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Garden Guru: Ruby beauty in Gold Country

Growing up in the northwest corner of Ohio, one of my favorite shrub-like trees was one that happened to bloom in the cold months of winter …namely, witch-hazel. Finding myself “transplanted” out onto the West Coast in a state that seems to possess almost every imaginable climate zone for growing, I was quickly drawn to […]

Comments Off / July 25, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Senior News: July 2013

Summer time I hope some of you were able to spend some time at the California State Fair in Sacramento. I grew up there and it was always a time to look forward to. We would take our lunch and spend the day. Have any of you purchased the new pocket garden hose that is […]

Comments Off / July 23, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

daVinci system not all it’s cracked up to be

EDITOR: In regards to the “news release” in your paper recently publishes about the daVinci assisted robotic surgery system, there are some disadvantages the readers should know about and are not mentioned in the story. Maybe someone from your staff forgot to vet the article, and the following information is taken from Wikipedia. So there […]

Comments Off / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Government regulations waste time and money

EDITOR: How often do we see, after 3 p.m. each day, a long line of cars trying to get onto Highway 50 off the East Bidwell on onramp only to have to wait for one car at a time to get onto a freeway that is often wide open and usually free of anything approaching […]

Comments Off / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Employers catch a break, but what about the people?

After months of assuring the public that everything was right on track, the Obama administration turned 180 degrees this month and announced that it was suspending implementation of the “employer mandate” provision of the Affordable Care Act for a year. They should not stop there. The troublesome “individual mandate” should be suspended as well and […]

Comments Off / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My turn: In defense of legal immigration

America is a nation of immigrants. We are all either immigrants ourselves or we are the sons and daughters of immigrants. America’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum” – from many, ONE. From many nations we have created one great nation – the American nation. There is only one way to accomplish this remarkable feat and […]

Comments Off / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ask a care manager: I’m enrolled in Medicare. What comes next?

The last column introduced the types of insurance that an individual will apply for once he/she is 65 years old or has been disabled for two years. Although an individual may elect to retire and take his/her Social Security as early as 62 years old or as old as 70-plus years old, Medicare still is […]

Comments Off / July 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »