‘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 […]

D-Day vet

EDITOR: Thank you Mr. Salata, for your service. You are a member of the “Greatest Generation,” and have set the example for all of us to follow. Thank you again, sir. JACKYE PHILLIPS Indian Valley

Thank you, Sierra Animal Hospital

EDITOR: In the day and age when everyone is in a rush to get from one point to another, it was refreshing to see the veterinarian at Sierra Animal Hospital rise above that. My cat of 14 years, Rascal, developed kidney dysfunction this year. We tried many things from diet to injections of electrolytes but […]

Sniper rifles OK’d

EDITOR: I want to comment on the May 30 article in the Mountain Democrat titled “Sniper Rifles OK’d.” The Board of Supervisors approved for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department the purchase of two McMillan TAC-50 .50-caliber sniper rifle combat weapons at a cost of $25,000. The TAC-50 is designed for a sniper to make […]


EDITOR: During the rains of February and March, the runoff from the area above my water meter effectively sealed the water meter with mud. It is now June and that mud seal has not been disturbed, yet I have received water bills. I mean we are talking possible penalties for not cutting water usage and […]

DA’s betrayal of public trust

EDITOR: It appears that District Attorney Vern Pierson maliciously prosecuted Dan Dellinger. There was no legitimate basis for the charges the DA made against Dellinger. The jury threw out the charges after an extraordinarily short 47 minutes of deliberation. The District Attorney wasted thousands and thousands of the taxpayers’ money in the process. Vern Pierson […]

A candidate’s thank you

EDITOR: Thank you to everyone who supported my campaign for supervisor of District 4, either with your time, money or words of encouragement. While I didn’t make it into the runoff, coming in third place is extraordinary for a grassroots effort, and we should all be proud of the result of our hard work. As […]


EDITOR: Now that the election is over and the incumbent auditor-controller has been reelected, it will be very interesting to see if he goes back to business as usual, or if the allegations of previous abuses by that elected official, as presented to the Board of Supervisors and CAO in public forum, have been noted […]

What Lenin said

EDITOR: Here are some things Vladimir Lenin said: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth. “Destroy the family, you destroy the country. “The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. “A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to […]

False use of my name

EDITOR: I was shocked and saddened to see that someone posted a nasty comment using my name to the online discussion of the wonderful Edio Delfino article that ran June 2. Shocked that someone would commit identity theft of my name, and saddened that so many people believed that I had written the original comment. […]

June 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 2 Replies

Divide coverage

EDITOR: Again, the Mountain Democrat has failed to provide important information to its readers and the residents of the Georgetown Divide. Yesterday (Sunday, June 1) the Auburn Journal published two articles with important information for the Divide residents. The first article is about the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office establishing a substation in Georgetown and […]

Board response to no confidence

EDITOR: This is an open letter to Patrick Easton, president of the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Professional Firefighters Local 4972: The Board of Directors of the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District values the dedication and commitment of all the employees of the district both career and volunteer. The Fire District Board has been elected to […]

Recovering abandoned vehicles

EDITOR: On Thursday, May 22, California Highway Patrol, G&O Towing and Forest Service personnel spent their day recovering abandoned vehicles in the Eldorado National Forest. This is a great example of agencies partnering to ensure the forest is safe, clean and resources are protected for all forest visitors. Illegal trash and vehicle dumping in the […]

Animal Services chief

EDITOR: I was appalled and deeply offended by Weitzman’s editorial regarding Henry Brzezinski at Animal Services. First off, he is not a chief dog catcher. That term is rude, archaic and for you to call him that is disrespectful and totally ignorant. His title is Chief Animal Control Officer, a title that does do him […]

Thank you

EDITOR: I would like to say thank you to all the people that came to the aid of my parents on Saturday at the El Dorado High School graduation ceremony. After a long, hot day, my mom took a tumble and hit her head on the cement at the school and had to be transported […]

