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7 days ago

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
7 days ago

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
7 days ago
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
2 weeks ago

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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2 weeks ago

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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2 weeks ago

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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3 weeks ago

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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3 weeks ago
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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3 weeks ago

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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3 weeks ago
Sadly, when we returned home from the family 4th of July cookout, I discovered Cher, one of my favorite laying hens, dead. She had been killed, we believe, by a raptor. Ursa, the German shepherd, led me to her body and stood over her, sniffing her, as if to confirm her death. From the scattering of feathers extending from the pond across the yard half way to the coop, it was apparent that she put up quite a battle for survival. But in the end, she was not able to fight off talons and the slashing beak of what I believe was one of our... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

I have been very disturbed by some of the recent letters I’ve read on the Ledger Dispatch Opinion page. That the country is in the midst of the worst election cycle (primary and now general) that many of us have ever witnessed is a gross understatement. The rhetoric is and has been the most caustic, inflammatory, defamatory and downright nasty that I’ve ever heard. It’s bad enough that the candidates (one in particular) are engaging in this kind of shameful behavior, but do we have to?

I encourage anyone submitting letters...

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Jerry Budrick
4 weeks ago

On the surface, the plan for Phase 2 of the Amador Transmission Pipeline Project seems quite simple. Phase 1 was completed in 2007. The 30-inch, 8.8-mile pipeline installed then, known as the ATL, has been transporting vast quantities of raw, untreated water from Lake Tabeaud to Tanner Reservoir ever since. Phase 2, outlined but not finalized in 2007, called for installation of a small diameter raw water pipeline along the entire 23-mile length of the historic canal. The lower six miles are in.

The plan to proceed with Phase 2 was...

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06/23/2016 12:14 PM

Amador Water Agency Board sees reason, or does it?

On June 2, the Amador Water Agency Board of Directors voted 3-2 to abandon the piping of the Amador Canal and to stop all work on the project. This vote was a victory for the voices of reason, who were apparently able to look past the fear-mongering, greed and distortion of facts espoused by those who would see the project through.

But only a week later, on June 9, the board failed to follow through on its vote to abandon the Canal Project, by voting 2-2 to not rescind and...

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06/23/2016 12:13 PM

The Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento has received a Request for Dismissal of Appeal from the Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Defense Alliance. In December of 2015, the Amador County Superior Court ruled that LAWDA’s petition to submit the Newman Ridge Project to a referendum was illegal. Although LAWDA appealed that decision, it voluntarily filed this request to dismiss its lawsuit. That dismissal concedes that Amador County’s decision to keep LAWDA’s unlawful referendum off the ballot was the correct one.

The Newman...

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06/23/2016 12:06 PM

The Ione Valley Land, Air & Water Alliance is a grass-roots group challenging the Newman Ridge Quarry, a 278-acre fifty-year mine, and Edwin Center North, a 114-acre hot-batch asphalt plant, both planned to be just one mile from the town of Ione. These changes would forever alter the local landscape and rural quality of life by altering zoning from agriculture to zoning that would open the door to unimpeded and super-polluting heavy industry.

The Sierra Fund (sierrafund.org) took interest in LAWDA’s fight as a case study to shed...

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Guest Commentator
06/16/2016 1:11 PM

‘News’ should not be filled with ‘Opinion’

Dear Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Budrick,

I am writing to you due to a concern I have about how “news” was presented in last Friday’s Ledger Dispatch. My concern involves the mixing of news with unnecessary “opinion” in a news story.

The front page had a very important news story concerning the 2016 Primary Election results. Your reporter, Eric Winslow, made a credible effort in presenting the “who, “what” and “where” of the story. Unfortunately, his “why” left a lot to be desired. This...

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Eric Winslow
06/16/2016 12:00 PM
The recent massacre in Orlando, which a psychologically unstable, self-styled Islamist terrorist committed against peaceful, happy people in a gay nightclub, is being called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. It seems that we have come full circle in the dysfunctional story that we, Americans, have been telling ourselves since that staunch Christian, Christopher Columbus first encountered the naked and peaceful Taino inhabitants of the New World, greeting them with fire and sword and the love of Jesus. The fact that the Orlando... [Read more]
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06/09/2016 12:19 PM

Gratitude and apologies are in order

On behalf of some very embarrassed citizens of Calaveras County, I would like to apologize to the caring individuals of the Area 12 Agency on Aging and the very generous, community-minded representatives of our local public television station, PATV, for the shameful comments and responses made by a few selfish, hateful and mean-spirited attendees at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on May 31.

I believe the majority of Calaveras County residents are appreciative and grateful for the...

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06/09/2016 12:17 PM
The 2016 presidential race, like all presidential races, has raised questions and controversies regarding the religious faiths of the candidates. Donald Trump’s beliefs have been questioned, as were Ted Cruz’s. And trying to pin down Bernie Sanders’ views on God is very difficult. But that said, recent developments just occurred with the United Methodist Church that should focus the spotlight on Hillary Clinton’s religious thinking. They constitute two crucial moves that stand in direct opposition to Clinton’s longtime militancy for... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
06/09/2016 12:22 PM

Adulthood brings certain financial responsibilities like the building of budgets, bank accounts and proper insurance. It’s surprising how few consider a proper estate plan part of that essential mix.

To read this whole guest commentary, see the June 10 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch

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