My Turn: Sanctuary state bad idea for California

In its continued quest to lead the nation in irresponsible governance, the California State Senate is moving forward with Senate Bill 54. The bill completely dismisses the millions of citizens who follow the law and want safe communities for their families and businesses. It’s also the latest embarrassing example of the Legislature’s cult-like devotion to […]

Garden Guru: Go native

As our landscapes finally start to dry out from the deluge of much-needed rainfall, it is hard to resist the urge to start perusing the local garden centers and nurseries for our spring projects in the garden. Before you take the plunge consider first taking an inventory of your landscape. Did some of the plants […]

Crib notes: ‘La La’ versus ‘Moonlight’

When the two presenters awarded the final, and biggest, award of the night, I saw the awkward moment unfold live from our family room. “And the winner is,” Warren Beatty said just before a long, lingering pause. Then he handed the envelope to his co-presenter and “Bonnie & Clyde” co-star, Faye Dunaway. “La La Land,” […]

Trump mania

EDITOR: Trump Mania has swept the nation and is infecting El Dorado County. Many letters question Trump’s legitimacy, predicting the end of life as we know it. We are hardly looking at a world that existed on Dec. 7, 1941. Are we so dependent on the government that our citizens and states cannot function unless […]

Damned if we don’t

The close call in Oroville — an emergency spillway on the brink of failure and the poorly executed evacuation of nearly 200,000 people — should be a wake-up call for our leaders in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The country’s infrastructure is literally crumbling underneath its citizens’ feet. One day soon we fear a scary situation such as […]

My Turn: Remedy for disaster

It’s true — we don’t belong anywhere on the age spectrum. We’re not 7 or 12 or 20. We’re in this random space — this gap — a black hole in the middle of nowhere. Being a teenager is harder than it sounds. As a teen I completely understand. And when parents tell you they get it and teachers say […]

New York Creek Trail controversy

EDITOR: I was saddened to read such a one-sided story about an unnecessary trail controversy in El Dorado Hills. It is mind boggling that this project has become an uproar. It like a solution looking for a problem. The trail has been safely shared by kids going to school, walkers, dog walkers, runners and mountain […]