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Charles Krauthammer: The ‘establishment’ nonsense

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent […]

Board majority sell-out

EDITOR: On Dec. 15 four members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted to gut our General Plan and vastly increase the density of zoning in rural areas. In doing so Supervisors Ron Mikulaco, Brian Veerkamp, Michael Ranalli and Sue Novasel violated the California Environmental Quality Act by approving targeted General Plan amendments […]

Use your intelligence, Gene

EDITOR: Not certain why the editor continues to allow Gene Altshuler to publish insults to men of the white race and religious people. Criticizing the Tea Party or the Grand Old Party is one thing but racial and religious insults are very offensive. If you allow one you should allow the other and in a […]

Hit in the head

EDITOR: I’ve been off the net because of a broken head. I will soon return. JAMES E. LONGHOFER Placerville

Mark Shields: Cracking the code of campaign-speak

“Do you ever get the feeling,” asked humorist Robert Orben, “that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?” But even after real, live Americans actually do vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, somehow we always seem to be left with more winners than losers. Because you, dear […]

Who’s the real phony?

EDITOR: A reader recently accused me of being a phony after I had accused Obama of shedding phony tears during a Jan. 5 press conference. In my letter to the editor I asked where were Obama’s tears for the mutilated embryos harvested by Planned Parenthood. The reader based his phony label of me on his […]

EID disaster

EDITOR: Something stinks at the El Dorado Irrigation District and I think the smell is affecting how things work over there. Don’t let the muck confuse you. There are a few questions I feel would help the ratepayer understand exactly how corroded things are at EID. Does one think that this rate hike idea just happened? […]

Tahoe seniors delighted

EDITOR: Finally, a light-in-the-tunnel pertaining to the city of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County negotiations regarding our South Lake Tahoe seniors and the senior center/buildings/area/etc. It is about time the county enters formal negotiations so that the city can work out its long-term improvements and at the same time keep our Tahoe seniors content. The […]

Help wanted

El Dorado County lost something important in November 2014 — a permanent, full-time chief administrative officer. When will we get it back? That’s a question for interim CAO Larry Combs and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, both of which have taken minuscule steps toward filling that post thus far. On Dec. 15, 2015, the […]

Are you hornswoggled?

EDITOR: Once you understand our current government has been put together with deception, stealth and incorporation for profit, all without the consent or knowledge of the people, you begin to understand why America is not the same country that attracted millions of immigrants wanting to live the American Dream. The American Dream had to die […]

Teacher shortage

EDITOR: Recently TV has made mention of a shortage of school teachers. I wonder why? My daughter taught high school in El Dorado County for 15 years. One of the things I learned from her was that it is easier for the school system to control a teacher on payroll than angry parents who know that their child is […]


EDITOR: I have to admit a significant degree of amusement upon reading Gene Altshuler’s attack on the Republican candidates under the title “The Grand Old Party no more.” Only someone like Mr. Altshuler, who has raised denial and myopia to an art form, could attack the Republican candidates when his own party, the Democrats, have a […]

The Weekly Daley: Life after Iowa

So the post-Iowa hype has instantaneously evolved into the pre-New Hampshire hype. Other than the presidential campaign there doesn’t appear to be anything else going on in our world. Oh, Super Bowl of course, but whatever happened to that ISIS thing that was all “front page” not so long ago? And although the stock market […]

Hands up, don’t shoot?

EDITOR: As much as people want to create tension by saying just how different we all are in the U.S. of A. I would like to take a moment to celebrate our similarities that, to me, prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are all of one people in this great society of […]

Another opinion on Upper Broadway police station

EDITOR: While I agree with Placerville City Councilmember Wendy Thomas that property owners need to step up and clean up their buildings and surroundings on Upper Broadway where the Dollar Tree and grocery store anchor the strip mall, the city also has a role to play. How is the City Council going to encourage these property […]

Disdain and disgrace

EDITOR: We have traded-in “the man with the dream” for the fool with the nightmare. We are not afraid of infant and grandmother refugees. We are afraid of arrogance, intransigence and ignorance in those we have entrusted with governance. It is the duty of the president, sworn under oath, to protect the people against all […]

The three-cornered fight for the soul of the GOP

It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie Sanders, whatever his current momentum, winning the Democratic nomination remains […]

Opinions and facts

EDITOR: Mr. Herb Stone’s Jan. 15 letter states: “While Mr. Altshuler is welcome to his own opinions regarding ‘gun safety’ he is not entitled to his own version of the facts.” I agree, Mr. Stone, so let’s look at your “facts” and the difficulty of navigating the complex, murky and often contradicting data involving guns, […]

John Stossel: Running on empty

Cars run on fuel. Politicians run on votes, and they’ll do almost anything to get them. That includes supporting mandates that force us to use ethanol, a fuel made from corn that Iowa farmers grow. They support ethanol because Iowa is the first state to vote on presidential candidates. Candidates want to look strong at […]

Altshuler’s insults

EDITOR: Liberalism is a mental disorder. Gene Altshuler displays this every time he writes something. Now he can see into the hearts of Republican voters and all he sees is hate, especially from white males. The only thing worse than a racist is someone who hates their own race — in a black-and-white paper Altshuler looks […]

Respect other drivers

EDITOR: To the driver going 10 mph on Sly Park Road: Driving cautiously is OK but not this slow. You’re collecting a long line of cars. It’s a tell-tale sign that you’re scared of falling snow. Can’t you see that the road is just wet, not icy or covered with snow? As you creep up the hill, not using […]

Helping the homeless

EDITOR: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words from the Declaration of Independence do not appear to apply to people without houses in Placerville. Homeless […]

Herd immunity doesn’t work either

EDITOR: I’m not a scientist and don’t have a degree in immunology, but I’ve seen first-hand how flu vaccines, in particular, are of questionable benefit and potentially harmful. Here’s a few facts: No double-blind, credible studies have ever been done to prove the flu vaccine is safe and effective. Some people have adverse reactions to components […]

Alternative treatments

EDITOR: What an excellent article written by Dawn Hodson, “Cancer patient takes road less traveled,” about Jody Mello’s decision to choose alternative treatments rather than the standard protocols of chemotherapy and radiation. It substantiates my own journey for the past two years with breast cancer. Thank you so much for publishing what is often considered a sensitive and conflicting […]

Staying true to our anthem

Is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Do we really live up to those words from our national anthem? For a few years now, columnist George Will has been writing about how rulemaking-obsessed governments at all levels are creating an infantilized citizenry. In a recent column, he provides […]

Clay Street problems?

EDITOR: In reading article after article “City mulls bridge’s fate” (Jan. 8 Mountain Democrat) I see this extreme push to realign where Clay Street intersects Main near Cedar Ravine. The powers that be speak endlessly of the terrible intersection where Cedar Ravine intersects Main. I use that intersection multiple times every day. It’s one of […]

Phony claim

EDITOR: Arjil …what a phony! Your latest attempt to denigrate our president was blatantly pathetic. Where is your evidence that Planned Parenthood sold fetal body parts for profit? Federal law expressly prohibits such a sale, and Planned Parenthood has not been charged with a violation of that law so your claim is blatantly false. BILL […]

Lincoln’s railroad ties

EDITOR: A story has been told about Abraham Lincoln and railroad ties. During Lincoln’s presidency, America’s transcontinental railroad was under construction with Lincoln’s support. The transcontinental railroad was expensive both in labor and material. Each mile of track required 100 tons of rails, about 2,500 railroad ties and about three tons of spikes and fish plates to join the rails […]

Charles Krauthammer: The GOP gets the Iran prisoner swap wrong

Give President Obama credit. His Iran nuclear deal may be disastrous but the packaging was brilliant. The near-simultaneous prisoner exchange was meant to distract from last Saturday’s official implementation of the sanctions-lifting deal. And it did. The Republicans concentrated almost all their fire on the swap sideshow. And in denouncing the swap, they were wrong. […]

EID general manager responds

EDITOR: In the recent letter to the editor “EID board ignores ratepayers’ protests” Darwin Throne indicated that the El Dorado Irrigation District board ignored the many ratepayer protests voiced during the Jan. 11 rate hearing. The board and staff listened very carefully to the approximately 30 people who voiced their concerns at the three-hour hearing — both […]

When it comes to water, safety comes first

EDITOR: Let’s keep water rates as low as possible. Better yet, let’s find a cheaper source of water and reduce rates — a laudable goal of the Flint, Mich., water department and presumably the city council. The city’s primary obligation, however, is not to save money; it is to provide safe, reliable drinking water. Safety should always trump cost […]

Empty Bowls left our hearts full

EDITOR: The generosity of our community continues to grow each year. More than 700 people attended the supper and we will donate more than $21,000 to help solve the problem of hunger in our community and in the highlands of Peru. We had an outpouring of volunteers and business support. Special thanks to all the people who […]

New sheriff’s complex

EDITOR: Though the size and location of a new sheriff’s administration building can be debated, the need for one is obvious. The current building was built for the size of the department in the 1970s. Our sheriffs since Sheriff Pacileo have lobbied the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to provide a complex to help […]

Mark Shields: Campaigns do matter, but so do candidates

If you’ve heard this story, please don’t stop me. A major pet food company, after years of secret laboratory research by an expert crew of canine scientists, had actually formulated a new and manifestly better dog food. To introduce its creation, the company recruited an all-star marketing, packaging and advertising team. The label for the […]

Save the turtles

EDITOR: I am Ammon Holt, a sixth-grader. I found something sad and wrong, but also true. Did you know that the Western Pond Turtle species is declining rapidly? I am going to find out why this is happening and some ways to help. These turtles are the last type of native freshwater turtles. The turtles are […]

I love my school

EDITOR: My name is Mary Reeves and I am a sixth-grader at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I love my school and I want others to know about it. I am hoping you will spread the word about my school. Have you kids ever wanted less homework and more educational projects? Our school’s name […]

Alcohol problems

EDITOR: Every year in the U.S. roughly 5,000 people younger than 21 die from alcohol-related accidents — car crashes, suicides, homicides, alcohol poisoning and other alcohol-related incidents. Whoever is in charge of the laws should change the law about alcohol. Make drinking alcohol a lot harder for underage individuals and keep our community a little […]

A generous start to the new year

The 2016 fundraising season has begun for El Dorado County’s many non-profit organizations and already local generosity has impressed us. At the recent Boys & Girls Club Heroes Night, generous supporters kept the bids going during the live auction and raised thousands for the organization that reaches out to our young people and helps them become productive, responsible and […]

Say no to Obama

EDITOR: I am in the sixth grade at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I am doing a persuasive writing project in my class and I want to challenge the people of El Dorado County to listen to me for a while about what’s going on in our country and the world. I think people […]

Concealed carry permits save lives

EDITOR: I am in sixth grade at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I am writing you this letter in hopes that it will be published in the Mountain Democrat. Guns are used 2.5 million times a year for self-defense so we should try to lower the amount of situations where people will have to put to […]

Be nice to animals

EDITOR: My name is Hayden Bean. I am from Camino Elementary School. I think people shouldn’t harm their animals. Many people harm their animals or other people and I think it’s cruel to dogs and cats. Please get this in the newspaper so to tell everyone who harms their animals. Maybe soon animals could die from […]

We need to defend ourselves

EDITOR: I am a sixth-grade student at Camino Science and Natural Resources Charter School. I think more people should be allowed to have guns. When terrorists attack we need guns to save our lives; we need to defend ourselves. So we need to give more people guns. Even if people get a concealed weapon carry […]

No growth doesn’t work

Wonder of wonders, I thought the day would never come when I agreed with an editorial in this paper (“An Appealing Project” Jan. 15). The unsigned editorial supports the planned apartment complex at El Dorado Hills Town Center. After carefully listening to the counter arguments I have found them specious and near-sighted. The opponents, cloaking […]

Rule of law

EDITOR: Mr. Altshuler, in his column on abortion, frames the argument as the rule of law versus religion. Really? Then let me enlighten him on the law. You can argue as to the money being paid for body parts, but Planned Parenthood as exposed in the videos was clearly in violation of the law regarding […]

Subsidence and flooding

EDITOR: Subsidence is not by Mother Nature, it is man-made. It is caused by over-drawing water from underground (UG) aquifers. Let me be clear we all need fresh water; thus you with UG water pumps need not be disturbed. This article is addressing huge UG water pumps by city municipalities, Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of […]

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