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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 »

Here’s to 100 more

In January 1915 the Board of Trade changed its name to the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. It was a smart decision and over the next 100 years, the chamber boards and members continued to make smart decisions that helped mold and shape our beautiful county. Where would we be without those thinkers who decided […]

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

Billingsley’s Bullets: I’m back in the saddle again

After my Nov. 20, 2014, stroke occurred my driving privilege was suspended, as it should have been. I was in no condition to drive a bicycle, much less a car. Eventually my doctor submitted a form to the DMV, stating that she thought I could drive again. An officer from the DMV’s Driver Safety Branch […]

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