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Mercury scare

EDITOR: Mercury contamination is a myth. All the scientific studies show that there were only four cases of mercury poisoning from fish consumption and that was in Iraq and other nations, not the United States. Japan had mercury poisoning from industrial spills and that was only in the area of the spill. Iraq women had […]

PopTarts and socialism

I was facinated with the Mountain Democrat’s Chris Daley’s “PopTart issue” in his column recently. I believe his view is a prime example of our present out of control socialistic approach to govern our nation over capitalism. Mr. Daley believes it is the lesser of two evils to spend money we don’t have to buy […]

We’re closing … but we thank you

EDITOR: The Association of Developmentally Disabled Citizens of El Dorado County is sad, but excited to announce we will be closing our thrift store, Treasures. The Board of Directors is enthusiastic about the new vision for the association and services that will be provided. The board members further feel our success is not measured by […]

Letter writer needs another hobby

EDITOR: This is in response to the Aug.15 letter submitted by John Garon. John G. I would like to know a politician who isn’t a BSer. You seem to do a pretty good job at BSing, so I guess it takes one to know one. Another good example is your so-called BSer in charge, Obama. […]

Miners are people, too

EDITOR: Who destroys the environment? American River Conservancy just finished 25 miles of 5- to 8-foot trail down the side of the South Fork of the American River. They say that it is so people can enjoy nature but if miners (not people) want to enjoy what people enjoy, tough luck. “Dredgers destroy habitat” is […]

Looking for volunteers to spruce up our town

EDITOR: Do you like to work in the garden? Are you looking for a community service project to be involved in? Then you are looking for Community Pride, and Community Pride is looking for you. Community Pride is Placerville’s volunteer beautification committee. Our goal is “to improve the grace and charm of Placerville.. We have […]

I don’t trust city government

EDITOR: Open letter to the Placerville City Council: Maybe we the  residents of Placerville would have more confidence in the City Council’s proposals if we felt we could trust our city government. Case in point: Mayor Dave Machado being scrutinized (editor’s note — this letter was written prior to Machado’s arrest Aug. 18) for failure […]

Does jailing me really serve the community?

EDITOR: I would like to call to the attention of the public that nonviolent drug offenders on probation are still being threatened jail time for use of cannabis even with a doctor’s recommendation and valid Prop. 215 registration. This is very much the case with me now. I am on probation for possessing a little […]

In wake of sudden death … we thank you

EDITOR: On Monday, Aug. 8, a wonderful husband and father was taken from us in a tragic log truck accident on Highway 50 near Kyburza. Not more than minutes after his spirit left this Earth the outpouring of support for our family was felt. I would have never in a million years thought that so […]

Look up — and look out

EDITOR:  Has everyone been enjoying the beautiful, flawless blue skies of summer? I know I have. Unfortunately, that will soon change. I predict that by the end of this month, if not sooner, chemtrails (not contrails) will be back criss-crossing our skies. They will spread out, turning into clouds and haze. They will fill our […]

Sorry, folks … but let’s keep it clean

EDITOR: The recent salmonella outbreaks again bring to light the importance of food preparation techniques, as well as proper cooking. As a clinical microbiologist, the lab person working with the salmonella, e.coli, etc., cultures, I would venture to guess that most of the problems come from the everyday household food prep, vs. improper cooking. We […]

Political cartoon a surprising feature

EDITOR: I was delightfully shocked by the political cartoon last Friday, July 29. My first thought was that the editor must be on vacation and someone was going to be in a lot of trouble when he got back. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is tired of the daily Obama bashing cartoons […]

The people have a right to be heard

EDITOR: Redevelopment was put on the city of Placerville’s agenda by a small group of people. The city obliged by spending $400,000 of our tax dollars on the requisite paperwork to make their dream come true. But our elected officials have a greater responsibility: We the people. Canvassing Placerville residents, a truly “small group of […]

To the woodshed, Washington, D.C.

EDITOR: Regarding our representatives in Washington, D.C.: They all deserve a spanking … and not the type half of them would enjoy. RAY PETHEL Placerville

I’m going to incorporate myself

EDITOR: If corporations are people, then I’m going to put Pty. or Ltd. or Inc. after the name Don Ravanelli and list myself on the stock exchange. As CEO, founding president and treasurer of Don Ravanelli Inc., I’ve decided that on the basis of my superb leadership that I’m lifting my annual salary (plus bonus) to […]

Let’s be reasonable, man

EDITOR: I moved to Garden Valley over 20 years ago, and have loved most every day here. Everyone wants good for everyone. People meet at the Grange and the park, and help each other stay in business, and help one another’s children by giving them a chance to interact with adults. Wonderful! When we lived in […]

I’d like to see a president like me

EDITOR: I remember how excited people were when Obama was running for president. People would say that finally someone will be in the White House who looks and thinks like them. And today I say good for them. I wonder when and if I’ll ever see a president that looks and thinks like me. Historically […]

How we got here

EDITOR: The political cartoon of July 29, entitled “How we got here,” caused me to wonder how this cartoon came to be published in the Mountain Democrat. It shows a man wearing a GOP pin spending, spending, spending, and then burning down the economy while blaming President Obama. Specifically, two failed needless wars, money thrown […]

That was Bush’s doing

EDITOR: When letter writer Scott Nichols wished President Obama a happy birthday, he implied that Mr. Obama was responsible for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. That program was signed into law by President George W. Bush. HARRY N. ZELINKA Diamond Springs

News media at it again … no fair!

EDITOR: The corporate media are at it again, just like in 2008. Michelle Bachmann eked out a mere 152 vote victory in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa last week, gathering 4,823 votes to Ron Paul’s 4,671, leaving Tim Pawlenty a distant third with 2,293 votes — but all you hear from the media is […]

DA and senator’s real motive

EDITOR: There are enough laws on the books concerning predators. Probation and Parole need to tighten up their supervision and maybe fire a couple lazy agents. As to Vern Pierson and Ted Gaines: They don’t do anything unless it will gain them more votes and keep them in office. RICHARD LAMPARTER El Dorado

Sinking gold dredging a disservice to many

EDITOR: Environmentalist should pat themselves on their back; you have done to dredging what you have done to the nation: put 4,000 more people closer to poverty. If you don’t want something bad enough all you have to do is get a bunch of other people to say that they don’t like it either. Doesn’t […]

Disband the ATF

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Garon uses the tragedy in Norway to argue for much stricter control on guns. I think he would like them eliminated from private hands altogether, but his main theme is to restrict the access of many because of the actions of a few. In that case he should favor the abolition […]

Going along to get along

EDITOR: A thought: A bomb was strapped to America and set to explode on Aug. 2. The countdown timer was stopped with moments to spare when America caved in to the demands. So the Tea Party won — well, maybe not because when the Republican leadership demanded their votes many of the Tea Party champions […]

They vote in China, too

EDITOR: Thank you, Rep. Tom McClintock, for standing strong on the federal budget and debt limit fiasco. This issue is only a symptom of a much greater problem, the massive size and reach of the federal government, far beyond anything ever dreamed of by our Founding Fathers, and by any measure of the imagination or […]

Love prevents, defeats racist hate

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado Hills community and beyond: Please don’t let it be too late. Please let me be on time. Dear children of recent African descent, and viper (to put it kindly): It grieves me to bring you this news of a sad, stale threat, but a warning and antidote are here. […]

Grizzly Flat district rife with problems

EDITOR: The Grizzly Flat Community Services District’s current proposal for Rural Development, Department of Agriculture (RD) funding of a Water System Improvement Project is so seriously deficient on its face that RD needs to suspend further action to fund this project proposal until the problems listed below are corrected or properly explained to the district’s […]

Happy birthday, Mr. President

EDITOR: Open letter to President Obama: For the first time in history the credit rating of the United States has been downgraded from AAA to AA-plus by Standard & Poor’s. It is time for you, Mr. President, to own this. It happened on your watch. It is time for you and the Democrats to stop […]

Why is Ponderosa High using a Sacramento photographer?

EDITOR: While pulling up the school calendar for 2011-12 I see a section telling this year’s seniors to contact and go to a Sacramento photographer on Power Inn Road for their senior pictures. Certainly we have qualified photographers in our own county who could use this work in these trying times. I am disappointed in […]

It has now been four months

EDITOR: An open letter to El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson: Dear Mr Pierson, I am once again writing to you in regard to the tragic death of Timothy Mulholland. I wanted to let you know I am still patiently waiting. I wait for you to press charges against the driver of the car. […]

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Why isn’t she facing charges?

EDITOR: I’m writing to you on behalf of Timothy William Mulholland. Since he cannot write you himself, I (we) are his voice. His life was tragically taken March 27 in a single car accident, where Ms. Victoria Guinn was the driver. Since his passing, there has been little to no activity in his case. His mother […]

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Jail ignores medical prescriptions from personal physicians

EDITOR: After being incarcerated in the El Dordo County Jail for three weeks I am realizing how unfair and irresponsible our justice system can be. I, along with many others, suffer with medical conditions that cause us tremendous levels of intolerable pain. We have come here with prescriptions from our physicians on the “outside” only […]

Is it really important to community that I get prosecuted for marijuana?

EDITOR: I started using cannabis shortly after a ski accident about 12 years ago. It helped me sleep and cope with the pain. My injuries left me with permanent pain and I relay on cannabis today. It is my religious choice to use a remedy that is natural rather than a prescription drugs. I have […]

Al Gore’s Academy Award gets the hiccups

EDITOR: Today I read that the “scientist who claimed polar bears were drowning is being investigated for ‘scientific misconduct.” See dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2019953/Scientist-claimed-polar-bears-drowning-investigated-scientific-misconduct.html. Dr. Charles Monnett, cited by Al Gore in his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” has been placed on leave and is being investigated for “integrity issues” apparently linked to his polar bear report. One or two […]

Dredging — California government doesn’t care about the people

EDITOR: Talk about changing the distance of the goal post! Gov. Brown just made it impossible for California miners to make a living as they have in the past. AB120 was just signed into law, extending the moratorium until 2016; which wasn’t in the cards, until they saw that they were losing on scientific evidence […]

Who did you say you represent, City Council?

EDITOR: A question for the Placerville City Council: As a member of a small group of Placerville residents that has just finished talking to over a thousand Placerville voters I can assure you we found very few who thought redevelopment might be a good idea and no one who wanted a roundabout. You call yourselves elected representatives. […]

Disturbed by support of roundabout

EDITOR: Open letter to board members and membership of the Placerville Downtown Association: I read with interest the letter Carol Patton sent to Caltrans stating that the closure of Highway 50 in April would not be in the best interest of the PDA. Yet she and the board are in favor of the roundabout being […]

Camino’s Night Out a huge success, thanks

EDITOR: The Camino Community Action Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the eighth annual Camino Community Night Out an overwhelming success. The members of our community, El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini and the residents gathered for an old-fashioned picnic dinner, with hot dogs donated by Rainbow Orchards, cooked by Paul Wofford […]

Where’s the justice for Timothy Mulholland?

EDITOR: As I sit here and think about the day my daughter will begin her senior year at El Dorado High School, a frightening thought runs through my mind. What if my daughter gets in the car with a friend this year and doesn’t return to her loving family? What would we do? How would […]

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Who’s buttering our bread?

EDITOR: Letter writer Bettie Thompson may brag about her 84 years, but she doesn’t seem to have been paying much attention to who butters her bread. Before the “liberals” of the New Deal rolled out Social Security, seniors in this USA were roadkill, the poorest group in the country. The Democrats made it possible for […]

Start of school year comes way too early

EDITOR: Is anyone else frustrated over the school year starting Aug. 8? Our high schoolers have a difficult time getting a job with the local tourist businesses because they have to quit working due to the start-up of school. August is a huge tourist time in our region, not to mention the best time to travel […]

McClintock and the art of BS

EDITOR: Congressman Tom McClintock’s latest opus in the Mountain Democrat brought to mind an essay by Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt, entitled “On bullshit” (Princeton University Press, 2005).  Some may even remember Dr. Frankfurt’s appearance on “The Daily Show.” In his essay, Frankfurt posits that BSers are not true liars, but intellectual fakers. A BSer does not […]

Don’t lump us together

EDITOR: I was born and raised with my Hispanic family side, Portuguese. Our neighborhood was Hispanic and Italian. Everybody else was an “Okie,” including my father. Our Portuguese, Spanish and Italian families considered themselves Latins, not Latino/Latina. We were not a political group but a Hispanic cultural group and we were Americans who celebrated out […]

Who to blame?

EDITOR: Our last five presidents have been individually blamed for deficit spending. But Congress, not presidents, writes spending bills. Presidents either sign them into law or veto them. Tax cuts have been blamed for increased deficits, but government revenue increased after every tax cut. Spending, and only spending, increases deficits. Government revenues have increased every […]

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