Endangered species … and other red herrings

Wild Chinook salmon are the most prolific, most widely adapted, most farmed salmon in the world, from Washington’s Columbia River, Canada, Alaska, Kamchatka, the Sakhalin Islands to Patagonia, Chile and New Zealand, healthy populations abound. Yet California authorities use this species to manipulate water rights, hamstringing agriculture so urban folk can wash their Audis. The […]

Hiring practices

EDITOR: After reading Larry Weitzman’s column regarding the county’s assistant CAO, its hard to imagine a reader that isn’t frustrated with the lack of effectiveness with local government, including our elected officials. The column goes so far as to suggest a complete review of hiring practices in El Dorado County is necessary, especially for key […]


EDITOR: What, no accusation of racial blame game? Why does Obama refer to the traitor as a child? What about the six service men killed looking for the traitor who was someone’s child; one was black, where is Jackson? Obama must be impeached. His crimes, he defied all in releasing five of the most dangerous […]

More on EID’s $49 small farm rate

In my April 11 letter to the editor I stated: “EID’s average small farm ratepayer to date has not conserved in his/her water consumption and receives all water over one quarter of an acre-foot at the rate of $49 while residential ratepayers pay $829 per acre foot.” Boy, what a firestorm of desperate rebuttal my […]


EDITOR: There seems to be general agreement that we are experiencing a very serious and potentially long-lasting drought. Residents are being asked to conserve water while we see many examples of new construction. It would seem that one of the first water conservation steps should be a moratorium on all new water connections. WILLIAM S. […]

Annual Ag Tour

EDITOR: Thank you to the many people who attended the annual El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Ag Tour earlier in June. Coincidentally, this was the 50th tour and it celebrated the amazing story of the Apple Hill Growers reaching the milestone of 50 years in business. The tour visited five member ranches that epitomize […]

Why can Ty protest?

EDITOR: Mr. Ty Robben protested in front of the DA’s Office.  I believe District Attorney Vern Pierson said at that time that Mr. Robben had a First Amendment right to protest. Since then, Mr. Robben was arrested on false charges in Nevada and those charges were dropped. I’m asking Mr. Pierson to expound on his […]

Above and beyond

EDITOR: Recently I needed to purchase a new mattress so I went to Delta Bedding and Furniture in Shingle Springs. The mattress I bought was too short (I needed a twin long). Well, after several trips, not only by my friend and I , but also deliveries by Delta Bedding, I finally got the right […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply


EDITOR: Nuisance — Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “something offensive or annoying to the community.” The Upper Room qualifies for this distinction. The CRC realized they were being used in the wrong way and moved on. The Upper Room has become an enabler and therefore has become a public nuisance. I am sure their hearts […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 4 Replies

Gone to pot

EDITOR: As we head into what will probably be a frightening fire season and can use every drop of water, here is a thought: Let’s divert a little less water from real farmers and start taking it back from the thousands upon thousands of illegal marijuana operations wreaking havoc in California. A 100-pot plant farm […]

Dog problem

EDITOR: I feel the need to warn mothers of young children in Placerville who visit the Lumsden Park. There is a woman who takes her mastiff mix dog there and is apparently aware that it has a problem with kids. I got a call Wednesday night that this dog attacked my 2 1/2 year-old granddaughter […]

Homelessness and renewable energy

EDITOR: If it were possible to provide a homeless individual with a stable, clean and safe place to receive mail, to live out of and keep personal effects, the homeless individual would no longer be homeless — they could explore their community and try to get a job, any job that works as long as […]

Fight back

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler, no one is violating your Constitutional rights to self defense (or not); of your right to free expression; of your right to freely, peaceably assemble; or your right to worship as you see fit; nor any of the other rights purchased with the blood and treasure of fellow citizens and patriots. I […]

Unfair to Ray

EDITOR: Now that you have supported instigators who have lived the allegations bestowed on Ray Nutting by your old boy crowd, Pierson, Harn and Ron Briggs, now they are open for investigation and humiliation hoisted on Nutting. Will they pay personally for representation? Be hauled to jail where they must pay bail; explain where the […]

Religious business owners

EDITOR: I tried to put myself in the position of a business owner with “deeply held religious beliefs” being forced by the government to provide service to anyone requesting it. Five out of the seven examples of your (Chris Daley’s) owner/customer scenarios were staged in restaurants and a bar. Was this column perhaps written just […]

El Dorado County Fair 2014

EDITOR: I was very disappointed to see that the coverage on this year’s fair was so minimal in this week’s paper. County fair is a big annual event for this county. It’s a way of not only showing off individual achievements but also what our county has to offer. Also, the photographs that were in […]

Private property gets no respect

EDITOR: We have just discovered that private property has no respect — means nothing. I hope that freedom of speech still counts for something. My husband and I just returned from a vacation trip at about 3 a.m. There was a sheriff’s car parked in the middle of the street. Seems he was putting stickers […]

‘Run Ben Run’

EDITOR: Several months ago a group of prominent people formed the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. Their objective was and still is to determine if there is a ground swell amongst concerned Americans to tell Dr. Carson he is vitally needed. The National Chairman of this Committee is John Philip Sousa, fV, the […]

To paint or not to paint

EDITOR: The latest news about only half of Main Street being painted is disappointing and frustrating to many, including myself. Benjamin Moore’s idea to honor the origins of the cradle of business by launching the “Main Street Matters” campaign was nothing short of genius. It was also an admirable, generous philanthropic gesture from a huge […]

The Prada 17:1 ratio

EDITOR: Within your Monday, June 16 article, “EID approves Bass Lake sale,” Ms. Hodson includes, “The board also agreed to have a discussion of small farm rates …” A bit of clarification is in order. Director Coco’s request was to have staff enlighten the board and the ratepayers regarding the relationship between domestic water bills […]

Growth and the BOS

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I am writing to you today as an El Dorado County resident to express my point of view on the various ballot initiatives that are being circulated in the County that are attempting to put measures on the ballot to restrict […]

Response to Jeanne Harper

EDITOR: “We the People” believe we have our elected representatives who should represent us. When an individual who has been elected to office and is sworn into office, they take and place one hand on the Bible and/or whatever holy book they select, they raise their right hand and swear to uphold the Constitution. Please, […]

June 19, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 2 Replies

Juvenile Services Council

EDITOR: Data collected by national mentoring experts indicates that at-risk youth who have access to positive relationships with adults are far less likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol. The Juvenile Service Council (JSC), a non-profit group organization, was started more than 30 years ago to interact with El Dorado County Juvenile Hall residents so as […]


EDITOR: To begin this communication we first must understand the meaning of the words used: Bureaucracy according to Wikipedia is “a body of non-elective govemment officials” and/or “an administrative policy-making group.. The word bureaucracy is from the French word bureau (desk or office) with the Greek word kratos (rule or political power). Republic according to […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply


EDITOR: To the bicyclist who I found in my yard having an altercation with my dog Wednesday morning, April 9 at approximately 9:30 a.m. as I drove home, I apologize for yelling at you. I had no call to be so defensive when you were only trying to let me know that my dog had […]

Chavez family thanks

EDITOR: Having your house burn down is a nightmare. Having your school, community members and friends step up to help is a dream come true. I want to thank Independence High School and the El Dorado Union High School District for hosting the Chavez Family Benefit Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction. I’d also like to […]

Fire Fee

EDITOR: Convoluted says it best. The Fire Fee and our right to contest it is very complicated, difficult to understand and it offers many twists and turns before it is acceptable to the recipient. Does it fall under Government Code 50076: “If a fee is subjected to legal challenge, the jurisdiction that is charging the […]

Imagination Theater’s play

EDITOR: I would like to relate how a very relaxing and enjoyable evening was spent, at the Placerville Fairgrounds in the Imagination Theater for the tremendous, good play, “You Can’t Take It With you.” The play was well presented with a very good cast of 18, and a very interesting stage set. The marvelous actors […]

30 percent water use reduction

EDITOR: Has it occurred to anyone who cares, that many of us have already cut water use to a bare minimum because of the high cost we already suffer? There is no longer a lawn, toilets are flushed only during the day, leaks are non-existent, etc. And yet, do any of us doubt that we […]

Cal Fire tax

EDITOR: This was an April open letter to the State Board of Equalization. I am a WWII veteran along with five of my older brothers. I have been retired for several years. I have thus far been able to be self-sufficient. This means that I receive no special governmental assistance of any kind. I do […]

