PBS answers to higher authority

Every time I look at the daily TV schedule I get more depressed. What a proliferation of nonsense! Am I the only one who doesn’t care a whit about Charlie Sheen, who thinks Donal ...

Time to start leader recalls

California’s Republican legislators are afraid of putting a tax extension measure on the June ballot and letting the people decide on whether to extend the current higher tax rat ...

Pastor shouldn’t ‘name-call’ homeless

Thanks for including the name of the Gathering Inn in the article, “Homeless camp trash riles neighbors,” (March 23). Instead of intellectually categorizing and labeling those ...

Another View: Water agency must learn to live within ratepayers’ means

I was elected to the Placer County Water Agency Board in 2008. It was a tough election. Many people in my district were simply fed up with perceived wrongs of PCWA. Many people fe ...

Ruffalo: As in Middle East, revolution brews at Lake of the Pines

Nobody can say I didn’t give the Lake of the Pines board of directors a long enough grace period. When the new board assumed (quaint word, no?) its leadership role last summer, ...

Prosecutor left poor impression

In regards to the Paul Kovacich murder trial, I have no opinions if he is guilty or not however I do know that (prosecutor) Daniel Gong took it very personal and was completely une ...

Fine those oil spilling ships

Re: “San Francisco Bay oil spill fine,” Jan. 6, 2010; In November 2007, a huge oil spill filled the San Francisco Bay. The oil killed hundreds of fish and other bay animals. ...

Psychotropic drugs harm

There is a lot of violence all over the world. Do you ever wonder why? Did you know that 100 million people worldwide are now on psychotropic drugs? These drugs cause serious adv ...

Audience gets its money’s worth

My family and I went to see a play at the Placer High School auditorium titled “Into the Woods.” The cast was made up of students from Placer High School who were accompanied b ...

Our national parks need funding

Our (U.S.) National Parks (Service) budget has been cut by $100 million with the temporary funding measure passing Congress. Already our parks have a maintenance backlog of $11 b ...

Our View: Fires, gunshots and election fund theft: Where’s grand jury?

If the calendar says spring, it must be time to trade in the raincoats for sunblock and congratulate the Placer County grand jury on another fine year of investigating controversia ...

Students collect pennies for earthquake relief in Japan

When students in Julie Paul’s sixth-grade history class at Weimar Hills School learned of the disasters unspooling in Japan, they opened their hearts and wallets. A “penny dri ...

Our View: Cyber taunting nothing to LOL about

The common saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” isn’t so true anymore. Before computers and social networking were commonplace, heari ...

US agreed to UN Charter

It appears that President (Barack) Obama did not need to go to Congress in order to join the U.N. action in Libya. When the United States signed the U.N. Charter many years ago, we ...

Piling it on: Rain, wind, snow pummel Auburn, Sierra

The wind and rain kept on coming Thursday, buffeting Auburn and environs in the latest of a series of winter storms expected to continue into the weekend. And while that translate ...