Jim Ruffalo: Where — and how — can we save taxpayer dollars?

If there is an upside to the continual downward financial spiral most of us are trapped in, it’s that in times such as these, government officials can do things they never could ...

Behind the Signature: Bob Namanny

A visit with the Journal’s frequent letter contributors. Bob Namanny Lives in: Auburn since 1988 with wife, Patricia. The Namannys have six sons, “all grown and married.” C ...

GOP leaders ill-qualified

Enough with the GOP side show. The financial world is in crisis, our people are in the streets protesting and our president is in France with other world leaders trying to prevent ...

BR snowboard memories great

This is Tyler Kline from Bear River High School, class of 2011. I was on the BR snowboard for three years. Being on the snowboard team was one of my fondest memories of my high sch ...

Social Security still solvent

I wish to compliment the Journal for publishing syndicated columnists including the (Steve and Cokie) Roberts couple and (Kathleen) Parker. Although they vary in views that are con ...

Putting down bears is wrong

Before I start, let me say I was raised in Northern Minnesota and learned gaming has its benefits but also preservation does, too. That being said, shame on the game warden that s ...

Ski, snowboard teams do a service

For better or worse, I probably wouldn’t have gone to Bear River High School without the (snowboard) team. I would say most of my team members were not traditional athletes and p ...

Another View: What are youth sports worth?

After 17 years coaching the Bear River Ski and Snowboard teams, it was not an easy decision to retire. When I notified the school, I assured Mr. (Duwaine) Ganskie that I had coache ...

Bruins get their shot at Falcons

Playoff berths are secure. The Colfax High football team has already clinched at least a share of the Pioneer Valley League title. And Bear River appears to have recovered from its ...

Define meaning of volunteer

I was driving past Weimar Fire Station when I saw a sign out front requesting “Volunteer Firemen Wanted.” Does this mean they have to work for free? I wonder how many fire chi ...

Pot brownies don’t belong

Re: “Seniors hospitalized after eating pot brownies,” (Journal, Oct. 18). Pot is illegal. The scene was at Huntington Beach. I don’t know why the person would even think abou ...

Nations abuse, use, accuse USA

In a recent news publication there is a large photograph of a joyous celebration. Written below it in bold print was “Tripoli, Libya has declared the country liberated” after a ...

Pays to work for school district

As a parent of students in the Placer Hills School District, which has reduced the number of administrators and cut programs in response to reduced budgets, I was astounded to lear ...

Social Security is just a Ponzi scheme

Contrary to what Gene Lyons wants you to believe (Another View, Nov. 3), Social Security is a Ponzi scheme and like all Ponzi schemes, it will eventually collapse. Ponzi schemes ar ...

Another View: Hands off Placer’s water

The California Legislature and an out-of-control state agency called the Delta Stewardship Council are working feverishly to take our county’s water, our money and our ability to ...