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Election 2018: More of the same for California

Unlike 2016, there were few surprises in the recent election. Area Republicans can celebrate the reelection of Congressman Tom McClintock. I am pleased Republicans retain control o ...

2018 Midterm election results: Reflections on 21st century America’s future

First, before I comment on the recent election, here’s a quick summary of the results since many folks don’t follow politics that closely: At the national level Democra ...

Let’s focus on ‘human scale,’ while working on fire threat

Many times people ask me why I write so often about fire — especially fire in our wildlands.  Sadly, I have only to point to the tragedy still unfolding in Paradise, Mag ...

Thankful mid-term elections are over

As many of you know, I volunteer my time registering voters and I am glad that many more voters participated in this election. I can attest that the polling precinct I worked at in ...

A smokey perspective this Thanksgiving

Smoke fills the skies near my Auburn home. I tried to escape its choking fog by driving halfway down the California coast last weekend, but the smoke followed me the 200-mile dista ...

Dinner please — hold the bacteria?

We're rapidly approaching the holiday season, when families gather around the table to share in delicious meals and companionship. This month, I thought I'd devote time to ...

New tax laws may change how you approach your 2018 tax return

My last article discussed tax law changes and small business. Today I will discuss how new tax laws may impact individual tax returns. As 2018 winds down, it’s time to think ...

Fire horror could happen here too? It already has

It was deja vu - magnified exponentially - when fire burned over Paradise this month, killing scores and decimating a town much like Auburn. With this city and environs sitting pe ...

College of philanthromathematics

For some few years now my partner Harley Ridgecracker and I, owners of the law firm Thermadore, Ridgecracker & Parrot have been under a relentless dragonade of claims casting a ...

Thankful for what I take for granted

Last year, the bunch of us gathered at my older younger brother’s house for Thanksgiving. More people came last year than will be at my house next Thursday. We’ll miss ...

Reading to babies helps them learn language

Let’s talk about babies; well, more specifically, what babies learn when we read to them. We all know that it is good to read to our babies, but do we actually know what they ...

Hidden Falls trail expansion is ‘selfish’

The Auburn Journal offered an op-ed on Oct. 28 written by the trails liaison for the Loomis Basin Horsemen’s Association (Maureen Henderson) regarding expansion of the Hidden ...

Should recent stocks’ decline spark concern?

The last few weeks has seen the market throw its version of a hissy fit tossing stock prices to and fro, mostly fro however. Which is to say that most stocks went down. Not all min ...

After too many years, I’m proud of my service

On a bitterly cold morning in February 1970 at the Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Waukegan, Ill., along with 89 other wannabe sailors, I was kneeling on our barracks floor ...

Get to know arts in Placer County

The creative industries in Placer County include nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters as well as for-profit film, architecture and design companies. Americans for the Arts, ...