CamScanner 06-22-2020 10.16.19

Time for mask enforcement

To Jackson Mayor Robert Stimpson:

As you may recall from an earlier exchange of emails, I’m a 73-year-old Type 1 Diabetic and I’m currently on a Leave of Absence from Taco Bell, where I normally work 40 hours a week as a cashier. I’m writing you in hopes that the Jackson City Council will back up Governor Newsom’s mask order with proper enforcement which he has so far declined to do.

I’m mostly staying home on the recommendation of my doctor, but I still venture out a couple of times a week to pick up prescriptions, groceries and other essentials that I can’t easily have delivered from Amazon. And, I’m disturbed by what I see as lack of enforcement of the Governor’s order.

My shopping is pretty much limited to Cost-Less, Walmart and Ace Hardware and as of today I’m seeing quite a number of shoppers who are refusing to comply with California state law, which requires most people leaving their homes to wear masks. Compliance was pretty good the first couple of days after the Governor issued the new mask order, but has gone downhill rapidly since then.

When I was in Walmart today I asked them why so many customers were not wearing masks and I was told that they aren’t demanding it because the Christopher Mynderup, Jackson Chief of Police is refusing to enforce the law so they can’t do anything about the situation.

You must know that the COVID-19 case count here in Amador County has gone up by seven since Friday of last week. The total now stands at 33, but I expect it will be pushing 40 by the end of the week and meanwhile the Jackson Chief of Police refuses to back up local merchants by enforcing state law.

As I mentioned at the top of this email, I’m currently on Leave of Absence from Taco Bell, but I’d really like to go back to work at some point and the way things are going is really bad news for me and other members of my cohort here in Jackson. The $600 per week I’m receiving from the Federal government along with my California Unemployment Insurance will be going away before the end of the month and it will become harder and harder to make ends meet going forward. I’ve had numerous conversations with other residents here at Rollingwood Mobile Home Park and without exception everyone has been unhappy with the way our local government is handling the pandemic. It seems like elected leaders and local authorities are failing to act appropriately to protect the citizens of Jackson and Amador County.

I feel less and less safe living here with every day I leave my home to pick up a prescription or groceries because local officials are failing to do their jobs. I’ll close by asking what you and the Jackson City Council are going to do to correct the lack of enforcement of mask wearing here in the City of Jackson?

Robert Montgomery


Mace Meadows deserves praise

I would like to thank the Ledger Dispatch newspaper. (The June 26, 2020) article about Mace Meadows golf course was superb. Mr. Jack Mitchell wrote a fantastic composition on Kirk Wallace and the course (Mace Meadow). Jack also touched on the great restaurant. I thank the owners of Mace Meadows and their great staff. Job well done. Thank You Mr. Jack Mitchell. Thanks again Ledger Dispatch.

Ted Novelli


Distancing at Sutter Creek Farmer’s Market

On this past Saturday, I attempted to visit and buy produce and other items from Sutter Creek Farmer’s Market, as I have in the past 15 or more years. As I entered the front, right off the curb, I was impressed with a vendor … talked a few minutes and told them I just arrived and will be back to intentionally buy their product.

I noticed many cars all around on both sides of Main Street and across the street and all around the post office with many, many people walking inside with the vendors. I mean, it was jam-packed with people … and outside in the fresh air, not in an enclosed building. As I was pointed to the entrance, I was asked to wear a mask. I said “I do not wear masks because of a medical reason.” This person said, very firmly and very discourteously, that I “cannot enter the Farmer’s Market.” So, I walked over to the first vendor near the curb, where I attempted to come in to purchase. This person came over to me again, as she accidentally tipped my elbow. I said, “don’t you touch me.” She said, “you cannot buy, because this vendor is part of the Farmer’s Market.” She also said, “I will call the Sheriff.” I said, “go ahead, call the Sheriff.”

At this point, another couple from Plymouth walked up without masks. I told them about my encounter, so we walked toward the post office together. They were also very disappointed.

Now, I purposely went over to the same Sutter Creek parking lot the next day, Sunday, to measure the small area with so many vendors and people crammed in. Here are the approximate dimensions of that parking lot: Front to back, 108 feet and only 70 feet wide with booths in the middle of the 70-foot width and booths on each side of the middle booths … with lots of people walking in front of each booth. How can distancing have been created?

One more thought. Does anyone remember the H1N1 Swine Flu breakout, when 60 million people were sick in the United States during the last administration and no masks were called for?

With restaurants, hair salons, barber shops and other businesses closed down for months, what would be the reasoning behind an outside Farmer’s Market to require a mask? This Farmer’s Market needs a larger location to comply with all requirements.

What is our freedom and our world coming to?

Georgia Fox

Sutter Creek

Respect to our fallen heroes

I have reached the point where I can no longer stay silent, so I’m reaching out to you to hopefully be heard. I am a Vietnam combat Veteran and a member of the American Legion. I just read that the Mayor of Sacramento, who I will not give any recognition by saying his name, is calling on city leaders to repeal an ordinance that requires people to stand during the National Anthem, which has been in place for 93 years. Is he doing this to silently calm all those that have come up with their own definition to the reason why we stand and uncover?

We all might have our definition to the reason why we stand and uncover during the National Anthem. For as long as I can remember, I was told that this was time to show honor and respect and give thanks for those who gave their lives so that we might have the freedom of choice and I say again this is the time. Yes, I understand the wrong and prejudice going on in today’s world, but to kneel or sit during our National Anthem to protest should be a separate agenda and that is the point I’m trying to bring.

How can city leaders have the right to take away something that was put in place by the Veterans of Foreign Wars 93 years ago? Where is our right? We Veterans are the ones who fought for this country and for the flag of the United States of America; don’t we have a voice? We are slowly taking away the true meaning of the National Anthem, which is respect to our military and fallen heroes. Why else would the Veterans of Foreign Wars have proposed this ordinance.

Albert “Poncho” Villa


‘Promote the general welfare’ by wearing a mask

I find it quite interesting that those people who refuse to wear a mask during this COVID-19 pandemic continue to cite the Constitution as their reasoning: “I’m free to do what I want,” seems to be their mantra.

I’ve looked over the Constitution of the United States to see if I can find where it allows one to do whatever he or she wants. I could not find the passage. Then I realized that these people were not quoting the Constitution; they had made an error. They were quoting the Declaration of Independence, the passage that includes, “… Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.” So, I set out to find out what that really meant.

First, and foremost, it does not give one the right to “do whatever they want” because they are free to do so. The complete beginning of the entire passage reads, “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 …” going on to say what should be done to secure these rights.

Remember, that is not part of the Constitution. It is not the law. The Preamble of the Constitution sets the limits. It states, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

It does not say a person has the right to do what he/she wants. However, it does say that one of the purposes of the Constitution is to establish laws to protect each other from other’s stupidity. That is, we can establish laws to “promote the general Welfare.”

In these days of coping with COVID-19, that includes setting limits on individual choices to protect the general welfare of the entire body of citizens. If that means social distancing and wearing masks, then that is what law-abiding citizens ought to do. Why?

Simple. Your choice of not wearing a mask or social distancing interferes with my and others’ right to life and general welfare. Your choice of not wearing a mask or social distancing protects others from you possibly infecting them because you have chosen not to wear a mask or socially distance yourself.

Go ahead, defy the Constitution, break the law, become the spreader of disease. But don’t call yourself a good American Citizen, wrapping yourself in the American flag. Good American citizens abide by what is necessary to meet the provisions of the Constitution of the United States of America: “promote the general welfare,” – our individual and collective welfare – by not spreading the virus.

Nicholas Ragusano