Opinion

What we’re reading and loving lately

Ta da! My first book column of 2019! Cynthia Maier recommends “The Historian,” by Elizabeth Kostova. “The story starts out in 1972 Amsterdam with a father and da ...

Trader Joe’s rumor ‘fake news’

In response to Joyce A. Pope's "farewell to Kmart and hello to Trader Joe's" (reader input Jan. 6):  She seems very certain that Trader Joe's is coming t ...

NID rates will rise for next 5 years

NID Water Board approves 2019 budget based on new water rate hikes: Fiscal responsibility was the clarion call that came out of the last election. The new proposed water rate hike ...

Making friends at Auburn stores

Our little town has turned into a hopping, happenin’ spot; feels like overnight. I usually get nervous about more traffic in anything, but here in Auburn, it was different. E ...

With market down, time to pick up companies’ stock

  Those of us looking at the markets for a living have seen happier holidays. That being said there is some good news in all of this. With declining stock prices comes opport ...

What’s in a name? Here, it’s child abuse ‘prevention’

“KidsFirst” has such a warm, delicate and caring ring to it. How can an organization who puts kids first possibly conjure up bad mojo in anyone? Add to that our tagline ...

12 easy challenges to take on at the library

It’s that time of year, again. The time of year where all your friends and family are setting New Year’s resolutions. For me, I find it a little annoying, probably beca ...

Mayor’s 4 top issues for this year

Editor’s note: Mayor Cheryl Maki submitted four points to watch for in Auburn this year. 1: Of course all of us are hyper-sensitive to the problem with wildfires, particular ...

Global warming will affect Placer County

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is out. The report "concludes that the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming." Also, "climate-related threat ...

The Bourn trifecta: Tying foothill gold mine to Irish and San Mateo mansions

“Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to the mine we go.” This ditty is whirling around my head while getting ready to drag yet another pair of visitors off to the Empire Mine ...

Hoping Trader Joe’s will take Kmart’s location

Saying farewell: When I moved to Auburn in 1982, I was so excited to find a Kmart (big box) store. Having moved from the East Bay where everything was only a few miles away, I had ...

County art, brakes, coconut shells, Library, food, bread

In December, county employee April Pay approached me with the news that the annual county employee art show, Placer Creates, opened in five sites in November and will run through T ...

This was the year that was

Goodbye 2018. 2019? Bring it on. Media Life approaches the new year with journalistic gumption — ready to take on whatever the months to come dish out. Looking back on 2 ...

Why give feds authority over state’s water?

It looks like Placer County Water Agency (PCWA), Andy Fecko, agreed to withdrawal all water rights protest in the fight over Delta water for grassland farmers in San Joaquin Valley ...

Let’s help those who are most impoverished

I have always tried to be respectful of other opinions. Lately though I seem to be having a tougher time staying true to my beliefs. Yesterday I was speaking to a woman I know and ...