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Abortion: We’re stuck on two choices

EDITOR: Let’s face reality: Every time an abortion is prevented, an unwanted child is born to a woman from our poor or middle class. Women in our upper class have always had easy access to safe abortions. We know that unwanted children flood our social services, prisons, mental health facilities, addiction treatment programs, welfare rolls, […]

Restructuring unions is the right idea

EDITOR: Mountain Democrat columnist Chris Daley wrote (“What’s up with Wisconsin”, Feb. 25), “It’s about demonization.” He is correct. Demonization is truly alive but it is coming from the media and directed toward the wrong people. In typical form, Mr. Daley favors the left as he shows bigoted distaste for (now red) Wisconsin and similar […]

Public sector unions: Taxpayers asked to pay too much

EDITOR: I see Mr. Garon submitted his usual left wing diatribe in support of the unions against the evil employer comparing the evil employers to Hitler and Mussolini. The only problem is that the current situation with public sector unions is slightly different. Usually the argument is between the downtrodden working man and the rich, […]

Obama gay marriage reversal

EDITOR: After the general election some pundits were saying that President Obama had moved to the center. Well, I believe the latest declaration from Obama that his administration would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act signed into law in 1996 clearly signals that he never left his leftist base. I believe that this […]

Don’t think redevelopment, roundabout are done deals

EDITOR: Don’t ever be fooled into thinking there is no hope. When you hear, “It’s a done deal,” or “The decision has already been made,” take a step back and consider who is speaking and what they have to gain by making those statements. In the case of the city of Placerville, the motive – […]

Publisher’s ink: Wisconsin becomes Ground Zero

It was only a matter of time. Someone had to make the call and get serious about balancing their budget. So when Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stepped up to the plate to lay out his plan, the state’s public unions balked and Senate Democrats walked. Civility has taken a back seat in Madison, Wisc., as […]

Forget light and bubble shows for fish and remove toxins from canals

EDITOR: Boy, talk about wasted taxpayer dollars. State Department of Water Resources and federal Bureau of Reclamation spending our tax dollars to install water bubble and light shows complete with annoying sounds to try to reroute salmon. Don’t you idiots think that the predators will simply follow the salmon, because they are, well, predators? Geeze, […]

Debt ceiling increase is unconscionable

EDITOR: Congress raised the federal debt ceiling (the amount of borrowing the federal government cannot exceed) on our national debt by almost $2 trillion just a little over a year ago. The deficit spending has continued and our newest debt ceiling (over $14.2 trillion) will be reached sometime this May. Congress will again vote on […]

Thanks for saving my beloved horse’s life, officers

EDITOR: Thank you to the California Highway Patrol, El Dorado County sheriff’s officer Bill Turnbull and Animal Control. To officer Patty Perry, Thank you so much for saving my horse Tucker’s life. I am so sorry for all of the trouble he caused. Early in the morning when it was still dark, a panel slid loose from […]

Gun control and Switzerland

EDITOR: Am I mistaken, or wasn’t it letter writer John Garon who, a couple of years ago, made the flat statement that Switzerland had abandoned the practice of having men who had served a hitch in their military keep their service rifles in their homes? The rifles they keep at home are a type that […]

Garrido sentence: They’re asking for mercy?

EDITOR: Not a day less and at least double Jaycee’s time kidnapped. Now upon hearing that the Garridos are possibly pleading guilty to try to get “mercy” from the court in their sentencing, I firmly say: Not a day less than the 18 years they held Jaycee Dugard for, no parole possibility, but a more […]

Yahoo for the sheriff

EDITOR: Thank you for publishing my letter to the editor on Feb. 14 entitled “Do-it-yourself Sheriff’s Department strikes again.” After reading the eight responses my letter generated on your Website I realized the error of my ways. Clearly I failed to articulate my reasons for writing the piece; no it wasn’t because one deputy may’ve had […]

Pollock Pines looks like a war zone

EDITOR: Hi there. Well the storm has passed and another is on the way. We had a cleansing of the earth. Pollock Pines was a war zone; many trees and lines came down. Power was off in many parts. We were without power for almost five days. We had no mail and no paper, no […]

Redevelopment plan and eminent domain

EDITOR: Vicki Clark’s letter of Feb. 25 about Placerville’s Redevelopment Plan raises the subject of eminent domain. As pertains to the Plan, so far this has flown well below public radar. Eminent domain — the power to take private property for “public use” – is the method by which a Redevelopment Agency ensures targeted “property […]

Thanks to the ‘closely knit’ group of Placerville

EDITOR: This is a note to recognize and publicly thank the “closely knit” group for their continued support of deployed servicemembers. This group makes afghans, which are mailed to forward deployed and hospitalized servicemembers. It is comforting, as a servicemember, to know that support has not wavered over the years. LTC LAURALEE FLANNERY Placerville

Roundabout: A note to the Placerville City Council

EDITOR: The proposed roundabout at Cedar Ravine and Main Street in Placerville has achieved something heretofore thought impossible. Conservatives and people as far left as letter to the editor writer Mr. John Garon find themselves in total agreement that this project is an ill concieved waste of money that creates more problems than it solves. […]

More water

Propelled by strong doubts by U.S. District Judge Oliver W. Wenger about the current water regime, the interested parties have reached an agreement. The agreement signed by the Westlands Water District and environmental groups will increase water pumping from the Delta. The deal only runs through June 30 and allows pumping so long as smelt are not […]

We want the American Dream back

EDITOR: In response to Chris Daley’s column of Feb. 25: So Wisconsin is the epicenter of the conflict of public employee unions and the fat cats from the other side. I don’t think so, no matter how you spin it. You say Big Business, corporations and such donated $800 million to political campaigns. If so […]

McClintock needs to look at the facts

EDITOR: I went to Congressman Tom McClintock’s Town Hall meeting last week and the main theme was cutting funds to “Obama-care” and how the deficit would be the demise of this country. We need to cut spending because we don’t have the money. Then someone asked him about the 61 corporations not paying a dime […]

My turn: Resistance to U.S. Forest Service restrictions finally shows

Finally! I have been complaining about the new U.S. Forest Service restrictions since they first came out for public discussion in the Eldorado National Forest — but public complaints were few, and they passed draconian restrictions that are even now in effect. Initially, what happened was that President Bush signed off on rules for restricting […]

Belltower: Two approaches to railroad tracks

With about 20 miles of railroad track left in El Dorado County there are several options for its use in addition to a hiking and biking trail. Earlier this month I sampled two different options — the Napa Wine Train and the Western Railway Museum near Rio Vista. The Napa Wine Train is a premium […]

A dose of Dan: Struggling with indifference on fate of Sacramento Kings

I’m rarely short on opinions. Being a relatively informed person with a nose for news and a penchant for writing, I generally have a take on most matters. But I find myself surprisingly apathetic about the fate of our Sacramento Kings. Of course, we’ve all heard news reports speculating that the Kings are in talks […]

Labor politics brought to foreground

EDITOR: The events in Wisconsin surrounding Gov. Walker’s legislation stripping some unions of some of their collective bargaining rights has brought labor politics to the foreground. So called “righties” want to kill unions.  “Lefties” want to maintain the status quo. I think there is room for improvement. The funny part is where each position falls […]

Take this check, please

EDITOR: Open letter to Guiding Hands School Principal Starranne Meyers: I recently read in the Mountain Democrat newspaper that a man came to your school and stole the money your students had been collecting for cancer patient, “Pennies for Patients.” Even in our hard and trying times today, I think this is despicable, that someone […]

Impressed with caring, kindness and professionalism

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to thank, again, the young man who, at the height of last Friday’s storm, stopped to assist me from a 2 foot berm in my driveway to my daughter’s car. I would also like to thank, again, the very nice employee at PG&E who called me back almost immediately […]

A good start

Sheriff John D’Agostini is off to a good start by ending the annoyance of making everybody who has been burglarized fill out an online report. We give him an A+ for saying a deputy will come to take a report. “People aren’t trained to determine whether evidence exists at a crime scene,” D’Agostini said. Not […]

Don’t buy online — shopping locally is best for everyone

EDITOR: There are a number of compelling reasons for shopping locally. First, when you buy locally you are buying from your friends, neighbors and people who care about you and our community. They may be a Little League coach, a member of a service club that donates thousands of dollars and time to local causes, […]

Something to think about: Have you hugged a snollygoster today?

Surly, slovenly and wretched — not the alter egos of the Three Stooges — just three words I miss. It’s not that I actually use them, it’s that no one really uses them anymore, although surly would be an apt descriptor of Lindsay Lohan’s court behavior, wretched sums up our current economy and slovenly, well slovenly could describe a […]

The weekly Daley: What’s up with Wisconsin?

I’ve been to most of the lower 48 states, but I’ve never been to Wisconsin. And if I were there right now, I’d be down at the Capitol in Madison carrying a sign. I read an interesting factoid earlier this week that said public employee unions kicked in something over $200 million for candidates and […]

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 […]

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