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My Turn: Don’t just save the Earth, save your life

Richard Nixon signed the National Environmental Protection Act, establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. He followed up with the Clean Air Act of 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972. If you are younger than 50 you probably have no memory of news headlines in 1969 of the Cuyahoga River in flames. You can drive through […]

No Comment / December 28, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

By Francis P. Church, first published in the New York Sun in 1897. We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of the Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends […]

No Comment / December 21, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Paying for infrastructure without soaking the taxpayer

President-elect Trump has many difficult fiscal tasks ahead — one of which is to promote long-overdue infrastructure construction at a time when the national debt exceeds our entire economy and interest costs alone are eating us alive. Some have said that a rebounding economy resulting from tax reform will pay for it. That may be, but […]

No Comment / December 20, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Blue lives matter

A handful of California families will find it hard to celebrate the holidays this year because they lost their fathers and brothers to senseless violence. On Oct. 19 Modoc County sheriff’s deputy Jack Hopkins responded to a disturbance call and was shot and killed in the line of duty. He was only 31. On Oct. […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Academics are stunned by Trump’s win … and that’s a bad thing

A friend of mine recently told me about a troubling experience his daughter had at a California community college. She had to endure a political rant from one of her professors, who compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler and claimed Trump’s election was worse than 9/11. I wasn’t a diehard Trump supporter. For me, the […]

1 Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Italy on Wheels, five years old and growing

Dave Lommori of Shingle Springs stands next to his De Tomaso Pantera, which was on display at the Italy on Wheels event in Folsom earlier this month. Photo by Larry Weitzman

Local Italian vehicle show Italy on Wheels, an annual charitable event at the Murer House Museum in Folsom and free to the public, has grown in substance and character. More than 500 visitors under gorgeous November skies recently enjoyed an Italian eclectic treat of automobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters and even bicycles plus Italian food and drink […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Operation School Bell keeps kids warm

Assistance League volunteers Sue Grass, Carolyn Bray and Mary Jane Witte, left to right, get ready to help children shop for warm clothes during a recent Operation School Bell event at the El Dorado Hills Target. Courtesy photo

On a recent, brisk Saturday morning, 80 students shopped for warm, comfortable, school-appropriate clothing at the El Dorado Hills Target courtesy of Operation School Bell — a program made possible by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. One grandmother brought both of her elementary school-aged grandchildren, who were able to choose coats for the upcoming winter season. […]

Comments Off / November 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »