RENAME JULY 4th ~ Letter to the Editor by Robert G. Reagan

RENAME JULY 4th  ~ Letter to the Editor by Robert G. Reagan

Murphys, CA…They should rename July 4th and call it Interdependence Day because too many people think they can do whatever they want on Independence Day with little regard for the health of their families and fellow citizens. On this July 4th a group of flag waving “patriots” marched down Main St. in Murphys, with not […]

Could Social Media Destroy the World? ~ John Hamilton

Could Social Media Destroy the World? ~ John Hamilton

Arnold, CA…I have had a gnawing fear the last year that social media with all its benefits of instant gratification and at least the appearance of connectedness has a potentially catastrophic flaw. It has the ability to inspire mob like behavior almost instantly. Everything looks simple in a gif or a meme. Snippets of entire […]

Can Small Towns & Communities Save America? ~ John Hamilton

Can Small Towns & Communities Save America? ~ John Hamilton

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. The things that ostensibly were designed to […]

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

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

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. Most would agree that the essence of ethics and morality is to keep your word and respect the rights […]

Proposition 13 Has Helped Generations of Property Owners ~ Al Segala

Proposition 13 Has Helped Generations of Property Owners ~ Al Segala

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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

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

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. The black market is created […]

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

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

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 […]

Will Our Kids Be Free? – Al Segalla

Will Our Kids Be Free? – Al Segalla

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. Our founding fathers possessed an incredible amount […]

In Two Generations Will Race Still Matter? ~ John Hamilton

In Two Generations Will Race Still Matter? ~ John Hamilton

Arnold, CA…No, it is not a rhetorical question. Right now it seems everything is racial and tensions are high with no end in sight. Politically it hasn’t been this racially charged since the 1960s. The horrific events recently from Gilroy to El Paso & Dayton have most of us looking internally more than a little. […]

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

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

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 […]

The Sky’s Not Falling By Congressman Tom McClintock

The Sky’s Not Falling By Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC…Abraham Lincoln told the story of boarding with the family of a Presbyterian minister on the night of the greatest meteor shower ever recorded in North America. He was awakened by the minister who shouted, “Arise Abraham, for the heavens are falling and the day of judgment has arrived.” But Lincoln noticed that despite […]

Why Our Border Matters By Congressman Tom McClintock

Why Our Border Matters  By Congressman Tom McClintock

Washington, DC…Every nation has a natural right and responsibility to determine who is admitted to its borders. This is what defines a country and ultimately determines whether its culture, values and institutions will endure. The unique qualities that develop within each country’s borders naturally make some more desirable places to live than others. These differences […]

This is Ron Glass and Family, and we own Abbott’s Snow Removal.

This is Ron Glass and Family, and we own Abbott’s Snow Removal.

Dorrington, CA…This is to reassure our customers, new and old that Abbott’s Snow Removal is ready for this 2018-19 snow season! It has come to our attention that people in Dorrington/Camp Connell have been getting phone calls from someone falsely representing our business stating that we are no longer offering services to our customers and […]

Dear Mr. President Please Help Us Value People Over Fish ~ By Supervisor Dennis Mills

Dear Mr. President Please Help Us Value People Over Fish ~ By Supervisor Dennis Mills

Angels Camp, CA…The Following letter has been sent to the President by Calaveras County Supervisor Dennis Mills. Dear Mr. President: I am writing to you on behalf of thousands of California citizens, farmers, business leaders, local and state elected officials, and even conservationists who are strongly opposed to a plan by the California State Water […]

Property Rights & Abuse Concerns about Chapter 8.06 Proposed Rewrite Tuesday ~ By Colleen Platt

Property Rights & Abuse Concerns about Chapter 8.06 Proposed Rewrite Tuesday ~ By Colleen Platt

San Andreas, CA…Dear Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, Please seriously consider & question the proposed rewrite of county code Chapter 8.06 ‘Property Maintenance & Code Enforcement’, to be heard at your Board Meeting Tuesday. It sets off too many red flags. The public is legitimately upset & fearful about the expanded code enforcement powers, possibility […]

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