JOHN DOWNS

Another View: Robin and Time Traveler expanding to a television show

Once again the deadline for this column draws near and I have just been informed by the Portuguese Pirate that he is leaving town this week. While he’s gone I could write a t ...

The plan for a naval invasion of Auburn

Portuguese Pirate: To those smug Auburnites who think they have heard the last of Newcastle’s plan to overrun, annex and bring Auburn into our warm protective embrace, thin ...

Another view: Recounting a Christmas classic — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

We are living in an age when it seems that everything must be proven or disproven scientifically. We test, probe and investigate the world around us to replace the mysterious unkno ...

Reader input: Newcastle Christmas credit

The 2015 Christmas in Newcastle Wednesday, Dec. 9, is now history and it was an over the top success. In our Sunday Auburn Journal column (Robin and the Time Traveler), we have m ...

Another View: Flora Belle a vet of the ‘Greatest Generation’

Flora Belle Reece passed away a little over a year ago in Lancaster, California. Her name will be unfamiliar to Auburnites, but I’m bringing her up in this column because it& ...

Reader input: Measure B for operating expenses, repairs

I would like to congratulate Bob Stearns on his recent letter regarding the measure B tax money for the Newcastle Fire District (Reader input, Nov. 3). Bob was able to navigate his ...

Another View: Apology forthcoming for tongue-in-cheek comment

Time Traveler: I have just recently returned from a two-week self im-posed exile into the barren wasteland of central and southern California confident that the case of The Purloin ...

Another View: Time Traveler having troubles with his pen pal

Time Traveler: I am forced to write my portion of this week’s column in absentia. Over the weekend I skipped town in the middle of the night. Why, you may ask? Outstanding ...

Another View: Some like it hot, others prefer it even hotter

Time Traveler: Why do people bother to read columns in local newspapers? The truth is, we first skim the column to see if our name is in it. Face it, we all love to see our name in ...

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has flown the coop

Portuguese Pirate: Heads up folks, the Traveler has gone Hollywood! Two weeks ago our radio guest was Doug Stanley, famous for his involvement in the reality series Most Dangerous ...

Another View: Meet the Babblers

Time Traveler: For those Auburnites who are familiar with our town, you may have noticed over the years a collection of old goats, and from time to time several ladies, standing ar ...

Another view: The mailbox from hell

The Traveler: I had not seen the Portuguese Pirate for several days, which suited me fine. The man has an air of superiority that grates on my nerves sometimes, but I went over to ...

Is the world ready for Portuguese president?

Robin Enos: Our readers will recall that in our last column the Finnish Time Traveler and I found a subject upon which we could agree. So in an attempt to write a kinder, gentler c ...

Another View: Looking back to the words of our Declaration of Independence

With the writing of this column we are going to attempt something for the very first time. We are calling a truce in the Finnish Portuguese War. We will not engage in the usual sna ...

Another View: Imagination was the magic of childhood

Robin Enos: The Time Traveler has taken off on one of his travels through time and space, said he would be back by weeks end, unless he returns before he left. The man doesn’ ...