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Letters to the Editor

Without the French …

EDITOR: Jim Vindler’s Nov. 25 letter quotes a very moving letter addressed to the French nation from Gen. Pershing, thanking Lafayette for his help during our Revolutionary War. The Marquis de Lafayette looms large in our early history principally because George Washington treated him like the son he never had. This father/son relationship endured until […]

Toys for Tots needs your help

EDITOR: Christmas comes just once a year. I’ve just finished my household chores, the dust bunnies vanquished for the present moment. Yet Christmas is a time of year that has immense meaning and a cause for great joy and celebration for all of us. Holli, myself and many community members volunteer our time, setting aside our […]

Send cards via Pony Express

EDITOR: The Pony Express rides again. Riders will leave the Folsom Museum at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 and arrive at Sacramento History Museum at 3:35 p.m. The National Pony Express Association, California Division, invites you to participate in this year’s event by letting the pony riders carry your Christmas cards. Bring your cards, with […]

Lyon roars with charity

EDITOR: Lyon Real Estate collected 500 coats and donated them to Green Valley Community Church for distribution to those in need. What an amazing and generous effort. Thank you so much to those who have taken the time to think of others and bring such benefit to our community. BETSY KROHMER Diamond Springs

Topics worthy of discussion

EDITOR: Hats off to Donald Trump for discussing debate topics other Republican candidates decline to bring up. Here are a few more topics I would like to hear debated: Fukushima: This ongoing atomic disaster needs immediate attention. Dane Wigington believes it may be a life-ending event due to bioaccumulation of radiation by all life forms. […]

Recall them all

EDITOR: I see that Placerville is recalling all supervisors. Why don’t we just bundle up the sheriff and the district attorney and get them all out at once? WES ENGLE Placerville

Phone scam alert

EDITOR: We received a message on our answering machine claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Services. The message claimed that we were about to be arrested for back taxes unless we called the number in the 646 area code. This call is a scam and fraud, and if you respond you may become a […]

Insight into liberal mind set

EDITOR: Mr. Munizich’s letter expressing his extreme upset over my exposure of the political gains that Democrats get by supporting illegal immigration is not unusual in the sense that Democrats always hate getting things like this exposed. But it does give some interesting insights into the liberal mind set and cognitive limitations. The cognitive limitations […]

A loss of moral, political will

EDITOR: I really enjoyed Publisher Richard Esposito’s “Walking & Talking Dead” editorial regarding the presidential debates. Funny and  right on. Also the cartoon of Lady Liberty saying “I’m Coming” published in the Mountain Democrat was one of the most touching I have ever seen. It really choked  me up in two ways. First, the reference back to Lafayette […]

Enjoy the smell of wood smoke

EDITOR: In response to Lili Joy’s letter whining about the lovely aroma of wood smoke currently wafting through the countryside. If you don’t treasure, after a long hot summer, the glorious fragrances being emitted from woodpiles and wood burning stoves you should be living in Los Angeles or San Francisco. I, for one, find the […]

Skip the turkey on Thanksgiving

  EDITOR: While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. And here are some good reasons: • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Obama. • You truly are what you eat. […]

Illegal immigration lies

EDITOR: In response to George Alger’s letter, “Illegal Immigration equals votes,” people who read your letters need an honest response to his emotional, dishonest, misleading and disrespectful words. His comment that the five extra electoral votes we have in California was equal to the “total” of 12 states was misleading. He should have said “each” of […]

Mello-Roos never go away

EDITOR: I got a good laugh out of all the El Dorado Hills residents thinking that somehow their Mello-Roos taxes were going to go away (“Serrano residents want school financing end date,” Nov. 13 Mountain Democrat). One of the first rules of thumb when buying a house is to make sure there are no Mello-Roos […]

EID increases not so bad

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District customers should recognize that almost all customer water costs throughout California are increasing faster than EID’s increases. The most common case in the data I’m collecting for a new water cost survey is a 5 percent increase every year, usually authorizing five years of increases in advance. However, there’s no shortage of higher increases. Coastside County […]

Deport me

EDITOR: George Alger says there are two kinds of people in this country — citizens and illegals. He is adamant in affirming that all illegals and their children should be deported. My grandparents were not citizens (they were permanent residents), therefore I would be subject to deportation. Please deport me to the south of France, especially this […]

Free options to burn piles

EDITOR: Every year El Dorado County residents make it through the hot summer months, filled with many smoky days. We refreshingly enter the fall and winter months. But what happens every year to take the “fresh” air away from us again? Burn piles. Every time people burn they contribute to air pollution; smoke clogs our air […]

Proud of us

EDITOR: Last week our El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. I am very proud of all of the folks who participated, particularly our Board of Supervisors and our El Dorado County employees. I am very pleased how respectfully our supervisors conducted […]

Bullying at any age

EDITOR: When we think about bullying, we mainly think about the bullying stories in the news that involve kids in school. But bullying can happen anywhere by anybody and the presence of bullies in any scenario should be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly. One would think that an elected official on a governing board of […]

Riordan blocked … again

EDITOR: Once again I see that I have somehow been blocked from being able to comment online by your ridiculous “sign-in” popup, which again does not recognize me. Amazing. All the years I have been a subscriber and this newspaper keeps making it so that I cannot comment on letters or content online without again having to fill […]

Terrorist threat

EDITOR: These are perilous times. The ISIS attack in Paris will not be the last, and the United States is not likely to escape this threat. However, there are things that can and must be done to make this a safer place. We must laud our Legislature and our fearless governor for their actions in […]

Just once

EDITOR: Home burglaries, auto break-ins, now even dog-nappings. I know law enforcement can’t be everywhere. But just once I’d like to read that perhaps a “good ol’ boys” poker night ended and a deserved butt whipping was delivered to some perpetrators caught in the act. RAY PETHEL Placerville

Fire department woes

EDITOR: Larry Weitzman’s article about the financial situation involving El Dorado Hills Fire and Latrobe Fire departments scares me. Rescue Fire Department is in the same position that Latrobe Fire was. El Dorado County would not allocate any money from the Aid to Fire account until they agreed to consider a study involving consolidation. Now […]

Making our neighborhood a better place

EDITOR: I just wanted to let you know about a good and kind man. I’m 86 years old and live alone since my dear husband died almost two-and-a-half years ago. David Schroth is always there to help me in any way he can. He faithfully remembers to take my garbage and recycling containers to the […]

Illegal immigration equals votes

EDITOR: The Democrats often portray the GOP as neanderthals — as Obama put it “clinging to God and guns.” But when it comes to the quest for absolute political power, the Democrats are anything but neanderthals. They pursue power with the sleaziness and zeal of an Al Capone or John Gotti. There is a reason […]

Frauds among heroes

EDITOR: John Poimiroo’s Nov. 9 California Rambling column is timely and right on the mark. I have lived in Placerville for more than 25 years and during that time I have come across people who falsely claimed past membership in special operations military units, falsely claimed military POW status and falsely claimed military awards for […]

Raising rates, again

EDITOR: On Nov. 9, by 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted to raise rates for 2016 by 5 percent to pay for more debt. Not once were employee costs discussed even though they represent 57 percent of operating expenses. Since 2003 EID boards have been very irresponsible in managing compensation. In 2004 the EID board voted to […]

Homeless shelter only five nights a week?

EDITOR: Winter is here, no doubt about that now. It is supposed to be 35 degrees tonight and it has been raining for two days now. The good news is that as of Nov. 1 the Nomadic Homeless Shelter opened for the winter season and will run through the end of March. The bad news is […]

America Inc.

EDITOR: In 1871 the original Constitution for the United States of America was changed to the Constitution of The United States of America. Congress instituted this change by passing the Organic Act of 1871. They passed this act ostensibly to create a separate form of government for the District of Columbia. However, it was actually passed at the […]

Share a tree or two

EDITOR: It’s the time of year again when downtown Placerville transforms itself into a holiday wonderland. For more than 40 years the Christmas trees adorning Highway 50 have brought smiles and holiday cheer to all who pass through the town of Placerville. This highly cherished community tradition involves scores of volunteers, the generous support of the city […]

‘Greenlight’ our veterans

EDITOR: Ninety-six years ago President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day to observe with solemn pride the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and express gratitude for a victory full of sacrifices. While the name has changed to Veterans Day, the purpose remains the same: to celebrate and honor our veterans […]

