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Can Small Towns & Communities Save America? ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/31/2020 06:31 PM
Arnold, CA...We have been covering our little corners of small town America for over 15 years now. Over the last few years we have had the growing conviction like many of you that our society is in need. Our bonds as communities and countrymen are fraying and breaking.

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Is Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Moral or Ethical? ~ Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/20/2020 10:26 AM
Copperopolis, CA...Governor Gavin Newsom recently said, at the time of reporting on his budget shortfall, that the Federal Government has a moral and ethical obligation to give money to California to make up the state shortfall.

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Quarantine and a Free Society By Congressman Tom McClintock

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/28/2020 11:49 PM
Roseville, CA...Quarantine is the forced confinement of a person who has contracted or been exposed to an infectious disease.  Although it is a long-standing police power of governments, it is seldom used because seldom needed – sick people generally stay home on their own.  When it must be used, it is subject to due process: the right to contest the order in court, to present evidence that the order is invalid, and to have it vacated.

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Could Increased Focus on Hygiene and Disease Actually Lower Total Illness Deaths This Year?

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/02/2020 08:08 AM
Arnold, CA...A bit of counter intuitive thinking for a Monday. While Covid 19 is real and is and will cause a significant number of deaths for us domestically as in other areas of the world. Our hunch is there may be a silver lining in that increased focus on disease transmission and self quarantining while sick could actually lower total flu, Covid 19 & other infectious disease deaths in 2020.

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Proposition 13 Has Helped Generations of Property Owners ~ Al Segala

Posted by: thepinetree on 02/07/2020 04:17 PM
Copperopolis, CA...For over 40 years Prop. 13 has provided certainty to property owners. It protects homeowners, renters, small businesses and more from sudden tax increases we can’t afford. That same tax certainty provided by Prop. 13 has benefited our government as well by providing a stable and reliable stream of revenue. Now, measures are headed to the ballot to dismantle these protections. One has already qualified (2020, Prop 13) and another is in the signature gathering stage. The impact of this tax increase, if it passes, would amount to higher costs for consumer goods such as food and fuel, we all use every day, The split-roll measures are misleading. Supporters don’t want you to know that about $1 billion in administrative costs and payments to the state are paid out first and then whatever is left gets split with 60% going to unspecified local government services and lastly, only about 40% goes to schools with no guarantee that the money makes it to the classroom.

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Three Words Sum Up the Soon End of PG&E, Technological Determinism & Goodwill ~ by John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/30/2019 12:17 AM
Arnold, CA....Over the last few days one question has consumed us during the PSPS Outages & Kincade Fire debacles. Can PG&E survive this? No matter how we did our calculations financial, marketplace and political the answer was always no. We believe the highest revenue point PG&E will ever have was this past summer and over the next year of so they could and probably will lose a significant portion of their revenue.

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Cannabis Logic, Cannabis Black Market & Reasonable Rules ~ Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/22/2019 11:30 AM
Copperopolis, CA...I attended the recent Board of Supervisor meetings concerning commercial cannabis regulation. It was a hate fest with little good will and logic. Some thoughts: The problems with criminal activity relate to the black market grows, not the permitted ones. This was confirmed by the Sheriff and Ag Commissioner.

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Massive Marijuana Expansion Proposed! An Absurd Blank Check! ~ Alice Montegomery

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/28/2019 08:41 AM
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras County has a massive commercial marijuana expansion proposal in the works Oct. 1. Advocates are hoping you don’t catch on. If you think the Urgency Ordinance was a mess and Measure D was misleading, this proposal makes those two look benign Let's take a look. The County and pro-commercial marijuana advocates are gambling with your tax dollars while trying to pull a fast one. Against the State’s demand not to, the County is using an old, inappropriate Environmental Impact Report (EIR) created for a 3 year old, never used, obsolete, never adopted regulation. Then they’re cannibalizing it with an incomplete, vague, illegal addendum. The State of California has said these are both clear violations of CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act). The Planning Commission Chair and Planning Director knew this, but forged on with the imposter documents. Whenever there’s a change or new project, a new EIR is mandated. Even the Planning Chair stated on the record on 9/18/19 at 11:50 a.m.: “In this case we have a new project that was presented to us.” Michelle Plotnik

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Will Our Kids Be Free? - Al Segalla

Posted by: thepinetree on 09/11/2019 11:29 AM
Copperopolis, CA....September 17 is the 232nd anniversary of our wonderful US Constitution. For many thousands of years human slavery was normal - including in the United States. America was the first to claw its way out of the darkness of tyranny and put a solution down on paper.

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Rebuttal to Rep. Tom McClintock’s “Plan” to Avoid Addressing Climate Change. by John Henry Beyer, Ph.D. Geophysicist

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/08/2019 01:50 PM
Truckee, CA...In his Opinion piece in the March 24th edition of ThePineTree.Net, Rep. McClintock acknowledged, to my surprise, that, “No one denies that our planet is warming, carbon dioxide levels are increasing, and ocean levels are rising.” Of course, that’s not really true. There are many deniers, particularly politicians on the right, who claim global warming is a hoax, starting with the current President. Rep. McClintock then proceeds to use accurate snippets of science in an apparent effort to justify inaction on climate change. In each case he avoids describing the complete issue, which invariably highlights the urgency of taking action.

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