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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 […]

Thank you, in the loss of our loved one

EDITOR: Our family would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to make the memorial service for our wife and mom, Bobbie Ceccarelli, such a touching, blessed event. While we know we are not the first family, nor will we be that last, to deal with the loss of a loved one, we do feel […]

We live in such a great neighborhood

EDITOR: My husband and I are handicapped. We are on oxygen 24/7 and he has to walk with crutches (he has no kneecap). This last snowstorm was so bad; El Dorado County crews piled a 4 foot berm in front of our house on Ridgeway Drive in Pollock Pines. Well, my husband worked for hours […]

High school librarians are essential

EDITOR: Lori Parlin made many significant points in her letter regarding the El Dorado Union High School District budget balancing act. Although in better shape than many districts in California, careful consideration still needs to be made on how those limited dollars are spent. The primary focus of such discussions needs to be “what are […]

Sensationalism in the media: Where do you stand?

EDITOR: Daily we are bombarded with news on current trends, foreign affairs, personal triumphs and tragedies. As it relates to the media, these professionals live by the credo that they are delivering the news in a fair and impartial manner: They gather and share the information they have discovered in order to help their communities […]

Thank you, Sierra Ridge coaches

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to publicly thank the coaches of the Sierra Ridge Middle School sixth- and seventh-grade basketball team, coach Karen Bouey and assistant coach Ted Hargon. The county championship win was just a bonus! What I thank them for is for teaching the girls the true meaning of sportsmanship and teamwork. […]

McClintock isn’t listening to us

EDITOR: I just talked with Congressman Tom McClintock’s office in Washington, D.C. I asked why did he vote against a bill that would stop taxpayer dollars going to oil companies in the name of subsidies when he says in the next breath that our country is on the verge of destruction and we have gas […]

There are angels

EDITOR: While walking the Missouri Flat section of the El Dorado Trail on the 24th or 25th of February, my dog got spooked or saw something and jerked the leash out of my hand and disappeared from sight. A neighbor driving along the road stopped to help me look and I would like to thank […]

A thank you to the American Legion

EDITOR: One night each year, the American Legion organizes a dinner to recognize the “Officer of the Year” from the Placerville Police Department, California Highway Patrol and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. I had the pleasure of attending the dinner for the first time this year. It was an honor to be able to share […]

Vicious attacks unwarranted

EDITOR: Once again Mr. John “Kneejerk” Garon has displayed his penchant for making vicious, ad hominem attacks on persons he disagrees with politically (“Wisconsin’s governer and Mussolini,” March 1). Mr. Garon’s current victim is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who Mr. Garon likens to mass murderers Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler. I’m surprised Mr. Garon did not […]

Loved the story on my boy

EDITOR: The write-up on Feb. 18 in the Weekender section on hip-hop artist-producer Alex McDonald (Opti-miztic) was great. A talented young man receives a great glance into what will be an “optimiztic” career. From a very proud mom … PAULA McDONALD Placerville

Frustrated with county bureaucracy

EDITOR: I had a court case where I was given till March 1 to find other homes for all but twoof my German shepherds. I found out the hard way that when the “minute order” was typed up and sent to El Dorado County Animal Services the specific date of March 1 was not there, […]

Is this how to balance a high school district budget?

EDITOR: As Popeye used to say, “That’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more!” Who are these people at the El Dorado Union High School District Office? Why do they feel they don’t have to follow the same rules they impose on the staff and faculty who work with our youth? I have […]

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