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Is democracy alive in EDC?

EDITOR: I live in El Dorado Hills and participated in a survey for land use in our community in January of this year. I thought it was wonderful that they were getting input from the public as to our priorities for growth in housing, open space and parks, etc. To my dismay, the El Dorado […]

Using Facebook for comments

EDITOR: I fully understand and agree with the paper’s decision to make commenters be identifiable when placing comments on the electronic/Web editions. The comments had become more and more offensive, with more very personal attacks on others, and less constructive content and “accountability.” The number of false-name, brain-dead commenters seemed to be growing with each […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Vendetta against small farmers

EDITOR: The July 2 edition of the Mountain Democrat had an extensive article by Dawn Hodson that reviewed point-by-point Director Prada statements about small farmers’ water use. His statements were then explained/added to/corrected by EID staff. The article clearly shows that Prada has made partial truths or misleading statements about this subject. As a public […]


EDITOR: People, people, people. Why is it when elections roll around, people come out of the woodwork thinking they are qualified to do a job they’ve never done before? I’m thinking there’s no one reading this newspaper that hasn’t applied for a job at least once in their lifetime. And every school teaches kids how […]

Help appreciated

EDITOR: Three young people in our community helped make Snowline Hospice’s Volunteer Appreciation Picnic a very special and delightful occasion. They saw two women unloading two vehicles full of supplies and equipment. They graciously asked if they could help carry items to the gazebo at Lions Park and did so quickly and enthusiastically. After everything […]

Finish what you start

EDITOR: The county of El Dorado must finish the project they started 15 years ago, before they take on another project like a new courthouse, etc. The unfinished project is the Missouri Flat Road/Diamond Springs bypass. It becomes more dangerous every day with each new car that travels through the site. The completion of this […]

Ready for Hillary?

EDITOR: Are we really ready for Hillary? Apparently her campaign slogan seems to think, “Yes.” I, for one, after eight years of Barack Obama, feel this country does not need more of the same, only packaged differently. We must not be duped and brainwashed like the last two presidential elections. We cannot afford the luxury […]

Critical thinking

EDITOR: My political e-mails over the past few years were (for the most part), the result of personal pondering and research in an attempt to find the truth — and to use that truth to enlighten and awaken America, who gives the appearance of sleeping. Some have disagreed with me from boredom of it all, […]

Interesting comment

EDITOR: The other night, President Obama made an interesting comment at a Washington D.C. dinner honoring news reporters. His remark was that an American had finally won the Boston Marathon and this was fair because a Kenyan has been president for the past six years. I’m sure the remark was intended to be humorous. But, […]

What’s wrong with this picture?

EDITOR: As you all know, California is in a drought. I have let my lawn die to conserve water in hopes of keeping some special shrubs alive and water my livestock. But you can drive around Placerville and watch Home Depot, Kmart, Walmart, Rite-Aid, etc. water all the plants they have for sale and watch […]

Gun control

EDITOR: In Gene Altshuler’s editorial, it was as though a god was speaking to me: “I have listened till I am nauseated” from the “mantras of the simple and weak-minded…” That we members of the NRA have “blood on our hands” and that we “must cleanse them.” Gosh Gene, would it be all right if […]

Business as usual?

EDITOR: The EID board met June 9 in another contentious meeting that dealt with the ruling by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that abrogated EID’s post-1914 water rights. This ruling has immediate consequences for ratepayers in Outingdale that will have to deal with the Stage 4 drought ruling. Tom Cumpston, EID’s attorney, gave […]

‘Prada’ling about with small farms

EDITOR: If you went to grocery store A and purchased five apples for $1 each, you spent $5 for five apples. If you went to grocery store B and spent $1.25 for four apples and received the fifth one free, you still spent $5 for five apples. Mr. Prada would complain that grocery store B […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,


EDITOR: Everything is different now. Struck by a tsunami on March 11, 2011, Fukushima continues to pour radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean unabated. A vast plume of this radioactive effluence has spread across the North Pacific, leaving death in its wake. Its radioactivity, carried by wind and rain, is now falling onto North America, […]

$52 million Sheriff’s Office DOA

EDITOR: It didn’t take a lot of forethought to determine that the $52 million Sheriff’s Office proposal before the Board of Supervisors was dead on arrival before it ever started, but that won’t stop our county bureaucrats from wasting several million dollars of taxpayer money chasing a big, white elephant. Of course, there is a […]

Burping cows

EDITOR: I would like to thank your staff writer Dawn Hodson for her front page article, “Obama administration targeting burping cows.” If the comedian community can’t have fun with this story, then maybe they are not comedians. I can see the political cartoons now. I really wish I was a cartoonist. The really sad part […]

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

EDITOR: The Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt; meaning that the union has shown a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain. The union is driven by greed and other self-interests. They use vicious, unethical methods to try to achieve their goals. The union is not concerned about the well-being of […]

Feds nix eagle-killing penalties

EDITOR: A deal with the feds will make a Solano County wind farm the first in the nation to be allowed to kill eagles. That would be, accidentally kill them, of course. The Unites States Fish and Wildlife Service says a large project near Rio Vista will not be cited if the birds are injured […]

EDC too great for hate

EDITOR: This letter is in response to Edward T. Bernhoft’s letter (April 21), in which he claims to be a “true Christian.” Mr. Bernhoft’s letter is filled with intolerance, ignorance and hate. He feels that homosexuals should not be welcome in a place of business owned by “true Christians.” The dictionary defines a Christian as […]

Remember the shutdown?

EDITOR: A previous letter incorrectly stated that Congressman Tom McClintock voted to shutdown the government last fall. On the contrary, he voted three times to keep the government fully funded, with the requirement that Obamacare’s individual mandate be delayed one year. This was in the wake of the Obama administration unilaterally delaying the employer mandate. […]

100+ years and thanks

EDITOR: Our mother, Leona Warren, was born in Placerville over 100 years ago. Mom and our entire family wish to give thanks to three Placerville doctors who have helped her reach this milestone in good health: Dr. Leanne Camisa and Dr. Brand Barnhill (now a “hospitalist” at Marshall Hospital) and a dentist, Dr. James Hastings, […]

Thank you to Wayne’s Lock & Safe

EDITOR: This is to express my gratitude to Jeff and Kyle of Wayne’s Lock & Safe for working on the failed ignition system on my vehicle on Monday, June 30. My wife and I were stranded when the ignition system failed at the parking garage of Red Hawk Casino. A helpful tow truck driver suggested […]

Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy

EDITOR: Law enforcement has a problem. They are deeply committed to protecting and serving the community, but how they do that and get home safely each day is a complex story. The Sheriff’s Department provides citizens with the unusual opportunity to dialogue with deputies in a candid, forthright and informative setting. For 17 weeks the […]

Dog reunited with family

EDITOR: I am overjoyed that Murphy the Golden Retriever survived her ordeal in the wilderness and has been reunited with her family. As a “dog mom” and dog trainer, I can well imagine the heartbreak the Brauns went through. I give them full credit for their efforts to find their beloved family member. But I […]

Save the Guinea Worm

EDITOR: Save the Guinea Worm Foundation is trying to save this endangered species from us humans purposely exterminating them from the planet. The only reason that I can see that anyone in their right mind would want to save these creatures is for the money that people make treating the humans they infect. In 1986, […]

Altshuler’s gun control

EDITOR: Right on cue after a tragedy Mr. Altschuler makes the usual rant for gun control. He seems to like the Constitution as long as there are no costs associated with it. If a senseless shooting occurs, scrap the second amendment. Perhaps he would like to scrap double jeopardy too, that way we could just […]

Plastic bag for Fido

EDITOR: Reading Greg Homer’s letter in the June 11 Mountain Democrat had me laughing so hard that I had to dab my eyes. For those who missed the letter, I’ll briefly summarize it. Mr. Homer urges those of us who walk our dogs to quit using blue plastic bags to pick up after our pets […]

Fellow accomplishment

EDITOR: I’d like to offer my congratulations to Laura Schwartz, El Dorado County’s chief budget officer, who recently became a Fellow through the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government. She joins 27 other county supervisors or senior executives from around the state who have also earned their Fellowship, including Kimberly Kerr and Terri Daly, […]

Sancho Panza

EDITOR: Who among us will be the Sancho Panza who will politely inform the quixotic EID Director Greg Prada that those small farms and their water rates metaphorically are windmills, not a foul brood of giants to be engaged in righteous battle? It won’t be me. Directors Prada and Day hold the distinction of being […]

EID small farms not conserving water

From 2009 through 2013, EID’s 35,000 residential ratepayers reduced their water consumption 5,000 acre-feet annually. Residential ratepayers further are on pace to conserve an additional 2,000 acre-feet this year. If this pace continues, the cumulative residential conservation since 2009 will be 30 percent. Meanwhile, EID’s small farm water consumption has increased 1,400 acre-feet annually. Contrary […]

