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Correspondence from the President of OAU


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 By Rick

12/02/2009  4:50PM

Passion, you know!

Let's all chime in here and figure out how to get this message spread.

This has to be one of the unique times in GOLD RUSH history when a real true find is ignored !!! Go figure....
 By Rick

11/30/2009  7:45PM

Mike, our mission is to get this essay of yours seen every where else besides this home site.

There are hundreds of thousands of ongoing blogs in which an assortment and multiples of gold-finding opportunities are discussed.

This one is real. Copy and paste your last entry into them all. Get on it.
 By Michael Miller

11/28/2009  1:46PM

Dear Reader,

Money seems to be scarce. With the trillions presumably released into the market by our government, I wonder where did it go? Who has it? What are the receivers doing with it? Why is money scarce?

I say this because even with all the writing about the future of gold, the impact of debt, the shifting in how others see the dollar, no one is calling to visit this old established gold mine, which continues to operate in a maintenance mode in one of a handful of secure countries. Our properties produced over two million ounces of gold. Geologist calculate that an equal amount or more remains in the ground.

My belief after conversations with people who claim to believe in gold’s value and claim to have money in lackluster storage positions is that the fear of uncertainty has overtaken the ability to calculate risk and reward. Therefore, the market place for taking a chance on gold is quite narrow.

If there ever was a moment in time where the American government and its people should encourage the gold extraction industry in its country, that moment has arrived. Oil people could say the same about their natural resource as well. Sigh, where have all the business adventurers and buccaneers gone?

Someone suggested that we call for a summit meeting in Alleghany. It is a good idea and every person attending can pitch in while we work our company out of the current doldrums. For those of you who have walked in the mine, seen the incredible quartz and gold it produces and understands our holdings, you know the following is true: the best is yet to come from the Sixteen to One.
 By Michael Miller

10/12/2009  12:53PM

October 12, 2009

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director
International Monetary Fund
700 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

Dear Mr. Strauss-Kahn,

Your leadership has realized many favorable results recently. With the power of a funding “kitty” approaching one trillion dollars, I seek your financial support on behalf of Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc. The world may think that such a rich place as California has unlimited options for sources of money. Financial leaders may think that a company active in the gold mining industry today has its telephone alive with inquiries for investment. This is not the case and California sorely needs the your help. The example we could establish in California should travel throughout the globe and invigorate billions of monies lying wastefully outside the productive, fundamental pillars of growth and prosperity. Let me explain.

A crisis exists in California, a State that has shined as a beacon of innovation in its politics, economy and social outlook. Sadly, the crisis is so deep rooted that the heretofore lessons California has learned and taught have slipped underground and out of sight. The discovery of gold in 1848 and the subsequent world wide rush to this sparsely inhabited frontier opened the door to average men to prosper by their own hard work and hands. It was not an easy life nor did all the Argonauts secure the wealth they dreamed about. They had a dream, however, and the chance to risk life and security to achieve it. California offered the chance of a better life.

The opportunity to provide the world another chance waits for the necessary economic ingredients to gather again. The missing ingredient is working capital. The global barrier is the current avoidance of risk, taking a chance with ones soul and comforts. The results are the freezing of money, the reduction of expanding wealth via meaningful production, the dissemination of the wealth to all parties (blue collar workers, white collar leaders and multi-collar investors) coupled with fear and greed. This does not make for a happy world. The IMF can make a difference.

The IMF may be the lender of last resort. The United States Department of Agriculture (rural development section) has one billion dollars available in our area to guarantee bank loans. Its stated purpose is to create jobs so money reaches grass roots of society and spreads as the workers buy new shoes for the kids, a yummy dinner at the local restaurant or safe tires for their cars. The key to beating the current malaise is: what is the nature and value of the workers production. Talks with three small banks, two mid sized banks, one credit union and the giant Wells Fargo Bank failed to find a lender even with collateral and guarantees to secure their risk.

