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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 […]

Sept. 11: Who wrote the script?

EDITOR: Now that we are approaching the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, I’ve been thinking about the fate of one of the buildings that collapsed that afternoon, at 5:21. The building was referred to as the Salomon Brothers Building or World […]

That’s why they call it ‘dope’

EDITOR: This is in response to the letter written by Hans Wissler dated Aug. 26. Hans, you asked for opinions, here’s mine. First, let me get this straight, you are writing (whining) from the El Dorado County Jail after being “wrongly” incarcerated while on probation. You say you have no Prop. 215 card, yet you still […]

TV commercials — there oughtta be a law

EDITOR: Is anybody else irritated by the TV ads for Indian casinos? At most commercial breaks on the nightly news (and probably other routine shows), they start by shoving a commercial down our throats for some damn Indian casino. Then after six to 10 other commercials, they shove the same damn casino commercial down our […]


EDITOR: I’m entitled to my Bush tax cuts, and I’m entitled to low tax rates on investments. I’m entitled to an army of lobbyists, and I’m entitled to buy politicians. And, of course, I’m entitled to blame our problems on — entitlements. JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville

El Dorado Hills Golf Course … such a waste

EDITOR: The El Dorado Hills Golf Course. What a shame and what a waste. I fully understand why it had to be closed. Not enough people wanted to golf on a course with so few long drives, I guess. Personally, and though I haven’t golfed in 15 years (too expensive), I liked the course. Great to […]

Social Security Trust Fund and useless IOUs

EDITOR: The Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF) is a figment of everyone’s imagination. If I borrow money from my retirement savings and spend it on non-income producing or capital items, I have essentially reduced my net worth. Even though I promise myself to pay back the loan with interest, the money is gone, never to […]

All workers should be able to bargain in good faith

EDITOR: I would like to respond to Mr. Labahn’s letter in Monday’s (Aug. 22) paper about unions causing loss of jobs. This isn’t a Republican or Democratic problem. I would say (most) of the national debt has been due to the fact we have been in several wars for many years now and trillions have […]

When you pay for something, it’s not an entitlement

EDITOR: In recent articles it has been reported that 46 percent of the population of the United States does not pay federal taxes. Of this number some 14,000 are millionaires. I would guess that the rest are the very poor. William Buffett claims that millionaires/billionaires pay about 17 percent in taxes while the rest of […]

Letter writer is right … school started too early

EDITOR: This letter may be a bit late but I want to reply to Mike Rogers’ letter of Aug. 12 in the Mountain Democrat. He was saying that the school year started too early and yes, I agree with him on that. A number of people said that school started to early this year and […]

Response to letter blaming unions

EDITOR: I’d like to respond to the gentleman who in your recent edition claimed that unions are a big part of the jobs market problem. He reminds me of Cohen’s observation that we see what we want to believe. I call it the “Kaliedescope phenomenon.” I see colors in the same scope differently than you, […]

Thank you G&O, officer Aguilar

EDITOR: On behalf of my husband and me, I would like to thank the G&O driver who found his wallet and turned it into the Placerville Police Department. And a big thank you to Officer Aguilar, who met him in town to return the wallet. It is great to know that with everything going on […]

Concerned that reporters are writing editorials

EDITOR: I read the Letters section of the Georgetown Gazette as I do each week. In the Aug. 18 edition, I came across a “Guest Editorial” reprinted from the Aug. 1 Mountain Democrat titled “A dysfunctional board.” I wondered why there was no by-line attached to the editorial and why there was comparison being made […]

Where’s the justice for Anthony?

EDITOR: Wow, it’s Aug. 19, 2011, and I’m sitting here in the El Dorado County Superior Courthouse waiting for another court date to start for my friend Anthony Dumont, who was murdered. In comes his family once again, as they have been doing for the past three years, hoping to get a trial date so […]

I’ve been looking forward to the Roundabout

EDITOR: I have looked forward to the installation of the Roundabout since I heard of the possibility several years ago. I use the Cedar Ravine/Clay Street/Main Street intersection several times a day. I find that getting out of Clay Street onto Main is problematic. All traffic from upper Main and Cedar Ravine merges together and […]

Thanks for supporting this first event

EDITOR: Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County would like to thank Bob Davis of Scenario Communications for inviting us to participate in the first El Dorado Italian Festival that took place at the Placerville fairgrounds on July 23. We were fortunate to be the beneficiaries of the proceeds of the Golden Foothills Lodge of […]

A pall cast on the City Council

EDITOR: In the Aug. 22 edition of the Mountain Democrat “P. Cole” brought up a very important point: There should be a very transparent vetting process for those individuals seeking the public trust. The El Dorado County district attorney’s investigation of alleged crimes involving Mayor Dave Machado and his son range from issues more recent […]

Supervisors need etiquette lesson

EDITOR: I attended the last El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting and was appalled at some of the comments made by two of our supervisors. First, when Philip Rose rose to speak during the public comment period, he had hardly begun his speech when Supervisor John Knight stopped him and reprimanded him for what […]

Roundabout — or Russian roulette?

EDITOR: Letter writer Ms. Carol Patton’s comments (Aug. 24) on the beauty of building a “round-about” (my preferred spelling) on Main Street at Cedar Ravine is pure nonsense, in my opinion. A round-about is supposed to be a utilitarian way of moving traffic without the use of a traffic officer directing traffic or the modern […]

Don’t try to silence us about the Roundabout

EDITOR: Open letter to downtown Placerville merchant Carol Patton: I too have consistently voiced my support for improvements (and objections to some projects) in this city I love. I am objecting to the Roundabout as this will move 33-plus parking spots approximately a quarter-mile away from my wife’s business on the 500 block. I am […]

Reply to ‘How we got here’

EDITOR: Reply to letter writer James Longhofer: Please be advised that the Tea Party folks blame Bush for the monetary mess we are currently fighting. Before the Tea Party, no one paid attention to our concerns. When we, as individuals learned, that there are many with the same concerns, we became energized and determined. Just […]

The gas can insanity

EDITOR: According to a report made in 2005, Americans spill 17 million gallons of fuel each year while refilling their gas-powered lawn and garden equipment. That’s more petroleum than the Exxon Valdez spilled in the Gulf of Alaska. And it happens every year. It amazes me that a government agency could possibly make a law that […]

Mercury removal project just a bit ironic: They want the gold for themselves

EDITOR: Combie Reservoir, in Placer County, being dredged by opponents of dredging. Something is awfully fishy about this scenario. The dredging community was shut down because they disturbed the mercury that was left behind from the Gold Rush, yet they are going to acquire millions in grants to do just what they said that we can’t […]

Mercury — allow me to follow up

EDITOR: Follow up on mercury poisoning: Instead of regulating the mercury in our rivers, they should regulate our pharmaceutical companies. More people die every year from aspirin than have died from mercury poisoning since records have been kept. The only reason all of these studies are being done is to keep the money coming. If […]

There should be taxes … just not so much

EDITOR: Hello, my name is Rilye Kline. My point today is taxes and jobs. Taxes are getting harder to pay for. Gas was under two dollars and now it is four dollars. And I know that tax helps people like firemen, teachers and police. But the tax is now ridiculous. So there should be tax […]

JFK assassination: Warren Commission was a farce

EDITOR: It has been reported that tapes made by Jackie Onassis soon after the death of her husband are slated to be released. The tapes reveal that Kennedy-Onassis believed that Lyndon Johnson along with a cabal of Texas businessmen, the CIA, Federal Reserve bankers and others planned the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of her husband […]

Uncle Matty should have gone further

EDITOR: Matthew Margolis (Uncle Matty)  does a good job in informing readers that the Humane Society of the United States is not affiliated with any local humane societies or SPCAs, since name confusion is quite common. But he should have asked people to give to these needy local shelters exclusively. [“Uncle Matty: Clearing up humane confusion,” […]

Justice System Realignment — I’m here to help

EDITOR: As the El Dorado County chief probation officer, I have been appointed as chair of the Community Corrections Partnership, a statutory committee (Penal Code section 1230) serving the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in the preparation of the 2011 Public Safety Realignment Plan. As most of the residents of El Dorado County are […]

We’re demanding pretty tomatoes?

EDITOR: I was searching the other day in the produce section of an El Dorado County grocery (unnamed) for some tasty, local organic tomatoes. This is California, peak tomato season. The produce guy told me — “Oh, all those go to the canners.” All the tomatoes? “Ours come from greenhouses,” he said. Why would that […]

Waste, fraud and abuse: Are we all on the same planet?

EDITOR: When I think about the millions spent on political campaigns in this country, I can’t believe that there isn’t a better way to use all that money. The stark contrast of the starving in Somalia set against the activity of the Iowa Straw Poll boggles the mind. Are both of these things happening on […]

A perfect solution

EDITOR: Signs in front of several local firehouses say “Cooking – The leading cause of fires in the home.” Might this be a statement of only mild interest? Think about pairing this statement with the following: (1) Mrs. Obama is leading an, as yet, unsuccessful crusade against obesity; and, (2) California’s unemployment rate is now […]

Disturbed by opposition to the roundabout

EDITOR: My name is Carol Patton. Currently I am president of the Placerville Downtown Association. I am also the owner of Placerville Clothing Company. I have been involved with Placerville politics for over 20 years, as a former city planning commissioner, as a member of the Placerville Area Convergence Team, as the chair of the Flower […]

Stunned by editorial’s stance on roundabout

EDITOR: I must admit to being stunned seeing a recent editorial supporting the roundabout proposed for Main and Cedar Ravine. I travel that intersection every day and it’s one of the quickest and easiest to get through in the entire city. This insane idea of putting a roundabout there has achieved something that few ever […]

Disappointed in editorial supporting roundabout

EDITOR: Many of us in Placerville were delighted to read in a recent Friday issue the mayor’s statement that he feels the roundabout should be scrapped because the people do not support the idea, and the city should not spend money on litigation of the issue. That was so heartening, and it appeared that finally […]

I can’t see why we’d need a roundabout there

EDITOR: I’ve been hearing about the Placerville Roundabout for quite some time now. For the life of me, I can’t understand why it’s such a vital thing for Placerville to have. Having worked in the Ivy House for about 10 years, I can’t recall there ever being any major accidents caused by the lack of […]

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