Response to editorial

EDITOR: I read the editorial “A confused report” and found it to be surprisingly negative and critical. Although I have not read the Grand Jury report, from what is contained in the editorial, it sounded to me that the recommendations made by the Grand Jury were thoughtful and sound. On the other hand, the editorial […]

Altshuler Machiavellianism

EDITOR: America has become a nation that China’s leaders laugh at and the rest of the democratic world despairs of. Our debt is rising, our population is aging in a budget-threatening way, our schools are mediocre by international standards, our infrastructure rickety, our regulations dense, our tax code byzantine, our immigration system hare brained and […]


EDITOR: I was looking at a map a retired general had made of Iraq and who controlled what. The Kurds controlled the north border with Turkey. The Sunnis (Al Qaeda) occupied the central part and the Shiites controlled the south. My initial reaction was what a waste of effort we had done to try to […]

Safe and sober

EDITOR: Just imagine loading up more than 260 excited graduates onto coach buses right after they walk off the field from graduation ceremonies, and then driving them 90 miles away for an overnight party at a huge family entertainment complex. Add to that: food, beverages, games, live entertainment, souvenirs, and prizes — all in a […]

Thank you OfficeMax

EDITOR: I wanted to write a thank you to Ellen Hemingway, assistant store manager, at Placerville’s OfficeMax. I had purchased a new Toshiba laptop from there and during the original warranty the hard drive quit working. I called Toshiba about fixing it and was given very unhappy customer service. I had purchased the extended warranty […]

July 01, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

The Democratic-Chronicles

EDITOR: Thank you, Mountain Democrat, for publishing another view, in the form of the Democratic Chronicles by Gene Altshuler. I appreciate having the opportunity to read well-researched articles. I also appreciate a writer who has the fortitude and strength of character to discuss uncomfortable topics based on facts and common sense. Three cheers for the […]

State of Jefferson

EDITOR: Is anyone else concerned that the Great Seal of the State of Jefferson is a double cross? JOHN POPE Placerville

America as Bartertown

I see the wretch in the White House is at it again. This time he is inviting the country to be invaded by the barbarians from south of the border. Full of contempt for this country, the American people and the rule of law, old step and fetch it invites in drug dealers, millions of […]

Large bangs

EDITOR: To the people that wanted to know when the large bangs happened, we are in the Kelsey area and there were nine very loud bangs today (Wednesday, June 18) starting at 11:53 through 11:55 a.m. These bangs were louder then last year’s so they should register on any monitors. The sound came from from […]


EDITOR: The Center for Biological Diversity is now moving to bring back the grizzly to the Sierra Nevadas. I certainly hope that our government doesn’t let them. “Alaska has plenty to keep them from going extinct.” They plan on planting a few in the area that they closed to humans because of the yellow-legged frog. […]

Sniper rifles OK’d

EDITOR: Militarized American police? Because some law enforcement officers (SWAT) have .50 caliber rifles? Let’s take a look at history before we go off the deep end. In 1876, the standard issue rifle for most of the U.S. Army was the 1873 “Trapdoor” Springfield, a single-shot rifle. This was long after the Henry repeating rifle […]

Elected officials

EDITOR: The editorials of June 25 and 27 provided visions of Bell, Calif. where the officials gave themselves fat paychecks, hired their family and friends to ride the gravy train and broke the city. I propose we add one more office to the elected category — that of county CAO. SHARON NEBEKER Placerville

A real budget

EDITOR: I went to the June 17 GDPUD budget meeting. I guess it could be best described as many compromises. The new ALT treatment plant is a separate budget from the operations budget presented. This project requires a 20-year loan needing to be obtained to finance the plant. Many cuts have already been made such […]

Drought and development

EDITOR: I saw Diamond Springs resident Laurie Brown’s letter in the Sacramento Bee about new development approvals forging ahead in spite of the drought. Thank you Laurie. Look how many of those developments are in El Dorado Hills, yet EDH residents seem blissfully unaware of them. I think it is because they are reading the […]

Attacks on Wendy Thomas uncalled for

EDITOR: A recent news release announcing Wendy Thomas’ re-election bid, “City Council: Wendy Thomas seeks reelection,” on June 18, initiated a flurry of personal attacks upon Wendy Thomas, all under pseudonyms to protect their anonymity. They called on each other to run for office — cowards backing cowards who all slunk away saying, “No, not […]

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