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A dose of Dan: Getting to know Achilles personally

Dan Francisco

I’ve never been a big fan of Greek mythology, but circumstances have forced me to become intimately familiar with Achilles. Recall that Achilles was a powerful hero in Homer’s Iliad and the greatest warrior on the battlefield in Troy. When Achilles was an infant, his mother immersed him in the river Styx to make him […]

No Comment / September 16, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Climbing a mountain is great motivation for change

Last month I laced up my hiking boots and successfully completed one of the most difficult physical challenges for which I’ve ever volunteered. After hours of rock scrambling and a grueling, slow climb through steep, loose ash and pumice I made it to the top of Mount St. Helens (thanks to my boyfriend, my stubbornness, […]

No Comment / September 16, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Real life “Caddyshack?”

EDITOR: I was walking our dog in Stephen Harris Park this morning and heard explosions. It turned out CSD staff were blowing up gophers and moles,just like Bill Murray did in the movie “Caddyshack.” This park was a beautiful park until they removed two old oak trees not long ago, and now they’re blowing up […]

No Comment / September 15, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib notes: How 9/11 changed my view of starting a family

Julie Samrick

I was a high school teacher on Sept. 11, 2001, not yet a mother. My husband and I had been married just over a year and we’d recently decided it was time to start a family. Like many hopeful couples we had it planned down to exactly what season I should conceive (OK maybe it […]

No Comment / September 09, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

Research before you donate

EDITOR: Are members of the community frustrated by the fundraising that is taking place at Safeway stores? For over two years now, shoppers have had to endure a request for donations that is posted on the computer screen by which the grocery bill is transacted.  In addition, the clerk also asks the customer: “Would you […]

No Comment / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The Knightly news: Constituents have high interest in redistricting 2011

Supervisor John Knight

By John Knight District 1 supervisor I have received a number of calls and questions in the past few months about redistricting in El Dorado County and especially around District 1, which currently covers major sections of El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park. I was surprised that the redistricting of supervisorial districts, which is required […]

No Comment / September 02, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

CSD board vs. John Skeel … a public relations disaster illustrated

It doesn’t matter who is right and who is wrong. The damage is done. By anyone’s estimate, the recent standing-room only El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting/showdown with John Skeel was teetering on an angry mob scene. And it wasn’t in favor of the board. The fact remains the board under […]

2 Comments / August 29, 2011 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »