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Focusing on the gun isn’t the answer

EDITOR: The opinion piece by Chris Daley in the Jan. 14 edition of the Mountain Democrat was misnamed. The Tucson incident is not a gun tragedy. The tragedy is that six people died at the hands of a mentally disturbed person. Rather than focusing on the instrument of the crime, the focus should be on […]

Can’t have it both ways, Mr. Garon

EDITOR: It was interesting to read the letter by John Garon in “Letters …” on Jan 14. The fact that the paper published his unsubstantiated, supposed facts in his collection of trash, puts the lie to his conclusions about the paper’s bias. If the paper were the propaganda tool that he claims, the letter would never […]

They’re scarier than the Tucson shooter

EDITOR: Trying to understand the senseless tragedy in Tucson over the weekend for the average citizen can be a daunting endeavor, especially if one is dependent on the mainstream media and talking heads to provide accurate and non-hyperbolic fault-finding reports. There has been a lot of public and private speculation concerning whether this is the […]

We’ll miss you, Brian Veerkamp

EDITOR: Thank you, Chief Brian Veerkamp, for your years of dedicated service to the El Dorado Hills community. We especially appreciate your unending support of our El Dorado Hills Senior Center and seniors throughout the region. You will be missed! JANET KENNEWEG El Dorado Hills Senior Center supervisor

Response to ‘Students learn of environmental impacts

EDITOR: I could not help but gag on this article, which did not list an author’s name. Could it have been provided by a school district or some government Department of Worthless Services?  The article described an “outdoor educational collaboration of students, teachers” and of course “professionals from county, state and federal agencies” participating in […]

Keep Kaser behind bars

EDITOR: I’m writing to plead with your readers to stop the parole of Robert P. Kaser. It makes me sick to think he has a chance at parole. He shot three people, killing a young man. He knew what he was doing; jury misconduct let him plead to a lesser charge. I moved here a […]

My New Year’s resolution

EDITOR: I admire the Mountain Democrat for backing its economic beliefs with words. The Christmas editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” is a case in point. The celebrated answer given by the New York Sun’s editor to a young girl’s naïve question sounds very much like a metaphor for Reaganomics: a fairy tale […]

We don’t need more pebble counters

EDITOR: Response to Article in Jan 5 paper, “Students Learn of Environmental Impacts” I could not help but gag on this article which did not list an author’s name. Could it have been provided by a school district or some government Department of Worthless Services? The article described an “outdoor educational collaboration of students, teachers,” […]

Belltower: Our history on TV

It must have been a slow TV news day when KOVR Channel 13 reporter Neda Iranpour called Mountain Democrat Features Editor Mimi Escabar 3:45 p.m. Jan. 4 about coming up and doing a story about our newspaper starting its 160th year of publication. She called me about 4:45 just to be sure somebody would be […]

A dose of Dan: When it pays to retire

There is a multitude of ways to ring in the New Year, and many of us enjoy reading various lists presented by our favorite publications that reflect on what transpired the year before. Many of the items on these lists are events we remember all too well, but some of the events catch people off […]

The cell phony war

We sure have to praise Gov. Jerry Brown for finding ways to save money. Sacramento newstorial writers and and some state workers pooh-pooh the governor’s efforts as symbolic and “a drop in the bucket.” The latest money saving plan from Brown is to cut the 96,000 state employee cell phones in half to 48,000. Some […]

Tax increases are never ‘temporary’

EDITOR: Gov. Brown wants a five-year “temporary” tax increase. Politicians don’t know the definition of temporary when it comes to taxes. Rather than trust our elected representatives with this bucket of money that they can continue to waste why not offer a compromise? I’m not sure I even trust them with this concept but it […]

Kaser: The time for vengeance has ended

EDITOR: Regarding Killer Kaser (tacky alliteration).  As Bob Kaser’s trlal attorney I will happily fund a drinking experience wherein you will attain a blood-alcohol level of .31 percent and then ask if you know what you are doing. (Based on this editorial I would suspect that it will be the same as when you are […]

Getting dumped on

El Dorado County government and the local taxpayers sure got the short end of the stick on the defunct dump in Meyers, the unincorporated portion of South Lake Tahoe. The landfill was operated privately for nine years from 1946 to 1955, then it became a Forest Service responsibility. El Dorado County used it under a […]

They will demand millions

“The Dude and his bowling teammates are once again confronted by the nihilists, who have set the Dude’s car on fire. They once again demand the million dollars. After telling the nihilists what they knew, the nihilists demand all the money in their pockets.” From a Wikipedia plot summary of “The Big Lebowski“ In looking […]

Something to think about: New Year, new images

It’s two weeks into a new year and pundits tell us that almost all New Year’s resolutions have already been broken and discarded. I didn’t make any resolutions this year, so I’m in the clear. It’s not that I don’t have things that I would like to improve about myself — height, name, a decrease […]

The weekly Daley: Can gun tragedy be avoided?

“Let them beat their swords into plowshares.” That might be a way to curtail violence. The swords, of course, are symbolic for whatever weapons are most commonly employed in the commission of violent acts and crimes. Eliminating firearms altogether would certainly reduce the number of gun-related crimes. However: “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will […]

Thanks to the nice man who helped us

EDITOR: Myself and family are so thankful to the local resident who helped pull our small dog Posh from a tree near the laundromat on Broadway on Jan. 6. We are forever grateful and what a great person you are. We will always remember your kind act. NELSON EDWIN MATHEWS and family Placerville

Big Three automakers: It’s not about how fast we can get to the gas station

EDITOR: At around the same time the Japanese companies came in calmly pushing the efficiently of their vehicles. Guess what? Now, after the Big Three almost went completely under due to outrageous wage demands by the UAW, the resurgence in their businesses have led two of them back to pushing the horsepower and speedy performance […]

Mountain Democrat a tool of propaganda

EDITOR: I never thought I’d write these words, but “Congratulations, Congressman McClintock, for your letter of Jan. 3, defending your criticisms of the Bush administration.” The Mountain Democrat’s editorial attack on you for writing the truth tells volumes about the Democrat’s propensity to push totalitarian ideas that would make the People’s Daily and the Pyongyang […]

Opposed to city redevelopment

EDITOR: Why is the city of Placerville still considering this ridiculous redevelopment scam? Even Jerry Brown has declared in a Sacramento Bee article he is planning on “eliminating hundreds of local redevelopment agencies, eventually redirecting tax revenue they receive to counties and schools.” In a related San Francisco Bay Guardian article dated Jan. 4, activist […]

Republicans have no pulse

EDITOR: It appears to me that the real reason this country is in such a mess is a direct result of the Republican Party’s failure to address the pulse of the American people. Obama recognized this failure and offered the American people change, and make no mistake, the American people desire change from the same […]

Libraries need books

EDITOR: A library is not a library without books. Severe cuts in our state and county budget have affected us all, including our local library. The El Dorado County Public Library is in desperate need of funds to buy new books. Long ago, libraries may merely have been quiet, sleepy rooms warehousing ancient tomes. Today […]

Help Indian Creek win

EDITOR: Mr. Cahill’s and Mrs. McDaniel’s classrooms at Indian Creek School have been selected to be one of the top 10 finalists in a classroom makeover competition.When their classrooms were flooded in October, an Indian Creek parent, Megan Radtke, applied for a grant to help offset their losses. The first prize is $2,500 for the […]

We need to learn more about painful shingles

EDITOR: All I ever heard about shingles was that it was a rash some people had. I never really knew anyone who had it until a few years ago and even then I had no idea what it was really like. Since then I’ve met or heard from a number of people who have had […]

Support deputies’ pay raises

EDITOR: Once again our El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is making negative comments about the raises our deputy sheriff’s received effective Jan. 1. First off, the automatic raises received by our deputy sheriff’s under Charter 504 are put in place to keep their pay in line with other agencies. If they did not receive […]

No priority rights for the SPTC

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors recently withdrew a proposed resolution that would have set trail pursuits (hiking, cycling, equestrian use) as the county’s priority for the Sacramento-Placerville Transportation Corridor. I laud Supervisor John Knight for having authored the resolution showing his foresight in recognizing the health, spiritual and economic benefits of setting […]

Do-it-yourself Sheriff’s Office update

EDITOR: The day after I mailed my letter to the editor, an El Dorado County sheriff’s lieutenant called, we played phone tag three times over a period of six days. In the end he left a phone message stating he had requested more frequent patrols of our neighborhood. He stated that the Sheriff’s Department was […]

Ted Gaines births Beth, the Bill and Hillary of the red dirt foothills

EDITOR: Ted Gaines, the conservative, won his race against Steve Cooley, the Democrat, to replace recently deceased state Sen. Dave Cox. Now we hear, and Ted himself confirms to the Mountain Democrat, that his dynamic Rhodes scholar wife Beth (just kidding, she’s a housewife) is considering running as the Republican in the spring special election […]

Dog trainer defended

EDITOR: We were very distressed to see the stories on the Channel 3  news and in the Mountain Democrat about dog trainer Garrett Ridley. He is being accused of mistreating dogs left in his care at his kennel. Two years ago we hired Garrett to help us with our newly acquired Boston terrier. He came […]

Publisher’s ink: Looking through the office window

Several years ago I published the Hebron Herald, a weekly newspaper located in northern Indiana. The newspaper employed a woman named Helen, who for many years penned a local column called “Looking through the Office Window.” Helen’s desk was situated in a way that gave her an optimal view of passersby and people became the […]

Juvenile Hall Christmas thanks

EDITOR: To our El Dorado County friends: A simple “thank you” does not seem adequate for the support you have given to our recent Christmas celebration at Juvenile Hall. We were amazed at your generous gifts and are humbled to use them wisely in the best interests of our youth. Beyond the carefully selected gifts […]

My turn: Why government should stay out of green energy

In the realm of solar power, there has never been more fanfare for a startup than in the case of Solyndra. Founded in 2005, the company’s rooftop mounted solar panels were immediately touted as “the next big thing” in alternative energy. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, Solyndra has been a magnet for venture […]

Don’t parole killer Kaser

Robert Patrick Kaser should never even be considered for a parole hearing from prison. The only reason he is, is because of a mistrial being declared on a picayune technicality. He was convicted of first-degree murder, but the verdict was later overturned because a juror looked up a word in the dictionary. So the district […]

Kaser determined his own fate

EDITOR: When a grown man kills a young boy for no particular reason, he should stay in prison for the rest of his life. Robert Patrick Kaser has determined the rest of his life – no on else has done that. P. WALSH Placerville

Tucson tragedy: Let’s end the inflammatory metaphors

EDITOR: I hope the tragedy in Tucson will finally, once and for all, put to rest the comments by some individuals and fringe groups who use gun related metaphors about rival candidates and incumbents. The use of phrases such as “Second Amendment solutions” and “in the crosshairs” are probably viewed by 99 percent of those […]

Don’t throw local merchants under the bus

EDITOR: This letter is in response to a letter from Mr. Jon Bromenschenkel in regard as to why he should shop locally after having a bad experience at a local merchant. Mr. Bromenschenkel, the independent local merchants work extremely hard as well as at great expense to bring to you and other locals a unique […]

Christmas compassion and spirit appreciated

EDITOR: The Christmas season is well past but we, the brothers of the Sierra Chapter of the Vietnam Vets, Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club,  would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the kindness and generosity of many of the residents of the Pollock Pines community. Each December we get together at the Fifty Grand Steakhouse […]

Respectful tone not quite reached

EDITOR: Reference Mr. Giacomo’s recent letter concerning Japanese war plans and his opinion that I should keep a respectful tone and realize others (Mr. Alger) may disagree with me. As for Japanese war plans, Mr. Alger consistently argued that Japan had no contingency plan to attack our West Coast yet, in fact, it did exist. […]

Internet shoppers not killing local business

EDITOR: In reading the letter posted regarding Internet shoppers killing local business, I was drawn to reply, due to the origin of the complaint. I have personally been in the local business that was cited several times in the past four years and have seen no customer service. A second letter posted on the same […]

Put me in charge

EDITOR: I don’t believe in handouts but I do believe in giving a hand up. I would see no man, woman or child go without the basic necessities. But welfare and entitlements cannot and should not provide a comfortable way of life. This must stop. 1.   If people need food, they should get it; bags […]

Give the deputies a break

EDITOR: Is letter writer Mr. Dean Plant for real? My gosh, go buy some electrical cords and watch your own yard. People have been mailing in minor complaints for 20 years. Leave the deputies alone. After a 10-hour shift and hundreds of calls, they need a break. Believe me, they are not hiding. Their radios […]

Opinions and respect — they can go hand in hand

EDITOR: I sometimes wonder, Mr. Longhofer, if you believe that your numerous letters are purely factual and not just opinions? Your letter regarding Japan’s plans to invade the USA is somewhat factual but the possibility of an invasion happening is pure nonsense. All generals, etc., have multiple plans drawn up but they are just contingency […]

Parasitic health insurance companies

EDITOR: It’s reported that a prominent insurance company seeks rate hikes of as much as 59 percent for individuals. Soon their customers will have to turn over their entire paychecks to satisfy these —- fill in a word, parasites comes to mind. Can anyone give me one reason (logical please) we need health insurance companies? […]

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