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EID election: Say what?

EDITOR: So, in April of 2010, my ditch water bill went up 18 percent. In May of 2011, it went up another 15 percent. And they still refuse to deliver all the water I pay for. Tell me again, Farm Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and others, why should I vote to keep the incumbents in […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Tilden Park? What the heck?

EDITOR: Has anyone heard of Tilden Park? We just heard about it less than a month ago. Here in Shingle Springs we have an open field (12 acres) in our neighborhood and an enterprising developer has plans for this 12 acres. He has planned on building a hotel, restaurant, food market, two story building for businesses […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 16 Replies

Response to opinion column: More fish wrap

EDITOR: This letter is in response to your “opinion column” regarding the Occupy Wall Street movement. I am once again disheartened, although not surprised, by your one sided, right wing Tea Party extremist view of what is happening there. This to me is disturbing because a lot of people in this county believe anything they read […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Editorial bias

EDITOR: With regard to the Editorial “Messing up banks” in the Mountain Democrat on Oct. 14: I was not surprised by the anti-Obama/anti-Democratic Party bias nor by the amnesia concerning the financial debacle during Bush’s second term and the role the banks played in causing it. That’s what I have come to expect from the Democrat. […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 17 Replies

Is this your book?

EDITOR: Last week on Spring Street just east of Highway 49 in Placerville, I saw a book fall off the top of a car. By the time I got back to retrieve the book, you were gone. The author is Jodie Thomas. If you would like to have it back, my contact information will be […]

Norris is best candidate for EID

EDITOR: I have spoken with both candidates for the El Dorado Irrigation District board for the district that includes El Dorado Hills. I would suggest that any of you who are having a hard time making up your mind just analyze the background of the two candidates running. Harry Norris is so far ahead of […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Thank you to so many medical professionals

EDITOR: We often read or hear this or that about the quality of our health care system right here in El Dorado County. All manner of experiences with our hospital and or medical personnel have at one time or another appeared in these letters to the editor. I would like to address the quality of care that […]

Let’s tax the churches

EDITOR: Tax churches. They are selling a product. Cash exchanges hands. It’s like any other business that by law has to pay taxes. The wealthiest businesses in the world are the Catholic Church and Mormon Church. Look at the buildings that are constructed in the name of God, or whoever. I don’t know for sure […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

My best friend is balanced — thanks, Bipolar Insights

EDITOR: My best friend of 18 years has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Although she had not been willing to accept her diagnosis or to take medications we have spent hours discussing her illness. Approximately three years ago I began to attend Bipolar Insights regularly; I initially went to find a way to help my […]

Sorry I gasped, but …

EDITOR: At a recent debate between El Dorado Irrigation District board candidates in Pollock Pines, I was disappointed to hear Ray Van Asten actually chastise EID for having constructed water and wastewater treatment plants with more capacity than needed at this point in time and for continuing to pursue new water rights. I apologize publicly for […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Real ‘class warfare’

EDITOR: Mr. Richard Esposito, the Mountain Democrat’s publisher, rails that “class warfare” fuels the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters.  “Class warfare” is spouted by any and all manner of right wing parrots who haven’t the foggiest notion of its meaning.  According to Mr. Esposito, and his ilk, the poor never had it so good and that’s […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 20 Replies

Let’s re-elect Harry Norris at EID

EDITOR: We need to re-elect Harry Norris as our El Dorado Irrigation District Division 5 director unless Alan Day can tell us very specifically what he can do better. Harry Norris’ record continues to demonstrate a focus on reality and responsibility to ratepayers. Elected in November 2003, he joined the EID board in 2004. Then […]

Heritage Association begins new project

  EDITOR: The Heritage Association of El Dorado County has begun planning its 2012 historic research project, “El Dorado County in the Twentieth Century.” We will be conducting interviews with local residents and transcribing audio tapes of previously recorded oral histories. We are also planning to identify and interview members of local longtime families, as […]

I’m sick and tired of bad drivers

EDITOR: What is wrong with everyone? Is it really so difficult to use a turn signal? Turn signals are a saftey tool that signal your intent to make a directional change. I have overheard conversations where people have explained that “I would use them if I lived in New York City …” Yeah, right, they […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Someone is going to get hurt

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado High School and Markham Middle School staff: On Monday, Oct. 10, at approximately 3:50 p.m. I was driving through the intersection of Canal Street/Combellack Road/Cold Springs Road. As I descended the hill I was suddenly forced to brake because 30-40 students were running across the road at various points. […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 13 Replies

