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No reason to delay XL Pipeline

EDITOR: This letter is in reply to the letter dated on Monday, Feb. 6, by Bruce Raley regarding the Keystone Pipeline. First of all, an alternative route in Nebraska has already been approved by the Governor and officials of Nebraska in that the Keystone Pipeline does not have to go over the Ogallala Aquifer. There […]

February 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Technology forum to meet Feb. 25

EDITOR: The first Technology Executives Forum, on Jan. 27 was a small but significant success. This is the event I originally proposed in the Jan. 4 “My Turn” space in the Mountain Democrat. Six executives with deep technology management experience met and discussed some of our shared observations about El Dorado County. It was a […]

Picture threatened?

EDITOR: I am very worried one of my favorite scenic views in El Dorado County may be damaged. I do not enjoy cities; I love our “rural” county. For me, our rural county begins when I see the Crystal Range framed by the Ponderosa Road overcrossing on Highway 50. My favorite viewing time is when the […]

February 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Shorter is smarter

EDITOR: After reading the five “Letters to the Editor” that were published in the Dec. 30, 2011, Friday edition, I noticed a couple of things. Firstly, the two letters that appeared to be positive reflections of America were brief and concise. Secondly, the other three that railed against our economic system, the military, and our […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Ted Gaines is a lightbulb Luddite

EDITOR: I welcome efforts to conserve energy by individuals and, yes, by the government. Ted Gains is a modern-day Luddite. Yet, even he describes incandescent bulbs as an “…..inefficient, global-warming villain……” Those words might give me a glimpse of hope that he understands the problem, but alas, I am inclined to believe that they are […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Pancake flippers help Camino School

EDITOR: On Jan. 28 the Camino Involved Dads (CID) Club at Camino School flipped hundreds of pancakes “for the cause.” The smell of bacon and sausage cooking probably even reached Lake Tahoe. Together with the Student Council, and Eagle Scout Michael Combrink (who organized a bake sale), nearly $1,000 was raised towards purchasing a greenhouse […]

Thanks for spotting unclaimed funds

EDITOR: Thank You Blue Ribbon Personnel Services In October 2010 El Dorado County 4H received an envelope from Blue Ribbon Personnel Services. They had found some unclaimed El Dorado County 4H funds being held by the state of California. After more than a year we were able to claim the funds. Thanks to Blue Ribbon […]

A sad day for the munchkins

EDITOR: I am sharing this in hopes parents think twice and talk to one another. Yesterday was a sad day for all children in our court here in Placerville, not only mine. A mediator with limited information, never speaking to my children made the “referral” the children live with Dad who has been absentee at […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Letter writer misinformed about Nevada solar project

EDITOR: The letter from Martin Schuman regarding “Expensive Solar Company” is an almost exact copy of a phony e-mail letter that has been circulating the Internet for at least a few months. Check out Snopes.com to get the facts about the letter, which labels it mostly false. I think many of us are tired of […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Ease up on parking enforcement

EDITOR: This past Saturday my wife and I were shopping on Main Street, and we were pleased to see the number of people who were also bringing their business to downtown. We were stunned to see the parking control officer with his computer working at 4:55 p.m.. Are you kidding? Parking tickets at 5 o’clock […]

Improve timing on Highway 50 traffic lights

EDITOR: Regarding the $350k air quality grant from DMV: First a correction in the wording of the article; the goal of AB 2766 is not to help us “contend with” air pollution caused by motor vehicles, but rather to prevent it. Big difference. The California Clean Air Act requires local air pollution control districts to […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Honesty needed in presidential candidate

EDITOR: For the upcoming election next year, all those who have something to do with selecting the GOP candidate have something serious to think about. At present, there are two major candidates, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, who will most likely be the last two to choose from. So, think about this. If you were […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 67 Replies

Thank you, Newt

EDITOR: Newt Gingrich on “Meet The Press” said the age of austerity is not the right solution — the answer is to grow the economy and not to punish the American people with austerity. At last, something on which I can agree with Newt, because it is intuitive, in our current economy, that austerity is […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 31 Replies

Demonizing personal responsibility

EDITOR: A reader recently wrote that the Tea Party, the GOP, and the National Rifle Association promote death. He apparently based his diatribe on information he gleaned from such left wing blogs as “Crooks and Liars,” “Democratic Underground,” and the “Huffington Post.” Based on that dubious information, he concluded that… The Tea Party and NRA’s […]

Pollock Pines ‘Christmas Families’ Giving Tree a huge success

EDITOR: Once again the Christmas spirit of Pollock Pines was measured by the amazing assistance our community demonstrated in supporting the “Christmas Families” giving tree project. Over 30 local families were recipients of this outpouring of love and generosity. Each child in the family listed a need and a wish, and tags were made accordingly. […]

California’s water fiasco can be solved

EDITOR: The existing water system is obsolete. No amount of money can restore its reliability. California needs a totally new fresh water, non-electric dilivery system that as a long-term 200-year future. Do no blame farmers, state or federal engineers. The blame rests squarely on the shoulders and governors and legislators who had three things in […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Brown Act issue resolved at GDPUD

EDITOR: On Jan. 31 the GDPUD board addressed my request to bring item 17 from the Jan. 10 agenda item back and present this item to the public correctly in compliance with the Brown Act. I was concerned over an e-mail that was sent to me on Jan. 24, from the GM Hank White, which stated, […]

Disagree with XL Pipeline editorial

EDITOR: The Jan. 19 editorial accused President Obama of dribbling in its fictional version of this political game, leaving out some facts and distorting others. Editorial claims are noted. The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route would have run directly through the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies 174,000 square miles of eight states and provides drinking water […]

February 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 14 Replies

Expensive solar company

EDITOR: The Solar thing just got a little more interesting. The Tonopah Solar company in Harry Reid’s Nevada is getting a $737 million loan from Obama’s DOE. The project will produce a 110-megawatt power system and employ 45 permanent workers. That’s costing us just $16 million per job. One of the investment partners in this endeavor […]

February 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 57 Replies

A culture of dependence

EDITOR: Liberals have often been described as wanting a “nanny state” where the government takes care of you cradle to grave and fostering a culture of dependence, And in a recent letter to the editor Mr. Longhofer drove home the liberal’s devotion to nanny statism and dependency as only a liberal could. Liberals like Mr. […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 40 Replies

Legislators should take furloughs

EDITOR: I Have two concerns about the state legislators’ deficit. 1.Why are the state legislators not taking furloughs at least once or two days a month and reducing their staff during the deficit crisis? 2. Why are the elected state officials not limiting the number of bills introduced into the state to reduce expenses to […]

February 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fire districts losing county funding

EDITOR: County funding of Aid to Fire is winding down to zero. We will be losing our Advance Life Support, among other services, for the citizens of our district and other surrounding districts. As ever, while fire suppression has traditionally been our commission, the loss of a home or property cannot be compared to the […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Firefighters saved my house

EDITOR: This letter is to praise the brave and proficient performance of the fire crew who saved my house from a complete burn-down. On Jan. 10 in the middle of the night the sound of wood burning and cracking woke us up. The chimney was on fire. We have an old shake roof. We knew […]

Great turnout

EDITOR: Saturday, Jan. 21, has gone down in history for the Shingle Springs Community Center. I have been attending events at this location since the 1970s and have never seen such an outpouring of community support. A strong statement was made on this day by the citizens of our county. Community is important. Congratulations to […]

Tilden Park in Shingle Springs opposed

EDITOR: Have your heard of Tilden Park? In the name of “smart growth” El Dorado County is in the process of giving a green light to the worst, ill-planned development ever done in Shingle Springs. They want to take 12 acres full of oak trees, an open grass field, rare endangered plants, wetlands and the natural […]

Proposed billboards too big

EDITOR: There are three new, unnecessarily huge billboards being proposed (also known as “off premise signs”) along Highway 50. They are each 14-feet by 48 feet high, lighted, and wedge shaped so as to be read from both sides. That’s 672 square feet per side, or a total of 1,344 square feet of excessive, in-your-face, visually […]

Living within one’s means

EDITOR: Mr. Ravanelli’s letter explaining how large economies don’t need to live within their means like you and I do was quite a relief. I’m sure it was especially good news to Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Ireland. It’s also great news for Germany, who was being asked to help bail out those southern European […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Congressional reform amendment full of errors

EDITOR: Recently you published a letter (Jan. 2) supporting “The Congressional Reform Act (28th Amendment).”  I’ve received versions of this through the Internet at least twice in the past year. All versions, internet and the one you printed, contain an amazing amount of error, misinformation and fuzzy thinking. While I agree with the overall tone that […]

Millionaires could pay a little more

EDITOR: Your editorial suggests that the lower the tax on millionaires, the more tax collections which result. In fact, even Arthur Laffer has agreed that current tax rates on millionaire could increase without creating any disincentive on millionaire economic effort, and thus that a higher tax would increase collections. Your editorial correctly points out the […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 25 Replies

Dunlop recognition overdue

EDITOR: It’s about time that Harry Dunlop got some recognition for all the years he has dedicated to the county. Because of Harry and his knowledge, we have access to water in places like El Dorado, Diamond Springs, Shingle Springs and Cold Springs Road where there was no access 40 years ago. I am sorry that […]

Lumsden Park cleaned up

EDITOR: On Saturday, an unprecedented cleanup took place at Lumsden Park. The Placerville Police Department worked in conjunction with Public Works, inmates from the County Jail and volunteers from the Community Resource Center to coordinate their efforts, restore the park and return it back to the community. A select group of homeless individuals from the Community Resource Center have come together […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Those who gave to tree appreciated

EDITOR: On behalf of the Federated Church Tree of Kindness project, I’d like to thank all the members of our community who adopted an individual or family, made a donation of blankets or money, or supported the project in other ways. We especially want to thank our Main Street partners: Tony Matthews, Combellack’s, and Blue […]

The rich will make you pull the oar

EDITOR: Don’t ever climb in a life boat with a wealthy Republican, because he probably wants you to pull the oars. Never having spent even one day at poor camp, he knows nothing about struggle. He watched too many Errol Flynn movies when he was a kid and now he wants to be captain of […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 14 Replies

Who is the food stamp president?

EDITOR: Is President Obama really the food stamp president? I don’t believe so, as more Americans went on food stamps during George W. Bush’s administration. How then to explain Newt’s claim? Newt is an expert in making code word statements to those who want to believe them. His real food stamp message is that people of […]

January 30, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 50 Replies

GDPUD agenda item inadequately detailed

EDITOR: Open Letter to the GDPUD Board of Directors and the GM-Board Clerk, During the Jan. 12 regular meeting of the Board of Directors, item 17 was posted for discussion with limited information on this topic. As written on the agenda for public notice: “17. DIRECTOR NEELEY REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION A. Presentation and discussion of […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Kobus the rain maker

EDITOR: Congratulations to Mike Kobus once again. Two days before our desperately needed rain my grandson called my attention to the huge ant on the hillside of the Koby Kicks Ants establishment. There it was — protected by a huge umbrella. Such good humor is a delight especially in these troubled times of so many serious […]

A letter writer writes his own obituary

EDITOR: Robert Rex McGee —“Bob” to all who knew him — died in his home on Jan. 12. A widower, Bob is survived by his loving companion, Evelyn Veerkamp, his three children, Pam, Karen and Mike McGee, and his two grandchildren, Jason McGee and Cheyenne Beckelman. A memorial service is to be held in his home […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Garbage dumped on state park

EDITOR: In November of 2011 authorities for the Bureau of Reclamation and State Parks were notified of a resident living adjacient to the Ohmstead Loop Equestrian Trail dumping household garbage on state controlled federal land. Park rangers investigated and found the piles to be on state land and also found the name of the resident […]

Editorial ‘Highway of Death’ unwarranted

EDITOR: I was disappointed when I read your editorial piece on Salmon Falls Road in which you referred to it as the “Highway of Death.” In the article you stated that “the latest to die was a 52-year-old Auburn woman whose BMW motorcycle left the road and hit a utility pole. Obviously the woman was […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Ramirez is two-time Pulizter winner

EDITOR: Ms. Barbara Raines commented (Mt. Dem. Jan 18) that she found that Mr. Ramirez’s The ‘Donner’Party political satire was a ‘breath of fresh air’. Michael Ramirez is well known for his political cartoons. He is a two-time winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2008, and a three-time Sigma Delta Chi, Society […]

A word from the homeless

EDITOR: I am writing to educate society a little on “campers.” Our campsites are our homes. We treat them as such and would like the same in return. If you happen upon one, don’t go trespassing or trying to get into it. How would you like it if we trespassed on you property and peeked […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Cartoon was racist

EDITOR: Shame on you for printing an insulting racist cartoon on your editorial page on Jan. 16. It desecrates one of the most inspiring speeches ever given by one of America’s greatest leaders. Printing it to insult America’s first black president is inexcusable. And using your paper to print it on Dr. Martin Luther King […]

We are the real Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe

EDITOR: We the Historical Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe are appalled by all the publicity. We are a recognized tribe of Congress and Department of Interior. In 1934 the Indian Recognization Act was voted on by recognized tribes all through out the United States. The tribes that voted yes got a rude awakening when they had […]

January 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Thank you, Marshall Oncology

EDITOR: I would like to thank Dr. Soe and the entire staff at Marshall Oncology for getting me through the biggest crisis of my life. I would also like to let everyone know how fortunate we are to have such a great group of professionals in our area. They are caring and compassionate from the front […]

City planning chairman was accommodating

EDITOR: I would like to take my hat off to the chair of the Placerville Planning Commission, Dolly Wager. At the Jan. 17 meeting there was a decent-sized crowd there to hear about the Housing Element update to the General Plan. Many people spoke, and as is often the case, after hearing something said by […]

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