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EID planned well

EDITOR: Wayne Campbell and I somehow have a disagreement about water storage facts without actually citing numbers. In the interest of factual accuracy I’ve just posted a pdf file to sierrafoot.org in the El Dorado Irrigation District section that’s pulled from the most recent EID board packet. Here’s a short summary: In metered potable water use […]

Mark Shields: The trap of becoming only a congressional party

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation’s popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have voted every time for the Democratic […]

Looking at more than the bottom line

EDITOR: With regard to your editorial of July 17 opposing any increase in the minimum wage, I don’t believe you are entirely wrong in your financial assertions but there is more at stake here, as even Ebenezer Scrooge himself eventually came to realize. Yes, it is possible that some jobs may be lost if wages […]

To honor my friend

EDITOR: My husband passed away in 2006. His angels from Snowline Hospice were so kind, loving and helpful in his last days on this Earth. I met Eileen Samboceti in 2007 who became a great friend. She was a volunteer at the Snowline Hospice thrift store and convinced me to come there and also volunteer. […]

A rewarding experience for everyone involved

In June we published a three-part series about foster care in El Dorado County. We felt it was an important message for the county, and one that deserved more than just one article. Part 1, called “Superman was a foster child,” focused on a young man named Sirrele Steinfeld, who was in foster care for […]

Handicap parking abuse

EDITOR: This letter is in regard to the article in the July 3 edition concerning the gentleman who felt he was harassed by the DMV for not having license plates and registration on his movable equipment as required by law. My son-in-law was stopped by a CHP officer down in Carmichael for towing a trailer […]

The purpose of an advisory vote

EDITOR: In the July 22 Mountain Democrat Todd White’s letter misses the point of the advisory vote on the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course. There are two separate issues: First, to preserve the property as open space by encouraging the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to not change the current open space-recreation zoning. […]

Longer hours?

EDITOR: Jeb Bush has said that people need to work longer hours. Liberals have jumped on this claiming that workers already work long hours and Jeb is just out of touch. I disagree with liberals on this one. Given that corporations/businesses have gone to the management policy of part-time employees, workers would agree with Jeb they need […]

Ballot measure a waste of money

EDITOR: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District has decided to spend up to $50,000 to conduct an advisory vote on what to do with the open space that used to be the old golf course. Regardless of the results, the advisory vote will accomplish nothing for El Dorado Hills, other than waste taxpayer money by […]

Charles Krauthammer: Worse than we could have imagined

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then last Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong. Who would have imagined we […]

Remembering Anthony Dumont

EDITOR July 20, 2008, began as a beautiful Sunday morning. Little did we know that many people’s’ lives would be changed forever. We learned that on that afternoon, Anthony Dumont had been murdered by Morris Greenberg. There were feelings of disbelief, shock and helplessness. Many frantic phone calls were made between family and friends trying to […]

Serving on a grand jury is not easy

EDITOR: A recent article written by Mr. Larry Weitzman, the “Donald Trump” mouth of El Dorado County, is despicable and totally without merit. Many citizens of the county, for many years, have donated their time and efforts to improve the county and its functions. Not all recommendations by grand juries in past years have been on […]

Debating God’s existence

EDITOR: Regarding “Moral myopia” July 1, 2015, Religion was probably born some 11,600 years ago as humans wondered in awe about the dramatic changes associated with the end of the ice age. The human sense of the sacred — and the love of a good spectacle — were probably the catalyst for Gobekli Tepe and the […]

John Stossel: Progress

Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition! The idea that government will bring social progress isn’t new. Europe’s monarchs believed in big government long before there was a Soviet Union or a welfare state. Eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire praised “enlightened” monarchs like Prussia’s Frederick the Great. Since the nineteenth century, so-called “progressives” have […]

Laws prevent healthy forests

EDITOR: National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree addressed the local Taxpayers’ Association meeting on Monday, June 15. He said that the Forest Service had completed the EIS work in preparation to clean up the King Fire. The community has had 30 days to comment on four proposals describing the degree of clean-up the Forest Service would undertake. […]

Forest Service diversity is a strength

EDITOR: I was deeply saddened to read the letter you published on July 6 from Mr. Alger. While I understand that his perspective is held by segments of our community, I am compelled to immediately correct the record. I have been in this agency for 40 years and I can assure your readers that we […]

Minimum wage hike proposal a new low for California

Senate Bill No. 3 introduced on Dec. 1, 2014 has employers and business owners shaking in their boots for good reason. The bill, which revolves around raising the minimum wage in the state ultimately to $13 an hour, is aimed at helping young and under-skilled workers earn a “fair” living. Unfortunately, it’s only going to […]

Support Ted Gaines’ legislation

EDITOR: I was talking to my middle child recently (has been with the Secret Service for 15 years — suit not uniform). Our discussion was about stalking. At first it was the invasion of Google maps via satellite and privacy then it turned to the iPhone and last but not least the drone. His thought was, “Keep your eye on […]

Pollock Pines parade a success

EDITOR The annual Pollock Pines Independence Day Parade is a charming, small town event — one of the most popular events of the year. Volunteers this year included Dave Hough, Rubicon Pro Sound, Dave and Dee Campbell (True Value Hardware), Supervisor Sue Novasel, CERT and STAR, along with several of my fellow Rotarians. I was absolutely delighted […]

Thank you for a successful visit

EDITOR: Thank you to your writer Julie Samrick, who covered our story on the delegation from Chihuahua, Mexico. We (the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce) were thrilled to be part of this delegation, hopefully one of many more to come. I did want to share how this came to be as I know it […]

Charles Krauthammer: Pluto and us

We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can humanity turn for uplift? Meet New Horizons, arriving at Pluto […]

Sanctuary City endanger us all

EDITOR: San Francisco’s empty-headed policy of ignoring the issue of illegal aliens committing record numbers of property crimes in the city has now reached its zenith with the senseless, cold-blooded murder of a tourist by a career felon who was literally “invited” back to San Francisco by a so-called Sanctuary City policy. Being deported back […]

Serve on the grand jury

EDITOR: Serving on the grand jury has been an in valuable experience. I highly recommend doing so. (After all, it’s a free education in the workings of the county government). Yes, there are problems. Fortunately they are not irreversible. We as citizens need to pay attention, do our homework and it goes without saying, vote! […]

Mark Shields: Donald Trump: In the ‘American’ tradition

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually become a real candidate. Then after Trump’s rambling announcement speech […]

Obamacare’s a nightmare, not a dream

EDITOR: Recently a letter writer wrote on how lucky we were to have Obama in office and how fortunate to have Obamacare. Rarely have I seen someone who was less informed as to Obamacare. She states that those who oppose Obamacare might take into account that even Social Security and Medicare were opposed by some. Some??!! […]

I stand by my facts

EDITOR: Paul Raveling requested that I check my facts first. Sir, I assure you I did the relevant fact-finding prior to submitting that letter. The original letter was sent to Dan Corcoran, the environmental manager at EID, and the Mountain Democrat was copied on that correspondence. The truncated data published in that letter were derived from […]

Church a great help

EDITOR: Once again the Diamond Springs Mobile Home Park would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bayside Church that came to our park and helped out many of our residents. There were around 50 of them that were here and worked almost all day on a Saturday for us. All our residents are […]

Welcome back, Friday

Starting this month, all Placerville city offices are open until 5 p.m. on Fridays. Big deal, you scoff? We surely think so. Restoring Friday services was a sign, and a welcome one at that. In a time when city and county budgets are constantly scrutinized with doom and gloom, we were happy to see the City Council […]

Forest management critic spewing nonsense

EDITOR: I am moved by George Alger’s nostalgia for a Forest Service that only hired white men who professionally fostered good forest management. I was one of those, back in the good old days of 1958, when I signed on as a research forester with a brand-new master’s degree, just about 60 miles from here. […]

Thank you, Pony Express supporters

EDITOR: The California Division of the National Pony Express Association wishes to thank the Mountain Democrat for the front page article June 24, “Pony Express riding through the county.” Through no fault of the California Division, the mail was received four-and-half hours late. It is a major impossibility to make up that much time, no matter how great […]

Charles Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

WASHINGTON — The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of […]

Dredging and freedom

EDITOR: I just received a Western Mining Alliance newsletter stating that Judge Ochoa of San Bernardino denied an injunction to allow gold dredgers to legally dredge this summer, the sixth summer in a row after a “temporary moratorium” was set in place in 2009. A group known as the Center for Biodiversity managed to put […]

Tourism in Placerville

EDITOR: I read with interest in the subject of tourists stopping in Placerville on their way to Tahoe. Placerville is a quaint and interesting town with a lot to offer. There always seems to be a however … twice a year my family travels from all over California and various other states to Tahoe. We have a […]

Silencing the hate

EDITOR: Whenever Al Roker goes outside on the Today show, the gathered fans (mostly the women) behind the rope barrier give out with high-pitched “Wooo-ooo” yells. Whenever some comical host on an evening talk show says anything the least bit provocative, the audience members (again, mostly women) give out with that same high-pitched scream. The […]

Forest management gone wrong

EDITOR: I was heartened to see that they are going to do some thinning and fire suppression work on Highway 50. We can sure use it. But the story misses the bigger fire suppression issues that continue not to be addressed. Due to ineptitude by the Forest Service and tree-hugger lawsuits, many hundreds of thousands […]

John Stossel: Heroes, villians

Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, “Jurassic World?” It had the biggest opening of any movie in history. The movie tells how a reckless biotech company releases dinosaurs that kill its customers. Its tale of heroes vs. villains made me think about how America has changed since our independence, the anniversary of which […]

No ordinary GI Joe

EDITOR: Thank you for the excellent story about the late Roger Raines. On this 4th of July, I saluted him for his humble service to our country. This man, and others serving in our Armed Forces, are remembered especially today and celebrated by grateful citizens of this great nation. In my opinion, people like Roger […]

Where are the service organization logos?

EDITOR: I read in the Monday, June 29, Mountain Democrat that there is a controversy regarding the Placerville sign and whether to include event advertising or not. I feel that, before any changes are made, the city of Placerville (should) find and reinstall the service organization logos that were taken down when Highway 50 was […]

Check your facts first

EDITOR A letter to editor in Monday’s Mountain Democrat complained of EID giving away 3,100 acre-feet of water to Fresno and Kings County, without press coverage about it. I think this has been in the local press, but will answer from memory of discussion at an EID board meeting. EID has surplus water from Project […]

Farmers market defense

EDITOR: Greg Homer’s snide letter of June 17 disparaging the Placerville Farmers Market was irritatingly condescending. After stereotyping the clientele, he racially profiles the sellers. He claims their wares are likely from Mexico and Southern California via Safeway. Mr. Homer, you are so off base; it does make a person wonder why you feel compelled […]

Thanks for the help

EDITOR: I wanted to take a moment to commend and thank Supervisor Brian Veerkamp and his assistant Kathy Witherow for their help in resolving an important issue I was having with the city of Folsom. Even though El Dorado County was not directly impacted by my immediate issue with Folsom, they were willing and able to […]

Weeds and a bad ‘welcome sign’ of the times

No one likes to pull weeds, and it’s apparent as the city of Placerville’s entrance is overrun. Someone needs to do something about this. Unfortunately, those who can are not, and those who can’t aren’t doing enough to get them to. The Placerville Rotary Club did a fine job repainting the landmark caboose at the […]

Who will see the sign?

EDITOR: Regarding the “City sign changes debated” article of June 29, the City Council seems to be having some trouble seeing the sign in the forest through the trees. People really don’t look out their car or truck windows anymore. The next time you’re driving next to someone on Highway 50, take a glance into their windows. Everyone […]

Charles Krauthammer: On lowering the flag

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk solution. Within hours of the massacre, President Obama was lamenting the absence of progress on gun control. A […]

Thanks to a firefighter

EDITOR: I would like to take a moment to say thank you to the fireman who took time out of his day off to come and talk to the preschool aged children at the library. A friend and I took our young children to the firefighter story time at the Placerville library Friday. I had pictured the usual […]

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