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Thanks for featuring my grandson

EDITOR: Thank you so very much for the beautiful article featuring my grandson, Alex McDonald, aka Optimiztiq. The article ran Friday, Feb. 18. You really captured him very well. He is such a talented young man and the whole family is very proud of him. BETTY BUTCHER Placerville

Green crazy

Still crazy after all these years. Yes, it’s the Democratic majority in the state Legislature. The California Air Resources Board wants  the state utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. Currently they get 18 percent from high priced windmills, solar and small hydro projects. Now Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is […]

Sharing in the glory

EDITOR: I note Mr. McHenry’s latest letter on Japanese war plans, and I must give him credit for persistence. I again remind Mr. McHenry that the debate was whether there was a Japanese plan to invade Hawaii and then the coast of California. There was such a plan, so that debate is closed. However, Mr. […]

Wisconsin’s governor and Mussolini

EDITOR: The military junta of Egypt recently issued an edict banning trade unions. The first act of Gen. Francisco Franco, when he came to power in Spain, was also to ban trade unions. Ditto for Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler and dozens of far right and far left dictators. Banning unions and a free press are always […]

Redevelopment has not been fully explained to the public

EDITOR: I am very concerned about the Redevelopment Agency that our Placerville City Council has appointed themselves. Meetings have been going on for months. There have been two hearings with the company that has been contracted by the city to help them bring in redevelopment (RSG). Neither meeting was televised that I am aware of. […]

Solar unit recall fired me up

EDITOR: On Feb. 9 I received a recall notice concerning solar inverter units. If you do not have solar you most likely would not have received this. Only solar users were advised. I have written about these inferior products in the past and this just proves it. The media will not be telling you about […]

Kudos to PG&E

EDITOR: It is no fun to be without power for several days in a snowstorm. However, I must say I was very impressed with the manner in which PG&E dealt with the numerous customer outages this past week. The communications were excellent as we were notified often as to the repair crews’ progress. As for […]

Baloney, indeed

EDITOR: “Budget Baloney” is the title of the Mountain Democrat’s editorial of Feb. 18 and it is indeed well-titled. The editorial is riddled with false claims and other baloney; in other words, it meets the usual low standards of veracity the paper has established for itself. As I wrote in a previous letter, the paper […]

Publisher’s ink: Racing through life at the Daytona 500

The sign posted outside the security checkpoint at the airport was prophetic to anyone accustomed to flying these days. “Passengers and their baggage are subject to continuous searches.” Not sure the fellow ahead of me in line understood what the word “continuous” meant until TSA security noticed the giant stuffed kangaroo he was carrying in […]

On track

The Capital Corridor Trains between Sacramento and Oakland set a record for ridership last month as 130,860 passengers rode the rails. The train, which includes service to Auburn and terminates in San Jose, is operated by a joint powers authority and is managed by staff from the Bay Area Rapid Transit System, with connections to […]

The plan died before the admiral’s ship sank

EDITOR: Rear Admiral Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian invasion plan is discussed in Mr. John J. Stephen’s book “Hawaii Under the Rising Sun.” But was Admiral Yamaguchi’s Hawaii invasion plan reviewed and approved by his superiors, that is, by 1) Admiral Yamamoto and 2) the Imperial Japanese Army and Imperial Japanese Navy Headquarters? Or is Admiral Yamaguchi’s plan […]

Medical marijuana: Don’t believe the lies

EDITOR: The El Dorado County American Alliance for Medical Cannabis has been meeting in Garden Valley for 10 years now. We have been involved with many events as well as been involved with talks with law enforcement to help set some guidelines with regard to the possession, use and cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes. We routinely bring […]

Hunters respect our natural resources

EDITOR: It is distressing to see the amount of litter along our roads and in the natural places.  There is a beautiful, small wetland behind Tower Market on Pleasant Valley Road that someone has used to dispose of household waste and undeveloped land on Missouri Flat Road where I have seen abandoned house trailers and huge […]

I don’t trust pit bulls

EDITOR: Regarding the attack on Audrey Johnson and Bella in El Dorado Hills: The owner could have gotten training for the dog since there were three other warnings before this happened. I don’t believe the owner is completely at fault but partly. Pit bulls are just bad news. I had a pit bull that I […]

Thanks for the Aquatic Center, Steve

EDITOR: I want to give a pat on the back to Steve Youel for working so hard to keep the Aquatic Center open here in Placerville. It’s a welcome relief for my family and friends to have a place to work off some calories, relax and have fun. Looking forward to getting wet and cooling […]

I’m not buying John Allard’s garbage

EDITOR: Unless we want to start selling off our state parks, California must soon face gut-wrenching budget choices. Powerful special interest groups will fight for what’s always been theirs, and we need representatives willing to stand up to them. Read the candidates’ statements in your voter information pamphlet. Do we want to elect another good-old-boy […]

Roundabout not on my Top 10 list

EDITOR If there was a “wish list” of the residents of Placerville, I would guess that a roundabout would not make it into the Top 10. I doubt that a roundabout would be on any list at all. I am anxious to see responsible management return to this community. JOHN RUNNING Placerville

Roundabout: By the people, for the people?

EDITOR: Roundabout. Coming to an intersection near you. Yes, the Placerville City Council in its superior wisdom decided it was worth throwing over $4 million of taxpayers’ money toward a project that majority of residents and business owners at this intersection spoke out against. I am talking about the intersection of Main, Cedar Ravine and […]

Who would profit from roundabout?

EDITOR: The roundabout, or whatever the circular redevelopment is called near the parking lot, Sweetie Pies and the Cozmic Cafe, drew several letters denouncing the plan. I, too, think it is totally unnecessary, but the final accounting should be the fact that letter writers George Alger and John Garon are both against this waste of […]

John Allard, no salary?

EDITOR: I’m trying to decide who to vote for as the Assembly representative from the 4th District so I read the one page flier mailed to us by John Allard. The front is full of the motherhood statements all politicians make; no specifics. The back is an attack on Beth Gaines. I would like to […]

Time on their hands

Wednesday’s front page story by reporter Mike Roberts brought to light some unusual legal tussles in the El Dorado Hils Fire Department. The issues seem as obscure as the district’s actual name, which is the El Dorado County Water District. The county water district no longer provides water service. It only provides fire service and […]

Commercial delinquency drops

As national corporations report profit gains it should also be noted that there are some business improvements in California. A report early this month from the California Mortgage Bankers Association notes that the commercial loan delinquency rate dropped to 0.78 percent in the last quarter of 2010. That compares favorably to a 1.28 percent delinquency […]

I learned the hard way … I won’t be smug about the homeless

EDITOR: I thought you might like a report on what it’s like to be homeless in Placerville. I don’t live here anymore, but I have to come down here to go to court. I was arrested last year for battery. My deputy public defender is trying to get the charges dropped due to the circumstances […]

California rambling: Passport Weekends

Passport Weekends has become – in its 20th year — the springtime equivalent of Apple Hill for El Dorado County winemakers. The two-weekend series of wine tastings and food pairings now attracts thousands of wine tasters to many of the 26 wineries that belong to the El Dorado County Winery Association (EDWA). Because El Dorado […]

Trees of El Dorado County: In praise of pine

My thoughts become bright like yon edging of pines On the steep’s lofty verge, how it blackened the air! But touched from behind by the sun, it now shines, With threads that seem part of His own silver hair. — William Wordsworth You sick? Look no further than your own window. What do you see? […]

Billingsley’s bullets: ‘Ain’t life awful’ people can change

If you have a relationship or a marriage with an “ain’t life awful” person, I feel sorry for you. These people will throw a wet blanket over any happy or optimistic thoughts you present. If you say, “It’s a beautiful, sunny day,” they will reply, “The sun causes cancer.”  When you say, “Let’s do something […]

The weekly Daley: Are we really exceptional?

It’s all the rage now to demand that politicians and other leaders include references to “American Exceptionalism” in their speeches and discourse. Folks on the right have bashed President Obama for not using those exact words and by extension clearly not believing that it’s a true description of us Americans. Robert Schlesinger, opinion editor of […]

Budget baloney

President Obama seems to be jumping the gun as the White House is threatening to shut down the government as the Republican House of Representatives begins debating a bill that would complete this budget year by cutting $61 billion from 2010 spending levels. That is $100 billion less than Obama requested. The current budget year […]

Enough, already, with begging to shop locally; it’s embarrassing

EDITOR: El Dorado County is known for natural resources. We have forests, boating, snow skiing, water skiing, hiking, four-wheeling, hunting, fishing — it goes on and on. What we do not have is shopping. So what good does it do to beg residents to pay double for less? This philosophy has been going on for […]

Roundabout — one way or the other, we’ll pay

EDITOR: Why a roundabout in Placerville? I have walked and driven through the Main Street/Cedar Ravine intersection almost daily for many years, and I have never thought that the traffic flow needed improvement. What would be gained? It will certainly eliminate numerous vital parking spaces, snarl traffic for a year or more during construction, disrupt […]

What a waste

For eight months federal prosecutors have traveled to Europe, convened a grand jury in Los Angeles and generally wasted the taxpayers’ money going after Lance Armstrong. Bicyclist Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times and has never failed a drug test. Disgraced former teammate Floyd Landis has been hurling wild and crazy accusations about […]

Roundabout could destroy Cozmic Cafe

EDITOR: The Placerville City Council has finally approved the construction of the roundabout in spite of determined opposition from local merchants, and an apparent lack of need, at least in the eyes of most frequent users of the intersection. The Mountain Democrat’s rendering of the future roundabout has an uncanny resemblance to a “Mandala,” the […]

Right on, Riordan

EDITOR: Thank you, letter writer Jim Riordan, I could not have said it any better. I have never writen a letter to the editor before, but I was inspired when my friend’s daughter came home from “school?” a couple of weeks ago with the eye-popping news that the United States of America is destroying the […]

Blind eyes, deaf ears

EDITOR: Tuesday evening over 400 Tea Party participants got more than an earful when they gathered at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds to meet the candidates for Assembly District 4. They were introduced by conservative talk show host Eric Hogue who provided information on the hottest issues at the Capitol. Also on the agenda that […]

My turn: Don’t kill California’s recovery

With jobless numbers still at record highs, it wouldn’t be right to declare California’s economic downturn over anytime soon. Even so, glimmers of hope are beginning to emerge that the Golden State is inching its way toward economic recovery. Let’s hope the politicians don’t mess it up. In his recent State of the State address, […]

Spend the roundabout money on something that makes sense

EDITOR: In today’s economy, everyone, and this includes city governments, needs to spend their money a tad bit more wisely. And for the city of Placerville to propose the brainless notion, the absolutely absurd idea, that a roundabout would be a good thing, whoever did that needs to get out of office. For the amount […]

Finis … I hope

EDITOR: Mr. McHenry in his recent letter again brings up the subject that will never die: Japanese war plans during World War II. This is getting stale, so perhaps we should put it to bed. The topic was never whether sufficient troops were available, instead the topic was whether Japan had a plan to invade […]

My turn: Stop! Before pushing the ‘send’ button

So you are sitting in front of your computer, in your jammies, enjoying a cup of coffee … shopping. It is so easy. You enter your credit card and expect your purchase to arrive at the front door in a matter of days. You don’t look them in the eyes, ask for a discount or […]

Logic sometimes escapes me

EDITOR: I think I finally understand the logic of letter writer John Garon’s argument to restrict the use of handguns. He is saying if we restrict everybody’s use of the automobile we can curtail the problem of DUIs. As for Placerville palm trees the logic escapes me. Palm trees at In N Out Burger destroy the […]

Chuck Norris: Barbara Bush — ‘No more, you’re killing us

Former first lady Barbara Bush said on Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” this past week: “We’ve got a real problem in public schools. … This is a national crisis. It’s as bad as anything in our country.” When Van Susteren was pointing out from Bush’s own op-ed piece that “Texas (is) 36th in the […]

Try it, you’ll like it

The Druid Monument roundabout appears to have been largely unpopular among those who showed up at the Placerville City Council meeting last week. New to Placerville, roundabouts are used at thousands of intersections in England and at resort communities in Oregon. They move traffic very smoothly, governing access by “yield” signs. Their only drawback is […]

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