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Acceptance comes slowly, but in most cases it does come

The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether states should recognize gay marriage. While I understand this is a controversial topic these days, I really wonder why this should b ...

The dark side of sex-positive: sexual-orientation confusion

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve always thought I was straight. I had crushes on boys growing up and currently have a boyfriend who I feel romantic kissing. But recently I’ve ...

Media Life: Placer County water embroiled in Starbucks Coffee flap

It’s one of those little-known facts about Placer County that’s been revealed in one of the darndest places. Mother Jones has the story and the cappuccino cups are rat ...

Another View: Placer County is home to gangs

Of the seven recognized gangs in California, Norteños and Sureños are the two present in Placer County. Norteños and Sureños are warring gangs. Each h ...

Another View: A little snow on the roof doesn’t mean I can’t install shingles

It all happened five years ago. I had just had my 70th birthday and the ceiling over our stairway was showing some damp spots after a good rain. And it had shown similar damp spots ...

General Gomez was but one brand of Auburn’s hometown cigars

It’s been a while since I’ve smelled cigar smoke or seen a man puffing on a panatela, but there was a time before the Surgeon General’s report on the hazards of u ...

Another View: Coping with the death of a child

We read of death and destruction in the news every day. But the death of an innocent child still pierces the hardest hearts. I’ve seen the toughest police and firefighters cr ...

News of Newcastle, but first a trip down a Big Sur memory lane

Robin Enos: Wow! It’s almost Sunday again. Radio show to do Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on KAHI a.m. radio, voice of the foothills. This column to write. So much wreak to havoc. I&rs ...

Investigating where we’ve been

Art Sommers emailed me because he had old movie stuff to get rid of. Was I interested? Me? Old movie stuff? What a question. Sure, I said. Great, he said, and suggested that he and ...

Stepmother seeks help for deep-freeze hostility

Dear Straight Talk: My stepchildren (16 and 17) are incredibly cold to me even though I had nothing to do with their parent’s divorce. I met their father a year later and e ...