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America’s collective memory

EDITOR: I was surprised to hear Mitt Romney ask the question “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” as if expecting most people to say they weren’t. I guess Mr. Romney assumes most Americans have extremely bad memories. He must believe we don’t remember that four years ago the stock markets were […]

Al Hamilton for District 3 Supervisor

EDITOR: As a citizen of El Dorado County for over a half century, and a retired Sheriff of this great county, I have met many wonderful, honest and hardworking people. One of these people I would like to tell you about is Al Hamilton, candidate for district three supervisor. Al has always been eager to […]

Thanks for community volunteers

EDITOR: A message to our community: Acts of generosity and kindness are so important in our world today. We need to lead by example to better and benefit our community. I would like to give a huge thank you to the members of our community that also happen to be members of the Cold Springs, Green […]

Danger at Safeway

EDITOR: I had an experience with the Safeway located off Missouri Flat Road a week ago that your readers should be aware of. I had to go to the Safeway Pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my 10-month-old son. With me was my 10-month-old son and one of my other sons who is 8 […]

Widened spot on Broadway

EDITOR: Thank you, to the guys on the road crew, from the City of Placerville. You widened a narrow spot on the south shoulder on north Broadway. This path is used constantly by pedestrians to and from the CRC and the Upper Room. I am glad that someone has not been hit by one of […]

Deer tunnel

EDITOR: I understand from our local paper that there is a tunnel being constructed beneath Highway 50. Its main and only purpose is to allow the safe passage of various forms of wildlife the ability to travel from the north side of the freeway to the south side of the freeway. Looking at the equipment […]

AC Transit knows what it’s doing

EDITOR: I see where someone is having a hard time accepting the fact that AC Transit in the Bay Area is running its fuel cell electric-powered buses on hydrogen extracted form water. The agency has just established a new solar-powered fueling station for generating hydrogen. To rub a little salt in the wound, they announced […]

Kids box lunch a hit

EDITOR: I would like to thank the many CASA volunteers, community members and El Dorado County businesses and school staff members who helped to make the 16th annual CASA Kids Box Lunch fundraiser a fabulous success. Selling, assembling and delivering over 3,200 box lunches all over our huge county and beyond is no easy feat and […]

Eastbound on-ramp from Placerville Drive

EDITOR: This is a response to a couple of recent letters regarding the Eastbound on-ramp from Placerville Drive to Highway 50. The city engineering staff expressed concern to Caltrans during construction of this intersection and their (Caltrans) remedy was to have the contractor place “yield” pavement markings in the left turn lane — markings which […]

Dog park in Hacienda Park

EDITOR: In response to the idea of a dog park in Hacienda Park: As a dog owner, I would love to have a dog park where I could excercise my dog. However, I do not think it is fair to take any part of Hacienda Park. The local homeowners were there first and I think they […]

A judge’s opinion

EDITOR: As a 30-year-plus reader, then subscriber, I have enjoyed your publication. I appreciated your articles on the pending judicial election and commentary by the three candidates. I was surprised to learn the reasons Judge Stracener believed I wasn’t supporting him. He assumed, incorrectly, that I did not like the numerous questions he had asked […]

Dishonest candidate

EDITOR: Candidate for District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco owes the El Dorado County Tax Payers Association an apology for blatantly lying to the group. On April 16, Ron Mikulaco was very late for the meeting. He explained to the group he was tending to his girlfriend’s daughter who was ill and he had been caring […]

Failure to attend

EDITOR: I was disappointed to learn that our Congressman, Tom McClintock, declined to participate in a Candidates Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and scheduled on May 2 in Placerville. I have heard Congressman McClintock speak at three “Town Hall” meetings but questions in those venues all seem to come from friends and supporters […]

Hoffman earned my vote

EDITOR: As a third-generation El Dorado County citizen (raising a fourth generation), I have a vested interest, as we all do, in making sure that the best people serve in public office. Judges are responsible for interpreting and enforcing the law and that function is distinct from all other forms of civil service. A judge’s […]

Barb is honest

EDITOR: I enjoyed reading the story in the Mountain Democrat on Richard Barb in the April 24 issue. I met Richard and his wife five years back and their very well-mannered kids at the Placerville Pines Convalescent Hospital. Every Sunday Richard, his wife, and some of their kids would come to do church service and […]

Barking up the wrong tree

EDITOR: Ray Nutting is on the campaign trail. Recently he stopped by the El Dorado Pet Club Training Center in Shingle Springs to say “Howdy” and drop off some brochures. Apparently, he is unaware that the Training Center’s owner is a PAWED member, a member of the Animal Shelter Coalition, and has rehabilitated and rehomed […]

Where’s the tape?

