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Another View: For boomers, pickleball is court of last resort

I have discovered the path to world peace, and it is a game called “pickleball.” In fact, if diplomats could find a way to coax Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin on a cou ...

Another View: State’s thumb hurts business, quality of life

As the “Me Generation” took power in all areas of our country, Robert Fulghum, as he looked at the rising rudeness and gradual decline of civil society, had to write th ...

Another View: GOP puzzler: Who’s party’s ‘next guy?’

The party of the next guy has no next guy. For more than two generations, the Republican presidential nominating process has had an immutable internal logic to it: The next guy i ...

Another View: Let’s keep movie making — and dollars — in California

Many of you may not be aware that the film and television industry has made a mass exodus from California over the last 15 years because other states and countries have been anxiou ...

Wakeup call inspires vow of sensitivity

No one wants to hear a knock on their door late at night, only to open it and see a sheriff deputy and chaplain standing there. You know it isn’t good news. It’s th ...

‘Bons moments’ for this American in Paris

My friend Judy was a travel agent and presented me with an offer I couldn’t refuse. A trip to Paris! I wasted no time trying to get my husband on board. Alas, he didn&rsquo ...

Seeing ‘invisible illness’ more clearly

Some people view fibromyalgia as an “invisible illness.” They don’t want to believe what they can’t see. But fibromyalgia is anything but invisible. It affe ...

Excessive college jitters require courage breakthrough

Dear Straight Talk: I’m heading to an east-coast college this fall. My siblings all loved their college years and whenever I voice my nervousness they tell me it’s norm ...

Here we are in spite of everything

Turn your attention from the recent terrible news about (insert your own suggestion here) and consider this. The year I was born, the Soviets established the German Democratic Re ...

Media Life: Braves ready to honor 1914 Series champs, Placer product

A product of the rough-and-tumble gold-field village of Iowa Hill, Bill James and fellow members of the 1914 Miracle Braves baseball World Series champions are on deck to get their ...