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Billingsley’s Bullets: The Lone Ranger needs Tonto

My friend Steve Tapson provided the following Lone Ranger/Tonto conversation: “The Lone Ranger and Tonto were camping in the wilderness. After they got their tent set up, both men fell sound asleep. Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, ‘Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?’ The Lone Ranger replies, ‘I […]

Comments Off / September 14, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a Care Manager: What is it you really want?

Lisa was worried about her parents who at 90 years old still lived in their own home. They admitted to slowing down and to Lisa and her sisters it was obvious. Mom no longer did much cooking. They admitted that they often only ate twice a day. They went to bed earlier and got up late. Dad’s personal care had […]

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Drug testing young athletes?

The issue of athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs to make them faster, stronger and focused is not new. Year after year we’ve seen mega-star football players, baseball players, professional cyclists, etc., fall from grace as they admitted to steroid and/or performance-enhancing drug use. What’s new, and alarming, is the issue of young athletes — high school students […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Time trumps money

With back to school on many parents’ minds, a PTA note written by a mom of three from Texas has gone viral. In the note to school families, she bucks the traditional fundraisers for cash. She asks parents to check off how much money they’ll give for the year instead of time, including: I don’t […]

1 Comment / September 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Thanks to EID

EDITOR: Thank you El Dorado Irrigation District crews for moving so fast to fix the sewer pipe break on Green Valley Road. I was so impressed by all the workers and equipment that appeared so quickly and stayed into the night on a weekend. They were all over Green Valley Road, in our neighborhood and along […]

Comments Off / September 05, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Garden Guru: Creeping Fig

Garden structures and plantings that are properly planned and planted can create striking beauty and unique features within any landscape. A recent development in El Dorado Hills Community Park was the reconstruction of a quarter-century-old and structurally declining wooden arbor on the west side of the park’s pavilion. Once the new arbor was in place, […]

Comments Off / September 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Homecare workers deserve respect

It’s time for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to put people first by fully funding our county’s homecare program. When my son Brendan was born with cerebral palsy, his doctors told me he was unlikely to ever walk, talk or feed himself. Like any parent, I was devastated and worried about my son. […]

Comments Off / August 30, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »