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Federal budget problem: Cocaine and hookers

EDITOR: As always, the current Grand Old Party is lying. We have a budget crunch, so they go after the pennies that support the weakest of us instead of the wasted, Fat-Cat $100 bills. It’s like a family budget — the family is going broke and Dad says we kids have to cut back on […]

Medicare privatized?

EDITOR: The Tea/Republican Party has announced its new plan to reduce entitlements and taxes. It’s entitled “The Path to Prosperity — Restoring America’s Promise” and available in its entirety on the Internet. Get ready to spend some time reading it as it’s about 75 pages. In addition to lowering taxes for individuals and corporations to […]

Bad laws need to be written off the books

EDITOR: Economy in government is a goal we all wish for. Getting rid of the unenforceable, useless and downright wrong laws would save an untold amount of money. The first wrong law that comes to mind ins the Building Code requiring a permit to change your hot water heater. It’s so bad that 95 percent […]

City redevelopment: We need balanced information

EDITOR: For the past months I have been attending Placerville City Council meetings after I, quite by chance, learned that my property is in the “sphere of influence” of the city’s proposed Redevelopment Plan. During the meetings and workshops where redevelopment has been discussed, the lack of a balanced presentation by the City Council has […]

Last names are so important

EDITOR: I am a volunteer at our El Dorado County Museum and I archive, among other things, the births, deaths and social news for future research. Occasionally someone will submit a tribute to a deceased family member or friend of a happy birthday  or anniversary wish and they just mention a first name, excluding the […]

Publisher’s ink: More supply and less demand for political rhetoric

“What goes up must come down.” The price we pay at the pump for gas is a constant reminder of that adage. California gas prices now exceed $4 a gallon with some analysts projecting five bucks a gallon by mid-summer. So when, according to this idiom, can we expect prices to fall back to Earth? […]

In defense of Dante’s

EDITOR: I have been dining at Dante’s on the River since they opened. Kevin and Nancy Cairns have always been courteous, caring people and wonderful hosts.  Besides providing an outstanding dining experience, they also generate tax revenue and good-will for our county. It is sad that the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department cannot at least […]

My turn: Animal shelter or animal services?

It has come to the attention of the taxpayers of El Dorado County that there is a need to identify budgetary relief within the county departments. Today’s exploration shall be in the Animal Services Department — well, not really a full department in that they work for the ag commissioner. (For purposes of discussion I […]

Bad neighbor policy

Instead of cutting spending that is putting us into debt the Obama administration is looking for ways to increase revenue instead. One of the most insensitive plans is to charge Canadians a $5.50 entry fee if they land in the U.S. by boat or plane. It’s a one-way tax since Canadians don’t charge us an […]

Something’s rotten in Cameron Park

As Marcellus said to Horatio, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Something is amiss if not downright rotten in the Cameron Park Community Services District. The CSD board seems to chew up and spit out managers like a watermelon eating contestant. Though we’ll grant that the turnover turmoil is less exciting than the […]

The day the music died

EDITOR: It is with regret that I let Placerville know of the closing of Sierra Music Center. This store opened as “Eberle’s Music” in 1963. Mel Eberle was quite a musical character and he sold the store in 1983 to Dave Smythe. I worked with Dave for many years and he retired in 1999, leaving […]

Burn day, yes … but wait …

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors routinely pontificates on being stewards of the land. We must reduce fire danger, clean up, protect and improve the forests. This has been the wettest winter in years and the trees are still dormant. This past week has been perfect to burn brush, fallen trees and wood […]

We don’t want a hotbed of suburban sprawl

EDITOR: Open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, regarding the April 4 special meeting of the board, agenda Item 3: I write to protest the proposed Resolution of Intention in Item 3 “to amend the General Plan as recommended by EDAC to address findings from the General Plan Five-Year Monitoring and Review […]

This newspaper encourages fight for freedom

EDITOR: My friend Ahnmad Rezaei has been a freedom fighter both in his country of birth, Iran, and from his adopted home here. With the arrest and torture and even execution of members of the opposition in Iran, it is difficult for him to feel optimistic. He told me, however, that this paper’s policy of […]

Jury duty incompetence rampant

EDITOR: Time for reform in the Jury Duty Department. I moved to El Dorado County in 1991 and I could not believe how often I received a jury summons.  Because I made my living in the healthcare field and my job required travel, I was unable to schedule any business out of town every time […]

Veto the renewable energy boondoggle

It may be spitting into a windmill, but we urge Gov. Jerry Brown to veto state Sen. Joe Simitian’s latest renewable energy bill. The Palo Alto Democrat’s bill had previously been vetoed by Gov.Schwarzenegger. But that didn’t discourage the unrealistic ideologue from submitting it again. He also got a powerful coauthor with Senate President Pro […]

Road construction: Let’s get the job done

EDITOR: Thanks for the article on the “DOT reorganization back to square 1.” We do not need a reorganization, we simply need them to shut down, have them go away and contract with CC Myers, Veerkamp or another reputable outfit that can get jobs completed on time and in budget, without five people standing around […]

The ‘Party of Jobs’ not living up to its billing

EDITOR: Before the recent election, Mr. Boehner continually requested of the president: Where are the jobs, where are the jobs? It was a good question, as high unemployment is destructive of our economy (which requires ever increasing demand of goods and services). Mr. Boehner then told America his party was the party of jobs because […]

Tax the rich?

EDITOR: Last year the U.S. took in taxes totaling $2 trillion. The U.S. spent $3.4 trillion. Letter wrietr James Longhofer continually chides, ad nauseum, to tax the rich. He’s stated the top 2 percent of Americans are “mega rich” and to tax them at 100 percent  to balance the budget. Really? Problem one is reality. […]

California Rambling: The Bilbao effect

It was late in the day when the phone rang in Switzerland. The only person in the office picked it up; he happened to be world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. The caller, unaware of the time difference, explained that Redding was searching for someone to design a footbridge. Despite his celebrity, Calatrava was not put off […]

The rural life: Dog on a mission

Animals generally come into our lives by design, but not always. Sometimes they turn up on their own, and in those instances it can almost seem as if they’re on a mission. Such was the case with a lab-shepherd mix that arrived at our doorstep one day in the early 1990s. He was an unneutered […]

Pollock Pines businesses are digging out

EDITOR: Pollock Pines merchants and businesses are still here, still exhibiting a can-do attitude, and still offering locals and visitors a place to live, eat and play. We got quite a wallop from the weather this winter, more snow than many have seen in a long time. Early in the season came snow and wind, […]

A sad day for Cameron Park

EDITOR: Scott McNeil and Greg Stanton, did you not run for the Cameron Park Community Services District board in order to serve our community? Yet in only three months you have done more harm and disservice to the community than most directors are able to do in several terms in office. Your vote to dismiss Fred […]

The weekly Daley: I love taxtime

Taxtime? That’s way next year. Taxtime? That’s months from now. I got my tax packet from my tax professional weeks and weeks ago. Therefore, taxtime was still weeks and weeks away. Then I decided to go away for part of next week. And that meant I would have to do something about my taxes this […]

Econ advisers step up

Monday the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will hear a presentation from its Economic Development Advisory Committee. The committee has been working for the past two years on regulatory reform related to the county General Plan, originally approved in 2006. The committee, under the chairmanship of Maryann Argyres, an apple farmer, has met with […]

Your El Dorado Hills Fire Department – A view from inside

EDITOR: I am writing this letter in response to the recently published articles attacking the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and its personnel. I would like to begin by stating that I understand the frustration that many in the community are feeling these days due to economic uncertainties, not to mention the fact that many […]

Cut big government

EDITOR: So let’s see how this might work. Lower taxes so that you end up with a bigger paycheck. Slim down or dissolve 50 percent of the services that that government now provides. Just imagine, no more DMV. Flat taxes so that the number of government tax agents can be minimized. Sell off transit services […]

He should have to register as a sex offender

EDITOR: There is something seriously wrong with our El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office agreeing to a plea deal requiring Brett Michael Davis, a 20-year-old man who pleaded no contest to raping a 14-year-old girl, to register as a drug abuser and not a sex offender. It is common knowledge that the majority of child rapists […]

Dismayed at what’s happening with Dante’s owner

EDITOR: We are dismayed at the way law enforcement and the media have treated Kevin Cairns. No one in his right mind would do the things Kevin has been accused of without provocation. There seems to be some sort of organized attempt to destroy his business. Nowhere in the media do we read of the atrocities […]

Cameron Park CSD double-cross

EDITOR: I heard it through the grapevine that the Cameron Park Community Services District held a special session last night (March 29) to discuss the Christa McAuliffe skatepark. I have no idea if the public was even invited to this meeting. It was not published on the Website’s calendar, which still shows a Town Hall […]

If people weren’t rude, Dante’s owner wouldn’t be in jail

EDITOR: We have been following the articles in the Mountain Democrat regarding the owner of the Dante’s restaurant and the fact that he is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. If we interpreted the articles correctly, the owner became involved in altercations with people who defecate, urinate and vomit in the parking lot of […]

Billingsley’ bullets: Rage and revenge are first cousins

With the advent of urban criminal street gangs in America, we read more and more about young people being murdered by other young people. Someone dies because the killer felt he was “dissed” (disrespected) by the victims. The killer may turn the way someone looked at him into a reason to kill. The killings result […]

If the CTA cared about students, things would be better

EDITOR: While the vast majority of teachers really care about student success the California Teachers Association cares only about political power. If the union leadership cared about students they might spend some of the millions of dollars they’re spending on scare tactic ads on improving the school districts. Why should us taxpayers continue to throw […]

Traffic laws: I’m not advocating civil disobedience

EDITOR: Our nation’s highways provide unique opportunities for we the people to play the primary role in how efficiently public sector assets are used. We often have little choice in the matter … the rest of the time our collective habits dictate the outcome. Brake lights are telling me there is room for improvement. Warning: […]

Join the food co-op, for health and value

EDITOR: I am happy to be a part of the growing number of people who are gathering to form the Placerville Natural Foods Co-op. The co-op idea was first seriously considered a couple of years ago and has been gaining momentum. Now, a strong foundation exists on which to actuate its operation. Offering locally produced, […]

Recorder ahead of the curve

El Dorado County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz is once again ahead of the curve on technology. His office is now set up for e-recordings. What are e-recordings? They are electronically transmitted recordings from title companies. Once a title company e-mails a PDF (portable document file) of a completed property transaction, the Recorder’s Office staff […]

Publisher’s ink: The naked truth about college orientations

College — the next chapter in your teenager’s life. When a co-worker recently informed me her son was contemplating attending college in Ohio, visions of what lay ahead flashed through my mind. There were no words I could offer to help this worrying mother about the fate she and her husband would soon experience. For […]

Cameron Park CSD: The king is out of control

EDITOR: The village idiot has taken control of the Cameron Park Community Services District. We have given him the title of “president” and he has run with it. He is out of control, making decisions that are not based on policy or articles of the CPCSD bylaws. When he is confronted, one of his answers is, […]

I feel validated

EDITOR: I often feel as though I’m banging my head against a concrete TeaParty/Republican wall in El Dorado County. The progressive/liberal voice seems to be lost in the wilderness — is there any reason to continue? Today, in a local store, the clerk mentioned she recognized my name and that I was the guy who writes letters […]

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