Why should the IMF help out a small company in California? Not only will your loan be repaid in full, the results of the use of proceeds will energize the marketplace for private risk capital. The world needs a shift in investment philosophy. My beliefs are grounded in forty-four years of business as an employer, a university degree in social sciences from the University of California and a practitioner of risk/reward. Also I have been an intimate participant in gold mining since 1974. Should you or your designee take an interest, I am prepared to go into specifics about our plans.

Gold is gaining attention as the exchange value of one ounce into US dollars makes it more valuable. Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc is the oldest gold mining company incorporated in the United States (California in 1911). It operates today but is severely handicapped due to its inability to develop new tunnels into unmined areas of its claims. The mines’ hundreds plus history and geology give credence to our expectations of returning to a most profitable operation. California has a two hundred mile long gold deposit that is silent. Its reactivation (with contemporary environmental knowledge) will reenergize this important economy and perhaps awaken America to the reality that domestic production is beneficial to everyone. Gold production adds tangible wealth to the world.

I have been a student of the humanitarian efforts of the IMF and other international organizations. Much of the funding goes to the poorest nations. These organizations need the resources from other nations so they can share working capital with the poorest. California has gold. It is a rich land. Its gold is nature’s gift to the world. It rests under the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. California’s resources will help others throughout the world as the workers and capital join to give them to the people. We can and will be successful in doing just that. The Company will repay its loan with gold bullion recorded at a value eight percent below the spot price.

Sincerely yours,
Michael M. Miller, president
Cc: Barry Eichengreen,
University of California, Berkeley

John G. Strumph, president
Wells Fargo Bank
 By Michael Miller

08/31/2009  11:54AM

August 31, 2009

Dear Mr. Jeff Nichols,
Did you author a gold news release from the US government in the late 1970’s or 1980’s? I saw an article today with your name and association with the APMA in New York. Back in those good old days gold related information from federal agencies that had knowledge of or an interest in gold seemed to issue some straightforward data. I remember a publication that I always enjoyed reading and I think you were its author.

We both probably remember all the hoopla about the central bank sales. Today the gold market is treated as a non-important piece of our economy. I took over a company in 1983, mentioned in the publication referred to above because it is an actual gold producer. After Homestake sold to Barrack, it became the oldest US gold mining corporation and the longest working gold mine in North America.

I write you because of the sales pitch that Doug Casey recently published. He touts huge upsides for the exploration small company on the Toronto Exchange as the investment for the future. Mr. Casey writes, “Keep in mind: I'm not always a gold bull. I always keep in the back of my mind that gold shares aren't heirlooms, they're burning matches. And while I still think this market will see gold's biggest run in history. The good news is that the mania hasn't even begun.” He may be right but there are troubling perspectives of gold mining that haunts the past and is poised to flourish again…hype the foreign exploration stock plays. It troubles me for it sends rare and precious risk or speculative capital to many unworthy people and their projects.

Our country needs the following: blue collar jobs, domestic production of hard assets, revival of our financially strapped rural areas and the creation of new wealth to rebuild. Serious gold production offers all of these plus more. Nevada ‘s gold has provided many young families an improved quality of life and a robust economy. Still self centered and self-professed gatekeepers of the environment target these businesses. In California where the Sixteen to One mine continues to operate, the opposition is ferocious. It emanates from many quarters. What is so odd is that California has the most proven gold deposit with the fewest Goldminers working its mines. I run a Company at the apex of this gold belt and it could use some help.

Might you be interested? I hope so.
Michael M. Miller

Web site:
 By Michael Miller

08/29/2009  4:59PM

To the Mountain Messenger
August 26, 2009

The Sierra /Plumas County fair goers were treated to a sight never before offered…close inspection of the faux gold nugget collection owned by Sierra County. It was the first time the replica nuggets left the County. Lee Adams hosted and protected the collection as well as informed fair goers about its history. It was a major success and brought smiles and questions.

What would the response have been if the real collection were displayed? How about awe and admiration plus a fresh view of the magical history that gold has played in our County? Let’s bring the collection back from its dungy display in a Los Angeles museum

Sierra County purchased the 1000-ounce collection from the C.L. Best estate in 1954 for about $32,000. At today’s spot price its value in just under $1 million. Special specimen pieces bring a price greater than spot. Because of the historical value of the nuggets, collectors or financial entrepreneurs may pay more, even up to twice the melt price.

Sierra County owns the replicas (value unknown), but it is the real nuggets that deserve our attention. Security has been a concern of present and past treasurers and others. The gold was kept in the vault at the Bank of America in Loyalton for many years until it was moved the old mint in San Francisco. Sheriff Dewey Johnson used to throw it into the trunk of his car and haul it to various fairs. Those were the days when gold was valued at $35 an ounce.

Around 1987, the gold moved to Los Angeles. Security tools have increased in efficiency from those good -old-days. The real gold collection will do wonders to the economy of our county in both tourism and raising some cash for the supervisors to budget. Faux gold in Downieville just doesn’t sound right. From my experience at the recent fair, this collection will become a treasure for the County and a thrill for people through northern California. Let’s bring it back!

Michael Miller
Alleghany Mining District
 By Dave I.

08/10/2009  3:33AM

Forgive me, but I should not be reading these wonderful words of wisdom. I do share your concerns about our rights. Recently, the governor signed Stop dredging bill SB670. To immediately stop dredging, all permits are now void. This we can thank Senator Patricia Wiggins for her author ship.
I am researching and do plan to submit a request to the California Secretary of State for authorization to circulate a recall petition. I have requested the California Republican Party for help in this matter. If you agree or disagree it would be interesting to see your thoughts on this forum.
 By Rockroby

08/08/2009  9:26AM

Going up to Sacramento on the 28th going to print out some of these post and leave them laying around in places,also thinking about getting a sign Protect California's mining heritage Save the Sixteen to One,
Sierra Club must be stopped.
Any ideas,maybe you can organize a whole bunch of out of work gold miners to meet in one spot all with signs.
The worm has turned
 By bluejay

08/07/2009  9:17PM

Where is the history of gold more alive than in California? If resistance against the Dollar for gold takes place, where is it more likely to come from first? It won't be coming from the east, it'll be coming from the western states. More than likely, California will rise again to the forefront in prefering gold. As gold is the most authentic competitor to depreciating paper bills.

It's common knowledge within the gold group that with all the trillions of new dollars that the government and the Fed are creating that it will eventually ruin our money and with it, so too, will our store of value in it.

Throughout history when governments have lost control over their money, as a result of their incessantly expanding debt burdens with the results of it buying less and less, people turned to gold for a store of value and financial protection.

Governments in the past have forced the people to continue using their near worthless fiat paper money making it unlawful to use gold for exchange purposes and to own.

I view this new law prohibiting dredging as an effort, to some degree, in keeping gold out of the public's hands as it is becoming more expensive to buy. I don't believe it's California requesting this ban all by themselves but indirectly from the Treasury and the Fed. You might believe I'm a little paranoid but how about the government? If the public loses confidence in the money then the politico's days will be most certainly limited until they all are replaced on a massive scale. Remember Iceland?

You see, it's not only that government is elected to serve us but their positions, for the most part, enable them to control us for their own selfish needs and for the ultimate benfit of the power elite.

We have to accept that California will have to take loans out from the Federal governemnt just to survive, sooner or later. The government in Sacramento just can't stop handing it out to balance their budget because if they did, the State would implode with social unrest just from the loss of more jobs and the continuing stress being imposed on the poor. Remember, when people have lost everything it is these same folks who begin to think about taking back their government by whatever means possible when hope no longer has significance to them.

Everyone should support and contribute to GATA in their quest to assist us in preserving our right to know the truth concerning gold and our right to own it.
 By Rick

08/07/2009  8:37PM

Okay, he signed it, in violation of Federal statute. This challenge to the validity of Federal vs State right's is a gotcha moment:

How do we protest a State's proclimation in the name of Federal law, while maintaining our state's jurisdiction and sovereinty while citing Federal Law?

Simple. We cite intent.

 By Michael Miller

08/07/2009  2:46PM

Rural cleansing and the transfer of American rights in California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento CA 95814 August 7, 2009

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

The local newspaper publisher and editor just phoned me asking what I thought about our governor signing into law the ban on all dredging in California. I replied that he probably would not sign it because the legislature cannot preempt federal law. He said, “Wrong, he just announced that he signed it.” I’m shocked. If you have some time for reconsidering, please get your staff to do some detailed research.

I dredged years ago (1976 to 1981) in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains. I started when the California Department of Fish and Game was the responsible agency to monitor and protect wild life (fish). The men and women were well educated and trained to perform these important public benefits. I still live in the Sierra and see the creeks and streams daily. Fish and Game has been compromised in conducting its mandates.

As summer progresses those deep water holes in the intermittent watercourses (dredging) provide a safe habitat for fish insects and other aquatic life. If anyone told you that public welfare or fish well-being is compromised by turning over the underwater aggregate, they are wrong. The Fish and Game scientists put zone categories on the waterways to prevent dredging during spawning time. If anyone told you that recreational dredging significantly altered the stream gravel or banks, they are ignorant of not only the facts about dredging and the effects of winter in the mountains. I have stood by the banks of a raging river during winter and listened to boulders the size of a hummer rolling downstream unabated. A dredge is like a whisper in a hurricane.

Dredging is lots of fun, very educational and is a family activity. It is also ecologically sound. Native Californians familiar with the gold bearing waterways in our State see gold miners, both recreational and professional as extensions of our culture and heritage. For those reasons alone I ask you to reconsider what you have done by signing a very unlawful, un-American and certainly an “unCalifornian” piece of political legislation.

The positions stated above are readily provable. Come on up to the California gold country and see for yourself. California is deeply in financial trouble. Gold creates new wealth, increases the GDP and spreads money around the rural communities. The cities will eventually learn that not much of value is produced inside its limits. The nation will soon learn what it is like when the bulk of our necessary resources must be imported. Dredging for gold in California dates back to its beginning. It is not a big activity. Dredging is symbolic of the free will, pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that makes this state great. You made a mistake with this one. I encourage you to correct it.
Sincerely from a fifth generation Californian
Michael Meister Miller

 By martin newkom

08/04/2009  2:46PM

They (he) won't listen to you.
They State should be allowing
oil drilling along the coast
and a lot of the State's money
woes would go away if they did.
But there are too many naysayers, special interests
and threats of litigation which
hold the state back from the
ultimate of fiscal duties. They
figure that it is easier to lay
and collect taxes than to do
what is in the "Best" interests
of the people.
 By Rick

07/18/2009  7:12PM

Mike send him a new one.

"Mr. Gov.

I and everyone you depend upon are disgusted by your apathy. Fire your team, as we will fire you, not aren't worth the dirt.

Realize how your solution lies within the private sector, who pays your state's bills, and rejects your Bills.

Call off your offensive attack dogs bent upon playing craps with the environmental crowd. Recognize that your political "reality" is an ant-hill compared to the power out of your political control. Go look at any fork of the American River and wonder why boulders the size of busses are round.
 By Michael Miller

07/18/2009  12:18PM

I wrote our governor two months ago and resent the letter below a second time. Have not had a reply. I realize that he is struggling with the problems typical of the moment; however, the tide changes twice daily on California's coast, a predictable natural occurrence more powerful than any politician. So too will the moment's problems change. Change is the one of the few constants society can count on. I still check my post office box for a letter from the Governor.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento CA 95814

May 8, 2009

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

Credibility is an issue, not yours but perhaps our gold mine. We get blamed for a lot of things that are not true. I am President of Original Sixteen to One Mine, located about two hours northeast from Sacramento in Sierra County. The Company is the oldest gold producer in the United States, incorporated in California in 1911. I’ve had the president’s job for twenty-six years. I am looking for your attention. As a personal reference, I offer Bruce McPherson in Santa Cruz. Bruce is a childhood, family friend. You picked a good man for Secretary of State when you chose Bruce. Give him a call. We regret his loss in the last election.

Solutions are my mantra (as it is for many pre-hippy Californians). Consider implementing the following slogan with your executive branch employees: SQUARE. I remind our hard rock underground gold miners to incorporate it into their work ethic. SQUARE. S is for safety; Q is for quality of work; U is for you; A is for “accountability; R is for responsibility; E is for efficiency. Put them all together and it creates or becomes a behavioristic model for success in any workplace.

You are desperately needed right now. I humbly seek some things from you to help the gold mine, the blue-collar workers directly, our depressed rural county and the social and physical fabric of all Californians. Become a statesman during the final years of your term and forget being a political chameleon. Smother the Sacramento “pot-house politicians” (check a large dictionary for the definition) and leave all those in the Senate and Assembly behind. Leave the Judicial Branch alone as well. Until the few scrupulous lawyers raise the bar to expected levels of integrity, honesty and lawfulness, the judicial branch will continue as America’s most despicable arena of outlaws. Tell all of them to, “Become the professionals that once walked the halls of justice. Become a statesmen, like me.” This can be your legacy to Californians, a return to the elected statesman.

The SQUARE in all three State and Federal branches is gone. If you can just fix the Executive Branch, it will set an example and get business humming in California. It will bring jobs to rural California.

Gold miners have encountered many examples of inappropriate behavior from people in the agencies you control. I wish to share with you or your appointee some experiences that others and I encounter in dealing with Sacramento. Let the other public officials make the laws and administer the justices. Your Executive Branch holds the catbird position. As Governor you hold the strongest weapon. As Dirty Harry would say, “Make my day!” Please reinvent the lost art of statesmanship. We need you in the trenches with us.

If you have never travel underground in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountain range, consider accepting my offer to take you inside Mother Earth and see her as never before. See where plate tectonics smash together and bless our continent with one of the richest gold deposits in the world. You can bring your kids. They will love the adventure.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Meister Miller, President

 By Michael Miller

06/07/2009  3:28PM

Welcome Stevew to our comprehensive web of information. Florida is a long way from the gold mines of western America. Every producer has one or more refiners that have serviced its needs over the yeqars. Remember that most gold companies never produce gold. They produce only hope, which won't need refining. But here are some thoughts for you and others with an interest.

Gold is the most fluid medium of exchange other than paper currency. Refiners provide several services to the gold sector: purification of metals and liquidity. By liquidity I mean that once our dore is refined to pure gold and silver, it can be sold into the spot market immediately. Our refiner provides us with a reliable way to sell metal and credit our bank account with currency, which is the primary way we settle accounts. Over the years, however we trade gold for product or services.

During times of precious metal excitement (as now), I get many calls from almost manic people who have buyers for tons of gold. They are misguided novices, who believe that somehow someone with gold to sell must do it at a price below spot. They are wrong!

My recent amazement is how people continue to look at those of us in the gold mining business. We are not a bunch of unsophisticated neophytes or white-collar criminals, touting moose pasture in Canada or third world countries. It is business pure and simple; but for the very few of us that actually mine gold to pay the bills, I’m shouting out: use your business acumen and seek out gold mining opportunities for your investment capital. Why are you looking for wealth as if those already in business (refining) need your fresh and unproven ideas?.

History has proven that many people have lost money in mining. It also shows that some people have made sizeable fortunes in mining. And like any investment the prudent ones are more likely to see their wealth grow. The game of risk/reward for mining requires serious investigation. Since you are new to this web site, I will repeat the three main areas to concentrate upon: Men…Money…Minerals. Put them all together in the gold mining sector of business and fortunes await the risk taker with a keen ability to judge opportunity. Opportunity abounds.

What questions would you ask during a “due diligence” examination of this Company? It may help. Thanks for taking the time to open a new topic. Any participants are appreciated. MMM
 By Michael Miller

02/06/2009  11:39AM

Dear Shareholders and Interested Parties,

The Sixteen to One gold collection is available for purchase as individual pieces and appropriate small groupings. Here are some of the offerings:

1. The Whopper is priced at $1,145,000.
2. The Mini Whopper is priced at $41,750.
3. The trilogy of carved historic animals include, Cal Bear, Golden Eagle and Trout are priced at $310,000.
4. The Gold Sponge is priced at $14,500.
5. The trilogy of carved historic events of western importance include “The Discovery”, “The Rush Part I”, “The Rush Part II” and “Statehood” are priced at $245,000.
6. The epic carved miner, “Saturday Night” is priced at $72,500.
7. The epic carved miners; “Dancers” is priced at $55,500.
8. The six piece jug band includes band miners “Wash-Board”, “Nugget”, “Attitude-Adjustor”, “Banjo-Man”, “Howling-Dog”, and “Jug-Band-Dog” is priced at $125,500.
9. The spiritual carved “Phoenix” is priced at $65,000.
10. The universal “Matterhorn” is priced at $25,700.

The complete one hundred piece collection is priced at $3,500,000. The above nineteen pieces are priced at $2,099,450. Please call for additional information and prices not listed.
 By Michael Miller

01/20/2009  4:12PM

On this great day for a change in American politics, both parties called for transparency within the halls and agencies of government. I take that means governments shall become easy to see through or understand. Guile be gone! Lets all help our new President and brighten the light shining on our State agencies in Sacramento: water agencies, air agencies, insurance agencies, lawyering agencies and the agency created decades age to support mining and the exploitation of California’s resources of minerals to the benefit of the Public, the State Mining and Geology Board.

SMRA is an act passed in1975 in Sacramento known as Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. It was necessary to protect others from the selfish manner some surface mine owners were treating their tailings. Like so much of government, it gradually expanded where it is at of control. It is no longer transparent in its meaning and application.

For the mine, which predates the Act by over 100 years, it never met the requirements and therefore is exempt. I hope this bullying will review in a transparent manner with whoever struck us down. I support our new president in his quest to change our collective governments. It is long overdue. Correspondence follows.

January 20, 2009
State Mining and Geology Board
Department of Conservation
801 K Street Suite 2015
Sacramento, Ca 95814

RE: Response to cancellation of Administration Appeal of the Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc., (CA Mine ID # 91-46-0003)

Dear Mr Testa,

Now I know why you did not return my phone calls during the weeks of January 5, 2009 and January 12, 2009. Are you embarrassed because someone placed you in the position of dishonesty, perjury, (should you testify under oath) and on a strictly personal level, compromised your fundamental professional beliefs?

I refer to you letter dated January 15, 2009, which I received January 16, 2009, when you notified Original Sixteen to One Mine, Inc that its petition was denied due to an inadequacy of its filing. What gives? Who tweaked your chain? In this new era of governmental transparency, please become a forthright player.

Please refer to your letter dated October 29,2008, paragraph two, which states, “The petition for appeal was filed in a timely manner and is accepted by the SMGB.” You also confirmed the adequacy of the petition with me by phone. From the two times we spoke over the telephone, my impressions were of talking with a real geologist or person interested in and aware of the long history of the Mines and Geology public programs. You offered your assistance and I relied on it.

You also offered me an invitation to contact you at the close of the January 15, 2009 letter. I called immediately and was told you were working from home. Well, I contacted you and I do have lots of questions. Please respect my professional need to hear from you.

“The alleged fees do not reflect the situation or status of the Company’s properties. The fees conflict with the intent of the legislative acts that are cited as authority for levying such fees. This request is being sent in a timely fashion and the
reasons listed above are not the only reasons why the alleged fees are not applicable.” was the language in my October 20,2008 response to the agency’s notification of a problem (October 6, 2008). You acknowledged that the filing was adequate. You said to expand the Company’s position in writing prior to the meeting, which is why I called you January 5, 2009.

A reading of SMRA PRC Article 2 Section 2735 clearly documents that Original Sixteen to One Mine is exempt from its conditions. The mine is not a surface mine. It is an underground mine. The mine does not remove overburden. There is inadequate surface work incident to an underground mine for it to comply. Public Resource Code (PRC) 27149D) states: extraction of minerals for commercial purposes less than 1000 cubic yards in any one-acre. The mine extracts zero yards.

