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 […]

Fishy county computer deals

EDITOR: The Board of Supervisors has been hiding undesirable business items under Consent Calendar No. 1 at its most recent meetings. A prime example was on Tuesday (March 4), where there were very strange last-minute revisions made to a former August, 2013 contract with Gordian Group for a Job Order Cost System that had a […]

FENIX fantasies get expensive

EDITOR: Morris Blum again tells us (in his letter to the editor) our county government is wasting money on foolish computer projects. Thank you for keeping us informed, Morris. Morris mentioned a Feb. 11 Board of Supervisors meeting, so I and others watched the meeting video and talked to our computer friends about it. The $5.6 […]

Wildlife compatible fencing

EDITOR: Being close to nature is a prominent reason why people choose to live here in the foothills of El Dorado County. Most residents enjoy wildlife and recognize their struggle with freedom to travel across our rural landscape. At the same time, there are crops and livelihoods to support, requiring management of foragers. The great […]

Plastic bags, the terrible truth

EDITOR: In a recent letter concerning “Save our plastic bags,” it was pointed out to the rest of us what “is so terrible about plastic bags” by some environmentally concerned citizens. Although the writers provide some facts on the use of plastic bags, and speculate on how that can affect the food supply, they ultimately […]

Tibetan monks visit

EDITOR: On this auspicious day when the His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered the opening prayer for the U.S. Senate, on behalf of Placerville Friends of Tibet we’d like to offer a hardy “Tashi Delek” (thank you) to the people of Placerville and El Dorado County who all together made this year’s (the 10th) visit […]

Grey water reclamation

EDITOR: Since it is a drought, my family and I want to decrease our water consumption. This is what we do: We bring a bucket into the shower to collect grey water. We use this collected water for irrigation and flushing toilets. If you have lots of force while you are pouring water into the […]

Veteran’s identification card

EDITOR: An article in the Mountain Democrat regarding the issuance of veteran’s cards is alarming to me. Four years ago, the Friends of the Veterans Monument spent hundreds of hours of effort to prevent a non-veteran from gaining honoraria space in the monument. The interim director of the Veteran Service Office was not helpful in […]

IRS scam phone call

EDITOR: I just want to warn other people out there that the IRS telephone scam is still going on, as I just received a phone call from “Daniel Rich, IRS Legal Affairs, in Visalia.” He stated that he was going to have a warrant issued for my arrest for unpaid 2008 taxes, and didn’t I […]

The Delta Plan

EDITOR: The Delta Plan is open for public comment for another 90 days. The public is expected to voice their concerns on the building of water tunnels, larger than any other water conveyance tubes in the world, and figure out how this will affect our communities. But the problem is that the average California citizen […]

Election season has begun

EDITOR: Well, whaddya know. It is already political season, and even now, we are being given the opportunity to know who we can trust and who we cannot trust. This is a very important election for El Dorado County. Land-use decisions will be made that will affect housing density, job opportunities and road congestion. These […]

California states

EDITOR: I was thinking two states, Coastal California and California. Actually, the five-state idea sounds interesting. DON EDWARDS Placerville

Sign the petition

EDITOR: Have you ever been out of state and seen a car bumper sticker that says “Don’t Californicate our town?” I have, and that holds true with El Dorado County. It also holds true with the three blind mice. They want roundabouts everywhere, redevelopment annexing new areas into city. Where does it stop? It stops […]

Political correctness

EDITOR: I always thought that those calling themselves leftists, socialists, progressives and liberals were, in general, atheists. But I was wrong. These deeply spiritual people do worship something — the state. Having undergone an almost fanatical religious conversion, the government has become their church. Lawyers and judges have become their priests or rabbis. And the […]

RCU Initiative holds county accountable

EDITOR: Like a knave yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, those opposing the “Fix Highway 50 — Keep Us Rural” Initiative have hired telemarketers to sell county residents on the notion that the initiative “takes planning away from the county and gives it to the state.” It’s a cynical scare tactic. Don’t believe it. Those […]


EDITOR: Regarding the Arizona fuss: A true Christian when offered money for a product or service will accept it regardless of who tendered it. Arizonians obviously are of a different sect. STEVE TAPSON Placerville

Rabbit(s) vs. coyote

EDITOR: I miss the rabbit(s) chasing the coyote silhouettes along Highway 50 just east of Shingle Springs. For over 25 years I looked at them almost every time I drove to Placerville (except for that short time when they went missing; some thief took them). Now the property is for sale and they have been […]

Take the test

EDITOR: Our citizens need to know the facts about El Dorado County. Take the test and see how you do. The correct answers are at the bottom. 1. The General Plan must be updated with the state every: a. Three years b. Five years c. 10 years d. The General Plan is a one-time presentation […]

Water conservation

EDITOR: I am in the sixth grade and want to share an idea about how to save water. One way to help conserve water is to use a bucket. When you take a shower, the first thing you feel is cold water. If you use a bucket to catch that cold water you can then […]

Respectful workplace — an EDC oxymoron?

EDITOR: The citizens of El Dorado County have been treated to a barrage of articles over the last year about bullying in the workplace in El Dorado County. We have had 11 human resources directors in the last 10 years. And now the Board of Supervisors wants to spend $140,000 to employ a consultant to […]


EDITOR: The Feb. 17 edition of the Mountain Democrat published a letter in the “Letters” section that was a good example of how thoughtful Americans should express their opinions. The reader was responding to a previous letter regarding the intolerance of the Democratic Party. Without commenting on the accuracy of the statements made in the […]

Crossword puzzle

EDITOR: Thank you for publishing the American Profile crossword puzzle. It’s not very often that I come across published ones that a beginner like myself can finish without a dictionary. Keep up the good work. MIA JACOBS Placerville

Daley’s Ted Nugent article

EDITOR: Attention Mr. Daley, I’m wondering where your priorities are? You have a soapbox by way of your weekly column however, it seems that you work all week trying to come up with issues that are not relevant to society. Case in point: “Ted Nugent — a new low in potty-mouth.” You got your time […]

Gold rush at the Gold Bug

EDITOR: Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine experienced a minor gold rush over the long Presidents’ Day weekend. Hundreds upon hundreds of visitors from all over Northern California came to our community’s unique and historic park to get a special peek at the seldom-seen Priest Mine. They also visited the Gold Bug Mine, stamp mill, […]

Response to ‘Save our plastic bags’ editorial

EDITOR: The “environmental debate,” a supposed clash of values and priorities, has raged on for years. We’ve recently experienced it in our small town: an editorial entitled “Save our plastic bags” was recently published as a response to a possible 10-cent statewide fee on disposable plastic bags. We’re all familiar with these disposable bags handed […]


EDITOR: After way over half a century of married life, I have suddenly started to become educated about some facts of life previously hidden from view. My wife sustained a head injury in a fall and as she recovers, I have become the chauffeur of choice for any transportation needs. As part of this recovery, […]

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Drought issue

EDITOR: I think it is important to participate in one’s own government by taking ownership in your own community. One of our current problems is the drought issue. The government is searching for solutions, the EID (El Dorado Irrigation District) has issued a stage 2 water warning and we should be reflecting on our own […] needed?

EDITOR: I have been trying to follow the Website tragedy and am a bit confused. The purpose of the site is to: 1. Collect all your personal information. 2. Offer plans available to you. 3. Let you choose a plan. 4. Tell you how much the plan will cost. 5. Let you know if […]

Nutting trial

EDITOR: I read in the Mountain Democrat that the trial of Supervisor Nutting is coming up, but in the article I read something made me wonder what is going on. So far the articles in the Mountain Democrat have focused on the two sides of the conflict — the DA saying that he believes Mr. […]

McClintock’s radical detractors

EDITOR: John Garon’s latest rant against Congressman Tom McClintock leaves me wondering if this habitual letter writer has completely lost touch with reality. First, he accuses McClintock of a philosophy in which “very existence of government is anathema to personal liberty.” McClintock is without equal in the Congress in extolling the virtues of the American […]

Caltrans tree destruction

EDITOR: For the second consecutive Saturday (Feb. 15 and 22), Caltrans has assembled an army of personnel and equipment to totally decimate the landscape at the offramps of Highway 50 at Sly Park. As you exit the Highway and approach the stop sign at the bottom of the ramp, Highway 50 is approximately 20 feet […]

Sign them all

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce took out a full page ad in the Mountain Democrat to claim that the initiatives will take away local control. How can you get any more local than having the voters of El Dorado County decide the future of land use in the county? Could it be […]

New developments ‘resource availability’ based?

EDITOR: Having owned our own business since 1979, I find it interesting that the Chamber of Commerce should take out full page ads in this paper to tell El Dorado County residents not to sign the four initiatives that could potentially stop developers from adding thousands more homes. Developers seem to be focusing only on […]

Water shortage

EDITOR: I owned 10 acres in El Dorado with only a well that went almost dry every October until the first rain in November. As my son put it, “I found something more precious than gold” when his shower was cut off due to the well going dry. Since then I have learned many things […]

Crystal ball gazers?

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat recently reported that the Board of Supervisors adopted a new “economic development incentive policy” so “businesses that can provide significant numbers of good-paying jobs” can be attracted to EDC. This policy is ill advised. Politicians can’t foresee the future and will likely shower taxpayer money on sketchy business ideas such as […]

Computer FENIX fantasies

EDITOR: On Feb. 11, the Board of Supervisors became much more skeptical and perturbed with the CAO’s quirky $5.6 million FENIX ERP computer system. Supervisor Ron Briggs stated, “Board not hearing it all; Board needs to see all change orders.” Supervisor Brian Veerkamp disagreed with Briggs and wants to keep getting more shuteye on autopilot […]


EDITOR: Thanks to Gene Altshuler for providing us with an excellent article, “The Goldilocks Solution,” in the Mountain Democrat on Feb. 5. I hope it serves to reduce radicalism on both sides of the political spectrum. But the ultimate solution to gridlock is to elect candidates who are experienced and well-qualified for the positions they […]


EDITOR: I am not submitting an “Essay to Editor,” as seems to be the common format at present, I just thought of a way to take care of our drought problems and cure an overabundance of water problems elsewhere. The nightly news keeps showing the flooding in England and their problem with too much water. […]

‘Rotten streets’

EDITOR: Your editorial “Rotten streets” says it all and I can only say, Amen. When I have visitors from Europe, I’m ashamed to drive them around our historical city with roads for which I constantly have to apologize.  They remind me of the streets and highways of the former DDR (East Germany) during their years under communist […]

Is McClintock a Republican or a Libertarian?

EDITOR: Is Congressman McClintock a Libertarian, as John McCoy posits in a recent letter? Libertarianism claims that the very existence of a government is anathema to personal liberties and invariably leads to the loss of freedoms. Strangely enough, McClintock’s working life has been spent entirely as a government bureaucrat, either elected or appointed. If he […]

Job loss

EDITOR: I had to take an economics class at Sacramento State to get a biology degree in the early 1960s. I really did not understand or care much about the subject, but I was a fairly strong student in sciences and I applied a fair effort to the class. I still claim no expertise in […]

Government Code

EDITOR: “BOS tackles the function and life span of a ‘committee’” (Feb. 10 Mountain Democrat) — there is nothing to “tackle.” Government Code Section 54950-54963 regarding open meeting starts, “In enacting this chapter, the legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in the state exist to […]

Sidewalk help

EDITOR: While going to visit friends on Feb. 4, I found out the hard way that not all of Placerville’s sidewalks along Main Street are smooth and level. I want to thank the young lady and two gentlemen who helped me up off the sidewalk and set me down so I could get my senses […]

McNeil says no to oversight

EDITOR: At the Cameron Park CSD meeting on Feb. 13, several items were discussed that proved to be very revealing about Scott McNeil’s either lack of seriousness or understanding when it comes to his fiduciary responsibilities to the taxpayer of Cameron Park as a member of the Community Services District Board of Directors. The first […]

Roundabout? Surely you jest

EDITOR: Thanks to the Mountain Democrat article of Feb. 12 for alerting us about the El Dorado County Transportation Commission’s utterly stupid idea of a roundabout in El Dorado (as they wouldn’t). With street widening, signal lights would be bad enough, but removing the rural personality from our gold rush era township would be an […]