Friday, July 25, 2014

Watch whom you’re calling ‘conservative’

EDITOR: Although I generally agree with Gene Altshuler’s columns, I fault him for his poor choice of nouns and adjectives used to describe the Tea-Party-addled-GOP. Mr. Altshuler keeps calling these people “conservatives.” As the name indicates, conservative implies conservation, thinking twice before changing a policy. The people that run the TP/GOP are bomb-throwers, intent on […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Fake ‘small farms’ steal from residential EID customers

EDITOR: Poor EID polices have exacerbated the severe drought in El Dorado County. As 35,000 EID residential customers sacrifice vegetation at their homes to reduce water consumption to meet drought goals, EID moves to further relax criteria for the discounted “Small Farm” water category. This seems like very bad policy in light that two studies […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

People of Placerville

EDITOR: The Good: Today was movie day at the Regal Placerville Stadium 8 Theater for some of our residents in the Independent Apartments at Gold Country Retirement. I was helping some of the residents off the bus as the rest lined up to buy their tickets. To my utter surprise and delight a man and […]

Computer scam phone calls

EDITOR: This is a short note to remind everyone that Microsoft does not call you. Scammers may call and say they are from Microsoft and that you have a virus on your computer. They then try to convince you to go to the computer and follow their  instructions. Doing this will then give them complete […]

Support of Director Prada

EDITOR: I’m writing this letter in response to the one that appeared in the Mountain Democrat on July 21 written by Ken Shane regarding Director Prada. Mr. Shane called for the recall of Director Prada based on Mr. Shane’s belief that Director Prada is asking for the increase in EID rates for its users. Obviously […]

Want more water?

EDITOR: Eldorado National Forest management is based on the 1989 Forest Land Management Plan. This plan was amended in January 2004 by the Sierra Nevada Forest Plan Amendment. This amendment created strategies to treat fuels, but has since been limited by Northern Spotted Owl habitat concerns. Actually, the greatest threat to habitat is wildfire. Proper […]

Refugee crisis

EDITOR: The children refugee crisis must be addressed by our paid suits in Washington. This crisis has two fronts: The first front is the logistics of taking care of these children; the initial cost to us could be $2 billion, and after all, they are illegal aliens. This country cannot support these children until they […]

Uphold the Third Amendment

EDITOR: I keep reading letters to the editor about peoples’ concern for keeping the Second Amendment. What about Third Amendment rights? I am much more concerned about people who may want to abolish the Third Amendment than I am about the Second Amendment. Who wants soldiers tramping their muddy boots all over their carpets? And […]

DA hogging Main St. parking

EDITOR: It appears our District Attorney and his employees are above the law. The DA’s office is parking county vehicles on Main Street all day long and the city of Placerville is turning a blind eye without ticketing the vehicles. Why doesn’t the city ticket the DA’s vehicles parked on the street all day long? […]

CAO and staff hiring friends

EDITOR: Assistant CAO Kim Kerr hired her friend to investigate, analyze and prepare a report on the efficiency of the county’s Building and Planning departments. The woman has no experience in the specialized area she was hired. The consultant’s report by Shannon Lowery attempts to review the county’s Planning Department and Building Department functionality and […]

Altshuler’s hypocrisy

EDITOR: I, like most people, have seen hypocritical rants, but Mr. Altschuler’s is tough to top. He complains of the GOP trying to nullify laws by withholding funding. I don’t know how far back he’s going for this little piece of hypocrisy because the Democrat-controlled Senate has never allowed the House to get away with […]

Small Farm compromise

EDITOR: I attended EID’s June 23 Small Farm Irrigation Rate (SFIR) workshop. I planted 30 trees to qualify for the SFIR program last year, with the intention of expanding our orchard over the next three years. We understand that there are a few “bad apples” in the program that abuse it by using water in […]

EID and Dale Coco

EDITOR: The Coco 30 percent rate increase was defeated at the June 23 EID meeting, thank goodness. At least for now. But there’s no telling or trusting what Coco says and does. Recently elected El Dorado irrigation Director Dale Coco has repeatedly and publicly chastised and criticized his own constituents, residential rate payers, for not […]

Letter to Speaker of the House

DEAR EDITOR: This is an open letter to Speaker of the House, John Boehner. This letter is pertaining to the president’s exchange sending five senior Taliban commanders back to Qatar in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. I urge the House of Representatives, through you as its speaker, to initiate two monumental actions. They are: […]

GDPUD misinformation

EDITOR: After attending last week’s meeting of the Rural Community Coalition (RCC) at the Garden Valley Fire Department I am somewhat puzzled by the conflicting information put forth by GDPUD Board President Bonnie McLean. She claimed that the district is saving money by paying the current interim general manager (as well as the previous interim […]

At the crossroads

EDITOR: When for the first time you happen upon the intersection of Main Street and Cedar Ravine Road, you are soon struck by the feeling that you have entered a place of special significance, a place like no other, a location of historical worth, an area rich in community … and thriving. Formed over 150 […]

A thank you note

EDITOR: We would like to express our sincere thanks to a gentlemen named David and an unnamed woman who were first to respond and call 911 when I fainted on July 6 at the Diamond Springs rummage sale. David was very caring and kind to stay with me until the fire department arrived to take […]

Prada belongs in Berkeley

EDITOR: As a longtime homeowner and conscientious water miser, I have low-flow everything, zero lawn, drip emitters on everything I water and no swimming pool. I planted a few olive tree and grape vines to augment my meager Social Security income and provide organic food for my neighbors. I applied for and qualified for Small […]

2014 El Dorado Rose

EDITOR: We were so happy to see Normadene Carpenter honored as the 2014 El Dorado Rose. When Normadene saw the need for a quality preschool in our area, Placerville Preschoolers was founded. That was 1959, and we have been growing ever since. We were honored to have Normadene’s grandchild with us years ago and we […]

Freedom of speech denied

EDITOR: The recent change in the comments section has destroyed freedom of speech on a wide range of issues. We have become constrained and limited. This is no way to run a newspaper comments section unless you want to limit speech. And so I am opting out. I have enjoyed commenting with many of you […]

Is democracy alive in EDC?

EDITOR: I live in El Dorado Hills and participated in a survey for land use in our community in January of this year. I thought it was wonderful that they were getting input from the public as to our priorities for growth in housing, open space and parks, etc. To my dismay, the El Dorado […]

Using Facebook for comments

EDITOR: I fully understand and agree with the paper’s decision to make commenters be identifiable when placing comments on the electronic/Web editions. The comments had become more and more offensive, with more very personal attacks on others, and less constructive content and “accountability.” The number of false-name, brain-dead commenters seemed to be growing with each […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Vendetta against small farmers

EDITOR: The July 2 edition of the Mountain Democrat had an extensive article by Dawn Hodson that reviewed point-by-point Director Prada statements about small farmers’ water use. His statements were then explained/added to/corrected by EID staff. The article clearly shows that Prada has made partial truths or misleading statements about this subject. As a public […]


EDITOR: People, people, people. Why is it when elections roll around, people come out of the woodwork thinking they are qualified to do a job they’ve never done before? I’m thinking there’s no one reading this newspaper that hasn’t applied for a job at least once in their lifetime. And every school teaches kids how […]

Help appreciated

EDITOR: Three young people in our community helped make Snowline Hospice’s Volunteer Appreciation Picnic a very special and delightful occasion. They saw two women unloading two vehicles full of supplies and equipment. They graciously asked if they could help carry items to the gazebo at Lions Park and did so quickly and enthusiastically. After everything […]

Ready for Hillary?

EDITOR: Are we really ready for Hillary? Apparently her campaign slogan seems to think, “Yes.” I, for one, after eight years of Barack Obama, feel this country does not need more of the same, only packaged differently. We must not be duped and brainwashed like the last two presidential elections. We cannot afford the luxury […]

What’s wrong with this picture?

EDITOR: As you all know, California is in a drought. I have let my lawn die to conserve water in hopes of keeping some special shrubs alive and water my livestock. But you can drive around Placerville and watch Home Depot, Kmart, Walmart, Rite-Aid, etc. water all the plants they have for sale and watch […]

Gun control

EDITOR: In Gene Altshuler’s editorial, it was as though a god was speaking to me: “I have listened till I am nauseated” from the “mantras of the simple and weak-minded…” That we members of the NRA have “blood on our hands” and that we “must cleanse them.” Gosh Gene, would it be all right if […]

Business as usual?

EDITOR: The EID board met June 9 in another contentious meeting that dealt with the ruling by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that abrogated EID’s post-1914 water rights. This ruling has immediate consequences for ratepayers in Outingdale that will have to deal with the Stage 4 drought ruling. Tom Cumpston, EID’s attorney, gave […]

‘Prada’ling about with small farms

EDITOR: If you went to grocery store A and purchased five apples for $1 each, you spent $5 for five apples. If you went to grocery store B and spent $1.25 for four apples and received the fifth one free, you still spent $5 for five apples. Mr. Prada would complain that grocery store B […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,


EDITOR: Everything is different now. Struck by a tsunami on March 11, 2011, Fukushima continues to pour radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean unabated. A vast plume of this radioactive effluence has spread across the North Pacific, leaving death in its wake. Its radioactivity, carried by wind and rain, is now falling onto North America, […]

$52 million Sheriff’s Office DOA

EDITOR: It didn’t take a lot of forethought to determine that the $52 million Sheriff’s Office proposal before the Board of Supervisors was dead on arrival before it ever started, but that won’t stop our county bureaucrats from wasting several million dollars of taxpayer money chasing a big, white elephant. Of course, there is a […]

Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt

EDITOR: The Diamond Springs Firefighters Union is corrupt; meaning that the union has shown a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain. The union is driven by greed and other self-interests. They use vicious, unethical methods to try to achieve their goals. The union is not concerned about the well-being of […]

EDC too great for hate

EDITOR: This letter is in response to Edward T. Bernhoft’s letter (April 21), in which he claims to be a “true Christian.” Mr. Bernhoft’s letter is filled with intolerance, ignorance and hate. He feels that homosexuals should not be welcome in a place of business owned by “true Christians.” The dictionary defines a Christian as […]

100+ years and thanks

EDITOR: Our mother, Leona Warren, was born in Placerville over 100 years ago. Mom and our entire family wish to give thanks to three Placerville doctors who have helped her reach this milestone in good health: Dr. Leanne Camisa and Dr. Brand Barnhill (now a “hospitalist” at Marshall Hospital) and a dentist, Dr. James Hastings, […]

Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy

EDITOR: Law enforcement has a problem. They are deeply committed to protecting and serving the community, but how they do that and get home safely each day is a complex story. The Sheriff’s Department provides citizens with the unusual opportunity to dialogue with deputies in a candid, forthright and informative setting. For 17 weeks the […]

Dog reunited with family

EDITOR: I am overjoyed that Murphy the Golden Retriever survived her ordeal in the wilderness and has been reunited with her family. As a “dog mom” and dog trainer, I can well imagine the heartbreak the Brauns went through. I give them full credit for their efforts to find their beloved family member. But I […]

Altshuler’s gun control

EDITOR: Right on cue after a tragedy Mr. Altschuler makes the usual rant for gun control. He seems to like the Constitution as long as there are no costs associated with it. If a senseless shooting occurs, scrap the second amendment. Perhaps he would like to scrap double jeopardy too, that way we could just […]

Plastic bag for Fido

EDITOR: Reading Greg Homer’s letter in the June 11 Mountain Democrat had me laughing so hard that I had to dab my eyes. For those who missed the letter, I’ll briefly summarize it. Mr. Homer urges those of us who walk our dogs to quit using blue plastic bags to pick up after our pets […]

Fellow accomplishment

EDITOR: I’d like to offer my congratulations to Laura Schwartz, El Dorado County’s chief budget officer, who recently became a Fellow through the CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government. She joins 27 other county supervisors or senior executives from around the state who have also earned their Fellowship, including Kimberly Kerr and Terri Daly, […]

Sancho Panza

EDITOR: Who among us will be the Sancho Panza who will politely inform the quixotic EID Director Greg Prada that those small farms and their water rates metaphorically are windmills, not a foul brood of giants to be engaged in righteous battle? It won’t be me. Directors Prada and Day hold the distinction of being […]

EID small farms not conserving water

From 2009 through 2013, EID’s 35,000 residential ratepayers reduced their water consumption 5,000 acre-feet annually. Residential ratepayers further are on pace to conserve an additional 2,000 acre-feet this year. If this pace continues, the cumulative residential conservation since 2009 will be 30 percent. Meanwhile, EID’s small farm water consumption has increased 1,400 acre-feet annually. Contrary […]

Response to editorial

EDITOR: I read the editorial “A confused report” and found it to be surprisingly negative and critical. Although I have not read the Grand Jury report, from what is contained in the editorial, it sounded to me that the recommendations made by the Grand Jury were thoughtful and sound. On the other hand, the editorial […]

Altshuler Machiavellianism

EDITOR: America has become a nation that China’s leaders laugh at and the rest of the democratic world despairs of. Our debt is rising, our population is aging in a budget-threatening way, our schools are mediocre by international standards, our infrastructure rickety, our regulations dense, our tax code byzantine, our immigration system hare brained and […]


EDITOR: I was looking at a map a retired general had made of Iraq and who controlled what. The Kurds controlled the north border with Turkey. The Sunnis (Al Qaeda) occupied the central part and the Shiites controlled the south. My initial reaction was what a waste of effort we had done to try to […]