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Unhealthy weight-loss behaviors epidemic among youth

Dear Straight Talk: My 14-year-old daughter is being treated for anorexia and bulimia. Her clothes covered it well. I am writing about the media frenzy around being thin, which g ...

Caring for parents a generational challenge

In the last few days, I have been thinking about my grandparents. They were poor immigrants from Italy and had a number of children. They were married for more than 50 years and wh ...

Media Life: Auburn premieres local link to “All-American Makers”

A garage opens. The light from outside illuminates the screen. And a new show on the Science Channel debuts. At North Auburn’s DeWitt Theater, the audience at the local prem ...

Another View: Falling gas prices mask hidden tax

So why is it that while other states are now enjoying gas prices of less than $2 per gallon, California is still paying higher prices? Due to high taxes and costly regulations, o ...

Another View: The fun was over as we realized how much trouble we were in

Louie and I were just a couple of preteens, old enough to be fussy about our hair but young enough to still get in trouble out at our grandparent’s farm. It was another Sun ...

Another View: Homelessness, character and community

Elected officials should craft public policy that preserves and strengthens the traditional American character – self-reliance, individual dignity, hard work and focus on fam ...

‘Journalism can never be silent’

Someone asked me recently why I became a journalist. I didn’t have a rock-solid answer. At a young age I didn’t have any aspiration to be a writer — I was, bu ...

Navigating social politics of police tactics debate

Dear Straight Talk: My friend, 17, is very cold with me now that he’s involved in the protests against police brutality. My dad and uncle are both police officers. While I fe ...

Of books and other news

Last time I wrote about what my book group did at our holiday meeting — we brought favorite books and traded them. And I asked what others are reading and loving lately. I ...

Media Life: New Science Channel TV show to boost Auburn tech cred

Auburn robotics expert Brian Roe is set to serve as co-host on the Science Channel’s newest TV show “All-American Makers.” The program premieres at 7 p.m. Wednes ...