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EID execs should not get raises

EDITOR: Having read about pay raises for the El Dorado Irrigation District’s general manager and chief counsel,and their benefits over time I say there is no way there should be such a thing. In these times, considering the costs of neglected repair/renovation to EID infrastructure and the burden of costs passed on to the citizens, […]

Comments Off / January 19, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: I am starting a vampire club

One morning last month, when I got out of bed at 5:30 a.m., I twisted my knee when I stood up, fell down and fell into the nightstand next to the bed. I realized immediately that my front teeth hit the top of the nightstand. When I stood up I checked to see if my teeth […]

Comments Off / January 17, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: A winter wonder … camellia

Camellias should be moist at all times, but caution should be taken against their being wet at all times. Too much water, too often, will cut off the air the roots must have. Photo by Brent Dennis

What can make the New Year any happier? Certainly the colorful show of winter blooming shrubs within our landscapes and gardens brings delight to our eyes. A particular favorite of mine happens to be the camellia. I have always found it to be botanically intriguing that many of the varieties of camellia rely on a […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Those hard lessons learned

As we settled back into school, work and life after the holiday season, resolutions fresh on many minds, I was shocked back into remembering crises can occur anytime and to anyone. My healthy, strong 15-year-old nephew almost died on a typical Tuesday afternoon at the typical time he would normally be in school, but had […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: EID raises salaries and your rates

On Dec. 14, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 3-2 to raise General Manager Jim Abercrombie’s salary by 10 percent ($18,000) and Chief Counsel Tom Cumpston’s by 8.7 percent ($15,000). Including pension and other benefits, Abercrombie’s new total compensation is about $298,000 per year and Cumpston’s is about $277,000. Abercrombie’s subordinate, HR manager […]

4 Comments / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Rules of the road

EDITOR: I have been driving for 32 years and I have never seen so many people drive with their lights off when they should be on. Driving with your lights on at certain times of the day and when it rains is the law. People nowadays are in such a hurry they forget to stay back from […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »