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My Turn: Blue lives matter

A handful of California families will find it hard to celebrate the holidays this year because they lost their fathers and brothers to senseless violence. On Oct. 19 Modoc County sheriff’s deputy Jack Hopkins responded to a disturbance call and was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was only 31. On Oct. […]

No Comment / December 07, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s Ink: Castro is dead; Clinton is the un-dead

“I’ve never killed a man, but I’ve read many obituaries with pleasure.” Clarence Darrow After decades of torture, executions and playing warden to the largest island prison in the world, Fidel Castro joins other despicable tyrants in the den of the devil. News of Castro’s death brought elation to millions, except those on the left […]

1 Comment / December 07, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The Leftism is in remission and we are going home

EDITOR: The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills is sending its militia/supporters home. We got together in 2010 to protect the Constitution of the United States because we knew our basic constitutional freedoms were under assault. We watched helplessly as President Obama moved the Affordable Care Act and its 28,000 pages of text, regulations […]

1 Comment / December 07, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

My Turn: Academics are stunned by Trump’s win … and that’s a bad thing

A friend of mine recently told me about a troubling experience his daughter had at a California community college. She had to endure a political rant from one of her professors, who compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and claimed Trump’s election was worse than 9/11. I wasn’t a diehard Trump supporter. For me, the […]

1 Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

EID fiscal irresponsibility

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District rates have more than doubled in the last seven years yet EID management wants board approval to continue gouging its ratepayers and increase 2017-18 rates fully 30 times the 0.3 percent increase in 2016-17 Social Security payments. EID management’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget includes median $131,000 per employee compensation with benefits […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: I miss all my pals

Even before I wrote my last “Heard Over the Back Fence” column I knew I would miss all of my co-workers at the Mountain Democrat office. It felt like I was leaving family. The entire Mountain Democrat crew works as a very productive, intelligent and friendly group of very nice people. It was a great […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Teachers union offers anti-Trump lesson plan

EDITOR: It was with horror that I read in the Sacramento Bee the morning of Thursday, Nov. 17, on page 6A that a union representing San Francisco’s Public school teachers is circulating a classroom lesson plan that calls President-elect Donald Trump a racist and sexist man. The United Educators of San Francisco posted the plan […]

2 Comments / November 23, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »