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Thursday, Oct 19
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
All Day "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
05:30 PM The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce October Mixer
06:30 PM Town Hall Meeting in Murphys
Friday, Oct 20
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
09:00 AM 40th Annual Moutain Heirloom Quilt Faire
All Day "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
06:00 PM “Sip N’ Paint with Artist Mary Sexton”
06:30 PM Sierra Story Winds STORY SLAM-#4
07:00 PM Music At Bistro Espresso
07:00 PM Last of the Red Hot Lovers Now Playing at Murphys Creek Theatre
Saturday, Oct 21
All Day The Mark Twain Wild West Fest, All Day Street Fair on October 21st.
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
All Day "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
07:00 PM Last of the Red Hot Lovers Now Playing at Murphys Creek Theatre
Sunday, Oct 22
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
All Day "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
02:00 PM Last of the Red Hot Lovers at Murphys Creek Theatre
Monday, Oct 23
All Day "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
Tuesday, Oct 24
All Day "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
04:30 PM Freedom From Smoking Class Begins in August
Wednesday, Oct 25
All Day Overeaters Anonymous meeting
Until 04:00 PM "Voices of Wisdom" Adult Writing Classes
Thursday, Oct 26
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
05:00 PM ‘Mammo-GLAM’ – ‘Girls-Night-Out’ with a Serious Purpose
05:00 PM Caltrans to Host a Public Meeting about Potential Safety and Mobility Project in Groveland
Friday, Oct 27
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
10:30 AM Caltrans Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting (1C300)
11:00 AM MURPHYS DIGGINS FALL CRAFT FESTIVAL
07:00 PM Music At Bistro Espresso
Saturday, Oct 28
All Day Fantastic Estate Sale
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
Until 05:00 PM MURPHYS DIGGINS FALL CRAFT FESTIVAL
01:00 PM Tree Trek Tour
01:00 PM Floating Pumpkin Patch & Carnival At Bret Harte Aquatic Center Oct 28th
06:00 PM Make Plans For Phantom of the Opera at Ironstone on October 28th
Sunday, Oct 29
All Day Fantastic Estate Sale
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
Wednesday, Nov 1
All Day Overeaters Anonymous meeting
07:30 AM Good Morning Calaveras on November 1st with CHP Lieutenant Commander John Warren

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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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Sickness Unto Death Part VI: Free Market Health Care that Isn't Free ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/18/2017 04:19 PM
Murphys, CA...If you draw a graph of the American health care system, it looks like a home-stitched quilt made by someone that cannot see. Nothing fits together -- not the colors, the design, or the function. There are a lot of reasons for this picture, but how we fund health care is the single biggest problem.

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Sickness Unto Death Part V: Why Rural America is So Sick ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/10/2017 10:01 AM
Murphys, CA...The health of rural Americans is worse than those who live in cities, in part because rural health care systems are collapsing. This is a problem that has been long in the making. America shifted from a predominantly rural population to one that was more urban in 1920. This pattern continues today. In 1990, 25% of Americans still lived in rural counties. Today that proportion is closer to 17%. A more important characteristic is the difference between urban and rural areas in terms of income, poverty rates, and unemployment. According to research from the US Department of Agriculture, urban residents make nearly 30% more per year than do rural residents and the difference between these regions is growing. (USDA 2015). The rate of urban employment is 112% above what it was in 2000, while rural employment is at 97%. (USDA 2017). Consequently young people in rural areas are migrating to cities for employment and other opportunities, leaving the social fabric of rural areas older, fragmented, and less resilient. At the same time, the proportion of rural residents that are older or are veterans has substantially increased -- populations that need more not less health care.

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Sickness Unto Death Part IV: Dollars and Sense - In Sickness and Health ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/03/2017 11:50 PM
Murphys, CA...We pay more for our health care -- in some cases, twice as much as countries like France. Is it worth it? There can be no argument, however you want to analyze health care delivery and the value of outcomes, the American health care system is significantly more expensive than any other comparable system in the world. The US spends $9451 per person on health care. That is 121% more than citizens of Japan spend on health care. (OECD 2015). The next nearest country to the United States, in terms of health care spending, is Norway which spends $6567 per capita. In other words, the U.S. spends far, far more than other nations -- and on a few very important measures is performing nowhere as well.

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Sickness Unto Death Part III: Why Katsu is Healthier Than Carl? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/27/2017 02:10 PM
Murphys, CA...Americans like to think of themselves as the wealthiest, healthiest, and luckiest country in the world. I won't debate the first and last points here, but, the United States is decidedly not the healthiest. How do we know that?

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Sickness Unto Death Part II: Who Knew It Could Be So Complicated? ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/18/2017 12:55 PM
Murphys, CA...Ever been to a hospital? Apparently, not President Trump. How else to explain his apology for not initially getting a "repeal and replace" bill through Congress, by incredulously asking of healthcare, "who knew it was so complicated?"


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Sickness Unto Death: An American Dilemma. Part One ~ By John MacWillie, Ph.D.

Posted by: thepinetree on 05/10/2017 12:41 PM
Murphys, CA...Introduction: The United States is alone among industrialized nations in using wealth as a gatekeeper for access to health care. The wealthier you are, the more and better health care you get. The national debate that is now taking place focuses on whether every individual, irrespective of their income, should have access to great health care.


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Week Five Op-Ed By Former Calaveras County Supervisor Tom Tryon On The "War On Drugs"

Posted by: thepinetree on 04/10/2017 06:34 PM
Angels Camp, CA...Open letter to Assemblyman Norman Waters in the summer of 1985: I read your recent letter concerning the Tri County Narcotics Task Force with great interest. While you correctly point out the economic and human costs associated with drug abuse and that the problem of drug abuse is increasing, you fail to conclude that our current government policies of longstanding have failed. Your suggested response of greater coercion and intimidation within the policing power of the state will as surely fail as the policing power has failed to date to control drug abuse.

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Week Four Op-Ed By Former Calaveras County Supervisor Tom Tryon On The "War On Drugs"

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/28/2017 11:08 AM
Angels Camp, CA...Letter written to the Editor in the summer of 1985: I would like to comment on President Bush’s latest proposals for escalating the so called “War on Drugs”. One must assume this effort has been very successful to justify such an escalation! As noted in earlier articles, the effort is not a war on drugs, but, rather a war on people; a war of foreign intervention; and a war attacking the fundamental principles of liberty as embodied in the Bill of Rights. War is the lifeblood of the state. War provides for the expansion and concentration of power in a central authority, and a corresponding diminution of the individual’s power or sovereignty over his own being. The war spirit identifies dissent with treason, the pursuit of private happiness with slackerism and sabotage, and on the other side, obedience with discipline, and conformity with patriotism. Thus war removes from the individual any moral ground as well as any lawful ground on which he might resist the execution of the official plan. President Bush’s war is the more repugnant since it targets the very rights that our government was initiated to protect.

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