Apples keep me healthy

EDITOR: I have always been sick at least a couple times each winter. I got this idea in October of 2008 that I should eat three to four apples every day in the winter. I started to do that every day. I eat at least three to four apples a day, I never miss a […]

Let’s get rid of the lobbyists

EDITOR: How is it while the world economy is falling apart, that gasoline is staying at $3 a gallon and a quart of motor oil I used to pay $1 for is now over $5 a quart? While people are losing their homes by the tens of thousands, the oil companies are profiting more than […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Pollock Pines family needs your help

EDITOR: Local artist and longtime Pollock Pines resident Bruce Morgan has been diagnosed with a rare, terminal form of cancer that affects his neck and face. The family is asking friends and supporters to wear a mask in his honor (or come in full Halloween get-ups) as they attend a fundraiser set for Oct. 22 […]

The 20 percent solution

EDITOR: The whole world is suffering from financial hardship. Lots of reasons but few solutions. I have an answer to our financial problems. The root of our problem comes from too much greed and poor wealth distribution. Too many have too much and will not share enough, while way too many have nothing. The 20 […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 18 Replies

We’ve been helping with the doggy duties

EDITOR: Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville acknowledges and supports Willam Steffen’s letter to the editor published Sept. 28 regarding “Dog owners need to take responsibility” for cleaning up after their dogs. Hangtown Kennel Club has been serving the community for 30 years. During that time we have offered hundreds of dog training classes, educational seminars […]

Buy American made vehicles

EDITOR: The hype is in full bore: “The new (Japanese) automobiles are here.” How many defects do these have that the company is fully aware of in advance? Well they don’t care about that as their main motive is to shove their vehicles down the Americans’ throat in an attempt to drive the American carmakers […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 13 Replies

Endangered species or enviro-terrorism?

EDITOR: On Sept. 9 the D.C. Circuit Court approved two far-reaching settlement agreements between the Center for Biological Diversity, Wild Earth Guardians, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. These settlements require the FWS to make listing decisions under the Endangered Species Act on more than 700 species over the next five years. This is extremism to […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Contemporary Jingoism

EDITOR: In the fourth century CE the Japanese Empress Jingo used the threat of attack by her neighbors to instill fear in her followers so she could build up her army and invade and conquer adjoining provinces. The term Jingoism has been used ever since to describe the time tested method used by elites to […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

College tuition for undocumented persons: How the heck did this happen?

EDITOR: Here’s what I sent to Gov. Jerry Brown: I cannot understand the approval of undocumented persons to be recipients of California Student Aid for College. This state is near bankruptcy and persons that are undocumented do not pay taxes to support our colleges. They are a drain on our state fiscally as they get […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Moving the courthouse would be a disaster for downtown Placerville

EDITOR: Moving the historical El Dorado County Courthouse out of downtown Placerville would, in my opinion, be a tragedy. According to Edward T. McMahon’s 2001 article, “Public Buildings Should Set the Standard,” “Public buildings have prestige or ‘flagship’ value in our communities. Their location and design is vitally important to the health and well-being of […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 7 Replies

Butchering roadside trees along Highway 50

EDITOR: I think I know the answer to this, but I would like to know who is responsible for the terrible butchering of the pine trees at the entrance to Camino Heights. The trees were cut unprofessionally. Did they have a permit? And if they did, shouldn’t there be standards of who can do the […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Pioneer Fire — Yes on Measure F urged

EDITOR: The Pioneer Fire Protection District in southern El Dorado County is in a financial crisis. Residents of the rural communities in the district – Somerset, Omo Ranch, Outingdale, Fair Play, Mt. Aukum and Happy Valley – face significant cuts in fire and emergency medical response levels. Nearly a quarter of the district’s revenue – over […]

It should have said ‘trillion’

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat recently published my letter concerning Social Security. It has a serious typographical error in noting the Trust Fund contains $2.6 billion, when it should read $2.6 trillion. Trillions are now in vogue — billions are petty cash. JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

There is no Redwood National Forest

EDITOR: Kudos to Placerville Police Department Sgt. Kunkle and his crime dog for tracking down the Mendocino murderer and setting the stage for his final showdown. But the article contains an error commonly made by the general public. An error of detail that a journalist shouldn’t make. The type of error that always causes me […]

EID — I’m happy with the board, particularly George Osborne

EDITOR: As I recall 10 to 15 years ago I could not wait to get my Mountain Democrat just to read the latest scandal regarding the El Dorado Irrigation District. It read like a soap opera taking every kind of twist and turn that could be imagined. It was reality and sensational journalism at its […]

