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Honoring Staff Sgt. Mote

EDITOR: My daughter Megan (Murphy) Travis is a Staff Sgt. in the Air Force, stationed in Belgium. She attended Silva Valley, Rolling Hills and Oak Ridge. I told her what had happened to Staff Sgt. Mote and I knew it would matter, because Staff Sgt. was a fellow serviceperson and because his dad was one of her favorite teachers. […]

1 Comment / August 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Publisher’s ink: A hero comes home

Richard Esposito

Nothing written in today’s column could lessen the pain Staff Sgt. Sky Mote’s family has experienced. The loss of a loved one is hard. But losing a son in the prime of his life must be unbearable. Sgt. Mote’s death brings a distant military campaign closer to home. It reminds us of nine long years […]

No Comment / August 23, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Surprised by EID water/sewer rates

I moved to El Dorado County in June, and like to follow Letters to the Editor in my local paper. So I was aware of some controversy regarding the EID and water rates, from the point of view both of its critics and its defenders. But nothing hit home like opening my first water/sewer bill […]

1 Comment / August 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Can you avoid falling off the ‘fiscal cliff’?

Americans follow a lot of metrics on Wall Street, but right now they are closely following a situation in Washington that involves our dysfunctional Congress. There are several dates you need to examine leading up to the “fiscal cliff,” which is creating uncertainty for business owners, investors and taxpayers in general. What is the fiscal […]

No Comment / August 17, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Living in the past doesn’t make sense

In her book, “Visions from the Heart,” Jennifer James, Ph.D., notes the following thought: “Regrets, we all have a few. There is a little pang of grief at what might have been. But each regret is only a tender reminder of the wonder that is the present. The event that begat the regret was somehow […]

No Comment / August 17, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A does of Dan: Government fines fleecing citizens

Dan Francisco

Society is intimately familiar with the law enforcement mantra: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.” We are also acutely aware of the mantra’s misdemeanor version: “Don’t do the crime if you can’t pay the fine.” However, if you have recently been on the receiving end of a fine levied by a […]

No Comment / August 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Knightly News: Better roads on the way

Supervisor John Knight

Hard work and coordinating with other state agencies have paid off in big money for El Dorado County, bringing in more than $21 million in the past 60 days. Most of the money will either be applied toward projects in El Dorado Hills or affect residences in the west end of El Dorado County. El […]

No Comment / August 07, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »