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Democrats, Republicans have fewer differences than you’d think

Recently a friend sent the following campaign party platform to me via Facebook.  It got me thinking and I wanted to share it with you. It starts as follows: 1. Provide fede ...

Prom season can mean dancing with wolves

Dear Straight Talk: The time for tuxedos and puffy dresses is here. The trouble is my parents won’t let me attend prom without a date. Last year, to accommodate them, I ask ...

Media Life: Auburn’s rich history subject of new book

Want a peek at the first-known image of Auburn? It’s a drawing by a fellow named Thomas Armstrong done in 1851. Nothing but a few wooden buildings and a denuded hillside. An ...

The Food Dude: Leftover sweet potatoes? It’s an open canvas

Last week, after making my Grilled Sweet Potato Salad, I was faced with an opportunity I have been wanting for some time now. I had leftover potatoes from the salad recipe, but wha ...

Media Life: Auburn-created art now on U.S. postage stamp

Move over Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau. You have some illustrious company. Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea and infant member of the Lewis and Clark expedition, was  Auburn&rsq ...

Another View: Aim higher, North Auburn

A good working relationship between Placer County and the City of Auburn is indispensable to creating a higher quality of life and more prosperity for Auburn area residents. Resi ...

Much to my dismay, Clint Eastwood had to go

Time Traveler: I am awaiting the arrival of the Portuguese pirate to drop off his portion of the column. Pending his appearance I’ll just prattle on about whatever amuses m ...

Books, Beach Boys and Babblers

Winston Smith Books has a new employee: Keith Granger, who’s worked there a month. He’s wanted to work with books for years. “When I was 10, I started getting int ...

Books are only the beginning

After reading about the closing of some public libraries, it got me to remembering when I was a young girl living in the lower east side of New York. The neighborhood library was ...

Is there a unique sign or feeling for true love?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18, a high school graduate and my boyfriend is 20. I want to commit to the man I love. My mother thinks it’s a bad idea. She says don’t ...