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Congratulating those people who speak up

As I drove home the day before July 4, the traffic was heavy on I-80 going up the hill – everybody getting out of Dodge to join everybody else getting out of Dodge. Anyway. A ...

Media Life: Of Weimar TB cemetery, Star Wars, Constable Jack’s

A massive effort since 2012 to document the 1,000-plus graves at what was once the Weimar Sanatorium for tuberculosis sufferers has yielded a book that should provide some good rea ...

Another View: Indoor park still doesn’t make sense for Tahoe Sierra

It’s not every day that I pick up the paper and read that someone is calling me a liar. (“Placer County: Hold Sierra Watch to the truth!,” Another View, July 9). ...

Another View: California needs to address its lack of technical training

As the uneven economy recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand ...

Another View: Hard feelings were really the result of unfortunate timing

A strange thing happened last week and it reminded me of the world we live in, a world of distrust. We read every day of our suspicions of foreign powers trying to take advantage ...

Mistakes, blood donation and little libraries

Correction time: I made a mistake in the last Denizens column when I discussed Katy Fries’ mural in progress in the Community Garden. April Maynard emailed me and taught me, ...

How itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny should teen bikini be?

Dear Straight Talk: How teeny should a bikini be? We have a pool and “mature” girls come over, some wearing the tiniest swimsuits imaginable. As I look out the window ...

Listen up: There's nothing wrong with wearing hearing aids

Have you had your hearing checked lately? I’m asking because lately in my day-to-day interactions with folks, I am frequently asked to repeat myself or speak a bit louder the ...

Another View: Protecting privacy rights

Technology’s miraculous leaps forward bring unimaginable benefits to us all. Life-saving medical procedures, limitless entertainment options, wealth building productivity too ...

Another View: Placer County: Hold Sierra Watch to the truth!

Editor’s note: This column is in response to Sierra Watch’s (Tom Mooers’) recent op-ed regarding Squaw Valley (“It’s time for Placer County to stand u ...

The Food Dude: Let’s just say you can’t always get what you want

Things do not always work out the way we think they will, and my big, awesome Fourth of July celebration red, white and blue dessert parfait recipe was no exception to the rule. ...

Another View: Every day is a welcome home

A good friend tells me that everything we put into the universe comes back to us, whether it’s positive or negative. I’m beginning to think she’s right, but I&rsq ...

Another View: It’s important that we preserve what we have for the future

A few weeks ago while I was in China I received a number of phone calls and emails regarding the demolition of the Bill Clark hangar which has been at the Auburn Airport since at l ...

Another View: Looking back to the words of our Declaration of Independence

With the writing of this column we are going to attempt something for the very first time. We are calling a truce in the Finnish Portuguese War. We will not engage in the usual sna ...

Another View: Let’s be civil

Just over half of the registered voters in Placer County cast ballots in the November 2014 election. Only 41 percent of voters across California turned out. Those numbers do not in ...