My Turn: Ganned if you do; Ganned if you don’t

From the same governor who brought you the illegal fire tax now comes a plan to blow the top off California’s spending cap and leave taxpayers on the hook for tens of billions in extra taxes. It’s a bad idea that fractures the faith between citizens and government and spells trouble for California’s fiscal future. […]

April 05, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Genuinely concerned

EDITOR: I tried to ignore last week’s letter regarding “Hands caught in the cookie jar” but simply couldn’t, given its misinformation and biases. Let me state at the outset that I too was appalled with the DNC and its actions during last year’s primary election process. I considered it unconscionable and a serious breach of […]

April 05, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

My Turn: Things are heating up in Serrano

Well, it’s that time again. We’ve got another Serrano Homeowners Association Board of Directors election looming and it’s again shaping up to be a battle for control, with homeowners vying with the developer for control of their HOA. But it’s coupled with a few extra wrinkles: A small claims court action and a major lawsuit […]

April 05, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Emergency conditions and EID’s dedicated workers

As I write this column, the El Dorado Irrigation District has teams deployed addressing multiple emergency projects. Some are engaged in an emergency sewer line fix; others are cutting roads into remote hilltops to enable access to damaged flume and canal sections. Some of those flume and canal sections will only be accessible by helicopter because […]

March 29, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: I am innocent

Someone is spreading the rumor that I have been seen wearing a New England Patriots football jersey with No. 12 on the back. It is also alleged that the jersey has a little blood and dirt on it. I did not attend the Super Bowl. However … if you would like to purchase the jersey, perhaps I […]

March 29, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Hands caught in the cookie jar

EDITOR: We all know the phrase “getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar,” meaning you are guilty of doing something wrong and you can’t deny that fact. Usually the child who gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar tries to justify the reaction with one of two scenarios — blame the other […]

March 29, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

My Turn: Mental health first aid

What is stigma? The dictionary defines it as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person.” Stigma is a word that has the power to isolate people and stop people from asking for help, even when they need it. When it comes to the stigma associated with depression, thoughts of suicide and […]

March 22, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,