STARs are here to serve

EDITOR: In a recent story El Dorado County sheriff’s Capt. Craig Therkildsen stated that a thousand dollars had been spent to send STAR (Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees) volunteers to a crime prevention training conference that was 10 years ago. The STARs who are now working crime prevention and our community service officer, Raye Smith, […]

Mutilation of tree was uncalled for

EDITOR: Your newspaper issue of Monday, Nov. 15, contained photos of the large sequoia tree at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Main Street in Placerville. The tree was being decorated for the Christmas season. While it is laudable that Western Sign Company and its employees volunteered their service, it was noted that the tree […]

Proposition 21: It was only $18

EDITOR: Open letter to those who voted against Proposition 21: Did it occur to you that thousands of California businesses depend on tourist dollars? Now that some of our state parks will be closed and others will have reduced staff and hours, what do you think the folks who own those hotels, restaurants, gas stations, […]

Thoughts about elections

EDITOR: For many years David Brinkley was the news co-host with Chet Huntley on NBC. He also had a weekly radio program called David Brinkley’s Journal, on which he discussed news items. A week or so following the 1964 elections I happened to catch his program and he made a comment that has stuck with […]

Liberals rarely grant tolerance

EDITOR: Letter writer John Garon is a typical liberal exploding head. As with most liberals, he is unable to grasp the fact that opposition to the agenda of Barrack Hussein Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid is anything other than rational. Liberals, who demand tolerance, rarely if ever grant it. Garon is such a liberal. […]

Pollock Pines shines during awards dinner

EDITOR: On Wednesday, Nov. 10, I attended the Business Appreciation Awards dinner hosted by the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines and Sportsman’s Hall. Over 100 local business men and women, residents and county and state leaders attended the event, including Supervisor Ray Nutting and a representative from Congressman Tom McClintock’s office, all showing […]

Offensive American Flag drawing drew my ire

EDITOR: On Saturday, Nov. 13, I went to a Speech and Debate Tournament at Rosemont High School in Sacramento, and I saw a very offensive picture of a burning American Flag. As soon as I walked into the waiting room in the lower E-building, I saw the picture: a torch burning an American Flag, with […]

Is this how we repay our moms and dads?

EDITOR: Regarding Chris Daley’s article, “Vets, seniors protest deep budget cuts,” Nov. 5. To whom it should concern: We must save Senior Day Care, or lose our humanity. I haven’t heard anyone ask what will happen to the seniors and disabled persons that attend day care if it closes. Some families with more than one breadwinner may […]

Eyes to the skies

EDITOR: If you are a resident of El Dorado County, you most likely pay attention to the weather. You might be a grower of grapes or apples. You might be a mom who loves when the kids can play outside. Whoever you are you most likely find yourself looking up at the sky. When I […]

Publisher’s ink: California politics according to Einstein

News that our state’s budget deficit has now topped the $25 billion mark shouldn’t come as a surprise. Legislators have been avoiding addressing any real changes in cash outflow as they hoped the state’s economy would somehow magically bounce back and the coffers would be flush again with tax revenues. Neither of the candidates for […]

Why Obamacare is unpopular

It’s not a failure to communicate, as one of the wordiest presidents we have had said after the Republicans won the most congressional seats in an election since 1938. No, it’s the stuff we keep finding out about the bill that Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Congress would have to pass before […]

Chuck Norris: Nothing certain except death and a FairTax

Every week we receive more bad news about the American economy. Last week was no exception. The Fed began monetizing the national debt, while China’s gross domestic product for the third quarter expanded 8.9 percent from the previous quarter, Dagong (the Chinese quasi-government ratings agency) downgraded the credit rating of the United States, and billionaire […]

Thanks for information on non-native trees

EDITOR: It is very interesting to have letter writer Ms. Caffrey inquire into the origins of our thriving but “non-native” trees. I have noticed the beautiful magnolia tree she mentioned many times. It is gratifying to learn that it is a rare specimen and therefore we should be all the more appreciative of it. I […]

Shortage of courtrooms is the problem

EDITOR: Letter writer Ford McCoy of Placerville correctly concluded that delays of trials are too long but are people willing to take the steps necessary to fix that problem? The primary bottleneck is the shortage of courtrooms. Courtrooms cost money. Funding is short. Funding is handled by the Administrative Office of the Courts. They parcel […]

We couldn’t have made the final journey without Snowline Hospice

EDITOR: Since September my husband was under the care of Snowline Hospice. I am extremely grateful for the compassionate and professional care given to my husband by all of the hospice nurses, aides and volunteers. In particular his nurses Terry and Mary, his two aides Millie and Brandi and Cynthia, our medical social worker. I […]

Editorial on tax cuts misses the mark

EDITOR: The author of your Nov. 10 editorial needs to meet some inconvenient facts. The essence of the editorial was to advocate renewal of all of President Bush’s tax cuts that supposedly pulled us out of a recession that set in at the end of President Clinton’s second term. The facts are that President Clinton […]

What most people are worried about

EDITOR: Is the deficit really the concern of John and Jane Doe? It may be a concern, but way low on their list as their No. 1 concern is jobs. Who spends time worrying about a national deficit when the real worry is feeding your family, paying the mortgage and your utility bills. Yes, Mr. and Mrs. […]

They’ll compromise … if they get what they want

EDITOR: The president’s deficit commission has given us advanced notice of their findings to reduce our national deficit. Big hits on Social Security. One wonders why, given that removing the cap would solve the problem for the next 75 years. However, removing the cap would be a tax increase on the well-to-do, so instead the commission recommends lowering […]

The hits keep coming

EDITOR: The president’s deficit commission has given us advanced notice of their findings to reduce our national deficit. Big hits on Social Security. One wonders why, given that removing the cap would solve the problem for the next 75 years. However, removing the cap would be a tax increase on the well-to-do, so instead the commission recommends lowering […]

Set that holiday table with cancer fighting foods

EDITOR: I am trying to lift the awareness of the cancer fighting foods on the holiday table. The President’s Panel on Cancer May 2010 reports that 13 million more people will have cancer and states that our children are most susceptible to the accumulated toxins in the environment. I am launching a program to educate people on […]

‘They’ took our freedoms

EDITOR: I found Chris Daley’s Nov. 12 column on our alleged loss of freedoms since Obama’s election very insightful and entertaining. He’s a level above your other columnists. Upon further pondering, I was more concerned about loss of freedoms under the previous administration, such as the civil liberties-defying Patriot Act, than I am under the […]

QE2 ain’t a cruise ship

Although commodities ended the week down after China announced it was raising interest rates to counter inflation, they are still in the high range. Gold bullion came down from more than $1,400 an ounce to $1,364. Oil is hovering around $85 a barrel. Don’t expect prices to drop at the pump. Regular gas is holding […]

Protesting at soldiers’ funerals is just plain awful

EDITOR: I am very upset with the latest siege on American Christian values and the morality of our country that is being continually eroded by fanatical liberals, socialists, Marxists, communists, atheists, Muslim terrorists and those who portray themselves as Christians. I am particularly upset by the demonstrations being held by a Baptist church against the […]

Non-native trees: Placerville trees have a history

Columnist Mug Shot, Elizabeth Caffrey Mountain Democrat Photo by Shelly Thorene Soon after coming to Placerville from Tahoe this month, I noticed something strange about many of the trees in the village and also on Apple Hill: They did not belong. They were eastern trees. Someone told me the gold miners had brought the seeds, […]

Caples Lake boat launch closure explained

EDITOR:  I am responding to concerns expressed in a Nov. 10 letter to the editor about the Nov. 1 closure of EID’s Caples Lake boat launch. The writer questioned the reasons for the closure, noting that fish are still biting, ice has yet to form on the lake’s surface, and access to the lake — […]

California rambling: An early start to ski season

Snow guns have been blowing machine-made flakes onto El Dorado County slopes for weeks, now, making those born to ride anxious to get back on their boards. Though, the beginning of this ski season began much earlier. Our mountains average 400 inches of natural snow each winter, though if you’re in the ski industry, you […]

Outreach project successful

The first annual Community Outreach Project performed by local businesses and agencies was a smashing success. Several seniors enjoyed a shopping trip to Walmart, lunch at Eskaton, and assistance with wrapping their purchased gifts. Gift cards, provided by the following businesses and agencies made the shopping an extra special treat. Those contributing to the event […]

Keep railroad for multiple purposes

EDITOR: We can only hope the supervisors and the rails to trails bunch will get it. It is unfortunate that too many people are so short sighted, letting their own agenda drive them, instead of them finding the best use for all people and this county. For 30 years or more I had hoped the […]

Elder care: Tar! Hold the feathers

EDITOR: Mr. Herzog (“Older folks will want to tar and feather me,” letters to the editor, Nov. 10) is to be complimented and thanked for providing personal care for his wife of 55 years. Many people these days find themselves in the position of providing care for a husband, wife, father, mother, aunt. Family involvement […]

The weekly Daley: More post election

daley_chris I saw a bumper sticker the other day on the way home from work. It wasn’t actually on the bumper but rather was like a decal on the back window of a small pickup truck. I don’t know what you’d call it, but bumper sticker works for me. It said “In Loving Memory of […]

Keeping track

One has to give the members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors praise for their patience in listening to five hours of testimony about the future of the El Dorado Trail and and the remaining railroad track between Missouri Flat and Folsom. In fact we think they should all be given the Iron […]

We owe it to our seniors

EDITOR: Mr. Frank Herzog’s recent letter to the editor suggesting elimination of senior citizen “services” screams for rebuttal. So let me share some information Mr. Herzog and others may not be aware of. I am a volunteer at the Placerville Senior Center so I believe I see first-hand what seniors need and deserve. Mr. Herzog […]

Thanks for helping with the passing of ‘Mom’

EDITOR: This is an open letter from Loren Buck to the friends of LaVana E. Buck — known as “Mom” to all. I would like to thank the following people who responded to Mom’s death: First, Tom and Eva Tornell for all the help they provided to both of us. Next, Karl and Jennifer, Ed […]

Concerned about animal traps

EDITOR: I was out walking my dog at the Cottonwood Apartments in Placerville, then to my deep concern, we discovered set-spring animal traps with some kind of foul-smelling bait inside. Then I discovered more piles of suspect food around. The policy of Cottonwood is to allow “compassionate pet companions” upon a doctor’s notice. I have […]

Cameron Park Lions appreciate your support

EDITOR: On behalf of the Cameron Park Lions Club, we wish to thank everyone in the community for their support during our recent White Cane Days. The ongoing support of the community allows our club to continue providing assistance to those who are visually impaired and do not have the means to obtain vision care. […]

Publisher’s ink: Women’s Fund making a difference

“There are no strangers – just friends I haven’t met yet.” These were just some of the words describing the life of Joan Barsotti on a proclamation presented to her family at this year’s annual Women’s Fund El Dorado banquet. The event was held at the Serrano Country Club last month and I had the […]

Rush Limbaugh makes my blood boil

EDITOR: Listened to Rush Limbaugh yesterday while driving down to El Dorado Hills — his skill in selling snake oil to his customers is superb. I like to listen to Rush in my car because it keeps me awake as my blood pressure rises in response to his mirror reversal technique. He was complaining that Democrats were not […]

Franckly speaking: Heading into autumn — let me count the ways

Marion Franck. Democrat photo by Megan Jeremica Last Saturday, for the first time this season, I thought about the end of my kayak trip before I’d even started. The daylight hours are growing shorter, and whitewater kayaking requires that you allow time for the unexpected. I wanted to be sure we were done before dark. […]

I feel sheepish about my ram getting loose

EDITOR: My sheep ram got out Oct. 29 and caused a ruckus and had traffic backed up for miles. Thank you for your patience. I’m very sorry and I want to thank everyone who helped catch him. A special thank you to the lady in the dark SUV who took me down the road, and […]