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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 […]

Vicki Barber deserves the recognition

EDITOR: On behalf of Board of Directors and staff of the El Dorado Community Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and acknowledge Dr. Vicki Barber. The fact that she received the Fred Kiesel Memorial Distinguished Service Award comes as no surprise to those of us who have the privilege to associate […]

We had a great year, thanks

EDITOR: Once again El Dorado High School has experienced a great year. The staff and student body wish to express to you how much we all appreciate your cooperation in publishing articles, event results, student news and various stories provided to you during the course of the past school year. Your support of El Dorado […]

We should be grateful to all who served

EDITOR: I am very happy to know that our veterans’ organizations here in Placerville are installing new flagpoles that will fly all our military branches except the Merchant Marine flag. I was informed by Mr. William Davidson that the Merchant Marine flag would not be included. Mr. Davidson is the individual who wrote the letter […]

Thanks for supporting our youth

EDITOR: On a recent Sunday the music students of El Dorado High School and their booster group, the Cougar Band Aides Inc., presented the fourth annual spring concert and fundraiser, “A Taste of Main Street,” in the Small Gym. Despite the challenging economy, we received donations and participation from over 50 local businesses and organizations. […]

I wish I had Boeing’s money

EDITOR: Letter writer John Garon states that Boeing is on the federal dole. As a conservative I only wish that we had more companies and people on the dole like Boeing. In 2010: Boeing had sales of $64.3 billion. Purchased goods and services from other companies of $42 billion. Paid $15.7 billion in wages. Had $4.5 […]

Taxpayers association clarifies position regarding redevelopment

EDITOR: We want to thank Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris for acknowledging and agreeing with some of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County’s comments on redevelopment in his May 13 “My turn” column in the Mountain Democrat. However, our correctly stated position was “The Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County opposes El Dorado County’s […]

We are so proud of our Wagon Train

EDITOR: Open letter to Pollock Pines and friends of Pollock Pines: It never fails to evoke rising emotions and even some joyful tears along the streets to see the Highway 50 Association Wagon Train amble around the Sly Park Trail corner onto Pony Express Trail. Today was no exception … except they arrived earlier than expected.  […]

School board fails in its communication to parents regarding cellular tower

EDITOR: Placerville Union School District’s own Vision for Sierra School states “We strive to keep the lines of communication open between families, staff, and our community.” How, then, can the school board members explain that they held a “public discussion” about a proposed cellular tower next to Sierra School after the closure of the Placerville […]

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 […]

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