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Re-elect Cochran

EDITOR: My friend, Terry Cochran, is currently a member of the governing board for the Los Rios Community College District. He has chosen to run as a candidate for reelection to this position. I have watched and noted his invaluable work over a number of years. He is truly committed and has made many fine […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The message of “Won’t Back Down” gains momentum

Is education reform the civil rights issue of today? That’s the question being asked more frequently and it’s getting louder as parents, teachers and concerned citizens aren’t willing to sit back in resignation and accept that our nation’s public school system is collectively failing. The new movie “Won’t Back Down” begins with a heart-breaking scene […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s ink: Read dog food labels carefully when dieting

Since gaining weight I’ve been more inclined to reading the labels on the back of cans. Knowing the ingredients helps reduce those unwanted and unsightly pounds. On one particular can I found it included fish broth, peas, spinach and sunflower oil. All these appeared to be healthy foodstuffs — for a dog. Ollie, our “not […]

Comments Off / October 04, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The facts about airports

EDITOR: Recently a number of the folks who I’m now referring to as “freighter haters” put out a blast of information that’s simply wrong. I’ve posted a summary page on sierrafoot.org, look for the UPS freighter icon in Hot Topics. That linked page includes links to relevant source documents. The one of current interest is […]

Comments Off / October 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Support libraries with a ‘Yes’ on Measure L

EDITOR: Our public library system is an essential and diversified contributor to education, literacy and the acquisition of knowledge in El Dorado County. Over 900,000 items are checked out of our county system each year. Library funding is supported primarily by local taxes. Currently, the assessment amount for local library taxes varies significantly by region, […]

Comments Off / October 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Wisdom from Utah

Monika and I recently returned from our annual trip to Eden, Utah. As tradition dictates, the following “wisdom sign” statements are noted: • “Stupidity is not considered to be a handicap — Park somewhere else!” • “The screw-up fairy has visited us again.” • “Flying lessons — $1 to fly … $50 to land.” • “The dust keeps […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Take me to the river

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”  —Henry David Thoreau Rivers call out to me. They have for years now, melodically enticing me to escape the thoughts and cares of the world and slip into the peace of a stream — fly rod in […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »