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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 […]

Health care costs most likely going up … and up

EDITOR: The House of Representatives has voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka by some Obamacare). A few of their concerns causing this vote: Insurance companies required to spend 80 percent of premiums on health care claims, insurance companies required to accept those with pre-existing conditions, insurance companies required to insure […]

Yay, Ray, for getting the cat down

EDITOR: Three cheers for El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting for taking the time our of his busy day to help a person get his cat out of the tree. I know the man with the cat appreaciates it. Thank you, Mr. nutting. DUANE FULLER Diamond Springs

If I ever need help again …

EDITOR: First I want to thank the two people who saw me fall and immediately came to help me as I was lying on the cold blacktop on Saturday, Jan. 8. You were angels to me. I will never forget your kindness and thanks for calling 911. When the ambulance arrived things happened very fast. […]

Ehren Dixon deserved a full, rich life

EDITOR: In regard to Robert Patrick Kaser: Ehren Dixon was a terrific kid in 1985 with a bright future. He was a member of the Dry Diggins Dolphins swim team along with our sons, one of whom was the same age as Ehren. Ehren Dixon was highly thought of by everyone who knew him and […]

Sheriff’s choice: Nepotism is counterproductive

EDITOR: After I arrived home from a winter trip, I sat down to review the past issues of the Mountain Democrat that my wife had saved while I was gone. I was shocked to read that the newly sworn sheriff had selected his brother-in-law as his undersheriff. I also read the letters to the editor […]

Undersheriff choice smells bad to me

EDITOR: Last October I placed a telephone call to El Dorado County sheriff’s candidate John D’Agostini to ask who he planned to name as his undersheriff because I kind of smelled something coming that I didn’t like. He showed that he had some political blood in him and danced around the answer, finally telling me […]

In support of Ridley K-9 Academy

EDITOR: We are writing this letter because we have used Garrett Ridley of Ridley K-9 Academy with help in training our male Doberman pinscher Sterling. We could not stand by and see all the newscasts on TV reporting about the case of animal cruelty toward Garrett Ridley without telling our great experience with Garrett. Garrett […]

Supervisor Ray Nutting rescues cat stuck in tree

EDITOR: What a great story in the midst of constant bad news: The chairman of our own El Dorado County Board of Supervisors puts his own safety at risk to help a resident of our county. Talk about going way beyond the call of duty. I just wanted to say thank you, Ray Nutting, for […]

We’re funding a bloated educational system

EDITOR: With regard to our state’s budget crisis the elephant in the room is educational expenditures. Our state’s educational system is a failure by any social or economic standard of measurement. Did you know that 33 percent of students entering the ninth grade in California never finish high school? Could you afford to operate a […]

Hope House helped … thanks

EDITOR: Jeff Headrick and his team from Expert Design and Construction in Rancho Cordova recently underwrote all labor and materials to completely remodel a kitchen at a local transitional home in El Dorado County. Working with Assist Local Network out of Folsom, Expert Design reviewed project proposals from throughout the region looking for a project […]

Appalled at Animal Services criticism

EDITOR: I read the recent editorial, headlined “Gold plated animals” with great dismay. Whenever given a chance to attack El Dorado County Animal Services, you seem to jump at the opportunity. And may I suggest again that you get with the times and quit calling the animal shelter a “pound?” It’s an antiquated term. So […]

Have you lost a child to murder?

EDITOR: Mr. Steve Tapson’s recent letter defending child-murderer Robert Kaser sickened and saddened me. I’m sickened by his use of the letters to the editor as a forum for Kaser’s defense. Using the excuse of a high blood-alcohol level is absurd and sounds desperate. Are you suggesting we’re all capable of murder if we’re drunk […]

Response to columnist regarding guns: This is not a perfect world

EDITOR: Mr. Chris Daley, I must vehemently disagree with most of the points you made in your column entitled “Can gun tragedy be avoided?” You stated that maybe if the shooter knew everyone had guns, he might have decided to go back to school. According to reports I have read, he was in school and […]

A note from Sheriff John D’Agostini

EDITOR: It is with my sincerest gratitude and optimism that I write this note. Now that the election is over, I have been sworn in and have begun my work as sheriff of El Dorado County, it is difficult to find words to express the appreciation I feel for everyone who worked so hard to […]

Don’t give us the tired ‘diminished capacity’ defense

EDITOR: This is in response to the Jan. 17 letter from Mr. Steve Tapson. According to Tapson, the term “Killer Kaser” is a “tacky alliteration.” How about “poor, misunderstood, alcohol-challenged assassin?” Better? Is anybody else as sick and tired the “diminished capacity” (intoxicated) defense as I am? Sure, Robert Kaser was highly intoxicated when he […]

Ehren Dixon never had a chance to make something of his life

EDITOR: On Monday, Jan. 17, the trial attorney for convicted child murderer, Robert Kaser, wrote that he thought the time for vengeance should be over and that Kaser should be paroled. The attorney stated that Kaser should be paroled because he is a “model” prisoner and should be given a chance to make something of […]

Robert Kaser gave us a life sentence of grief and sorrow

EDITOR: I cannot sit idle without responding to Mr. Steve Tapson’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 17 edition of the Mountain Democrat. Simply put, Mr. Tapson asks us to not be vengeful toward the man who murdered my son. Regarding Mr. Robert Kaser, he wrote, “Then one day he lost it and committed […]

I’m sick of the cronyism and nepotism

EDITOR: I am disturbed by the recent actions of Arnold/Nunez and D’agostini/brother-in-law … it is rampant cronyism and nepotism. I regret I voted for either of them. And, I’m not about to vote for Gaines’wife. JOHN O’BRIEN Placerville

Laura’s Law: Do not keep our heads in the sand

EDITOR: Given the charged atmosphere created by the recent Tucson violence, it is now time for us to take action to do everything in our power to prevent such a thing from happening again. California has had Laura’s Law on the books since 2002. It allows each individual county to choose to implement court-ordered assisted […]

Placerville city redevelopment plan: The perfect storm

EDITOR: I am writing in response to the letter by V. Martello of Jan. 12, who asks some very pertinent questions. “Why is the city of Placerville still considering this ridiculous redevelopment scam?” and “Why are we allowing the city to even consider moving forward with this insane plan in this recession?” As you noted […]

Undersheriff appointment: Big step backward

EDITOR: Nepotism avoidance should have guided Sheriff John D’Agostini’s decision while considering all the possible candidates for appointment to undersheriff. It would have allowed D’Agostini to pick the second most qualified candidate and avoid the charge, real or imagined, of nepotism. Instead, the sheriff appointed his brother-in-law, the most qualified candidate, as undersheriff. Regarding “culture […]

Congratulations on choice for undersheriff

EDITOR: The many and varied obligations and duties required of a sheriff necessitate the need for having a competent and trustworthy undersheriff to aid in carrying out those duties. Our newly elected sheriff, John D’Agostini, is fortunate indeed to have someone he can trust by his side as he assumes control of the El Dorado […]

I was doing my best to kill your dogs … here’s why

EDITOR: Two years ago while walking my dog near the bowling alley in Pollock Pines we were attacked by a large German shepherd running at large. I have a beagle who never leaves the house without being on her leash. I fought as best I could but fell to the ground in the battle and […]

Ridley K-9 getting an undeserved bad rap

EDITOR: My name is Joey Selby and my dog’s name is Huggie Bear; she is a 3-year-old Rottweiler. I got her when she was 6 weeks old and did not realize how stubborn they were. When Huggie Bear was about 4 months old and getting out of control I called Ridley K-9 for help. Huggie […]

What about the First Amendment?

EDITOR: I’ve just read John Garon’s letter of Jan. 14 excoriating the Mountain Democrat for being what he calls “a tool of propaganda” for publishing “totalitarian ideas.” That’s one man’s personal opinion. OK, fine. Apparently Mr. Garon is fighting mad at an inanimate object. He bought a newspaper, didn’t like what he read and wrote […]

Focusing on the gun isn’t the answer

EDITOR: The opinion piece by Chris Daley in the Jan. 14 edition of the Mountain Democrat was misnamed. The Tucson incident is not a gun tragedy. The tragedy is that six people died at the hands of a mentally disturbed person. Rather than focusing on the instrument of the crime, the focus should be on […]

Can’t have it both ways, Mr. Garon

EDITOR: It was interesting to read the letter by John Garon in “Letters …” on Jan 14. The fact that the paper published his unsubstantiated, supposed facts in his collection of trash, puts the lie to his conclusions about the paper’s bias. If the paper were the propaganda tool that he claims, the letter would never […]

They’re scarier than the Tucson shooter

EDITOR: Trying to understand the senseless tragedy in Tucson over the weekend for the average citizen can be a daunting endeavor, especially if one is dependent on the mainstream media and talking heads to provide accurate and non-hyperbolic fault-finding reports. There has been a lot of public and private speculation concerning whether this is the […]

We’ll miss you, Brian Veerkamp

EDITOR: Thank you, Chief Brian Veerkamp, for your years of dedicated service to the El Dorado Hills community. We especially appreciate your unending support of our El Dorado Hills Senior Center and seniors throughout the region. You will be missed! JANET KENNEWEG El Dorado Hills Senior Center supervisor

Response to ‘Students learn of environmental impacts

EDITOR: I could not help but gag on this article, which did not list an author’s name. Could it have been provided by a school district or some government Department of Worthless Services?  The article described an “outdoor educational collaboration of students, teachers” and of course “professionals from county, state and federal agencies” participating in […]

Keep Kaser behind bars

EDITOR: I’m writing to plead with your readers to stop the parole of Robert P. Kaser. It makes me sick to think he has a chance at parole. He shot three people, killing a young man. He knew what he was doing; jury misconduct let him plead to a lesser charge. I moved here a […]

My New Year’s resolution

EDITOR: I admire the Mountain Democrat for backing its economic beliefs with words. The Christmas editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” is a case in point. The celebrated answer given by the New York Sun’s editor to a young girl’s naïve question sounds very much like a metaphor for Reaganomics: a fairy tale […]

We don’t need more pebble counters

EDITOR: Response to Article in Jan 5 paper, “Students Learn of Environmental Impacts” I could not help but gag on this article which did not list an author’s name. Could it have been provided by a school district or some government Department of Worthless Services? The article described an “outdoor educational collaboration of students, teachers,” […]

Tax increases are never ‘temporary’

EDITOR: Gov. Brown wants a five-year “temporary” tax increase. Politicians don’t know the definition of temporary when it comes to taxes. Rather than trust our elected representatives with this bucket of money that they can continue to waste why not offer a compromise? I’m not sure I even trust them with this concept but it […]

Kaser: The time for vengeance has ended

EDITOR: Regarding Killer Kaser (tacky alliteration).  As Bob Kaser’s trlal attorney I will happily fund a drinking experience wherein you will attain a blood-alcohol level of .31 percent and then ask if you know what you are doing. (Based on this editorial I would suspect that it will be the same as when you are […]

Thanks to the nice man who helped us

EDITOR: Myself and family are so thankful to the local resident who helped pull our small dog Posh from a tree near the laundromat on Broadway on Jan. 6. We are forever grateful and what a great person you are. We will always remember your kind act. NELSON EDWIN MATHEWS and family Placerville

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