October 12, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

The EPA has placed chains around our necks

EDITOR: In the 1920s during the Great Depression many families moved to California because of its great natural resources. They came to scratch out a living from the land; many did this with a gold pan and sluice box. It was one of the only ways a person or family could survive. Lots of them […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

When local stores close …

EDITOR: I saw a commercial for “on-line shopping” that made the process so easy to go to a store and scan the item’s bar-code and you could compare prices on-line and purchase through their virtual “store.. They are promoting for you to shop inside local stores, scan the items on their shelves and buy at […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

Letter to local merchants

EDITOR: There is a whole generation of people that have a computer, be it laptop and/or, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc. They know how to use them to buy anything they want whenever they want anywhere in the world. They are the ones who are trying to buy from you. Those should be your target market. […]

Parolees in El Dorado County: We must embrace our fears

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Art Edwards’ recent letter regarding parolees being released into El Dorado County. It is very clear to me that Art is a very caring and informed person. He brings up some very good points in his letter. It is my goal to offer some additional food for thought. […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

I agree with the publisher

EDITOR: Finally! Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito’s column of Oct. 5 puts into print just what I’ve been saying for several years now. Those “curlicue” light bulbs are a hazard and I won’t allow them in my home … or place of business. They are made in China … and I think we all know […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Winter shelter clarification

EDITOR: I wanted to clear up an error or two in the article about the winter shelter. First, every night of the week is covered. Joining our group this year is Solid Rock Faith Center. Solid Rock will host the shelter on Mondays, while Foothills United Methodist, Green Valley Community Church and Cold Springs Community […]

October 10, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Where’s the outrage? I’ll tell you where

EDITOR: I’m outraged, letter writer Mr. Garon. I’m outraged that you continue to drive a wedge between the American people with class warfare, and class envy. You continue to spout, “It’s the fault of the rich, the Republicans, the Tea Party,” which is an utter and complete disservice to the American people. This kind of rhetoric […]

October 17, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 54 Replies

Drug testing before receiving welfare

EDITOR: This is a fabulous idea and we need to start this right away in Texas. In California. Hooray for Florida! I-95 will be jammed for the next month or so, with druggies and deadbeats heading north out of Florida. Florida is the first state requiring drug testing to receive welfare. In signing the new […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 24 Replies

A petty prosecution

EDITOR: On the front page of the Mountain Democrat’s paper of July 6 an article by Rebecca Murphy appeared concerning Vincent Cal of Cal’s Market in the community of Greenwood. A follow-up on that story appeared in the Aug. 1 issue on page A-3. I kept those two issues because I felt there was injustice being […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

Directors intent on punishing GDPUD employees

EDITOR: Kathy Otermat recently questioned the opinion of the Mountain Democrat editor, Mike Raffety. Mr. Raffety has attended the last few meetings in their entirety and has witnessed first-hand the actions put forth by Directors Kathy Otermat and Bonnie McLane. Directors Otermat and McLane have proposed a number of measures to cut costs including a […]

I can’t wait to vote on redevelopment

EDITOR: $14.8 trillion is easier to say. That was U.S. debt as at Sept. 30. Are we are spending our way to prosperity? And, speaking of debt, that’s apparently what Placerville wants more of. You see, at the Sept. 27 City Council meeting it was assumed that Placerville voters, when given the opportunity late next […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Ponderosa trash: Act like neighbors, please

EDITOR: To the person or persons who have dumped trash in front of the Ponderosa High Administration office and leaving unsigned notes calling our students “pigs.” I am the maintenance worker at Pondo and I know how messy the kids can be, but nasty notes and vandalism will not get your problem addressed. Your actions […]

Jazz on the menu

EDITOR: A big thank you to the Union Mine Music Boosters and the Union Mine Jazz Band. Saturday, many in the community were treated to an evening of great music, excellent food and local wines. The parking lot next to the Cozmic Cafe was turned into a delightful setting for a very fun event. We […]

Foster homes needed

EDITOR: Do you miss those teenagers or have the empty nest syndrome? Maybe you have an extra bedroom that looks empty and lonely. There is an immediate need for caring, loving foster homes. Our community is small compared to others; times are tough for many, construction is down, businesses are closing and it makes for […]

Thank you to Safeway

EDITOR: The Pioneer Union School District Parent Music Coalition is a group of volunteer parents dedicated to keeping the music program available to the students. We have existed since 2004 when the music program was recommended to be cut because of the seemingly never-ending state budget cuts. We focus on fundraising within our school and […]

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