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My oldest child begins middle school this week and his pleas for more technology have reached crescendo levels. He’d like instagram on his iPod; he needs to check You Tube on my laptop “real quick.” Many of his peers have received cell phones for sixth grade, and he’d like to know when he might enjoy […]

No Comment / August 08, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Back to school

School children dressed in their new clothes and wearing their over-stuffed backpacks returned to school last week and this week, marking summer vacation’s end and the beginning of a new year. For the next nine months or so sidewalks near our great local schools will overflow with giggling children as they walked to and from […]

No Comment / August 08, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: The ROI of a college degree is all in the choice

Working in the communications field the past two decades, I admit I suffer from a slight education inferiority complex. As a technology public relations resource the past 15 years after starting as a journalist, most of the technologists and executives I work with sport impressive degrees in complex fields from engineering to economics. It’s not […]

No Comment / August 06, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s bullets: Perfection escapes me

Recently I sent the following note to my co-workers: “Dear Co-worker: I am trying to determine when I will know that I am a perfect person. Please give me your opinion as to how I will know that my perfection has arrived.” My co-workers forwarded the following replies: “When I am perfect, you will be […]

No Comment / August 01, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Health-care reform: How does it affect you?

In June 2012 comprehensive health-care reform became the law of the land. Do you know how will it affect you? The major provisions will be effective in 2014. How will health coverage change? The health-care reform law contains provisions that expand benefits, improve access to health care, and protect the rights of consumers. Here are […]

No Comment / August 01, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

United States of ALEC

EDITOR: Recently, a group of civic-minded women in El Dorado County invited a member of Common Cause, a non-partisan group, to view a documentary presentation and participate in discussion on the growing power of an organization that most of us have never heard of: ALEC. We feel that the mission of ALEC, coupled with its […]

No Comment / July 28, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Garden Guru: Ruby beauty in Gold Country

Growing up in the northwest corner of Ohio, one of my favorite shrub-like trees was one that happened to bloom in the cold months of winter …namely, witch-hazel. Finding myself “transplanted” out onto the West Coast in a state that seems to possess almost every imaginable climate zone for growing, I was quickly drawn to […]

No Comment / July 25, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »