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Another View: Bloody Parrot held for ransom

Time Traveler: For those of you who follow our column let me give you a very brief update on the whereabouts and wellbeing of Bloody Parrot. It turns out, over the last week ...

And Another Thing: Considering beauty in an election year

I have reasonable hair. I have a nice smile. Well, I have an odd, lopsided smile. But heck, that doesn’t keep me from smiling. Lately, though, my eyelids always seem to be a ...

Our View: Placer’s affordable housing becoming a creeping crisis

We in Placer County enjoy a high quality of life and relative prosperity. But we face a creeping crisis, one that affects everyone. And it is steadily worsening: A lack of afforda ...

Another View: Affordable housing needs team approach

We have been hearing a lot lately about the need for services and housing for people who are homeless but there is another housing crisis we need to be paying close attention to as ...

Another View: Shame, shame, and more shame

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump continues to surge forward as the most-likely Republican nominee, perfectly sane people are beginning to wonder: “Was there something we ...

Another View: Bear River dam proposal is deeply flawed

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has begun the steps to construct a 275 foot dam on the Bear River, just upstream of Combie Reservoir.  This impoundment will flood six mil ...

Another View: Walks with Ziggy reveal much about Auburn

It’s remarkable what I have learned about Auburn simply by walking my dog around town. This occurred to me one morning when we stopped at School Park Preserve when I noticed ...

Gold Country Denizens: Jazz, Gershwin, saxophones, bees, cookies and generosity

... Ask Don Anderson about his recent trip to Hawaii and his private tour to Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range. “It took a whole year to get that reservation,” he sai ...

Regrets, I've had a few: how 'bout you?

In the wise words of Tom Petty, “Some days are diamonds. Some days are rocks.” I hope your week has been diamonds, but I have to say that mine was a mouthful of gravel. ...

Media Life: Keeping Auburn weird not so difficult

When this column set out four years ago to Keep Auburn Weird, it seemed a daunting task. But after several speaking engagements in the area to back up the campaign, Auburn’s ...

Another View: Inside Placer Union’s digital transformation

Reading the newspaper is a daily habit of mine. Its stories connect me to my community, keep me tuned to the world, trigger conversations among my education colleagues and help me ...

Another View: Old Volkswagen was a stalwart for my family

   I just went out to the barn.  With word of the heavy rains coming, I thought it a good idea to put some wood inside.  We’ll probably have a lot of even ...

Another View: Why a ‘dry shelter’ is not the answer in Auburn

“Dry shelter.” I mean, it just sounds nice. Breathalyzer at the door, refusing entry to anyone demonstrating any sign of intoxication. The term is tremendously appeal ...

Another View: Why Placer’s water situation is a unique one

Whiskey is for drinkin’ and water is for fightin’, according to Mark Twain.  The more I learn about water, the more I realize it is also one of the most political ...

When fear of failure takes the lead

I don't know about you, but I am not perfect. That's fairly easy for me to admit. It becomes more of a challenge to admit to particular mistakes, large and small, or confe ...