Linda Frederick Yaffe

Another View: Finding the right bus

Two big coaches pulled up to the bus stop at the same time. Dozens of people rushed to get on board as busy drivers stacked luggage in the hold. Several destinations were clearly ...

Reader Input: Stay informed on senior center

The Multipurpose Senior Center in Auburn’s DeWitt Center is one of the busiest spots in town. Activities such as arts and crafts groups, current events discussions, support ...

Another View: Undertake and over give

As novelist and essayist Joshua Foer tells us: “Languages are something of a mess. They evolve over centuries through an unplanned, democratic process that leaves them teemin ...

In the world, but not entirely of it

What would life be like if you could not read? In novelist Penelope Lively’s “How It All Began,” the character Charlotte teaches adult learners who are just begin ...

Reader Input: Treasure your right to decide

Faced with a long list of complex issues on the Nov. 6 ballot, we need to carefully read, ponder, then vote upon the measures and candidates that will affect all of us right now &m ...

Better than you found it

Cool and clean, the highest reaches of the Sierra Nevada Mountains stand aloof and unspoiled. Long ago, campers built fire rings — and left the remains of messy wood fires — at ...

Keep California libraries alive

Reading skills so poor they cannot complete a simple job application: That describes 23 percent of adult Californians (whose native language is English). Fortunately, our Californ ...

Another View: Words hold the power

Words have the power to create or destroy, encourage or suppress, inspire or bore, calm or energize. They can spread hate or love, clarity or confusion. Yes, words let us communica ...

Blame people, not any bears

Over the years, especially during pre-dawn outings, I’ve been privileged to see dozens of bears, foxes, skunks, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions on the streets of Auburn. They ...

Show support for literacy

One American in five — Americans whose first language is English — cannot read. Sadly, once again local libraries face slashed state funding. Governor (Jerry) Brown’s propose ...