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Billingsley’s Bullets: Quiet people learn more

I guess all of us have two or three friends who love to talk. The heavyweight, champion talkers love to have quiet friends and spouses who appear to be good listeners. Marcel Achard said, “Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.” • Actually, the silent ones may not be listening. They are being quiet […]

No Comment / October 30, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Another Obama Administration mistake?

EDITOR We were told that the Ebola virus was not highly contagious a month ago. Our President and his administration did not take the threat to our national health seriously. While African countries stopped air traffic from West Africa, we did nothing. Now we know that Ebola is a deadly infectious disease with a 70% […]

No Comment / October 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Private practice: When a dog bites

In California, dog owners who are found legally liable for bites inflicted by their dogs will be responsible for the victim’s “damages.” These damages typically include medical expenses, lost income, physical disability and emotional distress. Liability for the dog’s actions can attach even without a showing of the dog’s prior propensity to bite. Under California […]

No Comment / October 30, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Yes on N? No!

EDITOR: Measure N was put on the ballot by a builders group from Sacramento that wants to dictate where our local road funds are spent so (builders) don’t have to pay so much in road mitigation fees for their developments. At the May 13, 2014, El Dorado County Board of Supervisor meeting, Supervisor Brian Veerkamp stated that […]

1 Comment / October 26, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Measures M, N & O won’t work

EDITOR: Last week’s letter from Cheryl McDougal showed her naiveté about the local political scene. Let’s start with the people who worked so hard with the county to generate the California State required General Plan five-year update; 300 of your friends and neighbors (including me) spent endless hours working to update the General Plan to bring […]

2 Comments / October 26, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

NO on Proposition 46

EDITOR: To our valued patients and members of the community, I wanted to share my opinion about an important topic up for vote this election day, and to urge you to vote no on Proposition 46. As the CEO of Marshall Medical Center, I can tell you how diligently we work to make healthcare accessible […]

No Comment / October 26, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Unintended consequences

There are three complicated growth measures, M, N and O on the Nov. 4 ballot; each would amend the El Dorado County General Plan. State planning law requires every county to adopt and maintain a blueprint for development throughout the county: a general plan. This general plan is the county’s basic planning document and is […]

No Comment / October 23, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »