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Wake up and stop abuse

EDITOR: What has happened to our country where a child must live in fear? According to Childhelp, a foundation for the prevention and treatment of child abuse, over 6 million children a year are neglected and abused physically, sexually and verbally. Of those 6 million, five children die every day. As parents, teachers, adults and […]

Measure K: Your right to decide

EDITOR: More than 700 Placerville residents helped bring Measure K to the November ballot. “Yes” on Measure K will protect our future traffic options by giving Placerville voters the opportunity to decide on future roundabouts. Six currently are in planning. Measure K was written because consistently the city has not been clear about their development […]

Capital Airshow story response

EDITOR: This is in response to your page 1 story on Sept. 10, “Capital Airshow: Amazing thrills, skills and no spills.” It warms one’s heart to see Larry Weitzman (code sign unknown) so priapically invigorated by the recent Capital Airshow. What red-blooded Democrat reader wouldn’t share his dazzlement at the “two dark columns of thrust” […]

Head Start/Early Head Start grant

EDITOR: In a recent letter submitted to the editor of the Mountain Democrat, Jeremy M. Meyers, superintendent of Schools, states that EDCOE successfully secured a Head Start and Early Head Start grant from the federal government. In his letter, Mr. Meyers explains how EDCOE submitted a grant to “maximize resources and taxpayer dollars.” The teachers […]

What would a true Christian do?

EDITOR: My letter today is a response to Ms. Lynn Picco’s letter in your July 16 edition. Readers, please recall that my earlier letter (published April 21) was commenting on Mr. Steve Tapson’s earlier letter. My intent was to rebut Mr. Tapson’s statement, “A true Christian when offered money for a product or service will […]

Police safety

EDITOR: In response to Brian DeBerry’s letter entitled “Militarized police,” I would like to offer a point of view from a retired police officer. I worked for almost 30 years for two agencies in Contra Costa County. In my early years as an officer, I carried a six- round revolver. As many of the criminals […]

Letter on militarized police

I did a mental facepalm when I read a recent letter about the so-called “militarized police” that we should all be afraid of. Another armchair general has blessed us with his law enforcement “wisdom.” His knowledge of what works in law enforcement seems to be based on stuff he learned while watching ’50s-era cop shows. […]

Militarized police response

EDITOR: Sheriff’s deputies, or sheriff’s army? Wait, the SWAT team needed a $658,000 armored personnel carrier for a dozen raids and an “overnight standoff with a parolee” last year? That is absurd. The previous Sheriff’s Department press release said, “This unique tactical vehicle was purchased without any cost to the community. The accumulation of asset […]

Timber harvest plan

EDITOR: I am writing to respond to Kyle Haines’ comments regarding the proposed timber harvest plan from Sierra Pacific Industries located in the watershed area above Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, a municipal water storage facility for the residents of Georgetown and beyond. The successful use of clear cutting as a management strategy has occurred in the […]

Todd White loves El Dorado County

EDITOR: I am writing to you in support of Todd White’s re-election to the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees this coming election. I’m no longer of resident of El Dorado County, although I visit often throughout the year to see my family who still work and live there. I’ve known Todd […]

Stop, thief

EDITOR: Open letter to a thief: I was trying to give you a job and you thanked me by removing my billfold from my purse. I have informed the authorities and now wish to warn my neighbors in the Sly Park Hills area that you are masquerading as a good person trying to help the […]

Toxic superfund site

EDITOR: At a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, the board was chastised by members of the audience for attempting to cram through a large land acquisition on the consent calendar. Larry Weitzman accused the board of doing another expensive multi-million dollar Shinn Ranch/Animal Shelter land deal, which can be read about in the recent Grand […]

Response to colony collapse editorial

EDITOR: This is a response to the Mountain Democrat editorial of July 28 on Colony Collapse Disorder (“CCD”) of honey bees: This editorial showed a lack of understanding of the culture, life-cycle and management of honey bee colonies, and Colony Collapse Disorder (“CCD”) which has decimated populations since 2006. On average 30 percent of colonies […]

Illegal immigration

EDITOR: Bill Bertram wondered where I got my “facts” from for my letter regarding Obuzzard’s plan to open up the borders to everyone. Gee Bill, ever hear of the Internet? There’s lot of information there for those who aren’t too lazy or stupid to do a little research. Regarding the real unemployment rate, according to […]


EDITOR: Well, Mr. Longhofer is at home in left field again. Our latest banter started when he intimated that Bush’s condoning of torture could be considered an impeachable offense. Obviously he was unaware that Obama condoned it with an executive order his second day in office by allowing rendition. I couldn’t resist mentioning that if […]

A new voice for a new generation

EDITOR: While knowing personally most merchants in our town as well as reading weekly the problems facing Placerville, I also see a new, young, vibrant generation moving here to live and work. I feel it is time for our City Council to take the opportunity to address that generation with new fresh ideas, while preserving […]

Cameron Park candidate

EDITOR: We are approaching the time when we will be electing new board members at the Cameron Park CSD. We have an incumbent, Scott McNeil, who, when he was elected had no history and no track record. People did not see what type of person they were electing. We have since learned that Scott McNeil […]

Endorsement of Tim Cary

EDITOR: I am writing to express my wholehearted support for the reelection of Tim Cary to the El Dorado Union High School District Board. I served as the superintendent of the El Dorado County Office of Education for 19 years, and throughout that time I knew Tim well as one of the most respected educational […]

Conflict of interest

EDITOR: It came to my attention that a sitting board member of the El Dorado Union High School District is a founding member of an organization that is determined to return the school impact fees to developers. This is a direct threat to the financial well-being of our high school district. I looked at their […]

Briggs courthouse land negotiations

EDITOR: The county’s negotiation with John Briggs for a new courthouse site has run into a snag lately due to allegations of local corruption and conflicts of interest with his son, county Supervisor Ron Briggs. The Board of Supervisors has been putting board agenda items on its secret closed session portion of the agenda regarding […]

Greg Prada should not resign

EDITOR: Last fall, two new EID Directors were elected, Greg Prada and Dale Coco, who both ran on a “less spending, less rate hikes” platform. One of them, Coco, apparently had his fingers double-crossed while making that campaign pledge. That explains why this year every EID management spending proposal has been passed, 3-2, by EID’s […]

Letter to Union of Concerned Scientists

EDITOR: Dear President Kenneth Kimmell and Executive Director Kathleen Rest: In the 1960s I was totally against installing California’s state and federal aqueducts to Southern California cities. Many electrical pumping stations elevate the water along our Central Valley (400-plus miles). The Edmondson pumping plant is the largest with 14 Westinghouse electrical pumps; each pump is […]

Elect Jack Jordan to high school board

EDITOR: I met Jack Jordan as a fellow student when we were studying together for our teaching credentials many moons ago. Jack was a good student then and now he’s retiring after having been a great teacher. Jack taught math and industrial arts at Union Mine High School and, like all the best teachers, loved […]

Campfire moratorium

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the Board of Supervisors. As you may be aware, there was a fire at Camp Lotus (July 6, 2014), which required significant resources to extinguish. It is my understanding that the ignition source of this fire was campfire material. As you may recall the recent Rim Fire and […]

Movie disruption

EDITOR: Much is missing in Ms. Fatooh’s letter, (Mountain Democrat, July 25) “The good, the not so good.” She alleges that a person in the movie audience was rude to her group for being a “tad” late. Her group being a “tad” late was not the problem. Her group entered the theater after the movie […]

Hold elected accountable

EDITOR: According to the Federal Constitution there should be a separation of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of our system of government. Over time the lines have blurred and in some cases, the lines have been eliminated. You need to look no further than the Environmental Protection Agency, which has passed laws only a […]

Food Bank distribution

EDITOR: Just read the article on “Light of the Hills teams up with Food Bank.” My husband and I drive each Friday for the Food Bank and deliver to Pioneer Bible Church in Somerset. Sometimes we stay and help distribute food if needed. Just a suggestion, but why not feature all the Food Bank distribution […]

Psychiatric Health Facility

EDITOR: The message from Chris Daley’s article in the Friday, Aug. 29 Mountain Democrat regarding “operations of the Psychiatric Health Facility” was excellent. He said, “The entire Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to contract out the operations of the Psychiatric Health Facility to a private company.” This would not be a good decision or vote and […]

Takeover of EDC through initiatives

EDITOR: I would like to think that most of us have a few things in common. We are living in an economy that is so regulated that it is very difficult to make a living. Many of these regulations are federal and environmental as Obama has stopped the building of the Keystone Pipeline, and he […]


EDITOR: I notice that the category “Favorite Attorney” was omitted in this year’s Readers Choice contest. Are you implying that everybody hates attorneys? STEPHEN A. TAPSON Placerville

The rain maker

EDITOR: We arrived in Placerville last night from the UK, staying with friends to enjoy a two-week holiday. After a summer of drought, why does it have to rain now? I took a video of torrential rain in Giigleswick, North Yorkshire, where I live, Tuesday afternoon. I might as well have stayed at home. My […]

Dig into issues

EDITOR: Mega-Kudos Mr. Kerr. Thank you for your insightful editorial. What an apt description of one way most people deal with political issues. I see far more people glaze over when you begin to speak about current political issues. They couldn’t care less. The others of us go about our daily lives and we assume […]

King Fire weather blessing

EDITOR: Having spent 33 years with a city fire department in San Diego County, I have witnessed and participated in the attempt to control several large watershed fires. California has basically two seasons, winter and summer. As for spring and fall, they can usually be forgotten in regards to wild fires. As with many large […]


EDITOR: Americans have been angered and outraged, and rightly so, over the actions of Muslim extremists who have beheaded innocent human beings. An abortionist will remove the limbs and crush the skull of an innocent unborn human being. Where is the anger and outrage? Joe Biden, a pro-abortionist, has angrily vowed publicly to chase these […]

Measure K means more bureaucracy

EDITOR: There is a small cadre of people in our town of Placerville who think they know what is best for all the rest of us. They don’t believe that the folks we elect are as smart as they are and they want to take away control. If Measure K passes, it will require the […]

Efforts against the King Fire

EDITOR: I would like to personally thank the thousands of workers and volunteers from all of our local and state agencies for their courage and tireless efforts to protect our communities from the devastating effects of the King Fire. I would also like to thank our school district superintendents, administrators, educators and staff for their […]

Four for the price of one

EDITOR: Californians should be celebrating that we are receiving a four-for-the-price-of-one with the closing of the state Senate session. The notable four are: 1.) No more ghosts voting for the present and no laws passed that dictate everything from morality on college campuses, to coed shower rooms and driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. 2.) The […]

A self-serving supervisor

EDITOR: At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 16, an obsessed Ron Briggs was hellbent on the fast-tracking approval Agenda Item 28, a five-year extension of County Ordinance 4832 involving Proposition 90 that allows citizens to sell their house in the an area outside El Dorado County and purchase a new house in El […]

Climate change

EDITOR: This is in response to “What to do when global warming fizzles,” by Larry Weitzman on Sept. 15. Mr. Weitzman should know and perhaps Dr. Lindzen should remind him that the amount of temperature change in our green house is not just simply related to the mass of the various gases in the soup […]

Support Measures M and O

EDITOR: This is in response to Mr. Upton’s letter (Sept. 17). I’m appalled at this letter from a former supervisor that spreads misinformation and discourages voters from reading for themselves. Whether or not you believe in “ballot-box planning,” the fact is this: the regular planning process has failed us. County staff is biased and helping […]

The state of Jefferson

EDITOR: There are many who don’t want to be a part of California. They want to form the state of Jefferson. The reason is they don’t want to pay taxes and believe that forming a smaller state will mean fewer taxes. That is fine. But had the rural counties broken off from California there is […]

FAITH homeless lunch program denied

EDITOR: Another homeless resource shuts down. FAITH (Feeding and Inspiring the Homeless) is a faith-based organization whose mission is to deliver a lunch each day to poor and homeless people in our community. The program was established six years ago and has successfully fed people who cannot afford to buy food. One of the lunch […]

Red herrings

EDITOR: 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 uses this species to manipulate water rights, hamstringing agriculture so urban folk can wash their Audis. The […]

Forest Hill PUD

EDITOR: About a year ago or so we read about the dire financial difficulties of the Forrest Hill PUD. They lost their manager, spent their reserves and had trouble paying their bills. They had deteriorating pipes they could not repair because of a lack of money and manpower. They required help from a neighbor. There […]

Protect the electives

EDITOR: A great deal of attention has been focused on the need for a college degree in order to be successful in life. The EDUHSD proudly touts the “A to G” completion rate throughout the district. These are the required courses to be admitted directly to a UC or CSU from high school. A high […]

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