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Letters to the Editor

Are you hornswoggled?

EDITOR: Once you understand our current government has been put together with deception, stealth and incorporation for profit, all without the consent or knowledge of the people, you begin to understand why America is not the same country that attracted millions of immigrants wanting to live the American Dream. The American Dream had to die […]

Teacher shortage

EDITOR: Recently TV has made mention of a shortage of school teachers. I wonder why? My daughter taught high school in El Dorado County for 15 years. One of the things I learned from her was that it is easier for the school system to control a teacher on payroll than angry parents who know that their child is […]


EDITOR: I have to admit a significant degree of amusement upon reading Gene Altshuler’s attack on the Republican candidates under the title “The Grand Old Party no more.” Only someone like Mr. Altshuler, who has raised denial and myopia to an art form, could attack the Republican candidates when his own party, the Democrats, have a […]

Hands up, don’t shoot?

EDITOR: As much as people want to create tension by saying just how different we all are in the U.S. of A. I would like to take a moment to celebrate our similarities that, to me, prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are all of one people in this great society of […]

Another opinion on Upper Broadway police station

EDITOR: While I agree with Placerville City Councilmember Wendy Thomas that property owners need to step up and clean up their buildings and surroundings on Upper Broadway where the Dollar Tree and grocery store anchor the strip mall, the city also has a role to play. How is the City Council going to encourage these property […]

Disdain and disgrace

EDITOR: We have traded-in “the man with the dream” for the fool with the nightmare. We are not afraid of infant and grandmother refugees. We are afraid of arrogance, intransigence and ignorance in those we have entrusted with governance. It is the duty of the president, sworn under oath, to protect the people against all […]

Opinions and facts

EDITOR: Mr. Herb Stone’s Jan. 15 letter states: “While Mr. Altshuler is welcome to his own opinions regarding ‘gun safety’ he is not entitled to his own version of the facts.” I agree, Mr. Stone, so let’s look at your “facts” and the difficulty of navigating the complex, murky and often contradicting data involving guns, […]

Altshuler’s insults

EDITOR: Liberalism is a mental disorder. Gene Altshuler displays this every time he writes something. Now he can see into the hearts of Republican voters and all he sees is hate, especially from white males. The only thing worse than a racist is someone who hates their own race — in a black-and-white paper Altshuler looks […]

Respect other drivers

EDITOR: To the driver going 10 mph on Sly Park Road: Driving cautiously is OK but not this slow. You’re collecting a long line of cars. It’s a tell-tale sign that you’re scared of falling snow. Can’t you see that the road is just wet, not icy or covered with snow? As you creep up the hill, not using […]

Helping the homeless

EDITOR: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words from the Declaration of Independence do not appear to apply to people without houses in Placerville. Homeless […]

Herd immunity doesn’t work either

EDITOR: I’m not a scientist and don’t have a degree in immunology, but I’ve seen first-hand how flu vaccines, in particular, are of questionable benefit and potentially harmful. Here’s a few facts: No double-blind, credible studies have ever been done to prove the flu vaccine is safe and effective. Some people have adverse reactions to components […]

Alternative treatments

EDITOR: What an excellent article written by Dawn Hodson, “Cancer patient takes road less traveled,” about Jody Mello’s decision to choose alternative treatments rather than the standard protocols of chemotherapy and radiation. It substantiates my own journey for the past two years with breast cancer. Thank you so much for publishing what is often considered a sensitive and conflicting […]

Clay Street problems?

EDITOR: In reading article after article “City mulls bridge’s fate” (Jan. 8 Mountain Democrat) I see this extreme push to realign where Clay Street intersects Main near Cedar Ravine. The powers that be speak endlessly of the terrible intersection where Cedar Ravine intersects Main. I use that intersection multiple times every day. It’s one of […]

Phony claim

EDITOR: Arjil …what a phony! Your latest attempt to denigrate our president was blatantly pathetic. Where is your evidence that Planned Parenthood sold fetal body parts for profit? Federal law expressly prohibits such a sale, and Planned Parenthood has not been charged with a violation of that law so your claim is blatantly false. BILL […]

Lincoln’s railroad ties

EDITOR: A story has been told about Abraham Lincoln and railroad ties. During Lincoln’s presidency, America’s transcontinental railroad was under construction with Lincoln’s support. The transcontinental railroad was expensive both in labor and material. Each mile of track required 100 tons of rails, about 2,500 railroad ties and about three tons of spikes and fish plates to join the rails […]

EID general manager responds

EDITOR: In the recent letter to the editor “EID board ignores ratepayers’ protests” Darwin Throne indicated that the El Dorado Irrigation District board ignored the many ratepayer protests voiced during the Jan. 11 rate hearing. The board and staff listened very carefully to the approximately 30 people who voiced their concerns at the three-hour hearing — both […]

When it comes to water, safety comes first

EDITOR: Let’s keep water rates as low as possible. Better yet, let’s find a cheaper source of water and reduce rates — a laudable goal of the Flint, Mich., water department and presumably the city council. The city’s primary obligation, however, is not to save money; it is to provide safe, reliable drinking water. Safety should always trump cost […]

Empty Bowls left our hearts full

EDITOR: The generosity of our community continues to grow each year. More than 700 people attended the supper and we will donate more than $21,000 to help solve the problem of hunger in our community and in the highlands of Peru. We had an outpouring of volunteers and business support. Special thanks to all the people who […]

New sheriff’s complex

EDITOR: Though the size and location of a new sheriff’s administration building can be debated, the need for one is obvious. The current building was built for the size of the department in the 1970s. Our sheriffs since Sheriff Pacileo have lobbied the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to provide a complex to help […]

Save the turtles

EDITOR: I am Ammon Holt, a sixth-grader. I found something sad and wrong, but also true. Did you know that the Western Pond Turtle species is declining rapidly? I am going to find out why this is happening and some ways to help. These turtles are the last type of native freshwater turtles. The turtles are […]

I love my school

EDITOR: My name is Mary Reeves and I am a sixth-grader at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I love my school and I want others to know about it. I am hoping you will spread the word about my school. Have you kids ever wanted less homework and more educational projects? Our school’s name […]

Alcohol problems

EDITOR: Every year in the U.S. roughly 5,000 people younger than 21 die from alcohol-related accidents — car crashes, suicides, homicides, alcohol poisoning and other alcohol-related incidents. Whoever is in charge of the laws should change the law about alcohol. Make drinking alcohol a lot harder for underage individuals and keep our community a little […]

Say no to Obama

EDITOR: I am in the sixth grade at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I am doing a persuasive writing project in my class and I want to challenge the people of El Dorado County to listen to me for a while about what’s going on in our country and the world. I think people […]

Concealed carry permits save lives

EDITOR: I am in sixth grade at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I am writing you this letter in hopes that it will be published in the Mountain Democrat. Guns are used 2.5 million times a year for self-defense so we should try to lower the amount of situations where people will have to put to […]

Be nice to animals

EDITOR: My name is Hayden Bean. I am from Camino Elementary School. I think people shouldn’t harm their animals. Many people harm their animals or other people and I think it’s cruel to dogs and cats. Please get this in the newspaper so to tell everyone who harms their animals. Maybe soon animals could die from […]

We need to defend ourselves

EDITOR: I am a sixth-grade student at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I think more people should be allowed to have guns. When terrorists attack we need guns to save our lives; we need to defend ourselves. So we need to give more people guns. Even if people get a concealed weapon carry […]

No growth doesn’t work

Wonder of wonders, I thought the day would never come when I agreed with an editorial in this paper (“An Appealing Project” Jan. 15). The unsigned editorial supports the planned apartment complex at El Dorado Hills Town Center. After carefully listening to the counter arguments I have found them specious and near-sighted. The opponents, cloaking […]

Rule of law

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler, in his column on abortion, frames the argument as the rule of law versus religion. Really? Then let me enlighten him on the law. You can argue as to the money being paid for body parts, but Planned Parenthood as exposed in the videos was clearly in violation of the law regarding […]

Subsidence and flooding

EDITOR: Subsidence is not by Mother Nature, it is man-made. It is caused by over-drawing water from underground (UG) aquifers. Let me be clear we all need fresh water; thus you with UG water pumps need not be disturbed. This article is addressing huge UG water pumps by city municipalities, Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of […]

