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Put the plaques back

It seems like we have been writing about this for more than a decade. Still the city stands paralyzed with inaction. The late Carl Borelli installed small plaques along Placerville’s Main Street with the name of each of the 28 young men from El Dorado County who died serving their country in the Vietnam War. […]

Disappointed in our senators

EDITOR: I am totally shocked and ashamed that our senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, did not support the repeal of this anti-American piece of legislation. We Are Americans, not socialist Europeans. These two, who are in the back pockets of the unions, have once again gone against the will of the people. The big […]

What a waste of America’s time

EDITOR: The House of Representatives successfully wasted theirs and America’s time in voting for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and, as predicted, the Senate then wasted more time in voting it down. The Republicans have been sounding off since November (and before) on how jobs are one of the most important issues facing America […]

Animal Shelter defended

EDITOR: I take profound exception to your front-page article regarding the El Dorado County Animal Shelter. Was your point to accuse the shelter of fraud? Was your point to paint Ms. Gratteau as a loving, caring individual? Neither is the case. I have had the pleasure to volunteer some of my time working with the […]

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 […]

California Rambling: Tea party

There’s been a lot of talk in California about tea parties of late, but not the political kind. Tea is experiencing growing popularity across California as the bicentennial of the War of 1812 approaches, whose most lasting effect — some claim — was to have coffee overtake tea as the national hot beverage. Tea rooms […]

The rural life: A nest’s edge

I thought I was prepared for this day. When it arrives, however, I discover I am not. My only child now has her driver’s license, and I must stand back and watch as she pulls away, alone, for the first time. It isn’t as bad as the dream I had, years ago, of sending her […]

Tragedy in a small town

Despite some startling crimes that have happened in the last year, such as the road rage homicide on Newtown Road and the shooting of a mental patient who stole an ambulance, the death of Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara is a shock to Placerville. It is a shock to his family and to the school […]

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 […]

Billingsley’s bullets: You can’t blame God for everything

God did not create the following: Cell phones that go off in church, restaurants, memorial services and weddings.   Perhaps God can come up with a method of eliminating these discourteous items or their owners? Church sermons that never offer any everyday solutions to everyday problems. Three- or four-way “stops” where reluctant “B” personalities are […]

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 […]

Publisher’s ink: Working to keep my garage door working

“I got a job!” This was the text message I received last week from daughter No. 2. A message so surprising, I almost ran off the road while reading it. While sharing this news at work with fellow employees I was absolutely giddy. “What kind of a job did she get?” someone asked. “I don’t […]

Assembly candidates galore

Democracy is alive and well as evidenced by the eight candidates who have filed to represent El Dorado, Placer and Alpine counties in the 4th Assembly District. The district doesn’t completely cover the county boundaries, except in Alpine. Northern Placer is part of the 3rd Assembly and far western El Dorado County — El Dorado […]

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 […]

Change courtrooms

Too small a courtroom for jury selection for Phillip Garrido’s competency trial is no excuse for excluding the local area media. Jury selection is not a state secret. It is something that should be observed by the public. Judge Douglas C. Phimister needs to conduct the jury selection in a larger courtroom than the one in […]

My turn: Auto insurance, health insurance — Moving in opposite directions

By Steve Stenak Have you noticed the disconnect between what’s happening in auto insurance and health insurance? In auto insurance, businesses are moving to charge premiums that more accurately reflect the reduced risk posed by motorists who drive fewer miles. In health insurance under Obamacare, the push is to ignore the reduced risk posed by […]

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 […]

Rock doc: A rapidly evolving medical landscape

Parts of medical science are highly developed areas where doctors can precisely nail down specific diseases and even sometimes eradicate them. The more vexing – and perhaps more interesting – pieces of medical science are those in which we still struggle to diagnose, let alone fully treat, major maladies. Mark Vonnegut, M.D., the son of […]

Franckly speaking: The many faces of Grandma and grandson

Here’s a story that illustrates how my face must have looked. After I dropped my daughter and grandson at the airport for their post-holiday flight home, I decided to eat lunch at In-N-Out Burger in Woodland. Although it was 12:15 p.m., the restaurant wasn’t crowded and a young woman motioned me to her cash register […]

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 […]

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 […]

Belltower: New readers panel empaneled

We’re starting up our readers panel this week after a holiday break. And it’s another fascinating group of people from the community. Greenstone Country General Manager George Amo has been a Placerville area resident since 1969 when he got a job managing Dillinger’s Furniture. That building is now occupied  by the Thomas Kinkade Gallery. Prior […]

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 […]

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