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A dog and a gun

EDITOR: I am a lifelong liberal and a Democrat, and I have lived in El Dorado County for 38 years. I would like to add a story to the letter about the deputy sheriff and the dog owner. In the late 80s, I got home from work after dark, and my teen daughter ran out […]

Hire firefighters year round

EDITOR: This year Cal Fire will hire 2,300 seasonal firefighters to supplement its 3,300 full time employees. This is a reduction of 25 percent from 2010 due to the state budget cuts. During the fire season the seasonal firefighters will work the same job as the permanent staff; responding to not just Wildland fires but […]

Kudos on Agenda 21 coverage

EDITOR: Kudos to the Mountain Democrat on publishing Dawn Hodson’s excellently researched series on Agenda 21. This series would never have been published in the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Chronicle or any other “mainstream” paper. Few people are aware of the insidious consequences arising from Agenda 21’s implementation over the past couple of decades. […]

Challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court

EDITOR: President Obama challenged the U.S. Supreme Court to not be an activist court and legislate from the bench. He said an unelected group of people should not have the ability to throw out a duly passed law that was voted on by an overwhelming majority of an elected Congress. This challenge is a direct […]

Cameron Park Lake

EDITOR: I have a question regarding Cameron Park Lake. The park has some great features but I question the fact that I have to pay $3 to get in solely for the purpose of jogging around the lake. I can understand paying to swim in the lagoon. However, I, and many others, go to the […]

Government regulation

EDITOR: While visiting friends in Placerville, one of your letter writers commented that we should allow new businesses a start-up period where they didn’t need to follow environmental and regular rules. Eliminating regulations is a pretty common theme among area opinions, and a stalwart of those fearful of Agency 21. I must admit to some […]

Agenda 21 and the roundabout

EDITOR: Just wanted you to know how much I’ve appreciated your fair and balanced reporting on the evils of the U.N. and “Agenda 21.” I guess what really hit home with me (as noted in the May 24 Sacramento Bee) is that “Agenda 21″ could affect construction of the roundabout in Placerville. What is this […]

Free speech under assault in Georgetown

EDITOR: On Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend an ironic event happened. Two tables were set up on Mar-Val’s porch. At the first one the VFW was asking for donations for the poppies, which for years have reminded us of the sacrifice of their lives that Americans have made to preserve our American Democracy. At the […]

Opinon versus lies

EDITOR: Since when are personal opinions expressed by private individuals considered lies? As I clearly stated in my last letter to the editor, I support Sue Taylor for Supervisor District 3, and I gave some of the reasons why. I have since been attacked for my opinion, so I would like to offer the following […]

Nutting puts people first

EDITOR: We have all experienced politicians who will say just about anything to get elected. They all say they will do everything they can for the people. Once they get elected, they do all they can, for the government. New regulation, new fees, new pet projects, new ways to raise and spend taxpayers’ money. Fortunately, […]

Attorneys for Hoffman

EDITOR: We are attorneys who practice almost exclusively in El Dorado County and regularly appear in its courts. We were skeptical when Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Warren Stracener to the bench because the appointment appeared to be a political one rather than one which addressed the needs of this community. We were, however, prepared to give […]

Bring in Amaro, one of the people

EDITOR: We all seem to be able to complain about how we don’t like the way the politicians are running things. We get up on our soap box and bellow it out for all to hear. Of course we all feel that we are right. everyone wants change and it seems we all for the […]

Veerkamps not elitist

EDITOR: An issue I would like to address is much more personal. This is directed to the person who called the Veerkamp family “elitist.” That is so far from the truth to be ridiculous. I married a grandson of the Veerkamps who settled here. The family I know are proud of their heritage here in […]

Election of judges

EDITOR: From the Democrat’s May 25 articles on two judges seeking election or re-election, neither of whom do I know personally, comes an opportunity to re-state the obvious: Every judge in the United States is a judge because of some political event, either appointment or election. No matter what may be said about the candidate, […]

Valentine for Superior Court Judge

EDITOR: I’m voting for Stephen W. Valentine for Superior Court Judge in El Dorado County for three reasons: One — Stephen Valentine is the only candidate who actually has judicial experience. The other candidates cite “Experienced” on their campaign materials, but I suspect their “experience” is likely the same as mine. I’ve watched judges in […]

A veteran’s lunch

EDITOR: My father, Glenn Coan, is a veteran who attended the Veterans Memorial Service at El Dorado County Veterans Monument on Monday. He attends this wonderful service every year in honor of the servicemen who have served our country, which includes his three brothers, and a nephew. They are all represented with bricks at the monument, […]

Thanks from Future Chefs of EDC Foundation

EDITOR: The Future Chefs of El Dorado County Foundation Board would like to thank our supporters and donors for their generous contributions at our recent Teen Iron Chef competition. Our foundation was formed to provide scholarships to assist local residents who wished to continue their education in culinary arts. In the past 10 years, we […]

Stop signs a safety improvement

EDITOR: I am unable to keep quiet about some of the letters I have been reading online. The latest ones regarding the proposed stoplights slated for the intersection of Green Valley Road and North Shingle Road finally pushed me to respond. The construction project at Tennessee Creek on Green Valley Rd and North Shingle is a […]

Agenda 21 series a heads-up

EDITOR: Your series on Agenda 21 is very informative and I give you huge kudos to have the desire to put it out there for all of those who are totally unaware. When it is brought up, the messenger is thought of as “a conspiracy theorist.” This has been going on for so many years it […]

Animal tunnel

EDITOR: I think it was wonderful that the final part of the tunnel was completed on Sunday, Mother’s Day. The workmen had to give up their time with their families to finish the tunnel to take care of the backlog of animals waiting to cross. There should be a sign at the north and south […]

Selling out for oil

EDITOR: Mr. Lungren and the Republican Party, As I listen to your re-election TV campaign asking you to vote against the Obama health care plan, I hope you will think about those school children in your area that have no health care. And some of their mothers and fathers only make $10 to $12 dollars and […]

CCAC thanks

EDITOR: On May 19, the Camino Community Action Committee sponsored the 9th annual Clean-Up Day for the town of Camino. The CCAC would like to extend appreciation to the following for supporting the clean-up effort: El Dorado Disposal, with special appreciation to Sierra Pacific Industries and Postmaster Matt Franks. The day would not have been […]

Tunnel comments

EDITOR: Great comments written about the animal undercrossing beneath Highway 50. Mostly written with humor they were right on the money (big money). It is another example of why we need a sense of humor to live here. I wish I could draw a cartoon of the critters lined up the night before the grand […]

Supporting the suffering Palestinians

EDITOR: It’s a myth, not true. Excuse me Pastor Carlos, what in the world are you saying? After an interesting conversation with Pastor Carlos about the Palestinian Israeli conflict, I was not surprised by his statement, in which he said, the Arab Israeli conflict has been going on for not hundreds, but thousands of years. For […]

Who is protecting my property rights?

EDITOR: An open letter to El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, El Dorado Planning Commissioners, and Planning Services Director: Please protect the rural characteristics of El Dorado County as your citizens have asked you to. Yes, we understand that economic development is important to sustaining a tax base. But instead of rezoning properties and disrupting […]

Keep the update rolling

EDITOR: The Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County recommends that the Board of Supervisors proceed to release the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the EIR process on the Land Use Policy Programmatic Update (LUPPU). The Zoning Ordinance update is seven years overdue, and the General Plan update is 3 years overdue. By law the Zoning […]

Vote no on Measure C

EDITOR: Measure C will, “… provide the Board of Supervisors with the authority to allow the procurement of services for less than $10,000.00 without the need for a written contract …” Giving the BOS a blank check up to 10K doesn’t sound like a sound and transparent way to keep track of the monies being […]

National Forest Service

EDITOR: Warning to all users of the Eldorado National Forest: Forest users/lovers you need to pay attention to this. The people that run the Eldorado NFS have decided that our opinion does not matter and they are closing our trails and roads. If you haven’t heard the latest, a judge in the Bay area has […]

Mountain Democrat’s new layout and type

EDITOR: Am I the only one who finds the new type and layout to be less readable than before? While I really do not have a problem with the layout (except that the section headers are too big and a waste of space and ink), I do have a real problem with the new body […]

Sheriff’s rotation of detectives

EDITOR: I do not know the reason our Sheriff has decided to rotate new deputies into detective positions, but rotating staff in and out of specialty positions is good management and strong leadership. The backbone of our Sheriff’s Office is the patrol operations. The more diverse experience and training the patrol officers have, the stronger […]

Dog-a-thon for the visually impaired

EDITOR: What a great day to see so many beautiful dogs. Walkers, vendors, Lions Clubs, Ray Nutting … Thanks to all the sponsors, staff, volunteers, Cub Scouts — sorry if I missed anyone. Looking forward to next year. Very nice, improved playground at Schnell School. LENNY ROBERITZ Shingle Springs

I am a job creator

EDITOR: I am a job creator. I go to the market at least three times a week. That helps store managers, clerks, stockers and truck drivers put food on their tables. I am a job creator. I drive a car that uses gasoline. I stop at a gas station about once a week. This contributes […]

Cruelty to animals

EDITOR: To the heartless person(s) who hit the black-colored cat sometime Sunday morning between Capital and Industrial Ave., right in front of Animal Outreach, and chose to drive on, leaving it in the middle of the road rather than stop and help it, this letter is for you. You knew you hit this cat, it […]

Good luck, Dr. Lehrman

EDITOR: He is one of a kind and there will never be another. The mold has been broken, never to be replaced because frankly, he is irreplaceable. Long before he became a member of Marshall Medical Physician Clinic, he had a very successful private practice. Imagine our families great fortune over 27 years ago when […]


EDITOR: A few years ago I, like so many others, moved to El Dorado Hills because it is a nice community with great schools and homes and shopping. I still feel the same and plan to stay. Unfortunately, the local government seems to be heavily under the unfluence of the “good old boys” with money […]

Vote of No Confidence from firefighters

EDITOR: On May 17, L3556 executed a Vote of No Confidence for Chief Lacher. It passed with 94 percent of our membership. To be clear the Local 3556 Professional Firefighters did not cast this Vote of No Confidence due to concessions being requested of us. The vote was done due to the double standard and […]

Memorial Day remembrance

EDITOR: For many, Memorial Day means picnics, barbeques and outdoor activities. Although traditional observance of Memorial Day has faded over the years, it is important to continue to celebrate the true meaning by remembering all those who sacrificed their lives while serving our nation. This year marks an especially important Memorial Day as we pay […]

Mr. Purdy’s May 11 letter

EDITOR: In response to Mr. Purdy’s letter of May 11, it would appear that he has some selective memory. $16 trillion in debt, more than the previous 200 years of presidents budgets prior to Obama, and we’re better off today? Forty cents of every dollar spent on our budget is borrowed. And we’re better off […]

Deer tunnel used

EDITOR: On May 19 at 8:40 p.m., I was returning home on Highway 50 from Folsom. I spotted a doe on the side of the road — I followed slowly near El Dorado and she went into the tunnel, then came right out. She must not have been informed about the tunnel’s purpose. A road […]

Home broken into

EDITOR: I Am 71 years old and live in Cameron Park. Over the Thanksgiving weekend my dog awoke me to the fact a man was trying to get through my bedroom patio door. The 911 operator was great and took down the man’s description and stayed on the phone until I saw a sheriff come […]

Return the ring

EDITOR: Hi. My name is Trena Worth. Before I left Placerville I had a wedding band with a stone on it. Dear friend who picked me up near the Gold Trail Motor Lodge, whom I told I seemed to be having the worst of luck and I handed it to you; could you please call […]

Veerkamp’s commitment

EDITOR: Supervisor Candidate Brian Veerkamp arrived early and then worked hard at the Camino Cleanup Day on May 19. His commitment to Camino residents showed as he unloaded trucks filled with trash, making Camino an even more beautiful place to live. It was hot and dirty work for Brian and the other dedicated volunteers, but their cheerfulness never flagged. That […]

Sue Taylor’s resume

EDIOTR: There are many candidates running for Supervisor District 3. None of them comes close to having the wide range of experience that Sue Taylor has. I met Sue Taylor two years ago. Her energy is amazing. I have not figured out when she sleeps. Some days she starts with the taxpayers meeting at 7 […]

Turnboo for District 2 Supervisor

EDITOR: I pledge my support and encourage all who live in District 2 to vote for George Turnboo for their next supervisor; he is and has always been an honest man without and special agendas, he is a small business owner for over 38 years at the same location in the town of El Dorado. […]

Steve Valentine for judge

EDITOR: Thank God we still have a choice. It is all about choice in today’s politics. We usually only have two choices …”little and none.” Come June 5, we will have three choices for Superior Court Judge. Your choice should be very easy to choose after reading this article. We have three candidates. Valentine, having served […]

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