Monday, March 30, 2015

Will it resolve anything?

EDITOR: Mr. White, et al, will terminating the superintendent or recalling the board solve or resolve anything? After being at the Mother Lode Trustee candidate’s open presentation in October of 2014 (where was everyone then?), there can be no doubt in the minds of those in attendance that the elected Mother Lode Board has only […]

Fear of firearms

EDITOR: I still cannot find myself agreeing with Chris Daley. In a recent article he expounded his fear of firearms. Although Arizona has been carrying exposed firearms for some time now, he is afraid Texas will allow their citizens to do the same. Chris imagined himself at a Cowboys football game wearing a 49er shirt […]

Animal Shelter open as human shelter closes

EDITOR: I love animals, especially our 10-year-old Brittany named, Ruby. And I also love people, all kinds of people, especially those that are at the bottom of society in our community. The new animal shelter that had its open house last weekend cost, according to the article in the Mountain Democrat, $5.7 million, funded by […]

County budget shortfall

I must take exception to Jack Sweeney’s comments regarding the deficit the county is facing by placing blame entirely on the employee’s raises. As a former county employee, there were many years we got no raise, or the raise was equivalent to the increase of health insurance costs to the employee because the county didn’t […]

Prom and graduation: Safety first

EDITOR: Prom holds lifelong memories, and I did not go. I played sports at high schools in San Joaquin County but graduated from Tracy High in 1993 in a wheelchair. I never planned to end school like that. As my holiday letter of 2014 stated, a drunken driver hit me head-on in 1992 when I […]

Die off

EDITOR: On page 166 of “Behold A Pale Horse” by William Cooper, the need for world population reduction is explained. Not only are there presently too many people, longevity is increasing due to improved information on life extension. Mr. Cooper believes that many of the programs recently devised by elitists had population reduction as their […]

We are all people

EDITOR: Years ago growing up in Georgetown, at that time a logging community, my grandfather told me three lessons of life. First, there are good people and there were bad people no matter what their ethnic origin. Secondly, treat all people with respect and dignity until proven they do not deserve the consideration. Thirdly, never […]

All for the rifle range

EDITOR: Concerning the rifle range on Shingle Springs Drive, I am all for it. Let’s get it done. The schools are more than a half-mile away and are not in any impact zone. When the range is constructed, the baffles and berm construction will muffle sound. The next door neighbor will not know they are […]

Superintendent Guthrie

EDITOR: Sometimes the Mountain Democrat offers moments of brilliance, as in the recent article by Chris Daley about fear as a manipulative tool in politics. While written to reflect a huge problem in society, his main point, “Scare people enough, then offer them solutions and salvation, and voila, you get their votes come election day” […]

We finally agree

EDITOR: As readers of this paper know, Mr. Longhofer and I almost never agree on anything, but his recent letter on the water crisis makes good points and could go a lot further. He mentions desalinization plants, which are a good idea. But we need to do a lot more. I recently read an article […]

Foreign Policy JV Team

EDITOR: We all should be outraged regarding the handling of Israel and the middle east by the Obama administration, or in my opinion, the Foreign Policy JV Team. Reportedly, this administration will be handing over billions of dollars to Iran by June. For what I do not know, but has probably gone ignored by mainstream […]

Cameron Park Community Services District

EDITOR: The people of Cameron Park need to become involved in the running of the CPCSD. We are paying a general manager $120,000 per year including benefits, to run the daily operations of our district. She has been here for 3 1/2 years and we are going further into debt every year. Even worse than […]

MLUSD trustee honored

EDITOR: Mother Lode Union School District Superintendent Marcy Guthrie and Trustees Gene Bist, John “Pat” Nordquist, Janet VanderLinden and Chuck Wolfe nominated Trustee John Parker for the El Dorado School Boards Association Educational Statesmanship Award. He was selected to receive the award and was honored March 2 at the Annual El Dorado School Board Association […]

The General Plan Land Use overhaul

EDITOR: In June, the Land Use Element of El Dorado County’s General Plan will be overhauled. The public requires clear advance information about changes the Board of Supervisors contemplates. Needing to be spelled out, for example, are impacts on: Agriculture: Will farming land be lost? Where, and under what conditions, will agriculture be permitted/encouraged/limited? What […]

Shooting range

EDITOR: Good neighbors would never build an outdoor gun range close to two schools and a church. If it is too expensive to build an indoor range on this property then use property elsewhere in this enormous county or pay off a loan for a building like the rest of us do. JOANN EPSTEOM Cameron […]

EDC budget

EDITOR: The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, none of whom has served longer than two years, is facing a difficult task: creating a budget for next year by June 30. This important job faces numerous obstacles. The difficulties include getting an accurate estimate of incoming revenue. An expected increase of 4 percent above funds […]

EID in developer’s pocket

EDITOR: My wife and I live on ten acres and raise sheep and goats for food. We also have a 60-by-40 garden that we raise our own food on. We are not olive grove scammers, although we were invited to participate in this scam. We received a letter from EID informing us that we were […]

Recent Sue Taylor attack

EDITOR: Last week Sue Taylor went after the latest local residents who dared to voice an opinion not in line with Sue’s many opinions — for example, Chuck Bacchi and Maryann Argyres. Sue’s tactic of shooting at any head that pops up in disagreement demonstrates her need for complete adherence to only her crazed views, […]

‘Coalition of the middle’

EDITOR: Sue Taylor falsely alleges, “Maryann has put herself as the front person for Parker Development’s funding on the No-No-No campaign and many other campaign committees funded by Parker.” The undersigned, along with Maryann Argyres and Gordon Vicini, are the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Responsible Planning, a “coalition of the middle” that […]

‘Two for tea…’

EDITOR: Thank you for your March 16 article entitled “Two for tea and kitty makes three” and its focus on helping unwanted cats in El Dorado County. As chief of El Dorado County Animal Services, my staff and I are grateful for Animal Outreach and our other local animal welfare partners who are helping us […]

Understanding the services rendered

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. The Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County has had several detailed discussions regarding the county budget and its effects on the people of the county, and the services provided by the various departments. Our members have expressed a concern that the […]

Leadership at MLUSD

EDITOR: Our District Office team feels that Marcy works extremely hard for the district and we strongly support her as Mother Lode’s superintendent. We believe that no one will work as hard as Marcy does to make sure our school district succeeds with our mission which is the “successful education of every student.” Although she […]

Counterfeiters not needed

EDITOR: Counterfeiting has been illegal everywhere on earth for as long as recorded history. However, the introduction of central banks to provide funding for the nations of the world has eliminated private counterfeiting by replacing it with “legal” counterfeiting. That is, international bankers now do what private counterfeiters used to do. They create “money” out […]

Daley’s rascals

EDITOR: I see Mr. Daley is incensed about the recent letter to Iran by senators educating them on how our system works. He calls it treasonous. I must have missed his column calling Nancy Pelosi treasonous when she met with President Assad in Syria despite strenuous objections from the Bush White House. I won’t say […]

Sucking up and the GOP letter

EDITOR: The unseemly display of kowtowing to Netanyahu by GOP members of Congress is a reminder that, between Goldwater’s presidential bid and Reagan’s last term, the GOP lost its way. It ceased being the party of Eisenhower and Taft, and became a radical organization incapable of playing by democratic rules. Its alliance with the Tea […]

Water doomsday

EDITOR: A University of California Irvine hydrologist is predicting we have only one year of water left. Why are they planning to build more than 10,000 homes across Highway 50 from Folsom? Where are they going to get the water? Why are we continuing to build new homes in El Dorado county. Where are they […]

To vaccinate, or not

EDITOR: To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate; that is the question. For years, families who chose not to vaccinate were protected by those of us who did vaccinate. If most of America is vaccinated, what risk is there to families who choose not to vaccinate? Everything was fine till along came Barack. He invited and […]

Thank you

EDITOR: A very large, caring, heartfelt “thank you” for printing my letter regarding Marshall Fulwider. He was so overwhelmed; it brought tears to his eyes. It is a better place here (Ridgeview Manor) now and clean too. God bless all. LOLLIE DESMOND Placerville

To SaveMart customers

EDITOR: I strongly believe we do not say thank you nearly enough these days and for the last 39 years that I have worked at Savemart/Albertson’s/Lucky’s grocery store here in wonderful Placecerville. You have all shown me so much kindness and respect. I wanted you to know how grateful I am, and wish to thank […]

The solution

EDITOR: I was fishing one day and it came to me. I have the solution to the unsafe bridge on Clay Street. OK, here it is: As you come down Clay Street, just before the bridge that will be closed later, you will be able to turn left to go up to McDonald’s or Taco […]

Unwanted sexual contact

EDITOR: I was very disheartened that the Mountain Democrat published a guest column by John Stossel on March 9, who apparently finds it acceptable for men to make unwanted sexual contact with women who are intoxicated. Specifically, Mr. Stossel says, “If we forget the difference between violent and non-violent conduct, no one is safe.” Does […]


EDITOR: We do not realize who we are. Faced with coming economic collapse, food shortages and pandemic plagues, we need to rise above our usual level of existence and become active in our own survival. Warnings of coming events are available in the alternative media and their authenticity can be verified. We need to become […]

Weak-kneed supervisors

EDITOR: Before the last election there appeared to be a lot of concern about oncoming high-density communities. It appeared that some of the supervisors would support this change to our General Plan. It seems politicians at our local level are no different than politicians elsewhere. They tell you what you want to hear to get […]

Nearby gun range

EDITOR: The proposed gun range near Highway 50 by the Miwok Tribe seems ridiculous. We have a nearby gun range that is open to the public and is sufficient enough to be used by our Sheriff’s Department. I doubt that this venue would generate enough income to make it viable. What’s next a water park? […]

Yet another mailer

EDITOR: I recently received a political flyer in my mailbox. I thought this a little odd considering there are currently no elections taking place in El Dorado County. I soon realized this mailer came from the same group of developers and builders that had bombarded my mailbox nearly every day in an effort to defeat […]

Who cares?

EDITOR: Who cares about El Dorado County? Who cares how many housing tracts and houses are built in El Dorado County? Who cares about how congested the roads become, and how many new streets are planned and how many will be widened to four lanes? Who cares about the drought and plants that die out? […]

Paradise lost

EDITOR: My wife moved up to El Dorado County in the 1980s to raise her children in a safe bucolic environment, sending them first to Buckeye School and eventually Ponderosa High School. She bought a lovely little house on 2 acres in Shingle Springs along French Creek Road, which was close to the schools and […]

Religious leaders

EDITOR: We are witnessing a vicious offshoot of religious fanatics that, by their own rage, have gone out of control, as they think to be acting for God (the height of man’s arrogance). Fearful of change, these believers are holding fast to perverted beliefs. Within their own minds they have condemned the progressive West to […]

High standards set by Maryann

EDITOR: I must respond to Sue Taylor’s latest letter maligning the good character of Maryann Argyres. I have served on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors with Maryann for a number of years. Her reputation and support for agricultural enterprise is unquestioned and we are fortunate to have such a capable and honest person raising […]

To rest

EDITOR: With reference to Ms. Denise Marie Siino’s letter “Put Mr. Altshuler to rest,” of Jan. 28: By characterizing my expression of irritation and annoyance as “hate-filled, bigoted and rabid” you believe this is sufficient cause for your righteous indignation. All it shows is your bigotry, thin skin and fragile belief system. You claim that […]


EDITOR: Religion is the biggest of the big businesses by far. They only do the job of keeping the population down. Democracy is mob rule. LYLE FRANKE Camino    

Net Neutrality

EDITOR: If you like the un-Affordable Care Act (ACA), just wait until the far-flung ramifications of the FCC’s Net Neutrality Act fester to the surface. EILEEN DEAN Placerville

FENIX implementation failed

EDITOR: With Terri Daly gone, the omen of her $5.6 million computer system is now on life support according to the long overdue update given to the Board of Supervisors recently. Schedule and deliverables continue to slip, 61 change order coding modifications now, costs increasing with no completion date in sight and it’s unknown when […]

Dual boundaries for Blackstone

EDITOR: On Feb. 10, the El Dorado Union High School District Board voted unanimously in favor of a dual boundary attendance zone for the Blackstone community in El Dorado Hills. Parents will now have a choice to send their children to either Ponderosa or Union Mine High School based on the best interests of their […]

Social Security

EDITOR: In what respect is Social Security a government program? I thought that I contributed 6.2 percent of my earnings and my employer matched that amount. Working 40 years from age 25 to 65 at an average annual income of $30,000, the amount we contributed to Social Security would be $148,000. The government, as far […]