The Sixteen to One mine is exempt. I suggest you cancel the denial and reschedule the item on the calendar for the February meeting or the next meeting if it is now too late to supply the Board with additional information.

Very truly yours, on behalf of a California icon in the mines and geology world,
Michael M. Miller, president
 By Michael Miller

12/13/2008  12:32PM

Checking account balances throughout banks in the USA are rapidly increasing as the world wide economic adjustment completes its course. People are not spending. Investment capital sits in low earning accounts also, growing but likely not beating inflation. The various parties interested in our mine zipped their wallets but I doubt their true belief that inflation will reduce the buying power of a dollar, that holding onto cash is not the best plan and that some areas will significantly our perform most others. When their fear subsides they will look again for cash placements.

Of all the events that are affecting the business climate, the ultimate just may be politics. With this in mind please decide which former American president wrote the following.

"When the chips were down, when America’s future was on the line and I needed support for the really tough decisions, I seldom got it from corporate chairmen or university presidents. I did get it from labor leaders, from smaller businessmen, from ‘middle America’. They had the strong heart, the solid will, the guts that saved America before and will save it again.

As I have watched the unfolding of world events over these years, it has become clear to me that the one factor most crucial to the strength and cohesion of the West, and to the chances for peace, is the leadership provided by the President of the United States. The president has great power in wartime as Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces, but he also has enormous power to prevent war and preserve peace. Having had both responsibilities, I know that the latter can be even more important than the former. It can also be more difficult to exercise effectively, especially in this era of a “war called peace”.

Having laid down these rules, I would also suggest the President keep in his desk drawer, in mind but out of sight, an eleventh commandment: When saying “always” and “never”, always keep a mental reservation; never foreclose the unique expectations; always leave room to maneuver. A president always has to be prepared for the thought he would never do."

I look forward to the start of a new year. Someone will grasp the value of our gold holdings and the simple plans we have to exploite the resource.
 By martin newkom

11/18/2008  11:46AM

My grandparents told me about
the Alleghaney mines for years
particularly the 16-1 and the
Tightner, though at one time
they were involved with the
Eldorado, which they leased
from H.L. Johnson. They owned
the store and did well there
but not well at the Eldorado.
 By Michael Miller

11/18/2008  10:51AM

The decision was made last spring to sell our gold collection to settle debt and provide working capital to mine more gold. It is the preferred choice over others. I mailed over 100 copies of the August 7, 2008 local newspaper to newspapers throughout the United States. The letter is below. Sadly, there was no curiosity. Well, that changed this morning. Perhaps next week a major California newspaper will have a story for you to read. Perhaps that right person will learn that an historic one-of-a-kind natural and human enhanced cornucopia of “art” is on the market for the first time.

August 13, 2008

Dear Editor,

The Mountain Messenger published the enclosed newspaper last week for reasons that should be of interest throughout the United States. Don Russell, owner and editor, wrote the copy with my help for factual content. All involved are surprised at the quality of the color separation and the results on newsprint. I hope you will feel the same.

I took sending you this small paper for your review and consideration to reprint some or all of these articles and photographs and perhaps assign a reporter for additional information. Gold is a topic that interests many people and the history of the Sixteen to One mine has a proven track record of interest. Its web site is; phone number is (530) 287-3223; e-mail is

Don Russell is somewhat laid back; however he approves the idea of other papers covering this front page story, so give him a call or write him at the addresses inside the front page. I also think that readers will enjoy reading something fresh about the doing in the remote West. We do more out here than grow grapes and medicinal herbs for a living.

On a very personal note, I got involved with this wonderful gold mine and oldest American gold mining company thirty four years ago. It still fascinates me for it present, past and future. America needs domestic productivity and it needs to cherish and support its blue collar economy. Gold settles the west and the development from that adventure helped make this vast country united under one government and language. Its all in the history that most have yet to read.

Sincerely yours,

Michael M. Miller, President

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