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We will miss Sam LaCara

EDITOR: The community has lost a great friend and principal. Louisiana Schnell School’s principal, Mr. LaCara, was the best principal anyone could ever have. He would always be at the drop-off line in the morning to greet you, and he would always be there in the afternoon and wish you a good day. Mr. LaCara […]

Perspective on our new sheriff

EDITOR: Sheriff John D’Agostini has selected Undersheriff Rich Williams for the position because he believes he can trust him and has confidence in him. The undersheriff is a unique position in our office of the sheriff. It is the only position in the office that “serves at the will” of the sheriff (hence the term […]

Sam LaCara, beloved principal and friend

EDITOR: We have lost a great principal and friend. Mr. LaCara was more than any of us could ask for. Every day when my mom would drop me off at Schnell School, Mr. LaCara would open the door to our car and ask us how our morning was. When my mom would pick me up, […]

Our prayers are with the LaCara family

EDITOR: Sam. You were all of our children’s mentor and my hero as a single mom when you were the assistant principal at Markham School. My prayers go out to the LaCara family, and our community will greatly miss your smile, your greeting in the morning, keeping the children in check. And your sense of […]

In the wake of prinicipal’s shooting, a call for grace

EDITOR: As we all have tried to process the tragic death of Schnell School’s beloved principal, Sam LaCara, no doubt we, as a community, are a mix of emotions. It’s impossible to comprehend what the LaCara family, and the students, parents and staff at Schnell, are coping with. While we wrestle with grief, disbelief and rage, we need to […]

I’m ‘just a housewife,’ too

EDITOR: I strongly disagree with the views expressed by letter writer Mr. Rouse on Jan. 31. The election for the 4th Assembly District is not being initiated by Sen. Gaines. It was called by the governor. Sen. Gaines ran for the senatorial seat, because then Sen. Dave Cox passed away. Having won the senatorial seat, […]

Water polo coach praised

EDITOR: My daughter’s water polo season through Ponderosa High School and Desperados has been much more than I had hoped for under the guidance of coach Alan Miller. UCLA basketball head coach emeritus John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character … they reveal it.” While I know this to be true from my own […]

Respectful tones, indeed

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Giacomo again writes requesting a respectful tone concerning Mr. Alger and Japanese war plans. He is also concerned I signed off a previous letter with “checkmate,” indicating I may have won a debate with him, which he doesn’t concede (his position being I had offered an opinion that he and some […]

Let’s keep the tone respectful

EDITOR: Reference letter writer Mr. James Longhofer’s reply. I thought my reasons for writing a response to your letters were clear but perhaps they weren’t. I most certainly did not single you out nor did I take sides. All I did was express my opinion on Japanese intentions and a desire that we all keep […]

Pinnacles is a treasure

EDITOR: I am writing in support of Pinnacles as a National Park. It is truly a treasure and should be recognized as such. Every time I visit Pinnacles, I am amazed to find a peaceful wilderness so close to a major urban area (less than an hour from San Jose). The park is home to […]

I hope Garden Valley Fire takes grand jury report seriously

EDITOR: After recently reading the story entitled “Garden Valley Fire responds to grand jury” dated July 22, 2010, I was awestruck and amazed at the concerns and comments made by the grand jury to the Garden Valley Fire District board regarding their fire chief, William Dekker. Ironically, these comments were almost exactly the same as […]

Put away the knife, dog guy

EDITOR: Letter writer Anthony Belli, you say you’re a lifelong dog lover and that “hurting any dog would be devastating.” Hopefully you are allowing your beagle to enjoy his life from his perspective also. As a beagle he is a natural hunter, high energy, loves to run (chase), very social, hunts in packs with other […]

Let’s respect the sheriff’s choice

EDITOR: I am getting very tired of some of the residents of this community complaining about the sheriff and his decision to hire his brother-in-law as undersheriff. Stop and think a minute. He comes to a county that he has not lived in long, he doesn’t know the district attorney well, much less the officers […]

Don’t take the media images for gospel regarding Islam

EDITOR: In my letter published in the Mountain Democrat dated Dec. 22, 2010, I tried to clarify my beliefs regarding Islam and Arabs in the United States. The letter attracted a good deal of attention. Some of it positive and enthusiastic, some of it uncomprehending. But most of it (as was to be expected), very […]

Coaches, it’s time to make the shift

EDITOR: El Dorado High School –You have brought in new coaches to the boys’ basketball program, yet they have been acting in the old standard of winning at every stake by only playing the select few they “believe are better” or “earned the right to play.” Well, I believe in the word team and that […]

Thanks for coming forward about Garden Valley Fire District

EDITOR: Congratulations to Ms. Maria Capraun for seeing her lawsuit through and her well deserved settlement. I and my family experienced three painful and very expensive years due to this same individual and subsequent lawsuit that was brought against him and the fire district for which I was employed for 12 years. My lawsuit was […]

Divide residents — it’s your water district so pay attention

EDITOR: Some of the new directors for Georgetown Divide Public Utility District indicated that while they were campaigning there were a lot of complaints regarding the late fee of $25. In fact, one director was saying that the district was violating the California Public Utility Code. They were so upset that during their first meeting […]

I agree with letter writer about high sewer bills

EDITOR: The following was sent to letter writer Bill Karr in support of his move to sue the city of Placerville over the new sewer bills. Bill, I have followed you for years in Western Outdoor News and also letters to the editor and sportsman shows. You always seem to be the voice of reason […]

Looters or moochers?

EDITOR: Rep. Paul Ryan this past week gave the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. He focused on the deficit and limited government, implying we are going broke and therefore Social Security, Medicare and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would have to be curtailed, privatized or canceled. Strangely, in […]

Placerville City Council and the Painter of Blight

EDITOR: OK, so last week again I was listening to the Placerville City Council and they were talking about redevelopment in Placerville. Their dedication to the elimination of the blight that plagues Placerville is impressive. I can’t actually see the blight, but I’ve never had a good eye for it — just ask anyone whose […]

Upcoming Assembly election: Who I’ll vote for

EDITOR: I was pondering whom to vote for in the upcoming special election for state Assembly District 4. Back to basics … Federalist Paper No. 52 describes the House of Representatives, and the lower house of a bicameral legislature in general. It says: “As it is essential to liberty that the government in general should […]

Dog trainer Garrett Ridley supported

EDITOR: I would like to share our experience with our puppy training with Garrett Ridley of the K9 Academy. My husband and I became a little disconcerted after reading the article in your paper with the alleged charges of improper dog handling. We have a German shepherd that is now 4 months old. She has […]

Caltrans, county DOT: What’s the holdup?

EDITOR: Hey Caltrans,El Dorado County Department of Transportation: Any chance you could actually do something at the Highway 50-El Dorado Hills Boulevard intersection? I know it’s been almost three years and all. Are you waiting for material? The freeway has been grooved now for a year-plus; is that some kind of an experiment to see […]

Sam Driggers, thanks for the help

EDITOR: This letter is in response to eliminating Sam Driggers’ office. I can understand the cost cutting economy in which we are living. A stroll down Main Street, Placerville, or USA for that matter, will enlighten people claiming our economy is bouncing back. The small business owner is at a disadvantage if they can’t/don’t utilize […]

Good story … let’s really talk

EDITOR: Many thanks to reporter Susana Carey Wey for her fine article about the powerful anti-bullying program, “From Hate to Hope,” presented Jan. 29 at Federated Church. However, in an otherwise exemplary story, Ms. Wey uses some incorrect terminology that may perpetuate misunderstandings. Matt Boger had not “admitted his alternative lifestyle to his mother.” Sexual […]

Truth about the pope

EDITOR: God Bless America, a country where everyone has freedom of speech. However, freedom of speech does not necessarily mean truth. Mr. Boylan’s letter of Jan. 24 has many erroneous statements. One must look at the facts, so that freedom of speech will provide truth. Joseph Ratzinger in 1939 entered the minor seminary in Traunstein. In […]

We have to quit feeding this monster

EDITOR: Yet another long-winded rant by letter writer John Garon stating, in sum, “I hate Bush II and the Mountain Democrat.” Yes, students are performing at less than satisfactory levels in reading, failing miserably in mathematics and below average in the sciences. Garon — obviously, throwing money at the problem isn’t fixing it, as we […]

Sophie the spaniel, glad you’re alive

EDITOR: “Dog Shelter Double-Cross”? I’m not sure that headline really captures the essence of the ensuing article. I feel gratitude and pride in our local animal shelter for having saved Sophie, the cocker spaniel’s, life. El Dorado County Animal Services, whose business in part is to evaluate and protect abandoned animals, made good on their […]

Thank you, DA’s Office

EDITOR: A few years ago my father, Roy Skiles, was killed in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver. She was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter on a plea deal and did very little time for taking my father’s life. A few weeks ago she was again picked up in El Dorado County for […]

Dog’s life is precious

EDITOR: I really want to express my heartfelt thanks to Henry Brzezinski and El Dorado County Animal Services for saving the life of little Sophie. This is a classic example of why so many animals are in the shelter, and euthanized, due to owners not willing to fully accept the responsibility of training. Rather than get […]

I’ve had it with Placerville sewer rates — let’s sue them!

EDITOR: I just received my most recent bill from Placerville, and I simply refuse to pay their arbitrary and capricious sewer rates anymore. My water bill was $37.56 and my sewer bill was $143.88 for this past time period. That is disgusting, and as I told the City Council when they first proposed these rate […]

Call to abolish Dept. of Education dismally misguided

EDITOR: On Jan. 11, 2000, President George W. Bush asked: “Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” We just received the answer: “They isn’t!” The Department of Education just released a study of 320,000 fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders, entitled “National Assessment of Educational Progress.” It analyzed students’ proficiency in science, and the results are […]

Obamacare: Told you so

EDITOR: A little while ago I sent a response to the doctor who said that due to savings Obamacare would not end up costing Medicare.  Looks like I was right.  Medicare’s chief actuary just told Congress that Obamacare probably won’t hold down costs (there go the savings) and won’t let everybody keep their present insurance […]

Life or death for dog? Shelter staff made right decision

EDITOR: Front page of today’s paper: “Dog shelter double-cross?” Our El Dorado County Animal Shelter staff are forced to make life or death decisions daily and I applaud them for recognizing that Sophie the cocker spaniel deserved a second chance. Clearly this family was not a good match for this dog from the start; it’s […]

How do they get re-elected when they say such idiotic things?

EDITOR: I am wondering who actually votes for the Tim Donnellys in the California Legislature? Of course I also wonder who votes for quite a few of our state level representatives and our federal level representatives. Tim Donnelly suggests that we eliminate the Employment Development Department since unemployment is high. If that is the solution […]

Veterans — now and in the future

EDITOR: I submitted a letter a few weeks ago regarding what the local veterans’ organizations do in El Dorado County. It was well received and I wish to express my appreciation to the editor for publishing it. I would like to take this opportunity to inform the veterans of El Dorado County what the veterans […]

Thanks for the help, Sen. Gaines

EDITOR: I am the proud father of two soldiers serving our country. My son is in Afghanistan and my daughter leaves in approximately three weeks for her third tour in Kuwait. Last week my daughter called and informed me her wallet was stolen with her driver’s license inside. Because she drives military vehicles she has […]

Redevelopment would do harm

EDITOR: In response to Mr. Wolfe’s Jan. 16 letter regarding “Placerville city redevelopment plan: the perfect storm,” you correctly pointed out many of the negative issues surrounding redevelopment. The City Council has insisted that redevelopment is “about people,” to create jobs and to attract businesses so everyone benefits, not just developers, bond brokers and consultants. […]

We thank our STARs

EDITOR: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills held a Tour of Homes during the holidays in El Dorado Hills in December. We requested the assistance of the STARs (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees) from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office to patrol the area around the six homes on the tour during tour hours. Their presence […]

Family affair at Sheriff’s Office

EDITOR: Remember the song, “It’s a Family Affair”? I see in Wednesday, Jan. 19, edition the front page showing a lady pinning a sheriff’s badge on the brother-in-law of John D’Agostini. The brother-in-law has been appointed and hired by D’Agostini to be second in command at the Sheriff’s Department. Sounded a bit convenient to me. […]

I’m sorry Dante’s is for sale

EDITOR: In response to the article in the Jan. 21 Mountain Democrat, I wish to state that I am a supporter of Mr. Kevin Cairns, the chef and owner of Dante’s. If someone was using my property as a toilet I would be very upset also. Having raised four children I know that kids can […]

Those lazy bums

EDITOR: Millions of Americans are out of work — I hear in the media they are bums who don’t want to work and are parasites living on the dole. Could it be they just can’t find work? I remember back in the 1980s when apparently unemployment was a problem (I say apparently because I was […]

Disband the Air Force

EDITOR: Mr. Napolitano (senior judicial analyst for Fox News) has asked where in the Constitution it authorizes the federal government to regulate the delivery of health care? Hmmm, got me to thinking there is nothing in the Constitution about the United States Air Force. Let’s give those fly boys 30 days notice — the savings […]

Move forward with Laura’s Law

EDITOR: El Dorado County is ahead of the curve with the Behavioral Health Court. The court has proven successful in helping people with mental illness to stabilize, find the right medication and work with a doctor and therapist to improve their living situation. We have a new sheriff who is energetic and the deputies who […]

All in the family … poor judgment by sheriff

EDITOR: After learning that the newly elected sheriff had appointed his brother-in-law to the position of undersheriff, and having difficulty believing that this was acceptable according to El Dorado County regulations, I investigated the county’s policy regarding nepotism. Human Resources provided me a copy of the Personnel Management Resolution, Item No. 810, which  addresses nepotism. Even though […]

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