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A Christmas expression of appreciation

EDITOR: Although for the first time in three years there was no snow to mark the date, the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines produced another amazing holiday event for residents, businesses and visitors from as far away as Utah. Sometimes words cannot adequately say all that we want them to. Trying to express […]

Thanks for the gorgeous Highway 50 trees

EDITOR: I’m writing this letter to thank the volunteers who worked so very hard putting up the Christmas trees along Highway 50 in Placerville. I enjoy looking at the beautiful Christmas trees and at how they are decorated each year. This year I feel the volunteers did an outstanding job. I would love to see […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

We need more toys … please

EDITOR: Hollis and I wanted to thank you for your help and support for our local Toys for Tots campaign. It means so much to us because  just two weeks away we are praying for a miracle of new toys. The El Dorado County Office of Education and I have been receiving e-mails and phone […]

Solar is the way to go around here

EDITOR: This is in response to Richard Clayton’s letter to the editor about solar energy that ran in the Nov. 23 Mountain Democrat. I don’t know where Mr. Clayton lives or where he gets his information about solar energy. We live in Shingle Springs and have used solar energy for domestic hot water for over […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Comments responding to Kyburz Post Office closing survey.

EDITOR: Attached comments to Customer Survey Questionnaire from the U.S. Postal Service regarding proposed closing of the Kyburz Post Office. In your letter of notification, in the fifth paragraph it states, “You will have the option of Post Office Box Delivery at the Twin Bridges Post Office.” This would indicate (option) that there is a […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Magic in the White House

EDITOR: The year 2012 is ready, I believe, for a third party president. But we need a third party that embraces the best qualities of both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy movement. This means: • No more glorifying stupidity. • No more wasting stuff. • Exalting wisdom and achievement. • Showing up on […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 11 Replies

VA health care eligibility explained

EDITOR: Mr. Alger in his recent letter entitled “VA coverage: I’m puzzled,” wonders why Lt. Col. Longhofer, USA (Ret.) isn’t eligible for VA health care. Well, the first reason he’s puzzled is because I’m not a lieutenant colonel, but a colonel and have been for the past 30 years. Some are confused because lieutenant colonel (O-5) […]

December 12, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 36 Replies

Obama authorizes unlimited torture

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Longhofer writes about some of the Republican candidates arguing as to whether waterboarding is torture. Well if you want to talk real turture check out the Obama administration. While publicly banning waterboarding in the U.S. the Hypocrite in Chief on his second day in office signed an executive order authorizing rendition. […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 70 Replies

Thank you for the coats

EDITOR: I want to thank Steve Stymeist auto body and his wife Lori for organizing the annual Coats for Kids drive again this year. Our Kinship families have been one of the non-profit agencies that have benefitted from this drive. I also want to thank the Placerville Soroptimists who were our personal shoppers this year. […]

I completely support Chancellor Katehi

EDITOR: Contrary to what self-confessed conservative Ken Steers stated in his letter of Monday Nov. 28,  Chancellor Linda Katehi of UC Davis,  did not “order the police to move against the Occupy crowds” nor did she “join the Occupy protest”  herself. If Mr. Steers wishes to be pepper-sprayed for being a conservative, as he suggests, he has […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 24 Replies

What’s next to come down, the Belltower?

EDITOR: Growing up near Placerville, I can always remember the dummy being above the outside of the Hangman’s Tree Bar. Just because some people don’t believe that it is politically correct to allow the dummy to remain, it is historical and should be allowed to remain. I suppose if the Belltower offended someone, it would have to come down too. […]

December 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Solar electric works great for me

EDITOR: Like Ken McGee of El Dorado, I would also like to respond to letter writer Richard Clayton who thinks solar electric systems are not the way to go. I too am delighted with my solar electric system. I installed a system from Sierra Pacific in July of 2009, so the system has been installed […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Permit or no permit, that’s the question

EDITOR: I know the Herrick Building is a sore subject in Placerville these days. I must say that I like the improvements done to the Hangman’s Tree. At least now it won’t be such an eyesore to the businesses nearby. My problem is with the city. Doesn’t anyone find it interesting that a current City […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 17 Replies

Thank you … uh, do you have our book?

EDITOR: Thank you to all who participated in the estate sale for Ethel Forsyth. Her move to Michigan went well and she is adjusting to her new surroundings. Our book of contacts (e-mail, phone numbers) somehow disappeared on Friday. We think it got mistakenly packed during the checkout process and taken away. If you find […]

Lack of trust in City Council

EDITOR: Local resident and attorney Kirk Smith blasted the Placerville City Council at the Nov. 22 council meeting about not being forthcoming about their plans to put the Herrick Building and the Hangman’s Tree Bar into receivership. After the Neighborhood Chat on Nov. 19, where community members discussed their plans to work with the owners to […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

VA coverage: I’m puzzled

EDITOR: A recent letter by Mr. James Longhofer about veterans’ health care starts off with his “full disclosure” that he is not eligible for health care at VA clinics and hospitals. I am puzzled. On many occasions Mr. Longhofer has identified himself as a retired lieutenant colonel. I am at a loss as to why […]

December 12, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

Agenda 21: Who are these guys?

EDITOR: Back in the picture, our state Department of Water and Natural Resources is trying to gain control over all the waterways in California, whether navigable or not. They want to be able to use groundwater contamination as a way to condemn your property so that you will be unable to build on it. Agenda […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 62 Replies

Medicare isn’t worth it

EDITOR: I was blessed to have many family members from around the country attend Thanksgiving dinner. The effects of the tryptophan from too much turkey as well as the boring realities of the third football game of the day channeled people to some real conversation. I was listening to my father who lives in Oregon […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Snowline Hospice: I’m not dead yet

EDITOR: Regarding the very nice article about the 30th anniversary of the Snowline Hospice: There’s at least one more living member of the original group who created Snowline. Doug Tustin was the driving force, with great assistance from Jim Upshaw, George Applebaum and Lois Booth, as well as three others who worked side by side […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

More hypocrisy

EDITOR: Oscar Ramiro Ortega was arrested recently for shooting at the White House in DC. He has been linked with the Occupy DC crowd. The Occupy San Diego group held a moment of silence in support for this obviously deranged individual. Nowhere on the news is it reported that Ortega is a left wing radical. […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 41 Replies

I guess we could use smoke signals

EDITOR: When I follow the wire from my telephone out to the nearest telephone pole, I look up on that pole and see one big telephone cable. It is owned by AT&T. I does make sense to have one cable instead of a dozen all from different companies. The only problem is that AT&T, which […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

We don’t need another Kent State

EDITOR: I watch the news almost every night and for the last month-and-a-half it’s been pretty disturbing. Every night I see American policemen exhibiting the kind of police brutality one would expect in some Mideast dictatorship or a banana republic. The scenes are incredible, cops beating innocent citizens, shooting people with their rubber bullets and […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

Help us help troubled youth have a merry Christmas

EDITOR: We all look back on our most recent American holiday of Thanksgiving with family and friends, counting our many blessings as we also remember the millions of our countrymen who are facing dire circumstances. However, Christmas is coming and withy it hope for our nation’s future. Our annual Christmas party at El Dorado County […]

For as long as the sun shines, I will go solar

EDITOR: In response to Mr. Richard J. Clayton’s letter dated Wednesday, Nov. 23: Mr. Clayton, for the past three years I have had 20 solar panels installed on my home here in El Dorado Hills. PG&E is my electric provider as I am sure is yours. First let me state that I too believe we solar […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Letter writer’s fevered brain

EDITOR: Who but letter writer Charlie Black would resurrect the perennial claim of virulent anti-Semites and weave it into a paranoid account of 9/11, the overthrow of Gaddafi, the “staged” burial at sea of Osama bin Laden who of course died years ago, and maybe even the kitchen sink? Charlie’s big disclosure, of course, regards those […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

OK, maybe they should be recalled

EDITOR: It is interesting what public officials will do when they think they are invisible and above criticism. On Nov. 15, in closed session and after the public had gone, the El Dorado Irrigation District board announced that they were extending the contracts of the general manager and general counsel for another three years at a cost […]

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

What’s really going on with these Occupiers?

EDITOR: Maybe I’m jaded. But I find it strange that the only two incidences of physical abuse of the Occupy (whatever) crowd that I see reported were in the ultra-progressive strong holds of Oakland and the U.C. Davis campus. In both cases UCD Chancellor Katehi (a Democrat) and Oakland Mayor Quan (a Democrat) both ordered […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 23 Replies

Letter writer spews anti-semitic vitriol

EDITOR: Recently I read in the Mountain Democrat about a Holocaust survivor who visited our area. It was a heartwarming story of faith, devotion and determination. Now, in the Democrat, I just read a letter by Charlie Black. He cranks out his dogmatic ejaculations about how the Jews want to control the world. I have […]

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

EID budget claims don’t hold water

EDITOR: The El Dorado Irrigation District’s Nov. 15 press release misleadingly claims a “nearly flat” 2012 budget. Yet gross spending actually is board-approved to increase by $1.7 million. EID’s headquarters overhead budget surges another $1.2 million following $10 million of overhead increases in the last eight years. Overhead now accounts for a whopping 30 percent […]

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 […]

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