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Homeless shelter crisis declared in county

Homeless shelter crisis declared in county

El Dorado County has declared a shelter crisis as a new strategy to address homelessness on the West Slope.

Health and Human Services Agency staff last week presented to the Board of Supervisors a way to quickly provide beds for unsheltered residents and potential locations for short-term congregate and non-congregate shelters and a navigation center.

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Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest, first place: A contaminated experiment

Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest, first place: A contaminated experiment

By KIÊN VU, Oak Ridge High School Student — The Union is in peril — it always has been and must always be. The volatile nature that constitutes the foundation of the United States is what strengthens it. The unending struggles between the states and the federal government, among the states themselves and between sectional and national identity provide the catalyst with which America has been able to achieve global prominence. The democratic experiment proved to be, by most measures, a runaway success. The Revolutionary War gave birth to a country sturdy enough to grant its citizens significant liberties, with ample ability, though not necessarily abundant will, to facilitate social change — all inside a federal framework that has effective, though not dictatorial, power. However, that struggle has evolved beyond a healthy test of character and threatens to tear the country into two. The Union is in serious jeopardy, threatening democracy in America, and by extension, the very idea of democracy.

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Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest, third place: Exploring equality in our elections

Fred Winn Democratic Party Essay Contest, third place: Exploring equality in our elections

By MADISEN BERRY, Ponderosa High School Student — Voting has always been an integral aspect of the United States; it represents our democracy and freedom from the previous tyranny of past monarchies. Throughout the country’s brief history, one can see the ups and downs of voting rights, from the highs of women’s suffrage to the lows of the Three-Fifths Compromise. With all that has gone on surrounding voting rights in the United States, it remains a controversial topic. I whole-heartedly believe in equal voting rights. The ability for someone to vote should not be hindered by their ethnicity, social status, or race. That being said, some people still struggle to vote because of the systems put into place by the government. State governments have recently been changing their laws to make it easier, or harder, for some people to vote.

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Living Green in El Dorado County

Living Green in El Dorado County

In 2021, one of our members, Susan Chandler, worked closely with an intern to develop this comprehensive guide to living green, with ideas and resources to help you take the next steps. Take a look and take some action.

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History of Earth Day

History of Earth Day

Before the EPA, the Clean Air Act or Clean Water Act, there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. Rachael Carson’s profound book, “Silent Spring” opened many people’s eyes regarding the incredibly damaging effects of pesticides and the complacency of our goverment in blindly accepting industry talking points about their safety. In spring 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this and other environmental issues onto the national agenda.

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2022 South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival planned for April 24

2022 South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival planned for April 24

This year, an outdoor festival is planned in SLT to celebrate earth day. It is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Bijou Community Park. If you live in the Tahoe area or plan to visit, please stop by and visit a booth or two. There will be food, arts and crafts and more to celebrate this historic day.

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In a World On Fire, Stop Burning Things

In a World On Fire, Stop Burning Things

By BILL McKIBBEN, The New Yorker – Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, had, he said, “seen many scientific reports in my time, but nothing like this.” Setting aside diplomatic language, he described the document as “an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership,” and added that “the world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson of our only home.”

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