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Tough cuts ahead

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited for this quote, said some 50 years ago. Today it’s still relevant … especially when discussing El Dorado County’s budget. In June the Board of Supervisors adopted a preliminary $253 million 2015-16 General Fund budget with the intention […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: Manzanita … man, it’s one neat plant!

I can only trust that avid readers of this monthly gardening column are not getting tired of my intentional focus upon drought tolerant plants. But once again I want to promote the consideration of a true Northern California botanical champion, namely the manzanita. Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. […]

August 12, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Publisher’s Ink: No shovels required

Victor Frankenstein, the young student of science portrayed in Mary Shelley’s novel, was on a quest to create life. The movie based on Shelley’s work depicts Frankenstein robbing graves in search of human body parts to use in his scientific experiment. The result of his endeavor was an 8-foot creature stalking the countryside and terrorizing […]

August 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your world too small?

Mother Teresa once said, “The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small.” I am not sure what Mother Teresa meant by her statement. Knowing her, I suspect she had compassion for everyone, especially those in need. All of us were potentially part of her family. At times, my compassion […]

August 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

The purpose of an advisory vote

EDITOR: In the July 22 Village Life Todd White’s letter misses the point of the advisory vote on the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course. There are two separate issues: First, to preserve the property as open space by encouraging the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to not change the current open space-recreation zoning. […]

July 29, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Senior news: Aug. 2015

We hope to see you soon at your Senior Center. You can sign up for our monthly Senior Center Orientation program to learn detailed information, or stop by on weekdays from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. and we will show you around. Call us at (916) 358-3575 for information regarding the programs mentioned in this article. August […]

July 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Bad policies fuel California’s drought crisis

We are currently in the midst of the fourth year of serious drought in California. Our politicians have worsened the crisis associated with this drought through bad policies for decades. Our state population has nearly doubled since 1979 but not a single storage reservoir has been built since then because of environmental opposition and lack […]

July 22, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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