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How to save water

When the El Dorado Irrigation District asked its customers to reduce water use 30 percent many customers thought EID would be checking their meters and making a list of who’s naughty and nice. Put your mind at ease. That ain’t going to happen. No. 1, they only have enough staff to read them every other […]

No Comment / February 12, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Know when to shut up

In a relationship, the timing of what you say may be at least as important as what you say. For example, right after your spouse drops and breaks her/his favorite coffee cup is not a good time to say, “You need to be more careful in the morning,” or “You have too many cups anyway. […]

1 Comment / February 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Misleading ad

EDITOR: Just as Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows!” so today you don’t need full-page ads paid for by chambers of commerce, real estate developers or San Francisco speculators to persuade you that the gridlock traffic you experience on Highway 50 isn’t […]

No Comment / February 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib Notes: Common Core one step in right direction

My sixth-grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message that the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort … without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We were told […]

No Comment / February 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Thirsty future

January looked like one for the record books when we looked at it in this space, but decent rain at the end of the month left the month with a total of 0.75 inch. That is more than the 0.62 inch recorded in January 1977, the final drought years. It is more than the record […]

No Comment / February 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Business tax mistakes

Starting a new business can be intimidating, but extremely rewarding. However, many entrepreneurs are focused on so many different things that they overlook some simple steps that can save them money when it comes time to pay Uncle Sam on April 15. 1. Employee vs. subcontractor: When a business pays individuals for work done for […]

No Comment / February 05, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Plan now for water saving

From the documents the El Dorado Irrigation District produced for its revenue-saving refinancing comes a list of the district’s largest customers. The list also serves as a blueprint for saving water. There is little prospect of saving water this year, except through the individual efforts of its customers. But that doesn’t mean EID shouldn’t plan […]

No Comment / February 05, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »