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Another View: Busting down literacy hurdles

The term “Word Sight Busters” was not part of my personal lexicon be-fore this school year started. But when I walked into Miss Watkins’ first-grade class at Skyr ...

Girls just want to have fun

For those of you who like my stories, I have many about working at Gottschalks. For instance: Every year the Gottchalks Girls would dress up for Halloween. My friend Angel really ...

Yikes, I’m spending Christmas with my boyfriend – and his teenagers

Dear Straight Talk: I’m going to my boyfriend’s house for the special day of Christmas. His boy, 15, and girl, 13, will be there. We’ve been together nine mon ...

Media Life: Auburn filmmaker’s newest cuts through the noise

Expatriate Auburnite Brandon Vedder is on his way to playing an integral role in bringing another groundbreaking documentary to the big screen. Working with Pasadena indie filmmak ...

Another View: When you know you’re not in Illinois anymore

I never thought of myself as a country bumpkin while living in Illinois in a town of 30,000 people, a bucolic settlement surrounded by corn and soybean fields. One of our favorit ...

The search that filled in some important missing pieces

Every year on my birthday I wonder if you think of me. I think of you. I miss you and I cry. We’ve never met, but I imagine you looking up at the moon every Sept. 10 and I ...

Young people sound off on their top gifts

Dear Straight Talk: I enjoy hitting the mark with holiday gifts. I have three teenage grandchildren and two in their 20s. Please advise as to top gifts. Also, do kids read books ...

It’s Thanksgiving, ready or not

You don’t need me to tell you that Thanksgiving is next week. We all know it, and we all know that it’ll be here before I’m ready for it. Even though I’ve h ...

Media Life: The day Placer High’s basketball team took on mighty Stanford

Imagine Michael Jordan and his North Carolina Tar Heels teammates arriving in Auburn for a basketball game with … the Placer High Hillmen. It’s a gargantuan stretch o ...

Another View: McClintock honors two slain deputies

Following is the text of a speech delivered Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove. Mr. Speaker: On Oct. 24, Sacrame ...