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Eminent domain is government at its worst

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting of March 1 was continued until March 22 for approval of a rezoning application for the Harrington Business Park. The proposed industrial complex is to be located on both sides of Highway 49, in the vicinity of Tower Mart in Diamond Springs. The continuance was caused by […]

Winter homeless shelter closed — Thanks so much for the help

EDITOR: March 31 was the last night of our nomadic winter shelter for the homeless people in our community. The shelter provided a warm, dry, safe place of refuge for an average of 20 guests every night during the coldest months of the year. Our record was 32 people one very cold, stormy night. There were […]

Europe is waiting for U.S. in climate change threat

EDITOR: In 2007, speaking in front of Congress, former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon Sullivan said of climate change: “We know we cannot wait for certainty.  Failure to act because a warning is not precise enough is unacceptable. If we wait, we might wait too long.” In May 2010, Sandia and Livermore National Laboratories published […]

Lower taxes again?

EDITOR: In my recent letter “Are we really broke?” I noted the Tea/Republican Party is using scare tactics to convince us we shouldn’t raise taxes on the rich and corporations, while it’s imperative we eliminate government programs immediately. Well, like clockwork comes Representative Dave Camp, R-Mich., who now wants to cut the tax rate for […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 19 Replies

Moral of the story

One has to admire the wily negotiating skills of the Tea/Republican Party (TRP) in their dealings with the Democratic Party (DP): TRP: Today we announce our plan to reduce the deficit by destroying Medicare. DP: Your plan is irrational, but we will give 25 percent toward your position. TRP: No, we want 50 percent. DP: […]

Our sheriff sure impressed me

EDITOR: Last week Sheriff John D’ Agostini stopped by our office driving his personal vehicle on his own time, dressed in full uniform to say thank you for supporting him in his race for sheriff. I was so impressed with his action it put faith back in my heart for political officials. He said, “Please […]

Government officials cease to listen to the people

EDITOR: There seems to be a disease of terminal ignorance labeled for the high muckety-mucks in government. It is not only reserved for federal government but state and county as well. This contagious disease is likened to an epidemic, for which there is no antidote and when left unchecked can run rampant, leading to graft […]

Kindly deny these easements, supervisors

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I am asking the Board of Supervisors to deny the two easements proposed across the Sacramento Placerville Transportation Corridor in Shingle Springs (Item 27 on your April 12 agenda). Shingle Springs needs a transportation plan for businesses in the area and this proposal demonstrates […]

Placerville police, or freeway bullies?

EDITOR: On Saturday evening around 5 p.m., I observed a Placerville Police Department canine SUV merge onto Highway 50 from the Courthouse and speed ahead of another car in the merge lane and cut him off. He then promptly pulled into the passing lane right on the tail of another vehicle until he moved into […]

What American Dream? More like the Socialist Dream

EDITOR: Letter writer Ms. Farrell. you are so misguided. You are in lockstep with the unions and the socialist agenda. They do not care about you. The unions bought off the politicians in California years ago, forcing workers to join or lose their jobs. They don’t care about the people; all they care about is […]

A director’s job is to question expenses

EDITOR: I have seen several letters in the paper from former Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Director JoAnn Shepherd questioning the new Director Bonnie McLane’s actions, and it is very concerning. Director McLane’s job is to make sure that the water purveyor serves the community’s interest. One of those “interests” includes — where is the […]

Don’t fall for this telephone scam

EDITOR: This morning I received my second “Grandma, I’m in trouble” scam telephone call. The first call I received was because my “grandson” had gotten into an automobile accident in Canada and needed money, $2,500, to get the charges dropped so that he could get out of jail. I had not heard of this scam […]

Supervisors managed to kill important history

EDITOR: It appears that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has issued a death warrant for an important piece of county history. The Placerville, Sacramento Valley Railroad constructed the section of railroad between Folsom and Shingle Springs at the same time that the Central Pacific Railroad was constructing the first transcontinental railroad from Sacramento […]

Drivers, please pay attention: My son was hit

EDITOR: April 5, Tuesday morning, a car in front of Rolling Hills Middle School in El Dorado Hills hit my son. He was riding his bike in the crosswalk with the traffic walk light and a young woman driving a small white car rolled into him while attempting a right turn on red. My son was […]

August 19, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

Loose cannon at Cameron Park CSD

EDITOR: Cameron Park Community Services District Board President Scott McNeil is a loose cannon and should be removed from our board. At a March 29 special meeting the board was in closed session for so long that the public went home before they reported back to open session. An interesting discussion ensued during the final moments […]

May the angels be with you

EDITOR: Thank you to the driver of the Suburban on Cambridge Road April 5 who was driving defensively and was able to stop suddenly when my daughter darted out in front of them. I am so grateful for your ability to stop so quickly! May your guardian angels always be with you as your family […]

AB885: They want your septic system

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the petition for input regarding Assembly Bill 885, the proposal to bascially control and tax privately owned septic systems in California. I have reviewed the OWTS Scoping Policy Document, and while it is quite exhaustive in many ways, what it fails to address is what the real, functional […]

Don’t railroad us into a roundabout

EDITOR: As stated in the PR Pond Newswire March 19, there will be a lawsuit filed by business/property owners and community members over the proposed roundabout at Cedar Ravine and Main Street in Placerville. As of this day, April 6, it has been filed. There is a donation account set up called Friends of Historical […]

State’s educational standing is disgraceful

EDITOR: A recent article in a regional newspaper focused on Sen. Ted Gaines’ opposition to using taxes to help solve California’s fiscal crisis. He and his fellow Republicans are holding up Gov. Brown’s and Democratic legislators’ proposal to solve the budget deficit with a combination of funding cuts and tax extensions. In reality these are […]

It would better serve to rescind the teachers’ pink slips

EDITOR: Mr. Garon recently in his letter called the editorial calling for the abolition of the Department of Education dismally misguided. Let’s compare his reasons with the facts. The main reasons he supports the Department of Education are Head Start, school lunch program, civil rights defense, and funding for schools in poor areas of the […]

Divide residents, this is your water

EDITOR: There was another full house at the March meeting of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. Patty Smith sent a letter in strong support of the water district. The board reaffirmed that Hank White does not and never did receive free personal use of a pick-up truck or a credit card. Two of the new […]

Federal budget problem: Cocaine and hookers

EDITOR: As always, the current Grand Old Party is lying. We have a budget crunch, so they go after the pennies that support the weakest of us instead of the wasted, Fat-Cat $100 bills. It’s like a family budget — the family is going broke and Dad says we kids have to cut back on […]

Medicare privatized?

EDITOR: The Tea/Republican Party has announced its new plan to reduce entitlements and taxes. It’s entitled “The Path to Prosperity — Restoring America’s Promise” and available in its entirety on the Internet. Get ready to spend some time reading it as it’s about 75 pages. In addition to lowering taxes for individuals and corporations to […]

Bad laws need to be written off the books

EDITOR: Economy in government is a goal we all wish for. Getting rid of the unenforceable, useless and downright wrong laws would save an untold amount of money. The first wrong law that comes to mind ins the Building Code requiring a permit to change your hot water heater. It’s so bad that 95 percent […]

City redevelopment: We need balanced information

EDITOR: For the past months I have been attending Placerville City Council meetings after I, quite by chance, learned that my property is in the “sphere of influence” of the city’s proposed Redevelopment Plan. During the meetings and workshops where redevelopment has been discussed, the lack of a balanced presentation by the City Council has […]

Last names are so important

EDITOR: I am a volunteer at our El Dorado County Museum and I archive, among other things, the births, deaths and social news for future research. Occasionally someone will submit a tribute to a deceased family member or friend of a happy birthday  or anniversary wish and they just mention a first name, excluding the […]

In defense of Dante’s

EDITOR: I have been dining at Dante’s on the River since they opened. Kevin and Nancy Cairns have always been courteous, caring people and wonderful hosts.  Besides providing an outstanding dining experience, they also generate tax revenue and good-will for our county. It is sad that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department cannot at least […]

The day the music died

EDITOR: It is with regret that I let Placerville know of the closing of Sierra Music Center. This store opened as “Eberle’s Music” in 1963. Mel Eberle was quite a musical character and he sold the store in 1983 to Dave Smythe. I worked with Dave for many years and he retired in 1999, leaving […]

Burn day, yes … but wait …

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors routinely pontificates on being stewards of the land. We must reduce fire danger, clean up, protect and improve the forests. This has been the wettest winter in years and the trees are still dormant. This past week has been perfect to burn brush, fallen trees and wood […]

We don’t want a hotbed of suburban sprawl

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, regarding the April 4 special meeting of the board, agenda Item 3: I write to protest the proposed Resolution of Intention in Item 3 “to amend the General Plan as recommended by EDAC to address findings from the General Plan Five-Year Monitoring and Review […]

This newspaper encourages fight for freedom

EDITOR: My friend Ahnmad Rezaei has been a freedom fighter both in his country of birth, Iran, and from his adopted home here. With the arrest and torture and even execution of members of the opposition in Iran, it is difficult for him to feel optimistic. He told me, however, that this paper’s policy of […]

Jury duty incompetence rampant

EDITOR: Time for reform in the Jury Duty Department. I moved to El Dorado County in 1991 and I could not believe how often I received a jury summons.  Because I made my living in the healthcare field and my job required travel, I was unable to schedule any business out of town every time […]

Redevelopment not ready for adoption

EDITOR: I contend that if the City Council/Redevelopment Agency holds its scheduled joint public meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, the meeting will be violating California law and  this meeting will be an illegally notified meeting. The city’s position that they have “gone significantly above and beyond the requirements to notify” is just plain false. […]

Road construction: Let’s get the job done

EDITOR: Thanks for the article on the “DOT reorganization back to square 1.” We do not need a reorganization, we simply need them to shut down, have them go away and contract with CC Myers, Veerkamp or another reputable outfit that can get jobs completed on time and in budget, without five people standing around […]

The ‘Party of Jobs’ not living up to its billing

EDITOR: Before the recent election, Mr. Boehner continually requested of the president: Where are the jobs, where are the jobs? It was a good question, as high unemployment is destructive of our economy (which requires ever increasing demand of goods and services). Mr. Boehner then told America his party was the party of jobs because […]

Tax the rich?

EDITOR: Last year the U.S. took in taxes totaling $2 trillion. The U.S. spent $3.4 trillion. Letter wrietr James Longhofer continually chides, ad nauseum, to tax the rich. He’s stated the top 2 percent of Americans are “mega rich” and to tax them at 100 percent  to balance the budget. Really? Problem one is reality. […]

Pollock Pines businesses are digging out

EDITOR: Pollock Pines merchants and businesses are still here, still exhibiting a can-do attitude, and still offering locals and visitors a place to live, eat and play. We got quite a wallop from the weather this winter, more snow than many have seen in a long time. Early in the season came snow and wind, […]

A sad day for Cameron Park

EDITOR: Scott McNeil and Greg Stanton, did you not run for the Cameron Park Community Services District board in order to serve our community? Yet in only three months you have done more harm and disservice to the community than most directors are able to do in several terms in office. Your vote to dismiss Fred […]

Your El Dorado Hills Fire Department – A view from inside

EDITOR: I am writing this letter in response to the recently published articles attacking the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and its personnel. I would like to begin by stating that I understand the frustration that many in the community are feeling these days due to economic uncertainties, not to mention the fact that many […]

Cut big government

EDITOR: So let’s see how this might work. Lower taxes so that you end up with a bigger paycheck. Slim down or dissolve 50 percent of the services that that government now provides. Just imagine, no more DMV. Flat taxes so that the number of government tax agents can be minimized. Sell off transit services […]

He should have to register as a sex offender

EDITOR: There is something seriously wrong with our El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office agreeing to a plea deal requiring Brett Michael Davis, a 20-year-old man who pleaded no contest to raping a 14-year-old girl, to register as a drug abuser and not a sex offender. It is common knowledge that the majority of child rapists […]

Dismayed at what’s happening with Dante’s owner

EDITOR: We are dismayed at the way law enforcement and the media have treated Kevin Cairns. No one in his right mind would do the things Kevin has been accused of without provocation. There seems to be some sort of organized attempt to destroy his business. Nowhere in the media do we read of the atrocities […]

Cameron Park CSD double-cross

EDITOR: I heard it through the grapevine that the Cameron Park Community Services District held a special session last night (March 29) to discuss the Christa McAuliffe skatepark. I have no idea if the public was even invited to this meeting. It was not published on the Website’s calendar, which still shows a Town Hall […]

If people weren’t rude, Dante’s owner wouldn’t be in jail

EDITOR: We have been following the articles in the Mountain Democrat regarding the owner of the Dante’s restaurant and the fact that he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. If we interpreted the articles correctly, the owner became involved in altercations with people who defecate, urinate and vomit in the parking lot of […]

If the CTA cared about students, things would be better

EDITOR: While the vast majority of teachers really care about student success the California Teachers Association cares only about political power. If the union leadership cared about students they might spend some of the millions of dollars they’re spending on scare tactic ads on improving the school districts. Why should us taxpayers continue to throw […]

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