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My Turn: Understanding our budget

On June 2 I delivered to the Board of Supervisors and publicly released El Dorado County’s recommended budget. The 422-page document deserves some context. In theory, crafting a budget should be a relatively simple endeavor. You add up the money that comes in, subtract the cost of mandated programs that must be paid for and, if […]

June 14, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Hate in our own backyard

EDITOR: I am not a religious man, but I am an American. I believe in our Constitution; I believe in freedom of organized religion under the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the United States from favoring any one religion. I believe as long as there are not attempts to infringe upon the rights of others, any […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

Thank you, President Trump

EDITOR: President Trump has completed a highly successful Middle Eastern trip. After receiving a Gold Medal, Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, his exhortation to drive out the Islamic radicals was well received by the heads of states from 50 Muslim nations. He then went to Israel, where Netanyahu said he was never as hopeful as […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Tagged ,

My Turn: Working hard to protect Sly Park Recreation Area

As a result of California’s historic multi-year drought, the El Dorado Irrigation District has been managing an unprecedented tree die off due to bark beetle infestation. The trees’ natural defense mechanism is to repel the invader by pushing them out with pitch or sap. During a drought the tree cannot produce enough pitch and the beetle […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Letters of etiquette

As an English teacher at both the high school and community college level, over the years I have been asked to pen many letters of recommendation for students applying to institutions of higher learning. While most students who approach me manage to satisfy the demands of basic courtesy, some young applicants struggle with the etiquette […]

June 07, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Billingsley’s Bullets: Being old has some advantages

I probably will be away from this Earth when cars are routinely flying in the sky and when cars are without drivers. I have a pretty good imagination, but I still can’t fathom living in a world where cars fly. There will be no need for roads in the sky, but how do you keep flying […]

May 31, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

My Turn: Let’s have an honest talk about suicide

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and you may have heard the phrase, “Each mind matters.” Why does each mind matter? Mental health is something we all have. Just as our bodies need attention, our minds also need nourishment and care. Suicide rates are increasing and there is a relationship between mental illness and suicide. […]

May 31, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,
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