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Mike Bush

$15 per hour won’t solve poverty

EDITOR: Fifteen dollars an hour isn’t a cure for poverty. We will never cure poverty as long as people feel this way, and we still need that starter job to teach young future generation kids the art of getting up in the morning and taking on responsibility. Why would anyone want to hire someone at […]

Time for amendments

EDITOR: Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides the rights of states to amend the Constitution if Congress fails to do so. Thirty-four (2/3) states are needed to call for an amendment convention. The amendments they agree upon require 38 (3/4) of the states to ratify before they become law. Here are several amendments under […]

From little acorns mighty oaks do grow

EDITOR: I absolutely could not believe Carol Anne Ogdin’s letter titled “Defending StemExpress.” She starts out by dangling a carrot to the readers about how good the county job prospects are with the biotech lab. She then goes on the attack of the recent videos showing monetary negotiations of baby body parts and defends Planned […]

I agree with Jennifer

EDITOR: I congratulate Jennifer Gregory for her letter to the editor regarding one more complaint about the Hangman in Placerville. And now Ms. Counts wants to make an issue of the “color” of the person hanged. As was stated in Jennifer Gregory’s statement, if people don’t like the accurate depiction of historical events of Placerville area, once […]

Trivial pursuit

EDITOR: You have to feel for Chris Daley. He must have been up against a deadline and had to fill half a page of the paper with something. And he did with what amounted to journalistic trivial pursuit. The subject on which he wasted half a page of the paper was his take on which […]

Chess Club coverage

EDITOR: Thank you very much for the beautiful (and humorous) recent coverage given by the Mountain Democrat for the Placerville Area Chess Club’s 20th anniversary celebrated on July 30 at Denny’s Restaurant in Placerville. The club was founded on Aug. 1, 1995, at the same location. A special thank you is given the features editor of the […]

Live with it or leave

EDITOR: To Ms. Karen Counts: Please feel free to move back to wherever you came from. I’ve lived in this grand town of Placerville for over 40 years and that is the bazillionth time I’ve heard a newcomer or visitor demand the hangman be taken down for one reason or another. I’ve never actually noticed […]

Good job, Eileen

EDITOR: This is a tribute to my friend who gave a local nonprofit 30 years of her life. She was there every sale and every special event, even if it was a day that she wasn’t scheduled to work. I even saw her put this organization ahead of family events. I have always been amazed […]

Stealing the show

EDITOR: I don’t know about all of you folks, but I am beginning to feel thoroughly “ripped off” by these television stations and cable companies that are putting those dang overlays on our television screens. I know what channel I’m watching. I don’t need or want to be constantly reminded and distracted by their garbage. When they […]

Flier not from GDPUD

EDITOR: There has been some confusion in the community regarding a red and white flier that was recently mailed to Georgetown area postal customers. Please be advised that this flier was circulated by the group Concerned Citizens on the Divide in an attempt to delay the progress of building the Auburn Lake Trails Treatment Plant. […]

National Night Out ripples

EDITOR: The community of Pollock Pines is one of those rare locations that businesses, organizations, residents, visitors and tourists love because of its physical and social environment and ambience.  At the Aug. 4 National Night Out celebration, the love of the community was evident in every corner of El Dorado County Firehouse 17. With all of the contributions […]

Mental illness must be addressed

EDITOR: If Kimberly Blaker’s opinion column “Bill will improve treatment and outcomes for seriously mentally ill” (Aug. 14 Mountain Democrat) touched a cord, you are not alone. NAMI El Dorado County, a local non-profit affiliate of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, has been providing education, support and advocacy for families of and individuals living […]

Explaining my position

EDITOR: On Monday, Aug. 3, my family and I attended the protest at StemExpress. A nice woman photographer took the picture of me and my sister’s sign on the front page of the Wednesday, Aug. 5, paper and asked us how we felt about StemExpress using aborted baby parts for research. I told her that […]

State of Jefferson can help

EDITOR: Due to the increased numbers of persons suffering from mental illness, a possible solution: request they seek treatment in the State of Jefferson. STEVE TAPSON Placerville

The hangman is our history

EDITOR: Dear Ms. Counts, Late Monday night I was catching up on some of the papers I had missed when I came across your letter in Friday’s (Aug. 14) copy. I was utterly confused that someone with so little knowledge of our town could place such outlandish presumptions on our people. Now, I personally haven’t […]

