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Media Life: 1954 Folsom Prison film’s re-release stirs memories

The Media Life column on the re-release of gritty prison film “Riot in Cell Block 11” spawned a couple of stories worth an outpouring of an ounce or two of printer&rsqu ...

Another View: Under the paint is where you find the mettle

I lived in the Alfred E. Smith Projects in lower Manhattan until the age of 17. As a child, I thought it a wonderful place. My friends were of every nationality, different religion ...

Another View: The fragrance of freedom is a sweet one

When the dust settled upon that momentous morning, mingled in the stench of gun fire and burnt buildings was the fragrance of freedom. The sweet scent stained the soldier’s s ...

Saving money with a little help from Apollo

Running a park can be an expensive proposition. Outside of labor costs (65 percent of our operational costs), parks need to buy things like special dirt for infields, copious amoun ...

Father gets the ‘straight talk’ about school shootings

Dear Straight Talk: To combat school shootings, our school district is considering arming teachers who undergo extensive training. All this is making my daughter (age 17) even mo ...

Books for summer reading and beyond

I rarely succeed in leaving the library without another book in my hands. Books just leap out at me. I can’t stand it — mainly because I don’t have time to read a ...

Another View: Congressman McClintock on Yosemite anniversary

Congressman Tom McClintock delivered the following remarks at the 150th anniversary celebration for the original Yosemite Grant Act. At the ceremony Congressman McClintock also pre ...

Another View: State budget: In the black, but red flags

In early 1776, as tensions between the British Empire and the American colonies heated up, the North Carolina Provincial Congress formally asked John Adams of Boston his advice on ...

Another View: Big surprise: We’ll pay price for bad choices

As I watched the local news over the weekend, there was a story that kept popping up that truly shocked me. Apparently our leaders have now come to the realization that “cap ...

Another View: The salmon are coming … but they need our help!

For the last five years, the Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead organization, or SARSAS, has been working to protect and enhance the natural environment of Auburn Ravine, a 34 ...