Placer sheriff’s bail-fraud probe turns into national case

A Sacramento man sought by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly perpetuating a nationwide fraud involving phony bail money collections has been arrested. Working wit ...

Community Portrait: Crack sharpshooter helps women build their skills

Patricia McLelland-Merydith is a petite woman, 54 years old, maybe stands 5-feet-3 inches tall, weighs 109 soaking wet, is kind and polite. Nothing about McLelland-Merydith’s app ...

US on right side of history

The Arab spring in the Middle East is the 21st century exodus from oppression to freedom. The human spirit longs to be free to pursue its own autonomy. How could the modern world o ...

Student needs surpass basics

Anyone who saw the Auburn Union School District band concert this week would never have voted down Measure L! Band director Jim Kepfer started with novice fifth and sixth graders i ...

City undercuts a living wage

The city of Auburn has begun on its path toward becoming a charter city. During a city council meeting (May 9), the proposal to create a committee that would have allowed residents ...

Insist that local business share the work

This letter is in response to the April 29 front-page article by Gus Thomson featuring Jim Holmes and the Wal-Mart. Short of getting political, my question is what is Jim and the c ...

Another View: Biomass power plant in the Lake Tahoe Basin?

The May 12 Journal publication of a Placer County Board of Supervisor’s guest column written by supervisors Jennifer Montgomery and Jim Holmes about the proposed biomass power pl ...

Bogus “student” scammers strike Auburn, Sacramento neighborhoods

A plea for funds to help the arts in cash-strapped schools is tough to turn down, especially for an ex-teacher who understands money is hard to come by for band or theater even in ...

Wanted: More money counters

Have you ever seen an article written or maybe a list of places where you can possibly get an easy job? I have a place you could apply. It’s counting all the money that has been ...

Bills don’t end with mere death

You see advertisements for “free checking for life” from almost all banks. The key word here is “life.” It is the word “free” that gets our attention to sign up. Did yo ...

Journal helps fill concert seats

Thank you (Loryll Nicolaisen) for doing such a wonderful article about Colla Voce (Journal, May 12). We so appreciate it. Can’t have a concert without an audience. Jennifer Wood, ...

Ron Lowe called it right

After years of tirades against conservatives, always with a far-out liberal viewpoint or sometimes no point at all (usually no point at all), my friend Ranting Ron (Lowe) was right ...

On whose side does congressman stand?

It took me a long time getting the answers from Congressman (Tom) McClintock’s office. After sending several e-mails and calling the local office, I still could not get an answer ...

Another View: Wastewater: Fantasies and some realities

I disagree with your May 5 editorial “County, cities need to stop wasting time,” in which you argue that “on the surface a regional (sewer) plan looks like the way of the fut ...

South Nevada County retirement community draws mixed reaction

The meeting was held to gather views on the proposed Rincon del Rio retirement community in South Nevada County bordering the Placer County line. But as voices were raised and tem ...