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 […]

The Bible shows no preference

EDITOR: I am responding to a letter titled “The Bible does not favor Republicans.” My Bible tells me that it doesn’t favor Democrats, either, because of their support of abortions and partial-birth abortions. Also, the insistence of the Democrats to support the American Civil Liberties Union in its march to rid our society of any […]

Deputy’s actions brought tears to my eyes

EDITOR: On a quiet Sunday morning I observed an elderly woman in a walker, walking our corner of Forni Road and Lindberg. I was concerned because I have never seen this woman (I’m a stay-at-home mom) and this corner is very dangerous. Almost daily do I hear vehicles take this corner at unsafe speeds, hit […]

We’ll never forget your kindness

EDITOR: I want to thank the staff at Marshall Hospital for the care of my beloved grandmother. The wonderful people on the medical surgical floor were angels and sent from above. Cheryl, Debbie, Natalie, Tricia, Jerry and all others, thank you so much for all you did. Our family will never forget your kindness in […]

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 […]