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Claims simply don’t hold water

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District customers should be aware of two items of EID news. One is new information on California water rates throughout California in 2011; the other is 2012 audit results adopted at the Monday, June 24, board meeting. The rate survey used a benchmark of monthly cost when consuming 1,500 cubic feet […]

No Comment / June 25, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Senior News: June 2013

Summer is here I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer weather. Not too hot and not too cold. Remember, you can take advantage of the air conditioning at the Senior Center by participating in the numerous programs. Are you enjoying the results of your summer garden? If yes, how are your tomatoes coming along? […]

No Comment / June 23, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

EID bleeding red ink

EDITOR: The El Dorado Irrigation District’s just-released audited financial report for 2012 reveals deepening financial woes. A net loss of $10.8 million officially was recorded but excluded a $4 million increase in unfunded pensions. Including the worsening pension underfunding, the district lost $14.8 million. With four rounds of double-digit rate increases implemented since early 2010, […]

No Comment / June 23, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

My turn: County government, change and ‘What do you mean we’re moving to Phoenix?’

By Karl Weiland El Dorado County Assessor Everybody  knows an old dilapidated house. You know the kind, where you can’t flush the toilet if someone’s in the shower. Where the fuse box is so old that using the garage door opener while the dishwasher is running blows the fuse and kills half the lights in […]

No Comment / June 20, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

It was an exceptional speech

EDITOR: Friday I read a letter posted by Ellie Vierra that criticized El Dorado Union High School Board member Todd White for his graduation speech at Oak Ridge High School. Her letter criticized Mr. White’s promotion of American exceptionalism and misconstrued his reference of God to be in an exclusive tone. I found this letter […]

4 Comments / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Culture of corruption at the White House

EDITOR: The circle of White House corruption surrounding the Benghazi scandal is now complete, with the promotion of former U. N. ambassador and White House apologist Susan Rice to the position of national security advisor. Is she qualified? Who knows? The issue here is protection, not qualification. She will now occupy a position not subject […]

No Comment / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Learn or lose — a life lesson

One of my “Billingsley Axioms” is “Insight without change means nothing.” In other words, you may gain insight from your mistakes, but if you don’t change the behavior that created the mistake you will repeat the same mistakes. • If drinking too much results in you fighting, arguing or being put in jail, you will […]

No Comment / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »