Opinion

Teen pressured to get ‘junk’ jewelry to fit in

Dear Straight Talk: My sister, 16, is under intense peer pressure to pierce her breasts and pudendum. The leader of her group ostracizes girls who won’t go along. I’m ...

What we’re reading and loving lately

In July, Resplendence Publishing released Linda Deatherage’s first title, the historical romance “Sweet Revenge.” This Applegate denizen focuses on the Gold Rush ...

Another View: Listening to truth, whomever's it may be

This column is a follow-up to Caspers-Ross’s Aug. 25 column, “Let laughter roll down like wine,” which is available online. You may have read my column about ri ...

Reader input: Hillary’s book worth a look

Far be it from me to tell people how to vote. Rather I would urge people to think for themselves. As opinions and convictions are being formed concerning the coming national elec ...

Reader input: Iran nuke deal a head scratcher

Our president’s foreign policy in the Middle East seems little more than wishful thinking. Obama will win the hearts and minds of the Arab world by confessing America’s ...

Reader input: Take tougher stance on crime

I was at the local recycling center in Colfax this morning and was shocked to see the person that was on video stealing the money jar fund for the hopes of a Boys and Girls Club in ...

Reader input: Is Auburn a ‘magnet’ for the homeless?

How many articles do we need on the “the homeless and their housing problems?” It is possible that, for several reasons, Auburn has become a magnate for some of the & ...

Our View: Shooting exposes risks of journalism

Two journalists lost their lives Wednesday doing their job. They weren’t in a war zone, they weren’t covering a story in a high-crime area. They were interviewing Vicki ...

Andy Lukkonen: Grease

Andy Lukkonen: Grease

Reader input: What? Another conspiracy?

What happened to the plot to take over Texas? To the growing number of Republican and Tea Party paranoid conservatives it was a done deal, which meant the U.S. military was taking ...

Reader input: Hillary has the experience

(Hillary Clinton) will get my vote. She was first lady of Arkansas for 20 years. During that time she had a very successful career in her own right as an attorney. She was the firs ...

Reader input: Iran nuclear agreement has its secrets

In the Iranian nuclear agreement negotiated by the U.S. along with other world powers and Iran, the AP has disclosed that Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors in sites su ...

Another View: Use common sense, these driving tips to be safe on the road

OK — let me introduce myself — I’m the old fogey with the AARP bumper sticker driving in the slow lane with my right blinker on. I wasn’t always 71. I rem ...

Reader input: Art show was display of talent

Thank you Placer High alumni artists for displaying amazing art during the All-Class Reunion at the General Gomez Life Gallery. The General Gomez housed 79 artists with more than 2 ...

Reader input: It’s just courtesy to leave a note

This is a thank-you to the one who ran into my car while backing out next to me in front of Dawn’s. First of all, thanks for leaving a note. Not. I was the blue Camry. You ...