Brian Hassett

Gold Country Senior Band brings music to the people

The first (and basically only) rule about the Gold Country Senior Band is this: you’ve gotta love music. It doesn’t really matter how old you are, or what instrument you play, ...

Armey trapped US in big ditch

During the run-up to the Iraq war, Republican Dick Armey, then-majority whip in the Congress, got a briefing from Dick Cheney purporting to show that Iraq had weapons of mass destr ...

Palin doesn’t know the basics

When Republican campaign manager Steve Schmidt tried to prepare Sarah Palin for the campaign trail, he discovered that she knew hardly anything about recent history or about “a b ...

Shocked at hiring of supervisor’s wife

Kudos to Journal correspondent Jon Brines for a thorough report on the installation of Tami Uhler in her $92,000-a-year job as assistant director of the Placer County Department of ...

Another View: Flu scare brings unease, distrust to San Luis Potosi

Life at the epicenter of a possible flu pandemic has been hard on the nerves. I journeyed to San Luis Potosi, Mexico from Placer County this January to teach English. Things ...

Montgomery speaks as a citizen-politician

This election cycle things are in such a mess that all candidates for public office are claiming to be agents of change. Some have a legitimate claim and some have simply jumped on ...