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DA hogging Main St. parking

EDITOR: It appears our District Attorney and his employees are above the law. The DA’s office is parking county vehicles on Main Street all day long and the city of Placerville is turning a blind eye without ticketing the vehicles. Why doesn’t the city ticket the DA’s vehicles parked on the street all day long? […]

EID rate discrimination

EDITOR: EID has set residential water rates higher than costs for 35,000 ratepayers to subsidize 700 “preferred” small farmer customers. Currently, all EID outside irrigation water over .25 acre-feet is sold to small farm customers at $49 per acre-foot while residential customers pay between $697 and $829 per acre-foot. So who are these “small farmers” […]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Letters

CAO and staff hiring friends

EDITOR: Assistant CAO Kim Kerr hired her friend to investigate, analyze and prepare a report on the efficiency of the county’s Building and Planning departments. The woman has no experience in the specialized area she was hired. The consultant’s report by Shannon Lowery attempts to review the county’s Planning Department and Building Department functionality and […]

Second Amendment

EDITOR: I am a lifelong liberal and a Democrat, and I have lived in El Dorado County for 30 years. In the late 80s, I got home from work after dark, and my teen daughter ran out to my car to tell me about the “man screaming in the woods.” We lived in a cabin […]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Letters

Altshuler’s hypocrisy

EDITOR: I, like most people, have seen hypocritical rants, but Mr. Altschuler’s is tough to top. He complains of the GOP trying to nullify laws by withholding funding. I don’t know how far back he’s going for this little piece of hypocrisy because the Democrat-controlled Senate has never allowed the House to get away with […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Small Farm compromise

EDITOR: I attended EID’s June 23 Small Farm Irrigation Rate (SFIR) workshop. I planted 30 trees to qualify for the SFIR program last year, with the intention of expanding our orchard over the next three years. We understand that there are a few “bad apples” in the program that abuse it by using water in […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

EID and Dale Coco

EDITOR: The Coco 30 percent rate increase was defeated at the June 23 EID meeting, thank goodness. At least for now. But there’s no telling or trusting what Coco says and does. Recently elected El Dorado irrigation Director Dale Coco has repeatedly and publicly chastised and criticized his own constituents, residential rate payers, for not […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Pollock Pines’ Fourth of July Parade

EDITOR: The annual Pollock Pines Fourth of July parade went off without a hitch this year due to all of the wonderful volunteers: Dave Hough, Rubicon Pro Sound; Dave and Dee Campbell (True Value Hardware), Kevin Brown, Leslie Sinclair, Dave and Ilda Donegan, CERT, STAR and the CHP, as well as much-appreciated help and guidance […]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Letters

Water conservation

EDITOR: I have been trying to do my part conserving water. I use the days specified by EID. I use a bucket in my shower. I am saving the water I use to boil certain foods to use to water my plants. I use low-water loads with my laundry. And I load my dishwasher to […]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Letters

Stupid laws

EDITOR: Have you ever wondered, after reading some of the stupid laws we have, who voted on them? Answer: If you watched the Channel 13 News on Tuesday night, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m., but not shown until 10:50 p.m. — ghosts. Yes you read correctly. Ghosts. Apparently some of our hard-working, self-serving Assembly people […]

July 04, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

That dam problem

EDITOR: With the impending water shortage in Northern California and no relief in sight, I have a question for the “No Dam Building” environmentalists. When your lights go brown, the cost of food goes up, fire danger rises, lawns and shrubs turn brown, forests turn brown, fish die and when you can’t take a shower […]

Lumber sales tax

EDITOR: I am still amazed at the audacity, stealth and shenanigans our hard-working, self-serving legislature will do to make extra money at the expense of the public. If it had not been for a listener calling into “Call Curtis,” on Channel 13, I would never have heard about the new fee imposed on solid lumber […]

Buying binge

EDITOR: As the fiscal year winds down on June 30 every year, a panic may grip government offices. Someone realizes that they have not spent their entire fiscal budget. As the day grows closer, anxiety and hysteria may set in, depending upon how much money is left and must be spent by midnight, June 30. […]

Letter to Speaker of the House

DEAR EDITOR: This is an open letter to Speaker of the House, John Boehner. This letter is pertaining to the president’s exchange sending five senior Taliban commanders back to Qatar in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I urge the House of Representatives, through you as its speaker, to initiate two monumental actions. They are: […]


EDITOR: Driving on Placerville Drive the Koby Ant always brings a smile to my face. He changes with the seasons, holidays and special events whether donned in a costume or a new coat of paint, of which there must be many. “Koby” just guards his little corner, never leaving to enter our homes. Thank you […]

GDPUD misinformation

EDITOR: After attending last week’s meeting of the Rural Community Coalition (RCC) at the Garden Valley Fire Department I am somewhat puzzled by the conflicting information put forth by GDPUD Board President Bonnie McLean. She claimed that the district is saving money by paying the current interim general manager (as well as the previous interim […]

Debt reduction at EID with Coco?

EDITOR: Are we headed toward debt reduction with Dale Coco? I do recall the campaign promises of Mr. Dale Coco. One of those was to cut the agency’s $370 million debt. Does that sound like a large amount for a county of our size? Mr. Coco stated it was far out of line and reported […]

At the crossroads

EDITOR: When for the first time you happen upon the intersection of Main Street and Cedar Ravine Road, you are soon struck by the feeling that you have entered a place of special significance, a place like no other, a location of historical worth, an area rich in community … and thriving. Formed over 150 […]

Facebook postings

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat has made its share of mistakes over the years but requiring people to only post comments via Facebook has to rank at the top. First, many people don’t have a Facebook account and for good reason — it’s used to gather information about people to either sway their opinion or sell […]

South American immigrants

EDITOR: All of this hate, hate, hate, rhetoric … America has had the dubious historical distinction of finding a “group du jour” to hate since its inception. These days African-Americans, LGBT communities, women in general and the children from South America are all currently in season and on the veritable menu of “Haters.” These very […]

Placerville Senior Center piano replaced

EDITOR: This is a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed at our fundraiser in May and to the El Dorado County Friends of Seniors for the grant that enabled the tired, old piano at the Placerville Senior Center to be replaced with a new to the Center, refurbished and guaranteed piano. The […]

Comments sign-in policy

EDITOR: I can’t believe the idiocy that has taken over the Mountain Democrat. I pay for this rag. I have to use an e-mail address and a password to sign in to read it online, now I am forced to use Facebook to sign in (again) to read or leave a comment. How discriminatory is […]

Time for change in CP

EDITOR: For the past 10 years I have attended the monthly board meetings at the Cameron Park CSD. To say that the current board is unproductive is an understatement. With only four members on the board, motions die on the floor, or the vote is 2-2. The male members of the board seem to love […]

A thank you note

EDITOR: We would like to express our sincere thanks to a gentlemen named David and an unnamed woman who were first to respond and call 911 when I fainted on July 6 at the Diamond Springs rummage sale. David was very caring and kind to stay with me until the fire department arrived to take […]

Prada belongs in Berkeley

EDITOR: As a longtime homeowner and conscientious water miser, I have low-flow everything, zero lawn, drip emitters on everything I water and no swimming pool. I planted a few olive tree and grape vines to augment my meager Social Security income and provide organic food for my neighbors. I applied for and qualified for Small […]

2014 El Dorado Rose

EDITOR: We were so happy to see Normadene Carpenter honored as the 2014 El Dorado Rose. When Normadene saw the need for a quality preschool in our area, Placerville Preschoolers was founded. That was 1959, and we have been growing ever since. We were honored to have Normadene’s grandchild with us years ago and we […]

Freedom of speech denied

EDITOR: The recent change in the comments section has destroyed freedom of speech on a wide range of issues. We have become constrained and limited. This is no way to run a newspaper comments section unless you want to limit speech. And so I am opting out. I have enjoyed commenting with many of you […]

Is democracy alive in EDC?

EDITOR: I live in El Dorado Hills and participated in a survey for land use in our community in January of this year. I thought it was wonderful that they were getting input from the public as to our priorities for growth in housing, open space and parks, etc. To my dismay, the El Dorado […]

Using Facebook for comments

EDITOR: I fully understand and agree with the paper’s decision to make commenters be identifiable when placing comments on the electronic/Web editions. The comments had become more and more offensive, with more very personal attacks on others, and less constructive content and “accountability.” The number of false-name, brain-dead commenters seemed to be growing with each […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Vendetta against small farmers

EDITOR: The July 2 edition of the Mountain Democrat had an extensive article by Dawn Hodson that reviewed point-by-point Director Prada statements about small farmers’ water use. His statements were then explained/added to/corrected by EID staff. The article clearly shows that Prada has made partial truths or misleading statements about this subject. As a public […]


