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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 […]

American government and big business

EDITOR: I want to talk about the cold, grinning face of 21st Century corporations, which the everyday man has been forced to lose faith in for their shady agreements and unhealthy influence on the government. The severance package is a great example of the corporate demon in action; Léo Apotheker of Hewlett-Packard was given $13.2 […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

There’s no excuse, Democrats

EDITOR: Why has President Obama’s American Jobs Act not been brought up in the U.S. Senate for passage? Democrats are the majority in the Senate. Sen. McConnell, Republican, offered to vote on the act today but Sen. Reid would not permit the vote. There is no excuse for Democrats to stop the vote on President Obama’s […]

October 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 7 Replies

Kudos to 2 GDPUD directors

EDITOR: My wife and I regularly listen to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District board meting audio recordings that are provided on the flushthewaste.com Website. If it weren’t such a serious topic, I would find the meetings humorous — in the audience we have the “mean girls” section, the grumpy old men section, cheerleading family members […]

October 07, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Republicans don’t care about the American people

EDITOR: This president (to this point) has gone out of his way to reach out to Republicans and their toadies in the Democratic Party but, since their stated goal is to see that Barack Obama is a one-term president and nothing else is of concern to them, it hasn’t worked. How do I know this to […]

October 24, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 14 Replies

Wall Street Occupiers and the French Revolution

EDITOR: The very large groups occupying Wall Street and other iconic sites in New York City and elsewhere are not a “Tea Party of the Left.” Rather this is a true grass-roots populist movement by (largely young) people who older commentators had written off as supposedly “turned off by politics.” Unlike the Tea Party, the Wall […]

November 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

Historic Shingle Springs information offered

EDITOR: The Historic Shingle Springs Miwoks have many families. The Smith family is only one of them. We have made our home in Shingle Springs long before the gold was discovered in Coloma. The Smith family knows the history of the Shingle Springs Reservation and all of the true Miwoks that come from the peace […]

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

Don’t let environmentalists win

EDITOR: I find that our government has given environmentalists free rein on any agenda that they feel needs to be fixed; they do this without peer review, which is outlandish. If “they” do a study and find that an insect is in danger, it is in danger. It has been found in a lot of […]

March 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 17 Replies

Help us help the homeless

EDITOR: Thank you for the article on the Community Resource Center (CRC) and the great work done by Rene Evans. I am one of the people representing the church group that is collaborating with the CRC on the winter, nomadic shelter. I would like to add some information and a few clarifications to the article. […]

I appreciate Bipolar Insights

EDITOR: Many heartfelt thanks to Marcia Rose for the time and energy and love she’s put into Bipolar Insights. Thank you to the psychiatrist from Sierra Vista Hospital in Sacramento who referred us to Bipolar Insights. With the love, support and education from Bipolar Insights’ weekly meetings over the last six months, we found out […]

Let’s catch a movie

EDITOR: Open letter to all Placervillians: I don’t know how many of you realize how fortunate we are to have access to quality films. Normally such films are only available for viewing in a few theaters in Sacramento. Our local movie theater will be showing six films from Oct. 5 through Nov. 10. Each film will […]

The disappearing breed

EDITOR: The “disappearing breed” does not refer to the American buffalo/bison, CRT monitors on PCs, public pay phones, etc. The disappearing breed is the American millionaire taxpayer. Examine the recently released IRS 2009 tax data. There are fewer millionaire taxpayers (returns) in 2009 than 2007, i.e., approximately 40 percent fewer millionaires. In 2007 the millionaires […]

January 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 5 Replies

Headline misleading: Plenty more parolees coming

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the article in a Friday Mountain Democrat, “Nine state parolees to shift to county.” First of all, as you read the article, you see the headline is misleading. There are actually 30 returning in the “upcoming months,” 150 coming into El Dorado County in the next six to […]

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

Three questions for the left wing

EDITOR: I have some questions for the leftists whose proclamations I find disturbing. Our Constitution mandates “equal protection under the law.” Yet the “rich” are continually called upon to “pay their fair share.” The top 10 percent of earners pay 90 percent of all income taxes, and the bottom 50 percent pay zero. We do, […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 35 Replies

Union Mine Jazz Band performance simply stunning

EDITOR: I have always enjoyed the activities available in this area but the Union Mine High School Jazz Band’s performance Saturday night in the courtyard at The Cozmic Cafe will always be remembered as one of the best. Thanks to all band members, sponsors, volunteers, donors, merchants and all who worked so hard to make […]

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

Sound land-use planning?

EDITOR: After sitting through two-plus hours of discussion about how we can or cannot use the land we pay taxes on and maintain I was amazed at the arrogance and pettiness with which some of our paid employees and non-compensated board members conduct themselves. I was especially impressed at the oratory zeal Mr. Friend used […]

We need a change on the EID board

EDITOR: An $87 million Capital Improvement Project instead of $142 million? Sounds great to save $55 million. The only problem is that the El Dorado Irrigation District is already in the hole for almost $400 million. The present EID board has continued to ignore the fact that 72 percent of the electorate in the EID […]

Tree a danger to traffic

EDITOR: The tree leaning over the fence at Lions Park in Placerville is still obstructing the view on the curve, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic, making it hard to exit from Butterfly Lane and to those entering or exiting Lions Park. The traffic here is fast. We appreciate the help in the past, […]

It made my heart soar

EDITOR: The 33rd annual Butterfly Concert — Batman to Narnia, a Musical Odyssey — was a wonderful evening on the green at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Our thanks to Roy Fulmer and the Sierra Symphony orchestra as well as for pre-concert music by Gypsyka, Music on Parade and the “Barrettones.” The event would not […]

The trouble with a monopoly

EDITOR: There is little question in my mind that capitalism, private ownership by individuals or corporations, with decisions made by private owners rather than government, is probably the best economic system in the world. Like any other social system, of course there can be problems. For instance, more than two weeks ago I found I […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Will we heed this warning?

EDITOR: President Obama’s proposed jobs program is just one more scam that the Republicans and Democrats intend to foist on the gullible American public in order to get re-elected. According to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, each job created by this program will only cost $200,000. That’s $200,000 per job for positions that will probably only […]

Gas tax and insanity

EDITOR: When you buy 1 gallon of gasoline in California at $4 per gallon California fuel tax is .357. California sales tax is at 7.75 percent. Federal fuel tax is .184. State fee on 1 galon is .667 cents. Federal fee is .184 cents. A 20 gallon tank is $17.02-plus in just tax. Are we idiots or what? This […]

Agenda 21: Get the U.N. out of our business

EDITOR: How many citizens know that Agenda 21 is trying to push all population into urban islands, preserving the wilderness lands for nature and its inhabitants? The last time I checked I found out that I am an inhabitant of these lands and I surely don’t want to be stuck in a population of city […]

January 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Winning in 2012

EDITOR: We know how much the Tea/Republicans want to beat President Obama in 2012. It’s not my place to say it, but I will — their group of candidates stands little to no chance of winning. The last great hope was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christy, but he has again announced he will not run. […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 48 Replies

DMV incompetence costs taxpayers

EDITOR: When the state government failed to continue the registration fee increases that expired on July 1 of this year, the Department of Motor Vehicles had to scramble to compensate for not sending out the renewal notices the full 60 days in advance. To adjust for the shortened notices, an extra 30-day grace period was […]

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