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Publisher’s ink: This logic went out the window years ago

The best four words a father hears from his child are “Dad, I love you.” The second best four words this father heard recently from his daughter were, “I GOT A JOB!” It’s been three months since our youngest excitedly gave us the good news. I decided to wait the customary 90 days before sharing […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

‘Mik’ throws EDH under the bus

EDITOR: On Dec. 2, 2014, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved on a 4-1 vote the Town Center apartments, a 250-unit apartment complex in the heart of Town Center. The only dissenting vote was by District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen. What is so shocking about this vote is that after many volunteered hours […]

1 Comment / December 17, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Giving yourself the gift of not falling

It happened so quickly I almost can’t remember how. What makes me remember is the soreness in a shoulder that lingers six weeks after the incident. It was getting dark as I stepped out the door of the fifth wheel. We were in an Arkansas KOA that had very large rocks just outside the door. As […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Persistence pays off

The staff at the El Dorado Irrigation District has been dogged in its pursuit of getting a water delivery contract from the Bureau of Reclamation. The persistence and innovative ideas have begun to pay off. After securing the additional 17,000 acre-feet of water from Project 184, confirming those water rights with the State Water Resources […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Words that scare me

There are a few words that my wife, Monika, uses that scare me. When she says, “What did you just say to me?” I know instantly that I should not have said what I said. My first impulse is to pretend I can’t recall what I said, but she doesn’t buy my response. My next […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden guru: Put holly in your holiday

This time of year, front door wreaths, fireplace mantle swags, dining room table centerpieces and candlestick skirting all seem to have something very traditional and horticulturally elegant in common. Namely sprigs or boughs of holly! American holly is known botanically as Ilex apaca. This classic broadleaf evergreen native of the United States is popular in gardens […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: What raising a puppy has taught my kids about parenting

When I was 6 years old my parents told my three sisters and me we were adopting a baby boy. When I got off the school bus the day of our much-anticipated special delivery my mom was there to greet us. “Meet your new little brother,” she smiled, pointing to what would become our faithful […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »