Monday, November 24, 2014

Nothing to hide?

EDITOR: The NSA has this motto: “If You Have Nothing to Hide, You Have Nothing to Fear.” On that basis NSA records virtually all information transmitted via phone or internet. This data includes public transmissions as well as private. According to the Constitution, We the People have formed our government to activate the American dream of […]

Wisdom from the singer Donovan

EDITOR: Tectonic plates shift and volcanoes erupt above and below the sea, resulting in alterations in continental shorelines and shifts in ocean currents … and climates change. To claim that human activity significantly influences climate change is like saying that I can increase the power of a hurricane by turning on my portable fan. Like the […]

State AG attacking miners

EDITOR: Miners are being thrown under the wheels of a fast moving socialistic train. California Attorney General Kamala Harris is trying to get the Supreme Court to de-publish the Rinehart Decision ref: People vs Rinehart C074662. The decision to publish this gives the California gold miner a leg up on Center of Biological Diversity; they […]

Are we done now?

EDITOR: Reference Mr. McGee’s letter, “Military Votes.” Myself, Ike, and Art had the right to not vote. Mr. McGee had the right to vote. Are we done now? JAMES E. LONGHOFER, Colonel, USA (Ret.) Placerville

Plastic bag challenge farce

EDITOR: Ms. Coffin’s letter asking us lemmings to use only reusable bags for a month is misleading in what it doesn’t tell us. First, the cost would be 10 cents per bag, and this will apply to paper bags as well. If you have such a problem with plastic, then why charge for paper? The […]

Prada’s censure — the truth

EDITOR: On Nov. 10 EID’s Board of Directors “censured” Director Greg Prada for “threatening litigation” against any ratepayer that voiced an “opinion” contrary to his own. It had nothing to do with “telling ratepayers the truth” as claimed by Prada. The “truth” will come out. That’s why Director Prada is trying very hard to suppress […]

Common Core, Chapter 1: Where did it come from?

EDITOR: One of the main claims from Common Core supporters is that it is “internationally benchmarked.” In 1984, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) published a 51-page paper titled, “A Methodological Guide to the Application of the Notion of Common Core in the Training of Various Categories of Educational Personnel.” This paper covers […]

CAO research

EDITOR: I’ve been following Larry Weitzman’s articles with interest. I am confused about a couple of things. First, employees let go from another county or any job for that matter and why, is confidential information. The only thing a new employer can ask is “Will you rehire them?” or words to that effect. Larry reflected […]

EDHS student behavior response

EDITOR: Mr. Almar, while I was not in attendance at the football game at El Dorado High School last Nov. 7, I can sympathize with your disgust about student behavior. However, I disagree with the blame you placed on the principal and staff of El Dorado High School. The blame falls directly on the parents. […]

Plastic Bag Challenge for Sarah Coffin

EDITOR: Dear Sarah, In your letter to the editor on Nov. 19, you express the virtues of reusable bags. Did you give any thought or consideration to the many ways a plastic grocery bag can and is used? Or if a reusable bag is not kept cleaned or washed properly they quickly become unsanitary, not […]

Military votes

EDITOR: Let’s correct the falsification — Mr. Longhofer, your letter to the editor in the Oct. 27 issue of the Mountain Democrat, stating Rep. McClintock as presenting an alleged sin against Mr. Art Moore. Well, Mr. L., I am 22 years retired military and I can assure you I voted as much as I could […]

One if By Land

EDITOR: “The most important American addition to the World Experience was the simple surprising fact of America.” — Daniel J. Boorstin Since the beginning of the 17th century people have braved great hardship to come to this “magic” land called America, escaping political oppression, religious persecution and/or poverty. For the first 250 years, or so, […]

Common Core, Chapter 2: The ‘New Math’ again…

EDITOR: Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Common Core math is based on the “New Math” from the 1960s and 1970s and again in the 1990s. The book published in 1973, “Why Johnny Can’t Add,” by Morris Kline, details the failings of […]

Republicans in charge

EDITOR: Republicans now have the House and the Senate. The “Party of No” must now become the “Party of Yes.” Can they do it? I don’t think so. They will continue to support the 1 percent while the middle class and poor are given the backs of their hand. Many of the voters in El […]

Excellent article

EDITOR: The El Dorado County California Chapter of People to People International members were indeed impressed and grateful for the excellent article (Oct. 20) by Pat Lakey concerning the Joan Barsotti monument dedication at the Wakamatsu Tea & Silk Colony. Both the Barsotti Memorial and the Okei-san gravesite at the Wakamatsu colony farm are historically […]

Crystal Citadel

EDITOR: Before the Board of Supervisors’ vote for an $80 million-plus Crystal Citadel on a hill, they need to live up to the more pressing problems of this county. The roads of this county could really use those $80 million dollars more than a new Sheriff’s Office. I have lived in this county all of […]

Election humor

EDITOR: Now that the election is over, it is time for some humor: • “If God had wanted us to vote, He would have given us candidates.” — Jay Leno • “The problem with political jokes is they get elected.” — Henry Cate VII • “We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to […]

Old white guys letter

EDITOR: Thank you, Ken Steers, for your witty and perceptive letter regarding “Old white guys voted.” It is on the refrigerator for all my family and friends to read. Your research was thoughtful and thorough. We have shared it with some of our black friends, Mexican friends and gay friends … who just happened to […]

Jack Jordan supporters

EDITOR: To the supporters of Jack Jordan for school board, The results came in — and I finished fourth. At least I now know there are over 14,000 people in the county who know my name. Thank you to everyone who helped with my campaign. Special thanks to Rodney Stanhope, Brian Reeves, Ray Nutting and […]

Suicides rise with increasing psychiatric care

EDITOR: As the amount of involvement that people have with psychiatric professionals and psychiatric care increases, the likelihood that they will commit suicide rises steadily and dramatically, according to a study published in the September 2014 issue of the international journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. (Hjorthøj, Madsen, Agerbo, & Nordentoft. [2014]. Risk of suicide according […]

Poor Mr. Altshuler

EDITOR: After the drubbing the Democrats took last in the midterm elections, one can understand poor Mr. Altshuler being in a rambling befuddled state of shock. Nothing points this out better than him having nothing else to say in his recent article but some psycho babble about how liberals are so well adjusted and conservatives […]

Flawed premise

EDITOR: Reference Mr. Miller’s letter entitled “Falsification?” in which he shames me for not voting during my active military service. Mr. Miller’s premise is flawed as no officer has ever promised to vote or not to vote. And shame on him for shaming me, as I’m sure he is big on freedom. Freedom to vote […]

Weitzman article on CAO resignation

EDITOR: I’m somewhat relieved to finally see that there are some things changing in this county at the administrative level. I believe that our county administration is abysmal and the way many county employees are treated is embarrassing. Mr. Weitzman made many good points in his article about Terri Daly and Kim Kerr. As a […]

EDHS student behavior at game

EDITOR: As it is a direct reflection of the principal and staff of El Dorado High School; El Dorado Staff should be ashamed of the poor sportsmanship and overall abhorrent behavior of the home students attending the football game on Friday, Nov. 7 at El Dorado High School. The principal and staff of El Dorado […]


EDITOR: I am too old and have seen too much to be shocked by much, but I can still be amazed. I’m referring to the article in the Mountain Democrat Nov. 5, by author Larry Weitzman. If any part or all of that article is fact based, then I am amazed. I don’t care what […]

Town Center apartments approval

EDITOR: The county’s approval of high-density apartments in Town Center last Tuesday was a slap in the face to El Dorado Hills residents. Loss of county revenues and jobs potential were not enough to stop the supervisors in their mission to approve. With zero discussion they chose to overrule the Planning Commission recommendations, disregard the […]

Tyranny’s Garden

EDITOR: In 1971, Saul Alinsky published his infamous book, Rules for Radicals. The Chicago Sun-Times depicted it as “impassioned counsel to young radicals on how to effect constructive social change … including a young Barack Obama, and a young Hillary Clinton.” Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley College on Alinsky’s ideology, and had […]

Plastic Bag Challenge

EDITOR: In an October report by CNN, the issue of the ban on plastic bags arose again, with more severity this time. Currently, we are the only state with a ban on plastic bags and it is a cause that we need to spread. On average, 13 million bags are handed out and wasted annually, […]

Thank you to the voters

EDITOR: I am writing to deeply thank all those who voted for my reelection to the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. For the past 24 years, I have worked hard to assure the excellence of public education in El Dorado County, and I am excited and honored that the voters of […]

Auto roundabout

EDITOR: It seems that a lot of people in this area do not want to accept progress. Thirty years ago I was living in Jamacia. There were lots of roundabouts in all the heavy traffic areas. They kept the traffic running smoothly, with no problems. All the drivers there (even with their Jamacian mentality) handled […]

Faith in me

EDITOR: I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who helped me out in the recent City Council race. For those of you who voted for me I will do my best to make sure that your faith in me was well placed. For those who didn’t, we have four years to find common […]

Old white guys voted

EDITOR: I was watching the talking heads on MSNBC try to explain President Obama’s awkward press conference after the election. The group, all leftist Democrats, eventually rallied around the theory that it was old white men who did not vote for President Obama’s policies. Then there was the consensus belief, cause and effect, in which […]

Thank you, from Appellate judges

EDITOR: The election is over and the voters, consistent with your endorsement, approved our continued service to the people of California as justices of the Court of Appeal. We were honored that you and so many other respected community leaders and organizations throughout the 23 counties within the Third Appellate District endorsed our elections. The […]

Response to ‘Extremism’

EDITOR: Mr. Kodelja, I am sure it is difficult for you to have the men in power dictate what you may or may not do with your body. Your life should come first. But Mr. Kodelja, how many foster children do you have? How many children have you adopted? Because those are the lives that […]

Thank you, District 4

EDITOR: Both Colleen and I are humbled and grateful for the encouragement we have received over the past year. Thank you to all the supporters of El Dorado County and voters in District 4. I couldn’t have done it without you. This race was never about Michael Ranalli. This election was about changing the way […]

Veterans Day lunch

EDITOR: This Veterans Day my husband and I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch at Applebee’s in Cameron Park. We have always found it to be a great place to eat, but this time was special. It was packed with people, most of whom we could tell were fellow vets. The staff was hardworking and […]


EDITOR: In reference to Mr. Longhofer’s letter of Oct. 27, I did my time in the military and was always encouraged by my command to vote. I voted despite being deployed in the middle of the pacific. The contention that somehow military officers are somehow encouraged to refrain from voting or duty bound to abstain […]

Prada threatens free speech

EDITOR: At the Oct. 14 meeting of the EID Board, a member of the public addressed the board during the Public Comments Section. Then, Director Prada threatened this member of the public with litigation by stating, “…best make sure their liability insurance is paid up.” Publicly addressing EID’s Board is every ratepayer’s right (AR 12083) […]

Brenda Hanson-Smith and Common Core

EDITOR: Is Brenda Hanson-Smith above the law? Dr. Hanson-Smith, Ph.D, is smart enough to understand the concepts behind Common Core. She has had four years to learn everything possible about Common Core and to communicate the issues and concerns about Common Core to the parents of the students in the Buckeye Union School District. She […]

Thank you, Placerville

EDITOR: It is truly a privilege to serve you on the City Council, and I am humbled that you re-elected me to represent you alongside Patty, Carol, Trisha and John. I will strive to give you my best, and I will continue to seek out wisdom and inspiration as we look for appropriate answers to […]

Northside School Class 1 Bike Path

EDITOR: Thanks for the Mountain Democrat’s coverage of the opening of the Northside School Class 1 Bike Path. We want people to have opportunities to walk and bicycle, and commend the Cool community’s persistent efforts for the Northside School Class 1 Bike Path. We would like to clarify a couple of details: 1. We strongly […]

Thank you to Bigelow and McClintock

EDITOR: I would like to publicly thank Assemblyman Frank Bigelow for carrying legislation for the sign planned by the Placerville Friends of the Veterans’ Monument in honor of my son. I have been just overwhelmed by the amount and extent of work, dedication and number of people and organizations this project entailed after reading the […]


EDITOR: I remember as a child finding opportunity in America. Now I observe wrong on every side. Fukushima, HAARP, geo-engineering, fluoride, wars, inflation, lack of jobs, GMO foods, misrepresentation by officials — these are the substance of everyday life. Not only are bees and butterflies dying in droves, insects of every type have disappeared from […]

King Fire

EDITOR: We lost roughly 100,000 acres of forest in the King Fire. About 2 billion board feet of timber went up in smoke. If 10 animals lived on each acre, 1 million animals died in flames. This could have been prevented if our forest had been professionally managed. We spent $100 million to put out […]

Election letter: Kirk Smith doesn’t represent me

EDITOR: Thank you, Dave Brazelton, for your short and sweet letter to the editor, letting Placerville voters know that Kirk Smith, who is running for Placerville City Council, is a bully. Every time he appears at a City Council meeting, he lectures the council, like it is his job to save the city from itself. […]