My Turn: Real newspapers, real news

“Real Newspapers, Real News” is the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 1-7.) Indeed, there’s always been lots of “real”  at newspapers. Real stories, real journalism, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes and, now, real threats. This is the 77th annual National Newspaper Week, a time to reflect on […]

October 04, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Publisher’s Ink: Is Mount Rushmore next?

Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy was referred to as “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” Those demanding the removal of statues because they find them offensive are demonstrating the “Speak loudly and carry a big stick” domestic policy. Gazing up at Mount Rushmore gives one a sense of national pride. It’s serene, yet powerful and […]

September 27, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t drop your pants too early

My neighbor Paul Chafer sent me the following information: “This afternoon, I went over to the local Bass Pro Shop to get a 9mm handgun for home/personal protection. When I was ready to pay for the pistol and the ammo, the cashier said, ‘Strip down, facing me.’ Making a mental note to complain to the […]

September 27, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

When something outlives it’s usefullness

EDITOR: Title IX defined: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972). This program was designed specifically to […]

September 27, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

My Turn: Taking away democracy

First, my congratulations to Bill Schultz — our retiring, elected El Dorado County recorder-clerk and registrar of voters. Bill has done an honorable job over the years in his office, including making sure our elections and the democratic process are fair and above-board in our county. That’s why he was reelected several times. His will […]

September 20, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Ask a Care Manager: Starting the conversation

When I was growing up my mom always said “You need to make a lot of money so you can take care of me when I’m old.” As a child, it went in one ear and out the other. I now understand and one day might be telling my children the same. Within our line of work […]

September 20, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Our future is bright

To watch the news is to imagine a politically-obsessed America pulling apart at the seams, with opponents mobbing up and attacking each other at every turn and the two parties and their talking-head proxies endlessly screaming at each other about the real meaning of President Trump’s tweets. It’s a phony picture. The essence of this […]

September 13, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,