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I’ll be going to the Amador County Fair instead

EDITOR: For years now I have wanted to write this letter: Let’s talk about our so-called El Dorado County Fair. In the good old days the fair was held the last weekend in July. The stock was fattened, fruit and vegetables were ripe, it was a fun family, affair. Then it moved to June, no fruits […]

Our neighborhood pride just got a shot in the arm

EDITOR: We would like to take the time to thank the construction company for revitalizing the Hocking Street-Morrene Drive Placerville area with the total remodeling of 2849 Morrene with hardwood floors, granite counters and beautiful exterior paint, just to name a few things. They have turned a bank-owned property into the gem of the neighborhood. […]

American guns in Mexico

EDITOR: It’s become old news now for those who have been following it, but undoubtedly everyone has at least heard the major media outlets screaming about the need for gun control because “so many” U.S. guns are making their way into Mexico. That grabbed the national headlines big time — some released by Mexican authorities, […]

Cell towers and cigarettes

EDITOR: Some of us are old enough to remember cigarette commercials and how it was “cool” to smoke. People smoked on planes, trains, buses and pretty much everywhere else. There was no such thing as a smoke free hotel, bar or business. Then, slowly but surely, studies came out documenting the health risks with smoking and […]

Ryan’s plan for America simply a cover for the wealthy

EDITOR: Representative Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America’s Future” has not been greeted with acclaim by the majority of Americans. They are saying, as Mr. Steers did in his recent letter, keep your hands off my Medicare! In response, Republican leaders say they must better sell the program and America will then see it saves Medicare. […]

There is no Cal State San Luis Obispo

EDITOR: Being interested in history and wine, I read with interest the recent article about the Skinner family and their winery. Near the end of the article, I noted a quote from winemaker Chris Pittenger: “I obtained a degree in agricultural business from Cal State San Luis Obispo.” I am sure that Mr. Pittenger knows […]

Debt ceiling — why so much hand-wringing?

EDITOR: Can someone explain to me why there is suddenly so much hand-wringing and opposition to raising the debt ceiling? When George Bush entered office in 2001 the national debt was $5.95 trillion. When he left office in 2009 the national debt was $10.6 trillion. During this eight- year period the debt ceiling was raised seven […]

Beth Gaines votes against her constituents’ interest

EDITOR: Beth Gaines voted against a bill to control health insurance costs last week. The bill (AB 52) specifically says: It prohibits increasing insurance premiums rates without first submitting data to the Department of Managed Health Care or the California Department of Insurance. Then the insurance company would post online for public review their request for […]

Dredging opponents — they’re keeping 4,000 people from working

EDITOR: I have been dredging the Northern California rivers for the past 40 years. Environmentalists have been tooth and nail trying to get it shut down by whatever means they can. They just did an EIR and found that dredging has no significant effect on water quality but that isn’t stopping them; if you can’t beat […]

Congressman Weiner’s transgressions

EDITOR: We as a country have become numbed by all the nefarious transgressions emitted from our political appointees. It wasn’t too long ago that a sitting president was accused of raping numerous women and lying to the entire country about molesting a 20-year-old intern. Anthony Weiner’s transgressions regarding unsolicited sexual innuendos and nude photos to […]

Thanks to Kiwanis and Optimists

EDITOR: As the school year draws to a close I want to give special recognition to two service clubs in our county: Placerville Kiwanis and the Optimists of El Dorado Hills. Over the past several months both clubs continued without hesitation their two-decades-long support of the County Sports League. Kiwanis sponsored the awards for our […]

Volunteers — Placerville’s treasure

EDITOR: Recently the incomparable Pat Cook took me on a comprehensive tour of Gold Bug Park.  Now, I had certainly taken my girls there when they were little, but I’m ashamed to admit that was over a decade ago. WOW!  is all I can say. Gold Bug Park is Pat’s passion, and that was evident in her eyes […]

Southern border security and folly

EDITOR: Based on letter writer Kevin McNaughton’s tongue-in-cheek, yuk-it-up take on border security and the thousands of illegals already in the country, I can certainly sleep better at night knowing how funny the situation really is. His words are about as assuring as those spoken by our wonderful federal government pinheads who tell us nitwits […]

Tea Party support of proposed law is beyond the pale

EDITOR: Congressman Buck McKeown, from Santa Clarita, represents California’s 25th District. He chairs the House Armed Services Committee — the one that decides  the Department of Defense’s budget and which contracts go where and to whom. Buck McKeown is a very powerful guy, especially with Defense contractors. He has never met a weapons system he did […]

Way to go, Pelosi

EDITOR: I have to hand it to Nancy Pelosi, she epitomizes everything that a progressive politician stands for. As Speaker of the House she passed ObamaCare, telling America that after the bill is passed then we’ll know what’s in it. And after her constituents found out that it wasn’t a good law, they were allowed […]

Pollock Pines pitches in

EDITOR: “All hands on deck” was the cry for the fourth community clean-up day in Pollock Pines on Saturday, May 21, at the Knotty Pines Bowling Alley/Community Center parking lot. This year produced at least double the amount of cars and disposables. Thousands of tons of debris have already been removed from Pollock Pines in […]

Response to ‘Lame lemonade’ editorial

EDITOR: There is a common misconception concerning the various sources of energy that we, as a nation, choose to support — or not. Let me try to describe to you what I teach to my students at Golden Sierra High School, Green/Solar Tech class. Whether we derive our power from oil, coal, gas, shale, nuclear energy, […]

Keeping it clean in Camino

EDITOR: The Camino Community Action Committee would like to thank everyone who helped make the annual Camino Community Clean-up Day a success. With the generosity of Waste Management we were able to take tons of garbage, green waste and recyclables off the streets and lots of Camino. Their staff delivered the first 50 yard roll-offs […]

What it’s all about

EDITOR: My husband and I had the distinct honor of being nominated for the annual “Senior of the Year” award 2011 for our volunteer work at the Placerville Senior Center. We didn’t win, but the lovely lady who won had much more experience in many different fields and certainly deserved to win. But winning isn’t […]

It’s illegal immigration

EDITOR: I’m not sure if Kevin McNaughton was writing a tongue-in-cheek letter regarding illegal immigration or if the letter was serious. His solutions to this problem were very improbable. I would have to think Mr. McNaughton’s politics and mine are the polar opposite of each other given the snarky tone of the letter. I do not […]

Lay off my Medicare

EDITOR: There are many conversations regarding the fiscal solvency of Medicare. The Democrats have an ad showing Paul Ryan, R, Minn., throwing a lady in a wheelchair off a cliff because he wants to slow the growth rate from 11 percent a year to 6 percent. The irony is that the president’s signed health care […]

We learned a lesson: Keep ID on your pets

EDITOR: We are writing to share a story of our lost dog that underscores the importance of having some form of identity on your pet. On a recent journey up the California north coast, we entered the city of Eureka from the south, traveling slowly on busy US 101 through town. Our small dog Zorro was […]

Allow the tracks and trails to coexist

EDITOR: Congratulations to you and your staff. We have received the Mountain Democrat for the past 38 years here in Apple Hill. Articles in the Wednesday and Friday issues of May 25 and 27 have really been special. Just to name a few, we enjoyed Doug Noble’s Cornish history, the Skinner Winery story, Ken Calhoon’s Zentgraf […]

Prosperity for all?

EDITOR: Mr. Alger, in his recent letter, contends the question “Where are the jobs,” was a good question, but that I was wrong in claiming the Republican Party is the culprit in failing to live up to their 2010 election promises. In the classic Republican mirror technique, Mr. Alger reveals his truth: It’s the fault […]

Thanks for publicity on rattlesnake avoidance; more clinics needed?

EDITOR: Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville thanks you for the publicity of our recent Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic for Dogs that took place the weekend of May 7 and 8. As chairman of the event, I would like to offer a little more information about both the event and the Kennel Club. 2011 is the fifth year Hangtown Kennel […]

Reply to ‘My turn’ column regarding Placerville redevelopment

EDITOR: In his “My turn” column on June 1 (“Don’t fear redevelopment”) Charlie Downs wrote “… [T]he majority of California’s cities have found it an indispensable tool for increasing the quality of life for their residents and providing opportunity for its youth.” It is true that the majority of California’s cities do have redevelopment agencies […]

Jobs … good question, wrong party

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Longhofer calls the GOP the self-proclaimed party of jobs and then asks where are the jobs. Good question, wrong party. The Republicans have had the majority in the House, one third of the government, for less than six months. The Democrats had a veto proof majority and controlled everything, the House, […]

Drill, baby, drill

EDITOR: According to Mountain Democrat editorials, “Drill here, drill there, drill everywhere” is the only energy policy that this country ought to follow. Without doubt this course of action is designed solely to benefit the short-term interests of oil companies. Long-term, it would leave this nation even more vulnerable to oil blackmail than we are now. […]

Court security bailiffs didn’t have to be so rude

EDITOR: Recently my wife was called for jury duty at the El Dorado County Courthouse in Placerville and was required to pass though the metal detector. She, being a little naive of these procedures, of course had on jewelry and had coins, clippers and her keys in her pockets. Apparently the two bailiffs who were […]

Wagon Train’s a-comin’

EDITOR: Howdy, folks. Pollock Pines is at it again. The Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines’ third year in a row to sponsor the community’s “Wagons in the Pines.” Multitudes gather along Pony Express Trail to greet the wagons as they come ambling, bouncing  and joggling along, replicating historic trips of a hundred years ago […]

Cell tower: apples and oranges

EDITOR: For the last week or so discussion has centered around the cell phone tower being proposed for the parking lot of Sierra School and has been discussed both pro and con, mostly con. There is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of fear-generated conjecture. The article in the May 30 issue covers a lot of […]

Don’t put our children’s health at risk

EDITOR: Open letter to the Placerville Union School District Board of Trustees and City Council members: Do we value the health of the children in the community so little that we would risk even one child’s well-being for $1,700 a month? As a mother and a grandmother, I applaud the vote of Misty diVittorio at […]

Let our kids enjoy the railroad tracks

EDITOR: I grew up next to the railroad tracks by Greenstone Road. Every summer all my friends and I did was ride the railroad tracks on our horses. From Placerville and Diamond Springs, all the way down to Shingle Springs. We had a blast! Sometimes I wonder how we survived, or our horses for that […]

Cell tower site: At what cost to our children?

EDITOR: According to the May 30 Mountain Democrat, the Placerville Union District School Board approved, amidst considerable controversy, AT&T’s request to site — for $1,700/month — a cell tower on school district property. Because of the rapid replication of cells that occurs in growing children they are much more vulnerable to radiation poisoning than adults. […]

Thank you, Marshall Medical doctors and staff

EDITOR: On behalf of Union Mine, El Dorado, and Ponderosa High schools, I would like to thank the doctors and medical staff at Marshall Hospital for their participation in physical night for the local high schools. These professionals donated their time and expertise to facilitate “sports physical night” at Marshall Hospital. This year these people […]

Wild bison must be protected

EDITOR: The wild bison of the Yellowstone region are the last remaining wild bison left in America. Fewer than 4,000 wild bison exist today, and they are ecologically extinct throughout their native range of North America. While these iconic species should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, they are not. They are under constant attack […]

Nice gesture touched our hearts

EDITOR: My truly sincere thanks to whoever paid for lunches for myself and my four granddaughters at Denny’s on Fairlane in Placerville recently (due to my accidentally leaving my credit card at home). I don’t know exactly who to thank as the cashier wasn’t at liberty to tell. It could have been a customer or […]

Shake the hand of an EMT

EDITOR: I would like to thank the professional, highly skilled, wonderful paramedics who work in El Dorado County. My family recently had an incident where they had to be called. They arrived quickly, were knowledgeable, professional and took great care of me and my family. They saved my life and the lives of my family. […]

Bullies on the right, bullies on the left

EDITOR: It was a very interesting day Wednesday, May 18 – experiencing bullies from both sides of the political spectrum. That evening at a session sponsored by the Amador-El Dorado Forest Forum (of which I am a longtime member) and the Associated California Loggers I listened to Tom McClintock, a right wing U.S. Congressman from […]

Don’t tear up the railroad tracks

EDITOR: I’m deeply troubled at the noise I’ve been hearing about tearing up parts of the railroad tracks between Folsom and Placerville for a bike trail. I thought this was settled back in 2003 when the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Master plan. This plan provided accommodations for everyone: hiking, […]

School district consolidation: It’s a good thing

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Office of Education commissioned a study to look at opportunities for increasing revenue and saving schools money through consolidation of school districts. The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce urges you to study this opportunity. California schools are funded though a complicated state formula. When school districts consolidate, the amount the […]

Doggone good time, thanks

EDITOR: The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired wishes to thank the community for its continued support at the annual Dog-a-Thon held on May 14. We had 93 dog walkers with 104 dogs participating this year. Top dog is Shaine with owner Don McIntosh. Second place is Mickey Moose with owner Joan Stouffer and […]

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