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7 days ago

I just want to say how much I enjoy the writings of Brent Parsons. Sometimes I think it is the best thing in your paper. Please do not leave his column out. Fewer photos of people would be welcomed, as they are really only of interest to their friends and family in most cases.

Brent can take any subject and make it sound interesting. I especially enjoy his way of “turning a phrase” in an unexpected way, reminding me of Mark Twain.

Thank you!

Dorothy Wall

Pine Grove

Thank you, Dalton family

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7 days ago
In 1990, having just recently moved into Amador County, my family went to an event called The Great Sutter Creek Duck Races. It turned out to be a fantastic, family-oriented weekend of food, fun, games, prizes, duck races, duckling races, foot races, search-and-rescue demonstrations and much more. One of my sons even won a bicycle. This was a great introduction to what a small county and small community could really be. From then on, our extended family went every year to the event. One year, I even won a prize in the final race. I... [Read more]
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7 days ago

Needless to say, I had to respond to the allegations made by Mark Spears in the April 22 edition of this paper. He alleged that I was somehow improperly using the County road crews and their resources to my own ends as they did work on Clinton Road and the neighborhood where I live, Jackson Pines. Sometimes one can be quick to assume that all people possess the same character defects that one possesses themselves.

I will say simply that I have never requested nor have I received any special response or treatment from any of the...

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Tami Tran
7 days ago
Today, one in 68 children is on the Autism Spectrum. For boys, it’s one in 42. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a life-long developmental disorder and requires a range of support based on the level of needs. According to the Center for Control and Prevention, between 2000 and 2012, autism in the U.S. increased by 119.4 percent, making it the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S. Autism affects individuals with a wide range of impairments identified in the areas of social and communication behavior, overload of sensory... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

According to 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists, global climate change is here. Major corporations agree and are working to minimize the negative effects of climate change on the economy. Bank of America and Wells Fargo Bank are two prominent international financial institutions that are transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Wells Fargo and Bank of America have recognized that the world economy needs to become more carbon-neutral and have invested billions in companies working towards this goal.

These financial...

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2 weeks ago

On behalf of the entire Dalton family, we are saddened by the recent loss of our dear friend of many years, Mr. Jack Thomas. Jack will always be one of the greatest and most memorable men that Amador County ever produced. He was a good friend of my late father, Earl Dalton Sr., who always spoke highly of both Jack and Larry Thomas and admired them for their impressive logging trucks. My father drove a logging truck for most of his life as well and throughout the years our families became very closely bonded.

I remember as a young...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

Have you recently enrolled in Medicare, or will you in the near future?

If so, let me be the first to say, welcome! What should your first step be as a new Medicare beneficiary? I recommend taking advantage of the “Welcome to Medicare” preventive-care benefit.

During the first 12 months that you have Medicare Part B, you can get a “Welcome to Medicare” preventive visit with your doctor. This visit includes a review of your medical and social history related to your health. Your doctor will also offer education and counseling...

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2 weeks ago
Editor’s note: more than 1,000 bicyclists from the Sacramento Wheelmen participated in last weekend’s Sierra Century bike ride through Amador and El Dorado counties. One of the routes offered to the riders passed through parts of Amador County protected by the volunteer members of the Lockwood Fire Protection District. Titled, “The Metric Century,” the route included 65 miles of cycling, with 4,500 feet of climbing, following rolling oak woodland from the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, to Ione, then on to Sutter Creek,... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The Ratepayer Protection Alliance is again costing Amador Water Agency customers tens of thousands in legal expenses. This time, instead of RPA and their friends suing AWA directly, they got Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to sue them. A leader of RPA bragged, “…they’re (HJTA) not going to run out of money…”, showing RPA doesn’t care about the burden of legal costs on ratepayers.

The HJTA lawsuit was to force AWA to put its temporary drought charge to a vote of the county. The temporary charge is needed because the State...

