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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 […]

Railroad still an important asset

EDITOR: Soon it will be voting time for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. We legal citizens have the right to vote and can vote for the person he feels is the best qualified to serve. Even though I’m in my 80s, I have attended several of the BOS meetings and have formed my […]

Cruising fire trucks

EDITOR: I’m writing in response to the April 23rd letter to the editor regarding “cruising fire trucks.” The letter implies that driving fire trucks is wasting public money. While the author’s motives may be well intended, they are sadly uninformed. The April 23rd letter cries out for a rebuttal in a dozen ways, but let’s […]

Chain saw massacre

EDITOR: I learned about the proposed “Dog Park” for Hacienda Park on Cameron Park Drive a week ago, and went to the Cameron Park Community Services District Meeting on April 18. It sounded like it would be a workable situation for multi-use of the park. I went to the park to walk our dogs two […]

No tax increases

EDITOR: Once again our liberal leaders at both the federal and state level have no problem totally wasting our hard-earned money while at the same time claiming if we don’t raise taxes schools, police and fire will suffer. At the state level the legislature routinely has 20-minute sessions so they can collect their precious $209 […]

International Guide Dog Day April 25th

EDITOR: Carnival is a young female black labrador puppy being raised by Gina Phillipsen from the El Dorado Second Sight — Paws for the Blind. You may have seen her around town in her green Guide Dog puppy coat. In honor of International Guide Dog Day on April 25, and the 70th Anniversary of Guide Dogs for […]

True love

EDITOR: The definition of “ultimate forgiveness:” Joe Harn endorsing his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer for a judgeship. STEVE TAPSON Placerville

EID’s irrational rate increase

EDITOR: I am writing this letter in disgust of EID’s ability to manipulate things within the facility in order to continue with the ever increasing and unrealistic rate increases. As a single person who lives within the city limits on a relitively small lot, I work seven days a week so I am home long […]

Secret service

EDITOR: I have a way for the goverment to reduce the deficit. Our fearless leaders could make a porno movie and title it “The Secret Service — Uncovered.” ROBERT REILLY Shingle Springs

‘It’s a taxing issue’ response

EDITOR: In Chris Daley’s opinion piece, “It’s s taxing issue for a taxing time,” his numbers are wrong. According to 2010 IRS statistics, compiled by the Tax Foundation, 143 million tax returns were filed. Out of those 143 million returns, 58 million or 41 percent paid no income taxes. The data shows that those who […]

ADA attorney is poisonous

EDITOR: I saw on your tweet (my first time ever) a most horrific letter addressed to Ms. Beth Gains. You would charge me to respond, so this allowing anonymous to abscond the law. Mrs. Gains is trying to assist businesses against the harassment of this disabled attorney looking for ways to collect wages. This attorney, I […]

School woodworking fundraiser a success

EDITOR: ON Monday night, April 16, the Society of Wood Heads Only hosted their eighth annual fundraiser for the school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. The event was very well attended and we so thank the people who showed in support of this cause. I want to thank the merchants, the wineries, and the […]

Saved by Dimaond Springs firefighters

EDITOR: On Wednesday, April 18, I made a huge mistake. After shopping at TJ Max I put my baby in the car and tossed my keys on the front seat while I put the cart away. When I returned to my vehicle I realized I had locked the keys and my baby in the car! […]

What’s with all the cruising fire trucks?

EDITOR: It is probably time to publish the invoices of the local fire stations budgets regarding their cost of fuel. It has become obvious that the fire departments feel a need to have more public exposure to justify their budgets. The question that is most asked is, “Where are they going now?” Every day, evey […]

Critique of candidates

EDITOR: I submit that an overview of the character of candidates for office for the June 5 election is available to most voters just by observing their campaign signs. I don’t mean the number of signs; instead what is important is the location where they have installed their signs. Should it matter to the electorate if an […]

Fuel cell technology

EDITOR: Just in case you hadn’t noticed, on April 13 the San Francisco Bay area transit agency, AC Transit, put out a press release announcing that it had just opened and is now operating a station providing “on-site solar powered hydrogen generation for fueling the agency’s (12) fuel cell buses.” The facility includes a 500 […]

See the signs

EDITOR: I submit that an overview of the character of candidates for office for the June 5 election is available to most voters just by observing their campaign signs. I don’t mean the number of signs; instead what is important is the location where they have installed their signs. Should it matter to the electorate […]

OHV access denied to many

EDITOR: Why is Eldorado National Forest closing roads to OHV’s? How do handicapped people visit the back country if they close the roads to travel? Recently I visited the Eldorado National Forest service Website to see if the forest was open for vehicle travel. Forest travel is generally closed to vehicle travel from Jan. 1 […]


EDITOR: Politicians just cannot seem to focus on the real issues facing Americans. The latest non-issue is Hillary Rosen’s comment that Mrs. Romney never worked a day in her life, obviously meaning she was never employed outside the home at a job for a paycheck. This was immediately challenged by Republicans saying that Mrs. Romney was […]

Stay at home moms

EDITOR: I was a forerunner to the feminist movement. Trouble is, they forgot not all women choose their lifestyles. Many women are single, divorced or must support their family, including seniors. We have kids so out of control because there is no supervision and parents must work their shifts. Now we have this Hilary Rosen, […]

Parking challenge

EDITOR: Parking challenge accepted. Let’s be a “myth buster.” Two members of the city council feel it is a myth that people eat lunch and dash because of the two-hour parking. I invite everyone, including downtown merchants, to drop me a note letting me know how you feel about this. I will go public with […]

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