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Another View: When did summer become so hard?

As a kid, summers meant swimming pools, sleeping in late, and sweltering heat. This summer, however, it just means one of those things for me — and it’s not swimming po ...

Another View: People want to see our laws enforced, border secured

U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, delivered the attached remarks about the immigration crisis on the Mexican border Thursday on the House floor: Mr. Speaker: Wherever I ...

Another View: We must quit offshoring our plastic trash

When Dustin Hoffman’s character was advised in the 1965 film The Graduate to “get into plastics,” that became one of the most memorable lines in cinematic history ...

Keep mouth shut about friend’s loser boyfriend – unless!

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18 and my best friend of 10 years is dating someone with a lot of mental health and drug abuse problems. Even after he said terrible things to her, ...

Media Life: Auburn part of ‘Real Housewives of Orange  County’ drama

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” reality series now has an Auburn-centric twist. And one episode in, the drama is already at the “omigawd” level. ...

Another View: Bullets and brew made the 1960s a heady time

There has been a lot of interest in my employment with the FBI. Since it was so long ago, I rarely talk about it.  But when I was 20 years old and living in New York, I applie ...

Another View: ‘Heroin’ series exposed price paid by all

For me, the most surprising thing about Jason Smith’s riveting three-part series, “Heroin in the Foothills,” is the fact that it appeared in this newspaper.  ...

Another View: On politics, policy and the Wild Kingdom

For my generation, the 1975 music video “I’m Just a Bill,” by School House Rock was our first introduction to civics. Kids still watch this classic video. As the ...

Another View: Does your neighborhood need a bar?

Proposed revisions to the Placer County Winery Ordinance will be heard by the Planning Commission on Thursday (10 a.m. at the Dewitt Center).  If they are adopted, rural Place ...

Dad feels rejected, wants place in daughter’s life

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old daughter complains that I’m not “in her life” enough. I do work hard in a demanding career to support our family, but I buy h ...