pieces you may not think about, become a headache.

This year, the Thanksgiving holiday also happened to be the same week as a family wedding in Santa Fe, New Mexico, so I knew it was going to be a barn-burner to get finished with what I could and out the door.

As I plotted and planned for my family vacation/wedding trip, I got, what I refer to as, the “double-smacker” as the Editor of...

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Mark Belden
2 weeks ago
The Affordable Care Act, the ACA, known to just about everybody as Obamacare is about half implemented. I always refer to it as the Affordable Care Act, and I wish others would also. Each state may administer their form of the ACA, and incorporate health care for low income folks (an extension of Medicaid) not eligible for ACA benefits using federal funds (for a limited number of years). Many states have chosen not to participate (in the ACA), and several have refused federal funding to residents of their state not qualified for the... [Read more]
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Wendell Peart
2 weeks ago

In California’s on going search for more and more water, the question comes to mind what has happened that has caused California so much grief now that the state is experiencing a drought that is causing so much hardship. There are those who would point to Representative Charlie Halleck, a Republican from Indiana, as one who triggered a chain of events in 1963 that is still having an effect on the United States, particularly California.

The event in question was the Civil Rights movement in 1963 and the civil rights legislation...

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John Tuttle
3 weeks ago

The first Thanksgiving in the New World was celebrated in 1621, nearly a year after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

In 1789, George Washington became the first of many US presidents to formally proclaim a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”:

I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then...

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