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In a Post Trump World Could Libertarians Actually Win? ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/11/2021 06:42 AM
Arnold, CA...After a week where watching the news from Washington made Americans physically ill it made me wonder what could actually be the next and safest path to unite the most Americans in a post Trump world? According to many statistics if old school liberal Democrats, Libertarian leaning Republicans and actual Libertarians ever actually joined forces it would easily make the largest voting block in the nation.

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Can Local News Help Save The Country? ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/06/2021 02:35 PM
Arnold, CA...Local News is is not Democrat or Republican it is local and national news through a local lens. Local News is also the last place we all meet. We believe it is valuable now more than ever. We all want our friends and neighbors to succeed. We All care about our local businesses, schools, health care, traffic, weather, road conditions, government and events. These are our daily lives and not political statements, positions or algorithms.

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Traffic Stop Yields Arrest for Stolen Property

Posted by: thepinetree on 12/23/2020 12:08 PM
Mountain Ranch, CA...On December 16, 2020, Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Off-Highway Vehicle Enforcement Deputy was patrolling Ponderosa Road in Mountain Ranch. While patrolling, the deputy observed a person operating an all-terrain vehicle on Ponderosa Road while its driver was not wearing a helmet. The deputy also noticed there was no visible registration placard on the all-terrain vehicle.

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In Defense of Gavin Newsom By Congressman Tom McClintock

Posted by: thepinetree on 11/24/2020 09:39 PM
Washington, DC...Governor Gavin Newsom has come under blistering attack for partying at one of the few restaurants he has not yet forced out of business, defying his own idiotic Covid edicts. He should be praised. He was doing what we all used to do in a free society: make our own decisions over what risks we are willing to run and what precautions we are willing to take according to our own circumstances to protect our own health.

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Roger Williams, Rhode Island's & My Father's Favorite Founding Father ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/06/2020 02:09 PM
Arnold, CA...Looking back I guess I had a bit of a different childhood. My father was a public school teacher and old school farmer. We had a dairy until I was in elementary school and then transitioned to beef cattle. I grew up on 70 acres at the edge of the foothills outside of Denair, CA. He loved teaching, public education and seeing the light bulbs in young minds turn on when they realized they could not only learn but excel.

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

Posted by: thepinetree on 07/05/2020 11:41 AM
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 a face mask in sight.

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Breaking News....80% of us Agree on 80% of the Issues, 80% of the Time. ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/23/2020 10:35 AM
Arnold, CA...Most of you are familiar with the 80/20 rule in economics espoused by Vilfredo Pareto. What is profound is that in the decades since his death it has been found that the 80/20 rule to be accurate in almost all areas. Take any subject even the taboo ones such as abortion, race & social issues it is an almost statistical certainty that 80% of us will agree on what good policy looks like.

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Could Social Media Destroy the World? ~ John Hamilton

Posted by: thepinetree on 06/11/2020 12:21 PM
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 speeches or events can be made to confirm bias left or right. In our algorithm driven world each of our biases are fed with an ever increasing stream of bias confirming content. This works fine for shopping for a new TV. It is fatal for societies.

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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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