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California Rambling: Napa reborn

Sometimes it takes a disaster to make things right. Visit Napa and you’ll see what I mean. For years, Napa was prone to flooding. As George Webber, Napa’s humorous walking tour historian explains, “We experienced what many called the 100-year flood in 1986, followed by 100-year floods every couple of years soon after.” Napa has […]

The rural life: Christmas in Latrobe

Christmas is a time of giving, though the spectacle that is now holiday shopping and “gifting” is perhaps not what was originally intended to celebrate the day. It was different for my husband and me our first Christmas in Latrobe, over 30 years ago. It was 1979. We’d been married just six years, and we […]

Thanks for a lovely Christmas celebration

EDITOR: On Saturday, Dec. 4, Historic El Dorado hosted a “Gold Rush Christmas” faire. The weather held and we had crowds of people in a festive mood. Linda George and I, co-coordinators, along with Historic El Dorado town merchants, would like to thank the many vendors, volunteers and attendees who made the event fun and […]

Freeze it all

President Barack Obama has proposed a two-year pay freeze for the federal work force. We would like to see him go all the way and enact a hiring freeze on every federal agency except the Border Patrol and the military. He can start in his own office by not hiring any more policy czars. The […]

Alternatives to the slammer

With a California prison population near 150,000 in a system designed for something under 100,000, it’s a good bet the U.S. Supreme Court is going to back the three-judge federal panel that has ordered California to reduce its prison population to 137 percent of capacity, a reduction of 40,000. The Supreme Court may not choose […]

I’m getting out my bear trap, tweakers

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Sheriff-elect John D’Agostini: My first inkling about the scourge of El Dorado was when my wife would come home speaking about the parents of low performing children with black teeth or no teeth. Then as I started building in the area and hiring laborers I would see these […]

We can’t let the music die

EDITOR: The Pleasant Valley Music Program is on the chopping block to be cut next school year. We cannot let this happen. Carol Kouklis teaches the kids, starting in the second grade, and band starts in fifth grade. She is a fabulous teacher who has a true passion for her job and music, and the kids […]

Rock doc: Now hear this

I wasn’t quite sure I had heard correctly. My friend, a fellow geologist, and I were standing in the swimming lanes of a lap pool where we had stopped to give each other greetings of the season. My hearing in this ear is a whole lot better, he had said. Or so I thought. The […]

Sheriff’s employee terminations raise concerns

EDITOR: In today’s paper I read where the current El Dorado County sheriff plans on terminating two female employees of the Sheriff’s Department during the month of December. That is not my concern, what I am concerned about is that these two female employees have filed sexual harassment charges against “the good ol boys network” […]

Tax deal has potential

The income tax deal that President Obama and the Republicans in Congress reached Monday has some real possibilities for stimulating the economy. The deal extends for two years the 10-year-old tax cuts President George W. Bush got Congress to enact to snap the country out of the recession that began in the last year of […]

Shame on thieves, shame on Board of Supervisors

EDITOR: Over a recent weekend my car was broken into, while parked in my driveway. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department was not able (because of budget cuts by the county) to take any fingerprints to be able to compare to any on record or file them so when this thief commits future crimes he […]

All the trees are lovely, thanks

EDITOR: Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Brazelton for decorating and lighting the huge tree at the foot of Big Cut Road in Placerville. Thanks also for the Christmas tree downtown. And last but not least, thanks to all those responsible for the beautiful trees along Highway 50. A. CRAWFORD Placerville

Japanese war plan was to invade West Coast

EDITOR: I want to put to rest letter writer Mr. Alger’s claim that Japan had no plans to invade the West Coast. To refresh the memory of readers, my contention was that Japan wanted Midway, and then Hawaii as a base of operations against our West Coast, and that in fact Japanese plans to do so […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Decades can be delightful

Many people do not like zero birthdays, such as 50, 60, 70, etc. I like the zero birthdays. To me, zero means you are starting from scratch. You forget about the past and start all over in a brand-new decade. Zero means a very new beginning – not the end of something. If zero birthdays […]

Support 4 Soldiers helps brighten season for troops

EDITOR: Support 4 Soldiers, a ministry of the Assist Local Foundation, with the support of Lakeside Church, Del Paso Church of God, El Dorado Hills Library,  Folsom Cordova Unified School District, many, many businesses and area families will make Christmas a little brighter for our soldiers serving overseas. We are a non-profit organization that is […]

Please help us build a home

EDITOR: We at El Dorado County Habitat for Humanity and the Peterson Family are requesting your assistance in support of our upcoming home build. Elizabeth Peterson contacted EDCHFH in response to Habitat’s outreach program soliciting needy families to apply to purchase a modest Habitat home. Beth’s letter was received by Habitat’s Family Selection committee in […]

Obama surrenders

EDITOR: Abe Lincoln led the nation into Civil War to preserve government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Will President Obama now abandon what Lincoln fought for? If the president allows himself to be blackmailed by Republican threats of obstruction, he will be surrendering the majority stakeholders of middle- and working-class […]

Christmas Parade was great, thanks

EDITOR: For over three years, I thought we lived in a very small, rural area until we went to the Hangtown Christmas Parade in Placerville. Where have all these people been? It was wonderful. Our grandchildren loved it. They saw Santa, fancy cars, pretty horses, got candies, heard bagpipes, saw marching bands and gymnasts, got […]

December 04, 2013 | Posted in Letters | 1 Reply

My turn: Phony claims infest Cancun climate conference

At the United Nations climate confab in Cancun, Mexico, recently, the usual set of phony claims was once again trotted out to try to scare the world into submission. Claim one: A 4-degree rise in global temperature is likely to occur during the 21st Century. Claim two: Sea levels will rise 2 meters by the […]

Publisher’s ink: Trapping an elusive guest

Simon Kenton, as described in Allen Eckert’s book “The Frontiersmen,” was a woodsman, fighter and scout. At 15 he fled Virginia, believing he killed a man in a fistfight, changed his name to Simon Butler and made his way to the Ohio territory. There, he tangled with Indians, saved Daniel Boone’s life, and lived off […]

Bear hunting vote a victory

EDITOR: On Saturday, Dec. 4, Nevada’s State Wildlife Commissioners met in Reno and voted unanimously, 8-0, to legalize bear hunting. In a huge victory for Nevada’s houndsmen and hunters, a limited hunt of the state’s estimated 200-300 black bears is in their future. At a time when groups like the Humane Society of the United […]

The moveable shelter

Thanks to the dedication of some area churches the homeless population has some indoor overnight shelter during these cold winter days. Rotating the location and providing transportation for about 20 homeless, the churches are working with the Community Resource Center to coordinate shelter services. The participating churches are, in Placerville,  Green Valley Community, Cold Springs […]

50th anniversary of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge prompts thoughts

EDITOR: Protecting wild Alaska was bold and audacious 50 years ago. Defending it today is even more important. The Eisenhower administration’s establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Range in 1960 recognized the importance of “America’s Serengeti” to both wildlife and the human spirit. It was a visionary act – not only in the protections that it has provided for more than 180 species […]

2 letters to the editor impressed me

EDITOR: Wow! The editorial page of Dec. 6 illustrates two excellent letters to the editor in one publication. Mountain Democrat contributions by Bill Karr and D.O. Miles are right on the mark. I strongly urge readers to refer to this issue and review these letters. Mr. Bill Karr’s reference to the existence of a John […]

Letter writer should just check in to the ER

EDITOR: Under the title, “Rush Limbaugh makes my blood boil,” James Longhofer (Nov. 19) is stark. The message I get from Longhofer’s letter is that it’s tough to be a liberal. Mere fragments of Rush, gathered while driving to work in his car, set off high blood pressure. With options galore like: Stop at the […]

The poor need not apply to vote

Editor: EDITOR: Rush Limbaugh said poor people should not be allowed to vote, and Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips said only property owners should be allowed to vote. Rush and Judson, while I know you want to go back to 1776, wouldn’t this disenfranchise millions of voters? Oh, I see, millions of Democratic voters. JAMES E. LONGHOFER […]

No honor for the arrogant

Former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers won’t be getting the honorific title of “professor emeritus.” We’re still wondering how he got the title of professor and member of the faculty from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Christopher Kennedy got the board to vote unanimously in September not to […]

Support local businesses so they can support you

EDITOR: I am the owner of a motorcycle equipment store in Placerville. About two months ago I had a father and son come into my store. They wanted to get outfitted with motorcycle riding gear, helmets, goggles, chest protector and boots. I spent about an hour-and-a-half getting them fitted with all of their correct sizes. […]

Volunteer coach has a beef

EDITOR: I have been a volunteer coach for over 25 years for the Georgetown Little League back in the 1980s and started volunteer coaching for the Placerville Parks and Recreation in 1984. I’ve coached teams from first grade to the eighth grade for the Parks and Rec Department, but since I’m in wheelchair when I […]

When will our supervisors do what is best for the county?

EDITOR: I am thoroughly frustrated with El Dorado County’s handling of the the rail right of way through our county. This asset has been wasting away for years and it is time to do what is best for the county. When will the supervisors in this county realize that keeping the tracks in place for […]

Printing money out of thin air

EDITOR: As many of you readers know, I often disagree with letter writer Mr. Longhofer on almost everything so you can imagine my shock when I found myself in complete agreement with his recent letter on inflation. He makes the point that the adminsitration’s CPI says that inflation is very low yet his real world […]

Bullying at a Christmas program

EDITOR: Mention bullying and most people equate it with something that only happens to children; especially those with lunch money. Don’t be fooled; it can happen to adults, too — and in the most unpredictable places, i.e. The Capital Christian Center at their Singing Christmas Tree program last night. My husband and I trekked down there […]

Christmas trees on Highway 50 moved me

EDITOR: We are new residents and love living in Diamond Springs. A recent trip up Highway 50 was very emotional when we saw the beautifully decorated Christmas trees that lined the highway. Christmas is a very special time of year and it’s heart warming to see how our communities keep the true meaning of the […]

Belltower: ‘Greetings to the Queen of the Mountains’

Doug Noble brought me a copy of the March 30, 1888, story from the Sacramento Union of the first excursion train to Placerville. Its subtitle was “Sacramento the King of the Valley’s Greeting to the Queen of the Mountains.” Folks from the capital filled up seven cars to ride to Placerville to celebrate the completion […]

Dollar still king

Russia and China recently got together for a confab in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they decided to drop the dollar and use their own currencies instead.  This came from Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert. An ironic name in light of who is in cahoots on this silly charade — Communist Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian […]

To Mac or not to Mac is the question

In his 2005 book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking author Malcolm Gladwell argues that many of the impulsive decisions people make in their lives are most times just as sound as the decisions they make after painstaking deliberation. The book further theorizes that successful people have the ability to quickly mentally process facts […]

I have no faith in the justice system

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Superior Court: My experience with your judicial system has destroyed my faith that justice can be obtained in your court. Having witnessed and experienced all manner of prosecutorial abuse of due process, I am now a potentially biased juror against the prosecution. I’ll have to tell the truth […]

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