Don’t charge us for Sacramento infrastructure

Dear Senator (Ted) Gaines: We have voted for you since you first ran for the Assembly. We are writing to voice our opposition to any taxpayers’ funds going to build an arena in S ...

Placer County chops six jobs

Placer County issued six layoff notices Tuesday, with five being blamed on an accounting shift at the state level. The Board of Supervisors was told by Principal Management Analys ...

Better get used to more misery

Attention, readers: Here is a term we have not heard for a long while: “misery index.” I assume it is part of the “hope and change” thing. The misery index was initiated by ...

Inmate workers earn their keep

Kudos to the Auburn Journal for the article on California inmate firefighting crews by Don Thompson of Associated Press (Journal, June 16). Having worked for over 30 years in inma ...

Private takeover cheaper for all

On June 16 (in the Journal) I read about school superintendents getting outrageous pay. Before that, I read about police chiefs, fire chiefs, etc. How can California afford this? ...

Common foods can be lethal to pets

Reading the story of how Pidge, the Jack Russell terrier, lost her life after eating toxic mushrooms (Journal, June 14) brought back sad memories of how my beloved little Lucky Gir ...

Another View: Update on the Auburn State Recreation Area

In my last report to you on the status of the Auburn State Recreation Area (Journal, April 17), I provided some historical background on the development of recreation services and ...

Sierra snow meltdown approaches its full force

With temperatures in the Sierra rising into the 80s, an unusually late mountain-snowcap meltdown is causing downstream flows to rise rapidly. For Steve Jones, Placer County Water ...

Colfax, Placer will play in Cal Football Showcase

The final details of some game times and match-ups still need to be finalized, but it was confirmed this week that the Colfax Falcons will be playing the kickoff game of the 2011 C ...

Alta garden a harvest of hope

Members of Sierra First Baptist Church in Alta are digging really deep for ways to reach out to local residents. Alta residents Tina Hendrix and her husband, Danny, were desperate ...

Christians a diverse lot

There’s something I’d like to clear up. Not all Christians are Republicans. Not all Christians are in the extreme right. Not all Christians support Sarah Palin. Not all Christi ...

Clear Cruise Nite of dogs

How sad a little dog like Lucky died because of an unleashed dog (Journal, June 8). What does it take for dog owners to be responsible for their dogs? Not only leashing, but also p ...

Regional Park’s an Auburn jewel

At a time when state parks are facing shortfalls, we appreciate the jewel of a park that we have in Auburn. Regional Park is a well-maintained, beautiful, quiet retreat that we en ...

Billboard just too risqué

Porn? In my opinion the picture on the billboard (Highway 49, Auburn) is not porn but rather a “risqué” photo (Journal, June 10). This kind of picture is usually found in adv ...

Let private sources foot new arena bill

To all elected officials: with our state, county, city and local officials cutting our safety, health and educational personnel, how can they think it is OK to spend any of our tax ...