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Something’s out of whack

EDITOR: We’re into record-breaking times. An all-time high of 6.3 million Americans have been unemployed for over six months. Today, the average time to find a job: 40.4 weeks. Health insurance companies report reaping windfall profits because huge numbers who have health insurance cannot afford to see a doctor. Unless it is an absolute emergency, […]

I’m thanking this life-saving team

EDITOR: This letter is a public expression of gratitude to Mike Estep and his wife Anne for their selfless efforts to help a veritable stranger (that would be me) in a time of need. We were camping at Union Valley reservoir in El Dorado County. On previous trips there, I was unable to get any reception […]

Pulling out of Iraq: How long is forever?

EDITOR: The White House has announced the formal plan to have no American soldiers in Iraq after December of this year. There is a statement from the Left asking the question: Do we want our troops in Iraq forever? I don’t know, how long is forever? We still have bases in Germany and Japan after […]

Think it would be cut?

EDITOR: For the past couple of years we have heard from various citizens that the Social Security Treasury bills are worthless IOUs. Now we seem to be moving into Phase 2 with Mr. Todd’s letter in which he advocates just writing the value of the Treasury bills off as we owe the $2.6 billion to […]

October 05, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Keep the world a better place

EDITOR: Hello, my name is Rilye Kline. I’m going to talk about keeping the world a better place. Well, first you should re-use and recycle. Some places I go there is trash on the ground and in the bushes. Some people that are nice to the environment go and take trash claws and clean up […]

There’s a rattlesnake vaccine for dogs

EDITOR: A few weeks ago a friend gave me the article about the dog who had survived the rattlesnake bite. I enjoyed the article, but wish that it would have ended by telling people about the rattlesnake vaccine that is available for dogs. My friend gave me the article to read because my dog Lefty […]

Ideas about health care and government

EDITOR: This is a way that we could cut medical costs in half: Let people go to whoever they want whether or not it is a doctor or whatever. If they decide they want to go to a witch doctor who has a shingle hanging in front of his office, fine, let them go without […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

The irony of the tax cuts

EDITOR: In 1986 Reagan passed his tax cuts with the promise of “tax reforms” in order to get Democrats to vote with him. Sure enough, in 1986 there were tax reforms but the results lasted only until the lobbyists for the affected industries got to work and rolled back nearly every reform, even before Reagan had […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

We’d be well served to return Osborne to EID

EDITOR: This is a letter written in support of the candidacy of incumbent George Osborne for the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors, Division 1. I met George shortly after my wife and I moved to this beautiful county in 2002. I also knew him some 20 years earlier when I was the police […]

Shopping list for presidential hopefuls

EDITOR: Let me say it out loud: I don’t listen to presidential debates. Campaign promises are a dime a dozen. By now we know their value. We end up mimicking the candidates’ endless bickering with our own, never discussing substantive matters completely ignored in the course of any campaign cycle. I have my own “shopping […]

1935 Social Security Act was bipartisan

EDITOR: Mr. Lanner’s Aug. 12 letter, second paragraph, paints a one-sided picture of how the 1935 Social Security Act was enacted. Historically, major social legislation has always been bipartisan, because it reflects a durable, political consensus. The passage of the 1935 Social Security Act was bipartisan. Although the Democrats controlled both the Congress (House and […]

‘Hello, Grandma’ scam on the rise

EDITOR: Attorneys, district attorneys and police chiefs throughout the nation have seen an alarming increase in a telephone scam that has come to be known as the “Hello, Grandma scam.” This scam relies on grandparents’ love for their grandchildren coupled with a claimed emergency that imparts a sense of urgency. Caller: “Hello, Grandma?” Grandma:  “Hello, who […]

New-tax alert

EDITOR: I wonder how many people in the rural areas of California are aware of what is going on in our state Legislature? Assembly Bill X1 24 and Senate Bill X1 7 will put a new tax of about $175-plus on all residences outside an incorporated city. This is for Cal Fire. I wonder where their […]

Next time we’ll skip your community

EDITOR: My husband and I decided on Saturday, Sept. 10, to take a drive over the hill to your town and take in some of the sights and drive through Apple Hill. We thought it would be a nice day to get some fresh produce and enjoy the sunshine in your seemingly nice, quiet town. […]

9/11 remembrance: One party horn?

EDITOR: I am saddened by the fact that there was no organized 9/11 remembrance in Placerville. The Placerville fairgrounds were being used for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life but what about the Veteran’s Memorial site? I read in the Mountain Democrat that there were to be bells and sirens at 10 a.m. as […]

Now I am a victim

EDITOR: There are nights you will never forget, those lingering memories of an event that will carry wonderful, beautiful feelings. Then, there are times you wished you were somewhere else, an event that leaves a painful scar, robbing you of your freedom. One of my favorite quotes is by Robert F. Kennedy, and it is […]

Public-private partnerships are not the answer

EDITOR: Many people are casting about for solutions to perceived problems. Yes, we have problems for which it would be nice to find solutions but we should not grasp at straws just because someone says they are a good idea. We could well make matters worse. Public-private partnerships are a means to grant a monopoly to […]

Hyperbole and the self-victimization of conservative America

EDITOR: Friday’s opinion section in the Mountain Democrat contained a political cartoon displaying a black man in an outfit displaying “Scientific Debate” being harassed by the police and a dog displaying “Gore” and “Global Warming Extremism.” Let’s clear the air first: The scientific debate on global warming comes down to how bad it is. Not […]

Look for the union label — you won’t find it

EDITOR: In 1975 the International Ladies Garment Workers union funded an advertising campaign that featured the jingle, “Look for the union label.” For those too young to remember this was the ILGW’s effort to combat, back then, the rise of factories and corporations around the country that hired new emigrant workers or undocumented aliens. Asking […]

California logic – just awesome

EDITOR: Solyndra Inc. of Fremont, despite common knowledge that other developing countries, such as China, have lower cost and cheaper labor, received $535 million in federal loans and about $1 billion in venture capital to build a solar panel manufacturing plant. They selected California, a heavily regulated environment with anti-business attitude, and then built in Fremont, […]

Disagree with editorial

EDITOR: “Every news organization has only its credibility and reputation to rely on,” said Tony Burman, former-editor-in-chief of CBC News. While various existing codes of journalism have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of — accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability — as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information […]

In the aftermath of Sept. 11 … what have we become as a nation?

EDITOR: On Sept. 11, 2001, my wife and I lived in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. I was at home, retired from the Department of State, but my wife was still working there. I was watching “The Today Show” when Katie Couric reported that a “private plane” had hit one of the World Trade Center […]

Clipper is doing much better, thanks

EDITOR: To the friends of, this is written on the 19th day of Clipper being at HartSong Ranch. Here’s an update on his progress. Clipper’s quite fond of Clipper’s Catering Crew, all of whom go to extraordinary lengths, four times a day, to whip up the most delicious concoctions designed to promote weight gain and good […]

Enlighten us, please, Congressman McClintock

EDITOR: Whenever I write an inquiry to our local congressman, Tom McClintock, I invariably receive a canned answer, usually off-topic, but always espousing his Libertarian philosophy. So I’ve decided to use this forum to ask Congressman McClintock his views on a GOP-sponsored transportation bill that could cost California tens of thousands of jobs. The bill’s […]

The definition of hypocrisy

EDITOR: I recently watched Mitt Romney and Rick Perry speaking to a VFW convention. I don’t remember their eminently forgettable words of wisdom, so fixated was I by the teleprompters both men used. I await with bated breath the same Tea Party snickers that greeted President Obama when he used these devices. I assume that […]

We’ve got to stop the bleeding … shop locally

EDITOR: I am amazed at the amount of businesses closing their doors throughout El Dorado County. The people of our county need to do what they can to keep our communities vibrant by shopping locally first. If we don’t support those businesses in our communities we will become ghost towns. How many more restaurants, services […]

Placerville church welcomes public for 9/11 memorial service

EDITOR: Church of Our Saviour, Placerville, invites the community to join in a come-as-you-are prayer vigil on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. We will offer prayers and times for silent meditation to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 and to pray for peace. Spend an hour with us in the beautiful […]

The economy grows when you build things that employ people

EDITOR: I’ve been reading the letters to the editor and viewed both sides of the issues regarding unions. It seems that both sides tend to paint their views with a very broad brush. Let me say that no one has discussed construction unions, i.e., the electricians, plumbers, carpenters, painters, etc. When these unions negotiate they […]

Beware: burglary on Mosquito Road

EDITOR: Last weekend sometime after Sunday morning my family’s home was broken into, our belongings stolen, and our comfort destroyed. If you witnessed any “odd” vehicles or behavior on Mosquito Road, or know of someone who suddenly has obtained a lot of “new” old stuff, please contact the El Dorado County sheriff. As our Sheriff’s […]

Thoughts on McClintock’s ‘My turn’ article

EDITOR: The whole truth? Congress has a 13 percent approval rating and I believe in some appreciable part that is because people do not trust their elected officials to tell them all of the facts and the whole truth. How did Congressman Tom McClintock measure up in his “My turn” piece on Aug. 31? Below […]

Thank you to Marshall Hospital

EDITOR: The family of David Greening would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the amazingly compassionate and professional staff at Marshall Hospital at the recent passing of our loved one. The community of Placerville is truly blessed to have such excellent care available to them. There are so many who personally helped us and we […]

We’re remembering 9/11 in El Dorado Hills

EDITOR: Sept. 11, 2001, was a seminal event for our nation and its people. Everyone vividly remembers where they were the exact moment they first learned about the tragedy. We also knew at that instant our lives would never be the same. Ten years have passed, and parishioners at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado […]

How can we not do something?

EDITOR: Thank you to Bill Schultz, for asking El Dorado County to recognize the anniversary of the tragedy that hit our country 10 years ago. I was very disapppointed when I realized there was nothing planned anywhere in our county to commemorate that day. I was hoping to recreate the enormous outpouring of patriotism and […]

I think finding the Roundabout funds was brilliant

EDITOR: I would like to give more information from my understanding of the funding for the proposed Roundabout in Placerville. The original reasoning for developing a roundabout included aligning Cedar Ravine and Clay Street, since both end at Main, offset by less than a block.If Clay is rerouted to join up with the current location […]

Unions, and the collapse of the dream

EDITOR: It seems like I touched the feelings of a couple of readers of the Mountain Democrat with my letter blaming unions for most of this country’s economics problem. Neither of these responders noticed that I did not say that unions should be abolished, rather that the mandatory membership should be stopped (Right to Work). […]

SOS for Sheriff’s Department

EDITOR: I heard the sheriff speak last evening at a community meeting about the financial trials he is going through. Basically, he indicated a $4.8 million loss of revenue (federal, state and county funding) and the possibility of an even bigger reduction next fiscal year. This is totally unacceptable. The losses are not just to […]

Shaken by rattler

EDITOR: Well, they are back again, rattlesnakes, and they are very dangerous. One ate four of my young bunnies and could not get back out through the wire cage. I was feeding the mother rabbit with my hands inside the cage — about 16 inches away was this huge rattler. We had to cut him […]

A Tea Partier’s dream

EDITOR: Here’s something I never thought I’d say: Eric Cantor is right. Recently the House Republican leader said that the only thing stopping Republicans from achieving three of their key goals — ending Medicare, gutting protections for American workers and destroying the Environmental Protection Agency — is the Democratic Senate. If they are able to flip […]

Get ready for the carnage

EDITOR: I’m not for or against the proposed Roundabout in Placerville but I am worried about it. Why? Well, I’ve traveled in countries where roundabouts are the norm. But in those countries, the people who drive the vehicles have grown up with them and know how to utilize their functionality. It’s orderly and methodical, albeit […]

We are so grateful to the community

EDITOR: Our family, the McIntires, lost our little sister, Sharon McIntire, on July 21. While we suffered with Sharon during her valiant fight, we are so very comforted by the help and support of our friends in Placerville and El Dorado County. Thank you to all of you who attended Sharon’s memorial and shared with […]

Sheriff’s helicopter just a pig in a poke

EDITOR: I guess that Sheriff John D’Agostini doesn’t have any relatives who own helicopters. Now he has a couple of his rich friends offering the use of their helicopter to assist the Sheriff’s Department with patrol, Search and Rescue, and marijuana eradication. “Free” for just the cost of the fuel, which Sheriff D’Agostini says will […]

Roundabout — a solution in search of a problem

EDITOR: Is the controversy about the Roundabout much ado about not much?  The city’s decision to install a roundabout at the intersection of Main and Cedar Ravine looks like a solution in search of a problem. In all such controversies, in which the benefits of change are far from obvious while the harm to local shopkeepers […]

Roundabout and a nation in debt

EDITOR: I read with interest Ms. Davidson’s letter supporting the Roundabout in Placerville. Often if people talk long enough you can find out where they’re really coming from. The last paragraph of Ms. Davidson’s letter is very instructive in that regard. She says in that last paragraph that if we turn the Roundabout down the money […]

From Camino, I see the humor in a roundabout

EDITOR: After living in Camino for many years, I find it almost humorous that there is a consideration for a roundabout in Placerville. To my knowledge, the intersection of Cedar Ravine and Main Street functions very well for vehicles and pedestrians. It has been interesting to read all the pros and cons. I agree with making Placerville […]

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