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This nation’s freedoms were won with guns

EDITOR: Nothing about attempts to limit my right to keep and bear arms is ever simple. The Supreme Court’s recent decision that the Second Amendment does refer to an individual’s right to keep and bear arms settles a very large part of the gun control issue. However, the SCOTUS decision did not address how far […]

Garon’s resolution

EDITOR: I see in Mr. Garon’s latest letter his usual name calling where he calls the Tea Party racists, unreconstructed segregationists and unrepentant bigots. Name calling is, as we know, the last resort of the intellectually bankrupt. There are many names that Mr. Garon could be called but there’s no point in joining him in […]

A good start

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers Wednesday announced a partial list of 70 spending cuts that total $74 billion for the remainder of the budget year that ends Sept. 30. Non-security cuts are $58 billion of that $74 billion total. Rogers is quoted as saying, “These cuts are not low hanging fruit.” We think Rogers is […]

Tom McClintock: What are we getting for your high paycheck?

EDITOR: Congressman Tom McClintock left his Elk Grove home (he never moved into the district) to attend a couple of meetings with his constituents last week, none of whom included El Dorado County people. I guess he doesn’t feel he needs our input. It’s not like he has a tough work schedule. He did the […]

Its about criminals, not guns

EDITOR: In response to John Garon’s letter, how is it you feel the root of all evil and the end of society as we know it can be attributed to guns? Anyone with ill intentions will use anything they can get their hands on to hurt, maim, rob and kill with. You may as well […]

Rebuttal to letter writer John Garon

EDITOR: In regard to Mr. Garon’s New Year’s resolution. I have attended many Tea Party meetings in the past and I take great exception to be referred to as a racist. Mr. Garon, you do not know me, so please do not speak of what you do not know. I voted for Mr. Obama. I […]

Response to Jim Riordan

EDITOR: Jim. I read your letter submission of Feb. 8 with some interest and much confusion. On the one hand, I think I agree with much you have to say. On the other? Well, your tone is a bit rambling and unnecessarily derogatory in your tone. I refer to your use of the word “stupid” […]

Rethink state parks

Persistent budget cuts to state parks during the multi-year recession and proposals for further cuts mean the state is going to have to rethink how it manages state parks and even how many it should have. Who knew there was a 16,000-acre Great Valley Grasslands State Park near Merced? That is among the least visited […]

Publisher’s ink: Senseless … just senseless

Senseless. That sums up the tragic event one week ago today. Our community continues to reel from the aftermath of the shooting death of Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara and ponders the motive why custodian John Luebbers allegedly murdered him. The chaos that ensued from Mr. Luebbers’ reported actions last Wednesday was all too frightening […]

World War II Japan’s war plans for Southeast Pacific…

EDITOR: When exceptionally important questions were to be discussed, the emperor would attend a meeting known as the “Privy Council.” The emperor along with his military staff did review the war plan, dated Sept. 6, 1941, that defined the Imperial Japanese Army and the Imperial Japanese Navy  operational goals in Southeast Asia and the Central […]

My turn: New approaches to funding state parks

The prospect of California State Park closures is again in the news as the state of California deals with its continuing budget crisis. There are, however, private alternatives that should be considered before closing the parks. Increased public funding is no longer an option. The failure of Proposition 21 last November made that clear. Voters […]

News media hardly professional when they chase people in parking lots

EDITOR: I work for the El Dorado County Department of Transportation in Building C in Placerville. Arraignments for Superior Court are also in the same building downstairs. As a friend and I were returning to work from lunch on Friday, we were witness to the media chasing some people across the parking lot. We figured it […]

Regarding letter writer, a couple of points

EDITOR: After reading Monday’s letter from Jim Riordan, two thoughts came to mind: 1. I am very grateful that he has nothing directly to do with the education of our children. 2. If he were in my English class, my first comment about his letter would be that he needs to work on being more […]

Untruths being circulated on the Georgetown Divide

EDITOR: The Georgetown Public Utility District is continually attacked by the e-blast,  an electronic notice that is put out by Divide Citizens for Water (Bonnie McLane). Everyone knows that during an election many things are circulated that are somewhat less than honest but what is the responsibility of a sitting director after they are elected? The […]

Grand Jury Report: Tahoe jail roof issue not fully explained

EDITOR: One of the items published in the El Dorado County Grand Jury Report from the Friday edition of the Mountain Democrat was related to the often leaking condition of the county jail in South Lake Tahoe. As one of the previous “county architects,” I can tell you the cause of the leaks without having […]

One hundred years ago

EDITOR: Sunday was Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday. A couple of human interest items: The first is his fondness for earlobes. I just read his son, in a book recently published, noted his father’s interest in touching earlobes. From the fog of memory, I realized I knew this about him way back in the 1960s. A […]

In the wake of the shooting, some thanks …

EDITOR: I am a parent of a child who attends Schnell School and I wanted to take the time to say thank you to a few people and companies in our community. While waiting to pick our daughter up at the Fairgrounds, Raley’s grocery store took the time to drag pallets of water over to […]

Qualifications, ethics, honesty say it all about candidate

EDITOR: I have known John Allard for 15 years. John was Assemblyman/state Sen. Tim Leslie’s chief of staff for 12 years. He was the chief legislative officer for Cal Fire, is serving his second term as Roseville city councilman and he and his wife Lisa own a small but growing business. John has publicly stated […]

Forced arbitration … heaven help us

EDITOR: We should all be concerned about forced arbitration, a practice commonly used by corporations to evade accountability and take advantage of employees and consumers. Anyone who has insurance, a credit card, a cell phone, cable service, a retirement account, a student loan, or a loved one in a nursing home has likely been forced […]

From a student

EDITOR: For Sam LaCara: Tragedy pains our lives, a death felt strongly and deep. For he who was lost, we reflect upon his life. For him, we remember and weep. ZACH SOMERS, age 16 Placerville

It’s about guns, pure and simple

EDITOR: All the prayers, thoughts and other forms of grief expressed at the shooting of Mr. Sam LaCara won’t help him, his wife, his three kids or his parents, one single iota.  I suggest that all those expressing grief’ at Mr. LaCara’s death put action behind their words. In the mid-60s, the American Medical Association […]

Unsustainable is unsustainable

EDITOR: I see Mr. Longhofer who never misses a chance to reiterate liberal talking points is again putting forth the class warfare issue of tax the rich. Well, bad news for those of you reading his letter who thought his point might lead to a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you […]

Put the plaques back

It seems like we have been writing about this for more than a decade. Still the city stands paralyzed with inaction. The late Carl Borelli installed small plaques along Placerville’s Main Street with the name of each of the 28 young men from El Dorado County who died serving their country in the Vietnam War. […]

Disappointed in our senators

EDITOR: I am totally shocked and ashamed that our senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, did not support the repeal of this anti-American piece of legislation. We Are Americans, not socialist Europeans. These two, who are in the back pockets of the unions, have once again gone against the will of the people. The big […]

What a waste of America’s time

EDITOR: The House of Representatives successfully wasted theirs and America’s time in voting for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and, as predicted, the Senate then wasted more time in voting it down. The Republicans have been sounding off since November (and before) on how jobs are one of the most important issues facing America […]

Animal Shelter defended

EDITOR: I take profound exception to your front-page article regarding the El Dorado County Animal Shelter. Was your point to accuse the shelter of fraud? Was your point to paint Ms. Gratteau as a loving, caring individual? Neither is the case. I have had the pleasure to volunteer some of my time working with the […]

We will miss Sam LaCara

EDITOR: The community has lost a great friend and principal. Louisiana Schnell School’s principal, Mr. LaCara, was the best principal anyone could ever have. He would always be at the drop-off line in the morning to greet you, and he would always be there in the afternoon and wish you a good day. Mr. LaCara […]

California Rambling: Tea party

There’s been a lot of talk in California about tea parties of late, but not the political kind. Tea is experiencing growing popularity across California as the bicentennial of the War of 1812 approaches, whose most lasting effect — some claim — was to have coffee overtake tea as the national hot beverage. Tea rooms […]

The rural life: A nest’s edge

I thought I was prepared for this day. When it arrives, however, I discover I am not. My only child now has her driver’s license, and I must stand back and watch as she pulls away, alone, for the first time. It isn’t as bad as the dream I had, years ago, of sending her […]

Tragedy in a small town

Despite some startling crimes that have happened in the last year, such as the road rage homicide on Newtown Road and the shooting of a mental patient who stole an ambulance, the death of Schnell School Principal Sam LaCara is a shock to Placerville. It is a shock to his family and to the school […]

Perspective on our new sheriff

EDITOR: Sheriff John D’Agostini has selected Undersheriff Rich Williams for the position because he believes he can trust him and has confidence in him. The undersheriff is a unique position in our office of the sheriff. It is the only position in the office that “serves at the will” of the sheriff (hence the term […]

Sam LaCara, beloved principal and friend

EDITOR: We have lost a great principal and friend. Mr. LaCara was more than any of us could ask for. Every day when my mom would drop me off at Schnell School, Mr. LaCara would open the door to our car and ask us how our morning was. When my mom would pick me up, […]

Our prayers are with the LaCara family

EDITOR: Sam. You were all of our children’s mentor and my hero as a single mom when you were the assistant principal at Markham School. My prayers go out to the LaCara family, and our community will greatly miss your smile, your greeting in the morning, keeping the children in check. And your sense of […]

In the wake of prinicipal’s shooting, a call for grace

EDITOR: As we all have tried to process the tragic death of Schnell School’s beloved principal, Sam LaCara, no doubt we, as a community, are a mix of emotions. It’s impossible to comprehend what the LaCara family, and the students, parents and staff at Schnell, are coping with. While we wrestle with grief, disbelief and rage, we need to […]

I’m ‘just a housewife,’ too

EDITOR: I strongly disagree with the views expressed by letter writer Mr. Rouse on Jan. 31. The election for the 4th Assembly District is not being initiated by Sen. Gaines. It was called by the governor. Sen. Gaines ran for the senatorial seat, because then Sen. Dave Cox passed away. Having won the senatorial seat, […]

Water polo coach praised

EDITOR: My daughter’s water polo season through Ponderosa High School and Desperados has been much more than I had hoped for under the guidance of coach Alan Miller. UCLA basketball head coach emeritus John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character … they reveal it.” While I know this to be true from my own […]

Respectful tones, indeed

EDITOR: Letter writer Mr. Giacomo again writes requesting a respectful tone concerning Mr. Alger and Japanese war plans. He is also concerned I signed off a previous letter with “checkmate,” indicating I may have won a debate with him, which he doesn’t concede (his position being I had offered an opinion that he and some […]

Let’s keep the tone respectful

EDITOR: Reference letter writer Mr. James Longhofer’s reply. I thought my reasons for writing a response to your letters were clear but perhaps they weren’t. I most certainly did not single you out nor did I take sides. All I did was express my opinion on Japanese intentions and a desire that we all keep […]

Pinnacles is a treasure

EDITOR: I am writing in support of Pinnacles as a National Park. It is truly a treasure and should be recognized as such. Every time I visit Pinnacles, I am amazed to find a peaceful wilderness so close to a major urban area (less than an hour from San Jose). The park is home to […]

I hope Garden Valley Fire takes grand jury report seriously

EDITOR: After recently reading the story entitled “Garden Valley Fire responds to grand jury” dated July 22, 2010, I was awestruck and amazed at the concerns and comments made by the grand jury to the Garden Valley Fire District board regarding their fire chief, William Dekker. Ironically, these comments were almost exactly the same as […]

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