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Cooperstown Quarry project deserves approval

    To say the least, the proposed Cooperstown Quarry is an unusual project.
    It’s big: The 135-acre west county open-pit operation would by the end of the century turn out 56 million tons of rock in a 24/7 operation that will include blasting, heavy equipment and Sierra Railroad trains to haul out the aggregate.
    Yet Jack and Tricia Gardella’s project enjoys almost universal support in Tuolumne County. It has been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority, the County Business Council, the Me-Wuk Tribe, the Building Industry Association and the County Planning Commission.

Rise in county’s opiate drug use is alarming

    When the older among us were growing up, the mere mention of heroin would have our blood running cold.
    It was the most addictive and most dangerous of the wide spectrum of drugs that began permeating our culture in the 1960s.
    But it wasn’t the province of hippies, college students or those searching for spiritual enligtenment. Heroin addicts were instead inner-city derelicts whose minds and bodies were being eaten alive by a drug pushed in the darkest corners of society.
    On the other hand, we didn’t worry much about heroin. It wasn’t in better parts of cities, it wasn’t in suburbs and it certainly wasn’t in the Mother Lode.
    Until now.

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