Monday, November 24, 2014

Applebee’s Veterans Day thanks

EDITOR: There are many restaurants that honor our veterans with meals and other activities. My spouse and I are both veterans. We rarely take advantage of these generous offers from restaurants like Applebee’s. We had an incredible experience that deserves comment and publication. We celebrated Veterans Day and our 30th anniversary by having dinner at […]

Great turnout for pumpkin patch

EDITOR: The Cameron Park Community Services District held its annual Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cameron Park Lake. We had a wonderful turnout for this fun-filled family event. Both children and parents enjoyed the vendors and the carnival games, crafts, hay rides, magic show, pumpkin patch, bounce house, face painting, petting […]

Not an Alinsky quote

EDITOR: In a letter titled “Tyranny’s Garden” in the Nov. 14 Mountain Democrat, Douglas Roscoe listed eight levels of change/control that he attributed to Saul Alinksy in his book on “Rules for Radicals.” According to Mr Roscoe a young Barack Obama began his political career “in the living room of an Alinksy disciple.” The book […]

Justice delayed for gold dredgers

EDITOR: Although gold was discovered here in California, the state Mining and Reclamation Board refuses to issue any mining permits in our state. This board was set up to provide reasonable regulations for mine operations. It does not have the power to prohibit mining altogether. Congress gave mining rights to the people in 1865. The Constitution […]

A politician who has cost us a lot

EDITOR: When you are a career politician of 14 years in the California Senate and retire as Senator Pro-Tem, you can’t just quietly go away. When you have been giving the People of California the gifts that will keep on giving, you should be rewarded for faithful service with a new job, and a platinum retirement […]

Todd White says, thank you

EDITOR: I would like to take a moment and thank the community for re-electing me to the El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees. I am both humbled and honored for the privilege to serve the taxpayers for the next four years. I do not and will not take lightly the trust that the […]

Crime and statistics

EDITOR: Bill Bertram wondered where I got my “facts” from for my letter regarding Obuzzard’s plan to open up the borders to everyone. Gee Bill, ever hear of the internet? There’s lot of information there for those who aren’t too lazy or stupid to do a little research. Regarding the real unemployment rate, according to […]

More than promises needed

EDITOR: Although voter turnout in El Dorado County was 40 percent in the June primary, voter turnout for the state was only 25 percent. At that rate, 13 percent of registered voters determines a victor. In speaking with a few friends about this low turnout, I learned that a feeling of disempowerment was typical. Some voters […]

Executive orders

EDITOR: Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States of America states: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” This is the total content of that article. That unambiguously means that no other individual or […]

Common Core Chapter 3: The Language Arts and close reading.

EDITOR: Let’s read the owner’s manual of the family car with our kids. If the kids read it closely it will make them better drivers! Really? What is “Close” reading? “Critical Reading is the process of reviewing a body of work and using your experiences and knowledge to analyze the meaning of the author’s work. […]

Political self-promotion

EDITOR: Sometimes you just have to ask the question. Why? In this case, why does a state senator feel the need to make a trip to Texas and then advertise the trip on the local news? He said his trip to Texas will be to lure business and jobs to California, maybe Tesla. Answer, he wants […]

Republicans in charge

EDITOR: Sometimes with Mr. Longhofer it’s difficult to know whether he is uninformed or whether he’s counting on the reader being uninformed. He says that since the GOP is taking over the Senate in a couple of months and having the House with majorities not seen since WW II that they will have to be […]

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 […]

Unhappy with McClintock

EDITOR: I am writing this letter to the editor and staff of the Mountain Democrat about biased reporting that relates to this year’s election of our U.S. Congressional Representative. I made a phone call to a staff writer after reading a long story about Tom McClintock on the front page of the Mountain Democrat. I asked […]

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 […]

Mikulaco Village

EDITOR: Mikulaco Village, an apartment complex in El Dorado Hills Town Center that boasts four stories and a capacity of 250 apartments. 250? Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause for at least some of us. Imagine, an apartment block of 250 apartments of 650 square feet up to 1,200 square feet, ranging between $1,600 for […]

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 […]

False impeachment premise

EDITOR: Reference Mr. Alger’s Oct. 1 letter, which he begins with a false premise — that I intimated that Bush’s condoning of torture could be considered Bush’s impeachable offense (and then he wanders off down the Tea/Republican trail bashing President Obama). Let’s be clear in case Mr. Alger is confused. This, and recent letters, were written […]

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 […]

Feel for Chris Daley

EDITOR: You have to feel for poor Chris Daley. Being a liberal and suffering the drubbing they just took on Tuesday, Nov. 4, it’s understandable that he might temporarily lose his mind. His whole post-election column was just a fictional account of all the evil things the Republicans were going to do now. I think the […]

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 […]