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Pleasant surprise

EDITOR: What a pleasant surprise to see a civilized letter from Mr. John Garon (“Call to abolish Department of Education dismally misguided,” March 21). I don’t agree with his position, particularly his attempt to compare apples with oranges in his final paragraph. But at least this time Mr. Garon didn’t hurl any libelous invective at anyone […]

On the right track

EDITOR: In response to your article on Feb. 28 about the Wine Train and the Western Railway Museum: I thought it was a really good story. I did like it a lot. I think you are on the right track when you said the El Dorado County Museum should look into this. I was over […]

We’re in an illegal war

EDITOR: Our presidential pretender has involved America in another war in the Muslim world based on a U.N. resolution. The other countries involved with enforcing this resolution had legislative votes to authorize the action. Mr. Obama didn’t. We are in an illegal war our elected representatives weren’t consulted about, nor authorized. There is precedent for this illegality. Clinton involved America in Kosovo […]

Hoist on their own petard

EDITOR: Through his letter to President Obama, Congressman Tom McClintock had an opportunity to engage his constituents in a teaching moment on the dangerous imbalance of power that exists between the executive and legislative branches. He could have framed this vital constitutional issue with concerns, logic, historical perspective and his own recommendations on what ought to […]

I lost … it was great, thanks!

EDITOR: I am writing to express my sincere thanks to all of the voters, volunteers, donors, endorsers and others who supported my campaign for the 4th Assembly District. Their tremendous work and dedication were second to none. I am especially grateful to my family for their continued encouragement and support throughout the entire process. While we […]

El Dorado Hills Fire Department: Clarifying some details

EDITOR: I’d like to point out a couple of inaccurate statements and incomplete explanations published in your recent article on the state of fire service in our county, specifically in El Dorado Hills. First, regarding firefighter wages and benefits: An El Dorado Hills firefighter/paramedic with five years’ experience earns a base annual income of about […]

Government involvement: scary words

EDITOR: The Kanaka Valley article brings to mind what is considered some of the most frightening words in the English language. “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” It is obvious that the callow and uncaring Bureau of Land Management biologist, Lauren Fety, is single-minded in creating “her” project as she envisions it, the […]

Opposed to closing Cameron Park Skatepark

EDITOR: Cameron Park Skatepark is closed after the community spent $300,000 to build it. Ten short years ago, Cameron Park welcomed a new addition to the community and on April 21, 2001, opened the Cameron Park Skatepark. Two weeks ago the Cameron Park Community Services District Board voted to close the Cameron Park Skatepark based on a continual complaint, […]

New oil shale field

Previously we have pointed out the incredible potential for oil in our own country. New technology has enabled small companies to succeed in cheaply extracting oil from the Bakken shale formation that covers the Dakotas, Montana and part of Canada. The big oil companies had given up. It’s part of what makes this economic system […]

We’re No. 5

We may not have fog in the summer, but El Dorado County beat out San Francisco for median income, putting the city by the bay at No. 6. El Dorado County’s median income, according to new figures from the state Franchise Tax Board, is $43,180, putting us at No. 5. San Francisco’s median income was […]

Roadwork: We could learn from Japan

EDITOR: I just saw a piece on one of the national networks regarding a road that was split down the middle by the devastating earthquake in Japan. One side of the road was about 10 feet higher than the others with the fissure running what looks to be several hundred feet in length. A very awesome […]

Japan and U.S. deficit spending

EDITOR: By now I would guess that most of you have seen videos of the massive destruction ravaged on Japan recently. Recalling the moving images of walls of water and mud inundating, lifting and smashing homes, buildings and anything else in the way and ultimately washing the debris out to sea were, like Indonesia, surreal. The […]

Rep. McClintock’s Fukushima

EDITOR: It is hard to imagine a bigger buster in Congress for the nuclear and oil industries than Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Roseville. At a town hall meeting in El Dorado Hills last month, I heard him vigorously echo the view that atomic reactors produce “clean, cheap and abundant power.” But that was a month before […]

Belltower: 1920s were a time of optimism here

Recently I had occasion to research the 1920s and discovered  a campaign to create an irrigation district. Our paper was at the center of promoting it. Then retired communication chief for the El Dorado Irrigation District, Deanne Kloepfer, contacted me to find out what date the irrigation district vote was reported in the paper. She […]

Are we broke? Financial tsunami looms

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer in a recent letter says that we are not really broke. Well if you were borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar you spent to live, how would you describe your situation? Our debt is huge, over $14 trillion and increasing at a stratospheric pace. We are only maintaining ourselves by borrowing […]

My gratitude goes to Marshall Medical

EDITOR: I recently spent some time at Marshall Medical as a patient. After that I was an outpatient for four weeks. I would like to thank everyone from Emergency to ICU to the regular two bedrooms. Thanks to all the doctors, nurses, aides, all the medical staff, food staff, janitorial staff and everyone else who […]

The weekly Daley: What next?

The other night, just after I finished an intense hour of boycotting Arizona, I thought to myself, “What next?” I meant, what can I do that will have some measurable benefit to the world, society, humanity or just the neighborhood? For several years CNN has held an annual “CNN Heroes” contest. Viewers vote for their […]

A press release blizzard

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” — Oscar Wilde We seem to get a press release a day from Kamala Harris, California’s new attorney general. It’s not difficult to figure out she is hoping to press-release her way into another job. Some of her early actions remind us of the second […]

A solid bank

Another year without a foreclosure. El Dorado Savings Bank recently reported its 22nd year without a foreclosure. Not only that, it increased after tax earnings 2 percent in 2010 over 2009. El Dorado Savings assures itself steady income by keeping its loans on its books and not selling them to one of the government agencies […]

Something to think about: Burn, baby, burn

I’ve discovered some fundamental differences between men and women that have nothing to do with body parts or football/shopping minutes. Women enjoy heated seats and men enjoy burning things outdoors; women need more than one pair of black shoes and men need the Weather Channel. These are not differences that are always true, but they […]

We need some clarity on ambulance services

EDITOR: We need some clarity here. In 2006 the Diamond Springs Community Facilities District (CFD) was formed to defray the cost of community services in Diamond Springs. It was done by referendum (vote), and added a fee to the property tax of each property in the district. Diamond Springs Fire Department does not charge anyone […]

Let’s show some flower power, Placerville

EDITOR: Over the past several years many downtown Placerville merchants have worked very hard to create a beautiful scape on Main Street hanging flower baskets on the lamp posts. Each year a fundraiser is held to add more baskets with the objective to have two on every lamp post. MORE rehabilitation center has watered the […]

Taxes are never ‘temporary’

EDITOR: Somebody clear this up for me. Our Democrat politicians want to “extend temporary” taxes for five years. What will change in five years to eliminate these “temporary taxes?” The Dems don’t want a cap on spending or a cap on pensions so in five years spending will continue to climb and we will have […]

Everybody can vote, but not everybody pays taxes

EDITOR: While campaigning for governor, Jerry Brown promised that he would not raise taxes but would rather seek voter approval for any new taxes. He wanted to have a Special Election in June for this purpose. Most often, Special Elections rally special interest groups to get out the vote in support of tax increases. Special […]

Authorities overbearing as 8-year-old unfairly singled out

EDITOR: Imagine a child age 8 assigned a school project, excited and eager to please. The project assigned is to collect pennies, quarters or any other kind of money and then to bring it in to school the next day. So each child is given a box to bring home and fill with monies for […]

I think we can vote on Placerville city redevelopment

EDITOR: Here is something that people need to be aware of that has not been mentioned during the Placerville city redevelopment process. I looked up the redevelopment laws, California Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Safety (Redevelopment Law). Looks to me like redevelopment can be put up for a vote by city of […]

Fire departments preying on the elderly

EDITOR: The articles in your paper on March 21 regarding our local fire departments and the desire of an outside emergency transportation company to offer services in the county fail to mention a very imporant fact. The fire department is now charging the elderly, who are calling Gold Country Retirement Community home, a not inconsiderable […]

What’s up with the freeway construction?

EDITOR: Why has no work been done for what seems like over a year on the Highway 50 project at El Dorado Hills Boulevard? The traffic is jammed up there all the time and there are extra lanes in both directions that could be opened up with minimal effort. It looks like most of the […]

Lily-white Republicans

EDITOR: The House Republican leadership has decided that the previous Democrats’ administration of the House cafeteria was too “green.” Out went recyclable and compostable utensils, and back came cardboard containers and non-recyclable forks and knives. Goaded by the Tea Party, the GOP chose to bring back the Styrofoam cup, the perfect metaphor for the Tea […]

Kevin Cairns jailed: Shame on you

EDITOR: Shame on you, Judge Douglas C. Phimister. Shame on you, deputy distict attorney Dale Gomes. We were sickened to read the Mountain Democrat headline that Highway 50 Dante’s restaurant owner, Kevin Cairns, was ordered to jail for … defending his personal and constitutional right to protect his own private property. Since there is no […]

Publisher’s ink: March Madness defined

• March Madness for college basketball fans is in full swing. The slogan “March Madness” was coined to describe the craziness associated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament and the hype it creates. Any one of the 64 qualifying teams has a chance to win the national title – even an underdog team representing […]

Anti-logging suit wrong-headed

It hardly seems like news anymore when some environmental group sues the U.S. Forest Service to stop any and all logging. It’s not like the home building industry needs any lumber right now anyway. But the suit over logging at Lake Tahoe is just plain boneheaded. The logging that is being targeted is that being […]

Small businesses beware, no right to defend yourself

EDITOR: As an owner of a small business in El Dorado County it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain myself. I have seen our Sheriff’s Department, the district attorney, and the judges fail to hear and see our perspectives. Small business is what makes up our economic stability and provides the woven fabric of our […]

Restaurant owner in the wrong business

EDITOR: All of the recent problems at Dante’s Restaurant just highlight the need for a few rest areas to be situated along Highway 50. I expect that most of us traveling up to the snow or to Stateline have felt the need for a place to stop at one time or another. This is especially […]

How much has the Garrido case cost us?

EDITOR: Enough! How long has this “Garrido” thing been going on? How much money has this cash strapped county put out on this case? Why don’t you put one of your investigative reporters on this case to tell us how much this is costing us, the taxpayers. How much are we paying their lawyers? The […]

Highway 50 hazard — I’m lucky to be alive

EDITOR: An open letter to Caltrans: Your project to add HOV lanes to Highway 50 has created what I believe to be an unsafe condition at the bottom of the Bass Lake grade on the westbound lanes. As I was traveling on that section of road Feb. 17, during light rain on a breezy day, […]

Are we really broke?

EDITOR: America is broke and we must reduce the size of government! Quick, now, immediately, no time to debate. Grover Norquist, darling of the Tea/Republican Party, wants to drown the government in a bathtub by having it run out of funds. I should make the point that Mr. Norquist wants to abolish programs that aid […]


There’s a difference between shooting a few ducks out of the sky and using an anti-aircraft gun to blast out an entire flock. Senate Bill 523 by Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, falls into the latter category. It is legislative overkill. Among the many legislative proposals for pension reform this bill stands out as ill-conceived, […]

The rural life: My dog, myself

May I someday be the person my dog thinks I am. This adage expresses a worthy goal. A challenging one! Your dog thinks you are best, smartest, kindest person in the world. Endlessly interesting. One hundred percent benevolent. Never, ever wrong. When I think of how my little dog Sadie regards me, it makes me […]

California Rambling: Three Stages earns an ‘A’

There was a giddy question mark in his voice as Dave Pier, the executive director of the region’s new performing arts center, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, completed his introduction of New York City’s Joffrey Ballet in early March.  It seemed almost as if he couldn’t truly believe that a ballet company as renowned […]

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