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Facing death with the help of hospice

Richard Esposito

Standing in the doorway of my parent’s garage I embraced my mother for what seemed like an eternity. Deep down inside I knew (and perhaps she as well) that difficult days lay ahead. It was during this visit that I realized how much pain she was experiencing. Unbearable as it was she still refused to […]

Comments Off / April 13, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Struggling to live while facing death

Richard Esposito

Grace walked into the Bert Fish Medical Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with her newest hard cover puzzle book featuring an assortment of mind benders and Sodukos. Working crossword puzzles helps pass the time and at age 69 Grace’s skill level is ranked somewhere between amateur and professional. On this particular day, Grace would […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Highway 50 toll road — then and now

Richard Esposito

Motorists traveling on Highway 50 may not understand the historical relevance of this, the first state road authorized on March 26, 1895. Back then it was referred to as the Lake Tahoe Wagon Road. The 58-mile span of road from present day Newtown Road to the Nevada state line was a toll road until 1886. […]

Comments Off / March 30, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Canine dental care giving me a toothache

Richard Esposito

Sobbing from examination room No. 2 at Sierra Animal Hospital reminded my wife and me that pets, like all other living things, don’t live forever. Moments earlier, a gentleman carrying his dog in his arms joined his wife in the room and the door closed behind him. The sobbing from inside the room brought tears […]

Comments Off / March 21, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s ink: Chemtrails mystery nothing but hot air?

Richard Esposito

Everyone has seen those contrails streaming across the horizon. Usually the streaks of white condensation tracing behind aircraft dissipate over time. Occasionally the sky appears like quilt patchwork with streaks crisscrossing the atmosphere. I never gave much thought to this unusual sight until recently. A reader stopped by my office to implore the newspaper to […]

Comments Off / February 23, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Defining ‘dead’ and ‘drunk’

Richard Esposito

It’s a typical Friday afternoon. You’re working at your desk when suddenly an employee in customer service informs you there’s a homeless man at the front counter requesting to see you. What’s an open-door policy for if the door isn’t open to everyone? You recognize the gentleman. Some label him homeless but in reality he […]

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Academic Decathlon students and volunteers are all winners

As students representing Oak Ridge, El Dorado, Union Mine and Ponderosa high schools filed into the theater of Union Mine High School last Saturday afternoon, the question on everyone’s mind was who would win this year’s 30th annual El Dorado County Academic Decathlon. Ponderosa High School entered the contest with 19 consecutive wins under its […]

Comments Off / February 10, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »