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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 […]

False political advertising

EDITOR: I recently received a Richard Barb campaign flyer in the mail and was both amazed and perturbed to see a picture of him in the cockpit of a C-17 sitting at the controls. While I admire his volunteer work with the Civil Air Patrol, I think publishing a picture that would suggest he is […]

Local candidates

EDITOR: Having just finished reading the Voter Information Pamphlet which accompanied my absentee ballot, I am disappointed by the lack of specificity displayed by the candidates for State Assembly and the Board of Supervisors. Of the 10 supervisor or state assembly candidates who included a statement in the voter’s pamphlet, only three: Marc Boyd, Tim […]

The do as I say, not as I do judge

EDITOR: Any reasonable person has to wonder about judicial candidate Stracener. He continually says one thing and does another. He claims to be a member of the NRA, and Gun Owners of California, both of which are staunch supporters of the 2nd Amendment. Recently he was invited to participate in a “Tea Party” 2nd Amendment shooting […]

Thanking Scott McNeil

EDITOR: I would like to thank Scott McNeil for his attempt to stifle my public descent. One of the most frustrating things about being a property-owning, tax-paying, voting citizen of Cameron Park and going to the board meetings is watching the fiscally unsustainable spending that the CSD perpetuates. Due to Mr. McNeil’s efforts an article appeared […]

Political Advertisements

EDITOR: I am one American who does not let political campaign advertisements drive my decision as to whom to vote for. This is because I know, by their nature, that these advertisements are not fair and balanced and are meant only to perplex and bewilder us voters. Innuendo, half truths and outward falsehoods permeate the […]

Spring cleaning in Pollock Pines

EDITOR: I’m exhausted, sunburned, aching, and exhilarated. An estimated 350 cars came through the sixth Hands Across Pollock annual community clean-up station at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center and Knotty Pines Lanes bowling alley parking lot today. Before today’s event, an estimated 300,000 tons of debris had been removed from Pollock Pines thanks to the community […]

Community center is unsustainable

EDITOR: I find it amusing that Mr. McNeil finds Gerald Lillpop “intimidating.” I find Mr. Lillpop about as intimidating as a squeaky punching bag. I also find it amusing that one of the, in my opinion, CSD board stooges, Alan Clarke personally and on the record threatened to physically “throw me out” when I asked […]

Wasting tax dollars on consficating stuffed animals

EDITOR: About your article on the removel of the stuffed animals from the Georgetown hotel. This is the biggest waste of tax dollars I have ever seen. After these have been there for almost 30 years. ( you say 16). and without a warrant. That’s the Department of Fish and Game. for you. These officers […]

School elementary school music

EDITOR: I recently had the pleasure of adjudicating the Union Mine’s High School Band at the “Music In The Parks” Festival. I was amazed with the quality of musicianship and artistry, and in general the outstanding teaching that is required to produce such a high level of student performance. No surprise though, as your local […]

Education held for ransom

EDITOR: California is going down the tubes; they want to cut school money by over $2 billion if we don’t vote for the governor’s tax. If we do vote for it, we will be the nation’s highest taxpayers. This is a real issue; the governor is holding our kids’ education for ransom. This is outrageous. […]

Taxpayer Association urges yes on Measure C

EDITOR: The association supports the proposed change to simplify Section 602 of the County Charter that eliminates requiring all business owners who provide services to the county to sign a written contract for routine services; many who resist doing so in the normally course of their business. Examples: The County had to do a written […]

Pay now or pay later for animal crossings

EDITOR: In some groups, you can get a good laugh by talking about the silliness of helping Bambi and bunnies; “we” know they are everywhere and we understand their needs … or do we? No one laughs at $780,000 spent on a retrofit project on Highway 50 to provide access for animals. The truth is […]

Honor the fallen

EDITOR: After reading the article in your newspaper that the on-going question of the Vietnam Memorial Plaques has been resolved with wonderful results, the only question that remains is who were those sons from El Dorado County? The project spearheaded by Carl Borelli was to honor those sons who were killed in action. From your […]

Stoplight unneeded

EDITOR: For those that have tried to travel down Lotus Road over the last week, I am sure the word “disaster” comes to mind. This is a major thoroughfare in the county, leading to Coloma state park among other areas. We have visitors coming for meteorite hunting, and regular traffic every day. The “detour” chosen asked […]

Vote yes on Measure C

EDITOR: As a former county employee that regularly saw the waste of taxpayer money due to the crazy requirements of Charter Section 602, I implore my fellow citizens to vote yes on Measure C and put your tax dollars to better use. The charter requires that all services bought by the county require a written […]

Goodbye to doctor

EDITOR: What is a doctor? A doctor is someone who is a friend, a minister, a psychologist and someone who heals you, all wrapped up in one. Our memory of a country doctor is a person that is always there for you even after business hours. These kinds of doctors are rare in today’s world and […]

Thieves among us

EDITOR: I am officially ticked off. I have lived in El Dorado County over 40 years, lived on Union Ridge for 12 years and never had a thing stolen. I just moved down the street from where I was, same landlord just bigger home and yard. Now, some low life had the nerve to come […]

Fish and Game confiscation

EDITOR: Where is the outrage? The government enters a private place of business and without a warrant takes private property and the polulace appears too accustomed to such actions to protest. What has happened to basic concepts of liberty and freedom? The State argues that the confiscation of the Georgetown bar’s stuffed wolverine violates the Endangered […]

Response to meltdown

EDITOR: I am writing in response to R.J. Carter’s letter titled The Great Liberal Meltdown on May 4, 2012. Mr. Carter is right to be outraged by our government and disappointed with our president for not delivering on his campaign rhetoric of hope and change. He also expressed disappointment in our last president, and I’d […]

Playing for a state championship

EDITOR: What does it take for the Mountain Democrat to wake up and report the sports news in El Dorado County? The Mother Lode U19 Girls Rugby Team is playing for the State of California Championship this coming Saturday. That’s right, the State Championship. Yet the Mountain Democrat doesn’t devote one inch of space for such […]

Comments about Agenda 21

EDITOR: When I write something about Agenda 21 all I get in the comments from the left is that I don’t know what I am talking about. The GOP is on top of the problem: In 2012 the Republican National Convention (RNC) drafted a resolution opposing Agenda 21, calling it “a comprehensive plan of extreme […]

Sheriff’s department waste of taxpayer’s money

EDITOR: I saw on the local TV news that our sheriff is trying to shake up his department, by having patrol officers do crime investigating. Let me tell you my story and you decide if our tax dollars are being spent wisely. Should patrol officers be in charge of investigating? I am 72 years old and […]

Spending to find gold

EDITOR: The article “Gold mining returns to the Mother Lode” in your paper sure spells out the problems the state and the federal government are in. Forty permits and project approvals to open a gold mine. I’ll bet that every place that a permit or approval was obtained from has a big office and lots of […]

Veerkamp and the status quo

EDITOR: I read your article dealing with the profiles of three candidates for Supervisor District 3 and was taken aback a bit when I discovered Brian Veerkamp is retired at 54 after 27 years of fire service and garners a retirement of “$200,000-plus” but “25 to 30 percent of it goes right back to the Government.” […]

Mikulaco apology

EDITOR: My apologies to all members and attendees of the Taxpayer Association and guests. My tardiness must have created a problem for all concerned. I am sure my opponent was able to fill the time until I arrived. I am a novice at campaigning. I do not have the money nor the manpower my opponent […]

Lies in the letters section

EDITOR: I wish that the Mountain Democrat would stop printing letters containing lies and fabrications. In the May 9 issue, your paper ran a letter, “Why I support Taylor,” that stated: “Mr. Veerkamp (candidate for County Supervisor, District 3) supports the controversial $150 habitable structure Fire Protection Fee …” This, and much that followed, is purely […]

Knight is the only choice

EDITOR: Regarding the canidates for District 1 Supervisor, the voters need to pay attention to the canidate who is most qualified. Knight by a long shot is the most qualified and for all those and their Agenda 21 conspiracy, move on and go do something productive already. I don’t know either canidate and whether you […]

Ted Gaines needs to get serious

EDITOR: Conservatives do not feed red meat to Tea Party crowds, as Ted did when he pumped the crowd with the stuffed wolverine confiscation by the Department of Fish and Game. Small-government elected officials don’t relinquish their safe seats to their wives. Honest servants of the electorate don’t describe themselves on the ballot as “Small […]

Supervisor election

EDITOR: I know the “rails and trails” topic is interesting and something anyone can easily form an opinion. But what I want to know from the candidates is how they are going to fix our broken county social welfare programs. Child Protective Services suffers from chronic high employee turnover resulting in huge case loads for […]

Ray gets the job done

EDITOR: I’ve only known Ray Nutting for about nine years.  I wasn’t even in his camp during the initial stages of his last election.  However, I have learned firsthand and consistently that Ray Nutting is a man of his word, a man whose actions are openly in support of his constituency , a man who is […]

Spaghetti feed thanks

EDITOR: The Wilson family wishes to thank everyone who participated in the spaghetti feed benefit at the fire hall in Diamond Springs. Thank you to all those that bought tickets for the dinner and everyone that donated monies. Thank you to all the business owners and families that donated gift certificates, gift baskets and other great […]

Where is it written from the state Health Dept?

EDITOR: At the last GDPUD meeting, the board discussed the mishandling of the 2008 Prop 218 funds. The Cost of Service Report stated that the majority of funds would go to the Greenwood Lake Treatment Plant. We have been paying the rate increase for the last four years, even though plans for the Greenwood Lake […]

May 18, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Whole darned forest closed up

EDITOR: I must be the only one with my Forest Service map out following what roads are being closed. I highly reccommend that the people who enjoy these roads do the same because you’re in for a big suprise. It’s not just 42 roads. It’s a hell of alot more. A lot of these roads […]

Marriage is a not a civil rights issue

EDITOR: Well it seems that Obama has turned the corner on his personal struggle. Shortly after Joe Biden dropped the ball Saturday, Obama has come out in favor of gay marriage. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I myself have struggled with the issue for quite some time. I would say that my opinion […]

GDPUD Board of Directors

EDITOR: I am disheartened with the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District behavior at board meetings. In the event you are a public person and speak of any objection to the agenda or non-agenda items the treatment given by the board and the supporters of the general manager is hostile. A gentleman that I do not know […]

Wildlife corridor — who needs it?

EDITOR: Wasting taxpayer money on a corridor for wildlife  — You would think that environmentalists would know by now that the grass isn’t any greener on the other side of the hill. The wildlife don’t really know that there is another side. Wise up, idiots. What the heck are they thinking of? It was already […]

Thanks to Job Shadow Program helpers

EDITOR: El Dorado High School would like to extend an enormous thank you to the many business members of our community who were such gracious hosts and allowed our students to “shadow” them for a day: Missouri Flat Pet Clinic, Sweetie Pie’s, Itzacake Cake Artistry, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, El Dorado County Fire Protection […]

Free dinner was fantastic

EDITOR: On March 24 at the Rotary Club’s Bonvoyage Ball we were the lucky winners of a Cellar Dinner for four donated by Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center. We took advantage of this nine-course gourmet dinner a week ago and are still talking about it. It was by far the most impressive dinner any of […]

Gated communities

EDITOR: Living in El Dorado Hills has shown me luxury but it has also shown me censorship. There are many gated communities in EDH that are infuriatingly limiting with their rules. Rules like what color to paint your fences, what plants you can grow, what kind of satellite dishes are allowed, “inside hours,” and not even […]

Privatization: Coming out into the open

EDITOR: In his letter to the editor apparently supporting privatization of public services and assets Steve Ferry asks, “How far are you, Evelyn, willing to cut services and deny the citizens of El Dorado County quality services along with First Responder services so that you can say they are still run by the government?” That […]

Homeowners association

EDITOR: Serrano’s neighborhood is nothing more than a prison. You live by their rules and you have little to no say in what they enforce. The homeowners association creates these rules and enforces them. There is no discussion; the word is “No.” They say they handle things but all they do is bug the residents of […]

Availability of prescription drugs in California

EDITOR: Prescription drugs are circling through our general society too simply. There needs to be more regulations on drugs such as Adderall, Vicodin and Oxycodone. All of these drugs are incredibly easy to get your hands on and are far more dangerous than the drugs focused on today. Although the hardcore drugs will always be […]

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