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 […]

Can you dig it?

EDITOR: California is experiencing severe joblessness these days, so why not open up a few of the gold mines and put our young men and women back to work? Since we are known as the Golden State, perhaps it is time to prove that point. It is a well known fact that 90 percent of the […]

‘Moonbeam’ is at the wheel — help

EDITOR: There was a tsunami that swept across the United States on Nov. 2. Unfortunately the wave ran out at I-5 in California. I am no longer claiming to be a “Californian.” I am placing a black stripe across my license plate and will wear a black arm band, in mourning for the sorry state of […]

What a great community

EDITOR: We just finished our seventh annual StoryVoices fundraiser for Partners In Care, and I was overwhelmed by the wonderful support we received. In addition to having a sold out event, we had tremendous sponsorship from a number of agencies: Waste Connections was our premier sponsor for this event. Other sponsors included Parker Development, El […]

Please return the computer

EDITOR: Recently my Astro Van was broken into near the corner of Racquet Road and Wimbledon Drive in Diamond Springs. A number of items were stolen, the most significant of which was my laptop computer. By now, those of you who stole the computer and the other items have found that this computer is more then […]

Court delays are ridiculous in some cases

EDITOR: In my book, Lawrence Alexander’s letter to the editor of Oct. 29 was right on target (a bulls-eye hit). I am in complete agreement that when the evidence in any criminal case is so completely overwhelming that it’s ridiculous for the court to allow the delays and expenses that they do in bringing the case […]

Thank you, California Democrats

EDITOR: The recent election results here in California will no doubt guarantee that our economy will not recover anytime soon. The failure of Proposition 23 will be disastrous for all families and businesses as well as local, county and state governments as follows: 1. A 60 percent increase in energy costs. 2. Increases in fuel costs […]

No compromise

President Barack Obama has said and repeated it recently that he would compromise on extending the tax cuts that President George W. Bush used to pull the country out of the recesi0n that set in at the end of President Bill Clinton’s second term. His idea of compromise is to end the tax cuts for […]

No easy fix to this problem

EDITOR: Over the last 25 years both the Republicans and Democrats followed a disastrous policy of international free trade without proper safeguards. The results have been catastrophic damage to the American economy. Neither Democrat or Republican politicians will face this reality. The promise of creating jobs now rings from our politicians but we have given away […]

Why close the launch ramp, EID?

EDITOR: I have a question for El Dorado Irrigation District. Why are they closing the gate to the brand-new launch ramp at Caples lake? This popular fishing lake is within easy striking distance of many Motherlode and valley anglers, and its popularity has increased dramatically since the dam repairs and all the trout plants since […]

Older folks will want to tar and feather me

EDITOR: Some old folks, and their taxpayer funded advocates, are all in an uproar because El Dorado County’s income from taxpayers has been cut and will be cut even more in coming years. This income reduction forces the county to cut many “services” including senior nutrition programs and other seniors’ programs. In my opinion, most […]

Bahá’ís to celebrate holy day

EDITOR: El Dorado County’s two Bahá’í communities, centered in Diamond Springs and El Dorado Hills, respectively, will come together for a joint commemoration of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet/founder of the Bahá’í Faith. The celebration will take place at the home of Farhad and Nastram Foroudi in El Dorado Hills on Thursday Nov. 11, […]

Fire chief and crew were great

EDITOR: A note of thanks for Placerville Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Cordero. Tim was driving on Main Street and noticed a column of problematic smoke, followed it to our home, phoned for an engine and they were here within three or four minutes. We had a serious chimney fire and they contained it. They […]