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My Turn: Single-payer healthcare

Are you ready for California to double your taxes? What about triple or quadruple them? A bill currently making its way through the state Legislature could push tax rates up beyond imagination, making us tax serfs to the state and driving hundreds of thousands of jobs out of California. Senate Bill 562, the “California Healthcare […]

Ask a Care Manager: Alcohol and the older adult

Alcohol has quite the history and not all of it is filled with kittens and puppy dog tails.  In the 1920s Congress submitted the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors, for state ratification. Many citizens hated alcohol due to car accidents, addiction, using too much wheat, a decrease in efficient […]

Garden Guru: A beautiful parasite

My spring activities usually include hitting the Sierra trails for day hikes or overnight backpacking trips. As the snow melts the underlying mountain meadows and wildflowers spring to life and put on their annual show. Mother Nature has postponed this year’s wildflower display with an abundant snow pack we so badly needed. When the snow […]

My Turn: Understanding our budget

On June 2 I delivered to the Board of Supervisors and publicly released El Dorado County’s recommended budget. The 422-page document deserves some context. In theory, crafting a budget should be a relatively simple endeavor. You add up the money that comes in, subtract the cost of mandated programs that must be paid for and, if […]

Hate in our own backyard

EDITOR: I am not a religious man, but I am an American. I believe in our Constitution; I believe in freedom of organized religion under the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the United States from favoring any one religion. I believe as long as there are not attempts to infringe upon the rights of others, any […]

Thank you, President Trump

EDITOR: President Trump has completed a highly successful Middle Eastern trip. After receiving a Gold Medal, Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, his exhortation to drive out the Islamic radicals was well received by the heads of states from 50 Muslim nations. He then went to Israel, where Netanyahu said he was never as hopeful as […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged , | 1 Reply

My Turn: Working hard to protect Sly Park Recreation Area

As a result of California’s historic multi-year drought, the El Dorado Irrigation District has been managing an unprecedented tree die off due to bark beetle infestation. The trees’ natural defense mechanism is to repel the invader by pushing them out with pitch or sap. During a drought the tree cannot produce enough pitch and the beetle […]

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