Opinion

Another View: English: A new word added every 98 minutes

George Orwell’s novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four” describes a nightmarish world in which words are systematically removed from dictionaries: Newspeak was designed not to extend bu ...

Your manhood will be tested

If you are a man and you think that crying or getting choked up is something you haven’t done since you were a kid, then go to your granddaughter’s dance recital when she is 4 ...

Does greed spur lawsuits?

There seems to be a pattern of behavior regarding these disabled lawsuits (Journal, June 26). Why so many? What’s the motive? Is it fear? Is it profit? Unfortunately in our pathe ...

Americans lack critical thinking

This letter is in response to Paulette Walter of Colfax (Reader Input, June 17) where she felt her romantic view of Paul Revere had been ruined by Sarah Palin. Paulette, unfortunat ...

Article shines light on abuse

Congratulations to Bridget Jones, Journal staff writer, for her excellent front-page headline article, “Do teens abuse prescription drugs?” (June 24-25). Her reporting was very ...

What happened to caring legislators?

Why is it that assembly members and legislators don’t understand that it is their fault that California is in such a mess – their special projects and the many (paid) people th ...

Another View: Public funds shrinking, not numbers of Placer homeless population

How many homeless persons are too many in Placer County? That is the question that gets answered every other year in January. The Department of Housing and Urban Development requir ...

Look out for rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes! Be on the lookout! I live in rural Loomis and started to get into my car and something caught my eye. There it was, a big, fat rattler in my garage. I didn’t have ...

Who’s getting our tax money?

I’ve been hearing on the news stations that since our state’s financial situation is in dire condition, the police chiefs must lay off some of our police officers. Does this me ...

Country roads unsafe for bicyclists

First off I want to say I have nothing against bicyclists; this is all about safety. I think it is time we stop the country bike rides and tours for purely safety reasons. This l ...

Cultivate good teachers

I saw a comment on Facebook that said, “How we can save great teachers from antiquated ‘last in, first out’ policies.” I am not a specialist in education, but I have been a ...

Who represents our interests?

Anyone remember the drought back in the late ’70s? If you do, read House Bill 1837, called “San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act.” This bill would affect the water rights ...

Sac Kings a poor percentage

Let’s face it: the (Sacramento) Kings are a third-rate team playing a third-ranked sport in a third-tier market. Now three-thirds might make a whole, but what we have is a hole t ...

What is Newcastle fire board doing?

Open letter to the property owners in the Newcastle Fire Protection District: If the NFPD were to be “found guilty” of not complying with a law that they are sworn to uphold, t ...

Ruffalo: Big personnel changes in local law enforcement

Two local police officers are hitting some major milestones in their stellar careers, and while some may argue each is moving in an opposite direction, I would beg to differ. Aubur ...