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California rambling: Holiday movies take to the road

Movie theaters will be filled this week with people seeking romance, laughter and adventure, but those experiences need not be limited to the dark, popcorn-perfumed, sticky-floored confines of a theater. Go to the movies, then bring them to life by traveling to the following destinations. Tron: Legacy, Disney’s film about a boy transported into a […]

Why did our congressman vote against help for 9/11 responders?

EDITOR: Congressman Tom McClintock once again voted against the 9/11 First Responders Bill. The congressman was unavailable for comment, so I thought maybe the editor of this paper could get a response to “Why?” These guys lost their jobs, had to pay for their own medicine, and the full cost of medical plans on unemployment […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Anger is not always loud

While reading books for my Cherokee philosophy class, I learned that quiet anger is just as destructive as loud anger. Quiet anger builds up over a long period of time, and often the only person aware of the anger is you. Cherokee teaching points out that the quiet, stifled anger can create inner disharmony and […]

Don’t stop looking to the sky, Delia

EDITOR: In his letter to the Mountain Democrat of Dec.22, Jim Riordan fails to reference the date of Delia Cummings’ letter in which she apparently writes about her concerns about “white trails” that Riordan says are her “worries.” Riordan is both dismissive of Cummings’ letter and is full of his own errors when he states […]

The weekly Daley: A fine Yuletide tradition

Like most families, we have some out of the ordinary little holiday traditions that got started long ago — no one is sure why or just when, but they’ve been with us for years. One year, for unrecalled reasons one or more of the boys weren’t going to be with us for Christmas Eve. Our […]

Placerville Public Works employees go above and beyond

EDITOR: After a night of solid rain last Dec. 17, I awoke once again to water in my basement. The water is caused by a defect in the street in front of my house in the form of a large depression that allows for a pool of water to form during periods of steady rainfall. […]

The signs in Arizona

EDITOR: For letter writer Ron Lanner: I’m not delusional, you’re just ignorant. Everything I write is supported by facts. All you have to do is Google them. The signs in Arizona were posted by the Bureau of Land Management along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, a major east-west […]

Chopped liver, or our most immediate danger

EDITOR: The tax bill is out of the way adding $858 billion to the deficit, so we can now again be concerned about the deficit. Yes, we and our politicians are more concerned about the deficit instead of our fellow citizens who are out of work. Millions unemployed, underemployed and those who have given up […]

Iwo Jima veterans, take note

EDITOR: Any United States Marine who fought in and survived World War II’s Battle for Iwo Jima, and still lives, who would like to place his signature, division and regiment (if known) on a 2 foot by 3 foot poster of Joe Rosenthal’s photograph of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi, along with […]

Santa Claus and Jesus

EDITOR: I was encouraged by several friends to write this. The “I believe in Santa Claus” letter by Miranda was very well written and inspirational. I would like to interject my feelings regarding her thoughts. I believe in Jesus Christ. Why else would everybody be so friendly and jolly during this Christmas season? Just because […]

Get a rope

EDITOR: I read in the Mountain Democrat that David Zanon has been found guilty and sentenced to death. What a joke, Mr. Zanon will die of old age rotting in a jail cell, enjoying television and eating three meals a day, all at the expense of taxpayers. The hidden expense of this travesty is the […]

Don’t miss this display

EDITOR: I have spent a reasonable amount of time in my life driving around to look at Christmas decorations with our children and grandchildren. During those trips I have seen some cute ones, some nice ones but most are just gaudy. I have observed the display presented by the Wing family of Rescue since it […]

Why is the power pole still there?

EDITOR: I am hoping that you will be able to answer a question for me. As I travel through Placerville on Highway 50, I continually wonder why there is still a temporary power pole at Bedford Avenue. I believe that this pole was installed to hold the temporary traffic signals during the reconstruction of Highway […]

Foster kids had a great time, thanks

EDITOR: What a wonderful Christmas the foster children of the county had. Elks Lodge 1712 and Wal-Mart cosponsored a shopping spree and a Merry Christmas Breakfast at the Elks Lodge. The children participated in going through Wal-Mart without the usual busy crowds, they were able to pick their own gifts and then the members of […]

Thank you, nice young man

EDITOR: My thanks to the young man in the green Jeep who generously purchased a tank of gas for this grandma in Diamond Springs on Dec. 18 at the Quick Stop station. He wished me a merry Christmas, I gave him a big hug but was so surprised I forgot to ask his name. Your […]

Shop locally … it only makes sense

EDITOR: The letter in Dec. 15 Mountain Democrat regarding supporting local businesses hit the nail on the head. Residents need to look around at all the empty businesses in El Dorado County. They are empty because the small businesses are not being patronized. Residents “go down the hill” or online. First they go to the local […]

Gen. McAuliffe’s Christmas message, Battle of the Bulge, 1944 Dec. 24

Headquarters 101st Airborne Division Office of the Division Commander 24 December 1944 What’s Merry about all this, you ask? We’re fighting, it’s cold, we aren’t home. All true, but what has the proud Eagle Division accomplished with its worthy comrades of the 10th Armored Division, the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion and all the rest? Just […]

Chuck Norris: Obama vs. Reagan

I must commend President Barack Obama for getting closer this year to conveying the true message of Christmas. But how does that saying go, “Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades”? This time last year, President Obama botched his yuletide yodels. Preceding presidents took pride in America’s Judeo-Christian and Christmas heritage, but President Obama […]

Publisher’s ink: Remember those you meet on the path of life

Fred T. Ward died on Oct 1, 2010. His obituary appearing in the Big Valley News said he died from a massive heart attack while vacationing with his family in Las Vegas. Fred was the former publisher of the Madera Tribune and founder of the Madera County Times. Occasionally obituaries don’t provide enough details on […]

Let’s support EDHS boys’ basketball

EDITOR: In light of the school’s recent developments and changes taking place, let us all remember that we all want the same thing; a positive experience for our boys playing basketball, a profitable fundraising campaign, good coaching and a successful season. And in this season of love and giving, let us be happy, healthy and […]

Thanks for the story about my sister

EDITOR: Loved the article about my sister, Susan Zito. she always was the brains of the family. I used to be a news photographer, but convinced my mother that I had a legitimate job playing the piano in a house of ill repute. From there I spiraled down into shooting fashion and now CSI. My […]

Thanks for saving my wife’s life … and please, let’s fix this

EDITOR: On Wednesday, Dec. 15, my wife, Karen, was hit head-on by another vehicle on Highway 50. Due to the quick actions of a passing motorists,the professional and caring actions of the El Dorado County Fire Department, paramedics and California Highway Patrol, she will survive her injuries. I’d also like to thank the staff in […]

McClintock disagrees with editorial

EDITOR: A recent editorial (McClintock needs a new speech) implores me to “stop picking on fellow Republicans” like George W. Bush and John McCain. The Mountain Democrat misunderstands the nature of my criticism. It is not the person but the policies that I have criticized. Does the Mountain Democrat deny that unsustainable increases in spending […]

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in the New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends […]

Current political climate: Let’s work together

EDITOR: I find it upsetting to read so much negative opinion about our current president. Imagine how things might be if John McCain had won the election. That was the only other choice on the ballot. While I believe that President Obama has the best interest of the U.S. at heart, I know that there […]

Medicare savings under medical reform

EDITOR: In his letter of Dec. 15, George Alger stated that cuts to Medicare will result in fewer doctors being willing to care for Medicare patients and that “the only way Obama kept the cost of his gargantuan medical plan all the way down to outrageous is by taking $500 billion from Medicare.” He claims […]

Placerville community Thanksgiving thank you

EDITOR: Once again the people of El Dorado County made the 14th Annual Placerville Community Thanksgiving dinner a success. Hundreds of meals were served on-site at St. Patrick’s Parish, and many more were delivered to those who are unable to travel. This amazing event simply could not have been done without the generosity and hard […]

Compromise needed

The El Dorado Irrigation District and four groups of El Dorado Hills developers have a 10-year deal that is coming to an end a month from now. The deal was these developers paid for the $4 million seismic upgrade the state required for Weber Dam. In return the district promised them 680 acre-feet of water […]

Belltower: Cartoonist, Placervillians sympatico

What a treat. Friday, Dec. 10, Mountain Democrat Advertising Director Ian Balentine and I had the pleasure of welcoming almost 100 people to our Broadway office. Assisting Ian with handing out free raffle tickets were his daughters, Kylie, 10, and Amanda, 6. They were wonderful gems. The occasion was Rubes cartoonist Leigh Rubin coming to […]

A dose of Dan: A parenting lesson learned from a video game machine

As the parents of two sons in elementary school, my wife and I recognize that our parenting skills are still being sharpened. We’re not green rookies, but we’re nowhere close to grizzled veterans. Yet we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy more parental victories than losses so far in the game. Regardless, it’s human nature to […]

Thanks for brightening my day

EDITOR: A heartfelt thank you to the El Dorado Hills Target store for their generosity to the Court Appointed Special Advocates program. My young person was the recipient of a $200 gift card. She was so appreciative and I had the privilege of watching her sunny countenance sparkle as we shopped throughout the store. You […]

Camino Cares 2010 a great success

EDITOR: Last night I took part in an amazing wrapping party in Camino with dozens of wonderful volunteers. We were there to wrap presents for the first Camino Cares 2010 Giving Trees program, sponsored by the Camino Community Action Committee. What made this program even more amazing was that a local teenager, Nick Van Gilder, […]

Rubicon Trail Foundation proud of purchase

EDITOR: On Dec. 9 the Rubicon Trail Foundation closed escrow on the purchase of 317 acres of land near the world famous Rubicon four-wheel drive trail in El Dorado County. This purchase is the culmination of efforts begun at the inception of the RTF and has been a long term goal of the foundation. We […]

Something to think about: With love, Christmas cards

So I’m doing Christmas cards, looking up addresses, filling out envelopes, writing pithy little notes. I like all the parts of Christmas except doing Christmas cards. I can see the point — sort  of — if  you are sending cards to keep in touch with people who live far away and you never see, but […]

I believe in Santa Claus

EDITOR: My name is Miranda and I am 16 years old and a junior in high school. I believe in Santa Claus. Why else would everybody be so friendly and jolly during this holiday season? Just because we can’t see Santa Claus does not mean that he does not magiclly squeeze down our chimneys and […]

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