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Send cards via Pony Express

EDITOR: The Pony Express rides again. Riders will leave the Folsom Museum at 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 and arrive at Sacramento History Museum at 3:35 p.m. The National Pony Express Association, California Division, invites you to participate in this year’s event by letting the pony riders carry your Christmas cards. Bring your cards, with […]

Lyon roars with charity

EDITOR: Lyon Real Estate collected 500 coats and donated them to Green Valley Community Church for distribution to those in need. What an amazing and generous effort. Thank you so much to those who have taken the time to think of others and bring such benefit to our community. BETSY KROHMER Diamond Springs

Bush plants a seed in Syria

Whether it was a sincere policy proposal, or a bold attempt to separate himself from the pack, or a mixture of both, Jeb Bush has emerged as the one to finally identify the problem our nation faces in fighting ISIS. Troops. Or rather, the lack of them. Bush last week became the first presidential candidate […]

Topics worthy of discussion

EDITOR: Hats off to Donald Trump for discussing debate topics other Republican candidates decline to bring up. Here are a few more topics I would like to hear debated: Fukushima: This ongoing atomic disaster needs immediate attention. Dane Wigington believes it may be a life-ending event due to bioaccumulation of radiation by all life forms. […]

Recall them all

EDITOR: I see that Placerville is recalling all supervisors. Why don’t we just bundle up the sheriff and the district attorney and get them all out at once? WES ENGLE Placerville

Charley Krauthammer: Obama’s phony war

Tell me: What’s a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He’s not going anywhere. And, though I’m not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins. A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it […]

Phone scam alert

EDITOR: We received a message on our answering machine claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Services. The message claimed that we were about to be arrested for back taxes unless we called the number in the 646 area code. This call is a scam and fraud, and if you respond you may become a […]

Insight into liberal mind set

EDITOR: Mr. Munizich’s letter expressing his extreme upset over my exposure of the political gains that Democrats get by supporting illegal immigration is not unusual in the sense that Democrats always hate getting things like this exposed. But it does give some interesting insights into the liberal mind set and cognitive limitations. The cognitive limitations […]

A loss of moral, political will

EDITOR: I really enjoyed Publisher Richard Esposito’s “Walking & Talking Dead” editorial regarding the presidential debates. Funny and  right on. Also the cartoon of Lady Liberty saying “I’m Coming” published in the Mountain Democrat was one of the most touching I have ever seen. It really choked  me up in two ways. First, the reference back to Lafayette […]

John Stossel: Anti-liberty politicians

After a terrorist attack, it’s natural to ask: What can politicians do to keep us safe? One thing they could do is actually focus on keeping us safe rather than devoting so much time, energy and hot air to the many things government does instead of protecting lives and property. My state’s politicians are particularly […]

Enjoy the smell of wood smoke

EDITOR: In response to Lili Joy’s letter whining about the lovely aroma of wood smoke currently wafting through the countryside. If you don’t treasure, after a long hot summer, the glorious fragrances being emitted from woodpiles and wood burning stoves you should be living in Los Angeles or San Francisco. I, for one, find the […]

Skip the turkey on Thanksgiving

  EDITOR: While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. And here are some good reasons: • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Obama. • You truly are what you eat. […]

Illegal immigration lies

EDITOR: In response to George Alger’s letter, “Illegal Immigration equals votes,” people who read your letters need an honest response to his emotional, dishonest, misleading and disrespectful words. His comment that the five extra electoral votes we have in California was equal to the “total” of 12 states was misleading. He should have said “each” of […]

Mello-Roos never go away

EDITOR: I got a good laugh out of all the El Dorado Hills residents thinking that somehow their Mello-Roos taxes were going to go away (“Serrano residents want school financing end date,” Nov. 13 Mountain Democrat). One of the first rules of thumb when buying a house is to make sure there are no Mello-Roos […]

Update it or lose it

Some might say the law is the law. Others see gray in a black and white world. El Dorado County special districts, however, could see red if they don’t comply with the Mitigation Fee Act. In a nutshell, the act requires special districts seeking to charge a fee to 1.) Identify the use to which the […]

EID increases not so bad

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District customers should recognize that almost all customer water costs throughout California are increasing faster than EID’s increases. The most common case in the data I’m collecting for a new water cost survey is a 5 percent increase every year, usually authorizing five years of increases in advance. However, there’s no shortage of higher increases. Coastside County […]

Deport me

EDITOR: George Alger says there are two kinds of people in this country — citizens and illegals. He is adamant in affirming that all illegals and their children should be deported. My grandparents were not citizens (they were permanent residents), therefore I would be subject to deportation. Please deport me to the south of France, especially this […]

Free options to burn piles

EDITOR: Every year El Dorado County residents make it through the hot summer months, filled with many smoky days. We refreshingly enter the fall and winter months. But what happens every year to take the “fresh” air away from us again? Burn piles. Every time people burn they contribute to air pollution; smoke clogs our air […]

Proud of us

EDITOR: Last week our El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to certify the environmental impact report and adopt the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. I am very proud of all of the folks who participated, particularly our Board of Supervisors and our El Dorado County employees. I am very pleased how respectfully our supervisors conducted […]

Charles Krauthammer: The most revealing debate yet

The Republican debate on CNBC was riveting, the way a train wreck is riveting — you can’t take your eyes off it. The Fox Business Network debate was merely satisfying. A serious political discussion requires a bit more work, but it repays the effort. The CNBC affair was a contrived food fight during which substance occasionally […]

Bullying at any age

EDITOR: When we think about bullying, we mainly think about the bullying stories in the news that involve kids in school. But bullying can happen anywhere by anybody and the presence of bullies in any scenario should be taken seriously and dealt with accordingly. One would think that an elected official on a governing board of […]

Riordan blocked … again

EDITOR: Once again I see that I have somehow been blocked from being able to comment online by your ridiculous “sign-in” popup, which again does not recognize me. Amazing. All the years I have been a subscriber and this newspaper keeps making it so that I cannot comment on letters or content online without again having to fill […]

Terrorist threat

EDITOR: These are perilous times. The ISIS attack in Paris will not be the last, and the United States is not likely to escape this threat. However, there are things that can and must be done to make this a safer place. We must laud our Legislature and our fearless governor for their actions in […]

Just once

EDITOR: Home burglaries, auto break-ins, now even dog-nappings. I know law enforcement can’t be everywhere. But just once I’d like to read that perhaps a “good ol’ boys” poker night ended and a deserved butt whipping was delivered to some perpetrators caught in the act. RAY PETHEL Placerville

Fire department woes

EDITOR: Larry Weitzman’s article about the financial situation involving El Dorado Hills Fire and Latrobe Fire departments scares me. Rescue Fire Department is in the same position that Latrobe Fire was. El Dorado County would not allocate any money from the Aid to Fire account until they agreed to consider a study involving consolidation. Now […]

Making our neighborhood a better place

EDITOR: I just wanted to let you know about a good and kind man. I’m 86 years old and live alone since my dear husband died almost two-and-a-half years ago. David Schroth is always there to help me in any way he can. He faithfully remembers to take my garbage and recycling containers to the […]

The Balancing Act: A bumpy ride

As El Dorado County salaries and benefits grow at an alarming rate, our Board of Supervisors continues to take taxpayers on a ride to ruination. Salaries and benefits last fiscal year, which ended on June 30, exceeded my estimates by $3 million at $145 million. Just two years prior (June 30, 2013) salaries took $118 million out of the […]

Illegal immigration equals votes

EDITOR: The Democrats often portray the GOP as neanderthals — as Obama put it “clinging to God and guns.” But when it comes to the quest for absolute political power, the Democrats are anything but neanderthals. They pursue power with the sleaziness and zeal of an Al Capone or John Gotti. There is a reason […]

Mark Shields: Improving our presidential debates

By wide consensus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the two breakout stars in a recent Republican presidential debate (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the other). Cruz is clearly a very smart man who is capable of saying some really stupid things. The GOP griped about the CNBC debate format and questioning. During a […]

Charles Krauthammer: Take the winnings and run

Where do Republicans get that special talent for turning gold to dross? They score an electoral “massacre” (The Economist) in 2014 and, a year later, what do they have to show for it other than another threat to shut down the government? Hillary Clinton is caught in e-mail flagrante and Benghazi mendacity and yet, with […]

My Turn: Tahoe’s conservation success story

Lake Tahoe has been recognized for another important conservation success. Our region’s proactive, collaborative strategy to protect Tahoe yellow cress, begun almost 15 years ago, is working so well that the plant does not need additional protections under the federal Endangered Species Act. This conservation success story is yet another example of epic collaboration — how […]

America Inc.

EDITOR: In 1871 the original Constitution for the United States of America was changed to the Constitution of The United States of America. Congress instituted this change by passing the Organic Act of 1871. They passed this act ostensibly to create a separate form of government for the District of Columbia. However, it was actually passed at the […]

Share a tree or two

EDITOR: It’s the time of year again when downtown Placerville transforms itself into a holiday wonderland. For more than 40 years the Christmas trees adorning Highway 50 have brought smiles and holiday cheer to all who pass through the town of Placerville. This highly cherished community tradition involves scores of volunteers, the generous support of the city […]

‘Greenlight’ our veterans

EDITOR: Ninety-six years ago President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day to observe with solemn pride the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and express gratitude for a victory full of sacrifices. While the name has changed to Veterans Day, the purpose remains the same: to celebrate and honor our veterans […]

John Stossel: Beat the elite

We love to complain about elites, people who seem to have a special advantage, privileges in life. I get annoyed by the Kardashians and other spoiled rich kids. They didn’t work for their wealth. They don’t contribute. Still, those elites are mostly harmless. But there’s one group of truly dangerous elites: politicians. Spoiled party kids […]

Time to vote

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors adopted the 2004 El Dorado County General Plan after years of litigation, public hearings, studies, amendments, compromises, etc. The plan was supposed to move the county forward. Instead, what followed were more years of litigation, public hearings, studies, amendments, compromises, etc. This same old song — which, incidentally, sounds […]

We need COLA

EDITOR: I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the recent announcement that there will not be a cost of living increase for Social Security beneficiaries next year. As healthcare costs continue to rise, the strain on seniors, like me, is becoming unmanageable — especially as previous COLAs have failed to keep pace. Though there is […]

Common ground on Common Core

EDITOR: Readers of this paper will know that Mr. Longhofer and I almost never agree on anything, even the time of day. Only once before have I ever agreed with him and that was when we both opposed filling the city with a bunch of ludicrous roundabouts. The Placerville City Council ended up getting told […]

Something to be really thankful for

EDITOR: I want to thank everyone involved in bringing the El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Program to the Cameron Park Community Center on Mondays and Fridays. This program will be a huge benefit to seniors and is a welcome addition to senior activities in the Cameron Park, Shingle Springs and Rescue areas. Everyone who has […]

Common Core math

EDITOR: Mr. Longhofer: You and Tom Sullivan should do more research on the approach to math in Common Core before you condemn it. The Common Core approach uses a variety of techniques to teach math. We do not all learn the same way. For example, the 3X4=12 example begins in the third grade where multiplication and […]

Time-wasting recall

EDITOR: In a previous Mountain Democrat article, one of the proponents of the recall stated that recalling all the supervisors in a “clean sweep” had not been attempted before in this county and possibly the country. There is a reason for this: Recalls are an expensive and time-wasting action that are seldom successful. Recalls are […]

Thanks for making road safer

EDITOR: Thanks to the El Dorado County Transportation Division for the pavement markings and dots installed for the safety of pedestrians on the northwest corner of Cambridge Road at Merrychase Drive. This intersection is important for access to the El Dorado Transit bus stop, U.S. 50, the adjacent businesses and especially for folks headed to […]

My guardian angel

EDITOR: I have always believed that there is more good than bad in people. Recently my belief was proven as I did my usual shopping at Raley’s. I put my groceries in the back of the car and dutifully returned the cart to the return cart area. I got in my car and proceeded to my […]

Charles Krauthammer: Skip the investigations, win the election

At a certain point, you have to realize you can’t hit a fastball.  House Republicans don’t quite get that they are hopeless at oversight hearings. They keep losing — and now the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has just introduced articles of impeachment against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. I’m sympathetic to the GOP motive, […]

Actions of a spoiled child

EDITOR: Voters in this country usually get the government they deserve. Sometimes a real scoundrel slips through the campaign process. We must also consider that an official may not be good for you but they may be “good” for someone. We are reminded that government is like a time bomb. Set it, forget it and […]

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