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Garden Guru: Drought-resistant champions

If any of you remember the Billy Ocean song with the lyrics “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” well, as an adage this is very appropriate for these challenging times of drought . With record-setting runs of days without rainfall, it is important to remember how many of our tough landscape plants […]

No Comment / January 27, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Don’t sign the petition

EDITOR: The usual suspects are at it again. Bill Center and his acolytes — John Hidahl, Ellen Van Dyke, Shiva Frentzen and Howard Penn. These folks are not talking slow growth, they are talking NO GROWTH! What does that mean for El Dorado Hills? Retail businesses with no new business, churches with no new believers, schools […]

7 Comments / January 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Thanks from the Mote family

EDITOR: Thanks to a wonderful community. Last year, two fundraising events were held in honor of our son, Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, and his fallen comrades: The MARSOC Project Black at the Leadman Triathlon in Phoenix, Ariz., and Ride 430 in Scottsdale, Ariz. In both of these events, wounded and active servicemen participated. The local […]

No Comment / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Publisher’s ink: President Houdini inspires 2014 predictions

Another year has passed, as if acclaimed magician Harry Houdini waved his wand across the calendar while reciting a few mystical words and the past 12 months just went …“poof!” Houdini, “The Handcuff King,” master illusionist and grand entertainer, thrilled his audiences with feats of magic. Obviously this talent isn’t a lost art. Our present […]

No Comment / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

New Safe Harbor deduction

Effective for tax years beginning in 2013, taxpayers can elect a simplified deduction for the business use of their home. The deduction is $5 per square foot with a maximum square footage of 300. Thus, the maximum deduction is $1,500 per year. Here are the details of this simplified method: Annual election – A taxpayer […]

No Comment / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Letter to the Speaker

EDITOR: Enclosed is a later I recently sent to Speaker Boehner of the House of Representatives. Dear Speaker Boehner: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country — United States of America. The Founders of our great country in their esteemed wisdom wrote into the Constitution that […]

No Comment / January 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

What are your options for care?

By Liz Heape-Caldwell Mr. and Mrs. Markis live independently within their home. Recently, Mr. Markis was diagnosed with dementia. He is presenting behaviors that make it difficult for Mrs. Markis to handle his care alone. Currently Mrs. Markis is unable to leave him alone and therefore is not able to get out to the grocery […]

No Comment / January 08, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »