Frauds among heroes

EDITOR: John Poimiroo’s Nov. 9 California Rambling column is timely and right on the mark. I have lived in Placerville for more than 25 years and during that time I have come across people who falsely claimed past membership in special operations military units, falsely claimed military POW status and falsely claimed military awards for […]

Raising rates, again

EDITOR: On Nov. 9, by 3-2 vote, the El Dorado Irrigation District board voted to raise rates for 2016 by 5 percent to pay for more debt. Not once were employee costs discussed even though they represent 57 percent of operating expenses. Since 2003 EID boards have been very irresponsible in managing compensation. In 2004 the EID board voted to […]

Homeless shelter only five nights a week?

EDITOR: Winter is here, no doubt about that now. It is supposed to be 35 degrees tonight and it has been raining for two days now. The good news is that as of Nov. 1 the Nomadic Homeless Shelter opened for the winter season and will run through the end of March. The bad news is […]

America Inc.

EDITOR: In 1871 the original Constitution for the United States of America was changed to the Constitution of The United States of America. Congress instituted this change by passing the Organic Act of 1871. They passed this act ostensibly to create a separate form of government for the District of Columbia. However, it was actually passed at the […]

Share a tree or two

EDITOR: It’s the time of year again when downtown Placerville transforms itself into a holiday wonderland. For more than 40 years the Christmas trees adorning Highway 50 have brought smiles and holiday cheer to all who pass through the town of Placerville. This highly cherished community tradition involves scores of volunteers, the generous support of the city […]

‘Greenlight’ our veterans

EDITOR: Ninety-six years ago President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day to observe with solemn pride the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and express gratitude for a victory full of sacrifices. While the name has changed to Veterans Day, the purpose remains the same: to celebrate and honor our veterans […]

We need COLA

EDITOR: I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the recent announcement that there will not be a cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries next year. As healthcare costs continue to rise, the strain on seniors, like me, is becoming unmanageable — especially as previous COLAs have failed to keep pace. Though there is […]

Common ground on Common Core

EDITOR: Readers of this paper will know that Mr. Longhofer and I almost never agree on anything, even the time of day. Only once before have I ever agreed with him and that was when we both opposed filling the city with a bunch of ludicrous roundabouts. The Placerville City Council ended up getting told […]

Something to be really thankful for

EDITOR: I want to thank everyone involved in bringing the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program to the Cameron Park Community Center on Mondays and Fridays. This program will be a huge benefit to seniors and is a welcome addition to senior activities in the Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Rescue areas. Everyone who has […]

Common Core math

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer: You and Tom Sullivan should do more research on the approach to math in Common Core before you condemn it. The Common Core approach uses a variety of techniques to teach math. We do not all learn the same way. For example, the 3X4=12 example begins in the third grade where multiplication and […]

Time-wasting recall

EDITOR: In a previous Mountain Democrat article, one of the proponents of the recall stated that recalling all the supervisors in a “clean sweep” had not been attempted before in this county and possibly the country. There is a reason for this: Recalls are an expensive and time-wasting action that are seldom successful. Recalls are […]

Thanks for making road safer

EDITOR: Thanks to the El Dorado County Transportation Division for the pavement markings and dots installed for the safety of pedestrians on the northwest corner of Cambridge Road at Merrychase Drive. This intersection is important for access to the El Dorado Transit bus stop, U.S. 50, the adjacent businesses and especially for folks headed to […]

My guardian angel

EDITOR: I have always believed that there is more good than bad in people. Recently my belief was proven as I did my usual shopping at Raley’s. I put my groceries in the back of the car and dutifully returned the cart to the return cart area. I got in my car and proceeded to my […]

Actions of a spoiled child

EDITOR: Voters in this country usually get the government they deserve. Sometimes a real scoundrel slips through the campaign process. We must also consider that an official may not be good for you but they may be “good” for someone. We are reminded that government is like a time bomb. Set it, forget it and […]

Jefferson does not support recalls

EDITOR: Conversations and rumors continue, alleging that the State of Jefferson is behind and/or supports the recall effort of all El Dorado County supervisors. This is not true. At a local meeting of the El Dorado County SOJ Committee, this issue was debated, followed by a vote, where an overwhelming majority voted no to joining or […]

Road closure problems

EDITOR: I would like to know what company was allowed to close both lanes of traffic on Sly Park Road in the Pleasant Valley area on Saturday morning, Oct. 24, and why they were allowed to do so. The sign informing the road was closed did not appear did not appear until right upon the closure. […]

Fair and honest disagreement

EDITOR: I oppose the recall. All five of our current El Dorado County Board of Supervisors members have been gracious enough to meet with me on issues ranging from agriculture to veterans issues. Often we agreed to disagree. However, even the supervisors who have disagreed with me have consistently made the effort to show up […]

Stealing our money

EDITOR: Publisher Richard Esposito’s editorial on the El Dorado County Economic Divisions “free workshop” for local business owners was spot on. El Dorado County giving a workshop to local business owners is akin to communist China giving a workshop on the joys of capitalism. The biggest roadblock to running a small business around here is […]

Recall has no basis in reality

EDITOR: I am writing to express my opinion on the stupidity of a recall of any supervisor in this county. I attended the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday, where the recall papers were “served” to county Supervisors Michael Ranalli and Sue Novasel. The loud but razor-thin minority of five or six people were accusing the […]

My View on Measure E

EDITOR: The question is simple: Should the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors re-zone the approximately 100 acres of the former executive golf course in El Dorado Hills from its current land use as open space/recreation to allow the building of new residential housing and commercial development? Thanks to Measure E, you get to voice […]

Nonsensical fun with guns

EDITOR: I have just read one of the most nonsensical letters I have ever seen. It was sent in by a Steven Smith who purports to be a Sac State instructor. If he is a Sac State instructor it might help explain why we aren’t even in the top 30 countries in the world educationally. Mr. […]

Common Core math

EDITOR: My granddaughter is in the sixth grade. In reviewing her homework, I find that I am unable to do Common Core sixth-grade math. After 10 minutes, my eyes were crossed, steam was coming out of my ears and I had a blinding headache. Shouldn’t a grandpa be able to do sixth-grade math? Let me explain. Last week […]

Beth Gaines’ candidacy

EDITOR: If you look up the word “carpetbagger” in the dictionary it says: “A carpetbagger is a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connection.” It is also a noun that means “derogatory” in the thesaurus, which seems to be appropriate in context. Beth Gaines is seeking the El […]

Fun with guns

In a My Turn column published Oct. 14, Dr. Harold Pease put forth the proposition that schools would be safer if students and teachers were allowed to carry weapons on campus. Dr. Pease suggests that to stop a school shooter, “a teacher or a student with a concealed weapons permit need only pull out the weapon […]

Winter weather is coming

EDITOR: It has been several years since I have seen any of the culverts along side our roads cleaned. Sly Park Road is a good example of the problem. The culverts have filled up with dirt and pine needles from the stressed trees. We have had several heavy rains and the gullies don’t carry the […]

All About Equine thanks ASPCA

EDITOR: All About Equine Animal Rescue Inc. wants to thank the ASPCA for the generous scholarship of $350 to help us better serve our rescued equines. The scholarship funds were used to supplement the costs of sending two of AAE’s core volunteers to the ASPCA Equine Workshop in Ontario on March 7, 2015. This workshop […]

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 […]