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 […]


EDITOR: Oh goodie. The Bunny Ranch billboard east of Placerville has been removed. Oh … wait … it has been replaced with another Bunny Ranch billboard. Oh goodie, “Live Entertainment” offered. Hmmmmm … KERMIT LOWE Pollock Pines

Mather approval hearing article

EDITOR: The article appearing in the Mountain Democrat on Aug. 8, regarding the Mather Airport expansion hearing by staff writer Julie Samrick, was a biased editorial with misleading information with no evidence to back her facts. She provided only one position on the topic. There was no reporting on the positive economic results of this […]


EDITOR: It’s irresponsible to follow the money and timber interests … we are not Washington; we are not Oregon. Why clear cut? To create a few lousy jobs and a few bucks in revenue? It makes no sense with the state and federal economies on the rebound. VIKKI PACHERA Kirkwood

Letter to original Miwoks

EDITOR: This is to all the original Miwoks who have resided in El Dorado County for more than 200 years. My name is Louie L. Smith III. The Smith family is just one of the real Shingle Springs Miwoks; I’m wondering where all the other Miwoks are. Whose families resided in El Dorado County for […]

Fiscal analysis? Absolutely

EDITOR: What does it cost? I have heard so many explanations about how the ballot initiatives are going to be just awful for El Dorado County and how they just might be tolerable. One of the ways to test these issues is to obtain a financial analysis of the impacts of these initiatives; and our […]

Re-elect Todd White

EDITOR: There are many offices up for election this coming November. One local race that may be easily overlooked is the El Dorado Union High School District. Todd White has served on the high school board since 2010, and has done a wonderful job. I have known Todd for several years, and actually worked alongside […]

Thanks to local rotary clubs

EDITOR: The Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp would like to express our sincere thanks to the rotary clubs of Cameron Park, Placerville, Camino and Pollock Pines for their help setting up and breaking down camp again this year. It is a massive undertaking to set up our program equipment and we really couldn’t do it without […]

Frentzen for Supervisor District 2

EDITOR: I’ve known Shiva Frentzen as a friend and colleague for going on 20 years now. I’ve always been impressed with her character, intelligence and strength. When we worked together years ago as software engineers, she was never afraid to tackle even the most complex of problems whether they were technical or human in nature. […]

Amaral for Supervisor (District 2)

EDITOR: The recent Sand Fire demonstrated some huge problems in El Dorado County. So far as I can tell, only one supervisor candidate is talking about a solution. Chris Amaral recently noted that areas of the county not only lack high-speed Internet connection, but lack cell service. How are we supposed to let people know […]

Consequences of initiatives

EDITOR: EID currently has $370 million in bond debt. We ratepayers are responsible to repay that $370 million debt. A major financial consequence ignored by the “no growth” initiative proponents is that substantial EID infrastructure capacity was expanded many years prematurely creating more than $100 million of current EID infrastructure excess capacity that is not […]

Attention EID ratepayers

EDITOR: Attention EID ratepayers — your privacy has been violated. EID has an Administrative Regulation that is supposed to protect your privacy: “AR 1130 Public Access to Customer Records. Approved: December 12, 2006. The names, addresses, and any other data collected by the District regarding customers or property owners within the District, including computerized geographical […]

Funny paper

EDITOR: Oh good, Longhofer is back. Now you can pull one of the comics off the funny paper page as he can take its place. LEE GARDNER Garden Valley

You decide

EDITOR: Ms. Harper stood before the BOS for her reappointment to CEDAC and made false statements. She accused the 1-2-3 petitioners of being aggressive at the Wagon Train event in Pollock Pines this summer. The petitioners had called and paid for a canopy, which Harper took down before the event. When I arrived, she was […]

High crimes and misdemeanors

EDITOR: Well, as they say, the cat is out of the bag. On Aug. 1, the president of the United States admitted, “We tortured some folks.” An admission of war crimes which requires by law, the investigation and prosecution of those who committed the crimes as well as those who ordered the crimes and those […]


EDITOR: I campaigned for EID Board Member Dale Coco because I believed he would follow through on what he promised — that is to “focus on real solutions to the $370 million debt and stop runaway rate increases.” However, Dr. Coco voted yes with the other directors while Alan Day and Greg Prada voted no […]

I agree with Director Prada

EDITOR: For the past six months I’ve been watching the rhetoric fly back-and-forth between Small Farmers and EID Director Greg Prada. I have to say “I agree with Director Prada.” Irrespective of the fact that Director Prada’s $49 Small Farm rate has been disproven by EID’s own staff (i.e. actually $514 per acre foot vs. […]

He’s back

EDITOR: I thought I had seen some pompous, egocentric, windbags in my time, but our resident left winger Mr. Longhofer takes the cake. After a long absence does he write a letter with a point political or otherwise? No, he wastes newsprint with a letter informing readers that they need suffer without him no longer, […]

‘White Rabbit Tactic’

EDITOR: Why are local politicians scared of letting people vote? In Sacramento, the mayor and the boys used taxpayer money to defeat a petition to put the new arena up for a vote. The people of Sacramento needed to vote on the use of taxpayer money for the new arena. They should have let the […]

Lincoln’s railroad ties

EDITOR: A story has been told about Abraham Lincoln and railroad ties. During Lincoln’s presidency, America’s transcontinental railroad was under construction with Lincoln’s support. The transcontinental railroad was expensive both in labor and material. Each mile of track required 100 tons of rails, about 2,500 railroad ties, and about three tons of spikes and fish […]

Sand Fire help

EDITOR: As you know all too well, we suffered a devastating fire that claimed over 4,000 acres of our beautiful foothills as well as a number of homes in our community. Many of those folks did not either have adequate home insurance or insurance at all which means that they lost everything. Since 2012, my […]

GDPUD facts

EDITOR: I read Lon Uso’s letter to the editor. There are some things that the public needs to know. The GDPUD audit report that just came out encompassed the time between July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. Hank White’s last day as general manager was Aug 1, 2013, just after the end of the […]

FENIX drifting in wind

EDITOR: A long overdue and postponed update on the county’s ailing FENIX $5.6 million computer system was given at last Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. According to the county staff’s own report, the project is being re-engineered on the fly with a multitude of changes — 23 change orders so far to a single software […]

EID water rate misrepresentation

EDITOR: EID’s water rate subsidy to small farmers is much greater than previously represented to the EID board and public by General Manager Jim Abercrombie. On April 25, and again on June 23, Abercrombie represented to the EID board and public that small farm rate recipients pay $514 per acre foot of EID water and […]

Small Farm water ‘subsidy’

EDITOR: In response to several recent letters decrying small farm water rates, I’d like to issue a challenge. Let’s agree that government policies selectively benefit certain people. The mortgage interest deduction benefits folks who buy nice, big, new houses, as well as all parties involved in the real estate business. Solar subsidies benefit people who […]

Nuts to another Nutting

EDITOR: Willie Brown begat Jerry Brown, crook-to-crook name recognition in a corrupt state. Now we have a convicted crook Ray Nutting giving us another tool of the builders and the casino giving us another Nutting to finish paying off the supporters. Did we the taxpayers not get enough from convicted Nutting that we deserve another […]

Wasted water

EDITOR: During the month of July, New York Creek that flows in my yard has been dry. On at least five occasions, there has been a flow of clear water in the creek for several hours. This amounts to hundreds if not thousands of gallons of wasted water. I have contacted EID about this and […]

Sand Fire a wake-up call

EDITOR: I first and foremost want to thank all of our hardworking first responders. These first responders include but surely are not limited to, the firefighters, the El Dorado and Amador County Sheriff’s Offices, the California Highway Patrol, the public safety dispatchers who were flooded with calls and coordinated the response, El Dorado County Animal […]

Traffic troubles

EDITOR: OK, I have been lazy about going to City Council meetings. I should have been there when the Council decided it would be better to cave to the demands of a group of citizens who somehow decided that they know what is best for the rest of us. I generally pay close attention to […]

Parole date

EDITOR: On Aug. 17, 1985 Robert Patrick Kaser forcibly entered the home of his estranged family. At that time he demanded to collect various items left in the house. As family members prepared to assist him in the move, he entered the two stepsons’ room and shot both of them with a .45 caliber gun. […]


EDITOR: Chris Daley, taking his usual morally superior posture in opposition to those of us he considers less enlightened, chastises Congressman McClintock for wanting to deport all those coming across our borders illegally. As usual, his blathering has nothing to do with the facts nor does he offer any solution. No, for Daley his column […]

Four days negates five years

EDITOR: The volcanic eruption in Iceland since its first spewing of volcanic ash has in just four days negated every single effort we have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet. There are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time — […]

Friends of Seniors Wine In the Vines

EDITOR: Friends of Seniors held our third annual Wine in the Vines on Saturday, Aug. 2. This event was held at the picturesque Sierra Vista Winery. We would like to extend to them our sincere appreciation for their support and kindness to us over the last three years. Our sponsors for this year’s Wine in […]

‘Reinstate Measure Y’

EDITOR: Hysterical accusations of betrayal and stomping on residents’ wishes have been flying around lately regarding the delay of the “Reinstate Measure Y Initiative” pending an economic impact report. First, let me say that there are no huge housing developments planned for my immediate area and I was not one of the petition signature gathers. […]

Vote for Todd White

EDITOR: I am writing to express my support for Todd White, who is running for re-election to the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. Todd has been serving on the high school board for the last four years, and has demonstrated that he is a dedicated public servant. Todd truly has the […]

Climate change agenda

EDITOR: Question: Why is it that our schools are teaching climate change using government input and not using independent input? They are teaching students that our government is the only climate policy that is available to them; I have read dozens of accredited counter theories that are as factual as government scientific studies. This really […]

Pancreatic Cancer Purple Stride Walk

EDITOR: Hello El Dorado County, this is your local pancreatic cancer survivor writing to talk about this year’s walk. Sunday, Sept. 14 at William Land Park is the next date of our annual walk to help local families and researchers to find an early diagnosis and cure for the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths. […]

Education becomes locally controlled

A new era in education has ushered in changes of epic proportions that shift decision-making power from the state to our local districts. It is our duty as educators, parents and community members to fully understand the products of this ground-breaking transition and opportunity to shape our own future. The Common Core State Standards (Common […]


EDITOR: I attended a taxpayers’ meeting this morning and came away confused. We heard from a state staff representative who pointed out that the problem with California is the other party. I noticed that many of the El Dorado citizens present came up with logical questions and suggested sound solutions concerning the state’s problems. They […]

A facility for kids

EDITOR: Have you looked under your couch cushions lately? How about in the bottom of your purse? How much spare change is living in your “junk drawer” at home? If you think there might be $2.77 in any of these places, you could help build a new state-of-the-art Boys & Girls Club facility right here […]

Motorcycle run in support of New Morning

EDITOR: I would like to share how New Morning helped me find my way during a difficult time in my life. My parents divorced when I was in the 5th grade. I split my time between both of their households. By the time I turned 14 I felt lost and like I didn’t fit in […]

Running for office

EDITOR: It takes courage to get up in front of a room full of people to speak, particularly when every word that’s coming out of your mouth is being analyzed and assessed. At the same time, that is true of our county supervisors when they are sitting before us, every Tuesday and any other day […]