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Pollock Pines looks like a war zone

EDITOR: Hi there. Well the storm has passed and another is on the way. We had a cleansing of the earth. Pollock Pines was a war zone; many trees and lines came down. Power was off in many parts. We were without power for almost five days. We had no mail and no paper, no […]

Redevelopment plan and eminent domain

EDITOR: Vicki Clark’s letter of Feb. 25 about Placerville’s Redevelopment Plan raises the subject of eminent domain. As pertains to the Plan, so far this has flown well below public radar. Eminent domain — the power to take private property for “public use” – is the method by which a Redevelopment Agency ensures targeted “property […]

Thanks to the ‘closely knit’ group of Placerville

EDITOR: This is a note to recognize and publicly thank the “closely knit” group for their continued support of deployed servicemembers. This group makes afghans, which are mailed to forward deployed and hospitalized servicemembers. It is comforting, as a servicemember, to know that support has not wavered over the years. LTC LAURALEE FLANNERY Placerville

Roundabout: A note to the Placerville City Council

EDITOR: The proposed roundabout at Cedar Ravine and Main Street in Placerville has achieved something heretofore thought impossible. Conservatives and people as far left as letter to the editor writer Mr. John Garon find themselves in total agreement that this project is an ill concieved waste of money that creates more problems than it solves. […]

We want the American Dream back

EDITOR: In response to Chris Daley’s column of Feb. 25: So Wisconsin is the epicenter of the conflict of public employee unions and the fat cats from the other side. I don’t think so, no matter how you spin it. You say Big Business, corporations and such donated $800 million to political campaigns. If so […]

McClintock needs to look at the facts

EDITOR: I went to Congressman Tom McClintock’s Town Hall meeting last week and the main theme was cutting funds to “Obama-care” and how the deficit would be the demise of this country. We need to cut spending because we don’t have the money. Then someone asked him about the 61 corporations not paying a dime […]

Labor politics brought to foreground

EDITOR: The events in Wisconsin surrounding Gov. Walker’s legislation stripping some unions of some of their collective bargaining rights has brought labor politics to the foreground. So called “righties” want to kill unions.  ”Lefties” want to maintain the status quo. I think there is room for improvement. The funny part is where each position falls […]

Take this check, please

EDITOR: Open letter to Guiding Hands School Principal Starranne Meyers: I recently read in the Mountain Democrat newspaper that a man came to your school and stole the money your students had been collecting for cancer patient, “Pennies for Patients.” Even in our hard and trying times today, I think this is despicable, that someone […]

Impressed with caring, kindness and professionalism

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to thank, again, the young man who, at the height of last Friday’s storm, stopped to assist me from a 2 foot berm in my driveway to my daughter’s car. I would also like to thank, again, the very nice employee at PG&E who called me back almost immediately […]

Don’t buy online — shopping locally is best for everyone

EDITOR: There are a number of compelling reasons for shopping locally. First, when you buy locally you are buying from your friends, neighbors and people who care about you and our community. They may be a Little League coach, a member of a service club that donates thousands of dollars and time to local causes, […]

Thanks for featuring my grandson

EDITOR: Thank you so very much for the beautiful article featuring my grandson, Alex McDonald, aka Optimiztiq. The article ran Friday, Feb. 18. You really captured him very well. He is such a talented young man and the whole family is very proud of him. BETTY BUTCHER Placerville

Sharing in the glory

EDITOR: I note Mr. McHenry’s latest letter on Japanese war plans, and I must give him credit for persistence. I again remind Mr. McHenry that the debate was whether there was a Japanese plan to invade Hawaii and then the coast of California. There was such a plan, so that debate is closed. However, Mr. […]

Wisconsin’s governor and Mussolini

EDITOR: The military junta of Egypt recently issued an edict banning trade unions. The first act of Gen. Francisco Franco, when he came to power in Spain, was also to ban trade unions. Ditto for Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and dozens of far right and far left dictators. Banning unions and a free press are always […]

Redevelopment has not been fully explained to the public

EDITOR: I am very concerned about the Redevelopment Agency that our Placerville City Council has appointed themselves. Meetings have been going on for months. There have been two hearings with the company that has been contracted by the city to help them bring in redevelopment (RSG). Neither meeting was televised that I am aware of. […]

Solar unit recall fired me up

EDITOR: On Feb. 9 I received a recall notice concerning solar inverter units. If you do not have solar you most likely would not have received this. Only solar users were advised. I have written about these inferior products in the past and this just proves it. The media will not be telling you about […]

Kudos to PG&E

EDITOR: It is no fun to be without power for several days in a snowstorm. However, I must say I was very impressed with the manner in which PG&E dealt with the numerous customer outages this past week. The communications were excellent as we were notified often as to the repair crews’ progress. As for […]

Baloney, indeed

EDITOR: “Budget Baloney” is the title of the Mountain Democrat’s editorial of Feb. 18 and it is indeed well-titled. The editorial is riddled with false claims and other baloney; in other words, it meets the usual low standards of veracity the paper has established for itself. As I wrote in a previous letter, the paper […]

The plan died before the admiral’s ship sank

EDITOR: Rear Admiral Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian invasion plan is discussed in Mr. John J. Stephen’s book “Hawaii Under the Rising Sun.” But was Admiral Yamaguchi’s Hawaii invasion plan reviewed and approved by his superiors, that is, by 1) Admiral Yamamoto and 2) the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy Headquarters? Or is Admiral Yamaguchi’s plan […]

Medical marijuana: Don’t believe the lies

EDITOR: The El Dorado County American Alliance for Medical Cannabis has been meeting in Garden Valley for 10 years now. We have been involved with many events as well as been involved with talks with law enforcement to help set some guidelines with regard to the possession, use and cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. We routinely bring […]

Hunters respect our natural resources

EDITOR: It is distressing to see the amount of litter along our roads and in the natural places.  There is a beautiful, small wetland behind Tower Market on Pleasant Valley Road that someone has used to dispose of household waste and undeveloped land on Missouri Flat Road where I have seen abandoned house trailers and huge […]

I don’t trust pit bulls

EDITOR: Regarding the attack on Audrey Johnson and Bella in El Dorado Hills: The owner could have gotten training for the dog since there were three other warnings before this happened. I don’t believe the owner is completely at fault but partly. Pit bulls are just bad news. I had a pit bull that I […]

Thanks for the Aquatic Center, Steve

EDITOR: I want to give a pat on the back to Steve Youel for working so hard to keep the Aquatic Center open here in Placerville. It’s a welcome relief for my family and friends to have a place to work off some calories, relax and have fun. Looking forward to getting wet and cooling […]

I’m not buying John Allard’s garbage

EDITOR: Unless we want to start selling off our state parks, California must soon face gut-wrenching budget choices. Powerful special interest groups will fight for what’s always been theirs, and we need representatives willing to stand up to them. Read the candidates’ statements in your voter information pamphlet. Do we want to elect another good-old-boy […]

Roundabout not on my Top 10 list

EDITOR If there was a “wish list” of the residents of Placerville, I would guess that a roundabout would not make it into the Top 10. I doubt that a roundabout would be on any list at all. I am anxious to see responsible management return to this community. JOHN RUNNING Placerville

Roundabout: By the people, for the people?

EDITOR: Roundabout. Coming to an intersection near you. Yes, the Placerville City Council in its superior wisdom decided it was worth throwing over $4 million of taxpayers’ money toward a project that majority of residents and business owners at this intersection spoke out against. I am talking about the intersection of Main, Cedar Ravine and […]

Who would profit from roundabout?

EDITOR: The roundabout, or whatever the circular redevelopment is called near the parking lot, Sweetie Pies and the Cozmic Cafe, drew several letters denouncing the plan. I, too, think it is totally unnecessary, but the final accounting should be the fact that letter writers George Alger and John Garon are both against this waste of […]

John Allard, no salary?

EDITOR: I’m trying to decide who to vote for as the Assembly representative from the 4th District so I read the one page flier mailed to us by John Allard. The front is full of the motherhood statements all politicians make; no specifics. The back is an attack on Beth Gaines. I would like to […]

I learned the hard way … I won’t be smug about the homeless

EDITOR: I thought you might like a report on what it’s like to be homeless in Placerville. I don’t live here anymore, but I have to come down here to go to court. I was arrested last year for battery. My deputy public defender is trying to get the charges dropped due to the circumstances […]

Enough, already, with begging to shop locally; it’s embarrassing

EDITOR: El Dorado County is known for natural resources. We have forests, boating, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing — it goes on and on. What we do not have is shopping. So what good does it do to beg residents to pay double for less? This philosophy has been going on for […]

Roundabout — one way or the other, we’ll pay

EDITOR: Why a roundabout in Placerville? I have walked and driven through the Main Street/Cedar Ravine intersection almost daily for many years, and I have never thought that the traffic flow needed improvement. What would be gained? It will certainly eliminate numerous vital parking spaces, snarl traffic for a year or more during construction, disrupt […]

Roundabout could destroy Cozmic Cafe

EDITOR: The Placerville City Council has finally approved the construction of the roundabout in spite of determined opposition from local merchants, and an apparent lack of need, at least in the eyes of most frequent users of the intersection. The Mountain Democrat’s rendering of the future roundabout has an uncanny resemblance to a “Mandala,” the […]

Right on, Riordan

EDITOR: Thank you, letter writer Jim Riordan, I could not have said it any better. I have never writen a letter to the editor before, but I was inspired when my friend’s daughter came home from “school?” a couple of weeks ago with the eye-popping news that the United States of America is destroying the […]

Blind eyes, deaf ears

EDITOR: Tuesday evening over 400 Tea Party participants got more than an earful when they gathered at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to meet the candidates for Assembly District 4. They were introduced by conservative talk show host Eric Hogue who provided information on the hottest issues at the Capitol. Also on the agenda that […]

Spend the roundabout money on something that makes sense

EDITOR: In today’s economy, everyone, and this includes city governments, needs to spend their money a tad bit more wisely. And for the city of Placerville to propose the brainless notion, the absolutely absurd idea, that a roundabout would be a good thing, whoever did that needs to get out of office. For the amount […]

Finis … I hope

EDITOR: Mr. McHenry in his recent letter again brings up the subject that will never die: Japanese war plans during World War II. This is getting stale, so perhaps we should put it to bed. The topic was never whether sufficient troops were available, instead the topic was whether Japan had a plan to invade […]

Logic sometimes escapes me

EDITOR: I think I finally understand the logic of letter writer John Garon’s argument to restrict the use of handguns. He is saying if we restrict everybody’s use of the automobile we can curtail the problem of DUIs. As for Placerville palm trees the logic escapes me. Palm trees at In N Out Burger destroy the […]

Roundabout — they’re bound and determined to build it

EDITOR: I see a huge majority showed up at the meeting to try to stop the roundabout they want to build at Cedar Ravine and Main Street in Placerville. They thought that the fact that it would mess up parking and hurt businesses there as well as the fact that no traffic problem exists there […]

GDPUD in good shape

EDITOR: It was a full house at the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board meeting last Tuesday. Early in the meeting, new board member Bonnie McLane made the motion that the salary of all employees and management be cut by 20 percent except those that belonged to the union. This includes all the office staff […]

John Allard the best choice in District 4

EDITOR: As you consider the many candidates that are running for the District 4 Assembly seat, there is one whose experience makes him the clear choice on March 8. John Allard has a lengthy, proven track record of taking a constructive and thoughtful approach to local and statewide policy issues. His many years as Sen. […]

Do-it-yourself Sheriff’s Department strikes again

EDITOR: As a retired police chief and one who spent years as a Field Training Officer who was responsible for training new recruit officers I just wish to compliment Mr. Dean Plant on his two fine letters to the editor regarding our “do-it-yourself Sheriff’s Department.” Mr. Plant, it’s true that online reporting is now an […]

State Assembly election: She’s the best candidate

EDITOR: The election on March 8 is fast approaching. The major newspaper made its endorsement on Feb. 14. They backed John Allard, a Roseville city councilman, and previously 11-year chief of staff to former State Sen. Tim Leslie. You wouldn’t learn about that long stint in the belly of the beast by reading his candidate […]

Astonishing thievery

EDITOR: As principal of Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills that primarily serves students with disabilities, I have had the privilege to witness the joys of student growth. Today, however, I face the challenge of trying to explain compromised integrity to our students. Last Friday, Feb. 11, our students were released early so our […]

You’ve made a good start, Jerry

OK, Jerry, you’ve made a good start in fixing California’s budget problem. But you have just hit the tip of the iceberg. You’re making an effort to stop the state from buying more cars but don’t stop with only that. There is no reason any state employee should have a state owned vehicle unless they […]

Letter writer’s vitriol spilling over … again

EDITOR When I saw the title of Mr. John Garon’s letter (My New Year’s resolution, Feb. 7), I thought he had decided to give up writing “vitriolic, nearly unhinged” letters to the Mountain Democrat about “Tea Partyers” (and other non-left-wing organizations he execrates). But I was sadly mistaken. He has now proudly concocted two “more […]

He is a killer of children — thanks for keeping him locked up

EDITOR: First and foremost I want to thank the Parole Board at San Quentin for denying parole to this inmate. I have known him for many years working in the telephone industry in the ’60s, Pac Tel, and it was apparent that he had an alcohol problem. He came to work every day, drunk. I […]

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