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Valentine’s Day is here to stay

“Whoa! That’s a lot of Valentines … Are you a teacher?” A man asked as he stared at my cart incredulously while my kids and I checked out of the Dollar Store last weekend. Toting 100 paper Valentines plus a piece of candy to attach to each one, I was genuinely happy to answer, “No […]

No Comment / February 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My turn: County schools continue to make school safety top priority

El Dorado County’s 15 school districts continue to make school safety a top priority through a variety of strategies designed to further ensure the well-being of students, including concerted planning efforts between school districts, local law enforcement, and other county emergency service agencies. Our schools take every precaution to ensure the safety of students and […]

No Comment / February 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

It seems to me …

EDITOR: The 690th public meeting of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board was held Jan 17. The public did not attend. It should. The independent auditor affirmed that the actual pension obligation incurred by the current labor contract will have to be carried as what it is, debt. The board brags it has no debt. […]

No Comment / February 10, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Enforce the gun laws we have

EDITOR: Rather than rushing through purposely-vague “gun control” laws, aimed at eventual confiscation, we must start with proper enforcement of current law — which isn’t happening. VP Joe Biden, perhaps in a Freudian slip, recently said something significantly disturbing: “We need more gun laws, because we don’t have time to enforce the ones we have!” […]

2 Comments / February 03, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Quit using the word ‘Again’

To improve your communication with your spouse, eliminate the word ”again” when you speak. More often than not, this word creates an automatic argument and fuels old anger and old debates. • When you say, “Here we go again,” your spouse realizes that you are going to bring up old business that guarantees a confrontation. […]

No Comment / February 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Homeless man seeks shelter in EDH back yard

A few weeks ago when our local evenings regularly dropped into the freezing zone, a friend of ours who lives with his family in the Serrano neighborhood of El Dorado Hills made a startling discovery in his back yard. It was dark outside, but still relatively early in the evening, when our friend — let’s […]

1 Comment / February 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Lance Armstrong’s fall is a timeless tale

The world’s greatest storytellers allow us to better understand human beings and their complexities through fiction. Lance Armstrong’s sad fall from grace since his admission of doping is a true story, but it could just as easily been torn from the great writers’ notebooks. Armstrong symbolizes what students in high school and college English classes […]

No Comment / January 27, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »