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Graduation address shocking

EDITOR: My daughter graduated from Oak Ridge High School last week. This is a time-honored celebrated right of passage. This celebration was marred by the thoughtless discriminating words used by one of our elected high school board of trustees. I was truly shocked to find Todd White, an elected representative of the El Dorado Union High […]

2 Comments / June 09, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Life after Life

Is there life after Life? I’m about to find out. I write this on my 59th birthday, but it’s not a retirement. It’s a stepping back. And yes, I’m going to spend some time with my family. Julie Samrick will take my place. She’s an El Dorado Hills mom and a good journalist who’s been […]

32 Comments / June 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

ADHD only getting worse here

“Mom, I need to read two chapters for a test tomorrow,” your eighth-grader declares. He shuts the door to his bedroom and for the next 45 minutes at least three different technology devices compete for his attention as he bounces between texts, music and stops to look things up on the web “real quick.” Media […]

2 Comments / June 06, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Who do Americans trust? Actors and athletes apparently

For years, Sports Illustrated has collected and featured bizarre, zany or just plain disappointing weekly reports from the world of sports entitled, “This week’s sign the apocalypse is upon us.” I haven’t read Sports Illustrated recently, but I fondly recall the unique section of the magazine and consciously apply its title in my mind to […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Anger plus denial equals stupid

Recently a friend asked me what act contributes the most to creating marital problems. It took me about 30 seconds to reply, “Collecting anger coupons.” • When you or your spouse allow anger to simmer, without identifying the anger, it allows anger to flourish just below the boiling point. The controlled anger really isn’t controlled […]

No Comment / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Making a political point

EDITOR: I can’t know the intent of the employees in the Cincinnati  office of the IRS who in 2010 began tagging  501 C4’s  with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names for extra scrutiny, but the facts are these. In 2010 most of the new applications were from the conservative side; the department responsible for […]

No Comment / May 29, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Oh! Oh! Oleander!

Courtesy photo

As spring warms into summer, one of the highest color impacts we enjoy along our roadways and in our landscapes has to be the bountiful, blooming oleander. Oleanders are characterized by summer blooming, heavily scented flowers that may be red, pink, white or yellow depending on cultivar. In our warm climate area, the leaves are […]

No Comment / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »