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Another View: A gas hike and the artful dodge
Wednesday Aug 13 2014
In Oliver Twist, the classic novel by Charles Dickens, the character Jack Dawkins, nicknamed the Artful Dodger, is the leader of a gang of children trained as pickpockets by old ma ...
Another View: Sometimes, the only thing to say is ‘C’mon, man’
Friday Aug 01 2014
This week’s column is my personal riff on ESPN’s regular segment during football season in which a panel of commentators and former jocks rip on incompetent plays execu ...
Another View: On firestorms, public policy and the Big Mo
Wednesday Jul 30 2014
Watching the devastating impacts on human beings as the Sand Fire swept through the borderlands of Amador and El Dorado counties, it reminded me that momentum is a powerful force i ...
Reader Input: Start street fixes before winter rain
Thursday Jul 24 2014
I have found guest columnists Gary Moffat and Kevin Hanley’s recent articles to be very insightful. Although they seldom see eye-to-eye, I believe them both to be very honest ...
Another View: On politics, policy and the Wild Kingdom
Wednesday Jul 23 2014
For my generation, the 1975 music video “I’m Just a Bill,” by School House Rock was our first introduction to civics. Kids still watch this classic video. As the ...
Another View: Council bears responsibility for fiscal woes
Friday Jul 18 2014
“We have met the enemy and he is us.” Cartoonist Walt Kelly’s “Pogo” character uttered this phrase in his 1971 Earth Day strip, and it can easily be ...
Another View: Annexation and déjà vu
Wednesday Jul 16 2014
Yogi Berra makes me laugh and think. He said, “Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.” “When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.&rdq ...
Another View: Volunteerism makes Auburn more dynamic
Wednesday Jul 09 2014
It was 7:40 a.m., a little too bright and early, last Sunday when I parked my car near St. Luke’s Church and heard from the interior of 1937 Historic City Hall at Central Squ ...
Another View: State budget: In the black, but red flags
Wednesday Jul 02 2014
In early 1776, as tensions between the British Empire and the American colonies heated up, the North Carolina Provincial Congress formally asked John Adams of Boston his advice on ...
Another View: City budget myths hide looming peril to Auburn finances
Friday Jun 27 2014
For more than a decade now, Auburn has been viewed as a model of financial stability because of the City Council’s consistent, widely admired record of fiscal responsibility ...
Another View: Politics gives life to Dante’s 3rd deadly sin
Wednesday Jun 25 2014
Earlier this year as I began reading Dante’s Divine Comedy, the classic epic poem of his guided tour from the horrors of hell to the lights of heaven, three state senators we ...
Reader Input: A tip of the hat for Newcastle help
Wednesday Jun 25 2014
On April 18, we met with the Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council in regards to the dangerous situation at the Newcastle Elementary School that has existed for years (“High ...
Auburn City Council mulling sewer rates, 2014-15 budget
Saturday Jun 21 2014
Monday’s City Council meeting promises to be a busy night for council members and the community, with two major topics on the agenda. A proposed sewer rate increase and the ...
Another View: To fee or not to fee? No question
Wednesday Jun 18 2014
William Shakespeare infused poetry and emotion into his plays. The opening lines from Prince Hamlet’s soliloquy are etched in our minds: “To be or not to be, that is th ...
Another View: A Welcome Wagon of advice for our new city manager
Friday Jun 13 2014
Following is an open letter to Auburn’s new city manager, Tim Rundel. Dear Tim: As you are getting settled into your new office and arranging photos of the fam on your de ...
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