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Kids need concrete tools to combat bullying

The American Journal of Public Health reports suicides have surpassed car crashes as the nation’s leading cause of injury-related deaths. Even our own community has been hit hard by suicide with the untimely deaths of three young Oak Ridge students this year alone. The too common stories of troubled American teens at large are getting […]

Comments Off / December 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Family ‘makes the most’ out of leukemia diagnosis

Shane Rogers begins another round of treatment for leukemia this week. The community has rallied around his family during this tough time, Courtesy photo

Shane Rogers brings community together Mother of two Kristen Rogers had grown accustomed to seeing the ugly side of human nature. Time and again the El Dorado Hills resident said she asked, “What is happening in this world?” as she saw negative stories splashed on the evening news. But since her 8-year-old son Shane was […]

Comments Off / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: To be a younger sibling

My younger sister had to be scrappy while we were growing up. In our loud family of six, she could have either gotten lost or fought hard as the baby of four girls to be heard, which is what she did. Once, when she was about 5-years-old, we were returning home from somewhere, the whole […]

Comments Off / November 11, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The message of “Won’t Back Down” gains momentum

Is education reform the civil rights issue of today? That’s the question being asked more frequently and it’s getting louder as parents, teachers and concerned citizens aren’t willing to sit back in resignation and accept that our nation’s public school system is collectively failing. The new movie “Won’t Back Down” begins with a heart-breaking scene […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Democrat or Republican, teach kids what it means to be American

Julie Samrick

What should I have told my children before our city honored Staff Sgt. Sky Mote last month? What does one say about a young hero who made the ultimate sacrifice and made such a large impression in his too short 27 years? Many of us didn’t even know Mote, or his parents who are both […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Ethos Soccer makes great strides

The Ethos U14 soccer team poses with exhchange players Dennis and David Wei, third and fourth from left in the front row. Next year temas plan to travel to China to visit schools and possibly complete a humanitarian project. Courtesy photo

One year ago they didn’t have practice fields or even entry into the area competitive league, but midway through Ethos soccer club’s inaugural season the approximately 100 kids that comprise eight competitive teams of U10- U14 players are shining in regional tournaments while living the organization’s creed of “character, commitment and community.” With a staff […]

1 Comment / August 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Kids need our guidance, not more legislation

Julie Samrick

As 12 people senselessly died and scores of others are wounded in the aftermath of the Colorado theater shooting, some say the lesson we should glean is to treasure every moment with our loved ones because this fragile life is fleeting.  Debates have, once again, surfaced about gun control.  Some wonder whether the gunman, 24-year-old […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2012 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »