US voters are mad as hell

An open letter to the congress and the president. Subject: Our country’s fiscal nightmare. What is wrong with you? Are each of you so hung up on your agenda that you have no conc ...

Include reader out of arena

Re: The possibility of Placer County participating in the development of the discussed new Sacramento Sports Arena development: Please put me in the opt-to-decline column. I don’ ...

Charter mailer misleads community

A recent mailer went out to the Auburn business community that was full of misinformation and designed to frighten people into believing that a charter city would pave the way to m ...

Supes temporarily halt Placer County’s $100,000 fund for non-profits

Spending from a controversial $100,000 fund for non-profits controlled by the Placer County Board of Supervisors is now on hold. Voting 3-2 Tuesday to institute a temporary morator ...

Subsidies are costing us

We need to protect our children from the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. Over the last 40 years, childhood obesity has quadrupled. Taxpayers are subsidizing unhealthy food b ...

Forrest Gump’s running things

The way our state and federal governments are managing our tax dollars reminds me of a line from “Forrest Gump”: “Stupid is as stupid does.” Point being, Cal-Fire is cuttin ...

End insider give-aways

Even after receiving valid criticism and opposition for spending county taxpayer dollars on donations to supervisors’ favored organizations — “revenue sharing” — the tax ...

Why are geese suddenly a problem?

In regards to the “removal of the geese” (Journal, July 29): I have lived directly across the street from the Meadow Vista Park for 10 years, and every day I have seen the gees ...

Mess predates the tea party

Perhaps a bit of reality ought to creep in on the recent tea party mess. If they had stood their ground and not raised the debt ceiling, the default would have had not only severe ...

President wiser than you think

Naysayers from both sides of the spectrum are seeing the debt ceiling settlement as a victory for the Republicans and tea party. Quite contraire. President (Barack) Obama now has ...

Reference your New Testament

There it was, right in front of me, like a big fat hanging curve ball over the middle of the plate. On the front page of the Aug. 3 issue of the Journal was the question, “What w ...

Killers and their killing crimes

I don’t understand why killers have to be on death row for decades and decades after they commit their killing crimes. OK. They get an appeal. If they are “still” guilty then ...

Reader will heed Huckabee warning

In November 2012, we will vote, in my opinion, on two fundamental issues. No. 1: How much entitlement do we Americans want? How much can we afford, or are we willing to pay for? No ...

Don’t spoil your children

Anybody that knows me will tell you I say it like it is. Sometimes a little more “like it is” than they want to hear. My wife and I worked like dogs our whole life and didn’t ...

Thanks for a great ‘National Night Out’

A big thanks to the Auburn Target store and the various agencies who participated, especially the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, for a wonderful “National Night Out” on ...