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Charles Krauthammer: On lowering the flag

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control. It’s the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk solution. Within hours of the massacre, President Obama was lamenting the absence of progress on gun control. A […]

Mark Shields: Marco Rubio vs. The New York Times

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who, according to polls of Republican voters nationally, wins higher favorable and lower unfavorable ratings than any of the potential 2016 presidential candidates has shown some real nerve and more than a little brass. After The New York Times reported on Rubio’s unorthodox personal finances — including his use, as speaker of […]

Grizzlies’ Webb SDL volleyball MVP

GARDEN VALLEY — After a hand in helping his team to the league title, Golden Sierra’s Joe Webb was named the Sierra Delta League MVP award for the boys spring volleyball season. A three-sport athlete, the recent varsity volleyball season was Webb’s’ second. He’s also played two season’s of varsity soccer and more recently competed at the […]

How to cut the fat and keep the flavor

Reducing fat and calories key to health as we age By Kari Holmstedt, RD Marshall Diabetes and Nutrition Program You probably know that cutting calories and increasing your exercise are the keys to healthy weight loss. Reducing the fat in your diet is one way to reduce your calorie intake, as long as you don’t […]

Class of ’95 reunion set

EDHS Class of 1995 will hold a 20th reunion on Saturday, July 25. Celebrate with classmates at Manzanita Kitchen & Events, 4232 Fowler Lane,  Suite 101, Diamond Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $60 each (two per alumni maximum) and must be purchased by Wednesday, July 1. Pick up tickets at the door. For more information visit […]

For hearing problems, trust a licensed audiologist

There are many reasons to turn to a medical professional By Michelle Throp, MS, CCC-A Marshall Hearing and ENT Ear, Nose and Throat Inc. If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you might be tempted to purchase hearing devices from a retailer rather than visit an audiologist. Doing so might save you a few dollars […]

Pony Express riding through the county

The California Division of the National Pony Express Association, in celebration of living history and keeping the spirit of the pony rider alive, will enter El Dorado County at South Lake Tahoe at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The horse and rider will head west, making it out of the Sierra and at Fresh Pond […]

Charles Krauthammer: A new strategy for Iraq and Syria

It’s time for a new strategy in Iraq and Syria. It begins by admitting that the old borders are gone, that a unified Syria or Iraq will never be reconstituted, that the Sykes-Picot map is defunct. We may not want to enunciate that policy officially. After all, it does contradict the principle that colonial borders […]

John Stossel: The anti-science left

This year is the 10th anniversary of a book called “The Republican War on Science.” I could just as easily write a book called “The Democratic War on Science.” The conflict conservatives have with science is mostly caused by religion. Some religious conservatives reject evolution, and some oppose stem cell research. But neither belief has […]

Charles Krauthammer: The racing form, second edition

The Republican nominating race is a mess: a strong field, but with 10 declared candidates and a half-dozen more to come, we need a bouncer to keep order. I’ve given myself the job. Rope lines separate the four categories. (A) Top tier: 1. Jeb Bush. Solid, no sizzle. Sizzle may be in less demand than […]

My turn: ‘No’ more water

In the midst of California’s worst drought in 100-plus years, El Dorado Irrigation District Directors Alan Day and Greg Prada voted “no” on pursuing additional water for the county at the board’s May 11 meeting. After giving lip service to the El Dorado Water and Power Authority’s continuing efforts to obtain 40,000 acre-feet of water for […]

Mark Shields: Tap-dancing on immigration

Let me begin by confessing my own prejudices on the matter of immigration: I never personally had any decision to make, but — to my great good luck — my ancestors made the bold decision to leave their homeland and be Americans. So I benefit, every day, from the precious and totally unearned gift of […]

Charles Krauthammer: Why doctors quit: Chapter 2

I rarely do follow-up columns. I’m averaging one every 10 years. And while my last such exercise resulted in a written apology from the White House (for accusing me of making up facts over its removal of Churchill’s bust), today’s is not a complaint. It’s merely a recognition that the huge response elicited by last […]

John Stossel: Social ‘justice’

Protestors demand “social justice.” I hate their chant. If I oppose their cause, then I’m for social “injustice”? Nonsense. The protesters usually want to punish capitalism. “Spread those resources,” says Hillary Clinton. Even capitalists often make the mistake of talking about “social justice” as if it’s the opposite of free markets or a reason to […]

Markham’s Mud Run a muddy good success

Tired of the traditional fundraisers such as selling cookie dough, Sees candy, wrapping paper, etc., Edwin Markham Middle School hosted its 1st Annual Markham Mud Run in late April. The goal was not just to raise money for the students of Markham but to also help change the image of their middle school. “For years I have […]

Charles Krauthammer: Why doctors quit

About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. “How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?” he asked with a smile. “I didn’t,” I replied. “I had no idea what was coming. I just felt I’d chosen the wrong vocation.” I was reminded of […]

My turn: Talking to your teen about stress

Any parent will tell you raising teenagers is a stressful time! Are you in that stage? Talk to your teenager about it. Your stress may be similar stress for your teen. A recent American Psychological Association (APA) online survey shows today’s teenagers experience greater levels of stress. Stressors include academic pressures, feeling overscheduled, financial pressure […]

My turn: The Cancer You Haven’t Heard About

Cancer from the neck up is typically associated with the tongue, throat and voice box. But oral, head and neck cancers can also occur in the mouth, lips, thyroid glands, nasal cavity or sinuses. Traditionally, tobacco and alcohol users were considered the populations at greatest risk. Now, according to new research from the American Academy […]

Bike pointers for a smooth and comfortable ride

Biking season is in full swing for mountain and road riders alike. Here are a few pointers to keep riding smoother, safer and more comfortable throughout the season. Don’t wear underwear under bike shorts — I’ve had this conversation with several patients and it’s worth mentioning, loudly and boldly. Bike shorts are supposed to be worn […]

Mark Shields: Chris Christie channels Ralph Perk

History, just by what it selects to remember, can indeed be cruel. Consider, for example, Republican Ralph Perk, who, during the 1970s in heavily Democratic Cleveland, was elected mayor three times. But what Mayor Perk is mostly remembered for was that day in 1972 when, while using a blowtorch to cut the steel ribbon to […]

Memorial Day Ceremony somber and celebratory

There are approximately 17,000 veterans in El Dorado County, and when the community gathers to honor the fallen, military families and service members show up in droves.

The El Dorado County Veterans Monument Memorial Day Ceremony took place on Monday, May 25, hosted by the Friends of the Veterans Monument at the El Dorado County Government Center off of Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville.

My turn: Let’s talk about water rates

Let’s talk about water rates. I have recently had the great pleasure of working with Mary Fleming from an organization called the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). This company receives funding from the State Water Resources Board to help small agencies such as the GDPUD complete tasks like complying with Prop. 218, allowing the district […]

Charles Krauthammer: You want hypotheticals? Here’s one

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for […]

Ponderosa team riders finish second in state

LOS OLIVOS — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team took second place at the California State Championship held at Los Olivos Dirt Park last weekend. Almost 800 racers representing 111 teams endured the hilly and dusty course under ever-changing partly cloudy skies. The three year-old Bruins team earned its second consecutive second place finish at the State […]

John Stossel: Dr. Capitalism

For years, my scientist brother Tom was the nonpolitical Stossel. I defended free markets on TV, and he studied blood at Harvard and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Mom asked me when I’d get a “real job” like his. Then the crusade against capitalism reached his world. Medical “journalists” demanded that corporations distance themselves from medical […]

Taking action with skin cancer on the rise

By Family Features With the return of warmer weather and longer days, it’s good to remember that temperatures aren’t the only thing on the rise. Skin cancer rates continue to increase and cause more deaths each year, with one in five Americans expected to develop skin cancer in a lifetime. Despite progress in the fight […]

My turn: Fresh food and fresh air: The latest healthy heart recommendations

By Lynn Norton, MS, RD Barton Health In January 2015, new studies in the Journal of American College of Cardiology and JAMA Internal Medicine discussed heart disease. Some findings are familiar: Poor diet, an inactive lifestyle, smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and obesity are all linked to heart disease. But another risk factor is gaining attention: […]

Mark Shields: Surviving Graduation Day

It’s graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker. Before I gave my very first graduation speech, some 25 years ago, I was frankly nervous. But the advice of a priest friend calmed me down. Remember, he counseled, that the role of the […]

2016 Mazda 6: Premium economy

By Mitchell Weitzman Let’s be clear on this, buy a new Mazda 6 and you won’t be disappointed. It’s possibly the best car in this heavy segment of boring and bland mobile human-transporters, and for many good reasons. If you’re on your way now to pick up a new Camry, you ought to be kicking […]

Charles Krauthammer: Save Obama (on trade)

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years. Nor is this abstract theory. We’ve lived it. The free-trade regime created after World War II precipitated the most […]

My turn: ‘The Balancing Act’ versus reality about Terri Daly

This is an expedited and abbreviated followup to a series of articles by Larry Weitzman and a recent letter to editor in the Mountain Democrat. I’ve just rushed posting one key graph of basic county data for net position, revenues and expenses onto, more will follow later as my personal time permits. The short […]

Busy year for Delta Kappa Gamma

El Dorado County, Epsilon Chi members of Delta Kappa Gamma have had an enjoyable year with a wide variety of programs that focus on their international goals of promoting the professional and personal growth of key women educators. Delta Kappa Gamma is an international honor society with 84,000 members in 18 countries. In early September […]

Buckeye School student earns third-place award

An excitement exhibited by Julie Olsen’s fourth-grade class at Buckeye School in Shingle Springs to enter contests resulted in student Hannah Elzinga capturing third-place in a statewide farm water contest. This year marks the 16th year that the California Farm Water Coalition has sponsored the statewide contest that is open to all fourth graders. “The […]

Mark Shields: Voters prefer governors over senators for White House

In the past 94 years, American voters have elected a total of two United States senators — John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Barack Obama — president. By contrast, before Obama, four of the past five men elected to the White House — Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — were […]

Mother Lode captures state title

SAN DIEGO — The Mother Lode Rugby Club JV squad won the California State Championship in San Diego last Saturday with a 10-6 victory over the Coastal Dragons from San Diego. The win capped an undefeated season which included wins over local powerhouses Jesuit and Granite Bay en route to a Northern California Championship, an […]

Charles Krauthammer: Free Willy!

We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in — human slavery? Or fourscore years later, how could the saintly Lincoln, […]

John Stossel: Hillary’s armor

“This vast right-wing conspiracy,” Hillary Clinton said, “has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced.” That was the “feminist” first lady’s response when her husband was accused of having sex with a 21-year-old. Bill was more lawyerly. He said things like, “It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” […]

My turn: Fight for our area of origin water

Ever since James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, El Dorado County residents have battled for water and water rights. It’s as much a part of our history and our legacy as the Gold Rush, the timber industry and Apple Hill. Water, flowing through the tailrace of Sutter’s lumber mill, exposed the nugget […]

Bruins repeat as NorCal champs

BOGGS MOUNTAIN — The Ponderosa High mountain bike team rode to victory at the last race of the season for the NorCal high school race series held at Boggs Mountain State Forest last month. The victory captured the championship for the Bruins’ team for the second consecutive year. Thirty three Division II teams competed in the NorCal race series […]

Charles Krauthammer: Men wielding power in hellish times

“Wolf Hall,” the Man Booker Prize-winning historical novel about the court of Henry VIII — and most dramatically, the conflict between Thomas Cromwell and Sir Thomas More — is now a TV series (presented on PBS). It is maddeningly good. Maddening because its history is tendentiously distorted, yet the drama is so brilliantly conceived and executed […]

My turn: While lake clarity results are positive, new challenges loom

The University of California, Davis and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently released their yearly water clarity readings for Lake Tahoe. The good news: Mid-lake water clarity improved significantly in 2014, with an average reading of 77.8 feet. That’s 7.5 feet greater than the average reading for 2013, and almost 14 feet greater than the […]

Mark Shields: Wisconsin’s semi-favorite son

MADISON, Wis. — Why, during a recent visit here — while asking some trusted Wisconsin sources for their candid assessment of Scott Walker, the state’s governor, an undeclared but leading 2016 Republican presidential candidate — did I keep thinking about a conversation I’d had 17 years ago with one of my favorite American politicians and […]

Helm in Australia’s Ironman

Former Dry Diggins swim coach Daniel Helm, a 1982 El Dorado High graduate, arrived Monday in Australia to compete in Sunday’s 2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike ride/26.2 mile run Australia Ironman, 20 years after competing in his first one and 10 years after leaving the sport. Helm’s first Ironman in the land down under occurred in 1995 […]

Teaching youth an appreciation for wildlife biology

Wildlife tracking By Shelly Blair Wildlife biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region It is approaching Thursday, April 16 and I am readying equipment for tracking deer. My capture pack is prepared, deer gps/satellite collars tested and working, receivers charged and antennae cables packed. Hobbles — check, eye covers — check, antlers […]

My turn: What you should know about your water district

There are a few issues about your water district that you all need to know. We (Georgetown Divide Public Utility District) are a single-source water district with no connections to any other source of water. Our one and only reservoir is Stumpy Meadows. Stumpy holds approximately 20,000 acre-feet at capacity. In a typical year there […]

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