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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Letters to the Editor

Prohibited research

EDITOR: Larry Weitzman was at his polemic best while ranting about a Harvard University student stating in an article in the Harvard Crimson that a standard of “academic justice” should be applied to research promoting or justifying oppression to ensure that such research does not continue (Mountain Democrat, April 7). This is neither a liberal […]

Altshuler framing

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler’s “Things I have learned” column on April 2, 2014 starts with 10 pedantic paragraphs about psychological framing cleverly designed to make a series of false claims seem credible. Among many specious claims consider that the “trillions of dollars” of Bush debt and the “trillion-dollar Clinton surplus” never happened. Measured in 2009 dollars, […]

Is Ukraine in Asia, Europe or Latin America?

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat recently published an editorial advocating military action in Ukraine, as did John Bolton, William Kristol, Dick Cheney and other chicken hawks. This week, the Washington Post published a poll indicating that only 1 in 6 Americans can locate Ukraine and that the more geographically-challenged the person is, the more he/she favors […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 8 Replies

Vote for Parlin

EDITOR: I have been debating on what to write in this letter for a month. The last letter to the editor I wrote was back in 2006 when the school district wanted to change the school boundaries. Some things just get me going. I guess about every eight years, it seems. Everything has basically been […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

County and ‘Miwoks’ getting together

EDITOR: There was an article in the paper a while back. It said that Superior Court and the group of people claiming to be the real Shingle Springs Miwoks are going to be working together to deal with native families when kids are involved. This group of people have not even proven that they are […]

Give Where You Live

EDITOR: There has been a lot of talk about the homeless population of El Dorado County in recent months. The discussion ranges from “how to help” to “what to do” to “who is responsible…” So here is something that you may not know. Since 2005, United Outreach, a non-profit organization, founded to respond to the […]

National Day of Prayer

EDITOR: National Day of Prayer is an annual American observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by Congress when people are encouraged “to turn to God in prayer.” Thursday, May 1 is the 63nd NDP. As usual, there will be two different county-wide Prayer Services in Placerville. Both are free, the public is […]


EDITOR: I am happy to know that the powers that be in El Dorado County have raised the bar of attention with regard to fire protection, most especially in our more rural communities. CEDAPP, together with the support of many fire experts, has put together a campaign designed not just for the protection of property, […]

Smoke gets in your eyes (and nose)

EDITOR: What is it about country living that turns so many people into fire builders? It’s a rare spring day when I can leave my windows open. Invariably, the smell of smoke starts wafting in from someone’s bonfire. El Dorado Disposal service is terrific about giving out extra green cans and making extra bagged green […]

April 15, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 8 Replies

Supervisor responds to Small Farm rate issue

EDITOR: This letter to the people of El Dorado County is in response to an article I read in the Mountain Democrat on April 9. My family for five generations has worked hard in the ag industry. I have worked with hundreds of small farmers helping them fulfill their dreams of being farmers. Most small […]


EDITOR: Village Life’s coverage of last week’s town hall meeting reflects the reasons why I resigned from EDH APAC this week. APAC and the county have demonstrated ignorance, prejudice and denial of factual reality that can easily be checked by anyone. One point is that the Mather Master Plan reduces the airport’s cargo capacity, with […]

District 4 candidate

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to warn voters in District 4 of the mistake they would be making by voting for Scott McNeil to be their supervisor. I have watched this man for three-plus years as a board member of the Cameron Park Community Services District and he has been a complete disaster, not […]

Ray Nutting’s donation for DA

EDITOR: I wonder if the people who donated money for Ray Nutting legal help feel stupid? Here Ray has made a cry for help with his legal and financial burden and yet he can write a $999 check to a DA candidate who was obviously brought in from another county to run against the evil […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 3 Replies

A true ‘People’s Choice’

EDITOR: Wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air to face the supervisorial race knowing what each candidate stands for, and not have to read between the lines? Voters should know definitively which candidates support the proposed initiatives. I know that Penn and Parlin both back the various local initiatives to limit growth. I also […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 2 Replies

Tell the truth, don’t confuse voters

EDITOR: Voters for Local Control just ran a one-page ad in the Mountain Democrat, claiming that the three petitions (green, yellow and purple) will give the state control over what happens in El Dorado County. Evidently, whoever those “voters” are either did not read the measures or chose to outright lie about their content. They […]

Parents, be afraid letter

EDITOR: I seldom react to letters to the editor. We all have the right to an opinion. However the subject letter of “Parents, be afraid” caused me some real concern because I do not believe that it accurately reflects reality. First, Indiana has been caught up in a political battle over Common Core Standards that […]

April 10, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 3 Replies

Local petitions circulating

EDITOR: I am writing to you in hope that you will publish my letter and help to clarify the confusion for local voters in regard to the local petitions circulating in El Dorado County. Several local grassroots groups of concerned citizens have come together and researched the topics important to our county and developed “four […]

EID’s $49 small farm rate

EDITOR: EID’s $49 per acre-foot small farm water rate has barely increased since 2008 while residential rates have sky-rocketed to $829 per acre-foot. In 2009, EID reduced the small farm rate 37 percent. In 2012, EID reduced the small farm rate another 15 percent more. EID’s two major small farm rate reductions in 2009 and […]

It is easy to be anonymous

EDITOR: When a person requests for a letter to the editor be printed in the Mountain Democrat, the person’s name is printed along with the letter. I believe this is a good policy. But unfortunately, when the same letter is posted on the Mountain Democrat Website, the anonymous comments come out. Usually many of the […]

Ukranian situation

EDITOR: Chris Daley is a wonderful writer — lets hope Mountain Democrat readers and management appreciate this. True to his form, he is right on the nose in the assessment of the Ukrainian “situation” (March 7). There’s nothing U.S. could or should do. Russia is an enormously large country with population to resource ratio matched […]

A great big thanks

EDITOR: The following organizations should be thanked for forming their youth leagues for the youth of the western slope of El Dorado County: Cameron Park Recreation, Placerville Recreation. Without them there would be no leagues. Job well done. At this time, Gold Country Officials would like to thank the following officials for their extra help […]

Chess club

EDITOR: I was recently asked by Ford Osborn to contact the Mountain Democrat about the Placerville Area Chess Club history. So, here goes. The club began meeting in 1972 at the log cabin in Benham Park, during Bobby Fischer’s prominence. After a month or two, the location was changed to the Senior Center on Pacific […]

True Christian

EDITOR: My letter is in response to Steve Tapson’s letter titled “Christians” in your March 10 newspaper. He states, “A true Christian when offered money for a product or service will accept it regardless of who tendered it.” This is absurd. There is nothing in God’s word to the world, the Holy Bible, which states […]

Open meetings

EDITOR: To begin this communication we first must understand the meaning of the words used … “bureaucracy,” according to Wikipedia is: “a body of non-elective government officials” and/or “an administrative policy-making group.” The word bureaucracy is from the French word bureau (desk or office) with the Greek word kratos (rule or political power). Republic according […]

Government regulations

EDITOR: I am so fed up with government regulations and the goodie two shoes who think they know better. Stop the dredging, stop the mining, charge a fire tax, close the roads, protect the land, monitor the region to death. We have to stop this nonsense. On top of it all, citizens are in fear […]

Murder? Suicide?

EDITOR: It has been about a month since I read about two people dying in a house fire. It was later reported that they were also shot. Why haven’t we heard any more about this? Is there a murderer living free among us? It seems to me that this is far more newsworthy than the […]

Response to Mike Owen letter

EDITOR: In response to the letter endorsing Mike Owen for Auditor-Controller, I have to disagree with the author’s premise — that it is “time for change.” May I remind readers that the 2008 presidential election was based on “change” as well? What are Mr. Owen’s qualifications for office? The articles I have read about Joe […]

Common Core

EDITOR: Thanks, Myra Lowdert, for taking the time to share your concerns with Common Core. I read some of the comments online, and that’s pretty much why I rarely send in letters to the editor anymore. For anyone who is truly interested in the education of our own kids, or the kids who will be […]

Illegal campaign signs

EDITOR: What could be a more important consideration for suitable characteristics of a candidate for public office than their knowledge and integrity? A reliable indicator of this is, “Have they taken the trouble to determine the city and county regulations concerning campaign signs?” Do they and their supporters care enough to abide by those regulations, […]

Mentally ill homelesss

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the new Placerville olice chief. It is now understood that you are taking a hard line in running our homeless population out of town. Yes, they can be a nuisance, and yes some may break some minor laws. However, do you know, or even try to understand that […]

Volunteers and homeless camps

EDITOR: We were going for a walk one day, in the merry, merry month of May, flip flops on our feet, walking trail our goal to meet. Much to our surprise, we came upon a prize. Fecal matter did surround us, toilet paper all around us. Compassion was not my thought, anger more than naught. […]

‘Drive Clean’

EDITOR: I read with interest the two articles in the paper today on grant projects and “Drive Clean” incentives relating to the reduction of pollution from transportation. The grant projects dealt with the spending of monies from, guess where, the government, by taxes on vehicle registration. It details the transfer of funds from various programs […]

Middle class getting poorer?

EDITOR: The bailout ended up being a sellout. Look at Greece; the poor are getting poorer and they are about to get another stimulus — their third one. We should be doing what we have in every other downturn; let the market find its own stability not make a false stability. This administration is patting […]

Bicycle events and traffic control

EDITOR: On Saturday, March 29, my wife and I were driving down Marshall Road on our way to the Coloma Club Cafe for our usual Saturday breakfast. As we approached the stop sign at the intersection of Marshall Road and Highway 49, we were forced to quickly slam on the brakes as a horde of […]

EDHCSD survey

EDITOR: After living in El Dorado County for the past almost 30 years, I have seen many incidences of strange ideas put forth to the county residents. However, the recent survey I received from the El Dorado Hills Community Services District has got to be the one that is the most insulting. In a nutshell, […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

Real estate lies

EDITOR: The Board of Directors of the El Dorado County Association of Realtors is doing a real disservice to its individual members by putting out an action alert concerning the petitions being circulated by local citizens. I challenge the local, hardworking and honest real estate professionals to read the petitions to determine if they think […]


EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat Website has recently been hit with massive deletions of comments. Is the Mountain Democrat nervous about comments concerning local and federal events? Or, perhaps comments about individuals that are a little bit too close to home? Mr. Editor? JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville Editor’s note: The Mountain Democrat does not censor comments […]

Sheriff’s Office bonanza

EDITOR: Our sheriff this Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting wants a 106,331-square-foot building the size of a Home Depot on a 12-acre campus, six times the size of the current administration building he occupies built in 1970. A county consultant estimates a $52 million construction cost at $490 per square foot. You need […]

Briggs not qualified

EDITOR: Not everybody knows it, but not anyone may run for any office; sometimes legislators guard the public interest with strenuous requirements.  Attorney general candidates, for instance, must have been a licensed lawyer for five years. And as with the attorney general, to qualify as an El Dorado County treasurer there are specific requirements enumerated […]

What do I think?

EDITOR: I think Ms. Kimberly ought to have the library conference room. When she does get the room, she should project the composition of the Supreme Court on the board and discover that her desire for Justice Scalia to be Chief Justice will hopefully not come to pass. The Honorable John Roberts is our current […]

Constitutional convention

EDITOR: Changing our U.S. Constitution, the question is, how can this be done? Q. How are amendments to the federal Constitution made? A. Article V our Constitution provides two methods of amending the Constitution: 1. Congress proposes amendments and presents them to the states for ratification; or when 2/3, 34 states apply for it, Congress […]

Open letter to city of Placerville

EDITOR: In the life of a community, like the life of an individual, there are defining moments, moments that illuminate true character. This is one such moment for Placerville. The question is whether the quirky, creative, entrepreneurial, openhearted personality of our city, which is part of our gold rush heritage, can extend to include our […]

Newtown news

EDITOR: Six months ago my wife and I were driving east on Newtown Road. Most of our married life we’ve taken the road less traveled and this particular day was no exception. After crossing Weber Creek at the junction of Fort Jim, we slowed to a crawl. A “for sale” sign stood in front of […]


EDITOR: Regarding the March 21 Mountain Democrat article “Supes Scotch Development Agreement Team,” Sea change? Turning of tides? Time will tell. But the good news is that the BOS did listen to public opposition on March 18, and said no to jumpstarting developer projects before they’ve been publicly introduced. They then voted to develop a […]

Preaching ‘keep it local’

EDITOR: Hypocrisy is defined as “the pretense of having virtues that one does not actually possess.” All of the following is my opinion. That said, hopefully all local voters remember the recent and ongoing cries of the “homeboys” telling you in full-page ads not to sign the anti-growth petitions because you would be “giving up […]

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