Editor's View: Reader blasts Telegraph editor's online column

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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As many know, I pen an online-exclusive column on the topic of weight loss and trying to stay fit with a busy lifestyle.

One reader, Larry Dorsey, had this to say in a comment following the most recent Saturday Skinny blog I wrote Dec. 1 at

“Although I can appreciate the amount of effort that it takes to lose this much weight, it seems like every week reading the same thing over and over is quite frankly boring! I look to this paper (online or not) to tell me about things that are happening in Folsom. Don, this type of reporting is self-serving. I can see why you would think that others are interested in your ‘new’ lifestyle being how excited you are for you. But I don’t think others are as excited as much as you are. Let’s hear about Folsom events, news, government and opinions.”

Thank you for the feedback, Larry. The blog (an opinion piece, not “reporting”) is strictly online because I know it’s not for everyone. As far as readers being excited about my weight loss or lifestyle, I can report this series generates the most readership for our website. It was a surprise to me as well. The piece chronicles my personal journey with weight loss and I’ve been writing it since April .

In the blog (or online column), I try to pass along common-sense weight loss tips and tricks to those who are looking for such information. I try not to be “preachy,” but give real down-to-earth examples for those who are struggling with weight. I’ve had many readers contact me to say The Saturday Skinny, or my personal story, has inspired them to take action to get healthier.

If one person avoids adult-onset diabetes, heart disease or other obesity-related illness because of the blog, it’s worth it.

The Saturday Skinny publishes generally every other Saturday at, and all the other Gold Country Media websites.

Now, as for the rest of our newspaper online and in print, we feature all of what you’re looking for – news, opinions and features focusing on our region.

On Tuesdays, we focus the website on entertainment. When breaking news happens, we cover it using our website. During the storm, we frequently posted updates about road closures at the Telegraph’s Facebook page (

Again, thank you for the feedback.

Contractors help others

The 17th annual Contractors Caring for Kids toy drive and fundraiser is slated for noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Orangevale Community Center, according to Folsom resident Michele Zumwalt.

The community center is located at 6826 Hazel Ave. in Orangevale.

“We do this every year and people from all over Folsom and the region participate,” Zumwalt said. “We will also have the pie toss with city and county building inspectors, so it’s fun.”

You can also expect to find a silent auction, drawings, food and refreshments. I hear Santa is also taking time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. There will also be a live radio broadcast by 93.7 Jack-FM, a Lego design build contest, face painting and a lot more. The event benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), UC Davis Hospice, Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home and WIND Youth (Works in New Directions).

Wine lovers rejoice

While Total Wine and More opened last week, they are offering a grand opening and ribbon cutting from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2765 E. Bidwell St. in the Broadstone Plaza. Enjoy tastings, live music, and “exclusive giveaways,” according to a press statement. They will also be donating $10,000 to the Folsom Symphony. Learn more at

Reach Don Chaddock at or on Twitter @anewsguy.