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The trouble with a monopoly

EDITOR: There is little question in my mind that capitalism, private ownership by individuals or corporations, with decisions made by private owners rather than government, is probably the best economic system in the world. Like any other social system, of course there can be problems. For instance, more than two weeks ago I found I […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Will we heed this warning?

EDITOR: President Obama’s proposed jobs program is just one more scam that the Republicans and Democrats intend to foist on the gullible American public in order to get re-elected. According to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, each job created by this program will only cost $200,000. That’s $200,000 per job for positions that will probably only […]

Gas tax and insanity

EDITOR: When you buy 1 gallon of gasoline in California at $4 per gallon California fuel tax is .357. California sales tax is at 7.75 percent. Federal fuel tax is .184. State fee on 1 galon is .667 cents. Federal fee is .184 cents. A 20 gallon tank is $17.02-plus in just tax. Are we idiots or what? This […]

Agenda 21: Get the U.N. out of our business

EDITOR: How many citizens know that Agenda 21 is trying to push all population into urban islands, preserving the wilderness lands for nature and its inhabitants? The last time I checked I found out that I am an inhabitant of these lands and I surely don’t want to be stuck in a population of city […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Winning in 2012

EDITOR: We know how much the Tea/Republicans want to beat President Obama in 2012. It’s not my place to say it, but I will — their group of candidates stands little to no chance of winning. The last great hope was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy, but he has again announced he will not run. […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 48 Replies

DMV incompetence costs taxpayers

EDITOR: When the state government failed to continue the registration fee increases that expired on July 1 of this year, the Department of Motor Vehicles had to scramble to compensate for not sending out the renewal notices the full 60 days in advance. To adjust for the shortened notices, an extra 30-day grace period was […]

I’ll tell you why I’m outraged

EDITOR: A writer recently asked Placerville “Where’s the outrage?” in regard to the lack of support for Obama’s newest scheme to reduce the deficit on the backs of the rich. The writer wants us to believe, as apparently he does, that the Republicans want to take more money from the poor in the form of […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

The rich can keep their money

EDITOR: In John Garon’s letter, “Where’s the outrage?” he asks the question why people keep voting for Tom McClintock. It’s really very simple, he seems to think the rich have not earned their money so it must be taken from them. I do not want their money because I have not earned it. I would […]

Raise taxes on the rich

EDITOR: When politicians try to control the government by bypassing the people’s wishes — the government is no longer a government of the people and by the people. Almost 70 percent and perhaps more of our American voters are asking for higher taxes on the rich. Politicians from both sides of the aisle are refusing […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 17 Replies

Thank you to the city of Placerville

EDITOR: I wanted to publicly thank the city of Placerville and all the great people who work there for helping make this year’s Wednesday Night Main Street Farmers’ Market a success. With the dip in the economy it is getting harder and harder for the independent business owner to make a living. The city of Placerville […]

A few more lessons needed for downtown events

EDITOR: The Wiener Dog Races at Placerville’s first Oktoberfest were a lot of fun to watch. The server races were interesting and the beer and brats were delicious —if you had a chance to have them. Jeff Winzeler of the WineSmith said that the Placerville Downtown Association had learned from the Brewfest and would be […]

The power of the purse

EDITOR: Open letter to House Speaker John Boehner: I have written to you and several of your leadership cadre before, offering suggestions for bold and aggressive action. Aggressive action orientated leadership is needed to save our country from the clutches of the socialistic regime of Barack Hussein Obama. I consider myself a conservative more than […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 25 Replies

Merchants of death

EDITOR: We’re No. 1!  A just-released Congressional study reveals that worldwide arms sales in 2010 totaled $40.5 billion.  The U.S. share of this trade was $22 billion, or 53 percent of the total. Russia was a distant No. 2 with $7 billion in sales. Most of our sales ($15 billion) went to the developing world […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 26 Replies

We need reform at EID

EDITOR: Now is our chance to replace two of the “good ole boys” on the El Dorado Irrigation District board with reformers Ray Van Asten and Alan Day. Ray and Alan want to clean up the runaway spending, mismanagement and insider dealings at EID. Ray is running in Division 1 against incumbent George Osborne. Division […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

I have a little test for your readers

EDITOR: When I became interested in politics, studying political science and history at San Jose State in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I was disappointed, but not surprised, to discover that most Americans knew very little about our country’s history and politics. Living in Santa Clara County for most of my life, then retiring to […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 15 Replies

Financial elder abuse a sad state of affairs

EDITOR: If you are elderly and have your trusted son or daughter seeing to your bills, you would be well advised to have a conservator over your affairs who has no intrest in your assets. There is an epidemic of financial abuse cases swamping the Placerville DA’s Office, so I am told by an assistant […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Where is Les Paul when you really need him?

EDITOR: When will sanity return to public debate? It is sad to listen to political spokespersons and read editorials that purposely bend if not break the truth. Often what we hear through the media or in print is only part of the story. To evaluate what we are told requires constant research if we are […]

Dog owners need to take responsibility

EDITOR: I have often wondered if it was ignorance or arrogance that people walk their dogs around town off-leash and allow them to “do their business” and not pick up after their dogs. Well the past few days have shown me that it is arrogance as just the other day my wife and I were […]

EPA raises the price of everything

EDITOR: Sitting here thinking of the things I love like camping, rafting, kayaking … hmmm … can’t think of anything else that I love. I wonder if we can preserve the environment so that environmentalists like me can keep it pristine for “our” use. Yeppers, sure can. That way we can have fishing, dredging, mining, drilling […]

Loophole challenge: Let’s get rid of them

EDITOR: I watch the red and blue teams throwing letter bombs at each other and just shake my head. Is there anything the two sides agree on? Actually, there is: removing preferential treatment (aka loopholes) from the corporate and individual tax codes. Who cares what the tax rate is on adjusted income? It’s the adjustments, […]

We must stand against abuse of police powers

EDITOR: Kelly Thomas was a 30-year-old mentally ill man who lived in Fullerton; he was known and liked by all, helpless and harmless. On July 5 police officers detained Kelly and told him to sit and put his hands on his knees but because of the voices in his head he kept shifting his hands […]

Vote yes on Measure F, for Pioneer Fire

EDITOR: For local control over local issues, and for the safety and protection of the residents in the rural communities of Fair Play, Grizzly Flat, Indian Diggings, Mt. Aukum, Omo Ranch, Happy Valley, Outingdale and Sandridge in the southern central part of El Dorado County, the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County unanimously voted to […]

Time to say good-bye

EDITOR: I have lived here in Placerville since 1977, coming from New York, raised my three children and have enjoyed five grandchildren here. My son has requested I come and stay with him and my other two grandchildren, whom I have never met. Destination: Louisville, Ken. I want to personally thank this fair city for […]

Letter to Congressman McClintock: You made me laugh

EDITOR: When I read the letter to the editor from John C. Garon on Friday, I just had to laugh. John, you made my day. I’ve written to Congressman McClintock on several occasions only to receive responses directing me to his position. Even when I requested a specific answer to my questions, I got McClintock’s […]

VFW car show a big hit

EDITOR: I would like to thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2680 of Placerville for putting on their first car show event Sept, 17. Also appreciated are the sponsors who donated to this event, great gifts, music, food. And to all the men and women of the post who dedicated their hard work to […]

A toast to Main Street

EDITOR: I just want to say that the Placerville Downtown Association put on a great Oktoberfest! They had something for everyone. The wiener dog races were a hit with families as well as the kids’ games. The beer and entertainment were excellent. I have only seen crowds that large for festival of lights. The merchants […]

Tea Party and a culture of death

EDITOR: First, we had a California Tea Party/GOP audience cheering the fact that Rick Perry has put more people to death than any other governor in the history of the country. While still basking in those cheers, Perry traveled to Liberty University, a self-proclaimed “Christian” school to give an address. Jerry Falwell II is president […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 23 Replies

Horse’s condition should not be ignored by DA

EDITOR: Why did the district attorney of Lassen County do nothing along with the neighbors watching the starving horses for four months? Give up your smokes, drinks for a few days and buy bales of good hay. Animals have no voice. I have seen videos of a horse dying from West Nile virus, what is […]

Let’s shed some light on these issues

EDITOR: In the Sept. 16 Mountain Democrat article, “Redevelopment on hold,” Placerville City Council member Patty Borelli is quoted as saying, “There are lots of misconceptions about redevelopment.” Patty, try “no information” as a bigger issue. I have been going to the council meetings to find out why the city is rezoning my neighborhood from […]

Where’s the outrage?

EDITOR: President Obama is about to unveil his new deficit-reduction plan that includes higher tax rates for people making more than $1 million per year. Already, the Tea Party-addled Republicans are shouting, “Class warfare!” The Republicans firmly believe that they must take money where they can easily find it — from the poor who don’t […]

Class warfare started by the fat cats

EDITOR: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — but he only brings gifts to rich kids. If you are GE, he brings you no taxes plus a bonus rebate from the government. If you are an oil and gas company, you may pollute the groundwater without paying for it. If you are a corporation, […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

Thrift store America

EDITOR: You can see it in the real estate. You can feel the retreat from prosperity and purpose. You can sense the poverty and the loss of an entire generation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness … and you can see the “beginning of the end” for the America of our childhood conditioning. […]

Misappropriation of funds

EDITOR: I was at the air show this past weekend in Sacramento County. At the air show I was disturbed to see El Dorado County deputies in uniform working as well as numerous STAR (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees) volunteers. In addition, I noticed El Dorado County vehicles at this location, which I am assuming […]

Dead body photo offensive

EDITOR: A photo of a dead body in the paper. Really. Was that necessary? Our son looks at the paper, too. I do not want to see that. Please do not publish that kind of photo again. DARRIN McNEICE Camino

CEDAPP now in its fifth year … can you help?

EDITOR: As the Community Economic Association of Pollock Pines begins its fifth year, we look forward to continuing to bring business to the merchants of Pollock Pines, the initial and on-going intent for the CEDAPP. The dilemma always was one of how to give back to the businesses without taking from the businesses. Therefore, CEDAPP actually […]

A puppy died

EDITOR: I found a dead pug dog today lying in the street, just freshly hit by a car, on Mother Lode by the four way stop sign on El Dorado Road. I was so hurt to see that he had been left there on the road to be found, or ran over repeatedly. I had […]

Another anniversary has passed

EDITOR: The 10th anniversary of 9/11 has passed and we have seen the outpouring of media descriptions of the horror and the heroism. What we did not see was any mention of the fact that this murder case has gone 10 years without any independent investigation: • An investigation without “minders” appointed by the administration to […]

Alaska knows how to get the gold

EDITOR: Alaska knows where the revenue is — what is wrong with California? Since Jan. 1, Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued a combined 573 hard rock, placer and suction dredge permits. That’s up 14.3 percent from the 501 the department issued during all of calendar year 2010 and 29.6 percent from 442 in […]

I’m a member of the historical tribe

EDITOR: You posted in Friday’s paper about the Shingle Springs Miwoks winning their court case about mail fraud. That was semi-true. The tribe suing did win the case but it was not the Historic Shingle Springs Miwoks who won. If you had the court transcript you would see where they admitted to having forged the […]

Goodness snakes alive

EDITOR: With regard to Harry Williams’ letter in the Sept. 5 Mountain Democrat: Yes, the rattlesnakes are back. They’ve been out and about since May or June, depending on the elevation at which you live. It’s unfortunate that one was able to access your rabbits, and hopefully you have solved that problem. It is best […]

A medical retirement when he should have been fired

EDITOR: I am completely outraged at the past and present behaviors and lack of consistency with in-house discipline of our local Sheriff’s Office. Numerous times in the past, employees have been terminated due to lying in investigations. These employees were wrong in lying, and quickly made examples of to the rest of the department, that […]

I don’t want the government deciding how much I give

EDITOR: The other day I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Since when is it a sin to help the poor?” I’m making a guess that the owner of this car is a liberal because that sticker was bookended by an Obama sticker and a Coexist sticker. My Christian and family upbringing always told me […]

More monkey business

EDITOR: At the September Georgetown Divide Public Utility District meeting, a rule was proposed that no individual director can put an item onto the meeting agenda unless three out of the five directors approve it. (The manager, who the directors supposedly direct, can put on anything he wants at any time.) Over objections this was […]

Before you eat that chocolate …

EDITOR: As fall begins and Halloween approaches, here is something to consider: The chocolate you buy could be tainted with child labor. Sept. 19 marks the 10-year anniversary of an agreement signed by the country’s largest chocolate companies to put an end to forced child labor on cocoa farms in West Africa by 2005. However, hundreds […]

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