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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Minimum wage hikes cost much more

EDITOR: George Alger’s letter of Aug. 5 was a good explanation where young people get their start in the workforce and those who are not highly educated that also need work. But many of those jobs are slipping away piece by piece. Example: The last time I went to Chili’s before it left El Dorado Hills the […]

Iowa Hill puff piece

EDITOR: In response to SMUD’s public relations puff piece on Iowa Hill published (Aug. 19), I just want to remind residents of El Dorado County that this project is environmentally destructive and of no benefit to you at all. It is an outdated method of energy storage. There are several such projects in California, but […]

You owe Placerville an apology

EDITOR: The “dummy” has always been white; look at his arms and hands.  The dummy has been in the same location for decades. I am suggesting to you, Ms. Counts, that you explore the area where you plan to move to. Our town is not going to change; that’s part of our history in this […]

All about money

EDITOR: Personally, I believe that Joe Harn is one of the more stable individuals in our local government. It sure doesn’t seem to me that the Board of Supervisors has complete control of the county’s financial situation. Their attempt to consolidate fire districts through the use of the Aid to Fire money is a case in point. If you work at […]

Obama’s legacy?

EDITOR: I don’t know what Mr. Altshuler was on when he wrote his Obama’s legacy article but I’m pretty sure you don’t want to be caught driving with it. He starts with Obamacare. Premiums keep going up just like its opponents said they would. If Obamacare was so good why did Obama have to keep […]

Marshall gets five stars

EDITOR: Where to receive five-star treatments? Marshall Hospital. First star goes to the ER for comforting speed and thorough diagnosis — patient very ill, next step the hospital. Second star goes to the fine care of the in-house doctors. It’s a little different not seeing your own physician but these doctors are right on the spot and I […]

Council thankful for support

EDITOR The Mature Leadership Council of Cameron Park had the great honor of being presented a proclamation and a certificate by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 15. We would like to thank the entire Board of Supervisors for this honor. We are flattered to be recognized by the supervisors and we […]

Seniors and women, fight back

EDITOR: We’ve all heard stories about people, especially seniors and women, getting ripped off by shady repairmen and businesses. Even doctors have been caught making big bucks by scheduling unnecessary operations and such for people who didn’t need them. We just shake our heads and thank God that it wasn’t us — this time. But what about next time? Do […]

Agree with Jennifer

EDITOR: Dear Jennifer Gregory, Just read the letter you wrote for the paper (Aug. 21). I can’t agree with you more. It’s very upsetting to have people move to our town and then want to change things. I agree they can always go back to where they came from. MARJORIE ZVERK Placerville

Altshuler’s discontents

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler writes of summer of discontents. One of the discontented is probably him. You have to feel for the poor guy with the majority of his party supporting an even more corrupt female version of Richard Nixon for president. But Hillary aside, let’s look at one of his most dearly held religious convictions. […]

Help Nick Brown’s family

EDITOR: Dear El Dorado Community, You have likely heard that 15-year-old sophomore Nick Brown underwent brain surgery after a Union Mine JV football game Friday, Aug. 28. He is still in a coma in critical condition, with no known outcome at this point. Nick’s mom, Laurie, has had to leave her job to be with him at the hospital. They are a […]

State of Jefferson

EDITOR: I think that more people should know about the State of Jefferson, and the people who already know about the State of Jefferson need to know more. The State of Jefferson is all about representation. In Southern California they have 114 representatives. LA County alone has 11 representatives. That’s almost twice as much as […]

Vacuum dredging vs. oil spill clean up

EDITOR: BP was sued and had to clean up their oil that spewed into the water, and spent millions cleaning up what they caused. Well, in retrospect, the miners want to clean up what their predecessors left in the rivers, and they want to do this at no cost to the public. But, Sierra Club […]

Insurance danger

EDITOR: During the question and answer period at the Aug. 31 El Dorado County Taxpayers meeting, Kris Payne announced that his fire insurance policy had been summarily cancelled. Having no claims during the past 30 years, Kris wondered how many other county residents might soon receive similar letters. Last year the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors issued a […]

Nuclear Electric Magnetic Pulses

EDITOR: The sun is rising in the east over the Sierra Nevada, just like it has done since the beginning of time. However, the land that lit up under the sun’s rays had changed to a former state. Yes, there were buildings, houses, roads and cars. Most of the people were gone, but a few […]

Response to Jerry Fuller

EDITOR: I agree that the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s were a different time since I grew up during the same time period. But did you forget the Texas tower mass killing of 1966? In the 1970s there came a more liberal change in our society. Mr. Fuller doesn’t realize that when outlaws want illegal guns […]

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