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To my newfound family at the Community Resource Center

EDITOR: When I came here Feb. 9, I was a scared little girl. I had no clue what to do or how to do it. It was a Wednesday and all of you were getting ready to get on the bus (man, was it a night). All of you opened your hearts and gave me […]

There’s room for all — keep the tracks

EDITOR: Our entire family has lived in El Dorado County since 1964, mostly in supervisorial District 3 but some of us live in other districts. We all agree with the Mountain Democrat editorial on page A-4 of the April 18 edition that the train tracks should not be destroyed. We all have good memories of […]

Erosion of rights threatens our freedom

EDITOR: In these times, I am amazed at how our state and federal governments can continue to pass laws and regulations that continually destroy our economic base as well as ignore basic common law principles that protect private property rights and are very clearly expressed in the amendments to the United States Constitution, and are supposed […]

Medical marijuana shops proliferating

EDITOR: Cameron Park has a sign that reads “Cameron Park, A Special Place To Live. We find this sign humorous. Cameron Park has four medical marijuana shops, three of which are in walking distance of each other. Perhaps that is why Cameron Park is such a special place to live. In checking with the El […]

Placerville Redevelopment Agency: Report to City Council

EDITOR: The Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform characterize redevelopment as “The Unknown Government,” an entrenched special interest backed by lawyers, consultants, bond brokers and land developers. It seems Placerville is well within their line of sight. A number of residents strongly object to the Redevelopment Plan put forward by the City Council and the Redevelopment […]

Racist? You decide …

EDITOR: Let’s see, George W. Bush took a balanced budget and ran up a $5 trillion debt, then created the original TARP funding, of $700 billion, to bail out millionaire execs of banks, and no one raised a little finger. Obama takes office, and all credible economists say $800 billion is not enough, but he […]

Thanks for supporting the NRA

EDITOR: The 16th annual El Dorado Friends of NRA banquet and auction was held this past Saturday, April 16, in Placerville. Due to the generous support of those who attended, the 2011 dinner has proven to be the most successful local FONRA event yet with a sellout crowd. Friends of NRA banquets are known for […]

Sacramento Bee … shame on you

EDITOR: Both my husband and I called the same phone number listed in the phone directory for the Sacramento Bee. The two employees with whom we spoke were difficult to understand due to their accents. My husband first called to discuss a delivery problem and felt that he was unable to communicate well with her. […]

Not happy with cancellation of school event

EDITOR: Open letter to Herbert Green School Principal Jason Harm, It has been brought to our attention that the cancellation of Greek Fair for the sixth grade was not necessarily due to the weather conditions but as a struggle of power on your behalf. Many teachers have expressed their outrage regarding the cancellation and proposed […]

I wish the school district would explain its side of the story

EDITOR: It sure would be nice if we could read the school district’s explanation of the counterfeit charges that were instigated against an 8-year-old student, as described in a letter to the editor in Wednesday’s paper. Right, wrong or indifferent, there are always at least two sides to every story. The school district should have […]

Supervisors’ action on trail is breaking hearts

EDITOR: Hey, wouldn’t it be great to take a train ride from El Dorado to Folsom this time of year when the fields are green and the wildflowers are prolific? That’s the dream of a group of enthusiastic volunteers who have been working for many years to see that very thing become a reality. However, your […]

Unfair treatment of 8 year-old

EDITOR: To Rachael Lynn, mother of the notorious 8-year-old counterfeiter. It was heartbreaking to read how your son was treated, both by his school and law enforcement. How sad for him to be bullied as he was — especially by “grown-ups” who should know better. Can you really photo copy two sides of a bill, […]

Waste management monopoly

EDITOR: I see you call our local ambulance service bullies — what about our own disposal service that will not allow Atlas or Sierra to offer trash service? We were paying $85 a month for a 1 cubic yard container whereas the other two companies offer less expensive service. Is it true that one of […]

What about the parents, Mr. Smith?

EDITOR: I do not have children in the Placerville Union School District, but I know several families who do. I recently read “Panther Press,” the monthly newsletter put out at Markham Middle School and, specifically, the section titled “Sincerely, Mr. Smith” written by Principal Mr. Smith. He gave thanks to many, many local groups and individuals, two […]

A plan to deal with illegal immigrants

EDITOR: One of the alleged major issues the Paranoid Right likes to harp on is the dilemma of what to do about the undocumented immigrants that reside in this country. The paranoids have floated a number of remedies, but mostly they chatter a 10-word solution to a thousand-word problem. The latest mandate dictated by the incoming […]

Don’t ignore the Lions, please

EDITOR: The pictures that appeared on page A-2 of the Mountain Democrat on Monday, April 11, were great, showing the activities at Lumsden Park at the Kids’ Fishing  Derby held on Saturday, April 9. So what is the problem? Well, we like the Kiwanis Club very much and they contribute a lot of their time […]

Eminent domain is government at its worst

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting of March 1 was continued until March 22 for approval of a rezoning application for the Harrington Business Park. The proposed industrial complex is to be located on both sides of Highway 49, in the vicinity of Tower Mart in Diamond Springs. The continuance was caused by […]

Winter homeless shelter closed — Thanks so much for the help

EDITOR: March 31 was the last night of our nomadic winter shelter for the homeless people in our community. The shelter provided a warm, dry, safe place of refuge for an average of 20 guests every night during the coldest months of the year. Our record was 32 people one very cold, stormy night. There were […]

Europe is waiting for U.S. in climate change threat

EDITOR: In 2007, speaking in front of Congress, former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon Sullivan said of climate change: “We know we cannot wait for certainty.  Failure to act because a warning is not precise enough is unacceptable. If we wait, we might wait too long.” In May 2010, Sandia and Livermore National Laboratories published […]

Lower taxes again?

EDITOR: In my recent letter “Are we really broke?” I noted the Tea/Republican Party is using scare tactics to convince us we shouldn’t raise taxes on the rich and corporations, while it’s imperative we eliminate government programs immediately. Well, like clockwork comes Representative Dave Camp, R-Mich., who now wants to cut the tax rate for […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 19 Replies

Moral of the story

One has to admire the wily negotiating skills of the Tea/Republican Party (TRP) in their dealings with the Democratic Party (DP): TRP: Today we announce our plan to reduce the deficit by destroying Medicare. DP: Your plan is irrational, but we will give 25 percent toward your position. TRP: No, we want 50 percent. DP: […]

Our sheriff sure impressed me

EDITOR: Last week Sheriff John D’ Agostini stopped by our office driving his personal vehicle on his own time, dressed in full uniform to say thank you for supporting him in his race for sheriff. I was so impressed with his action it put faith back in my heart for political officials. He said, “Please […]

Government officials cease to listen to the people

EDITOR: There seems to be a disease of terminal ignorance labeled for the high muckety-mucks in government. It is not only reserved for federal government but state and county as well. This contagious disease is likened to an epidemic, for which there is no antidote and when left unchecked can run rampant, leading to graft […]

Kindly deny these easements, supervisors

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I am asking the Board of Supervisors to deny the two easements proposed across the Sacramento Placerville Transportation Corridor in Shingle Springs (Item 27 on your April 12 agenda). Shingle Springs needs a transportation plan for businesses in the area and this proposal demonstrates […]

Placerville police, or freeway bullies?

EDITOR: On Saturday evening around 5 p.m., I observed a Placerville Police Department canine SUV merge onto Highway 50 from the Courthouse and speed ahead of another car in the merge lane and cut him off. He then promptly pulled into the passing lane right on the tail of another vehicle until he moved into […]

What American Dream? More like the Socialist Dream

EDITOR: Letter writer Ms. Farrell. you are so misguided. You are in lockstep with the unions and the socialist agenda. They do not care about you. The unions bought off the politicians in California years ago, forcing workers to join or lose their jobs. They don’t care about the people; all they care about is […]

A director’s job is to question expenses

EDITOR: I have seen several letters in the paper from former Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Director JoAnn Shepherd questioning the new Director Bonnie McLane’s actions, and it is very concerning. Director McLane’s job is to make sure that the water purveyor serves the community’s interest. One of those “interests” includes — where is the […]

Don’t fall for this telephone scam

EDITOR: This morning I received my second “Grandma, I’m in trouble” scam telephone call. The first call I received was because my “grandson” had gotten into an automobile accident in Canada and needed money, $2,500, to get the charges dropped so that he could get out of jail. I had not heard of this scam […]

Supervisors managed to kill important history

EDITOR: It appears that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has issued a death warrant for an important piece of county history. The Placerville, Sacramento Valley Railroad constructed the section of railroad between Folsom and Shingle Springs at the same time that the Central Pacific Railroad was constructing the first transcontinental railroad from Sacramento […]

Drivers, please pay attention: My son was hit

EDITOR: April 5, Tuesday morning, a car in front of Rolling Hills Middle School in El Dorado Hills hit my son. He was riding his bike in the crosswalk with the traffic walk light and a young woman driving a small white car rolled into him while attempting a right turn on red. My son was […]

Loose cannon at Cameron Park CSD

EDITOR: Cameron Park Community Services District Board President Scott McNeil is a loose cannon and should be removed from our board. At a March 29 special meeting the board was in closed session for so long that the public went home before they reported back to open session. An interesting discussion ensued during the final moments […]

May the angels be with you

EDITOR: Thank you to the driver of the Suburban on Cambridge Road April 5 who was driving defensively and was able to stop suddenly when my daughter darted out in front of them. I am so grateful for your ability to stop so quickly! May your guardian angels always be with you as your family […]

AB885: They want your septic system

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the petition for input regarding Assembly Bill 885, the proposal to bascially control and tax privately owned septic systems in California. I have reviewed the OWTS Scoping Policy Document, and while it is quite exhaustive in many ways, what it fails to address is what the real, functional […]

Don’t railroad us into a roundabout

EDITOR: As stated in the PR Pond Newswire March 19, there will be a lawsuit filed by business/property owners and community members over the proposed roundabout at Cedar Ravine and Main Street in Placerville. As of this day, April 6, it has been filed. There is a donation account set up called Friends of Historical […]

State’s educational standing is disgraceful

EDITOR: A recent article in a regional newspaper focused on Sen. Ted Gaines’ opposition to using taxes to help solve California’s fiscal crisis. He and his fellow Republicans are holding up Gov. Brown’s and Democratic legislators’ proposal to solve the budget deficit with a combination of funding cuts and tax extensions. In reality these are […]

It would better serve to rescind the teachers’ pink slips

EDITOR: Mr. Garon recently in his letter called the editorial calling for the abolition of the Department of Education dismally misguided. Let’s compare his reasons with the facts. The main reasons he supports the Department of Education are Head Start, school lunch program, civil rights defense, and funding for schools in poor areas of the […]

Divide residents, this is your water

EDITOR: There was another full house at the March meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Patty Smith sent a letter in strong support of the water district. The board reaffirmed that Hank White does not and never did receive free personal use of a pick-up truck or a credit card. Two of the new […]

Federal budget problem: Cocaine and hookers

EDITOR: As always, the current Grand Old Party is lying. We have a budget crunch, so they go after the pennies that support the weakest of us instead of the wasted, Fat-Cat $100 bills. It’s like a family budget — the family is going broke and Dad says we kids have to cut back on […]

Medicare privatized?

EDITOR: The Tea/Republican Party has announced its new plan to reduce entitlements and taxes. It’s entitled “The Path to Prosperity — Restoring America’s Promise” and available in its entirety on the Internet. Get ready to spend some time reading it as it’s about 75 pages. In addition to lowering taxes for individuals and corporations to […]

Bad laws need to be written off the books

EDITOR: Economy in government is a goal we all wish for. Getting rid of the unenforceable, useless and downright wrong laws would save an untold amount of money. The first wrong law that comes to mind ins the Building Code requiring a permit to change your hot water heater. It’s so bad that 95 percent […]

City redevelopment: We need balanced information

EDITOR: For the past months I have been attending Placerville City Council meetings after I, quite by chance, learned that my property is in the “sphere of influence” of the city’s proposed Redevelopment Plan. During the meetings and workshops where redevelopment has been discussed, the lack of a balanced presentation by the City Council has […]

Last names are so important

EDITOR: I am a volunteer at our El Dorado County Museum and I archive, among other things, the births, deaths and social news for future research. Occasionally someone will submit a tribute to a deceased family member or friend of a happy birthday  or anniversary wish and they just mention a first name, excluding the […]

In defense of Dante’s

EDITOR: I have been dining at Dante’s on the River since they opened. Kevin and Nancy Cairns have always been courteous, caring people and wonderful hosts.  Besides providing an outstanding dining experience, they also generate tax revenue and good-will for our county. It is sad that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department cannot at least […]

The day the music died

EDITOR: It is with regret that I let Placerville know of the closing of Sierra Music Center. This store opened as “Eberle’s Music” in 1963. Mel Eberle was quite a musical character and he sold the store in 1983 to Dave Smythe. I worked with Dave for many years and he retired in 1999, leaving […]

Burn day, yes … but wait …

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors routinely pontificates on being stewards of the land. We must reduce fire danger, clean up, protect and improve the forests. This has been the wettest winter in years and the trees are still dormant. This past week has been perfect to burn brush, fallen trees and wood […]

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