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It’s satisfying, refreshing to purge needless items

I am writing this while coping with a lot of noise. But it is a good noise, one I have been waiting for for quite some time. My house is finally getting wood floors installed in th ...

Mom worried about her teens’ secretive behavior

Dear Straight Talk: There is something going on that my daughters don’t want me to know about. They’ve started locking their room and I hear them talking in hushed to ...

Media Life: Auburn stunt guru aids Marvel Universe Live!

Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena will be welcoming one of the biggest, boldest and baddest bits of bombast seen in this area for quite some time when “Marvel Universe Liv ...

Another View: Racism shrouded in misconceptions

The subject of racism has been on my mind of late and it occurs to me that misconceptions are at the root of this charged issue. One of the cruelest misconceptions is that welfare ...

Wildlife Neighbors

A bird with the will to live    - a true story A male Black-headed Grosbeak, cracking sunflower seeds at a backyard feeder, was knocked to the ground by a haw ...

Another View: Planning commission seems hell-bent on punishing wineries

Dear Placer County Planning Commission: Land-use planning is the introduction to the successful rebirth of towns, proud continuation of farming and even the ordinary but signific ...

Just when you think you have finally arrived ...

The Time Traveler: It would appear that once again my Portuguese Partner has abandoned the field and left me holding the bag in regards to the writing of this column. Whether or no ...

Another View: Lesson learned – don’t hike alone

Mickie and I used to go hiking at Hidden Falls — a great collection of trails for hikers, horse riders, and bicyclists. Hundreds of acres of varied trails, water running thro ...

Vaping ‘dabs’ at school, latest way to overdose on THC

Dear Straight Talk, I’m a sophomore writing to complain about the open use of drugs at my school. Kids are vaping “dabs” (ultra-concentrated hash oil) with thei ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

It’s been over a month since I’ve talked about books. So now I get to again! John Bowman emailed me a while ago, and I’m just now remembering to include him. &l ...