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Rufus T. Firefly and Jefferson

So the phone rang at 2 a.m. In my fog of sleep, I knew it was probably Rufus T. Firefly. But what if it wasn’t? What if someone was in trouble? I’d never forgive myself ...

Should teens be allowed to lock their bedroom door?

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I want a lock for our bedroom door. We have a new stepfather and we feel uncomfortable not being able lock our door when we’re undressed. He ...

Media Life: Homegrown Auburn film talent returns with “Mudbloods”

It’s a homecoming week of sorts for Auburn native Eric F. Martin and he’s bringing along his latest film to show at the State Theatre. Martin, Placer High Class of 200 ...

Another View: Annexation poppycock

The City of Auburn is about to engage in an effort to justify an effort to annex North Auburn into the city. An outspoken member of the city council has managed to convince other m ...

Another View: Library launching membership drive

Welcome to Gold Country Denizens! Denizen synonym: resident, local, inhabitant, dweller. You know what Gold Country means. So: At January’s Auburn Library Book Sale, I saw ...

Unhealthy weight-loss behaviors epidemic among youth

Dear Straight Talk: My 14-year-old daughter is being treated for anorexia and bulimia. Her clothes covered it well. I am writing about the media frenzy around being thin, which g ...

Caring for parents a generational challenge

In the last few days, I have been thinking about my grandparents. They were poor immigrants from Italy and had a number of children. They were married for more than 50 years and wh ...

Media Life: Auburn premieres local link to “All-American Makers”

A garage opens. The light from outside illuminates the screen. And a new show on the Science Channel debuts. At North Auburn’s DeWitt Theater, the audience at the local prem ...

Another View: Falling gas prices mask hidden tax

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices? Due to high taxes and costly regulations, o ...

Another View: The fun was over as we realized how much trouble we were in

Louie and I were just a couple of preteens, old enough to be fussy about our hair but young enough to still get in trouble out at our grandparent’s farm. It was another Sun ...