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Memorial Day for memorializing

There’s a picture making the rounds on social media. It’s of a small boy wearing a suit and tie attending a funeral, receiving a folded flag from an officer. The boy is crying, and the officer, crouching down to the child’s height level, seems to be giving him words of encouragement. Embedded on the picture […]

Billlingsley’s Bullets: Call me Mr. President

It seems like everyone wants to be the next president of the USA. Dull and interesting candidates are running or plan to run. I am convinced that no one is more qualified to run than I am. Giving speeches is fun for me, and applause makes me feel young and handsome. • Having a presidential […]

The weekly Daley: Just another 10,000 oughta do it

If only the U.S. would send another 10,000 troops with boots on the ground to Iraq and maybe Syria, we would smack those ISIS boys right back to the Stone Age. South Carolina’s senior Sen. Lindsey Graham said that earlier this week. I threw in the “stone age” part just for context. He said the […]

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 […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: A Christian nation?

One of the most enduring myths is that we are, and were established as, a Christian nation. Peter Manseau’s “One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History” is an unusual work that drives home the idea that the U.S. is “informed by internal religious diversity.” There was literally never a point in the history of […]

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 sierrafoot.org, more will follow later as my personal time permits. The short […]

The balancing act: The Blacklock connection

Patrick Blacklock is the current CAO of Yolo County, and it would take some explaining to understand that his influence and impact on our county has been more significant than any of our current members of the Board of Supervisors. Blacklock started his employment by government bodies in May of 2001 as the Administrator Officer […]

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 […]

Belltower: Rhubarb is more than an argument with the umpire

Here’s a bizarro item. A New York judge ordered a Long Island public university to explain why two chimpanzees it allegedly has been using for motion studies shouldn’t be transferred to an animal sanctuary — in Florida. The animal rights people are trying to confer human rights on primates. The lawsuit was brought by the […]

The Express to success

By many accounts, Placerville is a small town. Yes, it is rich with history and tradition, and boasts a community full of support, hard work, sacrifice, commitment and togetherness. But no one would argue it has harbored big-city business. At least not until now. Thanks to StemExpress, Placerville is being talked about nationwide as a […]

Something to think about: Calling down the ages

On May 17, our wire-haired fox terrier will be 11 years old. When we got her, after 25 years of my gentle hints that I needed a dog, I was working as a corporate trainer and my husband had just sold his business. Bob, at home with a very active puppy, became the alpha dog […]

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, […]

The rural life: Mighty, ‘holy’ weed

Nature can be such a show-off. On a walk the other day, I spotted a seedling that had punched its way through several inches of asphalt. The blacktop was in good shape, too — just a few years old, thicker than you usually see on private roads, and free of cracks and holes. Except at […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: The aging process requires patience

April 17 was my birthday. I would like to share the following birthday card quotes with you: “Drinks well with others.” “Once upon a time, a very special person was born, who was destined to change the world … Calm down — it’s not you. It’s Jesus.” “When you’re old, your butt cheeks droop. Your […]

California rambling: Capture California: Taliesin West

America’s best-known architect had, at the age of 70, become ill. Frank Lloyd Wright had contracted pneumonia and a doctor advised his wife, “If you take Frank out of those bitterly cold Wisconsin winters and move to Arizona, you will prolong his life by twenty years.” So, in 1937, Wright began searching for desert property […]

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 […]

The weekly Daley: Slow and stupid wins the race

Call them Free Range Panderers. Call them Ambassadors for Ignorance. Call them the blooming crop of Republican presidential candidates. Not a scientist among them, therefore, they are unable to comment on climate change. Not an educated member of the 21st Century among them either. If there were, they would be proud to acknowledge that they […]

Brace yourselves … fire season is coming

Gov. Brown declared May 3-9 as Wildfire Awareness Week, and Cal Fire held a joint press conference on Monday in Pollock Pines to kick off the week and promote fire safety. It was the beginning of a strong message to the public about the severity of the upcoming fire season. It’s obvious everyone is on […]

My turn: Tax hikes look silly as state gets financial windfall

It must be silly season in Sacramento. As the state receives billions in unanticipated revenues, liberal tax-and-spend lawmakers are proposing massive tax hikes, proving once again that they are out of touch with reality. One key measure of reality ignored by liberal lawmakers is Tax Freedom Day. Calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom […]

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 […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Moral bigotry

We are a society riven by opposing points of view, different mindsets based upon different world views. And this propensity is exacerbated by the different balance of values held by liberals and conservatives. The issues are legion from choice to the size of government. In a recent article I wrote about the lost art of […]

Belltower: Acrylics and the 4th Appeal

Facebook is not my thing. In spite of that, my son set up a Facebook account for me. I have trouble thinking of things to post, other than a photo of a boutique clothing store in Santa Barbara that has the same first name as my daughter. The second item posted was a 5×7 acrylic […]

The balancing act: Pamela’s war on seniors

“We’ve got major budget issues. I’d feel much better getting all those other things to a committee and make sure we get multiple minds on this and develop a plan, a prioritized plan and the 15/16 (Fiscal Year budget) deficit is the target. And I understand it. I have seen deficits all my career tied […]

