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Pradaling about with small farms

EDITOR: If you went to grocery store A and purchased five apples for $1 each you spent $5 for five apples. If you went to grocery store B and spent $1.25 for four apples and received the fifth one free you still spent $5 for five apples. Mr. Prada would complain that grocery store B is […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Shane’s Village is grateful

EDITOR: What an amazing community we have! We had over 45 Shane’s Village volunteers show for the El Dorado Hills Jubilee KidZone on July 3. Shane was so proud because we sold over 400 tickets to the KidZone area in just 3.5 hours! We’re still gathering numbers from the other vendors that opted to give our […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Ask a care manager: What is a family?

After a number of years we’re having a family reunion. In fact, having attended several of these throughout 35-plus years, we volunteered to help host this year’s event. It will be here before we know it. The interesting thing that this brings up is what is a family? It started easily enough. We would invite any/all […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Fake “small farms” steal from residential EID customers

EDITOR: Poor EID polices have exacerbated the severe drought in El Dorado County. As 35,000 EID residential customers sacrifice vegetation at their homes to reduce water consumption to meet drought goals, EID moves to further relax criteria for the discounted “small farm” water category. This seems like very bad policy in light that two studies […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

I agree with Director Prada on small farms

EDITOR: For the past six months I’ve watched the rhetoric fly back-and-forth between small farmers and EID Director Greg Prada. I have to say, “I agree with Director Prada.” Irrespective of the fact that Director Prada’s $49 small farm rate has been disproven by EID’s own staff (actually $514 per acre foot, annually) and irrespective […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Coco 30-percent EID rate increase defeated

EDITOR: The Coco 30-percent rate increase was defeated at the June 23 EID meeting, thank goodness. At least for now. But there’s no telling or trusting what Coco says and does. Recently elected El Dorado Irrigation District Director Dale Coco has repeatedly and publicly chastised and criticized his own constituents, residential ratepayers, for not doing […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t allow the past to own you

It’s amazing how one episode can affect you, sometimes for years, sometimes for a lifetime. I remember once, when I was 8 or 9 years old, that I saw a relative of mine drunk. He was crawling across a lawn to his apartment in the Richmond Housing Projects. A small crowd started to gather to […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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