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EID passes 7 percent wage hikes

EDITOR: Despite protest of Director Alan Day and five ratepayer advocates, on Feb. 25 the board of the El Dorado Irrigation District passed three years of 7 percent annual wage hikes for its employees. EID employees already receive wage and benefits averaging $127,000 annually. And EID further has the second worst unfunded pensions of all […]

1 Comment / March 03, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Believe your first impression

A New Yorker fiction story titled “Black Box” by Jennifer Egan, stated the following: “The first 30 seconds in a person’s presence are the most important.” I think Jennifer is correct. • I have always been inclined to place a lot of value on my first impression of a person, and my first impressions are […]

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Publisher’s ink: ‘Paper or plastic’ might be dumped

“Will that be paper or plastic?” the grocery store clerk asked. Years ago brown paper bags (or sacks as some folks refer to them) were the only game in town. Growing up in our household, we saved our paper grocery bags. We re-used them to line the kitchen trash container. And at the beginning of […]

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Hands off TOT

The Economic Development Advisory Council under the dynamic leadership of attorney Jim Brunello has done yeoman’s work in simplifying any number of regulations — from street standards to modern traffic measurements. And they have plowed an entire mile-square section of General Plan updating and zoning. We applaud that work, though the jury’s still out on the super-duper […]

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A dose of Dan: March fundraiser to support Cameron Park man’s quadriplegic rugby quest

In 2009 an accident left Dwayne Nystrom a quadriplegic. Today, the 39-year-old Cameron Park man is playing quadriplegic rugby with an eye on a national ranking for his team and a dream of competing for the United States someday in the Paralympic Games. Nystrom first tried quad rugby a year after his accident when he […]

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Senior News: February 2013

Valentine party With more than 200 attending, it was the best Valentine party ever! Thank you for coming. I am sure all of you had a great time. This event was sponsored by El Dorado Hills Community Services District, the Senior Council and the Senior Nutrition program of Placerville. Lunch was served at noon and […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Learn to let go

During the past 18 months, I have read several spiritual books and magazines. They often talk about “letting go.” • In his book “The Untethered Soul,” Michael A. Singer states, “Each of these shifts in your perception should remind you to let go. The moment you start seeing that your life looks really different, the […]

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