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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 […]

There’s room for all — keep the tracks

EDITOR: Our entire family has lived in El Dorado County since 1964, mostly in supervisorial District 3 but some of us live in other districts. We all agree with the Mountain Democrat editorial on page A-4 of the April 18 edition that the train tracks should not be destroyed. We all have good memories of […]

Erosion of rights threatens our freedom

EDITOR: In these times, I am amazed at how our state and federal governments can continue to pass laws and regulations that continually destroy our economic base as well as ignore basic common law principles that protect private property rights and are very clearly expressed in the amendments to the United States Constitution, and are supposed […]

Steinberg’s stink bomb

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, has once again shown what’s wrong with the California Legislature. His Senate Bill 653 would give counties the power to tax liquor, including beer and wine, soda pop, car sales, income and sales, as well as oil extraction. He also plans to add school districts to the list […]

Beth Gaines best choice

After coming out ahead of seven Republicans Beth Gaines is running in the May 3 special election against the Democratic man of mystery, Dennis Campanale. Campanale is a mystery candidate because he hasn’t spoken at events in this county and hasn’t even spent enough on his campaign to trigger a filing with the Fair Policitical […]

Something to think about: One confused rabbit

Easter is not my favorite holiday, despite its occurrence in spring, one of my favorite times of year. Maybe it’s because it seems to be so unpredictable. All year long, I’ve been making plans according to Easter being on April 17 and then two weeks ago, I found out that Easter Sunday is on April […]

The weekly Daley: Trip of a lifetime

A couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday morning, I got up, looked outside, didn’t see the sun, realized that I hadn’t seen the sun in a long damn time and thought I was just about to become a hazard to self or others. Winter had lasted too long, and spring wasn’t behaving any better […]

Publisher’s ink: Pollock Pines ‘bears’ all

Imagine driving along Highway 50 and seeing a 20-foot statue of two dancing bears in the vicinity of Pollock Pines. The roadside sculpture is the vision of CEDAPP (Community Economic Development Association Pollock Pines) as a means of drawing attention to Pollock Pines and what it has to offer visitors. Jeanne Harper, executive director, and […]

Franckly speaking: People follow many trails in search of fun

I was about a third of the way through a morning of learning to identify animals from their tracks when the group leader told us something unexpected about the place we were exploring. “People like us, we’re the first to arrive,” he said. “Then the off-roaders. Then the paintball crowd.” The location was outside Nevada […]

My turn: Is too much water a good or bad thing?

By Robert Shibatani The recent storms across the state are quickly fading from memory but once again, it called our attention to the age old California water dilemma: How much water do we retain and how much do we relinquish? Is too much water a good or bad thing? A quick look at the state’s typical […]

Defense underfunded

Despite piling up deficits of $5 trillion and a national debt of $14 trillion, the only thing President Obama seems to be talking about cutting is the defense budget. With three wars going on and the one in Libya not even funded by Congress, cutting defense spending doesn’t look like a realistic plan. It is […]

Medical marijuana shops proliferating

EDITOR: Cameron Park has a sign that reads “Cameron Park, A Special Place To Live. We find this sign humorous. Cameron Park has four medical marijuana shops, three of which are in walking distance of each other. Perhaps that is why Cameron Park is such a special place to live. In checking with the El […]

Placerville Redevelopment Agency: Report to City Council

EDITOR: The Municipal Officials for Redevelopment Reform characterize redevelopment as “The Unknown Government,” an entrenched special interest backed by lawyers, consultants, bond brokers and land developers. It seems Placerville is well within their line of sight. A number of residents strongly object to the Redevelopment Plan put forward by the City Council and the Redevelopment […]

Racist? You decide …

EDITOR: Let’s see, George W. Bush took a balanced budget and ran up a $5 trillion debt, then created the original TARP funding, of $700 billion, to bail out millionaire execs of banks, and no one raised a little finger. Obama takes office, and all credible economists say $800 billion is not enough, but he […]

Thanks for supporting the NRA

EDITOR: The 16th annual El Dorado Friends of NRA banquet and auction was held this past Saturday, April 16, in Placerville. Due to the generous support of those who attended, the 2011 dinner has proven to be the most successful local FONRA event yet with a sellout crowd. Friends of NRA banquets are known for […]

Sacramento Bee … shame on you

EDITOR: Both my husband and I called the same phone number listed in the phone directory for the Sacramento Bee. The two employees with whom we spoke were difficult to understand due to their accents. My husband first called to discuss a delivery problem and felt that he was unable to communicate well with her. […]

Not happy with cancellation of school event

EDITOR: Open letter to Herbert Green School Principal Jason Harm, It has been brought to our attention that the cancellation of Greek Fair for the sixth grade was not necessarily due to the weather conditions but as a struggle of power on your behalf. Many teachers have expressed their outrage regarding the cancellation and proposed […]

I wish the school district would explain its side of the story

EDITOR: It sure would be nice if we could read the school district’s explanation of the counterfeit charges that were instigated against an 8-year-old student, as described in a letter to the editor in Wednesday’s paper. Right, wrong or indifferent, there are always at least two sides to every story. The school district should have […]

Rock doc: Reading the record of the tree rings

Scientists have studied natural climate change for quite a while. Part of what we have learned about past climates comes from tree rings, and thereon hangs an interesting tale going back more than a century. Flagstaff, Ariz., was a pretty small burg in the 1890s, without the street lamps of big cities Back East. It […]

Supervisors’ action on trail is breaking hearts

EDITOR: Hey, wouldn’t it be great to take a train ride from El Dorado to Folsom this time of year when the fields are green and the wildflowers are prolific? That’s the dream of a group of enthusiastic volunteers who have been working for many years to see that very thing become a reality. However, your […]

Unfair treatment of 8 year-old

EDITOR: To Rachael Lynn, mother of the notorious 8-year-old counterfeiter. It was heartbreaking to read how your son was treated, both by his school and law enforcement. How sad for him to be bullied as he was — especially by “grown-ups” who should know better. Can you really photo copy two sides of a bill, […]

Waste management monopoly

EDITOR: I see you call our local ambulance service bullies — what about our own disposal service that will not allow Atlas or Sierra to offer trash service? We were paying $85 a month for a 1 cubic yard container whereas the other two companies offer less expensive service. Is it true that one of […]

What about the parents, Mr. Smith?

EDITOR: I do not have children in the Placerville Union School District, but I know several families who do. I recently read “Panther Press,” the monthly newsletter put out at Markham Middle School and, specifically, the section titled “Sincerely, Mr. Smith” written by Principal Mr. Smith. He gave thanks to many, many local groups and individuals, two […]

Keep the tracks

Don’t say I never warned you when your train gets lost. — Bob Dylan from the song “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry.” The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors is about to make the blunder of the century by agreeing to rip up the railroad tracks from Shingle […]

California rambling: National Park Week

This week is National Park Week, a week to celebrate America’s natural and cultural heritage. In California there are 19 national park units, a lot to celebrate. Yosemite is the best known of our state’s national parks. It’s considered to be one of America’s crown jewels. There are 394 national park units, including such truly […]

The rural life: Gimme shelter

In a perfect world, there would be no need for  animal shelters. People would never abandon their animals, either from necessity or neglect. All pets would be neutered or spayed, to prevent indiscriminate breeding. And no one’s beloved companion animal would ever get lost. But we don’t live in a perfect world, so we do […]

A plan to deal with illegal immigrants

EDITOR: One of the alleged major issues the Paranoid Right likes to harp on is the dilemma of what to do about the undocumented immigrants that reside in this country. The paranoids have floated a number of remedies, but mostly they chatter a 10-word solution to a thousand-word problem. The latest mandate dictated by the incoming […]

Don’t ignore the Lions, please

EDITOR: The pictures that appeared on page A-2 of the Mountain Democrat on Monday, April 11, were great, showing the activities at Lumsden Park at the Kids’ Fishing  Derby held on Saturday, April 9. So what is the problem? Well, we like the Kiwanis Club very much and they contribute a lot of their time […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Sometimes it’s better to shut up and listen

During the last few months I have been teaching a class to help people avoid arguments at home, at work and at play. Some of the lessons include the following advice: When someone is angry with you, don’t react immediately. Let the language and the atmosphere simmer down. Don’t just count to 10 before you […]

The weekly Daley: Yeah, there’s a deficit

This country is suffering from a huge deficit, oh, and we’re up to our eyeballs in debt too. The deficit I’m thinking of doesn’t involve money. It involves candor, ethics, integrity, cooperation, accountability, leadership and self-sacrifice. There’s a whole nation of officials and regular folks out there, whom I like to call the “Ain’t it […]

Eminent domain is government at its worst

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting of March 1 was continued until March 22 for approval of a rezoning application for the Harrington Business Park. The proposed industrial complex is to be located on both sides of Highway 49, in the vicinity of Tower Mart in Diamond Springs. The continuance was caused by […]

Winter homeless shelter closed — Thanks so much for the help

EDITOR: March 31 was the last night of our nomadic winter shelter for the homeless people in our community. The shelter provided a warm, dry, safe place of refuge for an average of 20 guests every night during the coldest months of the year. Our record was 32 people one very cold, stormy night. There were […]

Consolidation inevitable

While the El Dorado County superintendent of schools organizes studies about consolidating elementary school districts, some districts are already doing some sharing. Pioneer and Gold Oak union school districts share a principal. And Gold Oak and Pollock Pines school districts are sharing nurses, transportation supervisors and school psychologists. Pollock Pines provides administrative and food services […]

Another public burden

The State Water Resources Control Board is promulgating rules that will damage businesses, schools and other public agencies. It’s the Industrial Storm Water Permit regulatory process that will cost those affected hundreds of millions of dollars. A draft of the regulations governing storm water runoff was issued Jan. 28, but the state water board admitted […]

Europe is waiting for U.S. in climate change threat

EDITOR: In 2007, speaking in front of Congress, former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon Sullivan said of climate change: “We know we cannot wait for certainty.  Failure to act because a warning is not precise enough is unacceptable. If we wait, we might wait too long.” In May 2010, Sandia and Livermore National Laboratories published […]

Lower taxes again?

EDITOR: In my recent letter “Are we really broke?” I noted the Tea/Republican Party is using scare tactics to convince us we shouldn’t raise taxes on the rich and corporations, while it’s imperative we eliminate government programs immediately. Well, like clockwork comes Representative Dave Camp, R-Mich., who now wants to cut the tax rate for […]

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Publisher’s ink: No taunting allowed for freedom’s sake

A new rule regarding taunting was approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel recently. It stipulates a college football player on his way to scoring a touchdown will be penalized for taunting an opponent. The play will be nullified if the player holds the football out in a taunting manner, does a somersault or […]

Oil, not biofuels

Gasoline around these parts just zoomed past $4 and is heading for $4.25. We wouldn’t bet against gas being between $4.50 and $5 this summer. While gas is driving up the price of everything that is delivered by trucks and vans President Obama is saying the country can cut by a third the 11 million […]

Moral of the story

One has to admire the wily negotiating skills of the Tea/Republican Party (TRP) in their dealings with the Democratic Party (DP): TRP: Today we announce our plan to reduce the deficit by destroying Medicare. DP: Your plan is irrational, but we will give 25 percent toward your position. TRP: No, we want 50 percent. DP: […]

Our sheriff sure impressed me

EDITOR: Last week Sheriff John D’ Agostini stopped by our office driving his personal vehicle on his own time, dressed in full uniform to say thank you for supporting him in his race for sheriff. I was so impressed with his action it put faith back in my heart for political officials. He said, “Please […]

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