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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 […]

Happy with coverage of ADA situation

EDITOR: We sincerely thank the Mountain Democrat for its excellent coverage of the challenges our local, small businesses are having with predatory ADA lawsuits. Because of your reporting, Mayor Mark Acuna received a phone call from the Senior Aide to Senator Feinstein who has been entrusted with researching the devasting effects these lawsuits are having on small business in California. (The […]

Honest people

EDITOR: I am very thankful for the honest people of this world, and my hat goes off to Shannon Bayer of Placerville. On Monday, April 9, I accidentally dropped an envelope containing several hundred dollars of cash in front of Accurate Tax on Broadway. Shannon picked up the envelope and turned it over to the […]

Dredging shot down again

EDITOR: The Center for Biological Diversity decided that Fish and Game’s new dredging rules are not going to fly, so it filed a lawsuit requesting another Environmental Impact Report. What a scam. These people are out to kill our heritage as sure as the sun shines. More than half of them are attorneys — need […]

More info on hospice

EDITOR: Mr. Esposito’s positive column on hospice got me thinking of how much I’ve learned as a hospice volunteer. But Cea Faulkner’s heartbreaking letter (Hospice is about life, too) made me realize how important it is to continue the hospice discussion. As Ms. Faulkner wrote, hospice services are terribly underutilized, but this is because they’re […]

Bel Lange

EDITOR: What happen to Bel Lange, the fish are JUMPIN! LOREN PENDLETON Pleasant Valley


EDITOR: In Mr. Arjil’s response to my Bye-Bye Medicare letter, he notes that Senator Paul proposes to give seniors the best health insurance in the country. Regardless of how Mr Arjil and Senator Paul slice the bologna, it will be Bye-Bye Medicare with those over 65 wandering the participating plans getting limited insurance at extremely high cost. […]

Cameron Park needs to cut its budget

The Cameron Park CSD had a budget workshop last night. Didn’t know? Well, don’t fret. It appears that with only the quick mention of it at last month’s general board meeting, not a whole lot of folks did know. There will certainly be more. Hopefully, the board will see that more notice is given for […]

For divided government

EDITOR: Now that Gov. Romney has effectively won the Republican nomination for president we can focus on the general election in November. Despite what hyper-partisans from both sides say, neither candidate is — or works for — the antichrist. Both are imminently qualified for the job. If our problems could be solved by an individual […]

Hacienda Park to become a Dog Park

EDITOR: Those of us who use Hacienda Park (corner of Hacienda and Cameron Park Drive) were recently invited by way of a posted notice at the park to attend a meeting of the Cameron Park CSD on Thursday, April 12, at 10am. Subject: Yes or No on Dog Park. At the meeting we were very […]

Robertson resigning

EDITOR: Dear family, and friends who voted me into the office of Central Committee District 2, I wanted to let you know I have resigned my position on this commitee. I am pursuing other ways to help candidates of integrity get elected. Thank you so much for your support. BONNY ROBERTSON Placerville

Rates raised everywhere

EDITOR: First, what’s with these utility companies running wild? Without approval by me, PG&E decided to spend money on a smart meter. The existing meter is still on my house. Computers and humans make mistakes. I called them and told them I wanted someone out here to read my meter, nothing different than what had […]

Can’t rely on EID as a public service

EDITOR: When I opened my bill from EID last week, I though this must be their idea of an April Fools’ joke. My previous bill had already indicated an increase of $1.73 in the numbers used to calculate the amount due, despite the fact that it showed no change in the numbers used from that […]

In response to illegal sign article

EDITOR: Friday’s paper ran an article about illegal posting of signs and used a picture of our swim team’s sign in the accompanying photo. Dry Diggins Dolphins swim team is a non-profit organization and we are currently holding registration for our 47th season. We have in the past contacted both the City and County asking if […]

Hospice is about life, too

EDITOR: I am so sorry very sorry for Mr. Esposito’s loss. And I am so grateful that you shared your story. Last Friday I lost the love of my life, Tommy, after four years of battling illness. And, like your mother, Tommy had hospice. Sadly, it was only for the last 7 days of his life. […]

Miwoks? Who are the imposters?

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat’s coverage of the dispute about who can call themselves Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians is incomplete. Specifically, there is more to say about the current actions of the small Band of Miwoks being sued by the Red Hawk Casino affiliated group claiming trademark protection of the name Shingle Springs Band of […]

Look at the big picture

EDITOR: In Mr. Larry Parker’s letter, dated March 12, “Second Point” discusses the Keystone XL pipeline in terms that it’s likely much of the Gulf Coast products will be exported. Others have made similar points. But this need not be the case. The Gulf Coast refineries would also be in a position to serve the […]

Imagination Theatre’s Camelot

It has been years since I attended an Imagination Theatre production. I was delighted last night with the IT’s production of Camelot. The actors playing Arthur and Guinevere were terrific and as my friend Pat said, we’ve not seen a more earnest Lancelot. He was such fun to watch. While the performance was quite long […]

Thanks to Michael, Kingston and Ambulance No. 26

EDITOR: As I was leaving Marshall Lab on March 28, I realized I was losing my balance and was not going to recover it. Even though I had developed what I had come to refer to it as my duck walk for self preservation, this time it wasn’t working, and I knew I was going […]

Snowline Little League snubbing

EDITOR: I am writing you on behalf of myself and some concerned parents. It has come to my attention that Snowline Little League is not forming a second team for the Juniors team, stating they are 5 players short. When I ran into the President he confirmed this, I then asked him how many kids were […]

Offering a reward for what was stolen

EDITOR: Last week, for the second time in six months, thieves entered our home and took jewelry and prescription pain medication. After dealing with our own anger at having our home violated, for a second time, and for the loss of many items whose sentimental (family) value exceeds their “street value;” and after factoring all the […]

Past vs. Present

EDITOR: I was brought up in the 50s and 60s, back when you were allowed to think for yourself, fin for yourself, and pray if you wanted; you were taught the Ten Commandments and government had little to do with your way of living. It cost my dad $90.00 for my mom to give birth […]

New online format

EDITOR: I too hate the new Mt. Demo online format. What was wrong with the way it was before? Also, how long are we going to have to look at the pictures of the reporters? We all know what they look like now. How about using that room to report more news? CHARLES DOUGLAS Camino

Privatizing public services and assets

EDITOR: Privatization of public services and assets is being introduced into our area. Should we care? One local official wanting to put privatization on the table is County Supervisor John Knight. However, privatization of public services, whether of libraries, water and sewer, roads, prisons, or — for that matter — the Sheriff’s Department, is a […]

CHP supported by former motor officer

EDITOR: So Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito thinks California Highway Patrolmen out on the highway enforcing the law are nothing but “toll collectors.” Well, Mr.Esposito, one of those “toll collectors,” who I use to work with, has his name displayed on the memorial signs eastbound and westbound on Highway 50 at Ponderosa Rd. I’m sure […]

Our law enforcement officers

EDITOR: I have been reading the letters to the editor lately regarding the CHP’s traffic enforcement efforts on Highway 50. I would like to comment on folks who are criticizing their efforts. First off folks, all of our officers and deputies who patrol and enforce laws in our county put their lives on the line to […]

Catch Camelot

The performance of Camelot at Imagination Theater was excellent. Try to see it if you can. ILEEN JENSEN Placerville

Goodbye, Gracie

EDITOR: Grace Thompson was my friend for 20 years. She died April 4 at 6 a.m. She will be missed by many people. Grace was the most helpful lady I’ve ever known, maybe that’s why her mother named her Grace. FERN HARPER Camino

Enforce law against unwanted signs

EDITOR: Re: ubiquitous unwanted signs. If the city or county would attach a healthy fine to the offence of putting up unauthorized signs, they could hire more code enforcement officers. It is easy to know who to fine. Just read the sign. After all it is illegal, so enforce the law. It is just another […]

Fishermen and rafters beware

EDITOR: I wonder why CalTrout is against dredging. It seems that fishermen, rafters and dredgers should work together; dredging is just as important to miners as fishing is to fishermen, the only difference is that miners help fish survive and fishermen eat the fish and rafters just litter the river along with all the unmentionables that […]

Esposito’s Highway 50 toll column lacked research

EDITOR: I was a little surprised to see how this article was written. Mr. Esposito obviously did not do any sort of research regarding this topic and the Highway Patrol enforcing roadway rules of the road. Sure, it read as though some research had been done regarding history, but I was left bewildered how he […]

What a moronic opinion

EDITOR: I can’t believe that the publisher of the Mountain Democrat would publish such a moronic opinion in the paper, let alone write it. The section of U.S. 50 that he chooses to call a speed trap is paid for with the injuries and loss of life due to the morons who cant follow simple […]

Astounded by EID’s audacity

EDITOR: Like all of my Placerville neighbors, I am astounded at the audacity and imperiousness of El Dorado Irrigation District’s Abercrombie and Price in attempting to justify what is clearly an unnecessarily overburdened utility budget. I don’t know either Jon Jakowatz or Greg Prada, but after reviewing the various accounts in the March 23 weekend edition […]

Republicans want to lose the election

EDITOR: I am a lifelong liberal and Democrat. Last presidential election I did not like the inexperience of the Democratic candidate, Obama. So I was thinking that I might vote for John McCain — very experienced, a hero even, and definitely a thoughtful man. Then the Republicans added Sarah Palin to the ticket and I […]

FOG and plastics awareness

EDITOR: I belong to a Nature Bowl science team. Last month I found out about a big problem. People are dumping Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) and plastics down their kitchen drains or toilets. People don’t realize the damage that it can cause. For example, when you’re washing your pots and pans, don’t put the FOG […]

GDPUD will fool us again

EDITOR: Fool me once, shame on you … Fool me twice, shame on me. GDPUD manages and maintains the Walton Lake Water Treatment Plant and the ALT Water Treatment Plant. Both of these plants were constructed in the 1970s using similar technology. As such could be considered as sister units. In Sept 2004, GDPUD received […]

Stop collecting money for a canceled project

EDITOR: GDPUD misrepresents a “retrofit” of the Auburn Lake Trails water treatment plant what is actually a total plant “replacement.” It claims the mandate to add filtration requires a new plant. Kind of like being told you must buy a new car in order to meet the requirement to install seat belts. The two “workshops” […]

Can’t stay away after all

EDITOR: A while back I wrote a letter to your paper describing a horrific day I spent in your town. I talked about the berry farm, and how my kids were treated at the park. I have, after a long time, given it some thought and let some of the emotion of that day subside. […]

Shining through the smokescreens

EDITOR: I see Mr. Garon is on another one of his rants. This time it’s one of his favorite subjects: guns. He talks about facts, which is ironic since he tends to ignore them when trying to make a point. The facts are, and you can find them yourself by consulting the Bureau of Justice […]

Lowest form of reporting

EDITOR: I have been a subscriber to the Mountain Democrat for some 23 years. Today’s March 28 editorial was about the lowest form of reporting by an alleged news person I have read in all that time. The total piece castigated the people with whom the responsibility of enforcing traffic laws exists. Those of us […]

It’s our speed trap

EDITOR: In response to the letter to the editor from Lt. King, Commander of the Placerville Area CHP: Good for you and the men and women you command. If the Mountain Democrat wants to call it a speed trap, that’s OK. It’s our speed trap. Anyone local to the area knows there is usually a […]

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