We need COLA

EDITOR: I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the recent announcement that there will not be a cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries next year. As healthcare costs continue to rise, the strain on seniors, like me, is becoming unmanageable — especially as previous COLAs have failed to keep pace. Though there is […]

Common ground on Common Core

EDITOR: Readers of this paper will know that Mr. Longhofer and I almost never agree on anything, even the time of day. Only once before have I ever agreed with him and that was when we both opposed filling the city with a bunch of ludicrous roundabouts. The Placerville City Council ended up getting told […]

Something to be really thankful for

EDITOR: I want to thank everyone involved in bringing the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program to the Cameron Park Community Center on Mondays and Fridays. This program will be a huge benefit to seniors and is a welcome addition to senior activities in the Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Rescue areas. Everyone who has […]

Common Core math

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer: You and Tom Sullivan should do more research on the approach to math in Common Core before you condemn it. The Common Core approach uses a variety of techniques to teach math. We do not all learn the same way. For example, the 3X4=12 example begins in the third grade where multiplication and […]

Time-wasting recall

EDITOR: In a previous Mountain Democrat article, one of the proponents of the recall stated that recalling all the supervisors in a “clean sweep” had not been attempted before in this county and possibly the country. There is a reason for this: Recalls are an expensive and time-wasting action that are seldom successful. Recalls are […]

Thanks for making road safer

EDITOR: Thanks to the El Dorado County Transportation Division for the pavement markings and dots installed for the safety of pedestrians on the northwest corner of Cambridge Road at Merrychase Drive. This intersection is important for access to the El Dorado Transit bus stop, U.S. 50, the adjacent businesses and especially for folks headed to […]

My guardian angel

EDITOR: I have always believed that there is more good than bad in people. Recently my belief was proven as I did my usual shopping at Raley’s. I put my groceries in the back of the car and dutifully returned the cart to the return cart area. I got in my car and proceeded to my […]

Actions of a spoiled child

EDITOR: Voters in this country usually get the government they deserve. Sometimes a real scoundrel slips through the campaign process. We must also consider that an official may not be good for you but they may be “good” for someone. We are reminded that government is like a time bomb. Set it, forget it and […]

Jefferson does not support recalls

EDITOR: Conversations and rumors continue, alleging that the State of Jefferson is behind and/or supports the recall effort of all El Dorado County supervisors. This is not true. At a local meeting of the El Dorado County SOJ Committee, this issue was debated, followed by a vote, where an overwhelming majority voted no to joining or […]

Road closure problems

EDITOR: I would like to know what company was allowed to close both lanes of traffic on Sly Park Road in the Pleasant Valley area on Saturday morning, Oct. 24, and why they were allowed to do so. The sign informing the road was closed did not appear did not appear until right upon the closure. […]

Fair and honest disagreement

EDITOR: I oppose the recall. All five of our current El Dorado County Board of Supervisors members have been gracious enough to meet with me on issues ranging from agriculture to veterans issues. Often we agreed to disagree. However, even the supervisors who have disagreed with me have consistently made the effort to show up […]

Stealing our money

EDITOR: Publisher Richard Esposito’s editorial on the El Dorado County Economic Divisions “free workshop” for local business owners was spot on. El Dorado County giving a workshop to local business owners is akin to communist China giving a workshop on the joys of capitalism. The biggest roadblock to running a small business around here is […]

Recall has no basis in reality

EDITOR: I am writing to express my opinion on the stupidity of a recall of any supervisor in this county. I attended the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday, where the recall papers were “served” to county Supervisors Michael Ranalli and Sue Novasel. The loud but razor-thin minority of five or six people were accusing the […]

My View on Measure E

EDITOR: The question is simple: Should the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors re-zone the approximately 100 acres of the former executive golf course in El Dorado Hills from its current land use as open space/recreation to allow the building of new residential housing and commercial development? Thanks to Measure E, you get to voice […]

Nonsensical fun with guns

EDITOR: I have just read one of the most nonsensical letters I have ever seen. It was sent in by a Steven Smith who purports to be a Sac State instructor. If he is a Sac State instructor it might help explain why we aren’t even in the top 30 countries in the world educationally. Mr. […]

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