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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 »

Senior News: July 2013

Summer time I hope some of you were able to spend some time at the California State Fair in Sacramento. I grew up there and it was always a time to look forward to. We would take our lunch and spend the day. Have any of you purchased the new pocket garden hose that is […]

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

daVinci system not all it’s cracked up to be

EDITOR: In regards to the “news release” in your paper recently publishes about the daVinci assisted robotic surgery system, there are some disadvantages the readers should know about and are not mentioned in the story. Maybe someone from your staff forgot to vet the article, and the following information is taken from Wikipedia. So there […]

No Comment / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Government regulations waste time and money

EDITOR: How often do we see, after 3 p.m. each day, a long line of cars trying to get onto Highway 50 off the East Bidwell on onramp only to have to wait for one car at a time to get onto a freeway that is often wide open and usually free of anything approaching […]

No Comment / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »