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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 ...

Media Life: R&B pioneer’s grave marker turns up in Auburn

It’s a mystery that has Auburn’s Brianna Rubio perplexed. Actually, many people. It started with the discovery of a grave marker in the yard of a North Auburn property ...

Another View: Unity needed to address homelessness – not criticism of The Gathering Inn

I was extremely dismayed upon reading the April 8 Journal article bearing the headline: “Homeless study: Gathering Inn needs ‘major changes.’ Roseville-based shel ...

Meals, music and imagination making a splash in Auburn

First came the Think Auburn First Chamber promotion, encouraging us to shop here. Now there’s Dine Auburn First. Coordinator Kathleen Shaffer asked me to tell you about the p ...

Another View: Driving effort for homeless shelter

Barbara Sloan offered her opinion in Sunday’s Letters to the Editor.  It is good we have the freedom to express our views, yet with this freedom there is a responsibilit ...

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 ...