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Government waste: Time to make some real cuts

EDITOR: Do yourself a favor and do a Google search for U.S. government agencies and you will get a Website that list hundreds of agencies. Yet our fearless president says that if we don’t raise the debt ceiling he cannot guarantee Social Security checks or military pay. He is fearless but loves to spread fear […]

Regarding the ‘Message to fellow seniors’

EDITOR: I love how seniors and Tea Baggers are quick to blame Obama and liberals. Where were these loud voices when we entered into two wars under Bush that were not being paid for? Where was the uproar when the Congress made it illegal to get the best prices possible for prescriptions? That’s right, they […]

Time to grow up, boys

EDITOR: What has changed at the Cameron Park Community Services District since the November 2010 election? Actually the answer is nothing. What have Directors Scott McNeil and Greg Stanton accomplished since taking the oath of office? They both campaigned for change, saying that the residents wanted to see change. Well here we are, eight months […]

Where has the common sense gone?

EDITOR: I have been appalled at the lack of common sense at all levels of our government agencies. This includes school districts, fire districts, counties, etc. I have been a business owner for 25 years.  If I ran my business in the manner that most public agencies are run, I would never have made it this […]

Response to chip seal debacle on Deer Valley Road

EDITOR: Answer to the Deer Valley people who are unsatisfied about the chip and seal on Deer Valley Road: I and many others are glad they finally did something with the road as it has been in disrepair for many years. As far as asphalt, it has never been an asphalt road; it has always […]

Message for fellow seniors

EDITOR: Open letter to seniors of El Dorado County: I am 84 years old and, like all of you seniors, I remember when the Democrat party was “The Party for the People.” That time is long gone. The liberals have taken over and spent us into bankruptcy with our president spending our tax money like […]

The burden borne by taxpayers

EDITOR: I must admit my pleasant surprise when I read Mr. Garon’s response to my letter. The last thing I expected from him was a response that proved my point. Does he discuss the points of the Tea Party? No. He tries to justify his name-calling by quoting people on the other side who are […]

Book your free ‘spay-cation’

EDITOR: Cared-for kittens are adorable but wild, uncared-for kittens can break your heart. Chances are they will fall victim to predators, disease or starvation. And next kitten season will see even more feral cats producing more kittens unless we work together to curb the population. As part of the much-needed local campaign, Animal Outreach of […]

Health care for America

EDITOR: We hear so much about health care. If every American has to pay federal income tax, and every senator and congressman and all federal employees receive health care out of the tax that the working people of America are paying, is it not just to include all taxpayers in the same plan? If America […]

He used a gun

EDITOR: Anders Breivik, the 32-year-old Norwegian who killed at least 92 people, is described by the Oslo police as a right-wing, gun-loving, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant Christian fundamentalist. If you think that description eerily fits the KKK, the militia movements, myriad anti-immigrant groups, Christian identity groups, anti-gay and anti-choice groups — many of whose members have found a […]

AT&T and T-Mobile merger – beneficial for rural Californians

EDITOR: I fully support the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. It is no secret that I am a zealot about economic development and entrepreneurial and environmental innovation. This merger is in the best interest of residents and visitors to our region and will expand broadband Internet services to rural or otherwise disconnected areas. According […]

An invitation from the police chief

EDITOR: The Placerville Police Department would like to invite members of the community to join our National Night Out festivities throughout the city of Placerville on Tuesday evening, Aug.2. The kick-off ceremony will be at Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises (MORE), 399 Placerville Drive at 5 p.m. This year we celebrate the 28th anniversary of NNO, America’s crime […]

Chip seal debacle on Deer Valley Road

EDITOR: As a resident and taxpayer in El Dorado County, I am concerned about the decision that was made to chip seal Deer Valley Road from the Rescue Fire Station to Green Springs Ranch (project completed on July 7). For as long as I have lived in the county, Deer Valley has been asphalt and […]

The pipers always come to collect

EDITOR: Regarding “Our house on fire” from letter writer James E. Longhofer. Your analogy is right on, James E. Our house is on fire. A $14 trillion fire.The only place I differ is the fire department showed up and started spraying gasoline on the fire. Of the two people arguing, one wants to shut off […]

Secret tax, and why I lie awake at night

EDITOR: I honestly lie awake at night worrying about our country’s $15 trillion debt. I’m shocked that our president has amassed $4 trillion in new debt in just two-and-a-half years. I’m confused by the reaction, or lack thereof, from the politicians on the Left regarding the fact that currently our government is spending twice as […]

The spirit of El Dorado

EDITOR: Diamond/El Dorado Fire Protection District Station 44 on Quartz Drive in Logtown is sporting a new look. The station is now a fine example of firewise, water wise and deer resistant landscaping, thanks to local merchants and community members. The site was cleared by a team of volunteer residents and Diamond/El Dorado firefighters. A Growlersberg […]

I won!

EDITOR: I won it! I tried for five years to win the Best of Show with my artwork, and this year, I got it! Thank you, El Dorado County Fair judges, for voting me the winner of the Best of Show ribbon. KEVIN YURGELEVIC, age 9 Camino

Debt limit arguments

EDITOR: The battle about methods of reducing the federal deficit seems to be divided between a “balanced” approach, meaning tax rate increases together with spending cuts, proposed by the president, and spending reductions with no tax increases proposed by his opposition. The president’s balanced approach is specious. While such a plan is intuitive, it is […]

Government, explained by Mother Nature

EDITOR: There was this majestic oak tree, a sign of strength and beauty. One day a bird sitting on one of the oak tree limbs deposited a seed. Over time it grew into a green plant, mistletoe. Every year the mistletoe would bloom and produce beautiful, white berries. The berries would drop or be spread […]

Trails are for everyone … trains are a business

EDITOR: I have been reading about these train and trail issues and there is still something I don’t understand. Why is it that the Folsom train group believes they have some rights in our county? Why should they push a trail to millions of dollars of cost? We already have a train group working with our […]

Let’s go to dinner, America

EDITOR: The letter writer Ashley Blinn compares not raising the debt ceiling to decling to a pay a restaurant bill for services rendered. Ashley you are close, very close, but you missed. First you make a reservation at the fanciest joint in town. Then you arrange a for a limo to take you and several […]

Come on up to Pollock Pines

EDITOR: Ken and I came to this historically and geologically stunning county almost nine years ago.  It wasn’t an accident; we had researched several other counties in this area for months before making our final decision. We were looking for a retirement home, the place where we could live, love and play with others who, like […]

Letter writer brings little to the (Tea) party

EDITOR: Tea-Partier Dena Freeman’s little declaration of beliefs is pretty harmless, but full of confused statements of non-fact. For example, there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution saying the prime purpose of the Second Amendment is “to protect us from the government.”Nothing. That is pure fabrication to make a political point. And there is no […]

CFLs down our throats

EDITOR: Thank you, Big Brother, for suggesting (forcing) us to convert to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), they’re just swell. I really do prefer energy efficient lighting. But I do not prefer being forced to use it. CFLs at present are poor performers in cold weather, take significant time to reach full output, and despite being […]

I miss Bill

EDITOR: Former President Bill Clinton said recently that if Congress fails to reach a deal on the debt ceiling he would use the Constitutional option to raise it and force the courts to stop him. I hope President Obama heard him. I miss Bill. JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville

Redevelopment: What do Placerville residents want?

EDITOR: Placerville’s Redevelopment Plan (Ordinance No. 1641) gives new power to those we elected as city councilors. Now serving also as the Redevelopment Agency Board these individuals can, among other things, raise bonds without voter approval. Further, at their “sole and absolute discretion” they can decide which business owners “conform” to the Plan [§306]. The […]

I’m in favor of Placerville restoration

EDITOR: I have heard about the act to restore Placerville’s Main Street. I have heard both the pro and the the cons of the (redevelopment) restoration and must say I am supporting the restoration. I believe that people should not dwell on the past but look to the future for change, hopefully for the better. If […]

We did it

EDITOR: It has been a busy time following up and wrapping up after our USO fundraiser. Excitement and approval are n high still, and support for a second annual is the word. It has been and will continue to be a valuable endeavor on many levels. Our main goal was to raise money for USO. […]

What do you think?

EDITOR: I do not believe I should accept or criticize a report that I have not read. So when the official 9/11 Commission Report came out I bought a copy; a local book store, $10. Cheaper, used versions are now available. I cannot recommend them, however; it’s a long, boring tome. However, in Chapter 9 I […]

The more things change, the more they stay the same

EDITOR: George Alger takes me to task (Mountain Democrat, July 11) for calling the Tea Party racist, bigoted and unrepentantly segregationist.  Obviously, I should have referred readers to the hundreds of YouTube videos and news articles amply demonstrating my point: Philip Dennis, president of the Texas Tea Party, saying during a news interview, that “Obama is […]

Finding the ant was fun, thanks

EDITOR: I’d like to thank Koby Pest Control for letting us have fun finding your ant. Your smashing little party at MORE was full of great people and the food was good, too! So what’s next, Mike Kobus? A name-the-ant contest, a costume contest or how about when the ant meets a (fill in the […]

As a member of the Tea Party, this is what I believe

EDITOR: The following is in response to the letter of Monday, July 11: As a member of Tea Party in the Hills, I can speak only for myself. I am for limited Constitutional government as set forth by our forefathers. I want to be free to worship (or not) according to my conscience and I […]

Where have all the flowers gone? (Don’t blame cigarettes)

EDITOR: Where did all the poppies go? When I think of the Golden State, I thought of the poppies that grew all over the hillsides. It became the Golden State because of the poppies, is what I thought. They grew by the billions, all over the hills. They keep blaming cigarettes for all of the […]

Boys and Girls Club coming and going but never fully here

EDITOR: Your headline caught our attention, Boys and Girls Club Back in EDH, July 13, Village Life and Mountain Democrat. Although the club has had a greatly varied schedule in El Dorado Hills, it never actually left. In February a flier was distributed only to the handful of children attending the club stating they would be scaled […]

No-burn days — are we being nudged?

EDITOR: Reading a letter in the paper from Joe Coulter, July 13, I see that others are concerned with the ever increasing “n0-burn” days, or does it just appear that way? Is our air quality getting worse, or is the Air Pollution Control officer just making it more and more difficult to burn on our […]

If I didn’t pay the restaurant bill

EDITOR: Congress, let’s get serious! Refusing to simply pass the debt ceiling before Aug. 2 is like refusing to pay a restaurant bill after the meal is finished. What do you think might happen next? I don’t know either. I’ve never seriously thought of trying such a trick. I do know that I would never […]

Experiential learning programs — for our youth

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead EDITOR: Investing in our youth is a logical, proactive way to ensure the future wellbeing of our communities and therefore our county. Too many youth today silently suffer internal fears, […]

Even if I’m wrong …

EDITOR: I don’t know this for fact and I’m sure someone will check and advise if I’m wrong on the following theory. The 50 cities with the highest crime rates are run by liberal/progressives. The 50 school districts with the lowest test scores and highest drop out rates are controlled by liberal/progressives. The 50 cities […]

Generous family appreciated

EDITOR: A very special thank you  to the Ceccarelli family who established a special award in the memory of Bobbie Ceccarelli, with the Women’s Fund, El Dorado. The grant was awarded to the Strength for the Journey, a program provided by the Marshall Foundation at the Grants Award Dinner. I am honored that Strength for […]

Who’s responsible?

EDITOR: When you drive by the corner of Cambridge Road and Knollwood Drive, check out the weed patch at this intersection. It is a fire ready to happen. The weeds are over 4 feet tall, and there is trash, combustible material and debris. The 1 acre parcel has been abandoned for over 10 years. Now […]

The Shingle Plan compromise regarding trains vs. trail

EDITOR: The Shingle Plan will give the train enthusiasts some track and the trail enthusiasts some rail bed. From Shingle Springs to Missouri Flat Road is the section for trains. The El Dorado Western Railroad will run trains in the train park from Missouri Flat to the El Dorado Y, and the Folsom train group […]

Saving California’s state parks: voices from the wilderness

EDITOR: California state parks belong to the people of California and the world. Since establishing the first state park in 1864 they have been known as “preserving the best of California forever.” Visionary citizens and lawmakers from the turn-of-the-century fought tirelessly to preserve California’s most representative and significant lands so they might be enjoyed by, […]

Our house on fire

EDITOR: I recently read an interesting analogy: Our house is on fire. The flames are beginning to engulf our belongings, family mementos, our home. The fire department arrives. They begin to attach the hose to the fire hydrant and then — I begin to argue with my wife about how high the water bill is and […]

Smug face?

EDITOR: In his recent letter Mr. Steers states, “If your retirement was taxed like my income is today we’d be seeing your smug face at some Tea Party rallies.” He claims his combined tax rate is 55 percent. Were mine a combined tax rate of 55 percent, I would pay it as I have always […]

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