One patriot’s concerns

It was a year ago — a long year ago it seems — that insurrectionists invaded and ransacked the U.S. Capitol. We watched in horror as the citadel of our democratic republic came under attack,


There is no question that availability of affordable housing is a problem throughout the state of California, and El Dorado County is no exception. The cost of existing housing coupled with the lack of affordable housing units is one factor, among many, driving homelessness in the county.

One Year Since

In the year since Jan. 6 several Republican politicians have shown the true content of their character.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

Could any nation “conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” survive, or would such a nation inevitably descend into hierarchies and minority rule?

How to get real accountability for Jan. 6

The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was an attempt, through force and violence, to overturn the will of the majority expressed in a free and fair election. In a well-functioning democratic republic, its anniversary would engender a commitment across party lines to protecting and enhancing our system of self-rule.

Much to be thankful for

As 2021 comes to an end, we have much to be thankful for. Yes, it was a challenging year that tested us as never before. But the fact that we are here to count our blessings is an accomplishment that should fill us with pride.

How can we citizens serve our soldiers?

Have you ever conversed with a veteran about how it feels to return after their deployment? Recently I spoke with Josh Elder, MD, Army Reserve Officer and Combat Veteran who recently deployed to the Middle East.

Possible Criminal Referral for Former President Trump

Tonight the Washington Post reported that the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol is weighing possible criminal referral for former president Trump, focusing on the 187 minutes between Trump’s urging his supporters to march on the Capitol and the video he finally released telling them to stop.

No Shelter for Homeless Neighbors Out in the Cold

While the winter holidays are a time for happiness, traditions and gatherings for many, our homeless neighbors on the western slope of El Dorado County are out in the cold and wet this winter season without shelter. 

COVID vaccinations — a question of character for leaders

“You will have blood on your hands!”
That is how one member of the audience
confronted a friend of mine who spoke
against an El Dorado County Board of
Supervisors resolution opposing COVID-19
vaccine mandates, a resolution that was,
unfortunately, approved Nov. 16.

Today’s news hit like a firehose

Today’s news hit like a firehose, which is to be expected after the Thanksgiving holiday. Besides funding the government, keeping American democracy from critical risk there is news of the new variant of concern, Omicron COVID.

Weird disconnect caused by voters wanting “normalcy”

The policies President Joe Biden and the Democrats are putting in place are hugely popular, and yet Biden’s own popularity numbers have dropped into the low 40s. It’s a weird disconnect that Cohn explains by suggesting that, above all, voters want “normalcy.”

Guilty on 23 Counts of Murder

On Wednesday, November 24, just before the Thanksgiving holiday, a jury found Gregory McMichael (65), his son Travis McMichael (35), and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan (52) guilty on 23 counts of murder.

Democracy Risk

“Democracy is at risk,” the report’s introduction begins. “Its survival is endangered by a perfect storm of threats, both from within and from a rising tide of authoritarianism.”