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Cutting, burning and self-harm is a cry for help

Dear Straight Talk:  I read in Straight Talk about siblings afraid to tell on each other regarding serious issues — and you always say tell! Well, I wish my 13-year-ol ...

Media Life: Turkey vultures making fleeting presence known in Auburn

Auburn’s Deren Ross informs Media Life that the skies over Auburn are sporadically alive these days with the annual southward flight of turkey vultures. Several hundred moved ...

Another View: The American Parkway is a biking challenge fit for couch potatoes

Living and working in Auburn, I’ve been very comfortable with my existence above 1,300 feet, and I need a very compelling reason to go down the hill. Over the past month or s ...

Another View: Auburn pillars leave lasting legacies

I love the sound and, more importantly, the meaning of the Latin word “gravitas.” Gravitas was one of the Roman virtues. A person with gravitas is a man or woman who ha ...

Another View: Devastation is part of life -- in fact it is essential to it

Tragedy erupts around us and no doubt we question the meaning in it. It’s not obvious when all we experience after times of tragedy oftentimes are burns on our souls, smoke S ...

Another View: US Rep. Tom McClintock offers advice for Obama in dealing with ISIS

Following is the text of a speech delivered last week on the House Floor by U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove: Mr. Speaker: Contrary to the president’s assertions ...

Another View: Maybe majority shouldn’t remain quite so silent

In his dystopian novel, 1984, George Orwell wrote of an oligarchy, a society dominated by a small and elite group of people, and the “proles,” the poor and deprived who ...

No bad luck with this black cat

About a month before my Dad died, I was working at my desk at home. I happened to look outside the window and noticed a black cat staring at me from atop a tree. She was meowing lu ...

Brother dislikes chauffeuring big Sis

Dear Straight Talk: I am 17 and got my license at 16. The problem is that my older sister, 19, never got her license so my parents have assigned me as her driver. I have a job, s ...

Media Life: Auburncentric movie magic in pre-production, soon onscreen

Media Life has a twin-bill of Auburncentric film developments this week. One is soon to be seen onscreen in the latest movie by director Jason Reitman. The other is closer to hom ...