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Taxes are never ‘temporary’

EDITOR: Somebody clear this up for me. Our Democrat politicians want to “extend temporary” taxes for five years. What will change in five years to eliminate these “temporary taxes?” The Dems don’t want a cap on spending or a cap on pensions so in five years spending will continue to climb and we will have […]

Everybody can vote, but not everybody pays taxes

EDITOR: While campaigning for governor, Jerry Brown promised that he would not raise taxes but would rather seek voter approval for any new taxes. He wanted to have a Special Election in June for this purpose. Most often, Special Elections rally special interest groups to get out the vote in support of tax increases. Special […]

Authorities overbearing as 8-year-old unfairly singled out

EDITOR: Imagine a child age 8 assigned a school project, excited and eager to please. The project assigned is to collect pennies, quarters or any other kind of money and then to bring it in to school the next day. So each child is given a box to bring home and fill with monies for […]

I think we can vote on Placerville city redevelopment

EDITOR: Here is something that people need to be aware of that has not been mentioned during the Placerville city redevelopment process. I looked up the redevelopment laws, California Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Safety (Redevelopment Law). Looks to me like redevelopment can be put up for a vote by city of […]

Fire departments preying on the elderly

EDITOR: The articles in your paper on March 21 regarding our local fire departments and the desire of an outside emergency transportation company to offer services in the county fail to mention a very imporant fact. The fire department is now charging the elderly, who are calling Gold Country Retirement Community home, a not inconsiderable […]

What’s up with the freeway construction?

EDITOR: Why has no work been done for what seems like over a year on the Highway 50 project at El Dorado Hills Boulevard? The traffic is jammed up there all the time and there are extra lanes in both directions that could be opened up with minimal effort. It looks like most of the […]

Lily-white Republicans

EDITOR: The House Republican leadership has decided that the previous Democrats’ administration of the House cafeteria was too “green.” Out went recyclable and compostable utensils, and back came cardboard containers and non-recyclable forks and knives. Goaded by the Tea Party, the GOP chose to bring back the Styrofoam cup, the perfect metaphor for the Tea […]

Kevin Cairns jailed: Shame on you

EDITOR: Shame on you, Judge Douglas C. Phimister. Shame on you, deputy distict attorney Dale Gomes. We were sickened to read the Mountain Democrat headline that Highway 50 Dante’s restaurant owner, Kevin Cairns, was ordered to jail for … defending his personal and constitutional right to protect his own private property. Since there is no […]

Small businesses beware, no right to defend yourself

EDITOR: As an owner of a small business in El Dorado County it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain myself. I have seen our Sheriff’s Department, the district attorney, and the judges fail to hear and see our perspectives. Small business is what makes up our economic stability and provides the woven fabric of our […]

Restaurant owner in the wrong business

EDITOR: All of the recent problems at Dante’s Restaurant just highlight the need for a few rest areas to be situated along Highway 50. I expect that most of us traveling up to the snow or to Stateline have felt the need for a place to stop at one time or another. This is especially […]

How much has the Garrido case cost us?

EDITOR: Enough! How long has this “Garrido” thing been going on? How much money has this cash strapped county put out on this case? Why don’t you put one of your investigative reporters on this case to tell us how much this is costing us, the taxpayers. How much are we paying their lawyers? The […]

Highway 50 hazard — I’m lucky to be alive

EDITOR: An open letter to Caltrans: Your project to add HOV lanes to Highway 50 has created what I believe to be an unsafe condition at the bottom of the Bass Lake grade on the westbound lanes. As I was traveling on that section of road Feb. 17, during light rain on a breezy day, […]

Are we really broke?

EDITOR: America is broke and we must reduce the size of government! Quick, now, immediately, no time to debate. Grover Norquist, darling of the Tea/Republican Party, wants to drown the government in a bathtub by having it run out of funds. I should make the point that Mr. Norquist wants to abolish programs that aid […]

What really happened with the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council?

EDITOR: I am concerned about the Mountain Democrat’s limited reporting about the suspended funding to the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council for fire safety activities for the Western Slope portion of our county. The March 14 Democrat article didn’t indicate that the reporter had independently read and analyzed the federal audit report that prompted […]

Our own American Idol: the Planning Commission

EDITOR: Did you know Placerville has its own version of American Idol? You didn’t? It’s called “Planning Commission” and it’s on Channel 2 TV the first and third Tuesday of each month. The game goes like this: the “Applicant” brings his “Project” to the “Commission” after first going through the city’s Community Development Department’s Building […]

Ponderosa has Mock Trial competition

EDITOR: I read the Mountain Democrat’s editorial on Mock Trials and I’d like to start by saying that it doesn’t exactly take the El Dorado County Bar Association to organize a Mock Trial competition in the area. All it takes is a group of dedicated students and teachers to start the program at their respective […]

Thanks for supporting Habitat for Humanity

EDITOR: Open letter to the friends of El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity: First, we’d like to thank you for your continued support of our ongoing efforts to bring affordable housing to El Dorado County. We couldn’t do it without your help. Second, it has become necessary to ask for volunteers. Although we’re not quite ready to begin […]

Thank you so much: The students were impressed

EDITOR: Open letter to the community: I would like to personally thank all of the people with such gracious hearts who contributed to the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser at Guiding Hands School. About a month ago I wrote a letter to the editor of the Mountain Democrat regarding a campus intruder who came on site, […]

Japanese earthquake, tsunami absolutely heartbreaking

EDITOR: As the death toll continues to rise in Japan from the horrific earthquake and tsunami, our hearts continue to fill with tears and deep compassion for the Japanese people who have lost their lives, for those injured and still missing and for those who will live on and suffer the tragic loss of their […]

Why even go to the City Council meetings?

EDITOR: I attended the Placerville City Council meeting to express my opposition to the roundabout along with many other business owners and citizens. At the meeting the vast majority was opposed to the roundabout and was able to get up and talk to the council about the negative impact it would have on their business. […]

Rules of the road

EDITOR: Driving these winding foothill roads can be a challenge. My kids “cut their teeth” here … gave me nightmares. Here are a few simple habits that work for me: 1. Follow at a safe distance. The California Highway Patrol recommends three seconds. I concur. It’s not just safer — it reduces stress and improves […]

I have some concerns about the roundabout

EDITOR: Being an elderly pedestrian who recently bought a home not far from the Druid Monument in Placerville, I am concerned about the proposed roundabout. Exactly what safeguards are proposed for pedestrians who want to cross it? No roundabout I’ve ever seen had traffic lights — that might slow down traffic. Will there be an […]

Roundabout: Change is not always good

Reading the publisher’s article on the roundabout helps explain a lot about what is wrong with our government and how even at a national level we got in some of the messes we have. He talks about change like it is this wonderful thing that by definition should be embraced by enlightened people. Contrary to […]

Jaycee Dugard reward … what ever happened to J. Leonard Padilla?

In the Dec 22, 1991, issue of the Lake Tahoe Tribune, there was an article about J. Leonard Padilla offering a $100,000 cash reward for information leading him to the location of Jaycee Lee Dugard. The offer was good only until Jan. 5 because Padilla was going to federal prison for tax evasion. It might […]

We need unions

EDITOR: The repeal of collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin is an outrageous, partisan stunt that defies public support, democracy and precedent, and should be a wake-up call to the middle class. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker targeted nurses, teachers and firefighters just trying to support their families — hardworking women and men who provide critical services […]

‘History’ depends on who’s recounting it

EDTOR: Reference Mr. McHenry’s recent letter that continues the Japanese War Plans debate saga. Mr. McHenry complains my position is based on only one book. If I may refresh his memory, he cried out for “one book” — just one book that would support my position. He wanted one book that I could cite as […]

Someone made my day

EDITOR: Open letter to “Misty Mountain Hop:” You paid for my drink at the Starbucks drive-through this morning. You did it without knowing my name, my story, or even what drink I had ordered. And you gave the barista a note to give to me with my drink: “Hello, fellow coffee drinker. God will be […]

Backyard chickens are the only way to fly

EDITOR: I was excited to see your article about backyard chickens. My family has been raising chickens for eight months, and we just got some new chicks. They are a lot of fun and the eggs are delicious! Did you know that chickens will eat your kitchen scraps, fertilize your garden and keep it free […]

Please bring back the rainfall contest

EDITOR: This was the year I was going to win the Rainfall Contest. I can’t believe that the Mountain Democrat is not sponsoring the contest. Please reconsider and bring it back. RAYMOND PIERCE Cameron Park Editor’s note — The Mountain Democrat based its Rainfall Contest on statistics supplied by the local office of Pacific Gas […]

Cedar Ravine roundabout: Don’t accept the money if it’s a bad project

EDITOR: I have just read Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito’s column regarding the proposed roundabout in Placerville. While I agree that dedicated monies must be spent as allocated, there is no reason we should always accept that money if the project is a bad one. I agree with using money to upgrade the bridge and […]

‘Leave No Trace’ camping is the only way to go

EDITOR: I’m a sixth-grader in Latrobe School District and I try to help protect the environment any chance I get. I want to share some ideas with your readers about how to keep El Dorado County’s wilderness areas and camping spots as beautiful as ever. When I go camping I make sure that I don’t […]

Wondered where Mr. Riordan went

EDITOR: Well I had wondered what had happened to letter writer Jim Riordan. My annoyance with government policies was suffering from a lack of fuel. By the way, Jim, the bubble and light show is to direct salmon fry away from pumps, not predators. But if you think about it, salmon lures kinda look like […]

Redevelopment and our poor, blighted city

EDITOR: The Placerville Redevelopment Agency’s newly released “Report to the City Council” underscores the Project Area’s desperate state of blight. In fact, “blight” appears 190 times. Thumbing through the report’s pages one finds prominent businesses and historical buildings featured as evidence of blight. It turns out, blight can be found all over the place. Absent […]

Thieves are targeting Placerville

EDITOR: On March 2 sometime in the wee hours of the night, our vehicles were broken into as they were parked in our driveway at our residence on Clay Street, right off Main Street, in the heart of downtown Placerville. Our family of five had just moved here from Oregon in January, like so many, […]

Mountain lions and the state budget

EDITOR: The other day as I read news of Gov. Brown’s plans to cut our state budget to fill in the enormous gap, I watched a nice, healthy mountain lion stroll over 300 yards in the open through my neighbor’s cow pasture. It was no surprise, as the night before most neighborhood dogs were going […]

What the president actually said

EDITOR: Letter writer Anthony J. Arjil (Mountain Democrat, March 7), says President Obama is using his “executive fiat” to subvert the will of the people by declaring he would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act because that violates his Constitutional oath to enforce the law. Mr. Arjil either does not listen very carefully […]

Don’t let them cram this development down our throats

EDITOR: Diamond Springs and El Dorado residents had better be ready to have yet another new development crammed down their throats. A plan for a 76-acre business park, on both sides of Highway 49, in the vicinity of Tower Mart and Enterprise Drive, was on the El Dorado County supervisors’ agenda for approval March 1. […]

Let Vern the guide dog stay at the mobile home park

EDITOR: I have read your story regarding Randy Cummings and his guide dog, Vern. This is a sad story. The story tells how Vern is retiring, but will have to relocate as Randy is getting another guide dog. I believe this is terrible. The mobile home park manager was very much aware of this and […]

Don’t lump all pit bulls together

EDITOR: This letter is in response to Debbie Smith’s letter in the March 2 edition. To say that “it’s just how pits are” and “pit bulls are just bad news” is ignorant and adds to the negative opinion of this breed — who I feel have been given a bad rap. Any dog, no matter […]

For planning purposes only

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer’s letter, “Sharing in the glory” posted Feb. 23, states, “… the debate was whether there was a Japanese plan to invade Hawaii and then the coast of California. There was such a plan, so that debate is closed.” This was obviously written in Mr. Longhofer’s inimitable style, which has occurred in letters […]

Article misrepresented McClintock meeting

EDITOR: The context of the article, “We’re doing what doesn’t work” misrepresents what really transpired when Congressman Tom McClintock addressed the El Dorado Hills crowd on Feb. 23. As one individual commented, it appears McClintock paid for this “ad.” First let’s take a step back to the Jan. 19 Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado […]

Beth Gaines would be our conservative voice at the state Capitol

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat’s endorsement of John Allard for the 4th Assembly Seat is a real disappointment to this El Dorado County conservative  woman. I have been to numerous debates and political meetings with all the candidates for the 4th Assembly District and Beth Gaines is by far the best candidate for this Assembly seat, […]

This is why we’re voting for Beth Gaines

EDITOR: My husband and I had no idea who to vote for, Mr. Allard or Mrs. Gaine. Dutifully, we sat down to read the literature sent by both candidates so we could debate. Ms. Gaines set forth her agenda and where she stood on issues. We liked that. On the first side of Mr. Allard’s […]

Healthcare: We still have checks

EDITOR: In a recent letter by Mr. Longhofer predicting higher healthcare costs he ends by suggesting that everybody be put in Medicare. In every discussion about our terrible debt situation, which is rapidly turning us into a has-been nation, the subject of entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid comes up. Both Democrats and […]

Save the oil subsidies

EDITOR: A total of 236 Republicans voted “no” to the effort to end public subsidies for oil companies. The $53 billion in subsidies would have made a nice start in reducing our deficit. I know that $53 billion is just a drop in the deficit bucket, but $53 billion here and $53 billion there and […]

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