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Fire board fiscally prudent?

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 plan. […]

Comments Off / October 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Taxes and the voter guide

EDITOR: El Dorado County is supposed to be mostly Republican and more conservative. I was going over the Voter Guide and noticed a plethora of proposed taxes increases on the various ballot initiatives and even within our own county. I just received my property tax and saw the following supplemental taxes: Buckeye Elem Bond Election 06 EDUHS Bond- […]

Comments Off / October 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A taxpayer for Sherry & Craig Petersen

EDITOR: Mr. Christian failed to mention his expertise is grounded in his career as a firefighter. If I were a firefighter, and wanted to see the great pay and benefits continue to be offered in El Dorado Hills, I would probably draft a similar letter. But I’m just a taxpayer in El Dorado County. A […]

1 Comment / October 22, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Stretch in a new direction

Thirteen months ago, I ruptured my right Achilles heel playing basketball. Needless to say, the injury altered my life. Aside from the surgery, recovery and rehabilitation over the ensuing months, the injury caused me to reevaluate my exercise regimen. For the previous 15 years, my exercise regimen primarily focused on running. Getting my miles in […]

Comments Off / October 21, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Cherokee life lessons

During the last two years, I have taught classes regarding Cherokee philosophy at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. While researching Cherokee history and philosophy, I created the following list of Cherokee life lessons, which I believe we can utilize to improve our everyday lives: • We learn more from negative experiences. • To enjoy […]

Comments Off / October 21, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: My brain is a tad scrambled

Bob Billingsley

Some readers have asked me why I don’t stick to one subject when I write the “Billingsley Bullets” column. My usual response is I am not mature enough to write a one-subject column. Also, when I was growing up my Uncle Tillman liked the idea that my brain was scrambled. Dealing with one subject in […]

Comments Off / October 11, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Support Muse, Veerkamp

EDITOR: With all the funding challenges facing school districts across the state, it’s refreshing to know that our high school district has a Board of Trustees with the knowledge, leadership and wisdom to effectively position the district to continue its drive to achieve academic excellence. Measure Q was passed by the voters of El Dorado […]

Comments Off / October 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »