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David Sayen
6 days ago

Medicare’s annual open enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage everyone with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage.

Open enrollment began October 15 and runs through December 7. If you want to change your Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan, this is the time of year to do it. Any new coverage you select will take effect January 1, 2015.

If you have Original (traditional) Medicare and you’re satisfied with it, you don’t need to do anything during open...

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Roy Bjornson
6 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Roy Bjornson

Pioneer

After watching footage of the raging King Fire and reading the article in the Ledger Dispatch by Supervisor Ted Novelli about all the work that Amador County has done to prepare for wildfires, I’m grateful that we have such farsighted local leaders and fire officials in our county.

All of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is under threat of catastrophic wildfires as shown by the 100,000 acre King Fire north of us, that’s probably still burning, and the 256,000 acre Rim Fire...

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Lori Jagoda
6 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Lori Jagoda

30-year resident of District 3

With the November election just around the corner, I hear many different reasons voters give for choosing the candidate they support. Often, it is because the candidate is a friend or neighbor. People say the candidate is a “nice person” and volunteers at local events. Others feel if a person has held a position for a number of years, they must know what they are doing. If you stop and think about it, we probably all know several people who fit this profile...

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Fred & Joanie Hall
6 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Fred and Joanie Hall

Jackson

We read Brent Parsons’s interview with Connie Hudson in the October 3, 2014 Amador Ledger Dispatch.

As Brent and many others know, she worked for us at Ace Hardware, in Pine Grove, for over 20 years. We called her Saint Connie, because she was always happy, never said a bad word about anyone, and was a sheer joy to work with. (You may have noticed that we said “work with.” She never really worked ‘for’ us — she worked for all Amadorians, and we were just lucky enough...

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Arthur R. Price
6 days ago

Letter to the Editor from Arthur R. Price

Pioneer

I have been acquainted with Ted Novelli for more than 20 years. Ted is a person of honesty and integrity, and works for what is right for the community and county. He is familiar with Amador County, its needs, resources and government. When Ted ran for the District 3 Supervisor seat, his platform was based on being a “full-time” supervisor, being available to constituents, and being fiscally prudent in handling the county’s finances. He has certainly upheld those promises as Ted...

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Kent Shelton
2 weeks ago
I’m 72 years old, a widower of three years, and I live alone with my dog. At 10 p.m., my dog started barking and growling at something past the front hedge, 36 feet away. When I came out on my porch and stepped around the corner, in my driveway were seven or eight cops with automatic weapons and one police dog. One asked me to put down my flashlight and come off the porch, where he handcuffed me and patted me down. He then asked to search my house. I said, “Go ahead.” After I asked what was going on, he said, “Someone called in,... [Read more]
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Shirley Dillon
2 weeks ago

For several years, I sent homemade cookies to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.These went mostly to our nephews (hence the name, “Operation Auntie,” but some of the people I sent to I did not know very well or at all. As I sent two to six boxes a month with eight to 10 dozen cookies each, it got quite expensive with ingredients and postage.

Supervisor Ted Novelli heard about this and reached into his own pocket and several times gave me up to $40. This helped tremendously. So, it is time I thanked him on behalf of myself and the...

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Geoff Smith
2 weeks ago

I found the recently published letter from Austin Ford, Jr., in support of District 3 candidate Ted Novelli troubling, mostly because of Mr. Ford’s unfair and inaccurate characterization of candidate Lynn Morgan’s position on several issues. I encourage the reader to talk to each candidate directly and read their published positions on local issues to form their own opinions.

Mr. Ford’s letter makes clear his longing for the days of old (really, only 15 years ago) when he first moved to Amador County when “living wasn’t always...

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Frannie Weinrob
2 weeks ago

Community spirit is alive and well in Pine Grove. On Friday, October 3, Pine Grovians and friends turned out in huge numbers to celebrate our lovely township.

That night on the stage at the Pine Grove Town Hall the angelic voices of the Pine Grove Elementary Choir delighted the audience, and the Pine Grove Elementary Robotics Club amazed us with their inventions. Thank you, Kelly Hunkins, Principal of P.G.E., for your support and encouragement of our event.

In this county, with so many enticing events happening on the same...

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Mark Gebhardt
2 weeks ago
It is high time someone exposed the inflammatory deceptions and half-truths being spread by Sondra West-Moore about the proposed Newman Ridge Project, west of Ione. I have no relation with the proponents of the quarry and industrial center. My sole interest is in the welfare of the county and the people who live in and around Ione. I attended the court hearing in 2013 that Ms. West-Moore claims she won. I have read her factually challenged diatribes in the Ledger Dispatch that go under the guise of “press releases.” I have heard her... [Read more]
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Kelly Trottier
2 weeks ago

The recent tragic suicide of actor-comedian Robin Williams turned the spotlight on many issues surrounding major depression. People asked, “How could someone who has everything commit suicide?” Depression is only one of the many acute brain disorders that should be treated exactly the same as other long-term illness, such as diabetes, epilepsy and heart disease.

Mental illness takes no prisoners and knows no boundaries. Mental illnesses are brain disorders that can affect anyone. They can cross all the socio-economic strata....

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J.S. Gobershock
3 weeks ago

My household recently received a postcard from District 3 candidate Ted Novelli. The postcard prominently displays two U.S. Marine logotypes in color.

Mr. Novelli’s use of the logo implies an endorsement. The Marine Corps has not approved its use for this purpose. In fact, this use is in conflict with the Marine Corps trademark program, which expressly prohibits the use of their logo for political campaigns. This policy is clearly stated at: hqmc.marines.mil/divpa/Units/MarineCorpsTrademarkLicensingProgram/FAQ.aspx.

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Karl Rodefer
3 weeks ago
Like all local governments during the last four years, Amador County lost millions of dollars in revenue due to the global recession. But, unlike many other counties and states, Amador County found ways to cut unnecessary spending and to make common sense cuts to programs while finding ways to ensure that local residents got the vital services they need. Supervisor Ted Novelli was among those who rolled up their sleeves and got the tough job done when we needed it most. Ted Novelli is a true fiscal conservative who will ensure that... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
3 weeks ago

Our family discovered Amador County 15 years ago. The independence of the people and a sense of freedom reminded us of the New England we grew up in. The living wasn’t always easy, but it was the way we wanted to live — witness the generations of families that continue to make Amador their home. People focusing on their own lives made little or no effort to control the lives of others.

Water resources were guarded as precious to the community and to those that worked the land. Many went to a church of their choosing and, as we...

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Jim Scully
3 weeks ago

The Amador County Board of Supervisors held a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, September 23, specifically designed to listen to comments from the public. The topic of the public hearing was the controversial Newman Ridge Quarry and Edwin Center North Asphalt Plant, which has been challenged at every step by the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance, an organization formed to protect land, air, water and use rights in the Ione Valley.

The County and the developers were sued by LAWDA in 2012 over a misleading and faulty...

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Martin Ryan
3 weeks ago

Law enforcement, business leaders and crime victim advocates are united in their opposition to Proposition 47, a dangerous initiative that will endanger all Californians.

Prop 47 presents a classic bait and switch that lures voters in by the promise of creating safe neighborhoods and schools, while in reality exposing Californians to significant harm by making 10,000 felons eligible for early release. According to an independent analysis, the vast majority of these felons have violent criminal histories for crimes such as armed...

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George Runner
3 weeks ago

If you recently purchased a car from a private party, you may have paid too much tax to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. I’ve been hearing complaints from constituents that DMV charged them a higher city tax rate when they don’t actually live within city boundaries. These constituents were forced to jump through hoops to prove they didn’t owe the higher tax. As their elected representative, I was happy to assist them in obtaining refunds, but DMV should have never overcharged them in the first place.

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Vivian Speas
4 weeks ago
Being an animal lover, I could not believe that a raccoon has no chance. It is a state law! What is wrong with relocating them to an area up in the hills? They do not put down skunks, rabbits, whatever — why raccoons? [Read more]
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Randy Wiebold
4 weeks ago

Spaceship Earth’s annual orbit around the sun covers over 570,000,000 miles at well over 66,000 miles an hour. That’s over 18 miles per second. Spaceship Earth’s daily rotation at the equator exceeds 1,000 miles per hour.

Good guys and bad guys, actors and clown,

Floras and faunas, at sea and on ground.

Upsides and downsides, whirling all around.

We captives of the cosmos, within Earth’s fragile realms.

We captives of the cosmos had better take care of whatever is shielding Spaceship Earth from all that velocity,...

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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago

The Amador Artists Open Studios was held September 20 and 21, inviting the public to view artwork produced by local artisans. This event was also a fundraiser benefitting our scholarship program and annual student art show. We greatly appreciate the publicity provided by the Ledger and especially want to single out Lifestyles Editor Carolyn Schmitz in that regard.

The Artists Association received support from many businesses and organizations that provided gifts and certificates for the raffle, helped to underwrite the event,...

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