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 […]

The weekly Daley: Potpourri

Doing a potpourri is always fun. Sure it’s cheap, but it’s still fun. For example: America’s newest Rock Star is none other than Toya Graham. Who? You Ask. Toya Graham is the mother who cuffed her 16 year-old son “upside the head” to prevent him from joining protesters in Baltimore the other day. She chased […]

Something to think about: May Day

All things change — take a look at May Day. Today, May 1st is … May 1st. The first day in the fifth month of the year, unless you use the Chinese or Jewish calendar. The last full month of spring. A hundred and fifty years ago, May Day was a big celebration in the U.S. […]

A better understanding

On April 8, the El Dorado Water and Power Authority failed to pass a memorandum of understanding with the Rio Linda-Elverta Community Water District that would have established a conceptual framework for the interim use of the additional water supply EDWPA is pursuing. On April 15, in a special meeting for EDWPA, the same memorandum […]

Charles Krauthammer: Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: • Gulf of Aden: Iran sends a flotilla of warships and weapons-carrying freighters to reinforce the rebels in Yemen — a noncontiguous, non-Persian, […]

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 […]

John Stossel: Freedom of and from religion

Religious oppression was one reason many of our ancestors came to America. They wanted to escape rulers who demanded that everyone worship their way. In Ireland, Catholics couldn’t vote or own a gun. I assumed that because many of America’s founders came here to escape such repression, they were eager to allow religious freedom in […]

California rambling: Evergreen Lodge a new type of Yosemite accommodation

It’s not every day that a decision to establish a youth employment program leads to the creation of one of the most successful businesses in its area, but that’s what happened at Evergreen Lodge outside the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park. The lodge is the creation of Lee Zimmerman, Brian Anderluh and Dan Braun, […]

The weekly Daley: We’re sorry to see you go

I’ve been on a hunting expedition this week. The prey I’m after is pretty elusive sometimes and downright non-existent other times. Occasionally it’s right there at the top of the page with Rachael’s Belly Flab Flogging plan. That my car warranty expired about 10 years ago apparently has no bearing on the fact that I […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Appreciation — the ultimate compliment

When anyone tells you that they appreciate you, your world suddenly becomes special, maybe even perfect, at least for a while. It also means that whatever you did or said to deserve your compliment made a difference in that person’s life — sometimes for the moment and sometimes for a lifetime. • The appreciation compliment […]

Drug ‘breathalyzers’

State Assemblyman and former CHP officer Tom Lackey, along with the California Police Chiefs Association, We Save Lives, and the California Narcotic Officer Association, announced a joint effort to authorize the use of drug “breathalyzers” to identify and prosecute drivers who are impaired by marijuana and other drugs. Our response can be summed up in […]

My turn: Save our water

Editor’s note: The following remarks were made by Rep. McClintock in the House Chambers in Washington, D.C. on April 22. California is now in its fourth year of the worst drought on record. Hydrologists estimate it is the worst drought in 1,200 years. The Sierra Snowpack today is just six percent of normal. Many of […]

Charles Krauthammer: The queen travels by van

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed […]

My turn: Water conservation target framework flawed

On Tuesday, April 7, the State Water Resources Control Board released a proposed framework for meeting the statewide 25 percent water conservation target announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on April 1. The state board identified specific reduction standards for water agencies across California. Under the proposal, water purveyor members in the 15 counties represented by […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: The lost art of compromise

Compromise is the essence of any social system. Edmund Burke, the father of modern conservatism, said, “All governments — indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act — is founded on compromise and barter.” With the sole exception, I might add, of tyranny, for tyranny is neither prudent nor virtuous. But […]

The balancing act: The elephant in the room

At the April 15 Board of Supervisors special meeting, whose main purpose was a CAO budget update presentation to address the continuing county annual deficits, the operative word was “bloated.” During the meeting CAO Pamela Knorr admitted that the budget was bloated and she said it more than once. While Knorr admits the problem, she […]

Belltower: Rebate programs

Everyone in the El Dorado Irrigation District saved water during the 2013-14 drought — 24 percent. Now the governor has called for 25 percent conservation. Doable? Yes, but… The State Water Resources Control Board came up with some weirdo schedule claiming EID should save 35 percent on water consumption based on September 2014 consumption, even […]

The weekly Daley: Free Range … it’s everywhere

I never heard of it before but I love the term. Free Range Parenting or maybe it could be called Free Range childhood or Free Range growing up. Whatever you call it, it means that kids get to go to the park without a parent or guardian or supervisor or monitor or cop taking them […]

Something to think about: The sound of the gun

Aren’t there thousands of drugs that can kill you? Aren’t some of them painless and a sure thing? So why, if unable to obtain the approved lethal injection drugs for executions, would a state decide that death by firing squad would make an acceptable alternative? When Utah recently reinstated the use of death by firing […]

Main Street ‘under construction’

The Main Street Rehabilitation Project began in early March and has transformed the historical area of Placerville into a rough and rowdy place. We aren’t referring to the people, though, as business owners continue to delight happy tourists stopping in town, nor the buildings, which have gotten a fresh look after the Paint What Matters […]

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