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Small businesses deserve more

President Obama marked the recent conclusion of open enrollment in the federal healthcare law’s insurance exchanges with a celebration at the White House. The administration exceeded its goal of signing 7 million Americans up for insurance coverage. Many small business owners are in a less festive mood. They’re dealing with burdensome new rules, taxes, and […]

No Comment / September 21, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Congratulations, Shiva

Shiva Frentzen was the clear winner of the Sept. 9 special election to fill the District 2 supervisor seat for the next couple of years. She was far ahead of the pack with 30.96 percent of the vote. It is also clear that she picked up the votes of those with whom she is in […]

2 Comments / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: Housing choices for older adults

Irene has been alone for a number of years after her husband passed away unexpectedly in his early 70s. Although she struggled the first few years getting used to being by herself, she managed and became more independent in the process. She is now in her mid-80s, her health is declining and her family is […]

No Comment / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Upbeat is always better

Who is in charge of the mornings in your home? If you have an upbeat person in charge in the morning, the rest of the day will probably be enjoyable. Upbeat people start the day with a “good morning” salutation, often accompanied by a hug or a kiss or both. • My upbeat wife Monika […]

No Comment / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Pay close attention to the county’s General Plan update

EDITOR: El Dorado County residents need to know about the General Plan update currently in progress. But working folk just cannot attend the many hours of meetings held in the past two weeks. I hope people see Dr. Boylan’s letter “Amending the County’s General Plan” posted Aug. 27 in the Mountain Democrat. Packing development into […]

1 Comment / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib notes: The smart phone standoff

At long last we’ve found a happy medium. My seventh-grader got his much-desired smart phone this summer and everything I dreaded about it hasn’t happened (knock on wood). He’s not on it 24/7 or even head down, zoned out, while we’re in public places. That was our first social stipulation about getting such a device. […]

No Comment / September 09, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Observatory an incredible asset

EDITOR: On behalf of seniors throughout El Dorado County, I would like to thank the volunteers from the Cameron Park Rotary Community Observatory (located in Placerville) for recently hosting an exciting evening of planet and star gazing. More than 30 seniors joined in on this fabulous group outing. We truly appreciate all the hard work that […]

No Comment / September 02, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »