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No-burn days — are we being nudged?

EDITOR: Reading a letter in the paper from Joe Coulter, July 13, I see that others are concerned with the ever increasing “n0-burn” days, or does it just appear that way? Is our air quality getting worse, or is the Air Pollution Control officer just making it more and more difficult to burn on our […]

If I didn’t pay the restaurant bill

EDITOR: Congress, let’s get serious! Refusing to simply pass the debt ceiling before Aug. 2 is like refusing to pay a restaurant bill after the meal is finished. What do you think might happen next? I don’t know either. I’ve never seriously thought of trying such a trick. I do know that I would never […]

Experiential learning programs — for our youth

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead EDITOR: Investing in our youth is a logical, proactive way to ensure the future wellbeing of our communities and therefore our county. Too many youth today silently suffer internal fears, […]

Even if I’m wrong …

EDITOR: I don’t know this for fact and I’m sure someone will check and advise if I’m wrong on the following theory. The 50 cities with the highest crime rates are run by liberal/progressives. The 50 school districts with the lowest test scores and highest drop out rates are controlled by liberal/progressives. The 50 cities […]

Generous family appreciated

EDITOR: A very special thank you  to the Ceccarelli family who established a special award in the memory of Bobbie Ceccarelli, with the Women’s Fund, El Dorado. The grant was awarded to the Strength for the Journey, a program provided by the Marshall Foundation at the Grants Award Dinner. I am honored that Strength for […]

Who’s responsible?

EDITOR: When you drive by the corner of Cambridge Road and Knollwood Drive, check out the weed patch at this intersection. It is a fire ready to happen. The weeds are over 4 feet tall, and there is trash, combustible material and debris. The 1 acre parcel has been abandoned for over 10 years. Now […]

The Shingle Plan compromise regarding trains vs. trail

EDITOR: The Shingle Plan will give the train enthusiasts some track and the trail enthusiasts some rail bed. From Shingle Springs to Missouri Flat Road is the section for trains. The El Dorado Western Railroad will run trains in the train park from Missouri Flat to the El Dorado Y, and the Folsom train group […]

Saving California’s state parks: voices from the wilderness

EDITOR: California state parks belong to the people of California and the world. Since establishing the first state park in 1864 they have been known as “preserving the best of California forever.” Visionary citizens and lawmakers from the turn-of-the-century fought tirelessly to preserve California’s most representative and significant lands so they might be enjoyed by, […]

Our house on fire

EDITOR: I recently read an interesting analogy: Our house is on fire. The flames are beginning to engulf our belongings, family mementos, our home. The fire department arrives. They begin to attach the hose to the fire hydrant and then — I begin to argue with my wife about how high the water bill is and […]

Smug face?

EDITOR: In his recent letter Mr. Steers states, “If your retirement was taxed like my income is today we’d be seeing your smug face at some Tea Party rallies.” He claims his combined tax rate is 55 percent. Were mine a combined tax rate of 55 percent, I would pay it as I have always […]

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Limited options at Sly Park

EDITOR: We have purchased a Sly Park Annual Day Use Permit each year that we have lived in the area. I am not sure I am going to renew in the future and am considering asking for a refund of my current pass. While we were there a few days ago, an El Dorado Irrigation […]

A tax by any other name still stinks

EDITOR: Jerry Brown and the Dems just can’t help themselves. Their budget assesses a $150 fire suppression fee in rural areas including El Dorado County. This “fee” is a tax, plain and simple, and as such required 2/3 approval. They know this act will generate a lawsuit, which they will lose but will waste more […]

I love our hometown paper

EDITOR: The column, “The keys to longevity,” written by Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito in Wednesday’s paper (July 6) was so moving to me because I love our small town news and to our good fortune the Mountain Democrat has always made it their priority to keep the county’s news, as well as its history, […]

Diplomagate or Competencygate?

EDITOR: Education is but one method of determining qualifications for a job. Minimum job qualifications are listed on the El Dorado County Website and include education, years of experience and proven competency. El Dorado County appears to disregard these as it sees fit based on nepotism, favoritism and sometimes desperation. I was looking into which […]

Congratulations to local wineries

EDITOR: El Dorado county wineries garnished many awards this year at the California State Fair. El Dorado wineries won not only many gold awards but they also earned “Best Red Wine” and “Best of Show” for Windwalker vineyards for its 2008 “Shady Lady” primitivo. But what you may not be aware of is the fact […]

Everything changed — except the smile on her face

EDITOR: This is Hailey’s story: She entered this world Nov. 29, 1995. She has become, without doubt, a living message from God. Bringing dreams for her future, all parents can feel what I say. Etched in my memory forever the first time I saw her face. Time rumbled forward. She crawled, babbled and smiled. The dreams […]

Dredging … please don’t sign this, governor

EDITOR: Open letter to Gov. Brown: Please do not sign AB 120 … Protect individual and private property rights along with California’s historical gold mining base. I have become aware of an effort put forth by The Center for Biological Diversity from Tuscon, Ariz. They have sent out a mass mailing, faxing or e-mail request attempting to shut […]

She ain’t seen nuttin’ yet

EDITOR: In her June 4 letter Linda Colombo complained of over-regulation. I’m afraid “she ain’t seen nuttin’ yet.” At the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 the United Nations publicly launched Agenda 21, which has since become known as Sustainable Development. “Sustainable Development” needs to be defined. Maurice Strong, secretary general at […]

Take it easy on Cambridge Road, please

EDITOR: It’s been over two years and the community finally got the stop sign they requested at Osborne. The residents in the area also asked for the speed limit to be repealed in accordance with California law. As it stands now, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle along the roadway the county will […]

DOT left the job undone

EDITOR: On walks though my neighborhood the road repairs started over a month ago are still in need of finishing. The El Dorado County Department of Transportation came in and marked curbs that had lifted over time and either blocked the flow of water or ripped off the spoilers on my neighbor’s car. Weeks later they made some cuts […]

Roundabout: Whose silly idea was this?

EDITOR: There has been much ado about engineering a roundabout on Main Street in Placerville. It is important to remember that Placerville Drive, Main Street and Broadway play a strategic part in creating safe access to all businesses within the town  of Placerville. The question is: Have the Planning Commission and the engineers considered the […]

I agree … train folks are unrealistic

EDITOR: I agree with Mary K. Jackson’s letter in the July 6 Mountain Democrat. The train people are playing “dog in the manger” with the trail: They know they can’t use it, but they don’t want anybody else to use it, either. I am convinced that someday reason and common sense will prevail, and the […]

Restore respect for our Sheriff’s Department

EDITOR: Pam Rossi’s letter that appeared in your paper on Friday, July 1, was spot on. The deputies who are involved with Diplomagate stole money from the taxpayers of this county whom they are sworn to protect. There can be no room in law enforcement for dishonesty, yet we all know it exists, so all the […]

Calling all veterans

EDITOR: This is a letter to all veterans in El Dorado County. Has the economy got you down, looking for a nice, inexpensive place to go for a few hours of enjoyment? Look no farther, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 275 is sponsoring a game night, on Monday nights, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the […]

My take on Beth Gaines’ vote on AB 52

EDITOR: The action by Beth Gaines to vote against Assembly Bill 52 is consistent with the wishes of the majority of the people who elected her. The people who elected Beth Gaines are basically capitalistic and believe in free enterprise. AB 52 is another attempt to regulate private business by subjecting their internal business decisions […]

I hope the new CSD director can make a difference

EDITOR: I would like to welcome yet another Cameron Park Community Services District director, Sean Tucker, who has been voted in by the board to replace Rich Green who resigned. I do hope you will be more successful than the past directors in taming some of the board members who currently are on the board. These […]

The trail or the train?

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I am writing as I am concerned about the future of the El Dorado Trail. It is my understanding that the railroad people do not want the tracks removed although they have not been used in more than 20 years. I understand they would like to put […]

Drought: Abandoning us for Bakersfield

EDITOR: Anyone remember the drought back in the late 1970s? If you do, read House Bill 1837 called “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.” The name says it all. This bill would affect the water rights of Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and Amador counties, but officials with the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District think the Democratic […]

In our loss, our thanks to El Dorado County

EDITOR: An open letter to the El Dorado County community: Our son and brother, Sidney “Scott” Santana, was involved in a fatal car accident on May 17. While this has been a tragedy, we are so grateful for the love and support of everyone we have come across during this journey. From the firefighters (both […]

Pioneer Fire: Thanks for the story, but …

EDITOR: First, I want to thank reporter Chris Daley and the Mountain Democrat for covering our situation and reporting it to the people. Overall, the article is accurate and fair. However, I challenge two points: First, the headline. This was not a “bail out.” It is called “Dry Period Funding,” and all it does is […]

Let the people decide

EDITOR: Every four years have a budget and election. Every four years is a presidential term. The seventh month in the fourth year should be used to plan a Republican or Democrat budget only. List all earmarks and corporate welfare. List everything, cuts and increases. Have all Congress members on the same health care program […]

Pour it again, PDA

EDITOR: For the past two years I have attended the Placerville Brewfest on Main Street hosted by the Placerville Downtown Association and dozens of wonderful breweries. It’s obvious that lots of work is poured into this event for it to be run so well every year. I really enjoy the people, the breweries, the music […]

Thank you, Charter Home Study

EDITOR: There are times in one’s life when it is all together appropriate and reasonable to take the time to pen a few words of appreciation. I have reached one of those times and put my daily activities on hold long enough to express my gratitude to the Charter Home Study Academy for all they have […]

We all know this driver

EDITOR: I’m writing to caution your readers about a driver everyone should watch for here in our county. He owns several cars and trucks and is a master of disguise but you’ll know him because he’s always quick with the horn, mouth and gesture. Sometimes he looks like a teenager, sometimes an old guy, and even […]

The cost of redevelopment

EDITOR: Many good citizens are concerned about the threat of the use of eminent domain as redevelopment proceeds forward in Placerville. While I empathize with their concerns there is a far more imminent threat that is being overlooked — the cost of redevelopment. Redevelopment Agencies submit financial reports to our state controller, John Chiang, who […]

No room for dishonesty at Sheriff’s Department

EDITOR: I am just in disbelief that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department approved increased pay for phony education bonuses for five sworn officers in their department. It is appalling to me that this type of dishonest act is being connived within a county entity that upholds the law. Now that the grand jury has published […]

We’re bombarded with overregulation

EDITOR: Open letter to Sen. Ted Gaines: Reaction to Mountain Democrat editorial, “Septic system relief” and Sacramento Bee article ,”Court validates authority for game wardens.” I see you at all these El Dorado County functions, on a regular basis. Definitely appreciate your accessibility. Now comes the hammer. I am so totally frustrated with the intrusion of […]

Placerville City Council can’t amend state eminent domain law

EDITOR: According to Councilwoman Wendy Mattson’s June 15 letter to the editor and Wendy Schultz’s June 16 article, the Placerville City Council voted to prohibit eminent domain within the Redevelopment Agency at the June 14 City Council meeting. Apparently Councilwoman Mattson is unaware that such action does not eliminate the threat of eminent domain. On May 10, […]

Operation Fast and Furious: More gun control the real purpose

EDITOR: Recently the government has found itself in hot water with the exposure of the DOJ/ATF operation Fast and Furious. This was a plan to run guns (called project Gunrunner) to Mexico so that they could be traced hopefully to cartels. A liberal friend of mine said it was just a government operation gone wrong. […]

Gas prices and hypocrisy

EDITOR: The next time you fill your gas tank look at the little stickers posted on the pumps. Those stickers show that out of that roughly $4 per gallon the state of California collects 18 cents and the feds collect 35 cents — on top of that there is your sales tax. So out of […]

Perplexed by letter

EDITOR: I was most perplexed by letter writer Ken Steers’ submission of June 22. Yes, I mean the entire letter. Mr. Steers claims to be “in that top 2 percent of taxpayers. Says he doesn’t mind paying the 55 percent in taxes he claims. Somehow, I have to wonder at this. So, you pay these […]

Thinking about vaccines …

A new study published in the Human and Experimental Toxicology journal found a direct statistical link between higher vaccine doses and infant mortality rates. This study suggests that the increasing number of inoculations administered to children is having a detrimental impact on health. The United States administers the highest number of vaccine doses to children […]

Students squeezed by state universities

EDITOR: It was with great interest I read your editorial about Los Rios students being squeezed out of California university system. I did not realize that was happening at the community college level. I certainly have seen it at the high school level, though, where highly qualified students who do not choose to begin their […]

When is dumb, dumber?

EDITOR: Upon getting to the entrance gate to the El Dorado County Fair, I was asked to check in my 1-inch blade pocket knife, which I did. Then walking through the Main Exhibit Hall I saw at least two vendors who were selling complete kitchen knife sets and one more on the grounds that had […]

Headline got my attention

EDITOR: “Bridge, Nooner on Saturday, Optimist Roster” (June 24, page A-11), certainly got my attention. At my age, hoping to get out of bed without help qualifies me as an optimist, so I’d like to have my name added to the non-bridge roster. Thank you, Mountain Democrat, for this civic-minded announcement. JOHN GARON Placerville  

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