Clinton hearings

EDITOR: I’ve been watching the Benghazi hearings. My question is: How were the people in Clinton’s group able to change her from a stern looking person to a bobblehead? BILL WOEHER Pollock Pines

Is this really OK?

EDITOR: Some things are OK here in California. It’s OK to profit from baby parts but not from National Forest timber. It’s OK to prohibit public mining because challenging the prohibition in state courts can be postponed and delayed for over five years. It’s OK to charge rural residents a fire tax and then transfer this […]

Thanks for your support of the Sherwood Demonstration Garden

EDITOR: Special thanks go to the Mountain Democrat for your continual support of the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of El Dorado County through your coverage of our plant sales and the Sherwood Demonstration Garden. We especially appreciate your article that ran on Friday, Oct. 2, and the lovely pictures of the grand […]

Meat industry is scary

EDITOR: I was never scared of all the witches, zombies and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween next Saturday night. What really used to scare me was the meat industry. This is the industry that mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other feeling animals, that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling […]

CCW ban meaningless

EDITOR: On Oct. 10 Gov. Brown took our state further into the abyss of political correctness in which reason and common sense do not survive. At the expense of our right to defend ourselves, he signed into law a bill, SB 707, that further erodes our liberties. SB 707 bans the holders of legally obtained […]

Happy with Hillary?

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer writes on how happy he will be with a Hillary presidency. I can just imagine how thrilled he will be. Probably the only one happier than Mr. Longhofer to see Hillary as president will be Vladimir Putin. A Hillary presidency will give him a bunch more years to mop the floor with […]

Silent Sound Spread Spectrum

EDITOR: Are we all “entrained?” I ask this question after reading about Silent Sound Spread Spectrum on page 850 of David Icke’s book “The Perception Deception.” To be entrained is to be controlled by thoughts that come from the subconscious but were placed there by artificial means. Silent Sound Spread Spectrum is new technology that involves […]

Amazing coach, amazing kids

EDITOR: As many of you know, Green Valley Church hosts a free breakfast, food and clothing giveaway, and offers community resource counseling every Saturday for those in need in our community. Last Saturday coach Troy Selvey brought his Ponderosa High School basketball team to volunteer as food and coffee servers. They did that and more. […]

Sucking the life out …

EDITOR: “It’s coming from so far away, it’s hard to tell for sure that what I hear is music,or the wind through an open door. And the fuse is burning, and the world is turning.” — Jackson Browne, “The Fuse” And so it is that a man in a blue suit and red ball cap (perhaps to […]

Petulant little kids

EDITOR: We now know who is holding up our government. Holding up as defined as those who wear a mask and hold a knife. I was going to say gun but that would get the NRA guys all excited. Yes, it’s the Tea Party freedom gang acting like petulant little kids. Give them what they want […]

Only citizens

EDITOR: Only citizens … can legally vote in the United States of America. This is also true in Mexico. However, to vote in Mexico every eligible citizen has to have a tamper-proof photo-ID with a thumbprint and an embossed hologram. All citizens are required to personally enroll and show proof of birth or citizenship. Applicants are […]

Meaningless editorial

EDITOR: In a recent editorial titled “A crying shame” the author, Mark Shields, decried the increase of poverty among the children of the United States during the Obama years. I am confused. What “children” are the author talking about? What is the age range of “children?” Are they poorer because they get less allowance? What […]

Reject the refugees

EDITOR: Christmas is coming early this year. Our “benevolent” and “all-knowing leader” is telling us, not asking or with Congressional approval, this country will take in 10,000 refugees from Syria this year. There will be an additional 75,000 next year as a going away present. His gifts will keep on giving and taking from Americans who […]

Blown away by soccer sportsmanship

EDITOR: I coach the varsity boys soccer team at Galt High School. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, we hosted El Dorado High School and I wanted to let the school and community know how impressed I am with the quality young men EDHS brought to Galt. Even though the score wasn’t ideal for the Cougars, their young men […]

Another mountain lion sighting

EDITOR: I see signs on North Circle Drive and Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs that another mountain lion has been spotted. The last time this happened I suggested that Donald Trump go in and escort the lion out of the county. Apparently, he was too preoccupied to take on that chore. I am asking him […]

Robinson’s Pharmacy the best

EDITOR: Over the years I’ve used many of the local pharmacies for handling my mom’s prescriptions. I’ve heard all of the excuses from them as to why the prescriptions are not ready. I’ve even called ahead of time to confirm pickup and when I’d get there they tell me they made a mistake and to […]

When buses fly by

EDITOR: El Dorado Transit again failed its El Dorado Hills transit riders today (Oct. 12). They announced a limited Columbus Day holiday schedule two weeks ago by e-mail as well as on the website, which had not changed as of Saturday. Two buses would stop at every Park and Ride location including the Post Office […]

Funding abortions

EDITOR: To say that “The federal government does not fund Planned Parenthood for abortions …” (Barbara Petersen, Mountain Democrat, Oct. 7) is incorrect. I will give you an example of why this is true. A family has spendable income of $2,000 per month. They spend $800 on rent, $100 on utilities, $400 on food, $100 on […]

Special speakers

EDITOR: Three special speakers presented information at the County Alliance Project on Sept. 20. First was Joe Bannister, former IRS agent working in the Criminal Investigations Division. When Joe heard Devvy Kidd claim that paying income tax was not mandatory, he investigated her claim. After three years of investigation, he wrote a memorandum of his […]

A bit hypocritical

EDITOR: Mr. Chris Daley wrote an almost half-page article railing against Kim Davis ignoring the law and refusing to issue marriage licenses. I agree that laws should be obeyed and enforced, but, Mr. Daley, what about President Obama — the poster child for ignoring laws he doesn’t like? He has been doing exactly what Kim Davis did for […]

A rigged game

EDITOR: For some months I’ve been following the Targeted General Plan Amendment/Zoning Ordinance Update process and the related Biological Resources Policies Update. According to El Dorado County staff, these are just routine updates of the voter approved 2004 General Plan. In reality, they are thinly disguised attempts to water down the protections in that general plan […]

One act play

EDITOR: Donald Trump has told us he will make America great again. A first act that appeals to many. Now comes the second act, in which he tells us specifically how he will make America great again. But, he has no second act. The incomplete second act causes the curtain to come down and the audience leaves the theater. […]

Alternative to sanctuary city

EDITOR: I’m not quite prepared for Placerville to become a sanctuary city. But I really do want to give help to those in need, as I’m sure many of you do. And so, I propose we have a ballot measure to make Placerville a suppository city. Anyone who shows up in Placerville and isn’t feeling […]

Daley more whacko than ever

EDITOR: Every time I think Chris Daley can’t write a more whacko article than he already has, he proves me wrong. Apparently caught without anything relevant to say and newsprint to fill he wasted a half page of the paper with a left-wing rant where he wrote about some fictitious phone call he just made […]

Thank you to our community

EDITOR: A big thank you to all the folks who turned out for the very successful Neighborhood Chat. We sure appreciated the opportunity to keep you informed on the immense challenge before us in regards to water/sewer and road infrastructure. Even more, we thank you for brainstorming with us about possible solutions. The range of […]

Thank you to our safe student drivers

EDITOR: Classes at the El Dorado Union High School District are well under way and students and educators have come together to make 2015-16 an incredible school year. It is important to recognize the amazing work and achievements happening at our schools, as well as the efforts made by students to help our community. I would like to […]

We’re not out of fire danger

EDITOR: After reading page one of the Oct. 7 Mountain Democrat, “Fire restrictions lifted,” I am writing to voice my opinion and concern regarding U.S. Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree’s casual lifting of fire restrictions in the Eldorado National Forest. He not only lifted fire restrictions before we are completely over the threat of an active fire […]

Here we go again

EDITOR: After the tragic mass shootings in Oregon, you could almost set your watch by the time it took for our illustrious president to politicize the tragedy. Instead of simply reaching out to the people of Oregon and sharing their pain, his arrogance would not let him just do that. Oh no, in true Obama […]

Support the Borgen Project

EDITOR: How much of our national budget goes towards foreign aid (poverty assistance, etc.)? 10 percent, 20 percent or 30 percent? Yeah, try less than 1 percent. Truth is, our government does next to nothing to attempt to downsize global poverty. It should be doing so much more. Our nation spends about $660 billion on the military and […]

Thank you for contributing to the Run for the Gold

EDITOR: Hundreds of students, parents, families and community members participated and thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural Run for the Gold. The 1K/2K/5K race provided the opportunity for first- through eighth-grade students to experience a professionally timed, chipped race on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event was an enormous success and the Boys and Girls Club Western Slope will […]

Cowardly cartoonist

EDITOR: Most of us enjoy a good joke; certainly a well thought-out cartoon or caricature can have a positive or even endearing effect. If Bob Hope (Ski Jump Nose) or Jimmy Durante (Schnozz) were still with us they would probably praise the caricaturists who so favorably depicted their proboscises as to promote their careers. These same […]

Bad cartoon

EDITOR: In a recent issue of the Mountain Democrat there was a “cartoon” showing a concession stand apparently selling popcorn, candy, sodas and bulletproof vests. Was this meant to be funny? What was the thought behind it? I found it to be absolutely appalling. In my opinion, it showed complete disrespect and lack of sympathy for […]

Support grows for 51st state

Ten counties have now acquired enough signatures to file declarations, in January, to withdraw their counties from the state of California. Counties include Tehama, Glen, Yuba, Siskiyou, Lake, Modoc, Lassen, Sutter, Trinity and Colusa. Other counties are nearing their goals, such as Placer and Nevada counties. On Saturday, Oct. 10, Jefferson volunteers will be at […]

Thank you from the Cavanaugh family

EDITOR:​ My family and I would like to thank the various communities of El Dorado County involved in helping search for my brother Ed Cavanaugh. The time we spent in your community was a tragic time for us; however, we were heartened by the overwhelmingly positive response of the local community, and we came to […]

Planned Parenthood is not about abortion

EDITOR: Mountain Democrat columnist Chris Daley’s insight into Congress and various efforts to defund Planned Parenthood was very insightful (Oct. 2). I really appreciate the information he provided. It is so important that every person have access to quality health care. Planned Parenthood has demonstrated for years and years that it can and will provide services […]

Are we going to say the Civil War didn’t happen?

EDITOR: The recent and ongoing controversy over the Confederate flag is a typical problem, reaction and solution drama that politicians, bureaucrats and the media use to control America. Problem: The man in the church shooting was holding a Confederate flag Reaction: Public indignation — something must be done to make everyone feel better and safe […]

Ignoring laws

EDITOR: In Chris Daley’s recent criticism of Dr. Carson’s trepidation regarding Muslims he states that you can’t, and I quote, “govern on the basis of his beliefs and ideologies, not on the basis of law.” As usual, when you are dealing with a left-wing ideologue like Chris Daley his eyes only look in one direction. […]

Mr. Altshuler’s myth of trickledown economics

EDITOR: How ironic. Mr. Altshuler’s blinding ideology never gets in the way of his denigrating others who, in his limited and pedantic view, apparently suffer from the same affliction. It would be merely amusing but in areas where he pretends expertise, such as economics, he is too often misleading. For example, in a recent column, […]

Loving care

EDITOR: My wife recently passed away from an extended battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. For the past two years we were blessed with the aid of an unbelievable care giver by the name of Traci Arriola. Her presence in our home, seeing to the every need of my wife, was an amazing gift. The memory of […]

Commit to lifelong learning

EDITOR: Hurrah! After months of work by the steering committee, the Sierra Renaissance Society — committed to lifelong learning in El Dorado County — is a reality. Our first presentation by Joe Medeiros, “Sierra Superlatives,” was a great introduction and was well received by a roomful on Friday afternoon, Sept. 18. If you missed it, stay posted for […]

Zoning update not all ‘rainbows and butterflies’

EDITOR: I’m sure this won’t be the first time the Mountain Democrat has been accused of letting their readers down. The zoning update article published Sept. 7 left residents uninformed, which is pretty specifically not what you want in a newspaper. County planners are telling the public that this update is an implementation of the General […]

Update on a life-altering event

EDITOR: A small article in the Mountain Democrat was brought to my attention recently. It was in the Aug. 17 edition in the “Under the Scoreboard” heading. It was an update on me, Dave Johnson, and my new teaching and coaching position in Oregon. It was a nice informative article, which under most circumstances would […]

A big thanks from Rotary

EDITOR: The Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club thanks all the businesses and participants that came together to make our recent fundraiser, Evening in the Orchard, a rousing success. We especially thank the business sponsors — Rainbow Orchards, the Mountain Democrat, Innovative Construction Services, Umpqua and El Dorado Savings banks and wine sponsor Madroña Vineyards. The evening was well […]

No place for StemExpress

EDITOR: After seeing a report on StemExpress on TV the other night I felt I have to respond to it. I’ve past StemExpress many times since it opened and always wondered what exactly they did there. Well, now I know, as many other people do too. The pictures of them dissecting baby body parts was […]

Tissue donations

EDITOR: What Mae Harms and Gene Altshuler both spectacularly fail to grasp is that the so-called “donated tissue” is actually harvested from a human without his or her consent, and whose life has been ended by the “choice” of another person. No one disagrees that there is much to be lauded about donated tissue, much […]