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The pesky holiday problem of drunken parents

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I dread, rather than enjoy, family gatherings. Political and religious arguments ruin them, especially when the adults have too much to drink, a ...

More work needs to be done

On Sept. 21, 1981, I was in San Luis Obispo, meeting with a group of women in a classroom on the Cal Poly campus. I ordinarily wouldn’t remember the day or the place except t ...

Media Life: Auburn area’s Top 5 fall-foliage destinations

The leaves are down, the colors are fading to brown as they soak into the soil, and the Media Life winners for Top 5 best fall foliage destinations are ready to be unveiled. Journ ...

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 ...