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Another View: What is the solution for DUI-related tragedies?

I don’t personally know any member of Trevor Keller or Jarad Gaches family but I do know Candy Lightner (the mother of Cari Lightner). Like our local boys, Cari was only 13 y ...

History: A sign painter with the heart and hand of a landscape artist

If there ever was an artist of whom it could be said that he “had paint in his veins” it would be Harry DeGroat who lived and worked in Auburn from the early 1920s to 1 ...

Media Life: 10 Who Made Auburn All The More 'Ausome'

What makes Auburn so unique and special to the people who live here – and the others who wish they did? Here are 10 names. A drop in  very large bucket. There are many ...

Another View: The rules are not rigged against Trump

“That’s not the way democracy is supposed to work,” Donald Trump thundered on Fox News. “The system is rigged. I see it now, 100 percent.” Trump was ...

Another View: Placer Ranch rises again

On April 5, 2016, the Placer County Board of Supervisors, voted, in concept, to assist with moving the Placer Ranch development project forward as a county project.  This mean ...

Another view: Embracing learning spaces for the 21st century

Over the last 20 years, I have been responsible for overseeing the building of learning environments that are a catalyst to educational innovation and to create facilities in which ...

Reader Input: Carrying on poetic history in Auburn

This being National Poetry Month, I decided to do some mining for poets in Auburn and surrounding communities. I know several poets personally and consider them friends. There&rsq ...

Another View: Sanders vs. Pope Francis

WASHINGTON — Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, that, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical A ...

Disagreeing without being disagreeable

Take two men. One complains about restaurant service, politics, politicians,  manners, traffic, entertainment, the water, the weather. On and on. His life is one bent fork aft ...

Another View: Newcastle’s May Celebration to honor the area’s veterans

First order of business in this week’s column; correct an inadvertent omission in our last column in which the Pirate admits that while we profess to bring you the news and g ...

Media Life: Top 10 Auburn Area Backroads to entice open-road fever

Highway 49. And Interstate 80. You know the routine and the routes. Get on one of those two highways and you’re soon up to speed at a fine clip – give or take a few tr ...

Another View: Election belongs in Ripley’s Odditorium

WASHINGTON — The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley’s Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots. Among the exhibits, cura ...

Another View: Decisions on pot are critical

How did we get here? Back in 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted an Ordinance that established regulations to minimize the nuisance issues associated with marijuana cultivation ...

Another View: When my pants snapped and dropped, I turned bright red

It’s funny how our memories work. We remember most of the really good stuff in our past and we try to forget what we think is some of the really bad stuff, even though it&rsq ...

Another View: Respect is key to helping homeless

Respect. From atop rooftops and online soap boxes, people like to demand it. Somehow you owe them something because they write long and in ALL CAPS. Truth be told, their constant ...