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EDITOR: It was late August. The entire western sky was evenly dotted with a blanket of small, puffy, white clouds all perfectly spaced apart — old timers call it a mackeral sky. It was warm, with a hint of smoke in the air. It was Saturday afternoon and I had just hiked an hour and […]

Church playground vandalized

EDITOR: As the community of Pollock Pines knows, we still do not have a community park for our children, our seniors, our anybody. I salute the efforts (and product) of the recent Parks & Trails Master Plan, approved this past week by the Board of Supervisors and I am pleased that Pollock Pines has received some […]

It’s still a speed trap

EDITOR: I feel I must respond to Lt. C.D. King’s letter to the Mountain. Democrat regarding the publisher’s editorial labeling the CHP’s recent actions on Highway 50 a “speed trap.” The lieutenant is obviously correct in his definition of a speed trap according to the California Vehicle Code. No matter how these actions of the […]

Washington Street

All of you people that drive to work and home on Washington Street in Placerville beware … I am taking high-definition video of you folks who run through the stop signs at Washington and Sherman Street, and sending the videos, and your license plate numbers to every insurance company I can. In 10 years Placerville […]

Highway 50 toll road

EDITOR: Publisher Esposito wrote an interesting column identifying toll roads in El Dorado County’s past. He likened the tolls collected to a situation he observed on Saturday, March 24 on Highway 50 eastbound between El Dorado and Missouri Flat Roads. Apparently, five CHP officers made traffic stops on this stretch on Highway 50. He assumed […]

Why the recall effort?

EDITOR: There is a recall effort on Georgetown Divide Public Utility Director Kathy Otermat. Steve Gau served her and the petition states the recall is because “Otermat advocates reducing employee and management salaries and benefits.” This is why she was elected. Why would we want to recall her? JAY FALKENSTEIN Georgetown

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians respond

EDITOR: I am the chairman of the federally-recognized Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, and I write in response to the article written by Cole Mayer about litigation involving my Tribe, Cesar Caballero and several individuals who claim tribal affiliation with him (entitled “Chief jailed over tribal name dispute,” published March 30, 2012). The article could […]

Vandalism at community church

EDITOR: As the community of Pollock Pines knows, we still do not have a community park for our children, our seniors, our anybody. I salute the efforts (and product) of the recent Parks & Trails Master Plan, approved this past week by the Board of Supervisors and I am pleased that Pollock Pines has received some […]

Animal Control fiasco

EDITOR: The article regarding the new Animal Control facility last week just points out another instance of political incompetence at the local level. Back in 2004, when the county was searching for a new site for the West Slope Animal Control facility, the process turned into a three-ring circus led by the Board of Supervisors. […]

No sympathy for Sandra Fluke

EDITOR: Remember how the Democrats had total control of Congress and the presidency? Obama did not come up with his health care bill by himself. I remember when Democrats bragged about signing a bill they did not read. When they left for the weekend, they gave the huge stack of paperwork to the Republicans to […]

Please spay and neuter

EDITOR: Newsflash! El Dorado County is asking you to please spay and neuter your pets! Why? Because if you don’t and your animal gets loose, your animal might mate and create more of its kind. A cat and its offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. Eventually, the original escaped pet and its offspring […]

The craziness of guns

The senseless shooting of Trayvon Williams in Florida made our local news the same night that Fresno reported its 14th homicide of the year. At present rate, Fresno can look forward to 60-plus homicides by the end of 2012. For the sake of perspective, I looked up Fresno County’s population in 2009: 479,000. During that […]

Homeless shelter closes

EDITOR: As I am typing this letter to the editor I am feeling anxious for our homeless friends. The Nomadic Homeless Shelter that is housed in four different churches ended their shelter program on March 30. The 40-50 homeless men and women that have been using the shelter each night will have to find other […]

Lieutenant responds to publisher

EDITOR: I have read your column entitled “Highway 50 toll road — then and now” regarding the California Highway Patrol’s traffic enforcement on US 50 in El Dorado County. The article you wrote is not only inaccurate, but unfair to the hard-working men and women trying to make the roads we travel on safe for […]

Some grammar notes

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat is a good “small town” newspaper. It has good local coverage and some of the photographs are exceptional. One service you can provide everyone is to help improve his or her grammar. A common local error is to use “would” twice in the same sentence; instead of (for example) “…had……would have.” […]

Bye-Bye Medicare

EDITOR: Contrary to what a reader recently wrote, a free exchange of differing points of view is not a “war” on anything or anyone. Rather, it is an important function of a democratic society to express differing viewpoints in order to make personal decisions about matters that are important to us. The same reader expressed […]

Socialistic survitude

EDITOR: Why is it so important for people that are in law making positions to kill industry? They need to remove themselves from behind the desk and temporally go out and really look at the devastation that they do to other people’s way of life. Some farm for a living; some cut up fallen trees […]

We didn’t have the green thing back then

EDITOR: Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did […]

EID has been cutting expenses and employees

EDITOR: EID’s financial metrics in the past decade show a history of rising revenues and rising costs during the tenure of Ane Deister as general manager, which ended on Dec.31, 2007. Following that the history is of dropping revenues and major cost cutting, first by Interim GM Tom Gallier, then on a more comprehensive scope by […]

Who asked for the tax loopholes?

EDITOR: Who asked for these tax loopholes? You or me? Who asked to stop “interest deductions” for credit card and payment account’s limit deductions to “only” mortgage interest? Who stopped health care expense deductions to “only” the part after reaching a $14,000 threshold? Who changed this? You or me? What about the legislators changing bankruptcy […]

Stop Tilden Park Project

EDITOR: This project is slotted for the Intersection of Ponderosa Road and Wild Chaparral in Shingle Springs and is currently being reviewed by the El Dorado County Planning Dept. It will include: an 80-room hotel, two-story office building, 20,000 square foot food market, over 200 parking spots and 14 residences on a total of 12 […]

Put a businessman in the White House?

EDITOR: There seems to be significant support for electing a businessman for president. I don’t see any magic there. The decisions one must make in the business world are not the same as those at the hub of a republic or on the international stage. Cutting the workforce at a company or corporation may turn […]

Historic Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe

EDITOR: We, the Historic Shingle Springs Miwoks, are appalled by what is taking place by this band of indians who want to be Miwoks. There is only one Shingle Springs Miwok Tribe. All anyone has to do to figure out which tribe is the real Miwok tribe is look at the census records from the […]

Wal-Mart, small business, American food and Chinese appliances

EDITOR: I was wondering if there is anyone out there who can provide the public with information on how to cook American egg noodles with Chinese appliances. I have nothing against culture, or the Chinese, but since Wal-Mart has put Placerville small business out of business, I feel the least Wal-Mart can do is explain to […]


EDITOR: Here we go again. More visual obscenities proposed for the Highway 50 corridor, this time in the form of three giant billboards between Cameron Park and Shingle Springs. Over the years the residents of these areas have complained about and endured poor architecture and the proliferation of ugly signs in these areas due to […]

In defense of Snowline

Snowline Hospice Thrift stores have been the target of some unjustified, bad publicity over the past few weeks. Rather than accept these allegations at face value, I feel a little scrutiny is appropriate. Mr. Gillespie’s complaint should be taken with a pinch of salt. As a regular customer at our stores, he purchases items for […]

EID rate increase

EDITOR: I was at the March 26th EID board meeting in Cameron Park. At this meeting many claims and counter claims about the compensation of EID employees were thrown around. I can’t speak to any of the claims made but the one thing that puzzled me was the board’s reluctance to see that the economic climate […]

Extraordinary service

EDITOR: I am not in the practice of writing letters, but in this case I truly hope this letter will make it to the pages of your newspaper. In my professional capacity I often speak to public entities about their need to make themselves indispensable to the public they serve, especially in light of our economic […]

As Paul Harvey would say, “Here is the rest of the story”

EDITOR: Mr. Larry Parker’s letter, dated  March 12, referenced increased U.S. oil production since 2008. But it’s important to understand the reason for increased U.S. oil production. As radio host Paul Harvey would say, “Here is the rest of the story.” Earlier, Mr. George Alger’s letter, “The politics of the oil ‘storage’” wrote an overview […]

Mt. Democrat Photographers

EDITOR: I wanted to express my appreciation for the photos by Shelly Thorene and Pat Dollins that regularly enhance the quality of your newspaper. Thorene’s latest, from the March 12 issue on page A-8 is a typical example. Make sure you read the caption. It takes a sharp eye to realize that what’s in the […]

Rush Limbaugh understands how social justice works

EDITOR: To understand Jennifer Meyer in her column of March 19 (“The rural life: ‘Mean and ugly’”), one must understand how a criterion of “social justice” works: It places a compensative defense before reason, before decorum, demeanor, propriety, good taste and law. This, Rush Limbaugh understands. When Meyer says, “high profile folks,” she means to […]

Broadband for El Dorado County

EDITOR: Some people in El Dorado County have received an e-mail invitation from Sierra Economic Development Corp that may have been interpreted to imply SEDCorp will be providing Broadband Internet access in El Dorado County. Certainly, those invitees have questioned Interbahn founders on the possible impact on our efforts. I would like to make it […]

March 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

EID not really concerned about water conservation

EDITOR: Is the EID REALLY concerned with water conservation? NOPE. There is something very, very wrong over at the EID … and it’s easily fixed, but what is their motivation to fix it? Well, there’s none! Like many of you, I have been hearing the rants of water bill increases over the last four years. […]

March 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Is Georgetown Divide Public Utility District surcharge acceptable?

EDITOR: I am not against the improvements of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant. My concern is the information presented from the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District. The rate increase placed on the rate payers in July 2009 was mainly needed for the construction of the Greenwood Lake Water Treatment Plant as stated from the District. According […]

Snowline Hospice rebuttal

EDITOR: It’s disturbing, albeit understandable, how a consumer could be disgruntled with current prices at shopping centers and at our local Snowline Hospice Thrift Store. Because of our many dedicated volunteers,whose duties include pricing, various items could range from absurdity to sublime on any given day. However, many times these prices are negotiable by the […]

Water desalination may be the answer

EDITOR: California’s population is predicted to grow to 50 million by 2020. At this rate of growth, California will run out of water. For example, at the rate California consumes water each day, Folsom Lake could be drained in only nine days! This is a big problem! Of the water consumed, 80 percent is for […]

Economic disaster

EDITOR: In the 1950s, Chicago University economics professor Milton Friedman came up with a plan to remake America in a radical way. It was a three point plan: 1. Privatize every public function from education to the post office; 2. Cut taxes on the rich; 3. “Free” trade worldwide. Friedman and his followers knew this was […]

Can you hear me now?

EDITOR: Whew, we made it, we all have cell phones now. I’m not trying to listen to your conversation, really I’m not. But in certain situations or locations I can’t help but overhear: We’re in the doctor’s waiting room or the auto dealerships waiting area. You need to have some cell phone etiquette. I don’t […]

CPCSD new GM alienates community

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Community Service District has a new GM that many of us had great hope for. Now, after about six months, we have lost most of this hope. Ms. Cahill, the GM, has proven to be incompetent, irresponsible and lacks leadership qualities. She has alienated the community, lost at least five office […]

Cameron Park Community Service District

EDITOR: I only began attending Cameron Park CSD meetings and several of the monthly committee meetings several months ago. My original thought was to familiarize myself with various community issues and to volunteer if and where I saw a need. It became apparent from the very first meeting that there is a general lack of […]

More background on Social Security

EDITOR: Your editorial piece summarizes the views about proposed changes to the Social Security system proposed by the three major Republican presidential candidates. You state that Santorum is “on the mark” with his wish to adjust dependent benefits and to reform disability benefits, and to adjust the CPI (consumer price index).  You remark that “dependent benefits […]

Rid of snakes that abuse the law

EDITOR: On this day (delivered March 17), as we commemorate St. Patrick ridding Ireland of the snakes that had overrun the country, our communities, in collaboration with communities across the nation, need to band together to rid our country of the snakes that slither into defenseless businesses and execute them with their poisonous use of existing […]

Hospice stores about helping the ill

EDITOR: I am replying to two letters written to the paper this last week. The letters are in reference to how merchandise is presented and priced in your local hospice stores. You will not find soiled, torn or clothing in disrepair. The prices, sorry to upset Mr. Gillespie and Sandy, are arrived at by our […]

A reasonably-priced thrift store

EDITOR: I want everyone who’s interested to know that there really is a thrift store in our area that doesn’t consider itself a boutique and price accordingly. The Human Society Thrift Store in Diamond Springs has been rearranged and is now well lighted and very well organized. The prices are very reasonable. Check it out. […]

Bye-Bye Medicare

EDITOR: Tea/Republicans are currently at war fighting women’s rights, Latinos, unions, gays/lesbians, contraception and voter disenfranchisement. Now they want to declare war on seniors by cancelling Medicare — for all seniors currently enrolled. Senator Paul, Senator DeMint and Senator Graham have introduced a bill which will accomplish this and are reassuring that this is a wonderful idea. […]

March 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 7 Replies
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