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We have the right to use medical marijuana

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: Esteemed supervisors, lest we forget, the people who voted you into office overwhelmingly support the right of a person to use cannabis as medicine. The right was established in 1996, Prop.215, The Compassionate Use Act. Lest we forget, your Southern California brethren (San Diego) have […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 54 Replies

70th Pearl Harbor Day memorial service set

EDITOR: I am a retired Navy veteran (21 years active duty) and a proud member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 275, Placerville, an organization comprised of active duty, retired and all veterans regardless of time served, who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. I was not in […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

EID board action reeks of cronyism

EDITOR: If the El Dorado Irrigation District board’s latest action does not qualify its members for a recall election, nothing will. In a press release dated Nov. 15, EID board members use the first two pages to tell us what a swell bunch of guys they are before announcing — last item on last page — […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Don’t call them Canada geese

EDITOR: In her column called “The rural life” in Monday’s Mountain Democrat (Nov. 14), the paper gives much space to the columnist’s long piece about how she has spent time observing the flights of “Canada geese” migrating over the bend in the South Fork of the Cosumnes Rive near where she lives, apparently not far […]

For the love of cats …

EDITOR: Help! The local shelters are full and we need to place a small (for now) colony of presumed feral cats that are living behind the Cameron Park Denny’s. We have a team of individuals observing the colony. Some are experienced in trapping homeless cats. Others are providing their time, food and water, which will […]

Let’s take the train

EDITOR: On behalf of the El Dorado Western Railroad I would like to thank the Mountain Democrat and its readers for such a great response to our advertistement for Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. We had over 100 people, of all ages, show up. And each week it gets better. The train rides will run […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Don’t miss out on Christmas in the Pines

EDITOR: For that good old fashioned Christmas remembered from our own years gone by or from stories like “White Christmas” or “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Pollock Pines continues to bring joy of the season to all. Ho! Ho! Ho! On Dec. 3 beginning at 8 a.m. the Pollock Pines-Camino Rotary Club will again be hosting […]

EID board thumbs nose at ratepayers

EDITOR: On Nov. 14, after closed session, the El Dorado Irrigation District’s board returned to an empty boardroom gallery to vote general manager and general counsel contract extensions to September 2016. (Yes, 2016! The previous contracts already were guaranteed to September 2013.) This is a fresh $1.3 million-plus salary and benefits commitment for EID ratepayers […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

New World Order wants a monopoly on life

EDITOR: In 1950 the Jewish banker James Paul Warburg stated to the U.S. Senate: “We shall have world government, whether or not we like it. The only question is whether world government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” International banking families such as the Warburgs, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Kuhns, Loebs, Schiffs and others have been […]

November 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 37 Replies

Hypocrisy of the left

EDITOR: Nancy Pelosi, when asked about the Tea Party, called it AstroTurf. Not a real grass roots movement. Then she praises the Occupy Wall Street crowd as beautiful young people expressing their First Amendment constitutional rights. Hypocrite. Later she cries alligator tears when comparing the Willie Musconi murder with the anger of the Tea Party […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 57 Replies

Solar is not the way to go around here

EDITOR: As I have written before, solar remains a joke for this area. Do not get caught up in the green energy hype that the media and our government are choking down our throats. In the past I have referenced various articles that expose the cost and deception that a new “solar system” will cost […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Fannie, Freddie execs score $100 million payday

EDITOR: I was growing rather tired of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, since my feelings are that the Occupy-ers could instead be looking for jobs. Then, today, I saw this article in CNN Money by Chris Isidore that read, “Mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac received the biggest federal bailout of the financial […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 7 Replies

I’m impressed with EID

EDITOR: These days we live in a world that sees more bad than good. Everyone seems to be complaining a lot. I, on the other hand, am going to say something nice about an organization. El Dorado Irrigation District has me convinced. We had a water main break in our court and it headed straight […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

We’re overwhelmed with gratitude

EDITOR: We would like to personally send out a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Jeff Boatman spaghetti dinner fundraiser held on Saturday, Oct. 22. Jeff’s journey has touched many people. Jeff’s thyroid cancer resulted in the loss of his voice box. He is currently receiving treatment at Stanford Hospital. Jeff is […]

Firefighters’ Association benefits from fundraisers

EDITOR: Through the successful fundraising efforts of the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Firefighters Association, including the annual Labor Day Bazaar held in September, the association was able to purchase Apple iPads and some badly needed radios for the fire district. Due to recent changes of the FCC, all fire departments have been required to go to […]

Circular logic

EDITOR: In 2004 the voters approved the El Dorado County General Plan. After it was approved the Board of Supervisors increased allowable density of commercial and industrial coverage on parcels from 23 million square feet to 94 million square feet at build out (called Floor Area Ratio – FAR). The Environmental Impact Report for the new […]

Waterboarding: Torture or not?

EDITOR: In their recent last debate, several of the Republican candidates for president stated that waterboarding is not torture. Those candidates should be waterboarded so they can report back to us during their next debate whether their position has changed or is confirmed. I know many of us are waterboarding curious, but most of us cannot […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 35 Replies

The stars shone brightly

EDITOR: From the Pollock Pines and Camino galaxies, the stars radiated brilliantly on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Apple Mountain Golf Resort at the sold-out, wait-listed, “Stars Come Out” awards event. No telescopes were needed to gaze at the stars as they one by one glowed in transparent, shimmering glory. For these are the kinds of […]

The truth about medical marijuana

EDITOR: Regarding your story, “Supes may halt pot farms:” I can’t believe that this paper printed El Dorado County’s assertion that “In September 2005 the Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 4683, permanently prohibiting marijuana dispensaries in all zone districts in the unincorporated areas of the county” without an effort to check the facts. In reality, […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Join us and help our soldiers

EDITOR: Thank you so much for publishing the first notice regarding “Hugs from Home” beginning its third season. The response has been amazing. Thanks to all the ladies who are already creating an afghan, and to all those joining, thanks in advance. We now have a unit of Marine Corps who will be recipients of […]

Thanks for support of veterans

EDITOR: Thanks to the Mountain Democrat for continually honoring veterans. The Nov. 11 issue was outstanding. This is one reason I am a proud subscriber of the Mountain Democrat. However, the lieutenant general (three star) in charge U.S. forces at Monte Cassino was Mark Wayne Clark, United States Military Academy class of April 1917 not […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Leaving the wounded behind

EDITOR: For full disclosure, I am not eligible for health care at VA clinics and hospitals. Mitt Romney, on Veterans Day, proposed that health care for veterans be converted to a voucher system (a la Representative Ryan’s Medicare voucher proposal). Those who have borne the battle and fully sacrificed for their country — leaving their arms, […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 24 Replies

No fan of Ted Gaines

EDITOR: Ted Gaines’ “My turn: Honoring our warriors of freedom” in the Mountain Democrat is, literally, stomach-turning drivel; its obvious lack of sincerity and sole purpose of scoring points with voters ooze through so painfully that I cringed while reading it. Gaines, like his mentor Tom McClintock, studiously avoided serving in the military. To paraphrase Dick […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

There are those who need medical marijuana

EDITOR: I find it irresponsible that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors or Placerville City Council would allow a group of four or five people (even if they do represent the city or county) to determine the health and well-being of those in this county that need a certain medication. Do you not realize […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

What part of ‘do not call’ don’t they understand?

EDITOR: The annoyance of telemarketing calls is steadily increasing in spite of the do-not-call law. The reason for this is that no one is enforcing that law. I have contacted our Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office but they have no interest in enforcing that law. I have asked some callers if they are aware […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Medical marijuana is already tough to obtain

EDITOR: Though not having experienced any known criminal activity associated with the medical marijuana dispensaries (MMDs) that have operated in the city, Placerville will soon ban them. Propping up this move is a hefty 2009 White Paper from the California Police Chiefs’ Association. That document specifies a number of problems posed by MMDs, including “[N]o […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

Is this your dog?

EDITOR: On Saturday, Nov.  5, my husband was in the parking lot of the Shell station on Sly Park and Pony Express and some people approached him with a dog that had been wandering around in the snow without a collar. It was late and there was no one around so we decided to take […]

November 18, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Veterans Day

EDITOR: As a boy I always wanted to serve in our military. I made a decision while at university that it wasn’t important to me if I was an officer or enlisted, only that I serve. It wasn’t a matter of financial or an ends to a means for me. More I wanted to be a […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Where’s the coverage of ‘Occupy Movement?’

EDITOR: Where’s the coverage? Last Monday morning I sat in Peet’s Coffee House in El Dorado Hills — minding my own business — when a rowdy mob came charging in, demanding change — and demanding it now. All four of the group had on dark green hooded sweatshirts, very antagonistic attitudes, and Converse tennis shoes. […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 7 Replies

America is the best — thank you, those who serve

EDITOR: As I watched the Occupy Wall Street protests in Oakland the other day on television, I couldn’t help but notice a cluster of signs that read, “Capitalism is Dead … Regime change soon to come.” Although there are problems in America right now, is a change in America’s economic system needed? Has American capitalism ruined […]

November 14, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

How low can people be?

EDITOR: As an Air Force veteran and patriotic American this is very disturbing. I moved onto the Cameron Park Airpark eight months ago and have flown the American flag on the pole in the front yard ever since. My son leaves for the Air Force Tuesday (Nov. 15) to serve his country. He added an […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

It’s not bad to be rich

EDITOR: The writer of the “275 percent?” letter apparently believes that it is bad to be rich and that the GOP and its supporters are to blame for the poor and the “loss” of the middle class. While no solutions were offered other than using the ballot box, here are some hard truths to consider: […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

A properly cooked turkey, for all

EDITOR: Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time for turkey cooking. For decades my family was faced with overcooked white meat and undercooked dark meat. Always a disappointment. A few years back I found a technique to solve this problem and I present it here for one and all. First, figure out the baking time for […]

‘Occupy’ folks are nothing like the Tea Party

EDITOR: Mountain Democrat columnist Dan Francisco says, on Nov. 1, “… recent protests in Oakland and the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements aren’t that different.” What?!? One is dirty and one is clean. I can tell anybody, that is a big difference, at a fundamental level, too. “Philosophical differences” are not a proved premise […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 34 Replies

Support of libraries appreciated

EDITOR: Thank you for your recent, enlightening series of articles by Wendy Schultz about our El Dorado County libraries. As her articles pointed out, each library has its own special charm, and all of them capably serve so many people in so many ways and with so much good-will. Thanks also to Bob Billingsley for […]

Help isolated seniors beat the holiday blues

EDITOR: The holiday season is an especially challenging time for many older adults. With the current decrease in availability of Adult Day Care Centers and other senior programs, it is vital that other options be available to help reduce the isolation of elders who have difficulty leaving their homes. Undoubtedly, there are numerous lonely seniors in […]

Another great concert season ends — thanks for all the support

EDITOR: The conclusion of another awesome summer concert series, “Music in the Courtyard,” is over until next year. Thank you to all the sponsors, Main Street merchants, Placerville Downtown Association and music lovers individually. Your sponsorship is what keeps this event going. Live music is alive and well all over Placerville. Just come downtown on […]

Shallow thinking is destructive

EDITOR: The time has come to educate those who are frozen in their mindset. Richard Marcroft, Citrus Heights and Patricia Ann Burke, Placerville are wonderful examples of people who clearly show an inability to think for themselves. They have been poisoned by the liberal media and, probably their family and educators. Richard will blindly vote […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Thanks for the community support in getting coats to kids

EDITOR: I would like to send an open letter of thanks to our community for their support in the annual Koats for Kids drive put on by the Goldrush, Active 20-30 Club that was held on Saturday. Goldrush Active 20-30 Club holds a coat drive each fall and distributes the coats to those in need on […]

Thank you so much for helping me

EDITOR: I would like to give a great big thank you to the wonderful people who helped me on Nov. 5 on the first Purple Stride for Pancreatic Cancer Research and Cure. Thank you to Pete Messimore of A Helping Hand Assisted Living Services in Pollock Pines, Pure Life Co-Op in Diamond Springs, Barbara Proud […]

Christmas giving: Let’s start a new tradition

EDITOR: Here’s an idea worth thinking about. Small steps, followed by a group of people stepping up, can change the way we move forward. Take a moment to read these great Christmas gift giving ideas and if they make sense to you, share the concept with those who you think might appreciate a fresh idea […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Our congressman at work

EDITOR: I recently sent our congressman, Tom McClintock, an e-mail encouraging him to do his part in spurring the economy by signing the bill proposed by President Obama that includes many ideas of both Republican and Democratic representatives. He sent me an e-mail acknowledging my own, replying that he and another congressman had co-authored a […]

November 25, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply


EDITOR: I don’t understand your intended message contained in the editorial of Nov. 2, “Roadless areas excessive,” but I can tell you what I took away from it. How can the government afford to build roads in the wilderness when they can’t fill the potholes on my street? ASHLEY A. BLINN Cameron Park

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Thanks for the outpouring of love in Pollock Pines

EDITOR: On Oct. 22 an overwhelming event took place in our wonderful community of Pollock Pines, a fundraiser for our son and his family. We’d like to thank two remarkable people, Sue Krek and D’aun Pence, and their families for making this all happen. Because of them, our entire community, many outside of Pollock Pines, […]

November 09, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply
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