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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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Amazed, Inspired and Grateful Doesn’t Begin to Say It. ~ By Ron Fillmore

Posted by: News_Desk on 08/15/2017 09:23 PM
Murphys, CA...On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Murphys Old Timers Museum, I would like to thank everyone who supported “The Concert of the Summer” held at Brice Station on July 16th. The event was a huge success with all proceeds going directly to our community museum. I especially want to thank our sponsors the Mast and Quyle families for sharing their beautiful venue and staff along with the many individuals and businesses who sold concert tickets including Sustenance Books and Next! Upscale Resale. Appreciation also goes to the Rugo family who donated their own ranch-raised beef, Clamper Floyd Berry who handled the grill and our incredible volunteers who planned and organized everything from the menu to the silent auction to clean up.

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On July 24th, 1969 Apollo 11 Safely Splashed Down. My Six Year Old Self Thanks All of Those in the Apollo Programs! ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/24/2017 12:29 PM
Houston, TX....The following is a little something we prepared for our morning show. "On July 24th, 1969, 48 years ago today, a collective sigh of relief, triumph cheers and more rang out through Mission Control and around the world as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins splashed safely down in the Pacific. With their safe return to earth after making man's first steps on the moon Armstong's famous words "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." could safely enter American & World History.






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Letter to the BOS – Let the People Vote ~ Letter to the Editor By David Tunno

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/21/2017 03:08 PM
Valley Springs, CA...If the Board of Supervisors desires, ultimately, not to make the final decision on whether marijuana activities should be allowed in Calaveras County, or at what level, but instead to let the voters decide, then they should consider the following: Having made my living as a trial consultant for nearly 30 years, which includes the science of public opinion research via long-established polling methods, it is important for the results of the polling to be unambiguous. To achieve that result, the question must be unambiguous and it’s best if they require bi-polar responses, responses that are opposite one another, a “yes/no” response, for example. Better yet is if there are two questions, each requiring a bi-polar response and each being polar opposites of each other.

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Sickness Unto Death Part VIII: No One Dies From the Lack of Health Care? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/05/2017 09:33 AM
Murphys, CA...On May 7, 2017, Congressman Raul Labrador (R-ID) spoke at a town hall meeting with his constituents. He exemplifies the chutzpah of many in Congress: "No one dies because they don't have access to health care". Then there is the case of Chris Collins (R-NY). Just after the House of Representatives voted to "repeal" Obamacare and potentially cause tens of millions of Americans to lose their healthcare coverage, Collins was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Collins, who voted to "repeal", acknowledged he never read the bill upon which he voted. It brings to mind Aldous Huxley's dictum, "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." (1926).


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An Open Letter To Calaveras County Board of Supervisors ~ David Tunno

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/28/2017 09:56 PM
Valley Springs, CA...You are faced with a decision that you, and the County, has been fretting over for more than a year. A decision, at least for elected leaders, is quite simple. You took oaths to uphold federal law. Marijuana, and everything on the Calaveras County list having to do with marijuana, including money laundering, is against federal law.

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Sickness Unto Death Part VII: Health Care -- Right or Responsibility? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/26/2017 05:54 PM
Murphys, CA...The United States Declaration of Independence declares "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Without good health, where is the possibility for the pursuit of happiness? As the Declaration's primary author, Thomas Jefferson, would later write, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." (Jefferson 1809).


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