CAROL WALLGREN

Reader Input: Sugar dragging down the US

Sugar is the new heroin. Sugar, at one time in our early history as a country, was considered a banned substance and should be illegal. That obviously failed and failed badly. To ...

Reader Input: Violence is ever with us

Domestic violence has been going on from day one. Today, thanks to football icon O.J. Simpson, it has a name people can identify with. Things have changed and new laws and awarenes ...

Reader Input: Let’s find ways to end the stigma

The silver lining to the tragic death of Robin Williams could be that his star power draws a lot of media attention and shines a light on his struggles with substance abuse and a m ...

Reader Input: Heroin series an eye-opener

Congratulations to Jason Smith and the Auburn Journal for the informative three-part series about heroin in the foothills. Just as important as help for the addict is help for thei ...

Reader Input: Hooray for red, white and blue!

Congratulations to Auburn for the Fourth of July fireworks at the fairgrounds. The finale was phenomenal – the best ever. It was a joyous shock and awe. Carol Wallgren, Aub ...

Reader Input: Time to advocate for mental health

Patrick Kennedy, former congressman, nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, admits to being co-occurring and suffers from both a mental health challeng ...

Reader Input: Buckle up, say a little prayer

With all the tragedies behind the wheel these days in the news, it came to me that we don’t just need to remember to buckle up, but to say a little prayer for safety, as well ...

Reader Input: Churches should return to basics

Several of the local churches, including the Catholic Church, have based their Lenten community weekly service on 12-step spirituality. If the many faith-based churches got back to ...

Reader Input: Constitution a work in progress

The Constitution of the United States of America was established in order to form a more perfect Union. This guideline for unity, obviously, has not yet been achieved. This is the ...

Reader Input: Get ready for Vatican-gate

The Roman Catholic Church doesn’t have anything to do with God. The Roman Catholic Church is an institution. That power and money and fear could cover up sexual abuse of chil ...

Reader Input: Three who operate on a higher plane

America, America, God shed his grace on thee! God called Nelson Mandela home and gave America the gift of Barack Obama and the Catholic Church the gift of Pope Francis. When one do ...

Reader Input: Another public figure fiasco

This unfortunate situation in Toronto with elected Mayor Rob Ford and his drug and alcohol problem is a reminder of the Charlie Sheen fiasco the media had a field day with. Unfor ...

Reader Input: Prudent that we prepare now

The tragedy in the Philippines is just a preview of events to come with what is happening with our planet. Three-quarters of our planet is water and the oceans cannot be held back. ...

Reader Input: Quell damaging GOP nonsense

Is Ted Cruz and the tea party stuck on stupid? How stupid to shut down the government of the No. 1 country in the world and even plan to do it again next year. Ted Cruz is hurtin ...

Reader input: Social issues not central to all

The Roman Catholic Church is like a sleeping giant attached to the middle ages. Now, in Pope Francis, a Jesuit, the door has been opened to modernity. Pope Francis is right that th ...