Tripping the flight fantastic: Starlings perform sky aerobatics over Newcastle

The first of the flock starts flying in around 4 p.m. and an hour later mass movements of starlings darken portions of the sky as they soar and swoop in formation over a rural New ...

Sick and tired of stupid laws

The other day I noticed a woodpecker had been damaging my stucco. The next night I noticed it was sleeping, clinging to its destruction. I instantly thought, “Well, I’ll just ...

Medicine prices way too steep

Many people who watch The Ed (Schultz) Show saw him interviewing a leading Republican on his program. He asked why he hadn’t voted for an amendment to the health care reform bill ...

Socialism next on US menu

What do the California girls plan to bring us? They have brought us a planned health care program that they do not have the constitutional authority to legislate. Their intenti ...

Big coffers trump citizens

I could not agree more with Elinor Petuskey on why we in the United States don’t have decent affordable health care, like our allies (Reader Input, Dec. 30). Look only to how m ...

Land of poor schools, premier prisons

Parents who dream that their child might one day do time in a county jail will be excited to learn that Placer County started construction on a $98 million corrections facility (Jo ...

Trees’ new life begins

Now that the holidays are coming to an end, Placer County residents can make better use of their Christmas trees through recycling. Residents can drop off their used trees for fre ...

Vote out the spenders

I am often amazed to read some of the letters in the paper. It was good to see that several students seem to understand how our government works as so many others don’t. Our gove ...

Health care for all in great USA

Hooray! A health care plan is on the way, not a perfect one, but a step in the right direction. I was thinking about the past, the “greatest generation” – their WWII fight ...

Olympic games unite the world

Re: “1960’s Squaw Valley Olympics treasure unearthed in Midwest,” (Journal, Dec. 10). I think it is wonderful that we can celebrate a part of our heritage. This celebration ...