Give Where You Live success

EDITOR: After months of planning, coordinating and preparation, the El Dorado Community Foundation in partnership with the El Dorado County Office of Education, launched the first “Give Where You Live” event here in El Dorado County. This one-day event was staged to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of community foundations throughout the nation and designed to […]

May 28, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 2 Replies

Region Builders wants us to pay for their roads

EDITOR: In an earlier letter, I stated that the Region Builders Initiative could easily be interpreted to require that $9 million dollars a year of El Dorado County’s yearly gas tax revenues, returned to the county by the state every year, be used to pay for Highway 50 road improvements, including interchanges, which Measure Y […]

Release of convicted criminals

EDITOR: Our president recently released 36,000 illegal immigrants (yes, thousands), who were serving hard prison time for a total of 88,000 crimes. They could have been deported, but they were not. These convicted criminals have been set loose to prey on their previous victims, witnesses and other innocent Americans, which includes our own families. Some […]

Background checks

EDITOR: In reference to GDPUD, does the district require background checks for those employees working in the ALT Treatment Plant? I believe such background checks are required under the SDWA (Safe Drinking Water Act) published by the U.S. Homeland Security. ADRIAN PETERSON Cool

Coming elections

EDITOR: El Dorado County has a plethora of candidates for various offices. Trouble is, we really don’t know a lot about so many of them. Of perhaps the most critical cross-section of these candidates are those running for sheriff, district supervisor, city and county offices and, of course, the judiciary. The recent trial of District […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 3 Replies

‘Help Ukrainian Army’ editorial

EDITOR: This editorial was published in the May 14 Mountain Democrat. I read the entire letter, looking for some sense of identity — who wrote it? The reason I ask is that this article a classical piece of manipulation and misinformation. And for what purpose? For what reason would the “Russian” presence be named as […]

Remember the shutdown

EDITOR: Once upon a time in 2013 our Congressman Tom McClintock thought it was best to vote to shut down the government at an estimated cost of $24 billion to the country. Hopefully that memory has not faded. We need someone who works to solve problems through negotiation and compromise, not someone who wastes time […]

Bees and butterflies

EDITOR: Bees and butterflies are diminishing worldwide. Some places in California have less than 90 percent of the bee population of just a few years ago. Last year California almond growers imported bees from as far away as Texas to pollinate the almond crop. Einstein noted that when all the bees die, all humans will […]

Timber sale

EDITOR: I just looked at a package of d-CON. Its contents are 99.99 percent inert ingredients. It contains just .01 percent poison. Although this is just a little bit, it is sufficient to kill mice. Now consider the Eldorado National Forest. At a May 21 meeting with Laurence Crabtree, director of the El Dorado National […]

Is the Board of Supervisors scared?

EDITOR: Last Tuesday (May 20), the board shut down all of its work for next three weeks with little thought to the public’s needs. Who is advising these people? Is it their legal counsel or some political operative holding campaign money? Supervisor Ray Nutting was not convicted of a felony. A hung jury on the […]

Micheal Ranalli’s candidacy advertisement

EDITOR: Michael Ranalli ran an advertisement stating that he will keep El Dorado County rural and protect the peaceful quality of life residents enjoy. He also has a list of supporters that appear to make him look like a good choice for District 4 Supervisor. One should look at his advertisement and see if it […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 6 Replies

Bond crisis

EDITOR: Once again General Manager Cahill has created an artificial crisis in order to blackmail the board in to doing what she wants. At the May 21 Cameron Park CSD meeting, Cahill scheduled a presentation by a municipal bond brokerage firm from San Francisco. They had been asked to present a refinancing package of the […]

Water restrictions

EDITOR: I will have some facts wrong, mostly dates/size/amounts, but I will be close. A couple of weeks ago Channel 3 did a report on houses built and sold in the Granite Bay area. The cost of the homes were in the millions for sure. The part that caught my eyes and ears was out […]

Bigots and ideologues

EDITOR: Having read Gene Altshuler’s “Never argue with a bigot or an ideologue,” I feel I should not argue with him. He spends three paragraphs deciding that his intellectual enemies have rolled over to their own personal emotional bullying, while his insights are magical. Where does he go from there? He accepts the mantle of […]

Educational cuts for raises?