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2 weeks ago
Robert Derlet backpacking in Kings Canyon. Derlet is a Democratic challenger for the 4th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, currently held by Tom McClintock (R-CA). Photo courtesy to Bob Derlet
Our majestic mountains face a multitude of challenges: drought, diminishing snow packs, bark beetle invasion of conifers, devastating fire, and massive tree loss in our forests. The catastrophic Butte Fire is a sad reminder of the powerful changes that can be brought on by Mother Nature. Earlier this month I spent a morning with a professional forester working on private land which sits in the lower conifer belt at 4,000 ft. elevation, just south of Amador County. At this site, 90 percent of the Ponderosa Pines had died. The property... [Read more]
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John C. Guthrie
2 weeks ago
Plymouth resident John Guthrie brought the following eight pages into the Ledger Dispatch offices. Although the print edition of the paper does not have sufficient space for all of this, it can be accessed here. For Guthrie's letter, stipulation and definition of "res judicata," click here. [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Photo by Eric Winslow

In a recent letter to the editor, Dennis Price expressed concerns over Sutter Creek resident Josh Coy’s upcoming cross-country service bike trip with Bike & Build, specifically questioning the fundraising requirement of such an endeavor.

As a nonprofit organization, Bike & Build relies on the fundraising efforts of its participants to support the affordable housing cause through competitive grants, in-kind donations, and volunteer efforts during summer programming. From local Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together chapters...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Amador Hospital staff called ‘Jewel of the Mother Lode’

When I think of the “Jewel of the Mother Lode,” I’m not referring to a Mother Lode city but rather our own Sutter Amador Hospital.

Recently, my wife was near death when we arrived at the Sutter Amador Emergency Room. Within seconds, not minutes, she was diagnosed with sepsis and they immediately began an aggressive treatment protocol. From that moment in emergency, followed by a week in critical care, and two days in the general ward, I can honestly say every single...

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago

Several scams have popped up plaguing unsuspecting internet users and costing them hundreds of dollars in unnecessary fees on their credit cards and in cash transactions.

One of the most recent scams is a message that pops up in the user’s browser, stating that their system is infected with a virus and they should call the number on the screen immediately. It says do not attempt to close your browser and do not turn off your computer.

If the unsuspecting user contacts that number, they are told that they are monitoring their...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago
How many of you are tired of “political correctness?” How many see the real danger behind “political correctness?” Four serious threats to our freedom are “hate crimes,” “hate speech,” “child endangerment” and “Islamophobia.” When the U.S. Attorney General can threaten citizens who criticize Muslims with prosecution, our 1st Amendment rights are in jeopardy. Has the attorney general ever threatened people who criticize Christians? When the government at any level can arbitrarily decide what is “hate speech,” our 1st Amendment rights... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago

ural counties often face unique challenges. For example, they might find it more difficult to educate and train a qualified workforce. That has been true in Amador County, which has been struggling with two different, but related, issues. Amador does not have a community college campus and it is no coincidence that the Amador County Behavioral Health Department could not find enough people with the right certification to work as mental health technicians.

Most people earn their certificates at a community college and, with no...

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4 weeks ago
I still remember quite vividly the first time I became conscious of the racism and hate embodied in the Confederate battle flag. I was a 16-year-old girl from Amador County who’d spent the first decade of my life in South Sacramento, an area TIME magazine once named the most ethnically diverse city in the country. Given this diversity of experience in my formative years, I had a fairly decent grasp of issues relating to race. This isn’t to say I wasn’t still a racially insensitive teenage idiot at times. I cringe at some of the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/31/2016 12:40 PM

In this national campaign, it certainly appears that the GOP has already flown its Piper Cub into a box canyon. (Those of us in the vicinity of the Sierra know what that is and how it inevitably turns out.) At this point, it probably no longer matters who now grabs the controls.

John & Connie Herrell

Jackson

Riggsby, Bosworth and religious differences

June Bosworth is mistaken if she thinks terrorist acts have not been committed by Christian groups in the name of God. One need only think of the Crusades and the...

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03/31/2016 12:32 PM
Photo by Eric Winslow

Sierra Business Council was saddened to hear of the closing of the Buena Vista biomass plant.

The closure of Buena Vista reminded me of a call I had years ago from a friend in a small Sierra community who said, “It just makes sense. We thin our forest, reduce the risk and cost of wildfire, produce energy, sink carbon in the landscape and local people get jobs!”

Ten years later, that intrepid soul knows more about biomass than almost anyone I know, but has yet to produce a single kilowatt of energy.

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Eric Winslow
03/31/2016 12:29 PM

The recent decision from the DC District Court that the land at Buena Vista (BV) is a reservation created by Amador County suggests the court was uninformed as to the facts about the history of the land at BV relative to the 1987 agreement between Amador County and the BV “plaintiff” in Tillie Hardwick 1983. The facts related to the land at BV are readily available but apparently the DC District Court was either not informed or did not consider the facts about BV in rendering its decision.

At issue before the District Court was a...

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