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Amenities vs. necessities

EDITOR: Law enforcement is a necessity, not an amenity. When the average, responsible person encounters lean times they know how to cut their budget to make ends meet. They cut the amenities like fancy coffee, dinners out and vacations first, and keep the necessities like food and a roof over their heads. What is necessary […]

Send a prayer when you see this tree

EDITOR: On Friday in Placerville, they lit up the trees that are decorated next to Highway 50. Please watch along the freeway for a tree in front of the candy store. The candy store sign has a woman wearing a pink dress and depicting Lucy and Ethel. You’ll see a tree with yellow ribbons streaming […]

Topsy Tahoe

As the Lahontan Water Quality Control District ignores the recession, California’s $25 billion deficit and the huge layoffs and cutbacks that have shaken local government it presses ahead with its costly program. Its regulatory  plan for Lake Tahoe was passed Nov. 16 and will go on to the State Water Quality Control Board for final […]

Don’t worry about the lines in the sky

EDITOR: Regarding letter writer Delia Cummings’ worry about those pesky jet plane “white trails,” universally known as condensation vapor trails  or “contrails,” that’s what happens when heated air meets cold air in a moist environment. I’m sure many agree with your concerns but they are probably mostly cats and dogs who look up as you […]

Letter writer blind to his own anger

EDITOR: Oh dear, another rant from Mr. John Garon (“The Tea Party’s phony outrage. Nov. 10). I foolishly  thought that the outstanding letter from Ms. Maggie Dunaway (Nov. 3) would have shamed Mr. Garon into holding his vituperation for more than a week – particularly since Ms. Dunaway quoted chapter and verse about Mr. Garon’s earlier […]

It’s about the jobs

EDITOR: The deficit/national debt are our two most important issues and must be addressed over all other problems facing our nation — we hear this as a constant drumbeat from Washington, D.C. But might the deficit/national debt be a wedge issue designed to serve other agendas by taking attention away from our economy and our […]

Contingency plans

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Longhofer’s latest attempt to justify his ludicrous position that the West Coast to the Mississippi was under imminent Japanese threat in World War II says that all militaries have contingency plans for almost everything, so therefore he’s corrrect in saying that the Japanese had one to march to the Mississippi. To […]

Shame on you for not helping the injured deer

EDITOR: Shame on the person who hit a deer on Cold Springs Road at the curve near the convenience store next to Country Club Road, Nov. 17 around 5 p.m. and left him to die. His leg was broken and would have either caused another accident by someone swerving to avoid him (as I had […]

Let’s return to decency

EDITOR: I think that I have finally recovered from the last very negative and ugly political electoral process. It seems from the campaign ads that our elections have diminished to choosing the lesser of “two evils” rather than the best of what America can offer (who has been smeared the least wins). After reflecting on […]

My turn: Biking through Africa

Just got back from an exciting, beautiful, learning  experience on another bike ride. Ever been to Cape Town, South Africa? If you have, you know just how difficult it is to describe it without getting carried away. It takes pictures, of which I have many, many, many, to do the place justice. Generally, It looks […]

Love it or leave it

EDITOR: Lee Gardner writes a letter to the editor in the Nov. 19 Mountain Democrat saying he is going to wear a black arm band, and a black stripe across his license plate, well, all I can say is the same thing that has been said to me so many times now: Love it or […]

Does John Garon really exist?

EDITOR: Honestly, I don’t think there really is anyone out there by the name of John Garon. First, if there was, he wouldn’t put his name at the end of his brainless tirade, “The Tea Party’s phony outrage.” There could not be anyone stupid enough to want their name attached to his idiotic banter for […]

Wakamatsu revisted

The American River Conservancy has performed a real service to El Dorado County, one that future generations will praise even more. The conservancy acquired  the 272-acre Veerkamp ranch along Cold Springs Road. The purchase, based on a current appraisal and not an out-of date one, while benefiting the sellers benefits the county more. The sale, […]

Belltower: A few thank-you cards

NIXONÕS PRESIDENTIAL HELICOPTER seats 16 and cost $1 million. Before the holidays catch us up in the annual whirlwind I thought I’d take a moment to send out some thank-you cards, with my usual bow to late Night Show host Jimmy Fallon, who invented the format. No, I can’t sing like he can and I […]

A dose of Dan: America and El Dorado County need more broadband service

Dan Francisco Want to jumpstart the American economy and create jobs? Bring greater broadband access to the people. Americans should be embarrassed about where our country ranks on a global scale in terms of broadband access for our citizenry. According to a recent survey by Cisco and the University of Oxford, the United States ranked […]

Response to liberal letter writer

EDITOR: In pondering Gloria Howat Brown’s letter of Nov. 17, I can’t decide what is scarier, a God fearing, law abiding patriot or an uneducated liberal. If you don’t understand it, call it a domestic terrorist. If you can’t comprehend it, create false ideoligies about them. In her letter she says that domestic extremists, who are […]

Feed the feral cats but not the deputies?

EDITOR: In a last minute proposal presented 30 minutes prior to Monday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Jack Sweeney attacked the Sheriff’s Office by recommending an additional $1.5 million be taken from the 2011/2012 budget. This is on top of the current recommendations by soon-to-be-retired Chief Administrative Officer Gayle Erbe-Hamlin, which could result […]

Please join me to honor those lost at Pearl Harbor

EDITOR: I am a retired Navy Veteran ( 21 years active duty) and a proud member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 275, Placerville, an organization comprised of active duty, retired, and all veterans regardless of time served, who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. I was not in […]

Bush tax cut rhetoric

EDITOR: To all you readers who rail on about the “Bush tax cuts” benefiting only the rich, I would like to point out only one thing. The lowest income tax bracket includes income from $0 to about $17,000 and the current rate is 10 percent. If the cuts are not extended that rate will rise […]

Happy holidays … and merry Christmas

EDITOR: With the Christmas season almost upon us, I see local merchants gearing up for it. In my downtown Placerville wanderings, I saw a lot of proclamations of “Happy Holidays” but nary a “Merry Christmas.” Merchants say they do not want to offend anyone with proclamations of “Merry Christmas” and want to be “politically correct” so […]

Alarmist Scientists Launch Shameful Political Offensive

By James Taylor Heartland Institute Proving beyond any reasonable doubt that the global warming debate is all about political activism instead of scientific inquiry, the increasingly partisan American Geophysical Union (AGU) announced on November 8 a campaign to discredit global warming skeptics and resist congressional inquiries into climate research scandals. AGU is blatantly violating the […]

The weekly Daley: Food basics

daley_chris_color You’ve seen the television ads, and you’ve seen the displays in the stores and recipes in every magazine from “Outdoor Life” to “Real Simple.” Sure it’s the holiday season, but by any measurement, it’s really the “food season.” Just as I got out of bed Wednesday morning, the phone rang. It was my sister-in-law […]

Democrats should rethink values

EDITOR: In the aftermath of the elections, Democrats are starting to understand that it is no use having a compelling vision if you can’t communicate it to the voters. The party sorely needs a new formulation of its core values. It needs to be something clear and emphatic, and something that resonates with Americans. May I suggest, “Lower […]

Rock doc: The ’87 truck

I came to a sharp fork in the deeply rutted road of my life this fall. I had to decide if I would continue to limp around on Saturdays in my beloved but inefficient ’87 pickup, or sell it off to some poor soul in more need of it than I. My eight-cylinder American-made truck […]

Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club rolling out the grants

EDITOR: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary club announces the 2010-2011 Mini-Grant Awards as follows: Pinewood School: two document cameras. Sierra Ridge: Materials for autistic student mainstreaming. Sierra Ridge Sports Boosters: volleyball uniforms (imagine the boys and girls alternated uniforms!). Silver Fork School: history field trip. Camino School: kindergarten language arts program, a needed microscope, Accelerated Math […]

Something to think about: Poky power

Wendy on ZiplineKMK_0042E What does it mean that so many elections are too close to call this year? Not just in El Dorado County, but all over California and the nation, election officials are still counting votes, double and triple checking the way they always do, but this year the margin between candidates is slim […]

Bear yes, briefcases no

We sure have to give Gov.-elect Jerry Brown credit for finding and banishing an expensive frivolity. Until we read a tiny tidbit about it we had no idea state bureaucrats got free briefcases. Thank you, Jerry Brown, for putting an end to that. One has to wonder what other absurd perks the taxpayers have been […]

Impending MediCare cuts- write or call your senator

EDITOR: As a family doctor serving our community for the past 13 years, I want people to be aware that doctors who see MediCare and TriCare patients (the disabled, the elderly and the military and their families) face a 30 percent reduction in payment for their care to be phased in on Dec. 1 this […]

Obama’s Asian trip

EDITOR: I was concerned when our emperor embarked on an extensive trip around various Asian countries. I figured he was out again to belittle and degrade our country. However, now that the countries he is visiting are gaining in economic growth and technical expertise, I see that he is out to encourage those countries to […]

There’s room for all on our lovely trails

EDITOR: Mike Marchand from Shingle Springs wrote a letter last week in opposition to a tourist train on the old railroad tracks in El Dorado County. Apparently he believes this is an outside county entity bringing a train of tourists into our county. I am a volunteer worker on the El Dorado Western Railway, which […]

Crazy vote

How does a person with an 11,000-vote margin lose an election for city council? When the city is Oakland and it bought into the League of Women Voters’ “ranked-choice” system. Former state Sen. Don Perata won the vote with 40,340 votes for 33.73 percent, the most among 10 candidates. Coming in second was Jean Quan […]

Exodus from the middle ground

EDITOR: All over the world, men are engaged in or are interestedly observing the great economic conflict between communism and free enterprise. In many quarters these systems are regarded as opposite poles of possible economic systems, and it is common to assume (or at least hope) that the conflict will ultimately be resolved through some […]

Thank you, Western Sign Company

EDITOR: On behalf of all the residents and business owners in Placerville, I would like to express my thanks to the volunteers from Western Sign Company for decorating the Hangtown Christmas Tree. May you have a merry Christmas and God bless each and every one of you. DAVE MACHADO Vice mayor, city of Placerville

We miss you, Chrystal

EDITOR: DDAD, DRWDD, BU is a text message everyone should pass around. To me it means “Don’t Drink And Drive,” “Don’t Ride With Drunk Drivers” and “Buckle Up.” Pretty simple but important things we should all do as a rule in our everyday lives. Nearly a year ago a young lady’s life was cut short […]

The reason they attacked Pearl Harbor

EDITOR: I have never seen a person push a losing argument further than Mr. James Longhofer so maybe we can put this to bed now. He states that had we lost Midway the West Coast could have been invaded and we’d be speaking Japanese west of the Mississippi. Now let’s move from fantasy back to […]

I pay my taxes and I don’t burn crosses

EDITOR: Every day I continue to be amazed at the lack of rationale that the Liberal Left showS about the Tea Party movement, specifically, the love and the passion we have for America and the respect that we have for the Constitution. Rob Purdie’s letter of Nov. 3 is another example of the narrow mindset […]

Criminals don’t have budget cuts

EDITOR: The headline reads “Ax spared on sheriff’s budget.” It should have read “Ax poised to take out sheriff’s knees.” While this week’s accounting process may be over, the residents of El Dorado County would be wrong to believe that the matter is done. Rather, the the county coninues to bleed, and additional cuts will […]

Something’s terribly wrong

EDITOR: Let’s see now, approximately 15,000,000 unemployed, and who knows how many are actually under-employed, and the three ideas that were floated last week in Washington: backing away from the Afghanistan troop withdrawal deadline, handing $700 billion to the wealthiest Americans over the next 10 years and cutting Social Security benefits. I do believe that […]

Our guests were impressed

EDITOR: My husband and I enjoyed four house guests from Erie, Pa. We dined at Spanky’s Pizza in Placerville on our last day of vacation. Bob left to order our beverages and came back when they were unable to give change for his bill. We helped him out, and he returned for the drinks. All […]

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