Wednesday, July 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Bring us something good

By
From page A7 | July 26, 2013 |

EDITOR:

In regards to the letter from July 12, “EPA Cronyism,” I am sorry Mr. Schumann has difficulty sleeping. I also have bouts of generalized fear that sometimes keep me awake beyond my bedtime. This happens to me, too, when I try to compartmentalize my thoughts, vague dissatisfaction (and fears) of “how things are” where we (as a civilization and a society) seem to be heading.

I also can create scenarios in my head that anger, sadden, harden or confuse me. I am trying to stay open-minded to viable scenarios that encourage, gladden or clarify things for me. Scenarios are imperfect models that should be vetted in order to identify critical distortions of essential facts and the reasons for them. I have read several earlier letters in this column by Mr. Schumann in which he makes some statements that might be worth objectively discussing and exploring. Instead, he frequently froths about this and that as if to foment general dissatisfaction, paranoia and anxiety in the readership, which comes across as his latent purpose.

I do believe that by using names and terms like “enviromaniacs,” you derisively, unproductively (well, then, what is your point?) and falsely categorize the world of individuals. Such blanket names as these — we see things like “enviro-(insert a churlish, derogatory, even hateful but, really, childish, name or word here) all too often — which is every time they are used.

Mr. Schumann might, instead, try to be a forthright, responsible and informed American citizen. He could bring to us verifiable facts and well-reasoned statements and an honest acknowledgement of his preferences, desires, needs and biases for his causes. Will he please stop prodding us to make the devil’s choice of, “You are either with us or against us?” This is the start of the distortion and the end of reasoned thinking.

I wish Mr. Schumann a good night’s sleep so that he can better compose his thoughts in his next letter. Maybe you could provide us with an accurate appraisal of whether suction-dredge mining can be beneficial, if not neutral, to the environment? What kinds of environments do you think we should try to preserve?

GENE DAVIS
Placerville

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

Six file for Dist. 2

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

 
District 2 candidates forum Aug. 14

By News Release | From Page: B1

EID ditch customers get relief

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1

 
Veterans receive wildland fire training

By News Release | From Page: B1

Market data open for local biz

By Ross Branch | From Page: B1

 
Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Road zone of benefit protester reaches dead end

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Volunteers clean up national forest

By News Release | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

My turn: Special interests at EID

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Russian metastasis

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

The Democratic-Chronicles: Not invented here

By Gene Altshuler | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

DA hogging Main St. parking

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
CAO and staff hiring friends

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Altshuler’s hypocrisy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Small Farm compromise

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

EID and Dale Coco

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
.

Sports

Roundup: July 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Dolphins ring up another title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Sharks defeat Loomis Basin in season finale

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Celebrity golf at Tahoe

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

By Shane Theodore | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Prospecting

At a glance: Comets to meteors

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Taste the best at the State Fair

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Tractor Supply Store recognized

By Uc Cooperative | From Page: B3

 
Amador Fair honors cowboys

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B3

 
Arbor Day book helps to identify trees

By Arbor Day | From Page: B4

Learn about lavender and its many benefits

By Christian Women's Connection | From Page: B4

 
Lee’s Feed appreciates customers

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

 
My Time meeting in August

By Senior Day | From Page: B5

Builders’ Exchange honors scholars

By El Dorado Builders' Exchange | From Page: B5

 
En garde at Silver Screen Classic

By Auburn Silver Screen | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 8-10

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Walter Vali

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jean Lachelle Taylor

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur J. Funston

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8