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Another View: When you know you’re not in Illinois anymore

I never thought of myself as a country bumpkin while living in Illinois in a town of 30,000 people, a bucolic settlement surrounded by corn and soybean fields. One of our favorit ...

The search that filled in some important missing pieces

Every year on my birthday I wonder if you think of me. I think of you. I miss you and I cry. We’ve never met, but I imagine you looking up at the moon every Sept. 10 and I ...

Young people sound off on their top gifts

Dear Straight Talk: I enjoy hitting the mark with holiday gifts. I have three teenage grandchildren and two in their 20s. Please advise as to top gifts. Also, do kids read books ...

It’s Thanksgiving, ready or not

You don’t need me to tell you that Thanksgiving is next week. We all know it, and we all know that it’ll be here before I’m ready for it. Even though I’ve h ...

Media Life: The day Placer High’s basketball team took on mighty Stanford

Imagine Michael Jordan and his North Carolina Tar Heels teammates arriving in Auburn for a basketball game with … the Placer High Hillmen. It’s a gargantuan stretch o ...

Another View: McClintock honors two slain deputies

Following is the text of a speech delivered Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. Mr. Speaker: On Oct. 24, Sacrame ...

Another View: Barracks could keep homeless warm

Right Hand Auburn, Inc. is an organization whose immediate mission is to utilize the minimum security jail barracks on a temporary basis in order to address the critical homeless s ...

Distinguishing the news from social media

If it’s on the internet it must be true. I am often baffled by the sheer number of people on social media who believe everything they read on the Internet. For example, I ...

Don’t place a minimum on employee appreciation

When my husband sold his business and decided to make the move to Placer County, I had to quit my job of 20 years. I wasn’t too happy about this but he had battled cancer and ...

Family gatherings an opportunity for inter-gen bonding and support

Dear Straight Talk: I’m hosting several sets of parents, grandparents, teenagers and college students for Thanksgiving. The young people tend to divide off, many staring in ...