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 […]

Garon refuted on New Black Panther Party

EDITOR: To Mr. John Garon: While I often admire your “way with words,” I’m disturbed by the frequency with which you present unsupported claims as indisputable truths. With particular regard to your Sept. 6 letter: In discussing the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) voter intimidation lawsuit, you pooh-pooh the group as “hardly a threat to the Republic,” […]

Fuel cells are coming

EDITOR: Listening to the naysayers talking down hydrogen fuel cell cars is like listening to the boys down at the livery stable in 1900 griping about the new horseless carriages that just came out. And there weren’t any gas stations then, either. Face up to it. The fuel cell is here, it works, and it’s going […]

What about noise pollution?

EDITOR: With all the talk about going green, our carbon footprint, air and water pollution, recycling, making a better planet, I haven’t heard any talk about noise pollution. Anyone who lives near highway 50 and especially in Placerville knows all about noise pollution. The motorcycles are the worst but then there’s the street racers and truck engine brakes, they […]

Nobody wants to solve illegal immigration

EDITOR: The reason the government will never address the illegal immigration problem is that the Republicans want them here for cheap labor and to break the unions, and the Democrats want the Latinos for their votes when they become legal citizens. JERRY K. FULLER Cameron Park

Houses don’t pay their way

EDITOR: Short term gain equals long term burden. The city of Placerville depends on developer fees for the revenue stream to keep our town running. Just look around and you’ll see how well that’s working. The city requires “x” amount of dollars to manage and maintain city services: road repair, water and sewer infrastructure, police and […]

Are Americans really ignorant about global warming?

By James M. Taylor Heatland Institute Global warming alarmism reached a new level of desperation last week when activists at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) published a study claiming 52 percent of Americans get an F on their knowledge of basic global warming facts. Such a poor grade might be cause for […]

Please address our water bill

EDITOR: Open letter to Ms. Kelly Segura, Accounting Supervisor, City Of Placerville, 3101 Center St.: We have a problem and need your help. As a very nice lady in your office (Suzanne) told me, you’re the only one who can be of assistance. As Mel Brooks said, “It’s good to be [Queen]! As I’m sure most residents in Placerville are, we’re unhappy […]

Too much information

EDITOR: There has been far too much candidate information this year, most trash. It seems to me that electronic, print, and the UPS should stop accepting campaign advertising as a public service. No ones rights under the 1st, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th amendments would be violated as those rights would still be assured. The […]

Quad-ruple your fun

A raffle for a 2011 Kawasaki 360 Camouflage 4×4 quad is currently being conducted. Tickets are $10 and a drawing will be held Dec. 1. You need not be present to win. Tickets can be purchased at The Paint Spot, 1303 Broadway in Placerville or t Mike’s Cycle of Placerville, 291 Placerville Drive. All proceeds […]

Rock doc: Doing the 180 pivot

E. Kirsten Peters mug I remember well when Barbara Mandrell and George Jones sang a fine country and western song about changes in public perspective. For those of you too young to remember, the lyrics of the chorus were: “I was country when country wasn’t cool/I was country from my hat down to my boots/I […]

Final endorsements

For U.S. senator we recommend Carly Fiorina. It’s time to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer. She has stood in the way of equipping our troops with the best equipment and protective gear, she has stood in the way of creating jobs  and she has tried to grab more land for wilderness in El Dorado Country. She […]

Billingsley’s bullets: You determine the happiness of events

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “As soon as you trust yourself you will know how to live.” Johann was right. If I trust my ability to be happy, even in an unhappy situation, I can create a happy environment for myself. If I don’t allow external forces, such as other people, to determine my inner […]

The weekly Daley: Browns and Whitmans and Giants, oh my

daley_chris_color I’ve never voted for myself for governor. I have voted for myself for a dozen or so other elective offices over the years – Board of Equalization, Insurance Commissioner to name a couple. Of course that was before I knew how important the Board of Equalization is. I don’t recall a more appropriate time […]

Now that’s a haunted house

EDITOR: I wanted to say what a great haunted house Snowline Hospice has given us this year. On Friday evening, I had two of my children and one of their friends with me. We all went through the Haunted House at no charge and it was very well done. Saturday I picked up my son […]