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Main Street, Placerville: We’re far from being a ghost town

EDITOR: An observation recently made about businesses closing and how Main Street in Placerville is turning into a ghost town left me with this question: “What are the problems facing our historical downtown?” The following is my attempt to answer that question not only from my perspective as a business owner but also as the president […]

I’ve given up on walking the El Dorado Trail

EDITOR: My dog and I are both senior citizens and a daily walk is good for both of us. When the trail opened at Missouri Flat Road I was thrilled, close to home and an easy, safe walk — or so I thought. Thank you to the Hangtown Kennel Club for providing bags at the […]

Runaway truck: Give us a brake

EDITOR: Once again we get to read about another person starting up their car or truck and driving it straight into a building. And once again we get to hear the same old and worn out, line … “stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.” Let’s assume for a moment that after driving for 40 […]

Branding our wonderful community

EDITOR: Recently Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito wrote a column regarding our plan to build a monument marker, a welcome sign, if you will, on Highway 50 to attract travelers in the hopes of enticing and intriguing them enough to come down off the highway and visit our beautiful community. Economic recovery and maintenance, i.e., increasing our […]

Let’s show our appreciation to the teachers

EDITOR: I’m writing to express our appreciation for the men and women educators working in the Placerville Union School District. Their job is a difficult one, at best, and this year has been an especially challenging one. They have been expected to perform their duties under extreme budget constraints, plus the horrendous aftermath of the Feb. […]

I salute Geronimo — not bin Laden

EDITOR: I get why our Native American population would be offended by the military’s use of the code-name “Geronimo” for Osama bin Laden. There does seem to be some confusion about this, however. Did they actually code-name the person, or the operation? If the operation, then I can see it as a tribute to a […]

Democracy of the Republic alive and well in El Dorado County

EDITOR: I am angry at politicians who have strayed or intentionally ignored and perverted the word of our Constitution of these United States. Our elected leaders have solemnly sworn “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” but few take it seriously. Many at the state and national […]

Lay off the medical marijuana dispensaries

EDITOR: Ordinance No. 1059 explicitly bans all medical marijuana dispensaries, yet three are located within Folsom city limits. How could such a violation be rational, or even conceivable? Why would the public demand such a controversial product? The answer boils down to the pure science of medicine and consumer perceptions. In August of 2006 the […]

Upset over new rules passed by House

EDITOR: I’m furious over the new rules the House passed last month in the FAA Reauthorization Bill to make nonvoters count as “no” voters in railway and airline union elections. It’s simply undemocratic, and it makes it so much harder for workers to form unions. This new legislation essentially stuffs the ballot box with anti-union […]

Suicide prevention group appreciative

EDITOR: I want to thank your wonderful staff for supporting our Health Awareness event on Saturday, April 30; it was truly a huge success. Mimi Escabar, Bob Billingsley and Pat Lakey have been here for my organization. We truly appreciate the work they have done on our behalf. They are truly an asset to your […]

Sophistry and an insult

EDITOR: “Defense underfunded” is the title of a recent editorial in the Mountain Democrat. To support its headline, the paper quotes a retired “Admiral Roughead” who, in a lecture given to a gathering — no doubt consisting mostly of defense contractors — compared the puny size of today’s Navy (286 ships) to the Navy of 1916 […]

Choose existence

EDITOR: Last summer we had the Gulf oil spill that reminded us that there is a price to pay with our consumption of oil. They said drilling was safe, but it wasn’t. Now we are looking at the possibility of a nuclear meltdown at not just one reactor, but four of them. This won’t be easily […]

When you object to Obama’s policies …

EDITOR: I’ve heard some interesting points raised about President Obama and anyone who objects to his policies. It seems there is an unassailable notion among his supporters that if you oppose him, it’s not policy driven, but based on racism. So please allow me, a conservative member of the Tea Party, to share my views […]

They weren’t allowed a kiss good-bye

EDITOR: Dale Shafer and Mollie Fry were taken into custody at the federal courthouse on the same day that the White House announced the killing of Osama bin laden. Ironically it was in the shadow of bin Laden’s attack on the World Trade Center, nearly 10 years ago, that this whole fiasco started. There were about […]

Mortgage interest rates: Do the math

EDITOR: In Ken Calhoon’s column published on April 29 he states that “Typically, interest rates on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage have been 1.5 percent higher than the interest rate on the 10-year Treasury bond.” This sounds fishy. Let’s go back to grade school and do the math. If we assume the interest rate on a […]

I look forward to rally to save our schools

EDITOR: I write to you as a native Californian, educated in California public schools and universities. I graduated in the top 1 percent from Mission San Jose High School, which has been ranked among the Top 100 High Schools in the nation, cum laude from California State University at Hayward, and received my teaching credential from […]

Want to see the pictures?

EDITOR: What are you willing to pay? One innocent life? Two innocent lives? How many U.S. service people? I’m shocked to see how many people demand to see the evidence of Osama bin Laden’s death. They want to see the photos. Those photos aren’t worth risking one life. The are not even worth hiring extra […]

Bill would water down grand jury effectiveness

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Grand Jurors Association strongly opposes Assembly Bill 622 … a bill, that if passed, would be very detrimental to the grand jury process: to represent our citizens in reviewing public entity activities, while ensuring anonymity in conducting investigations. Without an assurance of confidentiality and secrecy (which AB 622 takes away), […]

Deny, deny, deny

EDITOR: Recently my granddaughter was denied a Section 8 Housing Voucher by the El Dorado County Housing Authority due to her criminal history. The law states: HUD permits, but does not require, the Public Housing Authority to deny assistance if the PHA determines that any household member is currently engaged in, or has engaged in […]

CPCSD meeting: Audience disrespectful

EDITOR: “Cameron Park — A Special Place to Live.” It didn’t seem very special last night. Last night we attended our first and probably last Cameron Park Community Services District meeting. The format is such that the better part of the first hour was spent on open forum, which is an opportunity for the community to […]

Thank you, to hard-working teachers

EDITOR: As the Day of the Teacher approaches, I’d like to thank the talented, dedicated, hard-working teachers of the Gold Trail Union School District. These teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a topnotch education for their students. I am delighted that two of my grandchildren live in the district. One attends […]

Placerville Redevelopment Plan — Yes, let’s keep moving in the right direction

EDITOR: Bernard Carlson concluded his recent letter to this paper with an interesting question. Regarding the proposed Redevelopment Plan for our city, he asked, “Is this what the majority of Placerville property owners want for their future?” My answer is, “Yes, Mr. Carlson. This is what we want.” We want our town to retain its historical […]

Ron Briggs, John D’Agostini … let’s move on

EDITOR: In regard to the turmoil revolving around the Briggs/D’Agostini “blow up” I always say “there are two sides to every story.” Supporters of the sheriff see it one way; supporters of Supervisor Briggs see it another. As far as I am concerned, these are two very dedicated public servants who had a difference of […]

Fire Safe Council’s demise: We need the truth

EDITOR: ON March 14 the Mountain Democrat published statements by Ken Hasse and Richard Englefield concerning the current funding troubles of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. In my March 16 letter to the editor I said that Messrs. Hasse and Englefield failed to properly meet their responsibilities as the managing members of the EDCFSC […]

National Day of Prayer unconstitutional

EDITOR: Americans who care about their Constitution should be deeply offended by the upcoming National Day of Prayer, a shameful violation of the separation of church and state that set our country apart, and took it out of the dark ages of religious oppression. A law that Billy Graham lobbied the Congress for, during the […]

Local prayer gatherings set for Thursday

EDITOR: It’s that time again. The first Thursday of the month is National Day of Prayer as recognized throughout America by our president and Congress. This 60th year of NDP the theme is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” from Psalm 91:2, which reads: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My […]

Not impressed with sheriff’s presentation

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini: I would like to open my letter by stating that I voted for you. I did so because you campaigned on a platform of reform — more specifically a promise to disband what some outside of the Sheriff’s Department call the “good ol’ boys club.” […]

Redistricting must consider economic impact

EDITOR: Redistricting? “Districting” in any organization, governmental or otherwise, is meant to be an objective vs. subjective means to fair and equitable treatment with regard to the goals of the organization. “Re-districting” must occur in order to remain current in demographics. That’s a pretty simple way to describe what is upon El Dorado County today and […]

More than appalled

EDITOR: Open letter to members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I, unlike the current sheriff, was more than appalled as I watched the YouTube video of Tuesday’s board meeting. It is for that reason I did not address you as Honorable Sirs and Madam and I apologize to the members who did act […]

Arrogance far exceeds abilities

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: First, to the Mountain Democrat, thanks for placing the photo of Herb Blossom directly over the front page sheriff’s budget proposal story — he appears to be cheering the sheriff on, as many of us are. Sheriff John D’Agostini is not alone in being appalled at […]

Obama’s promise for ‘change’

EDITOR: After just a little over two years, Obama’s administration, along with liberal cohorts like Pelosi and Reid, have been successful in accomplishing Obama’s “promise for change,” leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans jobless, homeless, with no green in their wallets and a little “change” in their pockets. Now that Gov. “Terminator” has joined Obama’s Environmental […]

To Tom McClintock

EDITOR: Open letter to Congressman Tom McClintock: I am writing to you because I am concerned ahout my country, your country, our country. America has become cynical and divided and I believe I know a way we can get everyone on the same page. Red states, blue states, politicians, blue collar, white collar, homemakers, clerical, virtually […]

A letter to Bank of America from a homeowner

EDITOR: Open letter to Bank of America: This letter is in response to an e-mail sent by you, Bank of America, requiring further personal and financial information to qualify for a short sale. It is also indicated in your correspondence that we have a choice of which short sale program we choose. At the expense of […]

Shame on you, Supervisor Ron Briggs

EDITOR: I attended the special budget session El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday morning, only to witness an immature and childish display by Supervisor Ron Briggs as he turned his microphone on and loudly shuffled papers while pretending to speed-read, as the sheriff spoke — after standing for three hours waiting for […]

Easter Egg Hunt thank you

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Recreation Department would like to thank all the children and their parents who participated at our Annual Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, April 23. We had an excellent turnout this year, with lots of families enjoying the day. There were numerous prizes that were given away along with the Golden Egg. Thank […]

Save our historical Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad

EDITOR: The Sacramento Valley Railroad ran the first train into Folsom on Feb. 22, 1856. The route through White Rock to Latrobe opened in 1864 and in 1865 Shingle Springs became the end of the line. The railroad brought prosperity to the region and after much financial, political and legal drama, finally reached Placerville in […]

What medical marijuana dispensaries?

EDITOR: In regard to the letter to the editor by Jack King in the Mountain Democrat on Friday, April 22, about medical marijuana being sold in four places in Cameron Park: If they need a license to sell, and don’t have a license, how can they sell the product? How come the El Dorado County […]

Don’t blame the principal

EDITOR: I am writing in response to the letter written by Kathy Lyman concerning Mr. Jason Harm, principal at Herbert Green Elementary School. I have a sixth-grader at Hebert Green. We were all disappointed that the Greek Faire was rescheduled, but understood that the weather report forecast bad weather, and indeed it hailed that day. The […]

Rude behavior by county supervisor

EDITOR: I attended the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday (my first time to do so) and was appalled at the verbal and rude comments made by Supervisor Ron Briggs toward our new sheriff, John D’Agostini. The sheriff was attempting to address the board at about noon after waiting his turn from around 9 a.m. […]

I’ve made my redistricting choice

EDITOR: Alternative 3 is the map for me. And should be for any other resident who wants to prevent gerrymandering, kingdom building, party clustering and campaign donor preferential districting. This will not be popular with the larger developers, some sitting supervisors and political pundits. It literally breaks the majority of those special interests up in […]

War plans and shifting positions

EDITOR: You have to love letter writer Mr. Longhofer. In his earlier letters he made theo point that had Midway been lost the U.S. mainland was in mortal danger of invasion. Now he says he never said the plan was viable. No viability, no danger. The nice thing about shifting positions is that one gets […]

I really appreciate Marcia Rose and Bipolar Insights

EDITOR: It was wonderful to read Marcia Rose’s quartly article again on the Bipolar Insights group. It’s a breath of fresh air to read her story because she speaks of the truth of what steps to take to live a balanced life, wether you have a mental illness or not. Knowledge is power and it’s […]

Update on Vern the guide dog

EDITOR: On March 5 Vern met the new, younger canine named Toronto, a 60 pound black Lab, at the guide dogs’ graduation. Toronto will take Vern’s place guiding while Vern transitions to a therapeutic position in the near future. Vern and his new, energetic friend have become inseparable since they began living together. Vern waits […]

Do you want your property to be declared ‘blighted?’

EDITOR: What is the difference between the infamous Kelo decision and a Redevelopment Agency? The answer can be found and verified in the California Government Health and Safety Code Section, which defines the extraordinary powers given to an “unelected governmental Redevelopment Agency” over the power of an elected city or county governmental body. The majority of […]

Give it up or else

EDITOR: When Mr. Ken Steers appeared on the Mountain Democrat Website with his letter “Tax the rich,” I decided not to reply as he said he didn’t care to know what I think. However, now that it has appeared in the print edition, and given recent events, it is imperative that I answer it. First, […]

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