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It’s illegal immigration

EDITOR: I’m not sure if Kevin McNaughton was writing a tongue-in-cheek letter regarding illegal immigration or if the letter was serious. His solutions to this problem were very improbable. I would have to think Mr. McNaughton’s politics and mine are the polar opposite of each other given the snarky tone of the letter. I do not […]

Lay off my Medicare

EDITOR: There are many conversations regarding the fiscal solvency of Medicare. The Democrats have an ad showing Paul Ryan, R, Minn., throwing a lady in a wheelchair off a cliff because he wants to slow the growth rate from 11 percent a year to 6 percent. The irony is that the president’s signed health care […]

We learned a lesson: Keep ID on your pets

EDITOR: We are writing to share a story of our lost dog that underscores the importance of having some form of identity on your pet. On a recent journey up the California north coast, we entered the city of Eureka from the south, traveling slowly on busy US 101 through town. Our small dog Zorro was […]

Allow the tracks and trails to coexist

EDITOR: Congratulations to you and your staff. We have received the Mountain Democrat for the past 38 years here in Apple Hill. Articles in the Wednesday and Friday issues of May 25 and 27 have really been special. Just to name a few, we enjoyed Doug Noble’s Cornish history, the Skinner Winery story, Ken Calhoon’s Zentgraf […]

Prosperity for all?

EDITOR: Mr. Alger, in his recent letter, contends the question “Where are the jobs,” was a good question, but that I was wrong in claiming the Republican Party is the culprit in failing to live up to their 2010 election promises. In the classic Republican mirror technique, Mr. Alger reveals his truth: It’s the fault […]

Thanks for publicity on rattlesnake avoidance; more clinics needed?

EDITOR: Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville thanks you for the publicity of our recent Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic for Dogs that took place the weekend of May 7 and 8. As chairman of the event, I would like to offer a little more information about both the event and the Kennel Club. 2011 is the fifth year Hangtown Kennel […]

Reply to ‘My turn’ column regarding Placerville redevelopment

EDITOR: In his “My turn” column on June 1 (“Don’t fear redevelopment”) Charlie Downs wrote “… [T]he majority of California’s cities have found it an indispensable tool for increasing the quality of life for their residents and providing opportunity for its youth.” It is true that the majority of California’s cities do have redevelopment agencies […]

Jobs … good question, wrong party

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Longhofer calls the GOP the self-proclaimed party of jobs and then asks where are the jobs. Good question, wrong party. The Republicans have had the majority in the House, one third of the government, for less than six months. The Democrats had a veto proof majority and controlled everything, the House, […]

Drill, baby, drill

EDITOR: According to Mountain Democrat editorials, “Drill here, drill there, drill everywhere” is the only energy policy that this country ought to follow. Without doubt this course of action is designed solely to benefit the short-term interests of oil companies. Long-term, it would leave this nation even more vulnerable to oil blackmail than we are now. […]

Court security bailiffs didn’t have to be so rude

EDITOR: Recently my wife was called for jury duty at the El Dorado County Courthouse in Placerville and was required to pass though the metal detector. She, being a little naive of these procedures, of course had on jewelry and had coins, clippers and her keys in her pockets. Apparently the two bailiffs who were […]

Wagon Train’s a-comin’

EDITOR: Howdy, folks. Pollock Pines is at it again. The Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines’ third year in a row to sponsor the community’s “Wagons in the Pines.” Multitudes gather along Pony Express Trail to greet the wagons as they come ambling, bouncing  and joggling along, replicating historic trips of a hundred years ago […]

Cell tower: apples and oranges

EDITOR: For the last week or so discussion has centered around the cell phone tower being proposed for the parking lot of Sierra School and has been discussed both pro and con, mostly con. There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of fear-generated conjecture. The article in the May 30 issue covers a lot of […]

Don’t put our children’s health at risk

EDITOR: Open letter to the Placerville Union School District Board of Trustees and City Council members: Do we value the health of the children in the community so little that we would risk even one child’s well-being for $1,700 a month? As a mother and a grandmother, I applaud the vote of Misty diVittorio at […]

Let our kids enjoy the railroad tracks

EDITOR: I grew up next to the railroad tracks by Greenstone Road. Every summer all my friends and I did was ride the railroad tracks on our horses. From Placerville and Diamond Springs, all the way down to Shingle Springs. We had a blast! Sometimes I wonder how we survived, or our horses for that […]

Cell tower site: At what cost to our children?

EDITOR: According to the May 30 Mountain Democrat, the Placerville Union District School Board approved, amidst considerable controversy, AT&T’s request to site — for $1,700/month — a cell tower on school district property. Because of the rapid replication of cells that occurs in growing children they are much more vulnerable to radiation poisoning than adults. […]

Thank you, Marshall Medical doctors and staff

EDITOR: On behalf of Union Mine, El Dorado, and Ponderosa High schools, I would like to thank the doctors and medical staff at Marshall Hospital for their participation in physical night for the local high schools. These professionals donated their time and expertise to facilitate “sports physical night” at Marshall Hospital. This year these people […]

Wild bison must be protected

EDITOR: The wild bison of the Yellowstone region are the last remaining wild bison left in America. Fewer than 4,000 wild bison exist today, and they are ecologically extinct throughout their native range of North America. While these iconic species should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, they are not. They are under constant attack […]

Nice gesture touched our hearts

EDITOR: My truly sincere thanks to whoever paid for lunches for myself and my four granddaughters at Denny’s on Fairlane in Placerville recently (due to my accidentally leaving my credit card at home). I don’t know exactly who to thank as the cashier wasn’t at liberty to tell. It could have been a customer or […]

Shake the hand of an EMT

EDITOR: I would like to thank the professional, highly skilled, wonderful paramedics who work in El Dorado County. My family recently had an incident where they had to be called. They arrived quickly, were knowledgeable, professional and took great care of me and my family. They saved my life and the lives of my family. […]

Bullies on the right, bullies on the left

EDITOR: It was a very interesting day Wednesday, May 18 – experiencing bullies from both sides of the political spectrum. That evening at a session sponsored by the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum (of which I am a longtime member) and the Associated California Loggers I listened to Tom McClintock, a right wing U.S. Congressman from […]

Don’t tear up the railroad tracks

EDITOR: I’m deeply troubled at the noise I’ve been hearing about tearing up parts of the railroad tracks between Folsom and Placerville for a bike trail. I thought this was settled back in 2003 when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Master plan. This plan provided accommodations for everyone: hiking, […]

School district consolidation: It’s a good thing

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Office of Education commissioned a study to look at opportunities for increasing revenue and saving schools money through consolidation of school districts. The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce urges you to study this opportunity. California schools are funded though a complicated state formula. When school districts consolidate, the amount the […]

Doggone good time, thanks

EDITOR: The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired wishes to thank the community for its continued support at the annual Dog-a-Thon held on May 14. We had 93 dog walkers with 104 dogs participating this year. Top dog is Shaine with owner Don McIntosh. Second place is Mickey Moose with owner Joan Stouffer and […]

Long may she wave

EDITOR: I wish to take this opportunity to inform and invite all active duty military personnel, military recruiters, veterans and their families, friends and the public to help us celebrate Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building at 130 Placerville Drive in Placerville. The veterans organizations of El Dorado County have purchased […]

On redistricting — Simple trumps all else

EDITOR: On the redistricting issue, I suggest the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopt the KISS from tournament bridge. In this instance it would mean “Keep It Simple, Supervisors.” Your article and recent meetings present a discussion/suggestion in support of “community of interest” that calls for tinkering with and ignoring the “one person, one vote” […]

The chickens are coming home to roost

EDITOR: The Supreme Court decision forcing California to release thousands of prison inmates because of jail overcrowding is a direct result of right wing politics coming home to roost. Since Nixon’s administration, the GOP Right has presented itself as the “law and order” bunch: “Just lock ’em up and throw away the key!  That’ll solve everything.” […]

Beating a dead horse?

EDITOR: To Mr. Bill Crowell of Diamond Springs, who recently had a letter titled “Rail fans beating a dead horse”: In your letter you state that “all of the rail fans’ arguments for excursion trains, etc., were fully aired before the Trail Committee and proved to be obvious pipe dreams.” You went on to say, “So, […]

Boeing already on federal dole

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat’s editorial of May 18 “Anti-business maneuver” decries the fact that, unless Boeing is allowed to continue its anti-union moves, it will be the next industry to ask for a federal bailout. Boeing is already on the federal dole: It is the third largest defense contractor after Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumann. […]

Child Protective/Support Services protest planned

EDITOR: I would like to follow up with information to your readers about Child Protective/Support Services. We are scheduling a National Protest the first week of August in front of the El Dorado County Courthouse, and courthouses across the nation. The problems with these agencies are massive, national, and even worldwide. Children are regularly abducted by […]

We must fight to keep art programs in schools

EDITOR: Our states and our nation’s children are suffering. With the budget cuts that have been destroying our nations education systems, the first things to go are the arts and music programs. It is wreaking havoc on our culture, and on our country. If we do not fight now to keep these programs alive then we […]

Thank you for successful surgery

EDITOR: To my doctor, Marshall Hospital surgical team and second floor nursing staff, please accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude for a successful back surgery and overall positive experience at Marshall Hospital. You made an otherwise stressful situation very comfortable and I want you all to know that your care for me was much appreciated. You […]

Protest over cell tower near school … where were you guys earlier?

EDITOR: I’ve read the letters sent to you regarding the cell tower to be placed at Sierra School. I wonder where these folks were during the Placerville Planning Commission hearing on this subject. I was there along with about a whopping four other people who opposed it. The Planning Commission politely explained that they cannot […]

A life I didn’t know: A mother’s perspective on the loss of a child

EDITOR: Every generation contains an abundance of beautiful young human beings — responsible, loving, caring young people who will create the fabric of our tomorrows — and in their turn, God willing, age to maturity — many of those kids are students at Union Mine High School and our other county schools. Sidney Scott Santana, […]

Too many county supervisors

EDITOR: Instead of rearranging the five El Dorado County supervisorial districts due to their size, perhaps we need only three supervisors instead of the five we now have. They are demanding all county departments cut staff — let them go first. FRANK VINCENT El Dorado Hills

Rich Green stepping away, not down

EDITOR: It is with great regret that we lost Mr. Rich Green from the Cameron Park Community Services District when he turned in his resignation to the board at a meeting on Wednesday, May 18.  Rich has been and is a true gentleman and an honest, forthright director for our CSD in Cameron Park. He believes […]

More questions than answers about dump site

EDITOR: Reference is made to a letter from Jaimee Saba published on May 9 entitled “The dump site is a poor choice.” Please, say it isn’t so. Are we still talking about relocating the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) aka the “dump,” to Industrial Drive off Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs? As Yogi Berra said, […]

Memorial Day is coming … tell the kids

EDITOR: Please be sure you visit the beautiful Veterans Memorial at the El Dorado County Government Center off Forni Road next to the Placerville Main Library. Every year I look forward to May 30. Stop and thank our honorable veterans. Spend the day with your children attending one of several services. LENNIE ROBORTZ Cameron Park

Thanks for shining light on dump site issue again

EDITOR: Thank you, Jaimee Saba, for bringing the dump site proposal to our attention again. The only one that will benefit from this will be the developer. The only site they are considering is the same one as before, and again, it is too close to residential homes, schools, rest homes and businesses. The odor […]

Mean spirited letter writer must have missed out on Christmas train set

EDITOR: Judging by the mean spirited tone of Bill Crowell in his letter to the editor of May 18, he is still miffed Santa never brought him the train set he’s been pining for. In his letter he trash-talks all the community oriented volunteers and their hard work to provide El Dorado with a historical, […]

A lovely corner of our world, thanks

EDITOR: On Saturday morning, May 21, several members of the Broadway Village Association Landscape/Streetscape Committee along with volunteers from the Placerville Rotary and the Broadway Village Association began the installation of a project that has been in the works for nearly four years; the beautification of the west corner of Broadway and Schnell School Road. The […]

A Family Affair … let’s clear the air

EDITOR: This is in response to letter writer David Horowitz’ comments about the “A Family Affair” event at the Placerville Airport. A Family Affair was a first time event put on by high school students to raise funds for their scholarship program. There have been other events at the airport but this event was new this […]

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