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Take it easy on Cambridge Road, please

EDITOR: It’s been over two years and the community finally got the stop sign they requested at Osborne. The residents in the area also asked for the speed limit to be repealed in accordance with California law. As it stands now, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle along the roadway the county will […]

DOT left the job undone

EDITOR: On walks though my neighborhood the road repairs started over a month ago are still in need of finishing. The El Dorado County Department of Transportation came in and marked curbs that had lifted over time and either blocked the flow of water or ripped off the spoilers on my neighbor’s car. Weeks later they made some cuts […]

Roundabout: Whose silly idea was this?

EDITOR: There has been much ado about engineering a roundabout on Main Street in Placerville. It is important to remember that Placerville Drive, Main Street and Broadway play a strategic part in creating safe access to all businesses within the town  of Placerville. The question is: Have the Planning Commission and the engineers considered the […]

I agree … train folks are unrealistic

EDITOR: I agree with Mary K. Jackson’s letter in the July 6 Mountain Democrat. The train people are playing “dog in the manger” with the trail: They know they can’t use it, but they don’t want anybody else to use it, either. I am convinced that someday reason and common sense will prevail, and the […]

Restore respect for our Sheriff’s Department

EDITOR: Pam Rossi’s letter that appeared in your paper on Friday, July 1, was spot on. The deputies who are involved with Diplomagate stole money from the taxpayers of this county whom they are sworn to protect. There can be no room in law enforcement for dishonesty, yet we all know it exists, so all the […]

Calling all veterans

EDITOR: This is a letter to all veterans in El Dorado County. Has the economy got you down, looking for a nice, inexpensive place to go for a few hours of enjoyment? Look no farther, Fleet Reserve Association Branch 275 is sponsoring a game night, on Monday nights, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the […]

My take on Beth Gaines’ vote on AB 52

EDITOR: The action by Beth Gaines to vote against Assembly Bill 52 is consistent with the wishes of the majority of the people who elected her. The people who elected Beth Gaines are basically capitalistic and believe in free enterprise. AB 52 is another attempt to regulate private business by subjecting their internal business decisions […]

I hope the new CSD director can make a difference

EDITOR: I would like to welcome yet another Cameron Park Community Services District director, Sean Tucker, who has been voted in by the board to replace Rich Green who resigned. I do hope you will be more successful than the past directors in taming some of the board members who currently are on the board. These […]

The trail or the train?

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I am writing as I am concerned about the future of the El Dorado Trail. It is my understanding that the railroad people do not want the tracks removed although they have not been used in more than 20 years. I understand they would like to put […]

Drought: Abandoning us for Bakersfield

EDITOR: Anyone remember the drought back in the late 1970s? If you do, read House Bill 1837 called “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.” The name says it all. This bill would affect the water rights of Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and Amador counties, but officials with the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District think the Democratic […]

In our loss, our thanks to El Dorado County

EDITOR: An open letter to the El Dorado County community: Our son and brother, Sidney “Scott” Santana, was involved in a fatal car accident on May 17. While this has been a tragedy, we are so grateful for the love and support of everyone we have come across during this journey. From the firefighters (both […]

Pioneer Fire: Thanks for the story, but …

EDITOR: First, I want to thank reporter Chris Daley and the Mountain Democrat for covering our situation and reporting it to the people. Overall, the article is accurate and fair. However, I challenge two points: First, the headline. This was not a “bail out.” It is called “Dry Period Funding,” and all it does is […]

Let the people decide

EDITOR: Every four years have a budget and election. Every four years is a presidential term. The seventh month in the fourth year should be used to plan a Republican or Democrat budget only. List all earmarks and corporate welfare. List everything, cuts and increases. Have all Congress members on the same health care program […]

Pour it again, PDA

EDITOR: For the past two years I have attended the Placerville Brewfest on Main Street hosted by the Placerville Downtown Association and dozens of wonderful breweries. It’s obvious that lots of work is poured into this event for it to be run so well every year. I really enjoy the people, the breweries, the music […]

Thank you, Charter Home Study

EDITOR: There are times in one’s life when it is all together appropriate and reasonable to take the time to pen a few words of appreciation. I have reached one of those times and put my daily activities on hold long enough to express my gratitude to the Charter Home Study Academy for all they have […]

We all know this driver

EDITOR: I’m writing to caution your readers about a driver everyone should watch for here in our county. He owns several cars and trucks and is a master of disguise but you’ll know him because he’s always quick with the horn, mouth and gesture. Sometimes he looks like a teenager, sometimes an old guy, and even […]

The cost of redevelopment

EDITOR: Many good citizens are concerned about the threat of the use of eminent domain as redevelopment proceeds forward in Placerville. While I empathize with their concerns there is a far more imminent threat that is being overlooked — the cost of redevelopment. Redevelopment Agencies submit financial reports to our state controller, John Chiang, who […]

No room for dishonesty at Sheriff’s Department

EDITOR: I am just in disbelief that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department approved increased pay for phony education bonuses for five sworn officers in their department. It is appalling to me that this type of dishonest act is being connived within a county entity that upholds the law. Now that the grand jury has published […]

We’re bombarded with overregulation

EDITOR: Open letter to Sen. Ted Gaines: Reaction to Mountain Democrat editorial, “Septic system relief” and Sacramento Bee article ,”Court validates authority for game wardens.” I see you at all these El Dorado County functions, on a regular basis. Definitely appreciate your accessibility. Now comes the hammer. I am so totally frustrated with the intrusion of […]

Placerville City Council can’t amend state eminent domain law

EDITOR: According to Councilwoman Wendy Mattson’s June 15 letter to the editor and Wendy Schultz’s June 16 article, the Placerville City Council voted to prohibit eminent domain within the Redevelopment Agency at the June 14 City Council meeting. Apparently Councilwoman Mattson is unaware that such action does not eliminate the threat of eminent domain. On May 10, […]

Operation Fast and Furious: More gun control the real purpose

EDITOR: Recently the government has found itself in hot water with the exposure of the DOJ/ATF operation Fast and Furious. This was a plan to run guns (called project Gunrunner) to Mexico so that they could be traced hopefully to cartels. A liberal friend of mine said it was just a government operation gone wrong. […]

Gas prices and hypocrisy

EDITOR: The next time you fill your gas tank look at the little stickers posted on the pumps. Those stickers show that out of that roughly $4 per gallon the state of California collects 18 cents and the feds collect 35 cents — on top of that there is your sales tax. So out of […]

Perplexed by letter

EDITOR: I was most perplexed by letter writer Ken Steers’ submission of June 22. Yes, I mean the entire letter. Mr. Steers claims to be “in that top 2 percent of taxpayers. Says he doesn’t mind paying the 55 percent in taxes he claims. Somehow, I have to wonder at this. So, you pay these […]

Thinking about vaccines …

A new study published in the Human and Experimental Toxicology journal found a direct statistical link between higher vaccine doses and infant mortality rates. This study suggests that the increasing number of inoculations administered to children is having a detrimental impact on health. The United States administers the highest number of vaccine doses to children […]

Students squeezed by state universities

EDITOR: It was with great interest I read your editorial about Los Rios students being squeezed out of California university system. I did not realize that was happening at the community college level. I certainly have seen it at the high school level, though, where highly qualified students who do not choose to begin their […]

When is dumb, dumber?

EDITOR: Upon getting to the entrance gate to the El Dorado County Fair, I was asked to check in my 1-inch blade pocket knife, which I did. Then walking through the Main Exhibit Hall I saw at least two vendors who were selling complete kitchen knife sets and one more on the grounds that had […]

Headline got my attention

EDITOR: “Bridge, Nooner on Saturday, Optimist Roster” (June 24, page A-11), certainly got my attention. At my age, hoping to get out of bed without help qualifies me as an optimist, so I’d like to have my name added to the non-bridge roster. Thank you, Mountain Democrat, for this civic-minded announcement. JOHN GARON Placerville  

Support local businesses with this legislation

EDITOR: As a small business owner in El Dorado County, I support e-fairness legislation. Two bills, Assembly Bills 153 and 255, are currently proceeding through the Legislature and were recently passed with a wide majority in the state Assembly. If the state Senate votes to pass the legislation and the governor signs it, it would […]

Pilot truck is expensive overkill

EDITOR: The state Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is trimming vegetation on Highway 49 between Placerville and Diamond Springs. Because one lane is closed, a pilot car leads traffic. Whatever reasons they have for using a 1 ton dual axle truck to drive back and forth all day, I’d bet Thompson’s could show that a fuel […]

Nice column, thanks

EDITOR: Thank you Charlie Ferris for your “Outside with Charlie” column. This week’s column “Happy Trails” and your beautiful tribute to Roger Chappell was most touching. Yes, Roger — friend, fellow wilderness ranger, and one of most outstanding teachers ever — you will be missed. And, yes, I will also wear the Roger Chappel bell […]

A Mr. Cal supporter comments on courts

EDITOR: As a relatively new member of the Greenwood community, I was heartened by the show of support for Mr. Vincent Cal during his recent appearance in a Placerville courtroom. Mr. Cal, local resident and elderly, retired entrepreneur, has found himself in the unfortunate, yet increasingly familiar, role of “criminally accused.” Those present to view […]

Reject the SACOG diktat

EDITOR: El Dorado County should maintain local control by rejecting SACOG’s 142-page MOU on “Sustainable Development.” A brief historical summary of Sustainable Development may be beneficial to explain why. First to inform the unaware of its insidious agenda, and second, as a reminder to others of its comprehensive attack on our freedom, our resources, and our […]

As usual … letter writer gets it wrong

EDITOR: As usual, Mr. Harper’s harpings, this time in his June 13 letter, are off-base or just demonstrably wrong. Mr. Harper defends the continued, unfettered lavish spending on the Pentagon on the dubious assumption that our potential enemies are probably engaged in an arms race to overtake us. There is not a scintilla of evidence to […]

Thank you to helpers

EDITOR: On May 13, the Herbert Green SPIRIT Team (Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together) hosted a Student Empowerment Conference — Kaizen — Change for the Better, One Action at a Time. Sixth and seventh graders from Herbert Green, Markham and Gold Trail gathered to share safe schools efforts, learn new information and make […]

After my heart attack … thank you

EDITOR: I want to thank the Emergency Room, ICU and cardiology staff at Marshall Hospital for the great care they gave me. They were all nice and made me feel good. I also want to thank the Liar’s Bench, Rusty Nail, Irish Pub and Stadium Club for the money they raised to help me with […]

Eminent domain is off the table

EDITOR: On June 15 Vicki Clark wrote about the concern some Placerville residents have over the issue of eminent domain within a Redevelopment Agency. After listening to months of public testimony and comment, the Placerville City Council voted to prohibit the use of eminent domain within our agency at the council meeting on June 14. The council voted unanimously […]

The GOP wrecking crew

EDITOR: In 2004 there was considerable TV footage, dateline Kabul, of Air Force C-130s unloading pallets of shrink-wrapped $10,000 packets of $5 bills. This cash was part of $12 billion to aid in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. There was so much cash, and it was so heavy, that 22 planes were required to haul the stash […]

From one who drivels … to another

EDITOR: Mr. Mobus, in his recent letter, characterizes the letters of “Garon” and “Longhofer” as drivel. Drivel as in silly nonsense — yet sometimes silly Democratic nonsense is the best response to silly Republican nonsense. Silly Republican nonsense demands response, or it becomes fact (especially to their base). In sum, Mr. Mobus, as fellow drivelers, […]

Nation’s debt — wrong direction at breakneck speed

EDITOR: The Bush administration spent way too much money.  Letter writer Mr. Longhofer refers to this in making his point of the Republicans and the members of the Tea Party coming late to the table on the issue of deficits in an effort to excuse Obama’s massive increase of our debt. This is like saying […]

Facts don’t necessarily change minds

EDITOR: In his letter of June 8, Byron Mobus is shocked, shocked that we’re running out of oil!  And he proceeds to question the statistics published in my letter (“drivel” he calls it) indicating that the U.S. has roughly 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves. Mr. Mobus implies that I just make up stuff. […]

Oil-drilling letter can’t go unchallenged

EDITOR: I was stunned by the latest letter from John Garon where he wrote: “U.S. oil reserves, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge supplies, are roughly 2 percent of global reserves.” I don’t know where he got this statistic but if he had said 20 percent, I would be more inclined to let it pass unchallenged. […]

Radon gas is good for you?

EDITOR: I found letter writer Byron Mobus’ comment “that health was actually improved in those areas with radon gas present” to be irresponsible (cell tower letter, Friday, June 3). Radon has serious health risks. The supporting facts are that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking and the No. 1 cause of […]

It’s too late to restore reputation of fire safe council

EDITOR: A few months ago the Mountain Democrat published statements by Ken Hasse and Richard Englefield about current funding troubles of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. In my subsequent letter to the editor I said that Messrs. Hasse and Englefield failed to properly meet their responsibilities as the managing members of the EDCFSC Board […]

Redevelopment: Please be aware

EDITOR: I still have great concern that the residents of the city of Placerville do not know all, or some, of the facts of redevelopment. Here are a few more of the Redevelopment Laws/Health and Safety — cd.ca.gov/hpd/rda/rdalaw.html. Please take some time and look them over. 33342. Redevelopment plans may provide for the agency to acquire […]

Boeing’s GPS aided the bin Laden mission

EDITOR: Mr. Garon’s June 8 letter to the editor is a misplaced diatribe — “Boeing is on the federal dole.” One strike does not a ball game make! Boeing Co. is the prime or major subcontractor for the following U.S. military contracts: • Global Positioning System — GPS: since 1978, 41 GPS satellites manufactured. Without […]

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