Response to Mr. Garon and the minimum wage

EDITOR: Mr. Garon as usual would like to make you believe that a raise in the minimum wage isn’t going to hurt employers. He uses two of the largest employers in the country as an example, Walmart and Costco, which are multimillion dollar employers. He obviously hasn’t spoken to the small employer with three to 15 […]

Special thank you

EDITOR: Thanks to all the people at the Diamond Springs flea market who helped me after my fall (July 18). I appreciate each of you. Thanks to the firemen and paramedics who treated me and thanks to all the nurses and doctors in the ER who took care of me. All was very much appreciated. […]

Liberal in conservative country

EDITOR Well, well, Karen Counts from the Bay Area moved to our part of the world and thinks we should change to suit her liberal San Francisco values. The city she came from that spit on the troops when they returned from combat — the very ones that gives her the right to speak up as […]

About the hangman

EDITOR: Karen, please leave our hangman alone. You don’t know anything about him or the rebel flag. A Karen and a partner – absolutely shocking and embarrassing! Move up from San Francisco? GENE NELSON San Francisco

Sheriff’s investigators are the best

EDITOR: I just wanted to give a shout out to the Sheriff’s Department investigators that we don’t hear much about as they go about their silent and methodical investigations. I had a recent experience with two of our finest, when my purse was stolen out of my shopping cart at Save Mart. I loaded my groceries […]

Defending StemExpress

EDITOR: I write in defense of StemExpress, one of the few innovators with job-growth prospects in all of El Dorado County. The wild speculation and outright lies about the use of aborted fetal tissue needs to stop. Implying the “harvesting of tissue” is the motivation for abortion simply ignores the facts. It all started with […]

Making the atrocity palatable

EDITOR: As long as Mr. Altshuler, and others of his opinion, believe that a fetus is “merely a mass of cells” and not a child, abortion will be little more than a means of eliminating another form of body waste to them. I can imagine a 19th century slave owner chortling, “Ah! He’s not a […]

Thousands of medications from fetal tissue, really?

EDITOR: So states Mr. Altshuler in another one of his sad attempts to guide us poor unwashed back to the only path to redemption — the liberal’s point of view. I have two questions. The first is: When does this “mass of cells” become a human embryo? An hour? A month? Or 8 months? All within the time frame […]

Pointless laws

EDITOR: I see that Danny Oliver’s wife testified before a congressional subcommittee. She is the wife of one of the deputies killed recently by an illegal alien. The article in the Democrat goes on to talk about proposed laws in the face of this unnecessary tragedy. The problem with laws is that Obama has turned […]

Shocked and embarrased

EDITOR: Last year my partner and I purchased a home in Placerville. We moved into the house on July 18, 2015. Being new in town, I have been playing tourist, taking photos and sending these photos to friends in the Bay Area. Last week while walking down Main Street, I took a picture of the […]

Check out the State of Jefferson

EDITOR: Please remember the concept and slogan from our Founding Fathers, “No taxation without representation.” To bring about the United States of America and the amazing U.S. Constitution our founders had to risk life, liberty and property. Those of us who live in the rural counties of California face the same issues as our country’s […]

Thank you, Donald

EDITOR: In the recent debate on Fox News, Donald Trump did a tremendous service to the citizens of the United States. He admitted on live television that money equals influence. Not free speech, instead bribery. Now, before my Tea/Republican friends go rabid, yes, it also applies to Democrats — a government bought and sold. The cat is out of […]

Trim the bushes

EDITOR: Sometimes in the history of the world, it has taken centuries to build great structures like the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Apparently in this county it will only take the El Dorado County Department of Transportation months, hopefully, to remove brush and tree limbs from Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs. This […]

This fairytale editorial has more than nine lives

EDITOR: The July 17 editorial “Minimum wage hike proposal a new low for California” was no doubt written by the chamber of commerce. The editorial claims that an increase in the minimum wage will make jobs disappear and cause bankruptcies among small businesses. There is not a shred of empirical evidence to prove this perennial […]

Politcal proof

EDITOR: Mr. Briggs would appear to be vying for the poster boy position of what has happened to our political system. WALTER KLINEFELTER Placerville

