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Crib notes: What kids want most out of sports

My teenage son and his friends have rallied to play indoor soccer together during this rainy season. It’s low key and all about fun, which I credit to their coach, Ginger Swagerty. Before their first game, a group of them wanted to get pumped up for it. They walked to the store to buy energy […]

January 11, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

EID employee costs far higher than claimed

EDITOR: In the El Dorado Irrigation District’s January newsletter to its 40,000 ratepayers and in a “My Turn” article in this newspaper, General Manager Jim Abercrombie asserts, “(EID’s) average personnel expense increase of 0.5 percent per year since 2010 is extraordinary, particularly since it has been achieved in the face of sharp, ongoing increases in […]

January 11, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: Ornamental garden tips

During this time of year when frost blankets our mornings and the daylight doesn’t last quite as long as we’d like, there may not seem to be a lot to do in the ornamental garden. Nothing could be further from the truth. I often receive questions from concerned gardeners inquiring what measures need to be […]

January 11, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Starting (or re-starting) your college experience

Did you commit (or re-commit) to goals this week that include higher education for yourself or for loved ones? Have you put off finding out how to get started? Maybe you think you’ll have to wait now until classes start in the fall semester? Or did you hear that getting enrolled at a community college now is […]

January 04, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Russian to conclusions

EDITOR: Fake news sites like the New York Times have been hyperventilating about Russia “hacking” the recent presidential election. I think it’s worth reviewing recent history. Syria has been torn by civil war since 2011. President Obama, in continuation of President George W. Bush’s foreign policy bent, made it clear that American policy was against […]

January 04, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Message from the EID GM: From strength to strength

It is a pleasure to write these words after having been on a medical leave of absence from the El Dorado Irrigation District. Facing medical challenges can focus the mind and provide a new vantage point for addressing immediate and future challenges. So it is not only a pleasure to return to the important challenges […]

January 04, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: Saddle up for 2017

The year 2016 is coming to an end. I did OK on two of the 10 resolutions I made for 2016. I improved my tennis serve because I played no tennis in 2016. Also, I resolved to eat more vegetables in 2016. My special neighbor Wendy created a creamy sauce that contained spinach and I ate […]

December 28, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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