Flip side

EDITOR: Consider spirituality as a coin having two sides. I was taught to focus on only one side: Love the Lord your God with all your heart; love your neighbor as yourself; be concerned with the needs of others; turn the other cheek; etc. This side of the coin deals with God’s love. What if […]

End of Nutting saga

EDITOR: Congratulations to Shiva Frentzen for putting an end (hopefully) to the Nutting saga. As our new District 2 supervisor, Shiva will have a big job ahead to help direct the county down the right path. With budget hearings starting next week and the likelihood of a budget shortfall, the county may be faced with […]

Winds of war

EDITOR: The editorial, “Winds of war,” on Sept. 10 was right on the mark, and echos my thoughts exactly. Having been born on the seventh day of WWII, this student of history has been around long enough to see some, and know the truth of the statement that those who forget history may see it […]

Responsible leadership

EDITOR: It’s two days after the special election for District 2 supervisor. I don’t live in that district, but I drive through it just about every day. Along the Highway 50 corridor, I still see campaign signs for five of the six candidates: Claire McNeal, Dave Pratt, Shiva Frentzen, Jennifer Nutting and Chris Amaral. The […]

Frentzen for Dist. 2

EDITOR: I met Shiva Frentzen 13 years ago during the time that I volunteered at the Shingle Springs-Cameron Park Chamber Of Commerce and was able to become very well acquainted with Shiva as a businesswoman and during her term as president of that chamber. She is a very skilled and focused individual and is always […]

Vote for Nutting

EDITOR: Citizens of El Dorado County District 2, you are under siege by District Attorney Vern Pierson and Board Supervisor Ron Briggs. Vern Pearson indicted Ray Nutting on four citations for felonies that were false. Ray Nutting was arrested and was given no time to secure money for such a large bail bond, I know, […]


EDITOR: Even if you crank up compassion for these poor pawns, this is going to swamp our jobs, economy, resources and our children’s’ future at a time when we are on wobbly wheels, absent this invasion. Worse, it adds to the gargantuan debt we are leaving our children. It has to stop, now. The party […]

Wally Thomas

EDITOR: To the friends of Wally Thomas: I have felt overwhelmed with kindness and love from our wonderful community. “Thank you” is not a big enough word to say how grateful I am for filling my heart to start the healing process of our family’s loss of a wonderful husband, loving father and faithful friend. […]

Vote Amaral Sept. 9

EDITOR: Finally, we have a choice in District 2 — Chris Amaral. It is often said that our individual votes don’t really matter and it seems to stem from the thought that nothing will change and status quo will be maintained. Well … voters have a real chance to change that in this election. Next […]

A history education — and the meaning of Labor Day

EDITOR: It was a wonderfully busy Labor Day weekend at Gold Bug Park. Special thanks go out to the nearly 500 people who came by the park to take a walk into history and tour the rarely seen Priest Mine. During those three days dozens of families and couples from Placerville and virtually every community […]

Longhofer and impeachment

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer’s recent letter criticizing the Tea Party for calling for Obama’s impeachment basically suggests that Obama’s transgressions are trivial and the real justification for impeachment was Bush’s condoning of torture. Now you could make a case that Obama’s only enforcing laws he agrees with makes us more like a banana republic than the […]

Todd White is a dedicated public servant

EDITOR: I have been reading other letters for Todd White, who is running for re-election to the El Dorado Union High School Board of Trustees, and I thought I would give my input. Todd and I became friends shortly after he was elected to the high school board in 2010. Todd differs from most elected […]

Correction to ‘lawless regime’ response

EDITOR: In her Aug. 25 letter to the editor, Ellen Van Dyke made an error and has since acknowledged the error in the online comments attached to that letter. Since many readers do not go online and only read the printed newspaper, I would like to repeat and expand the comment in print. The comment […]

Beautiful flock

EDITOR: To the person who has the flock of white doves that are let out to fly about 7 each morning. I walk my dog on the trail behind Thompsons and most morning see the flock as they are taking flight; it is a beautiful thing to see and adds to the pleasant time of […]

EDC General Plan update

EDITOR: El Dorado County residents need to know about the General Plan update currently in progress. But working folk just cannot attend the many hours of meetings held in the past two weeks. I hope people see Dr. Boylan’s letter “Amending the County’s General Plan,” posted Aug. 27 in the Mountain Democrat. Packing development into […]

