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The Question Democrats Fear Most. ~ Op-Ed by Rep. Tom McClintock CA-04

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/18/2018 02:29 PM
Roseville, CA...As the tax reform bill entered its final consideration in December, one congressional Democrat confided to a colleague that the reason they so vehemently opposed it was that they were afraid it would work. With the bill now signed into law over unanimous Democratic opposition, every American family is about to find out.

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Is Cannabis Evil? ~ By Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/05/2018 12:27 PM
Copperopolis, CA...If it is, then a ban seems to make sense, even if we would violate the Constitution with its protection of the individual rights to Life, Liberty and Property. On the other hand, considering our experience with the ban on alcohol, whereby it was discovered that booze was not evil or bad, but could be abused with bad consequences to the participants and society, it seems cannabis is also not evil or bad - no more than alcohol or smoking. There can be bad consequences with irresponsible use of all three.

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Frogs, Faith, and Reason ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D

Posted by: thepinetree on 12/19/2017 09:19 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Summary: Bret Harte High School and its Board (BHUHSD) is being challenged by a student who objects to a school policy prohibiting the discussion of religious issues (e.g., "Creationism" and "intelligent design") in natural science classes. The student and his attorney argue that this prohibition is an unconstitutional restriction of his right to free speech. The background to this case is set forth in Part I below. The current school policy is presented in Part II. For those unfamiliar with "intelligent design", a brief summary is provided in Part III.

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TRAIN WRECK, A Calaveras County Resident Warns of the Coming Disaster by David Vassar

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/23/2017 08:46 AM
Arnold, CA...For the past few weeks Calaveras County has felt like a slow moving train wreck.  There is a tremendous amount of noise in any train wreck, but in this case no one is listening. And no one seems to notice that the train wreck is actually the future of Calaveras County. The train left the station in May of 2016 when the Calaveras Board of Supervisors passed an “Urgency Ordinance” with a vote of 4 to 1. The ordinance prescribed rules and regulations for the legal cultivation of cannabis in Calaveras County.

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Regarding the Threatened Teachers Strike ~ Opinion, By Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/28/2017 04:06 PM
Copperopolis, CA...Regarding the threatened teachers strike. Sometimes we forget that threatening harm, such as a strike, is a form of extortion which is defined as: "The obtaining of property from another induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right." In this case, the victim seems to be the taxpayer. How many parents would want their children taught by a teacher who condoned extortion?

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Hard Facts & Truths about Commercial Marijuana ~ By Gary Stevens

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/25/2017 07:10 AM
Both Sides of the Argument: I have been listening to the arguments made by the people supporting commercial marijuana industry and to those opposed in Calaveras County.  Those in favor of commercial marijuana cultivation argue that the ban will fail because there is no money to fund a ban, and the industry should be regulated. Only the good, responsible growers will be here and the county’s financial woes would be alleviated because somewhere between 5-11 million dollars that will come in from permit fees and taxes. That money will be used to ‘regulate’ the growing industry and protect us from unregulated black market growers. And there is the argument that marijuana has always been here.

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Time For UN to Draw a Red Line Around North Korea? ~ By John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/03/2017 01:02 PM
Pyongyang, North Korea....Now that North Korea has successfully tested a Hydrogen Bomb is it time to draw a meaningful "Red Line" around the entire country? With shooting a missile over Japan last week and with this week's H-Bomb test the window for the international community to act short of military options may be closing. Since they have shown they have no interest in being part of a peaceful community of nations how about how about this as a framework for a UN Resolution?

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On Marijuana Regulation vs Ban ~ Letter to Editor By Sarah Kancianich

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/25/2017 02:16 PM
San Andreas, CA...Dear Calaveras, I am publishing this letter after doing much research and inquiry into the pros and cons of the current proposed ban ordinance. This topic is extremely polarizing. On one end of the pole you have the “banners”, people who just don't like it. On the other end you have the growers, legal and illegal, advocating for their right to cultivate. It’s controversial to say you support regulation because then you give the impression that you are a marijuana advocate. The fact is, you can be anti-marijuana and support regulation.

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Thank You Firefighters For Great Work on Angels Camp Fire!! ~ Bob Diehl

Posted by: thepinetree on 08/18/2017 02:50 PM
Angels Camp, CA...On Sunday, August 12 a grass fire broke out in a vacant lot near our home in old town Angels Camp, above Utica Park. As fire newbies, we were pretty scared. The flames were over six feet high and the crackling could be heard inside our house even though all the windows were closed. Our local firefighters were there on the spot, and prevented any damage to the homes nearby. Thank you all for your quick work and professionalism—we’re lucky to have you! ~Bob

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Equality, Justice and the First Amendment ~ Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director

Posted by: News_Desk on 08/17/2017 08:25 AM
Washington, DC...For all people of good will — regardless of party affiliation, race, creed, or color — the events that took place this weekend in Charlottesville were sickening and deeply disturbing. Several clear themes emerged for me this weekend. And while they are pretty obvious, I thought I would share them with the broader ACLU community, in an effort to give voice to what many of us are feeling and to spark a further discussion that will allow us to move together with greater hope and resolve through what are likely to be troubling days ahead.

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