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My turn: Freedom in the balance

Three major developments have occurred within the last two months that are each disturbing by themselves, but extremely alarming when viewed together. The first was the revelation that for more than two years, one of the most powerful and feared agencies of the federal government was used to harass and intimidate individual Americans based upon […]

No Comment / July 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

What about separation of church and state?

EDITOR: Although I may differ politically and socially from Sam Pierson and Todd White, I appreciate the freedom of speech that America embraces. I represent the tolerant, accepting, embracing American. Mr. White and Mr. Pierson should clearly be aware of the constitutional responsibility of separation between church and state. Simply, discussion of God, any God […]

1 Comment / June 27, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Reliving the past is OK — sometimes

Some of our readers have challenged my position that it’s better to let go of the past and live for the right now — the present. A little elaboration on my part may be necessary. • When I recommend “let go of the past,” I am referring to the negative past. Don’t spend energy reliving […]

No Comment / June 27, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: County sports talk from EDH Golf Course to EDHS ‘Wall of Fame’

I love sports as much as the next guy, and of course, I also enjoy spirited debate. So I couldn’t avoid offering my own opinions on two sports-related debates brewing real-time in our fair county. The first debate involves the El Dorado Hills Community Services District calling for a special meeting June 3 to discuss […]

No Comment / June 27, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 »