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Cool bike path needs adjusting

A planned two-mile Class 1 bike path from Auburn Lake Trails on Highway 193 to Northside School on Highway 49 bike path is paved with good intentions. But its effect upon the small Georgetown Divide Public Utility District is out of proportion. The approximately $2 million grant-funded project will create a paved bike path that […]

More than appalled

EDITOR: Open letter to members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: I, unlike the current sheriff, was more than appalled as I watched the YouTube video of Tuesday’s board meeting. It is for that reason I did not address you as Honorable Sirs and Madam and I apologize to the members who did act […]

Arrogance far exceeds abilities

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Board of Supervisors: First, to the Mountain Democrat, thanks for placing the photo of Herb Blossom directly over the front page sheriff’s budget proposal story — he appears to be cheering the sheriff on, as many of us are. Sheriff John D’Agostini is not alone in being appalled at […]

The weekly Daley: The president’s birth certif …

Who will ever forget where they were Wednesday when it was announced that the White House had authorized release of the president’s original birth certificate — that is, the so-called long form document that preceded the now more-official short form document for the state of Hawaii. I was sitting at my kitchen table eating a […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Doughnuts inspire glory

Long distance runners need rewards before the race is finished … way before the finish line. I finally found a race I would consider running in. Sacramento offers a “Donut Dash.” After you run two miles, you are treated to four doughnuts at Marie’s Donut shop. After the doughnuts disappear, you are expected to finish […]

Obama’s promise for ‘change’

EDITOR: After just a little over two years, Obama’s administration, along with liberal cohorts like Pelosi and Reid, have been successful in accomplishing Obama’s “promise for change,” leaving hundreds of thousands of Americans jobless, homeless, with no green in their wallets and a little “change” in their pockets. Now that Gov. “Terminator” has joined Obama’s Environmental […]

To Tom McClintock

EDITOR: Open letter to Congressman Tom McClintock: I am writing to you because I am concerned ahout my country, your country, our country. America has become cynical and divided and I believe I know a way we can get everyone on the same page. Red states, blue states, politicians, blue collar, white collar, homemakers, clerical, virtually […]

A letter to Bank of America from a homeowner

EDITOR: Open letter to Bank of America: This letter is in response to an e-mail sent by you, Bank of America, requiring further personal and financial information to qualify for a short sale. It is also indicated in your correspondence that we have a choice of which short sale program we choose. At the expense of […]

Shame on you, Supervisor Ron Briggs

EDITOR: I attended the special budget session El Dorado County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday morning, only to witness an immature and childish display by Supervisor Ron Briggs as he turned his microphone on and loudly shuffled papers while pretending to speed-read, as the sheriff spoke — after standing for three hours waiting for […]

Easter Egg Hunt thank you

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Recreation Department would like to thank all the children and their parents who participated at our Annual Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, April 23. We had an excellent turnout this year, with lots of families enjoying the day. There were numerous prizes that were given away along with the Golden Egg. Thank […]

Save our historical Placerville & Sacramento Valley Railroad

EDITOR: The Sacramento Valley Railroad ran the first train into Folsom on Feb. 22, 1856. The route through White Rock to Latrobe opened in 1864 and in 1865 Shingle Springs became the end of the line. The railroad brought prosperity to the region and after much financial, political and legal drama, finally reached Placerville in […]

What medical marijuana dispensaries?

EDITOR: In regard to the letter to the editor by Jack King in the Mountain Democrat on Friday, April 22, about medical marijuana being sold in four places in Cameron Park: If they need a license to sell, and don’t have a license, how can they sell the product? How come the El Dorado County […]

Don’t blame the principal

EDITOR: I am writing in response to the letter written by Kathy Lyman concerning Mr. Jason Harm, principal at Herbert Green Elementary School. I have a sixth-grader at Hebert Green. We were all disappointed that the Greek Faire was rescheduled, but understood that the weather report forecast bad weather, and indeed it hailed that day. The […]

Rude behavior by county supervisor

EDITOR: I attended the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday (my first time to do so) and was appalled at the verbal and rude comments made by Supervisor Ron Briggs toward our new sheriff, John D’Agostini. The sheriff was attempting to address the board at about noon after waiting his turn from around 9 a.m. […]

Tone it down

Sheriff John D’Agostini came out swinging at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Monday, taking umbrage at statements board members made at a previous budget meeting with the board. “I want to remind the board that I don’t work for you. I work for the people of El Dorado County. The board’s authority is […]

I’ve made my redistricting choice

EDITOR: Alternative 3 is the map for me. And should be for any other resident who wants to prevent gerrymandering, kingdom building, party clustering and campaign donor preferential districting. This will not be popular with the larger developers, some sitting supervisors and political pundits. It literally breaks the majority of those special interests up in […]

War plans and shifting positions

EDITOR: You have to love letter writer Mr. Longhofer. In his earlier letters he made theo point that had Midway been lost the U.S. mainland was in mortal danger of invasion. Now he says he never said the plan was viable. No viability, no danger. The nice thing about shifting positions is that one gets […]

I really appreciate Marcia Rose and Bipolar Insights

EDITOR: It was wonderful to read Marcia Rose’s quartly article again on the Bipolar Insights group. It’s a breath of fresh air to read her story because she speaks of the truth of what steps to take to live a balanced life, wether you have a mental illness or not. Knowledge is power and it’s […]

Update on Vern the guide dog

EDITOR: On March 5 Vern met the new, younger canine named Toronto, a 60 pound black Lab, at the guide dogs’ graduation. Toronto will take Vern’s place guiding while Vern transitions to a therapeutic position in the near future. Vern and his new, energetic friend have become inseparable since they began living together. Vern waits […]

Sneak a tax

When the times get tough the Democrats get taxing. The latest fun idea from state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is to add a tax to everybody’s water bill. The aim of the bill is to imitate the “public goods charge” now attached to your utility bill. That’s how the state can give money to […]

My turn: Taxpayers Association does not support Placerville Redevelopment Project

The Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County opposes E1 Dorado County’s involvement in the Redevelopment Plan for the Placerville Redevelopment Agency. Measure A, “Citizen’s Right to Vote on Revenue Bonds Initiative,” was initiated to prevent a Board of Supervisors from “deficit spending” and indebting its residents, employees and boards far into the future, without a […]

Chuck Norris: U.S. Shariah infiltrations

While all eyes this week are on London’s royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton, my eyes are on an opening statement from the U.K.’s Daily Mail Reporter: “Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing (Shariah) on parts of Britain.” Of course, […]

Do you want your property to be declared ‘blighted?’

EDITOR: What is the difference between the infamous Kelo decision and a Redevelopment Agency? The answer can be found and verified in the California Government Health and Safety Code Section, which defines the extraordinary powers given to an “unelected governmental Redevelopment Agency” over the power of an elected city or county governmental body. The majority of […]

Give it up or else

EDITOR: When Mr. Ken Steers appeared on the Mountain Democrat Website with his letter “Tax the rich,” I decided not to reply as he said he didn’t care to know what I think. However, now that it has appeared in the print edition, and given recent events, it is imperative that I answer it. First, […]

Letter delivered after 23 years … and then …

EDITOR: I would first like to thank mail carrier Jacqui, who delivers mail on Lakehills Drive in El Dorado Hills. She went out of her way to get a letter delivered to me, in Swansboro, that was found from 1988. She also wrote me a wonderful note. Channel 10 News interviewed me on the letter […]

The choice for Assembly District 4 election is clear: Dennis Campanale

EDITOR: Mail-in ballots and the May 3 special election give voters a real choice. Dennis Campanale has spent a career as a public servant both as a union firefighter and as a chief. He has much experience in Sacramento as a union representative and fire association representative. Dennis is a lifelong Democrat and will serve […]

Illegals given priority over the rest of us

EDITOR: Today I visited the unemployment office on Briw Road in Placerville and within the building there was a stack of newspaper magazines called: Programs and resources for California’s families; they have joined forces with La Opinion, a Los Angeles paper for Hispanics. Anyway, on the third page, illegal immigrants are encouraged to take full […]

Home Protection

EDITOR: We live in a special place.  El Dorado County acts nothing like the rest of California. We do face a dire dilemma regarding the vast rural areas that can’t possibly be protected by law enforcement, the budget deficit and depletion of law enforcement resources, as well as the encroachment of nefarious individuals from outside […]

Group urging support of roundabout opposition

EDITOR: Friends of Historic Hangtown have become increasingly concerned with the city of Placerville’s pattern of pursuing grant money for inappropriate or unnecessary projects while ignoring the basic repair and maintenance requirements of our community’s infrastructure, particularly the decaying sewer lines and pothole-filled streets. We demand the city get “back to basics” and live within […]

We need a new word

EDITOR: It is time to define a new name for marriage, which used to mean a union of a man and a woman, blessed by God, for the purposes of procreation and companionship. Nowadays, the homosexual community wants society to bless their union with the same rights, privileges and feelings as those granted heterosexual marriages. […]

Not so fast, Donald Trump

EDITOR: I never considered Donald Trump a viable candidate as a Republican representative for president of these United States. Then I was set aback when the media began heralding him as a front runner. It became fishy when he quoted in many speeches the “birth-er” beliefs about Obama. This was strange to me because of […]

Double standard from the left

EDITOR: A classless idiot somewhere in California photo-shopped a picture of Obama, depicting him as a monkey. Horrible, I’m disgusted and it should never be condoned. This was the top story on NBC and CNN, as well as plenty of reporting by FOX. There were many statements from conservatives such as Eric Hoague demanding this […]

Thank you for supporting woodworking education

EDITOR: On behalf of the Society of Wood Heads Only and the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento area, we wish to thank all those who helped contribute to our seventh annual fundraiser for the high school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. We received money and raffle prize donations from many of the […]

Paid-for politicians

EDITOR: How did our politicians (public servants) get so arrogant, you may ask. For decades they have been getting their funding and support from the wealthiest of the world. So it should be no mystery why they have created and allow our laws to favor the rich. Our country has been put deeply into debt […]

January 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged | 4 Replies

Count me as a friend of keeping the train tracks

EDITOR: It brings a smile to my face when I hear a train whistle in the distance. And I think back fondly of a road trip with my two young sons. We were heading down the highway alongside the railway near Lincoln when a train came along with a young rail-rider hitching a ride atop […]

Beth Gaines not the best choice for Assembly

The Mountain Democrat gives its endorsement to Beth Gaines. My rebuttal will be short because I have been sick and am in pain. Beth is not the best choice. She is an unqualified wife who wants to get on the gravy train and get that state pension. You knock Mr. Campanale’s pension as a fireman, […]

The benefits of using solar energy

EDITOR: Hi. My name is Ryan Miller and I would like to share what I learned while doing a school report on the benefits of using solar energy. Most of the electricity used today comes from burning fossil fuel. The problem with that is fossil fuel is a non-renewable resource. We have to rely on […]

Senate Bill 48 skips parental rights

EDITOR: California Senate Bill 48, now tracking its way through the Legislature, would change the teaching of core academic subjects to include the teaching the “celebration” of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual lifestyles. This profound change in the basic education of children would be mandatory, without involvement or opt-out rights of parents. As we all […]

Bail amounts make no sense

EDITOR: I find it interesting that when the owner of Dante’s was arrested for defending his property, his bail was set at $250,000. Then I read today that a man named Vue who was arrested for a crime spree (allegedly)  stealing catylic converters and entering the country illegally had his bail set at $42,500. Who […]

Mixed up priorities

President Barack Obama seems bound and determined to lock in his gross spending. After inviting House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to sit in the front row of his April 13 speech Obama made a point of criticizing him by name. Insults for Ryan and snoozing by Vice President Joe Biden. He keeps thinking raising […]

A dose of Dan: I’m officially sick of sunscreen

I know I have years of lather-ups to endure, and I know sunscreen saves me from premature wrinkles, sunburn or even worse. But all that is blah, blah, blah to me each time I have to rub it on. Every day. Sometimes multiple times a day. The torture. For most of us living in the […]

A new day dawns with Placerville Natural Foods Co-op

EDITOR: “What you eat is more important than where you live, who you know or how much money you make.” That is a sentiment that is echoed in many health publications, and I couldn’t agree more. As a nutritional consultant for over 35 years, I’ve seen the ravages of a poor diet totally collapse a […]

A betrayal of generations

EDITOR: During the two terms of President Bush, January 2001 through January 2009, our national debt increased $ 5.1 trillion, growing from $ 5.5 trillion to $ 10.6 trillion, not quite doubling our debt. Average deficit spending was $53 billion per month. President Obama, in the 23 months ending December 31, 2010, increased the debt […]

I think we’ve been duped

EDITOR: This is another budget year where the Democrats and Republicans are so bound up in their party dogma that they cannot reach a budget agreement in either the state or federal government. Once again, we the taxpayers have to pay the price for their ineptness. If we are to believe these politicos, the cause […]

To my newfound family at the Community Resource Center

EDITOR: When I came here Feb. 9, I was a scared little girl. I had no clue what to do or how to do it. It was a Wednesday and all of you were getting ready to get on the bus (man, was it a night). All of you opened your hearts and gave me […]

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