EDITOR: Mother Lode Union School District (MLUSD) has undergone many changes the past few years. The most shocking event was the closure of Charles Brown Elementary, their school of 50 years, to move students to a land-locked location that will never allow for future growth when the economy recovers. With the Office of Education staking […]

Respect for democracy?

EDITOR: The letter you printed from Mark E. Smith on Friday, May 23 (“No respect for democracy”) was the one you posted online three weeks ago. I and others responded to it there. Here is a synopsis of my earlier explanations and response to Mr. Smith’s complaint about the supervisor candidate forum in Coloma last […]

Hangtown editorial in Bee

EDITOR: I just read the “hit” piece on our town written by the elitist editorial board of the Sacramento Bee. The pompous piece implied that county residents were politically backward because we still refer to Placerville as “Hang Town,” and we still elect a Surveyor and a Auditor-Controller. The editorial board went on to imply […]

Mental health situation

EDITOR: There are so many stereotypes intertwined that were key to creating the chaos on Saturday in Santa Barbara. You can check the boxes. Young male? Check. History of mental illness? Check. Handguns involved? Check. Background check? Check. Knife also involved? Check. Broken home? Check. On prescribed medication? Check. Blamed being bullied at school? Check. […]

Memorial Day

EDITOR: This Memorial Day for whatever reason was brought to mind the sacrifices that young men have made in the name of freedom. Have you have taken time to reflect on the history of this country and the sacrifices that were made just to get a constitution dedicated to a country and its inhabitants that […]

Safer walking

EDITOR: Thank you Placerville. Safer pedestrian crossings on Broadway will be wonderful. We will be able to park only once and walk to several different stores. The better walking connections will also make it easier to use El Dorado Transit. Rather than sticking to methods with which everyone is familiar, Placerville’s staff and City Council […]

Kevin Brown for Supervisor

EDITOR: I first met Kevin Brown 15 years ago; he was the Scout Master for my son’s Cub Scout pack. There was Kevin, giving back to families and supporting our youth. Over the years I have witnessed Kevin become involved with many countywide boards and charitable organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and various […]

June 03, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

Photos, MOH, VFW salute

EDITOR: The Web lists of Medal Of Honor recipients do not show a person with the last name of Larson. It is entirely possible that GSA made an error and sent the wrong stone. It happens. The four VFW members are waiting to do what military protocol refers to as a “three volley salute” which […]

There are good people

EDITOR: Just prior to my husband’s recent kidney transplant surgery, he was sitting in a room with several other people, all getting their blood drawn. He was telling the attendant how lucky he was to have a daughter who was not only a match, but also willing to undergo surgery and give one of her […]

Judicial hypocrite response

EDITOR: Chuck Holland, your letter last week calling Dylan Sullivan a “judicial hypocrite” is unfair and inaccurate. While Dylan may have been on the road at the time you mentioned, and while she may have been using her cell phone, when she is in her car she only uses the device through a hands-free connection. […]

Analysis does not measure up

EDITOR: The Customer Conservation Progress reported in the May 28 Mountain Democrat has some flaws in the analysis. The year-to-date of 4 percent since the first of January does not take into account that more than half of the usual water use is for outdoor watering, and while it was not a nice, wet year, […]

Wasted spending

EDITOR: I speak for a large numbers of county residents when I point to nauseating amounts of wasteful spending and the wanton abuse of power that we see from our county’s elected “leadership.” • The costs of the Nutting/Dellinger persecution have been estimated to be as high as $1.5 million. Can our elected officials comment […]