EDITOR: People, people, people. Why is it when elections roll around, people come out of the woodwork thinking they are qualified to do a job they’ve never done before? I’m thinking there’s no one reading this newspaper that hasn’t applied for a job at least once in their lifetime. And every school teaches kids how […]

Help appreciated

EDITOR: Three young people in our community helped make Snowline Hospice’s Volunteer Appreciation Picnic a very special and delightful occasion. They saw two women unloading two vehicles full of supplies and equipment. They graciously asked if they could help carry items to the gazebo at Lions Park and did so quickly and enthusiastically. After everything […]

Finish what you start

EDITOR: The county of El Dorado must finish the project they started 15 years ago, before they take on another project like a new courthouse, etc. The unfinished project is the Missouri Flat Road/Diamond Springs bypass. It becomes more dangerous every day with each new car that travels through the site. The completion of this […]

Ready for Hillary?

EDITOR: Are we really ready for Hillary? Apparently her campaign slogan seems to think, “Yes.” I, for one, after eight years of Barack Obama, feel this country does not need more of the same, only packaged differently. We must not be duped and brainwashed like the last two presidential elections. We cannot afford the luxury […]

Critical thinking

EDITOR: My political e-mails over the past few years were (for the most part), the result of personal pondering and research in an attempt to find the truth — and to use that truth to enlighten and awaken America, who gives the appearance of sleeping. Some have disagreed with me from boredom of it all, […]

Interesting comment

EDITOR: The other night, President Obama made an interesting comment at a Washington D.C. dinner honoring news reporters. His remark was that an American had finally won the Boston Marathon and this was fair because a Kenyan has been president for the past six years. I’m sure the remark was intended to be humorous. But, […]

What’s wrong with this picture?

EDITOR: As you all know, California is in a drought. I have let my lawn die to conserve water in hopes of keeping some special shrubs alive and water my livestock. But you can drive around Placerville and watch Home Depot, Kmart, Walmart, Rite-Aid, etc. water all the plants they have for sale and watch […]

Gun control

EDITOR: In Gene Altshuler’s editorial, it was as though a god was speaking to me: “I have listened till I am nauseated” from the “mantras of the simple and weak-minded…” That we members of the NRA have “blood on our hands” and that we “must cleanse them.” Gosh Gene, would it be all right if […]

Business as usual?

EDITOR: The EID board met June 9 in another contentious meeting that dealt with the ruling by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that abrogated EID’s post-1914 water rights. This ruling has immediate consequences for ratepayers in Outingdale that will have to deal with the Stage 4 drought ruling. Tom Cumpston, EID’s attorney, gave […]

‘Prada’ling about with small farms

EDITOR: If you went to grocery store A and purchased five apples for $1 each, you spent $5 for five apples. If you went to grocery store B and spent $1.25 for four apples and received the fifth one free, you still spent $5 for five apples. Mr. Prada would complain that grocery store B […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,


EDITOR: Everything is different now. Struck by a tsunami on March 11, 2011, Fukushima continues to pour radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean unabated. A vast plume of this radioactive effluence has spread across the North Pacific, leaving death in its wake. Its radioactivity, carried by wind and rain, is now falling onto North America, […]

$52 million Sheriff’s Office DOA

EDITOR: It didn’t take a lot of forethought to determine that the $52 million Sheriff’s Office proposal before the Board of Supervisors was dead on arrival before it ever started, but that won’t stop our county bureaucrats from wasting several million dollars of taxpayer money chasing a big, white elephant. Of course, there is a […]

Burping cows

EDITOR: I would like to thank your staff writer Dawn Hodson for her front page article, “Obama administration targeting burping cows.” If the comedian community can’t have fun with this story, then maybe they are not comedians. I can see the political cartoons now. I really wish I was a cartoonist. The really sad part […]

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

EDITOR: The Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt; meaning that the union has shown a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain. The union is driven by greed and other self-interests. They use vicious, unethical methods to try to achieve their goals. The union is not concerned about the well-being of […]

Feds nix eagle killing penalties

EDITOR: A deal with the feds will make a Solano County wind farm the first in the nation to be allowed to kill eagles. That would be, accidentally kill them, of course. The Unites States Fish and Wildlife Service says a large project near Rio Vista will not be cited if the birds are injured […]

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