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The poor need not apply to vote

Editor: EDITOR: Rush Limbaugh said poor people should not be allowed to vote, and Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips said only property owners should be allowed to vote. Rush and Judson, while I know you want to go back to 1776, wouldn’t this disenfranchise millions of voters? Oh, I see, millions of Democratic voters. JAMES E. LONGHOFER […]

No honor for the arrogant

Former Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers won’t be getting the honorific title of “professor emeritus.” We’re still wondering how he got the title of professor and member of the faculty from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chairman of the Board of Trustees Christopher Kennedy got the board to vote unanimously in September not to […]

Support local businesses so they can support you

EDITOR: I am the owner of a motorcycle equipment store in Placerville. About two months ago I had a father and son come into my store. They wanted to get outfitted with motorcycle riding gear, helmets, goggles, chest protector and boots. I spent about an hour-and-a-half getting them fitted with all of their correct sizes. […]

Volunteer coach has a beef

EDITOR: I have been a volunteer coach for over 25 years for the Georgetown Little League back in the 1980s and started volunteer coaching for the Placerville Parks and Recreation in 1984. I’ve coached teams from first grade to the eighth grade for the Parks and Rec Department, but since I’m in wheelchair when I […]

When will our supervisors do what is best for the county?

EDITOR: I am thoroughly frustrated with El Dorado County’s handling of the the rail right of way through our county. This asset has been wasting away for years and it is time to do what is best for the county. When will the supervisors in this county realize that keeping the tracks in place for […]

Printing money out of thin air

EDITOR: As many of you readers know, I often disagree with letter writer Mr. Longhofer on almost everything so you can imagine my shock when I found myself in complete agreement with his recent letter on inflation. He makes the point that the adminsitration’s CPI says that inflation is very low yet his real world […]

Bullying at a Christmas program

EDITOR: Mention bullying and most people equate it with something that only happens to children; especially those with lunch money. Don’t be fooled; it can happen to adults, too — and in the most unpredictable places, i.e. The Capital Christian Center at their Singing Christmas Tree program last night. My husband and I trekked down there […]

Christmas trees on Highway 50 moved me

EDITOR: We are new residents and love living in Diamond Springs. A recent trip up Highway 50 was very emotional when we saw the beautifully decorated Christmas trees that lined the highway. Christmas is a very special time of year and it’s heart warming to see how our communities keep the true meaning of the […]

Belltower: ‘Greetings to the Queen of the Mountains’

Doug Noble brought me a copy of the March 30, 1888, story from the Sacramento Union of the first excursion train to Placerville. Its subtitle was “Sacramento the King of the Valley’s Greeting to the Queen of the Mountains.” Folks from the capital filled up seven cars to ride to Placerville to celebrate the completion […]

Dollar still king

Russia and China recently got together for a confab in St. Petersburg, Russia, where they decided to drop the dollar and use their own currencies instead.  This came from Jerome Corsi’s Red Alert. An ironic name in light of who is in cahoots on this silly charade — Communist Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian […]

To Mac or not to Mac is the question

In his 2005 book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking author Malcolm Gladwell argues that many of the impulsive decisions people make in their lives are most times just as sound as the decisions they make after painstaking deliberation. The book further theorizes that successful people have the ability to quickly mentally process facts […]

I have no faith in the justice system

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Superior Court: My experience with your judicial system has destroyed my faith that justice can be obtained in your court. Having witnessed and experienced all manner of prosecutorial abuse of due process, I am now a potentially biased juror against the prosecution. I’ll have to tell the truth […]

The weekly Daley: That old Christmas/Holiday spirit

There may be lots of window decorations and banners and whatnot proclaiming that jolly, festive, brotherhoody time of year, but if you listen real close, you’ll hear un-jolly expressions of “no,” “never,” “over my dead body.” “Don’t shop at stores that don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas’.” “Don’t shop at stores unless they say ‘Happy Holidays’ instead […]

Great eatery right here in Placerville

EDITOR: Although our town of Placerville has some fine restaurants, they are in for some competition, and by that I mean the Foothill Grill. My family has enjoyed several weeks of deliciously seasoned and prepared three course meals from the Foothill Grill, which is the new El Dorado High School Culinary Arts restaurant, on campus […]

Placerville Christmas Tree brings fond memories

EDITOR: I saw the picture of the guys high up on the cherry-pickers doing their annual job, and got a surge of memory and pride. That tree symbolizes much of my childhood. The first time I was old enough to remember it was the Christmas season of 1945. I was in kindergarten at Placerville Grammar […]

Merry Christmas, jerk

EDITOR: I would like to extend a very, very merry Christmas to the individual who stole my Christmas lights on Nov. 30. Yes I would like to publicly extend that wish to that individual or individuals. If you found the lights so pretty that you developed such an overwhelming desire to have then I could […]

Christmas spirit

The Christmas season is sure getting off to a great start. The morning after Thanksgiving vehicles with El Dorado County Christmas trees tied to their roofs were rolling down Highway 50. By the afternoon it looked like every other vehicle was carrying a Christmas tree westbound. Then the Christmas tree cars and the returning skiers […]

Something to think about: Leaving the light on

I’m really glad I live in El Dorado County. Sometimes you have to go away and then return in order to see with new eyes. I’m not sure, but that sounds like a profound quotation from some philosopher. Paraphrased quotation or not, it describes exactly what happened when we went to Oregon for a visit and then returned to California five […]

Time to repeal ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’

EDITOR: Dozens of polls have shown that more than 70 percent of the American people support the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” The Pentagon’s study regarding the repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”  is clear: The military is ready to end this policy. The repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a matter of […]

Congress needs to pass Obama’s budget

EDITOR: I’ve seen a lot of finger-pointing in my nearly 60 years but what has happened since President Obama was elected is just ridiculous. The Bush administration left office with huge deficits and a failing economy. Our debt was, and is, tremendous. This will prevent our economy from rebounding anytime in the near future unless […]

One of the good guys

EDITOR: Nine days ago we lost one of the good guys in Norma Lucille Gray. Some may have known her as Norma at the Elections Department or as Larry’s mom or Quinn’s grandma. I met Norma in 1981 when she was Larry’s mom at swim team where she took me under her wing teaching me […]

Medicare cuts and deficits

EDITOR: Recently we have had letters to the editor making the point that politicians are too focused on the deficit as opposed to the recession and also raising the alarm of the impending cuts to Medicare. All this is more interconnected than one might think. First let’s tackle Medicare, which will end up leading to […]

Muslims are not evil

EDITOR: A few months ago I attended a Bible study by a non-denominational Christian preacher at the El Dorado County Jail. During the congregation I was shocked by the preacher’s loathsome and horrid statement in which he described Muslims and Arabs as evil. I am not sure how much he understood what he was saying, […]

My turn: Obama’s EPA goes on gas attack

Maureen Martin By Maureen Martin On Nov. 15 President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules requiring large industries to use the “best available control technology” to limit their greenhouse gas emissions. Only there’s a problem: There is no such limiting technology. Even the EPA admits it. The emission control directive comes in an Obama […]

Publisher’s ink: Time machine real solution to air travel

Our youngest daughter joined us on Thanksgiving Day. Her plane ticket was purchased before fares reached the usual holiday spike. The airline industry is an oligopoly. This simply means they can charge whatever they want whenever they can — thus the changing fares. Passengers are learning the Transportation Security Administration like airline fares are constantly […]

Gypsy curse

The nickname in legal circles is the gypsy curse. It’s a client who pursues a losing lawsuit no matter what the cost. The ultimate outcome is they end up losing more than they cold possibly have won. The case in point is the Diamond Springs Fire Protection District. After the Miwok Tribe contracted with the […]

Working on the railroad

How about those volunteers who have been fixing up the Placerville branch line? Volunteers from both Placerville and Folsom came together Nov. 13 to clean up what is known as Tunnel Cut No. 1 on the historical Placerville branch of the former Southern Pacific Railroad right of way. The volunteers weren’t just fixing the rail […]

I’m grateful for Broadway’s festive lights

EDITOR: In addition to decorating the beautiful tree in Historic Downtown, all of us on Broadway offer our deepest thanks to Western Sign Company for decorating our Christmas tree on Broadway. Your generous donation truly exemplifies the holiday spirit, and we are very grateful for your strong support of our community. Much appreciation also goes […]

What happened to Merry Christmas?

EDITOR: Am I the only one who misses the traditional Christmases of our childhood during this time of year? The simple pleasures of the singing of traditional Christmas carols of “Silent Night,” “Away in the Manger,” “We Three Kings,” etc., at work, at play, at school Christmas plays before political correctness deprived us of these pleasures. Of […]

Juvenile Hall Christmas party depends on you

EDITOR: After recently celebrating our American holiday of Thanksgiving, we are so much aware of the difficult times in our community and across the nation with unemployment and other insecurities. However, Christmas is coming, which brings us new hope in our hearts. Plans are under way for our annual Christmas celebration at Juvenile Hall on […]

Bye-bye to job-based health care?

EDITOR: The assault on the common man (and his/her family) continues — word from Washington is that job-based health care will be on the table for deficit reduction. Given this is the primary source of health care for middle-class Americans, it will be interesting to see how we deal with facing the full costs of […]

My concerns about the Tea Party

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Paul Bruzza makes his point that, as a proud Tea Party member, he is a willing taxpayer who loves America, its Constitution, and who doesn’t burn crosses. I’m sure his righteous indignation is heartfelt and sincere. My concerns about the Tea Party don’t stem so much from its claims to patriotism […]

Thanks for featuring this young lady

EDITOR: What a pleasant surprise to open the Mountain Democrat last week and see the wonderful article on Logan Savidge. Knowing Logan, we are sure she was embarrassed by the attention. This incredibly mature Union Mine senior is not one to seek accolades, no matter how justly deserved. In fact, Logan will be the first […]

For animals’ sake, read this

EDITOR: Important to read this I think, this is the reality. I think our society needs a huge “wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all … a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the back […]

The great imposter

All her friends they just watch her For they know the great imposter And she’s soon to join the roster They all know the great imposter — The Fleetwoods As P.T. Barnum once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” The big sucker in this case is the guy with the Iranian money bags, Afghanistan […]

California Rambling: Old West Christmas

Mary Stewart had a difficult life as a young widow living near Fair Play during the California Gold Rush.  Christmas just made it tougher. She’d lost her husband in a mine explosion and was left with two children, Totty, 5, and Benny, 4. To put food on the table, Mary worked long hours washing miners’ […]

The rural life: ‘Our’ rattlesnake

Jennifer Forsberg Meyer The sound, loud and unmistakable, was coming from under the stairs of the deck leading to our front door. A rattlesnake was bidding our guests (arriving for a small Labor Day barbecue) the opposite of a welcome. From the far side of the deck, I crouched and peered, gingerly, underneath. And there […]

Community Resource Center a lifeboat

EDITOR: My husband and I have spent many hours the past several days at the Community Resource Center (CRC) helping Rene Evans (the director)  in any way  we can. It has been extra busy the past two weeks  with the weather turning cold and more people coming in to take advantage of the overnight shelter, get […]

Chuck Norris: A leader we all can follow

William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth Colony, was a remarkable leader who endured much from Europe to the coastal regions of North America. Born in 1590 in a small farming town in England, he was only 1 year old when his father died, 4 when his grandparents took over his guardianship, 6 when his grandfather […]

Letter writer might be delusional

EDITOR: Todd Dierdorff can be excused his juvenile rant of Nov. 22 because, as my conservative friends have told me, it is hard to think straight when foaming at the mouth. His predictable rhetoric about exploding liberal heads, government “takeover” of health care, a lousy president, and Omigod! “an incredible bent toward socialism” come right […]

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