Seniors are vibrant part of county

EDITOR: I just read the article by Larry Weitzman about Pamela Knorr’s and the BOS’ attitude toward seniors. I learned of the possible cuts a few weeks ago, and sent an e-mail to each member of the BOS asking them to put some real thought into the cuts being considered to the senior programs. I […]

Rebuttal to Mr. Altshuler’s column

EDITOR: Tisk tisk, Mr. Altshuler. What an erudite, pedantic diatribe in your editorial April 22. When I first read it, I set about a response that soon grew to the size of “War and Peace.” I crumpled that, because on reflection, you obviously have your ego wrapped securely around your opinions, given your pronouncements in […]

PG&E funds local fire safe councils

EDITOR: It only takes a spark. As California continues to weather one of the most severe droughts on record, the risk of wildfire is a very real and present danger. Cal Fire has already responded to more than 1,000 wildfires scorching more than 4,100 acres this year, which they say is well above average. That’s […]

Why isn’t he in prison?

EDITOR: James Adams broke into a Petaluma woman’s house, fell asleep and was arrested. He also has been arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of weapons, battery on peace officer, felony DUI, possession of narcotics, violation of probation and resisting arrest. My question is why isn’t this man in prison? […]

A blue ribbon educational experience

EDITOR: What makes a great learning experience for our students? Is it the location? Is it the appearance of the school and the classrooms? Is it the effectiveness of the educators? Is it the leadership of the administration? And what about the parents? What role do they play in a great learning experience for their […]

The homeless are underfunded

EDITOR: In response to two letters, April 27’s “Shame on us” and “Leave animal shelters out of the argument,” I hope much fundraising and support for so many causes that need us never stops; we need them all. Regarding homelessness and fundraising and support in El Dorado County, it is definitely underfunded. It is far […]

Thank you Sugarloaf Stampede supporters

EDITOR: El Dorado County and our community members continue to deliver significant support, as we work to enrich the lives of our students. On Saturday, April 18, the annual Sugarloaf Stampede brought the community together and generated funds for scholarships, so students can attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts camp during the summer. All of us […]

Alerting the community

EDITOR: On Sunday, May 3, approximately between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m., someone broke into the snack bar at Snowline Little League’s home field in Pollock Pines, Forebay Field. The thief stole our cash register and its contents. We are a small, volunteer-run, non-profit Little League here for the betterment of our youth, […]

Ad Hoc Budget Committee’s purpose?

EDITOR: On Sept. 30, 2014 the Ad Hoc Budget Committee was formed to address a serious budget shortfall of about $18 million. The committee had two open volunteer positions from outside the government. In the hope of learning how the system works, I applied and was accepted as a committee member. The first meeting was […]

Management of Sierra Nevada national forests

EDITOR: This letter was recently sent to Senator Feinstein as well. In the middle 1990s, the Sierra Nevada national forests largely ended timber sales and harvests. Because of that drop in harvests, several negative effects resulted. One effect, as expected, was the closing of many sawmills with the accompanying loss of economic benefits, especially in […]

How do you fight special interest?

EDITOR: I used to be a part-time miner that dredged for extra income and the enjoyment of doing it. It is a wonderful family and professional occupation. Since 2009, we have been fighting the Sierra Club tooth and nail; we have won all the battles in court but are losing the war all because the […]

The right to carry

EDITOR: Bruce A. Shoff’s letter on Wednesday, April 15 covered very well the inaccuracies and exaggerations of Mr. Gene Altshuler’s column on Wednesday, April 8, including Mr. Altshuler’s feeling a need for federal law to give us the choice to walk out of business establishments that make him uncomfortable. What rubbish. Many names come to […]

Primary water another option to explore

EDITOR: Primary water is new water formed by chemical reactions deep within the earth. Driven upward by terrific pressure, this water makes its way to the earth’s surface through cracks in the rock mantle. Primary water explains oases in areas without regular rainfall. Since rainfall in California is no longer regular, Gov. Brown declared a […]

New Melones water

EDITOR: In this worst-ever drought, I can hardly believe that they would release billions of gallons of our precious water to benefit so few steelhead and their offspring, but that’s what the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are doing at New Melones. The fish number approximately 29 and their smolt […]

Lack of concern during the drought

EDITOR: I am very concerned about what seems to be the lack of concern to protect our beautiful town and surroundings. California fires are a huge problem and should be taken seriously by all of us. It is already very difficult for home owners to get fire hazard insurance in the foothills. So, I am […]

Why local leaders ignore the people they serve

EDITOR: We have two constitutions. The organic, genuine constitution is still very much alive, but dormant. Instead, criminal bankers who run our government and monetary system created a different “system” when the real government went bankrupt in 1871. In order to continue their deception, the “elites” did not inform the American people they had created […]

Renewed our faith

EDITOR: Last week my husband deposited a check for less than a few hundred dollars. When he got home he realized he was short $100. He called the bank but all the tellers balanced so he just counted it as lost. Today he went into the same bank and discovered not only did someone find […]

The liberal view of compromise

EDITOR: Listening to Mr. Altshuler talk about compromise is almost as comical as President Obama talking about it. Remember when the Republican leadership was en route to meet with Obama to discus compromise while at the same time Obama was telling the media that his plan was the plan and the Republicans were welcome to […]

Sidewalks near Rasmussen Park dangerous

EDITOR: I recently went to Rasmussen Park in Cameron Park to watch my two grandsons play Little League. On my way from one game to another I used the sidewalk. The walkway is quite uneven due to trees that were planted close to one side that have uplifted sections of the cement. I ended up […]

Making Living History Day happen

EDITOR: Gold Oak Elementary School would like to thank Jennifer Deseaux, our outstanding Living History Day coordinator, and the members of our local community who contributed their time and resources to help make our annual Living History Day happen. While we cannot include every business and individual in this letter to the editor, we are […]

A valid point about getting water

EDITOR: For the second time that I can recall, the “Balancing act” opinion series raised a valid point that’s both reasonable and highly appropriate, about “Water, water everywhere but here.” The key message was, “About 45 years ago, some forward-thinking people in the Bureau of Reclamation had an idea to build an undersea pipeline (they […]

An opportunity to regain our representation

EDITOR: It is time to unite El Dorado County and have our voices heard. Do you ever feel that your vote doesn’t count? Northern California has little representation compared to other counties. We lost our representation over 50 years ago due to an unconstitutional federal Supreme Court ruling known as Reynolds vs. Sims. El Dorado […]

64th annual National Day of Prayer

EDITOR: As many of your faithful readers know, the first Thursday in May has been designated by our United States Congress since 1952 as “National Day of Prayer (NDP).” Last year there were over 500 different prayer gatherings throughout California on that specific day. This year, Thursday, May 7 is the 64th annual NDP. As […]

Leave animal shelter out of it

EDITOR: I’m responding to the letters written by Ms. Carney and Ms. Davis in recent weeks. They, lamenting the lack of aid to the homeless by El Dorado County officials, indicated that the millions spent on the new animal shelter should have been spent on a homeless shelter. Gee. Suppose I suggest that public libraries […]

Water input/output analysis

EDITOR: I met my old friend Fergle the other day, and while we were untangling bumpers I asked him about how he was doing in conserving water. He said that he did not have to conserve water as he did not actually use up any water. He explained that the water that flows down the […]

An enviable position regarding water

EDITOR: Doug Leisz addressed the El Dorado County Taxpayers Association on Monday, April 13 about the water situation in El Dorado County. He began by summarizing Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 water proclamation and order. Gov. Brown is calling for a 25 percent potable water use reduction compared to 2013 use. His April 1 order […]

Atmospheric Condensation Projects another water option

EDITOR: Another choice for getting new water that a great deal of other people have not given serious consideration to is Atmospheric Condensation Projects. You can buy for your home or business existing technology off-the-shelf machines to generate all the water your home or farm/ranch needs. But you need a tank or two depending on […]

The lack of new water

EDITOR: It is entertaining to appreciate how paranoia can get the worse or the better of sensible people. The why of the reasoning for the lack of new water resource infrastructure is relatively simple: cost and complications. The further back in time you go you will find that it was relatively easy to build reservoirs […]

Mosquito Bridge

EDITOR: If you decide to post another picture of bicyclists, or anyone else, pausing on the Mosquito Bridge to take in the view, please include a picture of the posted sign, “No loitering on bridge.” We have enough issues/problems with the bicyclist, large trucks, looky loos in the way. DEBRA LEWIS Swansboro

Dark day for the county

EDITOR: It’s a dark day for the residents of El Dorado County. While the county supervisors and County Counsel cower in their offices, the tribe is taking over. The residents of Shingle Springs and surrounding areas are standing up to the Miwoks (Red Hawk Casino) Tribe while our representatives are “standing down” on multiple issues. […]

Daley’s free range column

EDITOR: Well said, Mr. Daley. Your usual writings confirms your “looney liberal” credentials, so I read them with a giggle. But your comments regarding kids being allowed to be “Free Range” was right on the button. Just goes to show that “looney liberals” and conscientious conservatives can have a periodic meeting of the minds. And, […]

Sad to see Carrows close

EDITOR: I am so very sad that Carrows closed down. I usually ate there 2-3 times a week. It had a great senior menu, delicious, nutritious food. All the staff there were like family. They hugged me when I came in. I will miss all of them a lot. Goodbye friends. Hope to see you […]

Shame on us

EDITOR: At last. I thought I had become the only mean, selfish and awful person alive that put the mentally disabled and homeless ahead of animals. What are we thinking of to put a $5 million animal shelter up and have the heartlessness to think any animals come before humans. We should be ashamed to […]

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

EDITOR: April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. While those with Parkinson’s, like my husband, Ron, and their families are aware of the disease every day of every month of every year, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease doesn’t have to be perceived as the end of someone’s active life. Instead, it can be the beginning of a […]

Concerned community welcomes gun range changes

EDITOR: The concerned community group opposing the 29-lane outdoor gun range proposed by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians became aware of the tribe’s press release when it was posted on April 17. We appreciate the tribe’s consideration of the community’s concerns regarding a 29-lane open gun range. Due to the serious noise and […]

Altshuler and gun control

EDITOR: There you go again, Mr. Altshuler, whipping yourself into a frenzy on gun control and citizens carrying firearms. Every time a state expands people’s right to carry firearms, the Altshulers of the world rail of doom — gunfights at the OK Corral every day with one person after another saying, “meet me in the […]

‘Give Where You Live’ with West Slope Recovery

EDITOR: As director of West Slope Recovery, a local men’s residential treatment facility, I want to thank El Dorado County’s generous citizens for their support. The Give Where You Live campaign is taking place this Thursday, April 23, and the El Dorado Community Foundation is the driving force for this event, making the entire day […]

Shooting in Carolina comic

EDITOR: I was extremely disappointed in the Mountain Democrat for a certain comic placed in the editorial section. The comic depicted the shooting of a man by a police officer in South Carolina. The title of the comic was, “Eight more reasons not to trust the police,” in reference to the video of the eight […]

Disappointed in law enforcement cartoon

EDITOR: I’d like to express my extreme disappointment with a recent cartoon choice. Whether it was intended or not, “Eight Reasons Not to Trust Law Enforcement” was a slap in the face to the vast majority of American law enforcement officers who are honest, and possessed of sound judgment. On a personal level it smeared […]

The differences in water

EDITOR: Regarding Larry Weitzman’s piece on water use in California on April 6, as usual, Larry has his “facts” wrong. I will ignore his gratuitous gibe about electric cars and windmills, as his self-appointed position of PR flack to the petrochemical industry obviates any use of actual scientific data in his screeds on climate change. […]

Food Bank thanks community

EDITOR: The Food Bank of El Dorado County recently held a Donor/Community Appreciation night. This event was also a grand opening for the Food Bank’s new warehouse and distribution facility in Cameron Park. Hundreds of community members attended the event. The El Dorado Winery Association came out in force providing 20 local wineries. Flashback, a […]

Foundation thanks Board of Supervisors

EDITOR: On behalf of the El Dorado Community Foundation, I’d like to thank the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for its recognition and support of the upcoming giving challenge called Give Where You Live. The board graciously provided us with a proclamation declaring April 23, 2015 as Give Where You Live Day. The Foundation […]

Supervisor Ranalli unresponsive

EDITOR: A while back my wife needed an ambulance. The local firemen and EMTs arrived promptly. They were efficient, courteous and effective in treating and transporting my wife. Many thanks to them. A few weeks later I received a bill from El Dorado County Ambulance indicating cost of $1,187.66. I was surprised as I had […]

Are you really trying for a hole in one?

EDITOR: After evaluating the distance to the target, I likely would go with a 9 iron for this particular one. Usually, a pro would approach the shot from the front to avoid the folks walking on the path. In this case, I am referring to nailing the back of a rifle range target from my […]

The water problem is not going away

EDITOR: Kudos to Dr. Richard Boylan. You laid out very salient info regarding EID’s obligation to keep EDC water in EDC. One more thing that needs to be addressed is swimming pools. Fly over Folsom or southern California and it’s a disturbing testament to isolationism/neighbor stay out of my face — almost every house on […]