EDHCSD survey

EDITOR: After living in El Dorado County for the past almost 30 years, I have seen many incidences of strange ideas put forth to the county residents. However, the recent survey I received from the El Dorado Hills Community Services District has got to be the one that is the most insulting. In a nutshell, […]

April 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

Real estate lies

EDITOR: The Board of Directors of the El Dorado County Association of Realtors is doing a real disservice to its individual members by putting out an action alert concerning the petitions being circulated by local citizens. I challenge the local, hardworking and honest real estate professionals to read the petitions to determine if they think […]

Censorship?

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat Website has recently been hit with massive deletions of comments. Is the Mountain Democrat nervous about comments concerning local and federal events? Or, perhaps comments about individuals that are a little bit too close to home? Mr. Editor? JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville Editor’s note: The Mountain Democrat does not censor comments […]

Sheriff’s Office bonanza

EDITOR: Our sheriff this Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting wants a 106,331-square-foot building the size of a Home Depot on a 12-acre campus, six times the size of the current administration building he occupies built in 1970. A county consultant estimates a $52 million construction cost at $490 per square foot. You need […]

Briggs not qualified

EDITOR: Not everybody knows it, but not anyone may run for any office; sometimes legislators guard the public interest with strenuous requirements.  Attorney general candidates, for instance, must have been a licensed lawyer for five years. And as with the attorney general, to qualify as an El Dorado County treasurer there are specific requirements enumerated […]

What do I think?

EDITOR: I think Ms. Kimberly ought to have the library conference room. When she does get the room, she should project the composition of the Supreme Court on the board and discover that her desire for Justice Scalia to be Chief Justice will hopefully not come to pass. The Honorable John Roberts is our current […]

Constitutional convention

EDITOR: Changing our U.S. Constitution, the question is, how can this be done? Q. How are amendments to the federal Constitution made? A. Article V our Constitution provides two methods of amending the Constitution: 1. Congress proposes amendments and presents them to the states for ratification; or when 2/3, 34 states apply for it, Congress […]

Open letter to city of Placerville

EDITOR: In the life of a community, like the life of an individual, there are defining moments, moments that illuminate true character. This is one such moment for Placerville. The question is whether the quirky, creative, entrepreneurial, openhearted personality of our city, which is part of our gold rush heritage, can extend to include our […]

Newtown news

EDITOR: Six months ago my wife and I were driving east on Newtown Road. Most of our married life we’ve taken the road less traveled and this particular day was no exception. After crossing Weber Creek at the junction of Fort Jim, we slowed to a crawl. A “for sale” sign stood in front of […]

BOS

EDITOR: Regarding the March 21 Mountain Democrat article “Supes Scotch Development Agreement Team,” Sea change? Turning of tides? Time will tell. But the good news is that the BOS did listen to public opposition on March 18, and said no to jumpstarting developer projects before they’ve been publicly introduced. They then voted to develop a […]

Preaching ‘keep it local’

EDITOR: Hypocrisy is defined as “the pretense of having virtues that one does not actually possess.” All of the following is my opinion. That said, hopefully all local voters remember the recent and ongoing cries of the “homeboys” telling you in full-page ads not to sign the anti-growth petitions because you would be “giving up […]

BS alliance

EDITOR: The Business Alliance (BA) in El Dorado County is made up of the El Dorado Builders Exchange, the EDC Association of Realtors and the Chamber of Commerce. They claim their goal is to “engage and inform” the public. Thus, I am floored by the arrogance of the assertions made in their latest newsletter, beginning […]

‘Control Growth’ initiative misunderstood

EDITOR: In her letter to the editor, Ellen Van Dyke is just plain wrong. The “Control Growth, Fix Our Local Roads” initiative does not help or hurt any specific project in El Dorado County. It leaves project approval up to the Board of Supervisors, but sets solid criteria to keep El Dorado County rural. Measure […]

Wake up America

EDITOR: When are the citizens of the United States going to wake up? I have spent hours attempting to find the language of the law pertaining to the Medi-Cal Estate Recovery program, which is contained within the California Code of Regulations. The specific sections referred to in numerous publications do not seem to be available […]

Leland Yee

EDITOR: There’s a decades old saying, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Mr Yee’s actions show  that to be an accurate statement. He pushes legislation to limit how many and what types of guns law-abiding citizens can have while at the same time selling illegal guns to his thuggish friends. He is […]

Parents, be afraid

EDITOR: This letter is to all parents in California. Well, actually all parents in the United States. I have written, in the past, about my own children’s district (MLUSD) and the fact that I have found no support nor have I found any help with educational matters. This now goes beyond the district. We all […]

Mike Owen for Auditor-Controller

EDITOR: El Dorado County voters have an important decision to make June 3 in the two-person race to determine our next Auditor-Controller. It is time for a badly needed change in the Auditor-Controller’s Office, and Mike Owen is the candidate to make that change happen. Mike will bring many years of “hands-on” experience to the […]

Political ad

EDITOR: I am curious about the full-page political ad that has frequented the Mountain Democrat over the past several weeks. It urges readers not to “sign away local control,” not to sign the petitions being circulated to curb development. The ad raises many questions such as who are the members of El Dorado County Voters […]

‘Hands off’ to the people

EDITOR: It used to be that our local library, and its quiet meeting room for group discussions or learning was thought to be a county building owned and shared by and for the people. So it seemed absurd that I was refused the meeting room for an hour and a half meeting. They have a […]

Developer’s big lie campaign

EDITOR: Here it comes. A new developer front group called “El Dorado County Voters for Local Control” bought full page ads in the Mountain Democrat last week. The message in the developer’s ad says, “Don’t sign petitions that turn over county planning to Caltrans bureaucrats.” That‘s quite a stretch. The actual language in our Fix […]

Lori Parlin the best candidate

EDITOR: I am supporting Lori Parlin because I feel she is the only candidate that truly has the public’s best interest in mind. She formed the Shingle Springs Community Alliance to bring to light the enormous unbridled and incompatible developments coming into Shingle Springs and surrounding areas. She also supports the locally grown grassroots initiatives […]

April 02, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Car break-ins on the rise

EDITOR: It sure seems that the automobile break-ins and other home burglaries have not only increased, but are spreading to areas that normally did not have this sort of problem. On our road, four cars were hit on Friday night. Now, I’m not saying they are related, but it sure seems so, that, after the […]

Developments: Moving too fast

EDITOR: The March 11 Board of Supervisors Consent Calendar drama was unnecessary. It left the perception that the BOS was attempting to bypass public involvement in approving large development projects. The county should not engage large subdivision developers at any level until their projects have been publicly introduced. And none of the projects targeted for […]

Meyers Landfill fiasco

EDITOR: At the March 18 Board of Supervisors meeting, CAO Teri Daly and Assistant CAO Kim Kerr placed on the consent calendar a very large, contentious item to finish and sweep under the rug which is known as the Meyers Landfill project blunder, which has $6 million in construction cost overruns. This is a prime […]

Fire incident and evacuation planning

EDITOR: On Saturday, March 8, over 60 residents of Logtown attended a fire incident and evacuation discussion at Station 44 in Logtown. Battalion Chief Mike Webb from Cal Fire researched the fire history in our area and developed likely wildfire scenarios for the community. He was the “Incident Commander” and displayed maps of the ignition […]

Reply to being called a roach

EDITOR: “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr (1787) “Persecution is not an original feature in any religion; but it is always the strongly marked feature of […]

Residential expansion and water

EDITOR: This is an open letter I’ve submitted to the Board of Supervisors. I hope you’ll publish it since I believe it’s a widely held opinion of many people in the area. We need more water, not more residences. Dear Board of Supervisors: I’m writing to appeal to you to place a hold on currently […]

Water rights

EDITOR: Dear citizens of Congressional District 4. We all need to wake up and take our Congressional representative to task for his support of stripping us of our state and local water rights. Mr. McClintock was a state senator from Thousand Oaks before his run for Congress of the U.S. He has been a professional […]

Rubicon Trail fundraiser successful

EDITOR: The Rubicon Trail Foundation would like to thank everyone that came out to support the sixth annual Black Tie & Boots Dinner/Fundraiser honoring an incredible man, Steve Morris “The Man, The Myth, the Legend” with the prestigious “Rock Award” and raising money “to enhance the future health and use of the Rubicon Trail, while […]

Water conservation

EDITOR: Are we shooting ourselves in the foot? Growing up in the 1950s, my mother (who grew up in the 1930s) always said, “Waste not, want not.” We were not allowed to waste anything. When we moved to Shingle Springs in the 1970s, we always conserved water, especially during the 70s drought. Now that we […]

Name doubted

EDITOR: I guess a few folks are concerned with who is or is not running for District 4 supervisor. In my experience, this county has a very dark underbelly of individuals who like to malign good people when they are worried that those same individuals may shed light on their less than honorable intent. To […]

DA Pierson best man for job

EDITOR: This year voters are being offered a choice on who they want to be their district attorney and how they want that office to prosecute crime, represent victims and ensure that our county remains a safe place to live and work. The challenger appears to have been a bankruptcy attorney for over 10 years, working […]

What caused apartment fire?

EDITOR: Our community never heard follow-up to the apartment fire on Woodridge Court in Placerville in January that left several families homeless. Was the cause ever officially determined? This was a tragic event and I was pleased to see the community step up using social media to help the victims. Still left wondering what happened […]

Diamond, El Dorado plans remain uncertain

EDITOR: You’ll have to excuse me for feeling a little cynical regarding the “Diamond, El Dorado plans adopted” article. “Three years in the making” and “staff has done a fantastic job” written next to “the Planned Diamond Parkway goes right through where a new subdivision is planned” and “the outreach didn’t reach out far enough” caught […]

Democratic-Chronicles appreciated

EDITOR: I’ve been a subscriber to the Mountain Democrat for many years. Over the years, I have seen the paper go through its course of leanings; sometimes further to the right or left of my own opinions than I have been able to appreciate. Sometimes, its the right voice at the right time. I just […]

Finding housing seems impossible now

EDITOR: My family was approved for the Section 8 program recently. It’s not because we don’t work or because we’re not capable of managing our own lives but simply because we needed a little help. Over a year ago we were homeless with no hope in sight. There were problems with addiction, denial and just […]

The tow truck vandal

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the idiot who vandalized my son’s tow truck last week. I hope that you understand that when you vandalized his truck because the young man who works for him is now dating your ex-girlfriend and had it parked in front of his residence, you took the money (my […]

Outlandish charge

EDITOR: A recent letter writer asserts that HR 3964 gives “Central Valley’s land and water barons priority over California’s water rights.” This is an outlandish charge. The bill specifically protects local water rights. Since the 14th Amendment, it has been a legitimate function of the federal government to protect the property rights of every American and […]

Fire ‘Fee’ lawsuit

EDITOR: Rural California homeowners are now facing the third round of illegal Fire Prevention taxes since the July 7, 2011, passage of Assembly Bill X1 29. A lawsuit, filed Oct. 4, 2012 by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, joined by El Dorado County, challenges the validity of this “fee.” The state has taken steps to […]

Law breaker

EDITOR: It’s bad enough to see all the sign pollution on a day to day basis here in our county, but when Mike Ranalli shoves in the Cameron Park community’s face a complete disregard for the law, a law that he knowingly and willingly violated, I for one think something should be done. I understand […]

District attorney

EDITOR: Obviously, there are questions regarding the recent filing of Judson Hamor Henry, candidate for District Attorney. There was also an online comment, questioning District Attorney Vern Pierson’s residency, when he first filed as a candidate. Yes, Mr. Pierson worked for the Amador District Attorney’s office and previously with the State Attorney General’s office. However, […]

Colonel Blimp

EDITOR: Publisher Richard Esposito’s latest op-ed page criticizing Obama’s foreign policy initiatives as disasters in Lybia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Ukraine, reminds me that, so far, not a single American has been killed as a result of these “disasters.” Mr. Esposito seems to prefer the more “robust” approach to foreign policy: invade first, ask […]

Too many cats

EDITOR: Cat overpopulation is mainly a human-caused problem that affects our native wildlife. Outdoor cats, even well-fed ones, kill hundreds of millions of wild birds and other animals each year in the U.S., including endangered species. Birds that nest or feed on the ground are easy prey to cat attacks. Some of our local native […]

Salvation Army kettle donations

EDITOR: A huge thank you to the hundreds of bell ringer volunteers throughout El Dorado County, who gave their time to raise funds for the Salvation Army programs. The red kettle donations support families in need within the county throughout the year. Thank you to the following merchants who supported the annual drive: Raleys, Bel […]

Weatherization

EDITOR: As my husband’s illness became worse, we needed more help around the house. Friends and family did everything they could. Before this time I was someone who did not want any agency to know all my business. I dislike very much filling out papers. I don’t like to ask for or to receive help […]