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John Stossel: Rank the Candidates

    My list of best to worst possible presidents: — Rand Paul (R) — Gary Johnson (Libertarian) — Carly Fiorina (R) — Jeb Bush (R) — Ted Cruz (R) — Scott Walker (R) — Rick Perry (R) — Marco Rubio (R) — John Kasich (R) — Ben Carson (R) — Bobby Jindal (R) — […]

My Turn: Homecare workers deserve respect

It’s time for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to put people first by fully funding our county’s homecare program. When my son Brendan was born with cerebral palsy, his doctors told me he was unlikely to ever walk, talk or feed himself. Like any parent, I was devastated and worried about my son. […]

My Turn: Hillary Clinton’s ‘New College Compact’ raises an important question: Did she ever take Econ 101?

Today’s version of “A chicken in every pot” is Hillary Clinton’s proposed plan to “make college affordable and available to every American.” This is political catnip, pure and simple. And it is a more delusory form of catnip than Herbert Hoover’s “chicken,” for while everybody needs enough to eat, not everybody needs to go to […]

Charles Krauthammer: The immigration swamp

  Not on anyone’s mind? For years, immigration has been the subject of near-constant, often bitter argument within the GOP. But it is true that Trump has brought the debate to a new place — first, with his announcement speech, about whether Mexican migrants are really rapists, and now with the somewhat more nuanced Trump plan. […]

Mark Shields: Why Bernie Sanders’ big crowds count

When Democratic presidential candidates have campaigned in Los Angeles, it has usually been around a private fundraising event featuring Barbra Streisand or Steven Spielberg or George Clooney — or some combination of the three. What it has not been about — especially some 15 months before Election Day — is a long-shot, underdog candidate’s drawing a crowd of […]

Ethos girls take Betti Memorial

CONCORD — The Ethos FC U15 Girls soccer team participated in the Diablo FC Jenna Betti Memorial Tournament in Concord August 15-16 and returned home as champions. The Ethos Saints gave up only a single goal throughout the two-day tournament to go unbeaten and untied. This is the team’s second consecutive tournament final, having finished […]

Will our outrage take over politics?

Upon reaching a certain age, it’s not uncommon to start saying things that, in our younger days, we were sure we’d never utter. Take, for example, a woman we saw the other day while shopping at a big box retailer. She was puzzled and asked, “Don’t stores sell music on CDs anymore?” Someone broke the […]

Healthcare for all: Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center serves everyone

As the old saying goes: From the tiny acorn mighty oaks grow. The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians’ goal to build a full-service healthcare clinic that serves not only the tribe but the entire community started as that tiny acorn. In 1995 the tribe created the Shingle Springs Tribal Health Program after it decided to form its own healthcare […]

Carbon Copy replicates its success, year after year

Carbon Copy Inc. celebrated its 25th year in business this July. Don’t let the name fool you, the business at 559 Main St. in Placerville is not a copy shop, but a copier shop. If an individual or business needs a new copier or needs one repaired, this is the place to go. The small business’ various awards over […]

Krauthammer: The Racing Form, third edition

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print. Legal disclaimer: This column is for betting purposes only. What follows is analysis — scrubbed, as thoroughly as […]

John Stossel: Immigration is great

Yikes, you really hate me! Many of you, anyway, based on Twitter and Facebook comments posted after I argued immigration with Ann Coulter on my TV show. “Move into an illegal-heavy neighborhood and get back to us!” “Another libertarian who believes illegal invaders are good for our country. Madness.” Madness? Clearly, lots of Americans are […]

Bill will improve treatment and outcomes for seriously mentally ill

By Kimberly Blaker America’s mental health care system is long overdue for change. House Bill HR-2646 – Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, introduced this month by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is a first big step. The two broader problems with treatment for the seriously mentally ill […]

Despite second string tag, solid showing at early forum

Nobody likes to sit at the “kids’ table” or wait on the bench as the varsity players shine. For the first time in the history of primary debates seven Republican candidates for president found themselves relegated to the second tier in Cleveland. Due to the large number of candidates, Fox News selected 10 candidates for […]

Charles Krauthammer: Just who is helping Iran’s hard-liners?

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president’s Iran deal by more than 2-to-1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal. What happened? People learned what’s in it. And don’t be fooled by polls that […]

My turn: We need to strengthen biodefense now

The United Nations Security Council recently heard firsthand testimony from the victims of a chemical-weapons attack in Syria. A Syrian doctor spoke of his frantic efforts to treat more than 100 people who were hit by chlorine-filled bombs in the town of Sarmeen. These kinds of attacks are becoming more common and will increasingly be […]

Mark Shields: Missing Richard Nixon

John P. Sears, before he was manager of Ronald Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns, had spent the years from 1965 through 1970 working as a top political aide to Richard M. Nixon. Sears, a bright and witty man who found Nixon both complicated and fascinating, spoke about accompanying Nixon, then an unannounced presidential candidate, […]

Community Corps crew fighting fires includes Placerville man

Placerville resident Andrew Standridge, 20, has deployed on a two-week mission with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a part of crew responding to wildland fires in California. Standridge, is a trained and certified wildland firefighter through the National Civilian Community Corps and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. After hearing about the National […]

My Turn: Partnership and collaboration crucial to solving Tahoe’s problems

History shows time and time again our greatest accomplishments at Lake Tahoe are achieved when people work together. In the past, Tahoe was known as a place where unproductive interactions between stakeholders led to a stunning decay in our environment and our economic vitality, creating a region that seemed frozen in time. We face major […]

Charles Krauthammer: Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent Muslim Egypt remains. Elsewhere, […]

John Stossel: Governed by zealots

The government’s environmental rules defeat even environmentalists. Thomas Collier is a Democrat who managed environmental policy for Bill Clinton and Al Gore. Then he noticed a mining opportunity in Alaska, one he calls “the single largest deposit of gold and silver that is not being developed in the entire world.” Tom’s company hired hundreds of […]

Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care breaks ground on new facility

Isaac Brambila Tahoe Daily Tribune For more than a decade, a golden shovel waited for its time to shine. Over the years its intended use shifted. The sparkle from the original tool faded. Last week, some 37 years after Cheryl and Tom Millham began efforts to preserve wildlife at Lake Tahoe, the reconditioned shovel rested […]

Storm warnings to continue

EL DORADO HILLS — The Sierra Valley Storm 12U all-star baseball team is down in Southern California for a third consecutive year to play in the West Zone Championship in Whitter, with a shot to advance to the PONY Bronco Division World Series. The Storm is hoping to weather the storm through competition from teams […]

Close your eyes & relax

Make time for a massage; your body and mind will thank you Brooks Rollins Massage Envy Benefits to getting regular massage Massage can help with the physical and the mental/emotional, from the everyday to the life-long: improved posture, range of motion in joints, circulation and enhanced immune system; reduced pain and headaches, lower blood pressure, […]

Charles Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts

“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of […]

Mark Shields: The trap of becoming only a congressional party

In five of the past six presidential elections, the Republican Party has lost the nation’s popular vote to the Democrats. In those same six presidential contests, 18 states and the District of Columbia, totaling among them 242 electoral votes (you need only 270 to win the White House), have voted every time for the Democratic […]

Quintet tackles trio of marathons

As if one marathon wasn’t enough, three in one weekend is just what El Dorado Hills local Hassan Aboukhadijeh and his ultra marathon running friends Carina Kool, Youa Buchanan, Damin Estes and Betty McHugh tried recently. The Bear Lake Marathon Weekend is an event that a very brave few compete in each year — consisting […]

H4H volunteers collecting school supplies

Hands4Hope recently launched its second annual School Supply Drive, which will benefit children in need in El Dorado County. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, Hands4Hope youth volunteers will set up a donation table in front of the Office Max, 3041 Forni Road in Placerville. Patrons will be able to purchase prepackaged supply […]

New vacation home rentals rules OK’d

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — By a 4-0 vote, the City Council approved new regulations governing vacation home rentals during another marathon session July 21. The most recent vacation ordinance drew a lot of debate over the past year as the city attempted to address what it called a balancing act […]

My Turn: Is it time for a new state?

While California government grows larger, so do debt obligations. Corporations and small business continue to move to other states, taking jobs and dollars with them. In its infinite wisdom, the state Legislature introduced more than 25 “Job Killer Bills” — deterring new business and infrastructure projects. Rural counties are hardest hit, with regulations and environmental […]

Charles Krauthammer: Worse than we could have imagined

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then last Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong. Who would have imagined we […]

Local soccer clinic offered for free

Marco Sanchez has loved soccer since he can remember and almost always has a soccer ball handy to show off his juggling skills or practice some moves. Now he wants to share those skills with to his community. Sanchez will head up a free soccer clinic for children age five to 10 years at White […]

John Stossel: Progress

Obamacare! The War on Drugs! A War on Poverty! Prohibition! The idea that government will bring social progress isn’t new. Europe’s monarchs believed in big government long before there was a Soviet Union or a welfare state. Eighteenth-century philosopher Voltaire praised “enlightened” monarchs like Prussia’s Frederick the Great. Since the nineteenth century, so-called “progressives” have […]

Taekwondo sisters bring back gold

AUSTIN, Tex. — Three El Dorado Hills sisters, all El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Center students, struck gold on USA Taekwondo’s largest stage this past week in Austin, Texas at the USAT National Championships. Amongst 7,000 competitors overall, Aleena, Sharlene and Catarina Duong were among the contingency of more than 700 competitors from California to make […]

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 […]

Charles Krauthammer: Pluto and us

We need a pick me up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can humanity turn for uplift? Meet New Horizons, arriving at Pluto […]

Mark Shields: Donald Trump: In the ‘American’ tradition

Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that Mr. Trump just enjoyed all the media attention a potential White House run brought his way, that he would never actually become a real candidate. Then after Trump’s rambling announcement speech […]

South Lake Tahoe building veterans memorial

Jack Barnwell Tahoe Daily Tribune Five years ago, Patty Smith went to Placerville to visit a memorial for veterans and felt inspired to see something similar built in South Lake Tahoe to honor her son, other veterans and public safety workers. On July 1 that idea took its first physical steps forward at Happy Homestead Cemetery […]

Charles Krauthammer: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history

WASHINGTON — The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime whose foundational purpose is to cleanse the Middle East of the poisonous corruption of American power and influence. In pursuit of […]

John Stossel: Heroes, villians

Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, “Jurassic World?” It had the biggest opening of any movie in history. The movie tells how a reckless biotech company releases dinosaurs that kill its customers. Its tale of heroes vs. villains made me think about how America has changed since our independence, the anniversary of which […]

Never patriotic: The real meaning of the Confederate flag

By Joe Conason In the intensifying debate over the Confederate flag, important clues about the true meaning of this seditious symbol are staring us in the face. Dozens of those clues were posted by an angry, glaring Dylann Storm Roof on the “Last Rhodesian,” website, where the confessed Charleston killer pays homage to certain flags […]

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 […]

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