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On redistricting — Simple trumps all else

EDITOR: On the redistricting issue, I suggest the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopt the KISS from tournament bridge. In this instance it would mean “Keep It Simple, Supervisors.” Your article and recent meetings present a discussion/suggestion in support of “community of interest” that calls for tinkering with and ignoring the “one person, one vote” […]

The chickens are coming home to roost

EDITOR: The Supreme Court decision forcing California to release thousands of prison inmates because of jail overcrowding is a direct result of right wing politics coming home to roost. Since Nixon’s administration, the GOP Right has presented itself as the “law and order” bunch: “Just lock ’em up and throw away the key!  That’ll solve everything.” […]

Beating a dead horse?

EDITOR: To Mr. Bill Crowell of Diamond Springs, who recently had a letter titled “Rail fans beating a dead horse”: In your letter you state that “all of the rail fans’ arguments for excursion trains, etc., were fully aired before the Trail Committee and proved to be obvious pipe dreams.” You went on to say, “So, […]

Boeing already on federal dole

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat’s editorial of May 18 “Anti-business maneuver” decries the fact that, unless Boeing is allowed to continue its anti-union moves, it will be the next industry to ask for a federal bailout. Boeing is already on the federal dole: It is the third largest defense contractor after Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumann. […]

Child Protective/Support Services protest planned

EDITOR: I would like to follow up with information to your readers about Child Protective/Support Services. We are scheduling a National Protest the first week of August in front of the El Dorado County Courthouse, and courthouses across the nation. The problems with these agencies are massive, national, and even worldwide. Children are regularly abducted by […]

We must fight to keep art programs in schools

EDITOR: Our states and our nation’s children are suffering. With the budget cuts that have been destroying our nations education systems, the first things to go are the arts and music programs. It is wreaking havoc on our culture, and on our country. If we do not fight now to keep these programs alive then we […]

Thank you for successful surgery

EDITOR: To my doctor, Marshall Hospital surgical team and second floor nursing staff, please accept my sincere appreciation and gratitude for a successful back surgery and overall positive experience at Marshall Hospital. You made an otherwise stressful situation very comfortable and I want you all to know that your care for me was much appreciated. You […]

Protest over cell tower near school … where were you guys earlier?

EDITOR: I’ve read the letters sent to you regarding the cell tower to be placed at Sierra School. I wonder where these folks were during the Placerville Planning Commission hearing on this subject. I was there along with about a whopping four other people who opposed it. The Planning Commission politely explained that they cannot […]

A life I didn’t know: A mother’s perspective on the loss of a child

EDITOR: Every generation contains an abundance of beautiful young human beings — responsible, loving, caring young people who will create the fabric of our tomorrows — and in their turn, God willing, age to maturity — many of those kids are students at Union Mine High School and our other county schools. Sidney Scott Santana, […]

Too many county supervisors

EDITOR: Instead of rearranging the five El Dorado County supervisorial districts due to their size, perhaps we need only three supervisors instead of the five we now have. They are demanding all county departments cut staff — let them go first. FRANK VINCENT El Dorado Hills

Rich Green stepping away, not down

EDITOR: It is with great regret that we lost Mr. Rich Green from the Cameron Park Community Services District when he turned in his resignation to the board at a meeting on Wednesday, May 18.  Rich has been and is a true gentleman and an honest, forthright director for our CSD in Cameron Park. He believes […]

More questions than answers about dump site

EDITOR: Reference is made to a letter from Jaimee Saba published on May 9 entitled “The dump site is a poor choice.” Please, say it isn’t so. Are we still talking about relocating the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) aka the “dump,” to Industrial Drive off Missouri Flat Road in Diamond Springs? As Yogi Berra said, […]

Memorial Day is coming … tell the kids

EDITOR: Please be sure you visit the beautiful Veterans Memorial at the El Dorado County Government Center off Forni Road next to the Placerville Main Library. Every year I look forward to May 30. Stop and thank our honorable veterans. Spend the day with your children attending one of several services. LENNIE ROBORTZ Cameron Park

Thanks for shining light on dump site issue again

EDITOR: Thank you, Jaimee Saba, for bringing the dump site proposal to our attention again. The only one that will benefit from this will be the developer. The only site they are considering is the same one as before, and again, it is too close to residential homes, schools, rest homes and businesses. The odor […]

Mean spirited letter writer must have missed out on Christmas train set

EDITOR: Judging by the mean spirited tone of Bill Crowell in his letter to the editor of May 18, he is still miffed Santa never brought him the train set he’s been pining for. In his letter he trash-talks all the community oriented volunteers and their hard work to provide El Dorado with a historical, […]

A lovely corner of our world, thanks

EDITOR: On Saturday morning, May 21, several members of the Broadway Village Association Landscape/Streetscape Committee along with volunteers from the Placerville Rotary and the Broadway Village Association began the installation of a project that has been in the works for nearly four years; the beautification of the west corner of Broadway and Schnell School Road. The […]

A Family Affair … let’s clear the air

EDITOR: This is in response to letter writer David Horowitz’ comments about the “A Family Affair” event at the Placerville Airport. A Family Affair was a first time event put on by high school students to raise funds for their scholarship program. There have been other events at the airport but this event was new this […]

‘Orwellian’ reporting not appreciated

EDITOR: After reading the Mountain Democrat’s report about the May 17 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting, I purchased a DVD of the event. I attended that day and needed confirmation that the exchange of ideas in the chambers was not as described by the reporter. Many county residents took time to attend the meeting […]

Take out the Public, what’s left?

EDITOR: Although the Tea Party campaign against the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has abated somehow, we should expect them to renew their attacks until the (P)ublic is taken out. With only BS left, radio programming will then be more in line with TP favorites like Limbaugh, Savage, Hannity and the like. JOHN GARON Placerville

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Now this was something to smile about

EDITOR: The Community Resource Center was the site of a bustling crew of doctors, dental hygienists, moms, dads, kids and the staff of Brookside Dental in Placerville this past Saturday, May 14, to host a Free Dental Screening event for our community. Almost 50 patients were seen and given an oral screening by Dr. Ngo. […]

Roadkill: Let’s give precious wildlife a break

EDITOR: My Nature Bowl Team has been observing the roadkill around our community and logging our sights into the computer. It is a way to keep track of where, when and what type of animals are killed. Did you know that every year over 1 million animals die from cars? That’s a big number. We […]

Posted signs — take them down, already

EDITOR: I would like to know why no one does anything about the signs posted around the county that never get taken down. Well maybe I should rephrase that by saying the signs that get taken down only by time and the weather. Example: “Auburn Rodeo” and “Gold Prospecting Summit” … both events were held […]

Government auctions: Trust no one

EDITOR: Geez, Louise, as I stumble through this dog-eat-dog world, I swear I must be wearing Alpo underwear. Just the other day, I was in the market for a new pick-up truck, and like many other folks these days I was just trying save a buck. So, in my infinite wisdom, I decided to get […]

If we’re to eliminate corporate subsidies, let’s do it right

EDITOR: Recently some Democrat members of Congress have been blathering about eliminating the $4 billion federal subsidy annually provided to Big Oil. I am not sure where this figure comes from, but I do not doubt that there are federal subsidies to oil companies. But before we talk about eliminating a subsidy for one industry, […]

Why didn’t they tell us about the ‘pass permits?’

EDITOR: Open letter to Jody Jones, district director, Caltrans District 3: This morning I read an article in the Mountain Democrat (Wednesday, May 11) regarding the closure of Highway 50 at Echo Summit in which your photograph was included. A sentence in the article caught my eye: “Residents who travel the route for work purposes […]

Disappointed by event at Placerville Airport

On Saturday, May 14, we attended the family event at the Placerville Airport and were very disappointed by the price and lack of things for the children to participate in. We weren’t aware you needed to pay to get in, so the sign stating “donations” of $5 per person or $10 was a surprise to […]

Letter carrier food drive a huge success, thanks

EDITOR: I just had to write a letter to send a great big thank you to all of the generous mail customers who left food donations at their mailboxes on Saturday, May 14. I knew that I lived and worked in a wonderful community but once again, I was blown away with the true kindness […]

Raise the debt limit, Mr. President

EDITOR: The debt limit is in the news with the Congress seeming not to be able to reach agreement. May I suggest a solution? The president has unlimited wartime powers — given those powers he should issue a presidential directive raising the debt limit, with his order exempt from judicial review. If the Congress cannot do its […]

Make the right choice — reusable bags

EDITOR: I’m a sixth-grader at Miller’s Hill Middle School in Latrobe. I’d like to remind everyone how important it is to use reusable bags when you go shopping. As you probably know, plastic bags are the bag of choice for most people while grocery shopping. But did you know that the bags use up fossil […]

Poverty in El Dorado County: There but for the grace …

EDITOR: You open the fridge. Annoyed, you push aside the yogurts, soda and condiments to reach an item shoved in the back. It seems like such an inconvenience. Oh, but what a lovely inconvenience it is. Roughly 10 percent of people living in El Dorado County, and 14.3 percent of people in the U.S., are living […]

Redevelopment ‘My turn’ column didn’t give whole story

EDITOR: In his May 13 “My turn” column Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris wrote that redevelopment has been “given a bad reputation due to inaccurate information.” He asserts redevelopment’s virtues by quoting the California Redevelopment Association: “In the 2006-07 fiscal year, California redevelopment agencies generated $40.79 billion in total economic activity. This includes the direct […]

Cell tower should not be placed by Sierra School

EDITOR: I am writing to express my opposition to the proposal by AT&T to place a cell tower near Sierra School in Placerville. As Raymand Sarlatte expressed in his letter,there are significant health concerns that must be considered. Parents, as well as school staff, have begun to compile research on the implications of a cell phone […]

Gold Bug Mine a delightful site

EDITOR: What a great experience visiting the Gold Bug Mine in Placerville for the family. An old mine but nicely manicured, clean and safe (No bugs, spiders, bats). Kudos to Placerville for maintaining history and the Gold Rush and not turning the site into a trashy place like Old Sacramento (the next site on our […]

Don’t cast aside the rail users

EDITOR: I am writing this in hopes that someone can help us “Save the Rails.” The “Friends of the El Dorado Trail,” along with four of the five El Dorado County supervisors, wants to “section” the Sacramento/Placerville Rail Corridor into thee sections. One for bicycles, one for the El Dorado County Museum and one for trains. However, […]

Rail fans just beating a dead horse

EDITOR: The Mountain Democrat has published several letters from rail fans recently that criticized the El Dorado County supervisors’ Trail Committee for voting 4-1 to remove the rails from the Southern Pacific right-of-way between Shingle Springs and the county line. What these letters don’t make clear, however, is that all of the rail fans’ arguments […]

Citizens’ Academy was great, thanks

EDITOR: I just completed the 15 week El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Citizens’ Academy classes. Not only do I have a new, profound respect for the officers of El Dorado County, but now I have some insight of what the Sheriff’s Office and the deputies do for us daily. It is utterly remarkable what these men […]

An open letter to Michelle Obama …

EDITOR: I applaud the concept of the “Let’s Move” ideology. However, I question its overall effectiveness. First and foremost … It is without question that I acknowledge that kids today are more obese then they were 20 years ago. The childhood obesity issue has garnered national attention. Schools are trying to make some changes to […]

Police and sheriff uniforms remind me of storm troopers

EDITOR: I can understand back problems related to wearing a police utility belt, however, it appears police agencies across the country are dressing their cops like storm troopers and taking on a more military look. If I didn’t know any better it would appear our police agencies are preparing for social unrest — just an […]

Do we really need another high school administrator?

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado Union High School District board: First off I want to begin by saying I have children, grandchildren and now a great-grandson who are products of El Dorado County elementary, middle and high school system. It is recognized as one of the better in this state and has been fairly […]

Pollock Pines Visitors Center has moved — come on up

EDITOR: This to inform your readers that the Pollock Pines Visitors Center, previously located at ERA/Century 21 Real Estate office on Sly Park Road, has moved to the Pony Express Plaza on the corner of Sly Park Road and Pony Express Trail.  Tourist information may be found inside Skeeter’s Hot Dogs & Yogurt Shoppe, but the […]

Redevelopment column: My take on the issue

EDITOR: On Friday the 13th our Placerville city manager contributed a “My turn” column in the Mountain Democrat in which he pleaded for accuracy in the discussion of the Redevelopment Plan adopted by the City Council. Using figures apparently provided by the California Redevelopment Association, a Sacramento based lobby, he extolled the merits of redevelopment. The […]

Cell towers and Judgment Day

EDITOR: Where is it safe to build cellular towers? AT&T feels that the answer should be, “Anywhere.” Despite ongoing research that shows increasing health risk of radiation exposure through cell towers they are now planning to expand their sites next to our schoolyards. All throughout our country we are seeing the attempts of cellular companies […]

An Oft-told Tale of Main Street

EDITOR:  Once upon a time, not many days ago, five lovely maidens met to dine on Main Street, in the hamlet of Placerville. They feasted and talked and laughed, then decided to visit some purveyors of fine goods nearby. But alas and alack — a maiden spied a ferocious dragon putting license numbers of coaches […]

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