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CEOs overpaid

EDITOR: Do you ever wonder how many workers might be employed using the resources absorbed by a departing CEO? I made this simple calculation based upon the golden handshake awarded to Leo Apotheker, the former CEO of HP. He was discharged after 11 months on the job. It appears that his severance pay totaled approximately […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 6 Replies

Art walk needs pepping up

EDITOR: You must have noticed the last few years how the once vibrant and fun Monthly Art Walk has deteriorated. What happened? I have attended other art walks, in other cities, and here are some noticeable characteristics of the successful ones, where art is actually admired and purchased: participating venues (galleries, restaurants, shops) with large banners […]

January 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Voter fraud not the problem

EDITOR: Voter fraud is not the problem in this country; lack of voters participation is. Money in politics is a problem. Misinformation is a chronic problem as well as efforts of some media sources to distort the “news,” and provoke discontent and hysteria. It is puzzling that a country so proud of its democratic institutions […]

Lost dog found

EDITOR: I found a dog wandering on the corner of Cold Springs and Coldwater Creek Canyon roads. He was wandering the streets on New Year’s Eve at midnight. He is an Australian shepherd-mix approximately 7-10 years old. He was wearing a choke chain and a flea collar, but no tags. He is a very sweet […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Pick up after your dog

EDITOR: Hello, my name is Rilye Kline and I am 9 years old. Today I am going to talk about owners and their dogs.When owners take their dogs for a walk they need to pick up their dogs droppings. It is really bad to step in dogs’ droppings or any droppings for that matter, but […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Camino Cares a big success

EDITOR: Thank you to all of those who helped to make the 2011 Camino Cares Christmas Giving Program so successful this year. A special thank you goes out to the Camino Hotel for allowing everyone to drop off and pick up their gifts there. Thank you to the Camino Forester, Camino Post Office and to […]

More about solar

EDITOR: This is in response to Mr. Clayton and Dr. Napier’s letters to the editor on Dec. 21 and Mr. Nelson’s of Dec. 28. The discussion has veered from the merits of solar energy to the politics and economics policies of our government. Dr. Napier inferred that photovoltaic (PV) owners were some coddled, rich elite of […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Restraining insurance company profits

EDITOR: I have wondered why Republicans have been so opposed to the Affordable Care Act. They decry the mandate to buy health insurance, yet the mandate will give health insurance companies massive numbers of new customers. Very strange, as long as one focuses on the mandate. But, could there be something else that causes their […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 79 Replies

More propaganda from McClintock

EDITOR: Some people will say anything that furthers their personal interest. Some people will believe anything they hear or read. Facts and reason don’t seem to matter. Tom McClintock is spreading the usual propaganda we hear from all Republican congressmen. There is a script somewhere that they all use. No independent judgment is formulated, no […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 57 Replies

Good Samaritans found our dog

EDITOR: We’d like to extend our public thanks to Mike and Ady (last name unknown) who were so kind as to to rescue our dog, Hobie, who escaped our property during the New Year’s Eve noisy celebrations and made his way along Cold Springs Road. Mike and Ady took Hobie to their Camino home and […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Lower building permit fees

EDITOR: As I move into this new year, which is a election year, there are many different levels of candidates running for office. I as one person cannot change much on the high-up elections, but I might get people to think about our own county officials now starting to run for jobs in our local […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 10 Replies

No high speed Internet on Starkes Grade

EDITOR: Your Dec. 28 edition included a long column detailing the apparently extensive upgrades AT&T plans for Shingle Springs, as well as their recent expansion of capacity for “more than 35 cell sites in El Dorado County.” In this contracted economy, it would appear that AT&T is doing quite well. I would like to remind AT&T […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Income inequality is not fair

EDITOR: Regarding George Alder’s question about fairness and the flat tax: It is hard to figure out what is a fair share, but I do not think that having one person live on $18,000 a year and another live on $90 million a year is fair in most people’s book. On the other hand, I do […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 29 Replies

Saved by a lay-a-way angel

EDITOR: I am sure that you probably heard about the lay-a-way angels going to stores and paying off random lay-a-ways for people. Well, I was one of those lucky recipients at the K-mart store in Placerville. This year has been particularly hard on my family. My husband had neck surgery, so our income has droped considerably, […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Patton’s 3rd Armored drove 80 miles to Bastogne

EDITOR: Your coverage of the Battle of Bulge was very well presented but failed to point out that Gen. George S. Paton’s 3rd Armored Division covered over 80 miles under winter conditions to arrive at Bastogne. They were a main force in knocking out the Germans. The Germans were forced to flee Bastogne. In doing so […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

Mystery angel thanked

EDITOR: Just a note to thank God for sending one of His Angels to K-Mart and paying off my lay-away. God is good and God is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas. BONNIE MILLER Placerville

January 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Living under communism

EDITOR: Most Americans are familiar with the threat made by the communist dictator Nikita Khrushchev in 1956 when he said, “We will bury you!” But how many realize he also said, “Your children will live under communism?” The scary thing is that he was right… and his prophecy is coming true under Barack Obama. This “child […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 80 Replies

Eliminate congressional retirement

EDITOR: The American people have allowed their power to pass from their hands to the people who are supposed to represent those very same people. I am talking about the United States congressmen and women. These congress people who we elect to serve do not concern themselves with their duty to serve. They really are […]

January 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 10 Replies

Thanksgiving thanks

EDITOR: The people and business of El Dorado County were extraordinarily generous this holiday season to those in need. The Community Thanksgiving Committee wishes to thank those who dug deep and donated so generously of their time, money and resources to enable us to serve 720 free Thanksgiving dinners at St. Patrick’s Church on Thanksgiving Day. […]

Solar photovoltaic travesty

EDITOR: In her letter to the Editor published on Dec. 21, Heidi Napier raises some very good points regarding the fallacy of the economics associated with subsidized residential photovoltaic (PV) installations in this state. The general public is getting stuck with subsidizing these installations even more than she indicates. Essentially all residential PV installations in […]

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

What a great road crew

EDITOR: I am a resident of El Dorado County (west Placerville) and approximately a year ago, a hospice donation site moved in a block from our neighborhood. The upside of that is obvious, the unfortunate downside is that most everything that hospice turns-down as undesirable for resale ends up being thrown off the side of […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Church parking lot Grinch

EDITOR: This is a letter to the cowards who broke into my car while at rehearsal for Christmas eve services on Tuesday night at Green Valley Community Church in the parking lot this week. I am a widow with six children and you took my purse. You took my gift cards given to me by […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 14 Replies

Wonderful Christmas surprise

EDITOR: I was surprised when my roommate told me there had been a call and I had won a gift. I’m one of those people who ‘never wins anything’…but win I did. A lovely “12 Days of Christmas” gift basket. A big thank you to the following artists and businesses for their lovely and generous […]

I’m not a serf

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer states in his letter “Trick words”: “What is a fair share … cannot be answered by a citizen. It will be decided for us.” Mr. Longhofer seems to believes that the Congress, president and bureaucrats (our betters?) will decide for us and we should doff our caps, avert our eyes, bow our heads and […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 55 Replies

Impressed with Supervisor Ray Nutting

EDITOR: I live in Cameron Park and have had two occasions to deal with El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting and his staff. On each of these occasions I have been treated with a refreshing and unexpected amount of respect. In August 2011, Supervisor Nutting came to a board meeting in Cameron Park to introduce himself […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 16 Replies

Christmas trees and that dummy

EDITOR: I would like to thank all the persons involved in writing letters to the editor of the Mountain Democrat, like the one titled “With love from Afghanistan” and “Glad the dummy’s back.” I was a Marine in Korea in the early ’50s and spent Christmas on the MLR, the main line of resistance. I […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Small drug stores need protection from the big box stores

EDITOR: Open letter to California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris: How did this slip by? How was my medical insurance able to disregard the Robinson-Patman Act forcibly and unfairly making me to choose only their store to buy my medications? Of course, I could go to my neighborhood drug store but I would then pay […]

January 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 12 Replies

Thanks for the festive start to the holidays

EDITOR: The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1712 of Placerville facilitated a shopping spree for the children in El Dorado County’s foster care system. Our thanks go out to the Elks Lodge for hosting this event and to Wal-Mart for allowing the early shopping and the surprise visit from Santa. Following the shopping […]

Do we really want to increase the murder rate?

EDITOR: Few issues concerning the criminal justice system stir more debate than the use of the death penalty for the most serious crimes. The debate tends to be highly emotional on both sides because human life is at stake. I have spent 12 years as El Dorado County’s district attorney and another 13 years in […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Our thanks offered to Marshall Hospital

EDITOR: We, the family members of Mona McCoy want to express our most sincere thanks and appreciation to the nurses and medical staff of Marshall Hospital for their professional and compassionate treatment of Mona, after her stroke and incapacitation of Nov. 17, a week before Thanksgiving. Following her visit to the emergency room and acute […]

Response to letter writer Harry Zelinka

EDITOR: Harry Zelinka yammers on and on about my supposed anti-semitism without refuting anything I’ve said in my letter. As he might recall, I supplied the names of several books that document what I said, none of which I’m sure he’s bothered to read. Instead, like all totalitarians, he plays the anti-semite card to try […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 31 Replies

More myth busting

EDITOR: Regarding “My turn: Myth busting of the necromancers” Nov. 30, I disagree with the writer’s avocation of more oversight legislation. The primary means that citizens employ to enforce Wall Street regulation is the private audit process and government agencies such as the Security and Exchange Commission and the Federal Reserve. During the period 1981 to […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 40 Replies

Smart growth or oxymoron?

EDITOR: Has anyone heard of smart growth? It is being touted by the U.S. government, Environmental Protection Agency and here are the principles: Based on the experience of communities around the nation that have used smart growth approaches to create and maintain great neighborhoods, the Smart Growth Network developed a set of ten basic principles: 1. […]

December 26, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 9 Replies

Trick words

EDITOR: Mr. George Alger in his recent letter “What is a fair share?” requests I declare my fair share brackets for federal taxes. I can answer his question quite simply. What is a fair share (which fogs the question) cannot be answered by a citizen. But the Congress and the president can answer it. The fair […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 46 Replies

We don’t just kill the cats

EDITOR: I would like to provide clarification regarding a recent article published in the Mountain Democrat. The article, entitled “Teens, Internet bring cat home to owner,” suggested that if a lost cat is brought to the El Dorado County Animal Services Shelter, and the cat isn’t microchipped, “it would probably be euthanized immediately.” This is […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

EDHCSD to take stock of itself

EDITOR: Our Community Services District has endured a challenging period, and more hard work lies ahead. But I and fellow board members also view the general manager transition as an opportunity to take stock in our district, objectively evaluate and learn from past events, and take immediate actions to begin a process that forges an […]

December 23, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 2 Replies

Social Security tax cut not all it’s cracked up to be

EDITOR: I was watching Nancy Pelosi on TV today saying that Congress should not leave for Christmas break until they extend the Social Security tax cut. I’m conflicted because the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 went into law in January 2011 was a 2 percent  cut on Social Security […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 36 Replies

A county supervisor who knows everybody’s name

EDITOR: We moved to El Dorado county in 1992. We built a home in Grizzly Flat and really loved the beauty and small town community. To me it was truely amazing that our county representative would visit our remote town and be involved. He knew a lot of our names, helped when we were framing […]

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

Gov. Brown’s letter criticized

EDITOR: Regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s letter attempting to justify his indefensible tax hike, Gov. Brown finally let us in on the worst kept secret in Sacramento – he wants to impose a $35 billion tax increase on what’s left of California’s crippled economy and working poor. J.B.’s asking voters to raise income and sales taxes […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 8 Replies

School trustee says thanks

EDITOR: As Christmas is steadfastly approaching, I would like to take a moment and tell the community thank you. It has been a year since I took office on the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. I take the trust the community has given me to oversee the education of their high school […]

More thanks from our soldier

Here is another e-mail our son, Sgt. Ty Hollows, sent us from Afghanistan, regarding the Christmas gift boxes sent to our deployed military by the El Dorado County Association of Realtors and others in our county. Ty writes of hard times there for him and his men. He is a Route Clearing Combat Engineer who looks […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Thank you from our soldier

EDITOR: We are proud parents of two U.S. Army soldiers. We are most grateful to many members of our county, including the El Dorado County Association of Realtors, for sending Christmas care packages to deployed military from our county — last year to our older son, 1st Lt. Jared Hollows, and this year to our […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 1 Reply

Who is in control of the Occupy UC Davis demonstration?

EDITOR: On Dec. 1 the general assembly of Occupy UC Davis passed a resolution calling for a break with the Democratic Party and political movement of the entire working class, presented by Eric Lee, a member of International Students for Social Equality. The International Students for Social Equality is “the student organization of the Socialist Equality […]

December 19, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 55 Replies

Where is my permit?

EDITOR: In August of this year I hired a local company to install at my home an energy efficient HVAC system (central heat and air conditioner) and a propane generator. Everything was installed except the propane generator. I am still waiting for the generator’s permit to be approved. My contractors have submitted the required paperwork […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 3 Replies

There is help locally for veterans

EDITOR: I would like to simplify an answer for several recent letters in the Mountain Democrat about veterans’ benefits. El Dorado County has a Department of Veterans Affairs. The veterans service officer has offices in the Veterans Memorial Building located at 130 Placerville Drive. This building is actually connected to the fairgrounds property. You must […]

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