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It was an exceptional speech

EDITOR: Friday I read a letter posted by Ellie Vierra that criticized El Dorado Union High School Board member Todd White for his graduation speech at Oak Ridge High School. Her letter criticized Mr. White’s promotion of American exceptionalism and misconstrued his reference of God to be in an exclusive tone. I found this letter […]

4 Comments / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Culture of corruption at the White House

EDITOR: The circle of White House corruption surrounding the Benghazi scandal is now complete, with the promotion of former U. N. ambassador and White House apologist Susan Rice to the position of national security advisor. Is she qualified? Who knows? The issue here is protection, not qualification. She will now occupy a position not subject […]

Comments Off / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Learn or lose — a life lesson

One of my “Billingsley Axioms” is “Insight without change means nothing.” In other words, you may gain insight from your mistakes, but if you don’t change the behavior that created the mistake you will repeat the same mistakes. • If drinking too much results in you fighting, arguing or being put in jail, you will […]

Comments Off / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Understanding health insurance as an older adult

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the topic of health insurance is moving from the back burner to the front. With the growing numbers of baby boomers on the cusp of Medicare eligibility, questions arise almost daily about eligibility, costs and coverage. For those older adults with existing coverage, they may be wondering […]

Comments Off / June 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 »