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Much to my dismay, Clint Eastwood had to go

Time Traveler: I am awaiting the arrival of the Portuguese pirate to drop off his portion of the column. Pending his appearance I’ll just prattle on about whatever amuses m ...

Books, Beach Boys and Babblers

Winston Smith Books has a new employee: Keith Granger, who’s worked there a month. He’s wanted to work with books for years. “When I was 10, I started getting int ...

Books are only the beginning

After reading about the closing of some public libraries, it got me to remembering when I was a young girl living in the lower east side of New York. The neighborhood library was ...

Is there a unique sign or feeling for true love?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18, a high school graduate and my boyfriend is 20. I want to commit to the man I love. My mother thinks it’s a bad idea. She says don’t ...

Another View: Mentally ill enter our courts at alarming rate

On Jan. 10, 2001 in Nevada City, a mentally ill man arrived at the Nevada County Behavioral Health Department and told Laura Wilcox, who was working as a volunteer receptionist, th ...

Another View: Some Newcastle residents caught in ‘jaws of a traffic vise’

It comes as no surprise to see that the Valley View Drive residents of Newcastle are having substantial traffic difficulties from the ever-increasing car traffic caused by parents ...

Media Life: Historical haberdashery brings Auburn Civil War saga to life

Get the extra-thick and brightest-red felt tip pen out and mark a couple of dates on your calendar. One is April 1 – this coming Wednesday – and the other is April 9. ...

Another View: A memorable trip out to sea

My friends George and Louie and I took a memorable trip to the Salton Sea towing the boat that belonged to George’s father, and, we hit a steel fencepost, went airborne, and ...

Mom hates new Stepmom, wants kids to hate her too

Dear Straight Talk, Our mom can’t get over our dad leaving her for someone else and expects us to hate our dad’s live-in girlfriend. She constantly badmouths them, gr ...

A big dog and a little dog make quite the pair

Many years ago I had a friend named Judy who owned a little dress shop in Oakland. One rainy day she arrived at the shop and encountered a very wet and hungry German Shepherd layin ...