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My turn: Taxpayers speak out against unjust fire tax

For the second time in as many years, the state of California is mailing hundreds of thousands of fire tax bills to rural Californians who live in the so-called State Responsibility Area. The bills hit mailboxes even as the class action lawsuit I’m backing has finally received a green light to move forward. As Jon […]

No Comment / August 22, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Supervisor Nutting’s true colors

EDITOR: Like many others in El Dorado County, I supported Ray Nutting for county supervisor in 2012. Ray convinced me he was the best candidate for this elected position because he was heavily active in the community for many years, and he had a servant’s heart for the citizens in this county. I have come […]

No Comment / August 14, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: A saint is born?

The Billingsley clan is thrilled to welcome Daisy Michele Billingsley to our family and our lives. Daisy entered this world on July 14, and she and mother, Rebecca Monique Billingsley, are doing just fine. • Within 30 minutes of her birth, I was rocking her and singing old folk songs to her. When I kissed […]

No Comment / August 14, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a Care Manager: Other insurance that can help you age in place

This three-part series began with a discussion of how the health insurance process is structured for older adults. The second column discussed the choices around Medicare, supplements and managed care encompassing Medicare. The final column in this series will focus on other types of insurance that older adults may purchase or for many, already have but […]

No Comment / August 14, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Read more

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 »