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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 […]

California Rambling: Sacred Stones

“Actually, what matters about the monastery is precisely that it is radically different from the world. The apparent pointlessness of the monastery in the eyes of the world is exactly what gives it a real reason for existing. In a world of noise, confusion and conflict, it is necessary that there be a place of […]

The rural life: The bully that neighed

Bullying is in the news these days. Experts caution us to teach our kids how to avoid being a bully, or the victim of one. Bullies get their power from the negative emotions they cause. So the less you react to their taunts, the less likely they are to persist. Animals can be bullies, too. […]

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 […]

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