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EID board ignores ratepayers’ protests

EDITOR: The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors has again shown its disdain for ratepayers by voting 3-2 for a 21 percent rate increase. Directors Alan Day and Greg Prada emphatically claimed that no rate hike was required. The board meeting was attended by many disgruntled ratepayers objecting to the increase. Directors George Osborne, Dale Coco […]

January 20, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

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, […]

January 20, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 20, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: A winter wonder … camellia

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 […]

January 13, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 13, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,
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