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Check out the State of Jefferson

EDITOR: Please remember the concept and slogan from our Founding Fathers, “No taxation without representation.” To bring about the United States of America and the amazing U.S. Constitution our founders had to risk life, liberty and property. Those of us who live in the rural counties of California face the same issues as our country’s […]

No Comment / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billlingsley’s Bullets: The time to change is now

My dad was not big on talking about the past or the future. He was a “right now” person. According to him, people who still dwelled on the past were looking for an excuse to explain their present failures. Instead of improving their present circumstances, they wasted a lot of time and energy creating alibis […]

1 Comment / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Long Term Care Insurance: Is It Worth It?

Eleven years ago I was introduced to my husband’s grandmother. As a beautiful, loving and vivacious woman, she quickly became a very important person in my life. Throughout the years she was very involved in the lives of her family, regularly attended local beading classes to make jewelry and loved to shop. She was also […]

1 Comment / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Change your lice policy

EDITOR: This is an open letter to the Buckeye Union School District and the new principal at Oak Meadow Elementary School in El Dorado Hills. My grandsons attend Oak Meadow and last year we had an enormous outbreak of lice at the school. When we began looking at the lice policy of BUSD we found […]

No Comment / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib Notes: Teenage jobs offer more than pay

During a recent swim team practice, my attention strayed from my child in the pool to the teenage workforce that kept the community pool operating. Some teens lifeguarded, perched high above throngs of young swimmers with focused eyes and authoritative voices. More teenagers were in the water dressed in matching white swim shirts as they […]

No Comment / August 09, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Tough cuts ahead

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited for this quote, said some 50 years ago. Today it’s still relevant … especially when discussing El Dorado County’s budget. In June the Board of Supervisors adopted a preliminary $253 million 2015-16 General Fund budget with the intention […]

1 Comment / August 08, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: Manzanita … man, it’s one neat plant!

I can only trust that avid readers of this monthly gardening column are not getting tired of my intentional focus upon drought tolerant plants. But once again I want to promote the consideration of a true Northern California botanical champion, namely the manzanita. Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. […]

No Comment / August 06, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »