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Show Some Respect

Whether or not you exercised your right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3 - either by going to the polls or perhaps sending in your mail-in ballot, the sheer fact that you had that opportunity is not something everyone gets to experience.

November 04, 2009 | | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Sweet Scent Of Bookprint

I've always enjoyed a love affair with books. When I was a kid, the town library was located in a historic building that was also part museum. So if you went up the front stairs to the right, you found rows of books and a cozy reading area with a beautiful rock fireplace that in the winter sometimes had a crackling fire going; if you went left, for a dollar or two, you could gaze at some of the town's rich history preserved behind glass.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Pressing Issues

The past 30 days have really been pretty exciting.

October 21, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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


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At a recent meeting of my staff, the topic of diabetes came up.

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Could A Gap Year Make $$ And Sense?

In some parts of the world, a gap year – a year-long break between high school and college – is the norm. It's starting to catch ...

August 15, 2017 | | Local Columns


What Will That New Job Cost Me?

By BILL SPANIEL

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Mommy Musings

I hope you read this before Saturday.

August 09, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


What’s The WEP – Windfall Elimination Provision?

By RUSSELL GLOOR

August 07, 2017 | | Local Columns


Valley Home News

Fire season, this column is dedicated to all the many firefighters who are working terrible long hours in tremendous heat, their hard work is so ...

August 02, 2017 | By WINNIE MULLINS | Local Columns


Knights Ferry News

Many of you know me as Tasha Martinelli or Tasha Sweet, youngest of Bill and Kay Martinelli's daughters, mother to Kaeli and Deagan, and ...

August 02, 2017 | By NASTASIA SWEET | Local Columns


Do Go Chasin’ Waterfalls …

With both an apology and a nod to TLC of 'Don't Go Chasin' Waterfalls' music fame, 'Do Go' was definitely the theme of my ...

August 01, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


How Medicare Covers Home Health Services

A couple of years ago, my father, well into his 70s, finally bought himself a high-performance automobile.

July 25, 2017 | | Local Columns


Maintaining A Happy Multigenerational Home

By BILL SPANIEL

July 25, 2017 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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