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Pioneer Fire’s Measure F: Allow me to illuminate the facts

EDITOR: Regarding the Oct. 24 letter to the Mountain Democrat opposing Pioneer Fire Protection District’s Measure F, I‘d like to address the author’s concerns and clear up a bit of misinformation. First, the lack of a sunset clause: The Pioneer Fire Board of Directors can vote to suspend or reduce the amount of the tax […]

Hard to take Mr. Obama’s word to the bank

EDITOR: I just read Mr. Moser’s letter on how the Republicans don’t care about the American people. I guess caring is burying your grandchildren in enough debt to sink Mt. Everest, but that aside let’s temper this with some facts. First, Mr. Obama said at the beginning that if he couldn’t turn things around in […]

Gone, but not forgotten

EDITOR: It’s hard to understand why some people are taken from us, especially our young ones. Most often there will be no acceptable answer. However, living on in memories is the legacy of love and of cherished lives. The Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines has begun the planning of a very special Memory […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Support of Halloween Carnival appreciated

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Community Services District Recreation Department combined its Carnival and Pumpkin Patch for a very successful event held on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Cameron Park Lake. We had a wonderful turnout for this fun, filled family event. The children and their parents enjoyed the carnival games, crafts, hay rides, pumpkin patch, bounce […]

Pollock Pines shows it has heart

EDITOR: Recently there was a fundraiser for a Pollock Pines resident who has cancer and needs help with the costs of his treatment. For a lot of people in California, Pollock Pines is a place where Caltrans makes Bay Area residents stop on their way to Tahoe to put on chains so they don’t slide […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Historic Shingle Springs Miwoks

We, the Historic Shingle Springs Miwok, have been fighting to preserve our burial grounds and our old village sites. But since no El Dorado County or state official asks for identification, they just assume the tribe living on the Shingle Springs Miwok Reservation land are the real Shingle Springs Miwoks. They just deal with them. […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 36 Replies

This is not the time to bring in rookies to EID board

EDITOR: In hard times there are hard choices to make. There are sacrifices to be made while trying to balance the good. I understand anger at higher bills. Bottom line —repairs have to be made (pictures proved it–the structures were falling apart), mandates have to be met (both state and federal) and water needs to […]

We need to put legitimate Americans first

EDITOR: In response to Mr. Martin Schumann’s letter: It’s true, our nation’s generosity and hospitality have been taken advantage of for a very long time now. Yes, the secret to what has made America so strong over the last hundred or so years lies in its large diversity of people, a wonderful melting pot of […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Fast and Furious

EDITOR: In case you missed it, Congress passed and Obama signed new free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Columbia that will, according to a study at Princeton University, cost America another 30 to 40 million jobs over the next 20 years. This is just part of the overall plan to totally destroy the […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID’s Osborne on a spending spree

EDITOR: Since 2002 the El Dorado Irrigation District has spent $750 million, squandering literally tens of millions of dollars of ratepayer money. Preposterous? Like for what, you say? Well try more than $50 million for start-up losses on the hydro contract with PG&E that ratepayers had to pay. Or $50 million of unfunded retiree benefits […]

Grab the popcorn and enjoy the show

EDITOR: Friday, Oct. 28, a movie, Anonymous, will dramatize the theory that William Shaksper was a “front man” for Edward DeVere, the earl of Oxford, who wrote some marvelous plays under the pen name “Shake-speare.” Shaksper never wrote a letter, left a manuscript, or left a book to anyone in his will. He paid a […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Try music to drown out the gunshots

EDITOR: Regarding Wendy Schultz’ Oct. 21 column on annoying gunfire in her quiet neighborhood — sounds like my neighbors are visiting yours and bringing their weapons to the party. Although probably unlike you, I also own a number of firearms. I don’t fire them on my property because of the annoyance factor. My fantasy retaliation […]

Rob Carey for EID

EDITOR: I was disappointed to read the Mountain Democrat article about the El Dorado Irrigation District candidates’ debate and to learn that Rob Carey had dropped out (Editor’s note: Carey is back in the race). I know that many people have already voted for Rob via mail-in ballots, and I urge those who have not yet […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Good luck, Mr. Cal

EDITOR: If Vincent Cal’s experience is indicative, El Dorado County no longer is “business friendly.” (Well, maybe big developers are an exception. But that’s another story.) From reportage to date, Cal’s Greenwood store has community support and is contributing to employment and the tax base. Some would think that a good thing. Nothing points to […]

Stars are coming out in Pollock Pines

EDITOR: “A successful team beats with one heart.” Pollock Pines will be hosting its fourth annual awards evening for the outstanding businesses and community leaders in the community. In the past, the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines has been the sponsoring organization, but this year has invited all other organizations in town to join […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Chimerical quick fix

EDITOR: I’ve just had the unfortunate experience of traveling the entire length of Indiana’s portion of I-80. If you think California’s interstates are bad, go to Indiana.  Strangely enough, the condition of that state’s I-80 reminded me of a similar “superhighway” in India, but with a major difference: Indiana collects stiff tolls while India does not. […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

The Pollock Pines Library article failed to give full credit

EDITOR: I just finished reading the article on the Pollock Pines library and I disagree with some of what was written. Our library is five minutes away from an elementary school and is in the heart of our children. My grandson just completed his first map project in his fourth-grade class —-the subject: “How many […]

October 31, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

The school’s socialist agenda is showing

EDITOR: In response to a letter to the editor by high school student Cody Brents entitled “American government and big business.” He uses such grown-up terms such as “stock severences” and “evil visages.” When he signed his name and then added “12th grade student of American government,” I realized that this was not the words […]

Please preserve my neighborhood

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission: Once again my neighborhood is under attack. There was a Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 27 regarding a proposed subdivision along Wild Chaparral. We do not want that type of subdivision in our neighborhood. Those 12 acres are currently zoned R1A, which […]

November 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

You’d better read your child’s textbooks

EDITOR: Cody Brents, a “12th grade student of American government,” rails against “profit seeking” companies and the severance packages paid to their management. His letter is replete with the anti-capitalist rhetoric taught in many public school classrooms, leaving the last two generations with a negative perspective of America and our political/economic system. A teacher and […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Let’s rethink Measure F

EDITOR: I have nothing but respect and admiration for the women and men who selflessly volunteer their time to protect the residents of the Pioneer Volunteer Fire District. They are a credit to our community and I thank you all for your service. I have supported the department both financially and through support of their annual […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Regarding the cartoon of Obama and the lemmings

EDITOR: Pity the poor European socialists. They have to put up with government-paid medical care that many Americans can’t afford. They are forced to work 40 hours or less per week and take six weeks off for vacation every summer. They suffer through the government-paid education to the highest level they can qualify for. Quality […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Criminals for gun control

EDITOR: Home Invaders of America National Criminals Guild, United Auto Theft Workers, Association Of Violent Offenders, Carjackers For Truth, Serial Killers Anonymous, Rapists Rights Organization, Murder Inc., Handsome Men Who Kill Club, National Kidnappers Collective. Huge advocates of gun control, yeah it’s tough out there, competition is stiff and it doesn’t help that every time I […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

We’re losing the war for our independence

EDITOR: The following information should be looked at with great concern; we are losing the battle to be a free nation. “America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilization. Meanwhile; the state is failing in its most fundamental duties. […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Thanks for supporting craft fair, car show

EDITOR: I would like to thank the Mountain Democrat on behalf of the Broadway Village Association for the great story you ran on the association’s annual Craft Fair and Car Show. We are very grateful for the continued support of the Mountain Democrat and fortunate to have you as our part of our neighborhood. In […]

Pancreatic cancer walk: Will you join us?

EDITOR: On Nov. 5 in Elk Grove there will be a walk to help fund research in the war against pancreatic cancer. As a 10-plus year survivor of a rare form of pancreatic cancer, I am asking all of my family and friends who still live in El Dorado County to either come out and walk […]

Are you as tired of ‘unfunded mandates’ as I am?

EDITOR: So, according to a recent article in this paper, our El Dorado Irrigation District rates are being boosted again partially caused by “unfunded mandates” from worthless federal and state government agencies that should be abolished in their entirety. These worthless agencies are aided by other ridiculous wacko groups like the “Delta Planning Council” whose […]

Good-bye, post office?

EDITOR: The United States Postal Service  is reported to be in trouble. Running out of money, thereby forcing post offices to be closed. But the USPS would be in the black were it not for the requirement to make pre-payments for health benefits for the next 75 years in a 10-year stretch. One has to […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

I’m sick of the phone books

EDITOR: I apologize in advance for bringing this matter to your paper, as I know there are far more critical issues facing each and every one of us. Wait, maybe I should retract that. The issue I am bringing forth to readers is at the heart of many of our nation’s problems. People need to […]

I didn’t want to see the big dead deer

EDITOR: I just want to express the horror I felt when I opened today’s paper Oct. 19 to page 2 and came face to face with a woman holding the antlers of a beautiful but dead deer. How is this newsworthy? If you want to print pictures of dead deer why not print pictures of […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 13 Replies

Class warfare/Occupy Wall Street

EDITOR: There has been much discussion about class warfare going on within the country. As many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, I believe it is important that we do not change this country’s foundation in order to alleviate temporary hardship. The corporate bailouts by the federal government of various industries over the last few […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

We need to be reasonable in this school zone

EDITOR: Pleasant Valley Middle School is located on Green Valley Road in the middle of a 55 mph zone. There are signs indicating, “School Zone, 25 mph When Children Are Present.” The school itself is set back from the road with a parking lot and several buildings between the road and any playgrounds. If there […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Hugs from Home afghan project gearing up again

EDITOR: Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to help our soldiers in Afghanistan? The Afghanistan mountain nights  can be bitterly cold. We’re now starting a third season of sending knit or crocheted afghans to a designated unit of the military. The gift of an afghan is greatly appreciated by our troops, not only […]

Traffic problems at Indian Creek School

EDITOR: There are traffic problems at my school, Indian Creek. I know that I, Griffin Johnson, am not the only one who sees the traffic problems. For example, I know that classmates Gregor and Ethan know about this problem. I would like people to know that even though the first sign says 45 mph most […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Cameron Park Halloween thanks

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Community Services District Recreation Department combined its Carnival and Pumpkin Patch for a very successful event held on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Cameron Park Lake. We had a wonderful turn for this fun filled family event. The children and their parents enjoyed the carnival games, crafts, hay rides, pumpkin patch, bounce house, […]

EID candidate Day making outrageous claims

EDITOR: I am confused by the recent attacks against El Dorado Irrigation District and more importantly against Harry Norris. My wife and I have been very active in this community for over 25 years. Harry Norris was one of the first individuals I met when I moved here. His honesty and work ethic has been beyond […]

EID raising rates again

EDITOR: Get ready for another big El Dorado Irrigation District rate increase of 28 percent for the average residential customer in 2012. We just got past an 18 percent rate increase in March 2010 and another 15 percent in January 2011 … but EID spends on. While government agencies everywhere are hunkering down, EID’s board […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

EID election: Say what?

EDITOR: So, in April of 2010, my ditch water bill went up 18 percent. In May of 2011, it went up another 15 percent. And they still refuse to deliver all the water I pay for. Tell me again, Farm Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and others, why should I vote to keep the incumbents in […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Tilden Park? What the heck?

EDITOR: Has anyone heard of Tilden Park? We just heard about it less than a month ago. Here in Shingle Springs we have an open field (12 acres) in our neighborhood and an enterprising developer has plans for this 12 acres. He has planned on building a hotel, restaurant, food market, two story building for businesses […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 16 Replies

Response to opinion column: More fish wrap

EDITOR: This letter is in response to your “opinion column” regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement. I am once again disheartened, although not surprised, by your one sided, right wing Tea Party extremist view of what is happening there. This to me is disturbing because a lot of people in this county believe anything they read […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Editorial bias

EDITOR: With regard to the Editorial “Messing up banks” in the Mountain Democrat on Oct. 14: I was not surprised by the anti-Obama/anti-Democratic Party bias nor by the amnesia concerning the financial debacle during Bush’s second term and the role the banks played in causing it. That’s what I have come to expect from the Democrat. […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 17 Replies

Is this your book?

EDITOR: Last week on Spring Street just east of Highway 49 in Placerville, I saw a book fall off the top of a car. By the time I got back to retrieve the book, you were gone. The author is Jodie Thomas. If you would like to have it back, my contact information will be […]

Norris is best candidate for EID

EDITOR: I have spoken with both candidates for the El Dorado Irrigation District board for the district that includes El Dorado Hills. I would suggest that any of you who are having a hard time making up your mind just analyze the background of the two candidates running. Harry Norris is so far ahead of […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Thank you to so many medical professionals

EDITOR: We often read or hear this or that about the quality of our health care system right here in El Dorado County. All manner of experiences with our hospital and or medical personnel have at one time or another appeared in these letters to the editor. I would like to address the quality of care that […]

Let’s tax the churches

EDITOR: Tax churches. They are selling a product. Cash exchanges hands. It’s like any other business that by law has to pay taxes. The wealthiest businesses in the world are the Catholic Church and Mormon Church. Look at the buildings that are constructed in the name of God, or whoever. I don’t know for sure […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies
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