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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/06/2017 11:43 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/06/2017 11:43 PM
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Why Your Voice, The Voice Of Small Towns & Villages Matters Now More Than Ever! ~ By John Hamilton

Arnold, CA...First and foremost I would like to say Thank You!!! Thank you for your visits to our news outlets! Thank you also for living here, visiting here, working here, running businesses here and caring about our area, your friends, neighbors, communities and country!! For over 12 years now it has been an honor to cover, promote & be a part of one of the greatest areas on the planet. We know that for many of you if you moved it would be possible to have higher incomes, better career paths and what most living in major metropolitan markets view as “success”. You choose to live here in many instances for the intangibles that become part of the life experiences that make living here worth more than the “benefits” of living elsewhere.

As our nation has become more divided the realization that all of you are the mirror to reflect the pathway of our nation having better working relationships between the left and right, haves and have nots, white collar and those who would wear blue collars if they could be forced to wear collars at all.

Here we have mountain people, cowboys, artists, craftsmen, business people, teachers, doctors, lawyers, wine makers, shopkeepers, geeks, restaurateurs, farmers & more. We know instinctively that it takes all of us to keep our fragile rural economy rolling along and we take pride in making this an area where those that live in the “real world” choose to vacation, spend their weekends, attend our community events and purchase second homes.

In living your lives here you provide an example that much of the rest of the country has lost. You still like, respect, work with and are even friends with those whom you disagree with on politics, religion & more. Here largely there are only two groups, those who contribute and help keep our communities patched together and functioning and those who don't. We seek to find areas on which we can agree and work together on.

Here for the most part kids of the rich and poor still go to the same schools. We shop in the same stores and share many of the same life experiences regardless of our income level. Here we still make excuses for each other’s faults and help those that are down. Here illnesses, deaths and tragedies are personal as we either know those involved or know someone who does. The ups and downs of life don’t just happen to other people, they happen to our friends and neighbors.

In many areas you can live in a real or virtual bubble of those who vote, live, think, dress and act for the most part just like you do. Here, thankfully, we don't have those options.

When I am out and about in our communities it renews my faith in America and in the knowledge that differences of opinion and beliefs make us better & not worse. Those who believe differently than I do are not enemies but my neighbors and my friends. At times if I allow myself it may even be evident that they may have been closer to the truth than I was.

The last 12 years of covering our area has convinced me that small towns and communities are the best lens to view life from. We still know that it takes all of us to succeed and not just those with which we agree. We still believe in the fundamental goodness of those around us because we see it in action everyday.

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 00:29:44   By: Anonymous

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 00:34:17   By: Anonymous
Thanks John. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live here

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    Posted on: 2017-03-07 01:14:43   By: Anonymous

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      Posted on: 2017-03-07 01:15:57   By: Anonymous
      Cash rules everything around me
      Dolla Dolla Bill Y'all

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 02:00:49   By: Anonymous
Great post, John. Sometimes I read the comments people write and it sickens me. But your post was actually very uplifting. Thanks for reminding us all that we live in a great country and we are blessed with the benefits (good and bad) of living in a small community. Left, right, rich, poor, old, amazes me how when someone needs pops up from many different directions. I'm sure there will be some negative to your post but I remind myself that people are responsible for themselves. As for me and many other people in Arnold, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going"!!

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 05:08:29   By: Anonymous
You are so full of S__T

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 05:23:15   By: Anonymous
...............Update: Woman Killed By Falling Tree In Yosemite Identified...............

............Sonora Police Bust Theft In Progress At Walmart............

...........Sierra Nevada Forest Health: From Bad To Worse.................

There's more local news and I didn't have to look past a bunch of ads trying to find it and read it. It's rather refreshing, but I still like coming here and reading the comments, especially by the ignorant Mr Itty Bitty Tiny Dick and his close friend and favorite drink, Gloop

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 05:25:49   By: Anonymous
Come on now you know most of us are stuck here because we can't afford to move.Can't sell what no one wants.You keep telling yourself how much you love it maybe you can convince others like you are trying to convince yourself!

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    Posted on: 2017-03-07 05:34:43   By: Anonymous
    I was not born here, I sold a place and choose to live here. It wouldn't bother me if more people left and the tourist too. Sorry if you feel you are stuck here, maybe you don't know how lucky you are? But then again as far as I know you could be living in a trailer with you sisters, and their illegitimate kids, your mother and her boyfriends and grandma too. I love it up here.....just sayin

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      Posted on: 2017-03-07 07:13:09   By: Anonymous
      Thank you John. I truly enjoy checking in with the news there every day. Although I am considered a "flatlander" our family has had a cabin up the hill for over 70 years. All 62 years of my summers have been spent up Highway 4 and my dreams have always been to live up the hill, but I've never been able to by circumstance or financially. Even though there are problems everywhere, I believe those of you who are able to live there are blessed with better values, sense of community and rich history to be envied.

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 07:18:48   By: Anonymous
I will stick to living in the mountains. The best part of the Bay Area and valley is that we don't live in it. Great post!!

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    Posted on: 2017-03-07 07:56:38   By: Anonymous
    John my wife and I moved here in 1970. we raised our family here. Our kids all went to the local great schools. This area is our home. Thank you for your efforts.

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Posted on: 2017-03-07 08:31:17   By: Anonymous
Thank you, John. Truly refreshing. We could live anywhere but chose to make it our home over 20 years ago. Even though two of our now adult children have married locals, guess we'll always be seen as "flatlanders," though ones who have made a wonderful life here and all the more fulfilling by being able to volunteer in so many community-based nonprofits and other organizations. Thank you for the Pine Tree and allowing the voices of all here able to be heard.

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