Shiva Frentzen for the right reason

EDITOR: The race for the El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor position is hinged on emotion and money. We need to vote for this seat for the right reason. There is only one candidate running for this seat who has served as an elected official and understands the structure and function of a governing board. […]

Desperate need for an honest Dist. 2 supervisor

EDITOR: We always vote, but do not enjoy politics. This time, however, we feel compelled to speak up. It really irks us that our former supervisor betrayed our trust and then cost us (taxpayers) quite a tidy sum to have a special election to replace him. During this time, we have also lacked representation on […]

Dave’s the one

EDITOR: My vote goes for Dave Pratt. Here’s why. I’ve known Dave for many years and I think I’ve gotten to know him fairly well. At least I know about his business, good and bad, his family and his activities for El Dorado County. I’ve witnessed him on all those fronts, with exemplary results. We […]

Salvation Army volunteers

EDITOR: Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped facilitate another successful year of The Salvation Army sponsored campers and back-to-school shoppers. Fourteen campers and six volunteers were able to attend The Salvation Army Del Oro Camp in nearby Nevada City. We had 71 first-time back-to-school shoppers and 41 volunteers who helped with the […]

Only the people can save America

EDITOR: How can we save America? The last bastion of hope is known as the common-law Grand Jury. Such a jury has already filed “official” documentation here in our county. Supreme Court’s Justice Scalia has called this jury the “fourth executive branch of government.” No higher earthly authority exists. This jury answers to the residents […]

Head Start and Early Head Start grants

EDITOR: On June 17, the El Dorado County Office of Education secured the necessary funding to continue our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, preserving many jobs and supporting children ages birth through 5 and families on their path to self-sufficiency and life preparedness. EDCOE was successful in its award by committing to rigorous, […]

Pratt most qualified

EDITOR: The most qualified candidate for District 2 Supervisor is Dave Pratt. I’ve known him for many years and can vouch for his intellect and complete knowledge of all the critical issues facing our county. To use an oft-quoted phrase, he can hit the ground running. In this case, the adage couldn’t be more true. […]

Star gazing

EDITOR: On behalf of Seniors throughout El Dorado County, I would like to thank the volunteers from the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory (located in Placerville) for hosting an exciting evening of planet and star gazing this past week. Over 30 seniors joined in on this fabulous group outing. We truly appreciate all the hard […]

EID drought

EDITOR: During this serious drought, EID should examine its ditch services. In many cases metered, treated potable water is served at 1 miner’s inch (11.5 gpm) 24 hrs a day to feed an ornamental pond and nothing else. As it is not a guaranteed service, they should be turned off during the drought or at […]

Immigration reform: A political component

EDITOR: There is compelling evidence that this immigration crisis and the rush for immigration reform has a political component. Are these children just pawns in a political scheme? State Senator Darrell Steinberg returning from a fact-finding trip to these countries these immigrants are fleeing, discovered these children are not escaping gang violence, rape and sex […]

President Obama does what he says

EDITOR: The Russians have invaded the Ukraine today (Aug. 28), again. The media seems surprised by this action and there are many reports that our president appears disconnected and has shown a lack of leadership to the world as the lone superpower in his handling of this situation. There are many reports that state the […]

YouTube video on Common Core

EDITOR: The staff writer seems to have captured the essence of the YouTube video presented at this gathering. This is the same video referenced in a recent letter to the editor. I viewed it and found that it was a very polished “paid political announcement.” The key to understanding the true nature of the Common […]

Amaral for Supervisor

EDITOR: I have been most impressed with the character and candor of Chris Amaral, who is running for District 2 Supervisor. I am also impressed that he is not a career politician and has a strong business background. We can use some of that on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. He said something […]

Two letters’ reply

EDITOR: Two letters in your Aug 20 edition are standouts. Charlie Black, in his attack on Chris Daley’s column on immigration, listed some diseases he thinks immigrants are bringing us, and actually included this remark: “Obama is even allowing people to enter the country with Ebola.” Now, I don’t know how much information Mr. Black […]

Small farms

EDITOR: My name is John Millsap and I am not a small farm owner. I’ve lived in Greenstone Country in El Dorado County for over 20 years and I love living here, although I must say I’m a little disappointed with some of our elected officials. It seems we have some sore losers out there […]

Charlie Black’s response to Chris Daley

EDITOR: Regarding Charlie Black’s response to Chris Daley (Aug. 20), Mr. Black asserts that “he’s (Daley) immune to facts.” Mr. Black’s “facts” include: “the real unemployment rate is probably 25 percent” (cited source please); “when all of that (work, food stamps, rent, food and health insurance) will be given freely to those who entered this […]

Peace officers

EDITOR: I do not want people to forget about all the peace officers who are injured and killed in the line of duty every year protecting you and me. I think we should protest against the nasty human beings who murder, shoot at, spit on, beat up, run over and who knows what else these […]

$80M sheriff’s headquarters boondoggle

EDITOR: At the Board of Supervisors meeting, Joe Harn, county auditor, insisted that the county facilities manager prepare an agenda item for July 29 meeting to explain how the county might finance a massive new Sheriff’s Office building now purported to cost over $80 million. Harn’s concern is the county’s inability to pay for such […]

Tabloid headline

EDITOR: I am writing to express my disappointment in your choice of headline “MURDER-SUICIDE? Elderly couple found dead” regarding the tragic deaths of our dear friends and neighbors. They were very good people who were very much loved by their many family members and friends and community and do not deserve to have such a […]

Amending the county’s General Plan

EDITOR: Some people may not be aware that substantial amendment to our county General Plan is nearing completion. The proposed changes are labeled Targeted General Plan Amendments and Zoning Ordinance Update (TGPA/ZOU). A couple of years ago the Economic Development Advisory Committee got authorization from the Board of Supervisors to draw up amendments to the […]

George Turnboo for District 2

EDITOR: With the slogan, “Clean Government,” we can trust Jennifer Nutting to do a good job as Supervisor, replacing her inculpative husband, Ray. Or that’s what they want us to believe. I’m voting for George Turnboo. George is the logical choice. El Dorado County is his home having been born here. He believes in maintaining […]

Support Shiva Frentzen

EDITOR: As residents of District 2, we are very concerned about who we elect to replace Ray Nutting. We have read all the biographies and listened to what the candidates have to say about what they will do for District 2 and for El Dorado County. Most are very vague about their agenda. I want […]

Chris Amaral for District 2

EDITOR: When I read the candidate statements for District 2 Supervisor, one stands out: Chris Amaral. This is a man who is isn’t afraid to say, “character counts.” Based on our recent history, that by itself is a breath of fresh air. He understands that massive housing developments are not the economic answer, and that […]

Yes, I am back

EDITOR: Reference “He’s Back,” Mr. Alger’s letter of Aug. 18, in which he is contemptuous of my return. It is my great pleasure to be back giving Mr. Alger heartburn, which he evidences by including in his letter Benghazi, Black Panthers, Fast and Furious, Open Border, IRS, Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid and Obama ruling by decree. […]

A woman of her word

EDITOR: On multiple occasions in the past I have written in this forum to decry the actions and activities of local politicians. It is nice on this occasion to be able to extol the virtues of one of our local representatives. For the past four years I have followed closely the behavior of Shiva Frentzen […]

Is SPI clearcutting Georgetown’s water supply?

EDITOR: Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is planning a new timber harvest plan (THP) called the Oui Oui THP that will soon clearcut next to the campgrounds, picnic area and boat ramp at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir (sources: thptracker.blogspot.com, thptrackingcenter.org). Since 2010, Sierra Pacific Industries has already clearcut 863 acres in the immediate area, and this new THP […]

Response to ‘BOS as a lawless regime’

EDITOR: Please share this response to Mr. Smith with him and all those who read his letter, posted Aug. 11, regarding the BOS action on the yellow petition. Mr. Smith, whatever the Board of Supervisors did do, it did not “deny the people the right to vote” on the yellow petition. This initiative will come […]

Dave Pratt for Supervisor

EDITOR: Without a doubt, Dave Pratt is the most qualified candidate for District 2’s representative on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Dave’s priorities, integrity and his manner of discharging his duties as a former El Dorado County Agricultural Commissioner, current member of the county Planning Commission, president of a local fire safe council, […]

Another Logan Building Grand Jury report

EDITOR: According to the recently published Grand Jury report, the county’s recent release of the problem-plagued Logan Building, now called Victory Mine Center and owned by Steve Abel, has many of the same problems cited in three previous Grand Jury reports of 1999/2000. Why didn’t the county’s facility manager, Russ Fackrell, solve these problems prior […]

Head Start hours cut

EDITOR: El Dorado County’s Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Meyers plans to close the achievement gap the old fashioned way, by cutting the hours our disadvantaged preschoolers receive to prepare for Kindergarten. When the new federal Head Start moneys were granted in June, Mr. Meyers also funneled more money to administration, and cut the hours and […]