Mike Raffety Quits Mountain Democrat Newspaper – Abrupt and Unexpected End Comes Without Explanation Only days after a scathing response by the citizens over a published piece of Hate speech that included a denial of the Holocaust…

Mike Raffety Quits Newspaper – Abrupt and Unexpected End Comes Without Explanation

2015-02-20, 03:46:33

Only days after a scathing response by the citizens over a published piece of Hate speech that included a denial of the Holocaust, the Editor of the Mountain Democrat in Placerville, CA paper quits without explanation.

holo ovenAlthough the paper contains two different stories about Rafferty that cover his background and his relation to the paper and local notables over 37 years at the paper, in the 3,000 words, never does the paper or Raffety himself give a real reason for his abrupt end at the newspaper.

The two stories are just what would be expected when a long time editor leaves, but what is not said speaks volumes.  In the 3,000 words of the two stories it never says if the unexpected end of his job was his choice.  The two stories about him are glowing but never do they explain WHY he is leaving.  If you just read the stories without reading the words “retirement” you would come away with the feeling you had just read the reason’s why Mike is NOT leaving.

Absent is any explanation, any future plans, not even the disclaimer, “I have been here a long time and I am moving forward…”  A notable silence, as if he had not yet had time to think of an answer to what he will be doing next besides a couple of local meetings and an annual painting.  His boss’s statement, Foy McNaughton, was nearly curt, “The McNaughton family wishes him all the best in retirement.”

The stories do touch on his deep friendships in the county.

Read more here: http://molosyndicate.com/3/1-609

Mountain Democrat Newspaper reader asks “Why can Ty protest?”

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Why can Ty protest?

Mr. Ty Robben protested in front of the DA’s Office.  I believe District Attorney Vern Pierson said at that time that Mr. Robben had a First Amendment right to protest.

Since then, Mr. Robben was arrested on false charges in Nevada and those charges were dropped.1st amendment

I’m asking Mr. Pierson to expound on his interpretation of the Constitutional Rights of a citizen to protest so that all citizens will feel safe should we feel the need to protest as Ty Robben did.


 Letters to the Editor Discussion | 5 comments

  • Justice InsiderJune 19, 2014 – 9:06 pmMs. Weltee, DA Pierson has never interfered in a persons right to protest. I can’t recall him ever filing charges on anybody who chooses to protest peacefully. (Peacefully, meaning not causing harm to others or property damage) Mr. Robben protested and Mr. Pierson didn’t interfere. Mr. Robben had some issues in Nevada, however that’s another state.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The original and real Oh BrotherJune 20, 2014 – 8:24 amSo Justice Insider you ARE a spokesperson for the District Attorney Vern Pierson. I can’t believe there really is a person working for the DA posting on this website. Not impressed and sad to hear that the stories are true about you and your employer.Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The original and real Oh BrotherJune 21, 2014 – 9:05 am@ Justice Insider – You have made no reply to my statement about the stories being true that you are in fact Mr. Piersons side kick from the DA office posting on this website. So now I will ask you. Are you the employee within the District Attorneys office that has been posting on this webite with, of course, inside information. Making this a true story? You appear to be answering this letter to the editor on behalf of Vern Pierson. http://www.inedc.com/1-4863Reply | Report abusive comment
  • agent provocateurJune 21, 2014 – 4:05 pmHi, this is Ty Robben and Google just informed me of this post. For the record, Vern Pierson DID NOT interfere with my protests in Placerville. In fact, he was very respectful, and I respect him for that part unlike the thugs in Nevada like Carson City “Judge” John Tatro, DA Neil Rombardo and his corrupt assistant Mark Krueger and the CCSO Sheriff Ken Furlong. I was arrested by the Nevada idiots with all charges being dropped and now I am suing them in Federal Court for an array of Constitutional violations including 1st amendment and malicious prosecution, etc. So as bad as Vern Pierson may be, he’s not as bad as the criminals in Carson City!Reply | Report abusive comment
  • agent provocateurJune 21, 2014 – 4:12 pmSee my website Nevada State Personnel WATCH for my story. Placerville and EDC is a utopia compared to corrupt Carson City Nevada folks. Do not go to Carson City! I think even Vern Pierson would be shocked at the corruption in my cases out of Carson City.Reply | Report abusive

ANTI CORRUPTION Protest Monday May 20th 2013 @ high noon El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson

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ANTI CORRUPTION Protest Monday May 20th 2013 at high noon in Placerville, CA “Hangtown” in front of the courthouse and District Attorney offices  against  El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson

With no charges filed, we’re putting massive pressure on the El Dorado County District Attorney to prosecute Dennis Justin of the “Justin Bros Bail Bonds” Company for his role in the October 18th, 2012 burglary, assault and battery incident against Ty Robben in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Dennis Justin was clearly at the scene and broke into my home. Dennis Justin acted in conspiracy with Doug Lewis and fully participated in the conflict and criminal activity.

The DA did charge “Bounty Hunter” Douglas Lewis with 5 counts but they have offer him a plea deal to only take 2 counts and no jail time. This sends the message it’s OK to kick in doors and sho0t people to resolve civil matters… Boy, we know a lot of “civil matter” that can get cleared up very quickly with doors being kicked in and people tased, kidnapped and never to be seen again. But in reality, we know that these actions are illegal and the perpetrators should be charged with felonies and years time in prison.

UPDATES: We made the news again at In Eldorado  County news. Click here. inedc.com/1-4683

Placerville court employees protest in May 2013. Click here: http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/court-employees-picket-over-pay-cuts/

We learned the Placerville Mayor was charged with corruption in 2011. Click here: http://www.news10.net/video/1118955005001/0/Placerville-mayor-faces-removal-in-corruption-probe

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