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A dose of Dan: Endeavor to promote science, math to youth

When I was a teenager I remember my parents calling me out of my bedroom in the evening and politely demanding that I tune into the Carl Sagan television program Cosmos with them when it aired on PBS from time to time. It’s not that I minded hanging out with my parents, I just recall those sessions […]

No Comment / November 01, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The Knightly News: Illegal fire tax

Many of you have received a bill from the State Board of Equalization for what the State of California calls a Fire Prevention Fee. If you live in a state designated State Responsibility Area  you received this bill even though you are in and pay taxes to the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. You did […]

No Comment / November 01, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Support your local school

EDITOR: With all of the propositions on this year’s ballot, I believe people should have information that is not a 30 second sound bite from someone who does not have a personal stake in its outcome. For the last 20 years I have served on various local school boards. The first being the El Dorado […]

1 Comment / October 31, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Fire board spending unconscionable

EDITOR: I read with dismay your front page article on Oct. 17 implying the present fire board has exercised sound fiscal management. This is absurd given the extravagant compensation EDH firefighters receive. Their annual salary, overtime and education incentives average about $135,000 to $140,000 in addition to fully paid health care and an attractive retirement […]

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Stracener campaign gets sleazy

EDITOR: Judge Warren Stracener is mailing literature that uses smear tactics to hurt his opponent. This win-at-all-costs approach is what we expect from sleazy politicians, not judicial candidates. Is this the kind of person we want as our judge? Judge Eddie Keller(Ret.) El Dorado County Superior Court Shingle Springs

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

EID’s bloated budget

EDITOR: In his proposed $47 million gross operating spending for 2013, EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie has included $28.1 million of salaries and benefits for 221.5 employees … an average of $127,000 per employee. Abercrombie wants EID average salaries to climb to $78,000 and employee benefits, excluding paid time off, to average an “eye-popping” $49,000 […]

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cutting the fire budget cuts service

EDITOR: I’m a firefighter for another department in the greater Sacramento area, and am proud to make El Dorado Hills my home. I’m hoping that the insight I can provide might help some of my voters make a good decision on Election Day. Let me start by saying that the district that I work for […]

16 Comments / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »