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 […]

Tooth fairies

EDITOR: After a near fatal fall and losing my two front teeth (and no insurance to pay for new ones) two very generous and wonderful people are making it possible to not only replace these teeth, to to fix the rest of my teeth. We always knew there were still some warm and generous people […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Being stupid comes easy for some people

Bob Billingsley We are back from our annual sojourn to Pismo Beach – tanner and more fit.  As tradition dictates, I brought back new T-shirt statements and some of my favorite signs observed as follows: “There’s no need to act stupid, even though you’re really good at it.” “Who are those kids, and why are […]

Making assumptions to justify conclusions

EDITOR: Mr. McHenry’s recent letter attempts to validate Mr. Alger’s contention that Japan had no intentions of invading America, and he does this by listing a Japanese war plan of Sept. 6, 1941 (we will assume he is correct in stating such). This war plan had seven objectives, none of which included invading our West Coast.  […]

The Tea Party’s phony outrage

EDITOR: To history buffs, the recent election of Tea Partyers has a sense of déjà vu. In 1850 angry voters elected people who supported an agenda of anti-immigrant sentiment, religious intolerance, racist bigotry, and jingoism. I refer, of course, to the brief rise of the Know Nothings, America’s particular version of Britain’s Luddites. Tea Partyers, […]

Back Fence 1108

I’ll bet he won’t lay an egg Attention, chicken/egg lovers! Master Gardener and local poultry grower Thorne Barrager will discuss raising chickens on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane in Placerville. For more information about this free event please call 530-621-5540 or visit My pal John […]

Don’t touch those rails

Apparently a faction of trail proponents is still trying to rip up the railroad tracks. An El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, is when the  rail rippers will make another pass at selling the rails for scrap on the theory that it will pay for extending the paved path […]

Something to think about: Sadie takes a stand

Wendy on ZiplineKMK_0042E Meg or Jerry? Jerry or Meg? When I received my mail-in ballot, I was surprised to see there were other gubernatorial candidates besides Whitman and Brown. I certainly hadn’t heard of any. Meg or Jerry, that was the question. Whether ’twas nobler in the mind to vote for the spender of an […]

Japan didn’t have sights on U.S.

EDITOR: Mr. George Alger’s recent letter provided historical information leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. His thesis was that the Japanese never had any intentions of invading the U.S. mainland after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Alger concluded by hoping his letter “stimulates readers.” This letter […]

The weekly Daley: The election

daley_chris_color The king is dead. Long live the king. That’s what they used to say when the king died and the next king immediately took over the throne, so there would be no break in governance. Even if the actual king wasn’t up to the task, somebody else was until he came of age or […]

We’re old, but we still count

EDITOR: I was shocked to read that one of the El Dorado County supervisors said it was important to differentiate between nice and necessary and it seems the nutrition program was deemed nice and therefore dropped. What a rude and thoughtless remark. He feels that way because he is probably about 45 years old and […]

Belltower: A summer without meat bees

What a summer! A summer without meat bees. We whacked more flies than normal, but no meat bees. It was ideal barbecue conditions this year. One wonders what good are meat bees anyway? They’re good for something, according to an Introduction to Earth, Soil and Land in California by David Carle, part of the UC […]


Congratulations to John D’Agostini on winning election as El Dorado County sheriff. The race with sheriff’s Capt. Craig Therkildsen was a close one, but when the final semi-official totals were posted at 1:15 a.m. Nov. 3, D’Agostini had a 1,604-vote margin. Though between 10,000 and 12,000 votes remain to be counted, the current margin, history […]

Trails are not income producers

EDITOR: I see the trails group is again misleading the residents and businesses of El Dorado County. A quote from the trails group: “Trails boost the economy! The American River Parkway reports $360 million in economic benefits.” From the American River Parkway (ARP): The American River Parkway generates and estimated $364,218,973 annually for the local […]

Newspapers should leave political filters off

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Parker’s assertion that my letter exposing Obama’s signing off on torture made it seem as though it wasn’t going on before is absurd on its face. You would have had to be off the planet to have missed the literal years the mainstream media spent hammering Bush on this issue. But […]

Let’s start giving thanks

On Saturday, Nov. 13, the Fleet Reserve Association’s Hangtown Branch, Unit 275 will hold its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Veterans Memorial Building, 130 Placerville Drive. Social hour begins at 3 p.m. and dinner will be served at 4 p.m. Come on out and enjoy the roast turkey with all the trimmings. The dinner cost […]

Keep those letters coming

By now most of you must be aware of our new Website and its innovative concept of publishing our news online first and drawing from that for our print product. So far this is third computer system change at this paper since we abandoned Remington typewriters, copy paper, scissors and paste pots. It is by […]

Franckly speaking: Time moves slowly when your only buddy is a baby

Marion Franck. Democrat photo by Megan Jeremica “I don’t have anything to write about,” I complain to my daughter. “Don’t worry,” she says. “After you take care of Carson for 24 hours, you will.” Good call. I arrive in Madison, Wis., for a seven-day visit that will include a day and night alone with Carson. […]

Publisher’s ink: License plates tell us who we are

I’m not exactly sure when New York State became known as “The Empire State.” Perhaps it refers back to the state’s early history as a strategic colony in defeating the British and winning the American Revolutionary War. It was home to our first U.S. Capitol in 1789 and the Erie Canal, an industrial marvel completed […]

You’re blaming the wrong people, sir

EDITOR: I read the letter from Paul Bruzza regarding how we should change the mantra for Lady Liberty to say, “Give me your lazy, your worthless, your yammering masses demanding a free ride …” I certainly hope he’s not referring to immigrants, because it is immigrants who made this country great. They are the ones […]

More on Pearl Harbor

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Alger disputes my contention that Japan could have invaded the United States in World War II — noting that Japan was committed elsewhere and logistics would have prevented an invasion of the continental United States. May I suggest that had Japan been successful in the Battle of Midway and in the Aleutian […]

Gay pot smokers must be conflicted

EDITOR: I just have one question: How conflicted must gay and lesbian pot smokers be these days? Dopers scream about the “feds” enforcing marijuana laws that, according to them, is “state” business. Then, the majority of Californians vote against gay marriage, and suddenly “state” matters become “federal” again. I guess principles are only important until […]

Amazing generosity

EDITOR For the second year in a row, the Mountain Lake Medical Group has shown the Pollock Pines School District incredible generosity. Last school year a new requirement went into effect that made annual physicals for middle school after-school sports athletes mandatory. Last year Dr. Michael Culver, Jay and Laurie Miser stepped up to donate […]

How to help the casino

EDITOR: While current economic woes may contribute somewhat to Red Hawk Casino’s financial challenges, I think the more obvious factor is one that could and perhaps should have been expected from the very start. The three “draws” that bring people in for a night at the casino are gambling, food and entertainment. Noting the greater […]

Tea Party meetings raise some questions …

EDITOR: I’ve noticed a lot of publicity lately about meetings of the Tea Party at Union Mine School. Now I’m all for the peoples’ rights of free association as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution, but it has occurred to me that public schools such as Union Mine may be an inappropriate forum […]

These are some terrific people

EDITOR: Recently the El Dorado County Sports League’s cross country championships at the fairgrounds were tremendous! Over 800 third- through eighth-grade students ran in 10 separate races, with around 2,000 parents, relatives and friends there to cheer them on. There are so many people to thank: 1. The fairgrounds administration and staff, who are so […]

Alpine grazing

The U.S. Forest Service is beginning a pilot project studying water quality on alpine grazing allotments in the Stanislaus National Forest. Anne Yost, regional rangeland program manager for the Forest Service, briefed a group of 60 people, mostly ranchers and other interested parties, at  a high mountain meadow in Tuolumne County in mid-August. She told […]

Moni would not have approved

EDITOR: My name is Yvonne Griffin. I moved to El Dorado Hills in July 2001 from Marin County and have never regretted my decision to retire in these beautiful foothills. Moni Gilmore encouraged me to get involved and appointed me to a vacancy as secretary of the El Dorado Hills Senior Advisory Council in 2002. […]

I fell off my roof … but thanks

EDITOR: On Oct. 26 I fell from the roof of my house. I was very lucky that my neighbors were in their yard and came rushing over to find me. If it wasn’t for them coming over and the EMTs who followed, I would still be at the site. So Brent, Lin, Carol — a […]

It’s not just about meat and vegetables

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is being asked to consider eliminating the Senior Nutrition Program for five locations described as “outlying.” Before they vote on this issue, I urge that they consider the impact these closures will have on the overall well-being of our valued seniors in all of the eliminated communities. […]

Please keep Senior Nutrition Centers open

EDITOR: Monika and I have visited the Senior Nutrition sites in Diamond Springs, Placerville and El Dorado Hills. We enjoyed the hot, nutritious meals and we enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the seniors who were also enjoying their lunches. After talking with the seniors, it was obvious that they were dependent on their meals […]

New GOP-generated national motto

EDITOR: The GOP is positively giddy over its chances of taking back the House on Nov. 2. They’re already measuring the drapes for their new offices and drafting bills to roll back all manners of laws passed by the Obama administration. No one has paid much attention to the first bill the GOP leadership intends […]

Steerses do a lot for community

EDITOR: First of all, Mr. Hagen, while I admit I do not know much about politics other than my gut intuition. You need to learn a few facts about Ken and Lani Steers before you slander them. I admire their passion for politics and their passion in life in everything they do. Maybe you should […]