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Another View: A day to thank Pop and Grandpa

Time Traveler: I was unable to assist The Portuguese Pirate in the writing of our Sunday, June 7 column. As I was away on an errand of mercy, but I see he had no problem. Apparentl ...

Why is male swag so irresistible?

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been dating this boy for a year and five months and we are in a happy relationship. I love him very much and wouldn’t think of breaking up. B ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

Before I talk about books, I ask you to consider checking out the documentary “Hope for the Future,” 6-8 p.m. next Thursday, June 25 at the State Theatre. Produced and ...

Media Life: Auburn sculptor creates Capitol’s new Reagan statue

A labor of love for many, a bronze statue of California Gov. Ronald Reagan – and, oh yes, a U.S. president as well – will be unveiled at the Capitol in Sacramento on Mo ...

Reader Input: California budget a source of disagreement

It is budgeting season for our state, county and cities. The fiscal year, beginning on July 1st, requires plans for how California will spend over $1 billion, how Placer County wil ...

Sports, flora, art and water

At the Auburn Courthouse Athletic Club in North Auburn, owner Art Chappell’s office boasts two red stadium seats. Recently I was doing lunges down the back hallway and saw th ...

Roommates could use symbiotic relationship

My friends and I often joke about one day moving in together, ala The Golden Girls. This seems an attractive alternative to the assisted living options that currently exist.   ...

Sibling cruelty makes kids disdain helping each other

Dear Straight Talk: I hear repeatedly in Straight Talk about telling on siblings in danger, but I don’t see why I should when it would only make trouble for me. My stepsist ...

Media Life: Of a Hitchcock blonde, great nails, Vietnam and Placer County

The BBC featured it. The New York Times wrote about it. And a well-received short film “Happy Hands” gave it the human element. The story that has emerged in recent ye ...

Another View: ‘Helping Hope’ – A call to the community to help the women and children affected by the Lincoln Way fire

Dear Community, We want to be sure you know that there are eight women and seven children who lost everything in a tragic house fire last Friday in downtown Auburn. These women a ...

Another View: A Foresthill summer divided

Life has carried me far away from my small-town roots. Having navigated a good portion of my 20s in San Francisco, a spark of urban interest ignited a fire inside me that has never ...

Another View: Imagination was the magic of childhood

Robin Enos: The Time Traveler has taken off on one of his travels through time and space, said he would be back by weeks end, unless he returns before he left. The man doesn’ ...

Media Life: Movie, book part of 1930s Auburn Airport hangar legacy

Kindopp? Kindopp? Kindopp? The name seemed familiar. And a serendipitous inquiry from a reader provided the answer. The reader wanted to get in touch with the subject of an Octo ...

Another View: Legislative frivolity trumps food, water and employment

Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician, said, “choices are the hinges of destiny.” Are state lawmakers making good or bad policy choices as we ente ...

Another View: Navigating the Domes can be a challenge for newcomers

I learned that lesson when I was first elected to the Placer County Board of Supervisors in 2004. My office was down one of the long, curved corridors that meander through the Dome ...