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Building a resort?

EDITOR: Taj Mahal No. 2 is on its way. The old EDH Francisco Fire Station 84 is gone. A 10,000-square-foot edifice will replace it. A 2013 public meeting described a $3,000,000 building on the old site plus $1,000,000 more to outfit it. But wait, the approved 2014-15 budget announced Sept. 18 now allocates $6 million without […]

2 Comments / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: What is your excuse?

During my waltz through life, I have heard several people blame their former spouse or spouses for making their past or present life difficult. The favorite phrase of these “spouse blamers” is, “If it weren’t for …” In some cases, they have been divorced for 30 years or more. • It’s true that there are […]

Comments Off / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ranalli endorsed for District 4

Mike Ranalli is our choice for Supervisor, District 4. The voters in the primary whittled things down to the top two candidates. Having interviewed both candidates, we feel confident Ranalli is the best choice for the voters of District 4. We consider him most knowledgeable about county government by virtue of the number of years […]

1 Comment / October 12, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: The great white ghost

Sycamores like this one in the EDHCSD parking lot can become immense, growing to more than 100 feet in height and spreading to a 70 foot canopy diameter. Photo courtesy of Brent Dennis

Growing up as a kid in northwest Ohio, my Grandpa Dennis used to take me for walks in the woods to teach me my trees. One of the more majestic trees that he nicknamed “The Great White Ghost of the Forest” was the American Sycamore. Known botanically as Platanus occidentalis, this massive, fast-growing, over-story shade […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Options for aging in place

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas live independently within their home. Recently, Mr. Thomas was diagnosed with dementia. He is forgetting to eat, has become unable to go to the bathroom without assistance and is no longer sleeping through the night. Mrs. Thomas is exhausted and can no longer leave her home to run errands because her husband […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Vote Hus for El Dorado Hills Fire Board

EDITOR: How much should El Dorado Hills taxpayers be paying for fire protection? This is a question that many municipalities are facing. Unfortunately, many communities such as Stockton are finding that they can’t afford the services they have created due to over commitment to wages and benefits made by boards and city councils in previous […]

1 Comment / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t become a full-time victim

In his book, “Earn It – Empower Yourself for Love,” Bob Quinlan states, “Victims, who feel others are responsible for everything that happens to them, will not assume responsibility. Fatalists, who believe their failures are pre-determined, do not understand the power of their ability to make decisions. Self-absorbed individuals will not care how their behavior […]

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