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Letters to the Editor

Footprints on the bark

EDITOR: I wanted to get that fluorescent pink painted softball size spot off my chest. I called PG&E and spoke with their customer service department. Sir, I said, there are pink fluorescent paint spots on the trees in front of my house. From my mailbox I can see at least three painted trunks that are […]

275 percent? Really?

EDITOR: Two hundred seventy five percent. That’s the percentage growth of the average income of the richest 1 percent (30,000) of Americans. And that’s after taxes! Their average income is almost $2 million a year. These are the results of a two-year study by the Congressional Budget Office. And all this happened in just under […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 19 Replies

Not impressed with EID challengers

EDITOR: I have read the campaign statements in your newspaper by two candidates running to replace two existing El Dorado Irrigation District board members. I find that they are ill informed about the water and wastewater utility business and EID. The statement in the Mountain Democrat by Mr. Ray Van Asten, candidate for Division 1, […]

Eight days of El Dorado County smoke

EDITOR: Let me start by saying that I am one of the most avid supports of maintaining the right to “open burning” here in El Dorado County. With that said, someone needs to take their head out from where they have been hiding it and make the right decisions. I spent the last four-and-a-half hours this […]

November 04, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 7 Replies

Military spending won’t get us out of economic crisis

EDITOR: The Great Depression of the 1930s ended when the government decided to spend unlimited funds to create almost unlimited jobs. It was called World War II and the American public had to be convinced by the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. But it did end the Depression, at quite a substantial price. Now we are […]

Happy five-year anniversary, CEDAPP

Five years ago when seven people from Pollock Pines sat down in the living room of one of the concerned residents’ home to meet about the need of support for our local businesses, I’m not sure we thought we would have grown to the size that we have. I’m not at all sure that any […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Opinion | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID by the numbers

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District’s Jim Abercrombie this week showed charts that water 2012 rates are about to “skyrocket” another 28 percent for EID’s “medium usage” residential water customer. This additional 28 percent follows rate increases of 18 percent in 2010 and 15 percent in 2011. Another 11 percent rate increase already is targeted for […]

Don’t close the Kyburz Post Office

EDITOR: Open letter to Postmaster General, United States Postal Service regarding the possible closure of the Kyburz Post Office: My wife and I are unable to attend the meeting scheduled in Placerville. This letter is intended to express our dismay to hear that there are plans to close the post office at Kyburz. I am proud […]

It’s running downhill, straight from the U.N.

We have all been told that stuff runs downhill. We at the bottom of the hill are just not sure where it comes from. I feel we do not look high enough. At the Rio de Janeiro U.N. Earth Summit in 1992, some 178 nations adopted Agenda 21. President George W. Bush signed for the United States. […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

For Ray Van Asten: For EID

EDITOR: In a stunning reversal of direction – what some might call a betrayal of his commitment to withdraw from the race for the El Dorado Irrigation District board and throw his support to Ray Van Asten – Rob Carey has declared that he is back in the race. After a disastrous outing at the […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Northside School thanks local businesses

EDITOR: Northside School in Cool held its annual Fall Festival on Oct. 16. The event raised money through raffle ticket sales. The Northside School Parent Teacher Club would like to express our appreciation and thank the business that donated generously. Your generosity will make it possible for the Northside PTC to continue to help fund […]

City Council, you’re pimping our city

EDITOR: Open letter to the Placerville City Council: It’s very disturbing to me and degrading of your official positions to allow our former mayor to participate as he did Tuesday night, or at any City Council meeting. When police officers are suspected of a crime, criminal offenses, they are put on administrative leave. I can’t believe […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

There’s a leash law, folks

EDITOR: May I remind folks that there is a leash law. It seems that no matter where I go, with my dog on a leash, others let their dogs run free. It’s irritating and irresponsible of owners. I carry pepper spray and will not hesitate to use it. Question is, who should get sprayed? The […]

Upper Truckee non-action: Thanks for doing nothing

EDITOR: I applaud our Board of Supervisors for not taking any action on the Upper Truckee River Wild and Scenic River resolution Oct. 11. It would have been far easier for the board to pass the resolution. (The resolution seeks to show El Dorado County supports pressuring Congress to formalizing Wild and Scenic status for […]

Occupy EID

EDITOR: I attended last Monday’s El Dorado Irrigation District public meeting, and made it clear that I oppose the the 50/50 split between service vs. commodity (water) use. Currently, the service portion of your bill is 30 percent. So why do I oppose this proposed 50/50 plan? First, it is not equitable. It will increase […]

Support Wild and Scenic for Upper Truckee

EDITOR: I was disappointed to read your recent editorial, “Keep Upper Truckee tabled,” (Oct. 19), urging the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to “permanently table” a resolution in support of Wild and Scenic designation for the Upper Truckee River. I disagree. The Upper Truckee River is the primary source of clear, clean water for […]

Pioneer Fire’s Measure F: Allow me to illuminate the facts

EDITOR: Regarding the Oct. 24 letter to the Mountain Democrat opposing Pioneer Fire Protection District’s Measure F, I‘d like to address the author’s concerns and clear up a bit of misinformation. First, the lack of a sunset clause: The Pioneer Fire Board of Directors can vote to suspend or reduce the amount of the tax […]

Hard to take Mr. Obama’s word to the bank

EDITOR: I just read Mr. Moser’s letter on how the Republicans don’t care about the American people. I guess caring is burying your grandchildren in enough debt to sink Mt. Everest, but that aside let’s temper this with some facts. First, Mr. Obama said at the beginning that if he couldn’t turn things around in […]

Gone, but not forgotten

EDITOR: It’s hard to understand why some people are taken from us, especially our young ones. Most often there will be no acceptable answer. However, living on in memories is the legacy of love and of cherished lives. The Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines has begun the planning of a very special Memory […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Support of Halloween Carnival appreciated

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Community Services District Recreation Department combined its Carnival and Pumpkin Patch for a very successful event held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Cameron Park Lake. We had a wonderful turnout for this fun, filled family event. The children and their parents enjoyed the carnival games, crafts, hay rides, pumpkin patch, bounce […]

Pollock Pines shows it has heart

EDITOR: Recently there was a fundraiser for a Pollock Pines resident who has cancer and needs help with the costs of his treatment. For a lot of people in California, Pollock Pines is a place where Caltrans makes Bay Area residents stop on their way to Tahoe to put on chains so they don’t slide […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Historic Shingle Springs Miwoks

We, the Historic Shingle Springs Miwok, have been fighting to preserve our burial grounds and our old village sites. But since no El Dorado County or state official asks for identification, they just assume the tribe living on the Shingle Springs Miwok Reservation land are the real Shingle Springs Miwoks. They just deal with them. […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 36 Replies

This is not the time to bring in rookies to EID board

EDITOR: In hard times there are hard choices to make. There are sacrifices to be made while trying to balance the good. I understand anger at higher bills. Bottom line —repairs have to be made (pictures proved it–the structures were falling apart), mandates have to be met (both state and federal) and water needs to […]

We need to put legitimate Americans first

EDITOR: In response to Mr. Martin Schumann’s letter: It’s true, our nation’s generosity and hospitality have been taken advantage of for a very long time now. Yes, the secret to what has made America so strong over the last hundred or so years lies in its large diversity of people, a wonderful melting pot of […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Fast and Furious

EDITOR: In case you missed it, Congress passed and Obama signed new free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia that will, according to a study at Princeton University, cost America another 30 to 40 million jobs over the next 20 years. This is just part of the overall plan to totally destroy the […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID’s Osborne on a spending spree

EDITOR: Since 2002 the El Dorado Irrigation District has spent $750 million, squandering literally tens of millions of dollars of ratepayer money. Preposterous? Like for what, you say? Well try more than $50 million for start-up losses on the hydro contract with PG&E that ratepayers had to pay. Or $50 million of unfunded retiree benefits […]

Grab the popcorn and enjoy the show

EDITOR: Friday, Oct. 28, a movie, Anonymous, will dramatize the theory that William Shaksper was a “front man” for Edward DeVere, the earl of Oxford, who wrote some marvelous plays under the pen name “Shake-speare.” Shaksper never wrote a letter, left a manuscript, or left a book to anyone in his will. He paid a […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Try music to drown out the gunshots

EDITOR: Regarding Wendy Schultz’ Oct. 21 column on annoying gunfire in her quiet neighborhood — sounds like my neighbors are visiting yours and bringing their weapons to the party. Although probably unlike you, I also own a number of firearms. I don’t fire them on my property because of the annoyance factor. My fantasy retaliation […]

Rob Carey for EID

EDITOR: I was disappointed to read the Mountain Democrat article about the El Dorado Irrigation District candidates’ debate and to learn that Rob Carey had dropped out (Editor’s note: Carey is back in the race). I know that many people have already voted for Rob via mail-in ballots, and I urge those who have not yet […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Good luck, Mr. Cal

EDITOR: If Vincent Cal’s experience is indicative, El Dorado County no longer is “business friendly.” (Well, maybe big developers are an exception. But that’s another story.) From reportage to date, Cal’s Greenwood store has community support and is contributing to employment and the tax base. Some would think that a good thing. Nothing points to […]

Stars are coming out in Pollock Pines

EDITOR: “A successful team beats with one heart.” Pollock Pines will be hosting its fourth annual awards evening for the outstanding businesses and community leaders in the community. In the past, the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines has been the sponsoring organization, but this year has invited all other organizations in town to join […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Chimerical quick fix

EDITOR: I’ve just had the unfortunate experience of traveling the entire length of Indiana’s portion of I-80. If you think California’s interstates are bad, go to Indiana.  Strangely enough, the condition of that state’s I-80 reminded me of a similar “superhighway” in India, but with a major difference: Indiana collects stiff tolls while India does not. […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

The Pollock Pines Library article failed to give full credit

EDITOR: I just finished reading the article on the Pollock Pines library and I disagree with some of what was written. Our library is five minutes away from an elementary school and is in the heart of our children. My grandson just completed his first map project in his fourth-grade class —-the subject: “How many […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

The school’s socialist agenda is showing

EDITOR: In response to a letter to the editor by high school student Cody Brents entitled “American government and big business.” He uses such grown-up terms such as “stock severences” and “evil visages.” When he signed his name and then added “12th grade student of American government,” I realized that this was not the words […]

Please preserve my neighborhood

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission: Once again my neighborhood is under attack. There was a Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 27 regarding a proposed subdivision along Wild Chaparral. We do not want that type of subdivision in our neighborhood. Those 12 acres are currently zoned R1A, which […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

You’d better read your child’s textbooks

EDITOR: Cody Brents, a “12th grade student of American government,” rails against “profit seeking” companies and the severance packages paid to their management. His letter is replete with the anti-capitalist rhetoric taught in many public school classrooms, leaving the last two generations with a negative perspective of America and our political/economic system. A teacher and […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Let’s rethink Measure F

EDITOR: I have nothing but respect and admiration for the women and men who selflessly volunteer their time to protect the residents of the Pioneer Volunteer Fire District. They are a credit to our community and I thank you all for your service. I have supported the department both financially and through support of their annual […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Regarding the cartoon of Obama and the lemmings

EDITOR: Pity the poor European socialists. They have to put up with government-paid medical care that many Americans can’t afford. They are forced to work 40 hours or less per week and take six weeks off for vacation every summer. They suffer through the government-paid education to the highest level they can qualify for. Quality […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Criminals for gun control

EDITOR: Home Invaders of America National Criminals Guild, United Auto Theft Workers, Association Of Violent Offenders, Carjackers For Truth, Serial Killers Anonymous, Rapists Rights Organization, Murder Inc., Handsome Men Who Kill Club, National Kidnappers Collective. Huge advocates of gun control, yeah it’s tough out there, competition is stiff and it doesn’t help that every time I […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

We’re losing the war for our independence

EDITOR: The following information should be looked at with great concern; we are losing the battle to be a free nation. “America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilization. Meanwhile; the state is failing in its most fundamental duties. […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Thanks for supporting craft fair, car show

EDITOR: I would like to thank the Mountain Democrat on behalf of the Broadway Village Association for the great story you ran on the association’s annual Craft Fair and Car Show. We are very grateful for the continued support of the Mountain Democrat and fortunate to have you as our part of our neighborhood. In […]

Pancreatic cancer walk: Will you join us?

EDITOR: On Nov. 5 in Elk Grove there will be a walk to help fund research in the war against pancreatic cancer. As a 10-plus year survivor of a rare form of pancreatic cancer, I am asking all of my family and friends who still live in El Dorado County to either come out and walk […]

Are you as tired of ‘unfunded mandates’ as I am?

EDITOR: So, according to a recent article in this paper, our El Dorado Irrigation District rates are being boosted again partially caused by “unfunded mandates” from worthless federal and state government agencies that should be abolished in their entirety. These worthless agencies are aided by other ridiculous wacko groups like the “Delta Planning Council” whose […]

Good-bye, post office?

EDITOR: The United States Postal Service  is reported to be in trouble. Running out of money, thereby forcing post offices to be closed. But the USPS would be in the black were it not for the requirement to make pre-payments for health benefits for the next 75 years in a 10-year stretch. One has to […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

I’m sick of the phone books

EDITOR: I apologize in advance for bringing this matter to your paper, as I know there are far more critical issues facing each and every one of us. Wait, maybe I should retract that. The issue I am bringing forth to readers is at the heart of many of our nation’s problems. People need to […]

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