EID board ignores ratepayers’ protests

EDITOR: The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors has again shown its disdain for ratepayers by voting 3-2 for a 21 percent rate increase. Directors Alan Day and Greg Prada emphatically claimed that no rate hike was required. The board meeting was attended by many disgruntled ratepayers objecting to the increase. Directors George Osborne, Dale Coco […]

Charter schools are great

EDITOR: I am an experienced sixth-grader at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. Most people have never heard of my school because it’s like a free private school anyone in El Dorado County can go to. One of the highlights of the school is that we get to do selectives. Some of the past […]

Clean up our city

EDITOR: I’m in the sixth grade attending Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I would like to have less litter on our streets because a lot of people drive from Sacramento through Placerville, Camino and Pollock Pines on their way to Tahoe. When people come through town, it’s embarrassing when there is all the […]

EID execs should not get raises

EDITOR: Having read about pay raises for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s general manager and chief counsel, and their benefits over time, I say there is no way there should be such a thing. In these times, considering the costs of neglected repair/renovation to EID infrastructure and the burden of costs passed on to the […]

Stop ocean pollution

EDITOR: Hello, I am a sixth-grader who attends Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School and I think we should help stop trash pollution in the ocean. I have gathered some interesting facts and opinions about how to stop this horribly destructive pollution. Did you know that 28 percent of our ocean is trash? That is […]

God is the moral maker

EDITOR: Mr Altshuler, why do you waste so much effort trying to justify what cannot be justified? Murder is murder whether it is an unborn child or an adult. What is it that you dislike so much about religion? It is morality that drives our entire legal system and let me give you a lesson on this: […]

Meat industry 9, consumers 0

EDITOR: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recently released by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction was recommended by the government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in a 571-page report based on review […]

Secessionist movements

EDITOR: When I googled “Current North American Secessionist Groups” I found more links than I had anticipated. Lew advocates secession and state sovereignty. Liberty Defense League believes that secession is the answer to the political plight of our generation. Middlebury studies separatism and secession as options for those who dissent from a government that has grown too […]

Fire engines making personal calls

EDITOR: As a subscriber of your paper for more than 27 years I have been impressed with your attempt to provide the residents of El Dorado County with a professional product with small-town America flavor. I have agreed with 99.9 percent of your personal opinions/articles but as a retired 30-plus year career firefighter I must correct, inform and educate you […]

Disease of the conscience

EDITOR: In the past few weeks there has been a sickening and contagious outbreak of the manipulation of tragedies and threats in order to push nonsensical and disingenuous agendas. It appears that a myriad of lemmings have come to the conclusion that an act can generalize an entire community. In the Christmas paper, Bill Bertram […]

Political opinions

EDITOR: Congratulations to Noel Stack for her Opinion-Letters pages in the MD. The Jan. 13 edition has Gene Altshuler on the left side of the page and Charles Krauthammer on the right side of the page. I love your layout. Publishing a variety of political opinions is the hallmark of great editing in a great […]

What is Islam?

EDITOR: The purpose of my letter is to offer support for Donald Trump’s call for a “total and complete ban on Muslims entering the United States … until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” This does not impact United States citizens going to and from our country unless such a […]

Gene Altshuler’s opinion

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler wants to add his voice decrying America’s penchant for guns and refusal to enact any reasonable measure of safety from firearms. Nowhere in his article does he tell you what those “reasonable measures” are. While Mr. Altshuler is welcome to his own opinions regarding “gun safety” he is not entitled to his […]

Camino really does care

EDITOR: Thank you to everyone who took part in making our sixth annual Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program better than ever. Thank you to Helen and Bill Carey of The Forester restaurant who kicked off the giving by donating 100 percent of the tips earned from our server night in September back to our program. As the Christmas season got closer, they also hosted […]

Phony tears

EDITOR: Obama … what a phony! His tearful news conference to justify his latest attempt to take away our right to defend ourselves was blatantly pathetic. Where were his tears for the mutilated fetuses whose body parts were sold for profit by Planned Parenthood? Where was his executive order to defund that organization? ANTHONY J. ARJIL […]

Altshuler’s column

EDITOR: I agree with a number of your recent letter writers; it’s time to say goodbye to Gene Altshuler as a regular columnist. He brings nothing but pseudo-intellectualism, a mean-spirited attitude and a lot of ad hominem attacks on those he clearly doesn’t understand. If that can’t happen, I would urge Mr. Altshuler to adopt […]

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