Drought and forests

EDITOR: I am a registered professional forester who has lived in Placerville for over 40 years and who has seen many dry years. After three dry years, nearly all of California is in a drought. As a result, forests are already losing some trees, more in the lower elevations. Several native pines and oaks now […]

Schultz’s accomplishments

EDITOR: This is in response to Richard Boylan, Ph.D. Ph.D. Boylan, you need to do some serious research on your facts especially when it comes to William E. Schultz and his accomplishments not only as the County Recorder-Clerk, but also as the director of Elections and the interim director of the Veterans Affairs Department. As […]

Mother Lode Lions Club

EDITOR: The Mother Lode Lions would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your concerned questions, support and patience. At this time we would like to provide a brief update on the status of our building at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Missouri Flat Road. The building sustained a failure of an […]

Father’s Day

EDITOR: When did Father’s Day become an event? There’s always been a Mother’s Day, I know. But now Father’s Day seems to be getting more and more important for some reason. My kids are all coming to my house tomorrow (June 15) to celebrate my day. I was discussing this with some guys at work […]

Judgment confusion

EDITOR: I’m confused. A judge in Placerville removes Supervisor Nutting from office for misdemeanor crimes. In Sacramento, a state senator was convicted of a felony and he stayed in office for some time. It sure took a long time to remove him. The Attorney General’s Office managed to get to Placerville. How come they didn’t […]

The greatest generation

EDITOR: As a parent I’ve had my share of many a sleepless nights worrying about my children’s future and the future of this country. My concern is, do our children have the same opportunities in life that I had at their age? Is the “system” damaged to a point where people won’t be able to […]

Mandatory drought restrictions

EDITOR: I just returned from a bike ride through my neighborhood and was pleasantly surprised to see how many lawns were showing large patches of dried grass. I consider these “badges of honor” which show that these home owners are respecting the mandatory watering restrictions. Thank you to these families, and to anyone who has […]

Constitutional amendments

EDITOR: If you have been watching our hard-working, for the people, Senate and Legislature, you might have noticed that there are four bills being pushed through the Senate proposing constitutional amendments. These constitutional amendments have the very best interest of property owners at heart. If passed they would lower the percentage of 66 2/3 percent […]

Dam building

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 scrubs turn brown, forests turn brown, fish die and when you can’t take a shower, […]

June 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 7 Replies

Where will it come from?

EDITOR: I find it really interesting when everyone talks about big acreage developments like San Stino or the 4,000-acre planned development referred to as the reason for a new interchange at Silva Valley Road and Highway 50, that one really major issue is ignored like the flamingo with its head in the sand. The issue […]

‘Mutual respect,’ really?

EDITOR: Sometimes you read something and you just wonder what planet the writer is living on. Take the writer, Barbara Zagaris, of “Mutual respect in EDC” and her uneducated claims (I am being nice, I could say, misleading or just plain untruths). Her first claim is that she and her sympathizers are “We, the Community.” […]

Letter to UCLA dean

EDITOR: This is an open letter to UCLA Dean Teri Schwartz: As a California taxpayer and veteran, I object in the strongest terms possible to your choice of actress and collaborator Jane Fonda as commencement speaker at UCLA. An active duty Navy pilot during the Cold War, I’m fully aware of Fonda’s activities during her […]

June 10, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 2 Replies

Burping dairy cows

EDITOR: About 25 years ago, I wrote an editorial in the newspaer I owned, regarding another effort to destroy the economy with over regulation. The campaign was “No Moo in ’92.” Same claim, but now a new effort under the Obama Administration. Yes, my friends, evidently burping by “Happy Cows” releases too much methane into […]


EDITOR: Five for one? Let’s just tell our enemies that if you detain an American you can exchange them for murdering thugs; this doesn’t make any sense at all. This man has taken our country down a road that could cost Americans who travel overseas there life or at least make them feel that they […]

Dairy cow article

EDITOR: Has the Mountain Democrat taken to printing editorials on the front page? Sadly, while I enjoyed the comedic June 4 writings of Dawn Hodson regarding dairy cows, I suspect it was not her intent to amuse. Her blend of opinion and interpretation of what she appears to believe are facts, along with her laughable […]