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My Turn: Everyone needs access to modern emergency communications

El Dorado Hills Fire Chief David Roberts As a fire chief, “record-setting” years are not something I look forward to. But as of June last year fire conditions in California were already the “worst on record.” By year’s end the 2015 wildfire season was the costliest in U.S. history since 1960, with more than $1.7 billion […]

May 18, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Union investment pays off

EDITOR: In the last two El Dorado Hills Fire Board elections, the firefighters’ union has paid 100 percent of the re-election costs for John Hidahl, Jim Hartley and Barbara Winn’s campaigns ($31,538). These three board members recently provided a significant return on the union’s investment. The new 3.5 year contract will provide EDH firefighters/management the ability […]

May 18, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Village Life picks

Shiva Frentzen for District 2 Considering the chaos that was the special election to fill ousted supervisor Ray Nutting’s seat nearly two years ago, it’s nice to see things have calmed down in District 2. Voters have two qualified candidates from whom to choose and we support keeping Supervisor Shiva Frentzen on the job. Since she was […]

May 18, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Beth Gaines: 3 strikes and you’re out

EDITOR: There have been three candidate forums where the four other District 1 supervisor candidates in El Dorado Hills showed up and gave answers and had a lively debate. Beth Gaines was a no-show all three times. She is either cowardly or arrogant; either way she does not deserve your vote. On top of that […]

May 11, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Le’t re-elect Judge Brooks

EDITOR: I attended a Taxpayers Association meeting and heard the candidates for El Dorado County Superior Court judge speak. I was most impressed with our current judge, Nelson Keith Brooks. I was the assistant county assessor and the county assessor for 16 years and I have known Judge Brooks for 10 years. I can spot […]

May 11, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Crib Notes: A mother’s magic

There are all kinds of mothers in the world. Some are strict, others more laid back. Some mothers are more verbal, expressing their delight or frustration with ease. Other mothers are more quiet, but with a single look their children know exactly what they want to convey in that moment. Some moms are persistent, like […]

May 11, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Measure E is too risky

Measure Y returns to the ballot this year, brought to voters by the letter “E” and malcontents who can’t accept the voting majority’s 2008 decision to modify El Dorado County’s traffic control initiative. Let’s start with a little history. Voters originally approved Measure Y in 1998. Its main provisions, as explained by County Counsel, included: a prohibition of […]

May 11, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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