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Cool bike trail important for youth

EDITOR: This local community has been working on the Cool bike trail since 1996. It would enhance the community and is a safety issue for bikers, runners, and even equestrians. Georgetown Divide Public Utility District did not get a right of way when it put in the line; the line is there by permit. GDPUD has […]

Main Street, Placerville: We’re far from being a ghost town

EDITOR: An observation recently made about businesses closing and how Main Street in Placerville is turning into a ghost town left me with this question: “What are the problems facing our historical downtown?” The following is my attempt to answer that question not only from my perspective as a business owner but also as the president […]

I’ve given up on walking the El Dorado Trail

EDITOR: My dog and I are both senior citizens and a daily walk is good for both of us. When the trail opened at Missouri Flat Road I was thrilled, close to home and an easy, safe walk — or so I thought. Thank you to the Hangtown Kennel Club for providing bags at the […]

Runaway truck: Give us a brake

EDITOR: Once again we get to read about another person starting up their car or truck and driving it straight into a building. And once again we get to hear the same old and worn out, line … “stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.” Let’s assume for a moment that after driving for 40 […]

Branding our wonderful community

EDITOR: Recently Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito wrote a column regarding our plan to build a monument marker, a welcome sign, if you will, on Highway 50 to attract travelers in the hopes of enticing and intriguing them enough to come down off the highway and visit our beautiful community. Economic recovery and maintenance, i.e., increasing our […]

Let’s show our appreciation to the teachers

EDITOR: I’m writing to express our appreciation for the men and women educators working in the Placerville Union School District. Their job is a difficult one, at best, and this year has been an especially challenging one. They have been expected to perform their duties under extreme budget constraints, plus the horrendous aftermath of the Feb. […]

I salute Geronimo — not bin Laden

EDITOR: I get why our Native American population would be offended by the military’s use of the code-name “Geronimo” for Osama bin Laden. There does seem to be some confusion about this, however. Did they actually code-name the person, or the operation? If the operation, then I can see it as a tribute to a […]

Oil scam

Who do we blame for gas that is $4.25 a gallon? Who indeed? President Obama is blaming the oil companies and speculators. He’s blaming the “millionaires and billionaires” for everything. Well, he can blame billionaire Donald Trump for goading him into finally showing his birth certificate, but he can’t blame Trump for gas above $4 […]

A dose of Dan: Rude dog owners, please wake up

Rudeness comes in many forms, and most of us generally try to ignore it. That may be part of the problem, but it feels like a healthier approach than flaring up over everything. Nonetheless, here’s an overdue message to local dog owners: You and your canine aren’t the only animals on the planet, please show […]

Belltower: Rainfall stats hit a bump

I received a number of complaints about not having rainfall stats in the paper anymore. Traditionally those appeared in the Wednesday paper, but that target slipped as PG&E became erratic about faxing the rainfall and temperatures to me. Then all of a sudden they stopped right in the middle of January, usually the biggest month […]

Democracy of the Republic alive and well in El Dorado County

EDITOR: I am angry at politicians who have strayed or intentionally ignored and perverted the word of our Constitution of these United States. Our elected leaders have solemnly sworn “to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” but few take it seriously. Many at the state and national […]

Lay off the medical marijuana dispensaries

EDITOR: Ordinance No. 1059 explicitly bans all medical marijuana dispensaries, yet three are located within Folsom city limits. How could such a violation be rational, or even conceivable? Why would the public demand such a controversial product? The answer boils down to the pure science of medicine and consumer perceptions. In August of 2006 the […]

The weekly Daley:Trip of a Lifetime II

(Last time – I stood at the farthest end of the baggage claim where I’d been standing and waiting for my baggage for the better part of a half-hour. Everyone else had picked up their bags. Sue from Carnival was steaming toward me. I had backed up as far as I could go.) “Come with […]

Upset over new rules passed by House

EDITOR: I’m furious over the new rules the House passed last month in the FAA Reauthorization Bill to make nonvoters count as “no” voters in railway and airline union elections. It’s simply undemocratic, and it makes it so much harder for workers to form unions. This new legislation essentially stuffs the ballot box with anti-union […]

Something to think about: Signs of spring

Robins in the bird bath, blossoms on the trees, Zsa Zsa Gabor becoming a mother again at 94 — all the signs of spring. Tales of the bizarre and miraculous always show up in spring. When Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ninth husband announced in April that he wanted her to have a child to carry on […]

Suicide prevention group appreciative

EDITOR: I want to thank your wonderful staff for supporting our Health Awareness event on Saturday, April 30; it was truly a huge success. Mimi Escabar, Bob Billingsley and Pat Lakey have been here for my organization. We truly appreciate the work they have done on our behalf. They are truly an asset to your […]

Sophistry and an insult

EDITOR: “Defense underfunded” is the title of a recent editorial in the Mountain Democrat. To support its headline, the paper quotes a retired “Admiral Roughead” who, in a lecture given to a gathering — no doubt consisting mostly of defense contractors — compared the puny size of today’s Navy (286 ships) to the Navy of 1916 […]

Choose existence

EDITOR: Last summer we had the Gulf oil spill that reminded us that there is a price to pay with our consumption of oil. They said drilling was safe, but it wasn’t. Now we are looking at the possibility of a nuclear meltdown at not just one reactor, but four of them. This won’t be easily […]

Franckly speaking: Live the moment — consider the birds in the air

I thought the birds were my unique guilty pleasure. Then, about a month ago, we had new friends over for dinner at our place in Lotus. I know they participate in more overtly spiritual activities than I do — at church and elsewhere — but I was surprised, nevertheless, when Marsha said, “I just sit […]

When you object to Obama’s policies …

EDITOR: I’ve heard some interesting points raised about President Obama and anyone who objects to his policies. It seems there is an unassailable notion among his supporters that if you oppose him, it’s not policy driven, but based on racism. So please allow me, a conservative member of the Tea Party, to share my views […]

They weren’t allowed a kiss good-bye

EDITOR: Dale Shafer and Mollie Fry were taken into custody at the federal courthouse on the same day that the White House announced the killing of Osama bin laden. Ironically it was in the shadow of bin Laden’s attack on the World Trade Center, nearly 10 years ago, that this whole fiasco started. There were about […]

Mortgage interest rates: Do the math

EDITOR: In Ken Calhoon’s column published on April 29 he states that “Typically, interest rates on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage have been 1.5 percent higher than the interest rate on the 10-year Treasury bond.” This sounds fishy. Let’s go back to grade school and do the math. If we assume the interest rate on a […]

I look forward to rally to save our schools

EDITOR: I write to you as a native Californian, educated in California public schools and universities. I graduated in the top 1 percent from Mission San Jose High School, which has been ranked among the Top 100 High Schools in the nation, cum laude from California State University at Hayward, and received my teaching credential from […]

Want to see the pictures?

EDITOR: What are you willing to pay? One innocent life? Two innocent lives? How many U.S. service people? I’m shocked to see how many people demand to see the evidence of Osama bin Laden’s death. They want to see the photos. Those photos aren’t worth risking one life. The are not even worth hiring extra […]

Placer canal crisis a lesson

Some may grouse about the cost of upgrading the 22.5-mile El Dorado Canal, but the price of deferred maintenance or doing things on the cheap is on display in Placer County. A 40-foot section of a PG&E-owned Bear River Canal was wiped out April 19 by a landslide under the canal. The immediate impact from […]

Rock doc: Living on a different clock

It’s obvious that miners focus on the highest concentration of gold or copper they can find. And geologists like me are always on the lookout for unusually high concentrations of metals in veins and rocks. We go where the best stuff is, and make a living helping to bring it to where it’s used in […]

Bill would water down grand jury effectiveness

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Grand Jurors Association strongly opposes Assembly Bill 622 … a bill, that if passed, would be very detrimental to the grand jury process: to represent our citizens in reviewing public entity activities, while ensuring anonymity in conducting investigations. Without an assurance of confidentiality and secrecy (which AB 622 takes away), […]

Deny, deny, deny

EDITOR: Recently my granddaughter was denied a Section 8 Housing Voucher by the El Dorado County Housing Authority due to her criminal history. The law states: HUD permits, but does not require, the Public Housing Authority to deny assistance if the PHA determines that any household member is currently engaged in, or has engaged in […]

CPCSD meeting: Audience disrespectful

EDITOR: “Cameron Park — A Special Place to Live.” It didn’t seem very special last night. Last night we attended our first and probably last Cameron Park Community Services District meeting. The format is such that the better part of the first hour was spent on open forum, which is an opportunity for the community to […]

Obama gets Osama

President Barack Obama deserves credit for a successful operation to kill al Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan and burying his body at sea. It is fitting that bin Laden was buried at sea from a U.S. aircraft carrier. The CIA and Navy Seals carried out the operation, losing only one […]

Good work by police

Kudos to the Placerville Police Department for tracking down a couple of punk kids who are suspected of mugging a man downtown at midnight April 25. And we might add the Belgian Malinois police dog and his handler to the praise list for nabbing one of the suspects. We haven’t seen this blatant a crime […]

Publisher’s ink: Cancer Resource Center starts the journey

When Grace walked into the Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., she carried her newest hard cover puzzle book featuring an assortment of mind benders and Sodukos. Working crossword puzzles helped pass the time and at age 69 Grace’s skill level was ranked somewhere close to professional. On that particular day, Grace […]

My turn: Wild salmon? Only difference is political

Enough is enough. I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing all this BS about how wild salmon are so much better than hatchery salmon, and how we need to try and keep our wild salmon runs alive to the detriment of hatchery-raised fish. First, let’s get this straight: Of course, there is no question […]

Thank you, to hard-working teachers

EDITOR: As the Day of the Teacher approaches, I’d like to thank the talented, dedicated, hard-working teachers of the Gold Trail Union School District. These teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a topnotch education for their students. I am delighted that two of my grandchildren live in the district. One attends […]

Placerville Redevelopment Plan — Yes, let’s keep moving in the right direction

EDITOR: Bernard Carlson concluded his recent letter to this paper with an interesting question. Regarding the proposed Redevelopment Plan for our city, he asked, “Is this what the majority of Placerville property owners want for their future?” My answer is, “Yes, Mr. Carlson. This is what we want.” We want our town to retain its historical […]

Ron Briggs, John D’Agostini … let’s move on

EDITOR: In regard to the turmoil revolving around the Briggs/D’Agostini “blow up” I always say “there are two sides to every story.” Supporters of the sheriff see it one way; supporters of Supervisor Briggs see it another. As far as I am concerned, these are two very dedicated public servants who had a difference of […]

Fire Safe Council’s demise: We need the truth

EDITOR: ON March 14 the Mountain Democrat published statements by Ken Hasse and Richard Englefield concerning the current funding troubles of the El Dorado County Fire Safe Council. In my March 16 letter to the editor I said that Messrs. Hasse and Englefield failed to properly meet their responsibilities as the managing members of the EDCFSC […]

National Day of Prayer unconstitutional

EDITOR: Americans who care about their Constitution should be deeply offended by the upcoming National Day of Prayer, a shameful violation of the separation of church and state that set our country apart, and took it out of the dark ages of religious oppression. A law that Billy Graham lobbied the Congress for, during the […]

Local prayer gatherings set for Thursday

EDITOR: It’s that time again. The first Thursday of the month is National Day of Prayer as recognized throughout America by our president and Congress. This 60th year of NDP the theme is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” from Psalm 91:2, which reads: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My […]

Not impressed with sheriff’s presentation

EDITOR: Open letter to El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini: I would like to open my letter by stating that I voted for you. I did so because you campaigned on a platform of reform — more specifically a promise to disband what some outside of the Sheriff’s Department call the “good ol’ boys club.” […]

Rock doc: Giving you more time to eat your potatoes

One of my mother’s friends was raised decades ago on a few acres at the end of gravel road in Idaho. As she puts it, her family’s basic challenge was eating what it produced before other critters did. In other words, it was useful to consume the eggs in the henhouse before the foxes got […]

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