Altshuler and fetus donations

EDITOR: I see Mr. Altshuler is on the side of Planned Parenthood and the illegal activities articulated in the released videos. Now before you say things like altering the abortion procedure to better harvest body parts is not illegal, let me refer you to 42 U.S.C. 289 Sec. (C)(2)(c)(4) as amended by PL 103-43 dated […]

Proof of our community’s commitment to youth

EDITOR: School traditions change over the years, especially in hard economic times when special school events or programs disappear altogether due to lack of funding and support. But incredibly, there is one annual event at Ponderosa High School that withstands these challenges year after year because of the ongoing commitment of dozens of parent volunteers, […]

Special State of Jefferson meeting

EDITOR: On Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 5 p.m. there will be a presentation by a group that opposes the State of Jefferson. This will be followed by a presentation supporting the SOJ. Public comment will follow the second presentation. The presentations will be given in the county office building Board of Supervisors meeting room at […]

Donations should be lauded

EDITOR: With reference to Mark Smith’s letter of Aug. 3, I am compelled to reply. Comparing StemExpress to a “human chop shop” is a clever but seriously misleading comparison. It shows the anti-science bias of the Birther community, a vocal minority here in El Dorado County and the nation, and also their attempt to make their […]

Why not use donated tissue?

EDITOR: I find it difficult to understand Mark E. Smith’s and Kathleen Ross’ opposition to StemExpress because of tissue donations provided to it by Planned Parenthood. I  read about these objections in the front page article in the July 31 Mountain Democrat. Over the years, as scientific progress has been made, many uses for human […]

The party left me

EDITOR: How did we get here? I see Mr. Altshuler’s article parroting the usual left-wing position on minimum wage. I’m amazed at the degree to which the left has moved the goal of minimum wage. Originally minimum wage was for positions usually filled by young people and students trying to get their first jobs and […]

Tom McClintock on Iran

EDITOR: Yes, I know Tom McClintock is a Republican and must therefore reject everything our president proposes, even if it can keep us from another war. But a little better grasp of history would sharpen his game. For example, the standard GOP theme that Iran and its threats make it more of a dangerous rogue […]

Give me a call

EDITOR: I would like to invite letter writer Brian DeBerry, author of the “County roads budget a wrong turn” letter published in the July 29 Mountain Democrat, to call (530) 621-5900 to set up an appointment for us to talk. I will gladly discuss the Transportation Division budget with him, as well as with any other […]

Revoke StemExpress business license

EDITOR: I rise today to speak on the topic of the business license for StemExpress, and to ask the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to revoke that license, removing this activity from our county. While I realize this is a significant reversal from the previous invitation to this company, I think the board was […]

McClintock got it wrong

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat article published June 16 quotes the Congressman McClintock as saying that he represents 200,000 people in his district and Maxine Waters represents only 50,000 people in her district while each is allowed one vote in congress. According to Internet sources, McClintock’s district has a population of 713,000, Maxine Waters district has a population […]

Bottom line

EDITOR: It’s hard to argue against utopia. A recent letter made the case for looking at more than the bottom line and that minimum wage should give everyone a shot at the good life. Sounds great. Let’s look at this a little more closely. Unless the letter writer is suggesting that the government pay employers […]

McCain a hero?

EDITOR: Donald Trump claims John McCain is not a hero. As a Vietnam aviator, I agree that being shot down or being captured by the enemy does not make one a hero. One becomes a hero by a specific act of heroism. John McCain became a hero when he refused release, saying those who had become prisoners […]

Open letter to Bill Cosby

EDITOR: To Mr. Bill Cosby, I was a fan of yours for over 50 years. You were a powerhouse in the human community. You had good and positive things to say to people who needed to hear certain things and looked for advice. But now you need to tell the truth, step up and take responsibility […]

Empty water park

EDITOR: During the 4th of July celebration at the Garden Valley park it was brought to my attention that the water park that we just invested so many thousands of dollars into was shut down. There were many children there in their bathing suits excited to play in the water park. They were all very hot […]

Governor finally talks to the right person

EDITOR: After years of taxing his way to a solution for the climate changing in a way he doesn’t like, and realizing the cost of relocating all the oceanside cities of California, the governor is seeking help from the only source that can really help. He has gone to the Pope. WILLIAM RIEDHART Pollock Pines

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