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Ike’s Insights – Let’s Impeach Roger Goodell

I try not to be a hater, but when it comes to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, I'm on the sidelines gulping down tiny green cups of hater-aide with a death stare that could melt steel.

October 21, 2009 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Back To High School?

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how things went at my recent class reunion. I'm an Oakdale High School alumna, and the word is around town about the wild party. For those of you who haven't been in a local beauty salon or coffee shop to hear all about it, this is my story.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Living A Fear

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but parenthood seems to have this inexplicable effect on both my rational and irrational fears.

October 07, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Hope For The Future

You're probably thinking what that title could possibly mean, since there really are a lot of topics we could cover with that type of blanket statement.

October 07, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Turn Down The Heat

Too darned hot. It's too darned hot. Here we are, the end of September and the temperature is still hovering in the high nineties. It even touched 100 degrees in the past week.

September 30, 2009 | John Branch | Local Columns


Vanity Thy Name Is…

Does there ever come a time when you make peace with all the little flaws that make you an individual? If the plastics of Hollywood are any indication, the answer is a resounding no. Statistics taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery state that people aged 35-50 had the most procedures - over 4.5 million - and while women were at the top, men are in there, too, with 8 percent of the total. The top cosmetic surgery for women was (take a wild guess) breast augmentation; and for men, liposuction. So, actually, it's more than Hollywood supporting ...

September 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Bye-Bye Dial-Up

"Welcome home."

September 16, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Tragedy Turned Triumph

Will we ever stop talking about the events of 9/11 and all that it entails? My hope of course is that we will not. In my opinion, it was undoubtedly an event, which not only altered this country but the world - forever.

September 09, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


My 80s Reunion

Ch-ch-Changes, as the old David Bowie song goes, talks about how "time may change me." Well it has changed me, but in some ways, it seems like it's all the same.

September 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Happy New Year

It's hard to believe it, but when I least expect it I am hit by another 'parenting epiphany.'

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Let’s Share A Story …

September already. It just is not possible. School has started, summer (at least on the calendar, if not by the weather) is waning and there's a feeling of rejuvenation in the air.

September 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Family Time

Recently, our family took a much-needed and well-anticipated camping trip into the mountains, to a place above North Fork called Mammoth Pools.

August 26, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mars And Venus On Vacation

I'm getting ready to take a mini vacation. I recently had a conversation with my significant other and told him that I wasn't sure what clothes to take on our trip.
He was confused. "What do you mean? It's casual," he said.
Well I know that, but my casual wardrobe is more complicated than his. I pointed out that it's easy for him because his casual wardrobe consists of golf shirts, jeans or khaki pants, and shorts. That's it. All he has to figure out is what color shirt and pants to wear. His shirts ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - In A Blink

I have spent the better part of the past four years sharing stories of my children. Jackson, our oldest, has been the topic of many columns. As I've said on numerous occasions, his five years on this planet have been a great learning experience for both of us.
As Jackson continues to grow and thrive, our youngest Madelyn is quickly trying to keep up. Madelyn, our second and last child, is now teaching me a whole new set of lessons.
She is everything her brother is not and a constant reminder that parenting is not a cookie cutter skill ...

August 05, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Life Number Nine

As is the case with many small town papers, much of what we share in our once-a-month columns here on the 'perspective' page is of a personal nature. It's a way for readers to get to know the reporters and myself a little better; what makes us tick, our likes and dislikes.
Many of you responded with emails, personal contacts, phone calls, and even a couple of sympathy cards when I shared the loss of my nearly 18-year-old cat a few months ago. The cat had come with me when I made the cross country relocation from upstate New ...

August 05, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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Summertime Should Be Fun Time

Ahhh, summer in the Central Valley.

June 27, 2017 | | Local Columns


Determining Social Security’s “Full Retirement Age”

By RUSSELL GLOOR

June 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


How Medicare Works With Other Insurance

If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a certain specialty or role in keeping the household running.

June 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


Crazy, Definitely Not Lazy Days Of Summer

Wouldn't you know it – just as soon as I was able to take a breath, the cold and flu bug bit me.

June 14, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Valley Home News

It has been an amazing last couple of weeks! First a family trip to Idaho … truly the beauty, the lush green pastures, fresh cut alfalfa ...

June 14, 2017 | By WINNIE MULLINS | Local Columns


Knights Ferry News

Birthday greetings for the month of June go out to: Eric Sinkevich, Greg Borba, Johnathan Borba, Audrey Mack, Landon Burns, Carl Schafer, Rawlin Hixon, Preston ...

June 14, 2017 | By MARY SUE SHEARER | Local Columns


Food Waste Is Money Wasted

How many times have you gone to pour milk in your coffee, only to see that the date on the carton was yesterday? Some people ...

June 13, 2017 | | Local Columns


Every Day Is A Precious Gift

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE

June 13, 2017 | | Local Columns


Didi's Dogs

Dear Didi: I wish I could crawl into my dog's head and see what she is thinking. Do you have a book that you ...

June 07, 2017 | By DIERDRA MCELROY | Local Columns


Marg-Ins

Let me just admit first off that we news people, in general, are a unique breed.

June 07, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Practical Money Skills

Prepare Your Kids

May 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


Ask Rusty: Social Security Matters

Raiding The Social Security Trust Fund

May 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


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