• Opinion: A California giant hides in plain sight

    Opinion: A California giant hides in plain sight

    By Joe Mathews California is so big that you don’t need to be a mouse to hide here. You can be a giant elephant—or a huge corporation—and still escape notice. For example, here’s a trivia question that stumps even Californians who know the state well: What’s the second-richest company in California after Apple? “Google?” Wrong. […]

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  • Opinion: Understanding dieting

    Opinion: Understanding dieting

    By Traci Mann and A. Janet Tomiyama  Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss or health gains. We suspect most dieters have realized this by now too. And yet, here they are again, setting the same weight loss goal this […]

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  • Letter: Bread & Broth diner returns as sponsor

    Letter: Bread & Broth diner returns as sponsor

    To the community, As a young boy, Jeremy Woodford would attend Bread & Broth’s dinners with his family at Grace Hall. Now, many years later, Jeremy is paying it forward by hosting three B&B dinners so others can also benefit from the same nourishing meals that helped him when he and his family were experiencing […]

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  • Opinion: Feds’ decision on pot laws may create issues for casinos

    Opinion: Feds’ decision on pot laws may create issues for casinos

    By Jane Ann Morrison, Las Vegas Review-Journal   In November, Nevada’s Gaming Policy Committee begged for guidance from the federal government about whether the feds are going to enforce federal laws passed in 1970 that criminalized pot use, cultivation and distribution. Nevadans got their answer last week, but it wasn’t the one many wanted. The […]

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  • Letter: EDC VHR moratorium a good idea

    Letter: EDC VHR moratorium a good idea

    Publisher’s note: This letter was sent to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and copied to Lake Tahoe News. Hi Supervisors Sue Novasel and Mike Rinalli, I understand that you are considering a 45-day moratorium on issuing new vacation home rental permits. I support such a moratorium or prefer an even longer one so […]

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  • Letter: Make your voice heard regarding SnowGlobe

    Letter: Make your voice heard regarding SnowGlobe

    To the community, I want to thank all of you for your support and empathy. Over the last few days I have gotten handshakes, hugs, phone calls and kudos from both friends and strangers. I appreciate that you let me know that you have the same opinion toward SnowGlobe that I do. Again, while I […]

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  • Opinion: How to win at winter

    Opinion: How to win at winter

    By Lori Moore, New York Times My first winter in the Northeast, I thought I was set. When I was growing up in the South, the heaviest coat I ever owned was a corduroy pea coat — more of a jacket, really. But after a year of working in the powdery mountain snow out West, […]

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  • Opinion: Why is obesity getting worse?

    Opinion: Why is obesity getting worse?

    By Kenneth Cusi, The Conversation Gyms across the country will be packed in the new year with people sticking, however briefly, to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Most of them do not know that the cards are stacked against them and that weight loss is much more complicated than working out and not […]

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  • Letter: How to combat unruly VHR renters

    Letter: How to combat unruly VHR renters

    To the community, In recent years much has been written about the battle locals are waging against VHRs that destroy the peace of their neighborhoods. Although I have read most of what has been written, the following is a perspective I have not seen.  As an owner of long term rentals, I know if there […]

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  • Opinion: Immortal California property taxes

    Opinion: Immortal California property taxes

    From: Joe Mathews To: California Association of Realtors Re: Death and Taxes Yes, all Californians eventually will die. But why can’t our property tax discounts live forever? That’s the question inspired by your glorious new idea: a ballot initiative to make our state’s Proposition 13 property tax savings even more generous. Your “People’s Initiative to […]

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