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Your Facebook life: Less is more

“Less is best” when it comes to privacy and sharing information on Facebook. According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, the fastest growth among social networking users has come from those who are 74 and older. If you’re among that group and you’ve started using Facebook to keep in touch with family […]

Comments Off / February 20, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Respectful workplace — an El Dorado County oxymoron?

EDITOR: The citizens of El Dorado County have been treated to a barrage of articles over the last year about bullying in the workplace in El Dorado County. We have had 11 HR directors in the last 10 years. And now the Board of Supervisors wants to spend $140,000 to employ a consultant to develop […]

1 Comment / February 20, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

How to save water

When the El Dorado Irrigation District asked its customers to reduce water use 30 percent many customers thought EID would be checking their meters and making a list of who’s naughty and nice. Put your mind at ease. That ain’t going to happen. No. 1, they only have enough staff to read them every other […]

Comments Off / February 12, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Know when to shut up

In a relationship, the timing of what you say may be at least as important as what you say. For example, right after your spouse drops and breaks her/his favorite coffee cup is not a good time to say, “You need to be more careful in the morning,” or “You have too many cups anyway. […]

1 Comment / February 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Misleading ad

EDITOR: Just as Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “You don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows!” so today you don’t need full-page ads paid for by chambers of commerce, real estate developers or San Francisco speculators to persuade you that the gridlock traffic you experience on Highway 50 isn’t […]

Comments Off / February 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib Notes: Common Core one step in right direction

My sixth-grader’s middle school spent at least a month communicating the message that the leap to middle school means the children put forth more effort … without the meddling of well-intentioned parents. If they forget their lunch, for instance, let them figure it out and they most likely won’t forget it again. We were told […]

Comments Off / February 10, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Thirsty future

January looked like one for the record books when we looked at it in this space, but decent rain at the end of the month left the month with a total of 0.75 inch. That is more than the 0.62 inch recorded in January 1977, the final drought years. It is more than the record […]

Comments Off / February 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »