Consider the way of anarchy

This letter is for the remnant of Americans who are fed up with the size and scope of government at every level. We are never going to have Constitutional government in this coun ...

Hidden Falls a slice of heaven

As I try to do as often as possible, I went hiking around the beautiful trails of Hidden Falls Regional Park this weekend. I was again struck by the beauty of this marvelous site. ...

Hen clucks beat drive-by shots

Let me see if I have this right. Some people are against having chickens in their neighborhoods because of the flies, the smell and the clucking. Also, their dogs that are running ...

County pay raises puzzling

We have taken note of the actions of the Board of Supervisors at the Feb. 9 (meeting) when they voted three-to-one in favor of giving merit raises to several county employees (Jour ...

Blessed to be living in Newcastle

On Jan. 20 I was involved in a freak accident on Highway 193 in Newcastle. On that very windy, rainy day a chunk of tree trunk blew down on my Mini Cooper just as I was passing by. ...

US debt scarier than climate

Re: Steve Pettit, Reader Input, Feb. 11: I must say that the fear you have of Sarah Palin is somewhat misplaced. Those that you should be wary of are those “snake oil” salesme ...

Curious about those contrails?

What a beautiful Saturday and Sunday we had. Except, when I looked up, I observed our deep blue skies being obscured by “chemtrails.” Years ago, we had “contrails,” or cond ...

Amazed at pay raise gall

The article states that Tamara Uhler was hired in July to take over a post that had been unfilled for two years (Journal, Feb. 10). Now, after such a short time of employment she i ...

Office holders: You work for taxpayers

Among all the discussion and complaints the one factor seldom mentioned but should be in the forefront is the next election. As a society we elect our representatives and expect t ...

Our View: Foresthill Bridge retrofit will test county’s integrity

As bridge construction goes, the $71 million estimate for painting and retrofitting the Foresthill Bridge seems tame by comparison. The new Bay Bridge connecting San Francisco and ...

Pot bust made at El Dorado Hills home

Officials discovered a large and elaborate marijuana grow in an El Dorado Hills home Monday and arrested one occupant. Officers from the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Cal ...

Potential new wave of H1N1 keeps Placer County vaccine clinics going

Things are relatively flu-free for now but Placer County is girding for a possible third, stronger wave of H1N1. The first two rounds took place last spring and in the late fall. ...

Public earnings unsustainable

Fox News recently reported that the average government worker makes around $70,000 a year. (In California it’s around $85,000.) The average private sector employee makes around $ ...

Hen neighbors must speak up

During the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) presentation, the members (and public) were assured by the planning department that adjoining neighbors would have an opportunity to com ...

Rural character gets paved over

As a life-long resident of Placer County/Newcastle area, I am disturbed that the planning department made the decision to approve the concrete plant in Ophir (Journal, Feb. 12). I ...