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Truth about the pope

EDITOR: God Bless America, a country where everyone has freedom of speech. However, freedom of speech does not necessarily mean truth. Mr. Boylan’s letter of Jan. 24 has many erroneous statements. One must look at the facts, so that freedom of speech will provide truth. Joseph Ratzinger in 1939 entered the minor seminary in Traunstein. In […]

We have to quit feeding this monster

EDITOR: Yet another long-winded rant by letter writer John Garon stating, in sum, “I hate Bush II and the Mountain Democrat.” Yes, students are performing at less than satisfactory levels in reading, failing miserably in mathematics and below average in the sciences. Garon — obviously, throwing money at the problem isn’t fixing it, as we […]

Sophie the spaniel, glad you’re alive

EDITOR: “Dog Shelter Double-Cross”? I’m not sure that headline really captures the essence of the ensuing article. I feel gratitude and pride in our local animal shelter for having saved Sophie, the cocker spaniel’s, life. El Dorado County Animal Services, whose business in part is to evaluate and protect abandoned animals, made good on their […]

Thank you, DA’s Office

EDITOR: A few years ago my father, Roy Skiles, was killed in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver. She was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter on a plea deal and did very little time for taking my father’s life. A few weeks ago she was again picked up in El Dorado County for […]

Dog’s life is precious

EDITOR: I really want to express my heartfelt thanks to Henry Brzezinski and El Dorado County Animal Services for saving the life of little Sophie. This is a classic example of why so many animals are in the shelter, and euthanized, due to owners not willing to fully accept the responsibility of training. Rather than get […]

I’ve had it with Placerville sewer rates — let’s sue them!

EDITOR: I just received my most recent bill from Placerville, and I simply refuse to pay their arbitrary and capricious sewer rates anymore. My water bill was $37.56 and my sewer bill was $143.88 for this past time period. That is disgusting, and as I told the City Council when they first proposed these rate […]

Call to abolish Dept. of Education dismally misguided

EDITOR: On Jan. 11, 2000, President George W. Bush asked: “Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” We just received the answer: “They isn’t!” The Department of Education just released a study of 320,000 fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders, entitled “National Assessment of Educational Progress.” It analyzed students’ proficiency in science, and the results are […]

Obamacare: Told you so

EDITOR: A little while ago I sent a response to the doctor who said that due to savings Obamacare would not end up costing Medicare.  Looks like I was right.  Medicare’s chief actuary just told Congress that Obamacare probably won’t hold down costs (there go the savings) and won’t let everybody keep their present insurance […]

Life or death for dog? Shelter staff made right decision

EDITOR: Front page of today’s paper: “Dog shelter double-cross?” Our El Dorado County Animal Shelter staff are forced to make life or death decisions daily and I applaud them for recognizing that Sophie the cocker spaniel deserved a second chance. Clearly this family was not a good match for this dog from the start; it’s […]

How do they get re-elected when they say such idiotic things?

EDITOR: I am wondering who actually votes for the Tim Donnellys in the California Legislature? Of course I also wonder who votes for quite a few of our state level representatives and our federal level representatives. Tim Donnelly suggests that we eliminate the Employment Development Department since unemployment is high. If that is the solution […]

Veterans — now and in the future

EDITOR: I submitted a letter a few weeks ago regarding what the local veterans’ organizations do in El Dorado County. It was well received and I wish to express my appreciation to the editor for publishing it. I would like to take this opportunity to inform the veterans of El Dorado County what the veterans […]

Thanks for the help, Sen. Gaines

EDITOR: I am the proud father of two soldiers serving our country. My son is in Afghanistan and my daughter leaves in approximately three weeks for her third tour in Kuwait. Last week my daughter called and informed me her wallet was stolen with her driver’s license inside. Because she drives military vehicles she has […]

Redevelopment would do harm

EDITOR: In response to Mr. Wolfe’s Jan. 16 letter regarding “Placerville city redevelopment plan: the perfect storm,” you correctly pointed out many of the negative issues surrounding redevelopment. The City Council has insisted that redevelopment is “about people,” to create jobs and to attract businesses so everyone benefits, not just developers, bond brokers and consultants. […]

We thank our STARs

EDITOR: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills held a Tour of Homes during the holidays in El Dorado Hills in December. We requested the assistance of the STARs (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees) from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office to patrol the area around the six homes on the tour during tour hours. Their presence […]

Family affair at Sheriff’s Office

EDITOR: Remember the song, “It’s a Family Affair”? I see in Wednesday, Jan. 19, edition the front page showing a lady pinning a sheriff’s badge on the brother-in-law of John D’Agostini. The brother-in-law has been appointed and hired by D’Agostini to be second in command at the Sheriff’s Department. Sounded a bit convenient to me. […]

I’m sorry Dante’s is for sale

EDITOR: In response to the article in the Jan. 21 Mountain Democrat, I wish to state that I am a supporter of Mr. Kevin Cairns, the chef and owner of Dante’s. If someone was using my property as a toilet I would be very upset also. Having raised four children I know that kids can […]

Those lazy bums

EDITOR: Millions of Americans are out of work — I hear in the media they are bums who don’t want to work and are parasites living on the dole. Could it be they just can’t find work? I remember back in the 1980s when apparently unemployment was a problem (I say apparently because I was […]

Disband the Air Force

EDITOR: Mr. Napolitano (senior judicial analyst for Fox News) has asked where in the Constitution it authorizes the federal government to regulate the delivery of health care? Hmmm, got me to thinking there is nothing in the Constitution about the United States Air Force. Let’s give those fly boys 30 days notice — the savings […]

Move forward with Laura’s Law

EDITOR: El Dorado County is ahead of the curve with the Behavioral Health Court. The court has proven successful in helping people with mental illness to stabilize, find the right medication and work with a doctor and therapist to improve their living situation. We have a new sheriff who is energetic and the deputies who […]

All in the family … poor judgment by sheriff

EDITOR: After learning that the newly elected sheriff had appointed his brother-in-law to the position of undersheriff, and having difficulty believing that this was acceptable according to El Dorado County regulations, I investigated the county’s policy regarding nepotism. Human Resources provided me a copy of the Personnel Management Resolution, Item No. 810, which  addresses nepotism. Even though […]

Health care costs most likely going up … and up

EDITOR: The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka by some Obamacare). A few of their concerns causing this vote: Insurance companies required to spend 80 percent of premiums on health care claims, insurance companies required to accept those with pre-existing conditions, insurance companies required to insure […]

Yay, Ray, for getting the cat down

EDITOR: Three cheers for El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting for taking the time our of his busy day to help a person get his cat out of the tree. I know the man with the cat appreaciates it. Thank you, Mr. nutting. DUANE FULLER Diamond Springs

If I ever need help again …

EDITOR: First I want to thank the two people who saw me fall and immediately came to help me as I was lying on the cold blacktop on Saturday, Jan. 8. You were angels to me. I will never forget your kindness and thanks for calling 911. When the ambulance arrived things happened very fast. […]

Ehren Dixon deserved a full, rich life

EDITOR: In regard to Robert Patrick Kaser: Ehren Dixon was a terrific kid in 1985 with a bright future. He was a member of the Dry Diggins Dolphins swim team along with our sons, one of whom was the same age as Ehren. Ehren Dixon was highly thought of by everyone who knew him and […]

Sheriff’s choice: Nepotism is counterproductive

EDITOR: After I arrived home from a winter trip, I sat down to review the past issues of the Mountain Democrat that my wife had saved while I was gone. I was shocked to read that the newly sworn sheriff had selected his brother-in-law as his undersheriff. I also read the letters to the editor […]

Undersheriff choice smells bad to me

EDITOR: Last October I placed a telephone call to El Dorado County sheriff’s candidate John D’Agostini to ask who he planned to name as his undersheriff because I kind of smelled something coming that I didn’t like. He showed that he had some political blood in him and danced around the answer, finally telling me […]

In support of Ridley K-9 Academy

EDITOR: We are writing this letter because we have used Garrett Ridley of Ridley K-9 Academy with help in training our male Doberman pinscher Sterling. We could not stand by and see all the newscasts on TV reporting about the case of animal cruelty toward Garrett Ridley without telling our great experience with Garrett. Garrett […]

Supervisor Ray Nutting rescues cat stuck in tree

EDITOR: What a great story in the midst of constant bad news: The chairman of our own El Dorado County Board of Supervisors puts his own safety at risk to help a resident of our county. Talk about going way beyond the call of duty. I just wanted to say thank you, Ray Nutting, for […]

We’re funding a bloated educational system

EDITOR: With regard to our state’s budget crisis the elephant in the room is educational expenditures. Our state’s educational system is a failure by any social or economic standard of measurement. Did you know that 33 percent of students entering the ninth grade in California never finish high school? Could you afford to operate a […]

Hope House helped … thanks

EDITOR: Jeff Headrick and his team from Expert Design and Construction in Rancho Cordova recently underwrote all labor and materials to completely remodel a kitchen at a local transitional home in El Dorado County. Working with Assist Local Network out of Folsom, Expert Design reviewed project proposals from throughout the region looking for a project […]

Appalled at Animal Services criticism

EDITOR: I read the recent editorial, headlined “Gold plated animals” with great dismay. Whenever given a chance to attack El Dorado County Animal Services, you seem to jump at the opportunity. And may I suggest again that you get with the times and quit calling the animal shelter a “pound?” It’s an antiquated term. So […]

Have you lost a child to murder?

EDITOR: Mr. Steve Tapson’s recent letter defending child-murderer Robert Kaser sickened and saddened me. I’m sickened by his use of the letters to the editor as a forum for Kaser’s defense. Using the excuse of a high blood-alcohol level is absurd and sounds desperate. Are you suggesting we’re all capable of murder if we’re drunk […]

Response to columnist regarding guns: This is not a perfect world

EDITOR: Mr. Chris Daley, I must vehemently disagree with most of the points you made in your column entitled “Can gun tragedy be avoided?” You stated that maybe if the shooter knew everyone had guns, he might have decided to go back to school. According to reports I have read, he was in school and […]

A note from Sheriff John D’Agostini

EDITOR: It is with my sincerest gratitude and optimism that I write this note. Now that the election is over, I have been sworn in and have begun my work as sheriff of El Dorado County, it is difficult to find words to express the appreciation I feel for everyone who worked so hard to […]

Don’t give us the tired ‘diminished capacity’ defense

EDITOR: This is in response to the Jan. 17 letter from Mr. Steve Tapson. According to Tapson, the term “Killer Kaser” is a “tacky alliteration.” How about “poor, misunderstood, alcohol-challenged assassin?” Better? Is anybody else as sick and tired the “diminished capacity” (intoxicated) defense as I am? Sure, Robert Kaser was highly intoxicated when he […]

Ehren Dixon never had a chance to make something of his life

EDITOR: On Monday, Jan. 17, the trial attorney for convicted child murderer, Robert Kaser, wrote that he thought the time for vengeance should be over and that Kaser should be paroled. The attorney stated that Kaser should be paroled because he is a “model” prisoner and should be given a chance to make something of […]

Robert Kaser gave us a life sentence of grief and sorrow

EDITOR: I cannot sit idle without responding to Mr. Steve Tapson’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 17 edition of the Mountain Democrat. Simply put, Mr. Tapson asks us to not be vengeful toward the man who murdered my son. Regarding Mr. Robert Kaser, he wrote, “Then one day he lost it and committed […]

I’m sick of the cronyism and nepotism

EDITOR: I am disturbed by the recent actions of Arnold/Nunez and D’agostini/brother-in-law … it is rampant cronyism and nepotism. I regret I voted for either of them. And, I’m not about to vote for Gaines’wife. JOHN O’BRIEN Placerville

Laura’s Law: Do not keep our heads in the sand

EDITOR: Given the charged atmosphere created by the recent Tucson violence, it is now time for us to take action to do everything in our power to prevent such a thing from happening again. California has had Laura’s Law on the books since 2002. It allows each individual county to choose to implement court-ordered assisted […]

Placerville city redevelopment plan: The perfect storm

EDITOR: I am writing in response to the letter by V. Martello of Jan. 12, who asks some very pertinent questions. “Why is the city of Placerville still considering this ridiculous redevelopment scam?” and “Why are we allowing the city to even consider moving forward with this insane plan in this recession?” As you noted […]

Undersheriff appointment: Big step backward

EDITOR: Nepotism avoidance should have guided Sheriff John D’Agostini’s decision while considering all the possible candidates for appointment to undersheriff. It would have allowed D’Agostini to pick the second most qualified candidate and avoid the charge, real or imagined, of nepotism. Instead, the sheriff appointed his brother-in-law, the most qualified candidate, as undersheriff. Regarding “culture […]

Congratulations on choice for undersheriff

EDITOR: The many and varied obligations and duties required of a sheriff necessitate the need for having a competent and trustworthy undersheriff to aid in carrying out those duties. Our newly elected sheriff, John D’Agostini, is fortunate indeed to have someone he can trust by his side as he assumes control of the El Dorado […]

I was doing my best to kill your dogs … here’s why

EDITOR: Two years ago while walking my dog near the bowling alley in Pollock Pines we were attacked by a large German shepherd running at large. I have a beagle who never leaves the house without being on her leash. I fought as best I could but fell to the ground in the battle and […]

Ridley K-9 getting an undeserved bad rap

EDITOR: My name is Joey Selby and my dog’s name is Huggie Bear; she is a 3-year-old Rottweiler. I got her when she was 6 weeks old and did not realize how stubborn they were. When Huggie Bear was about 4 months old and getting out of control I called Ridley K-9 for help. Huggie […]

What about the First Amendment?

EDITOR: I’ve just read John Garon’s letter of Jan. 14 excoriating the Mountain Democrat for being what he calls “a tool of propaganda” for publishing “totalitarian ideas.” That’s one man’s personal opinion. OK, fine. Apparently Mr. Garon is fighting mad at an inanimate object. He bought a newspaper, didn’t like what he read and wrote […]

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