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My turn: Yes, you can help make local government better

The annual opportunity for citizens to take part in the El Dorado County Grand Jury process is here. The Grand Jury is an excellent vehicle for committed men and women to keep government accountable to all of our county’s citizens. Applicants must be United States citizens, at least 18 years of age, have resided in […]

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Publisher’s Ink: This drought emergency is ‘nuts’

“This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law … It affects lawns. It affects people — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” — Gov. Jerry Brown So there you have it. Our drought-time governor has officially declared an emergency. We’re still in a drought […]

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Foundation thanks Board of Supervisors

EDITOR: On behalf of the El Dorado Community Foundation, I’d like to thank the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for its recognition and support of the upcoming giving challenge called Give Where You Live. The board graciously provided us with a proclamation declaring April 23, 2015 as Give Where You Live Day. The Foundation […]

April 22, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Ask a care manager: Managing medication

As people age, medications are likely to increase and, with more pills, many run the risk of medication mismanagement. Recent statistics have proven that hospital admissions are reduced if people take their medications on time and on a consistent basis. If a loved one has memory issue, it can be difficult for the individual to […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s bullets: You control the present

I guess we all know someone who allows his/her past to control his/her present life. Past mistakes continue to haunt these people. Sometimes, they repeat these mistakes and seem surprised with the results. Why would they expect different results? If they discover that the new love partner is an active alcoholic, they may believe or […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Building and water

EDITOR: We read every day about our water crisis. Why are the counties and cities still building? In El Dorado County we have 33,000 homes, apartments and commercial buildings in the works. In Folsom they are building 10,000 homes south of Highway 50. North Sac is beginning to building in the Natoma area. My 6-year-old grandson can […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Crib Notes: Bring back this education trend

Lectures gave way to project-based learning. Straight rows of desks preceded clustered tables and group work. I remember while in a California teaching credential program in the mid-90s, the multiple intelligences were the latest trend in education. Future teachers were told to look at the whole child and to remember that essays and written tests […]

April 08, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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