EDITOR: On March 8 Rico Oller and Frank Bigelow debated in Placerville at the American Legion Hall put on by the El Dorado County Republican Central Committee. It was taped by the Central Committee which forbade others from recording the event. This was done with the commitment that the tape would be provided to both […]

For Knight, Nutting

EDITOR: Supervisors Ray Nutting and John Knight have been supporters of the train in El Dorado County since I have known them. Ray voted and signed into law, as chairman of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in 1996, to save the rails that Southern Pacific had abandoned in the mid-80s, thereby guaranteeing heavy […]

A CASA for Stracener

EDITOR: We are fortunate that in our country we have the opportunity to elect a judge who has shown himself to be an exemplary judge. Judge Warren C. Stracener is competent, conscientious, knowledgeable and thorough. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate for many years, I have been before numerous judges in Dependency Court. I have […]

Why I support Taylor

EDITOR: I attended both of the Candidates’ Forums for El Dorado County Supervisor District 3 recently sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The audiences were largely made up of supporters of each candidate. I heard three things from two of the candidates at the last debate which trouble me a great deal. First, Mr. Veerkamp […]

Hoffman for judge

EDITOR: As a lifetime resident of El Dorado County, I encourage all residents to learn about the candidates running for Superior Court Judge.  I am convinced that Joseph Hoffman is the right choice.  He is a respected attorney and temporary judge; and is supported by current judges including Douglas Phimister, deputies, local attorneys, our county auditor, […]

Known Stracener 20 years

EDITOR: I am a 28-year resident of El Dorado County. My wife and I have raised and educated three children, all of whom were educated in El Dorado County schools, played community and school sports, and participated in a myriad of social activities. With this background, I wish to express my support for the retention […]

Opposed to Stracener

EDITOR: Last year, a couple of veterans and I spearheaded a local effort to get El Dorado County to be one of the few counties in California to have a court that dealt directly with Veterans who have mental issues such as PTSD due to their military service to our country. Because of a few […]

Appointed secretary supports Stracener

EDITOR: As the Governor Schwarzenegger-appointed Assistant Secretary for Labor Relations at the California Department of Corrections, I worked closely on a daily basis with Warren “Curt” Stracener when he served in his position with the state’s Department of Personnel Administration. I have met very few individuals like Judge Stracener — ferociously smart, fiercely dedicated, eminently […]

Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service a success

EDITOR: I would like to thank everyone that helped to make Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service a huge success on April 28. We were able to come together as a community and complete nine projects throughout El Dorado County. These projects included local schools, parks and the El Dorado Trail. The following organizations and […]

Stalled on trail plaque for eight years

EDITOR: In 2004 my husband Jerry was diagnosed with leukemia. At that time we decided when the time came, Jerry would be commemorated with a memorial plaque on the El Dorado Trail — a trail where we enjoyed long walks during our time together in Placerville. In the spring of 2005 Jerry passed away. When […]

Pelosi et al wasting our money

EDITOR: I find it interesting that the worst politician in the country, Nancy Pelosi, finds it “just great” that the occupy idiots and May Day riots waste hundreds of thousands of dollars of the taxpayers money. She thinks it is “just great” that these people express their dissatisfaction with the 1 percent. At the same […]

Wolves? People are the probem

EDITOR: I am sorry the Mountain Democrat did not print the writer’s name and ever present picture in the opinion article “Don’t need wolves. ” I would like to see what the person looks like that writes an article using words like ga-ga and phrases like “environmental romantics.” He stated the reason the deer and […]

Wild animal tunnel under Highway 50

EDITOR: It is interesting to finally find out what is really going on with all the construction equipment on Highway 50 between El Dorado and Greenstone roads. It is also interesting to find out that our state, which is in such severe financial condition, can expend money on a project that will provide very little […]

Homeless shelter vs. animal shelter

EDITOR: I just read the article in the Mountain Democrat today about our county’s project for a new animal shelter. If I am understanding it correctly the county just approved a budget of $5.7 million to buy property to build a new animal shelter with the project manager’s salary being $150,000. For that amount of […]

Attack on freedom of conscience

EDITOR: When the Obama Administration’s health care financing plan was signed into law, President Obama and Congress promised that funds under the new law would not cover abortions. This has now been proven to be empty rhetoric. Why? Because the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated that under the health care law, […]

Praises to Marshall Hospital

EDITOR: I just want to express my gratitude to Marshall Hospital. Last month I had to spend 10 days there with double pneumonia and feel I received the best of care. From the E.R. to the food staff, all of my nurses — Charlie, Kennie, Debbi, Terri, Adrianne and Bev, to name some — and […]

Racial incidents

EDITOR: The current uproar over a recent incident in Florida shows a real sign of our times. Had the shooter been a black man or the kid that was shot a white kid, we would probably not have even heard of the incident outside of Florida. In addition, if most of the nation were gainfully […]

Osama Bin Laden

EDITOR: The night the world found out that the US Seal Team 6 had taken out Osama I was posting on the MD’s site. I remember how proud all the posters, were I said God bless our president. It was a great moment. Today I watched an Obama campaign ad using Bill Clinton as an […]

Shale oil and gas fossil energy renaissance

EDITOR: Mr. Larry Parker’s letter, dated March 12, “Third Point” discusses oil/gas prices and the “Fourth Point” discusses the impact of developing US oil resources and our national debt. First, the U.S. national debt has been created by extravagant Congressional spending over decades involving both parties, Democrat and Republican alike. Therefore no one single silver […]

Privatizing: Yes or No

EDITOR: I read Ms. Veercamp’s letter and realize that she just doesn’t get the point. First I would like to review the marketplace of government services. Agencies such as the Building Department have a declining work load in markets like we are in and an increasing work load in better markets. The county can cut […]

Austerity for All

EDITOR: “Austerity is fair. It offers cuts for all: rich people’s taxes, poor people’s programs.” Not my words — author unknown. But, it does make one ponder. JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville

The great liberal meltdown

EDITOR: Recent government scandals have greatly added to the natural “revving up” of this November’s election and have suddenly turned a once boring political landscape into a very interesting race for president … no matter how you spin it, government indiscretions like our president caught whispering secrets to the Russians, the extravagance of GSA wingding’s, […]

Equal Access to Justice Act?

EDITOR: We should look at re-doing the government welfare system called the Equal Access to Justice Act which allows a group to sue the Federal Government; if they win they can recoup all of their legal costs. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) has 22 attorneys out of a staff of 59 that is more […]

Fuel cell fallacy

EDITOR: Nord Whited’s letter to the editor published April 25 regarding fuel cell technology use at AC Transit in the Bay Area espouses the use of solar powered fuel cell technology to power transit buses. It can be presumed that the solar mechanism Mr. Whited discusses to generate hydrogen for a propulsive fuel is solar […]

Granny flats clause

EDITOR: Mr. Ken Calhoon writes very informative and interesting articles titled “Full disclosure” that run each week in the Home Source section of the Mountain Democrat. His April 27 article, “Granny flats and in-law apartments …” left out a very important condition regarding the occupancy and sale of properties developed in the described manner. The State […]

Limit medical profits to 20%

EDITOR: Let me see if I understand Merrill Matthews’s opinion piece correctly: 1. “Obama Care” (I like this phrase because he does) calls for less time for patient protection, right? Lipitor equals $400 for a 30-day supply compared to generic equaling $36 for a 30-day supply. And this is bad? After all, drug companies will […]

Disagree with column

Regarding the My turn column of Wednesday, 4/25: Where in The Affordable Health Care Act does it prevent a patient from paying “…more (for a medication or treatment) if they think a drug or other therapy is a good value for them?” Please show us where we can see this, Mr. Mathews. The post script […]

Cameron Park CSD budget

EDITOR: Someone needs to ask the question to the Cameron Park CSD board: “Do you really care about the financial wellness of the district?” My answer would be, “No.” Shiva Frentzen is the only member of the board who has asked the tough budget questions. She is met with opposition by the other four and the new […]

Bail excessive

EDITOR: There is a strange situation going on right now that I want all taxpayers to be aware of. Perhaps you read the story a couple of weeks ago about an El Dorado County retired sheriff’s deputy accused of stealing $300,000. His name is Don Atkinson. What appears to be strange to me is that […]

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