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Marg-Ins - Game Changers

What a whirlwind the last few weeks have been. Now that school is out and high school sports (other than summer camps and all-star games) have wrapped up for the year, maybe there will be time to breathe. Maybe even time for a little vacation …

June 01, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Unmentionables Of Global Travel

When your traveling experience has been limited to the United States certain aspects of life outside the cushy bubble of western civilization can be jarring.

May 25, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - Thinking Like A Dog

Despite many women's claims that the male gender of the human race is comparative to the canine species, I don't claim to have any great insight to the innermost thinking of dogs - just my observations and beliefs.

May 18, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Nearly A Year

A year ago at this time I was in the throes of pulling together final details for my wedding. My husband and I became engaged just before the holidays, which didn't leave much time for actual wedding plans until after the first of the year, resulting in a shorter planning schedule than I had dreamed about.

May 11, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Ike’s Sights - Woe Is Me

After some awful luck in the past week or so, I should have known that my first pick of horses for the Kentucky Derby - Animal Kingdom - was destined to win.

May 11, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - A Flurry Of Hours

There are a couple of things I can always count on at the Oakdale edition of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

May 04, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Kimberly’s Book Reviews

Grading system:

May 04, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Job Shadow Experience

Recently, I participated in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce job shadow event as one of the mentors to a high school student interested in a writing career.

April 27, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - To Report And Serve

I owe much credit to my predecessor in this position, Craig Macho, for recruiting me into becoming a staff reporter for the Leader, Times and News. For those who don't know, Craig and I worked in law enforcement as beat partners and detectives together for several years in the Bay Area. When Craig heard of my service retirement, he urged me to join him in the field of journalism.

April 20, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - How Do I Choose?

At the risk of sounding self indulgent, I've recently found myself partaking in a little retail therapy. Shoes and jewelry have been a recent focus. It started with me needing them for an upcoming special event. But then I found my eye wandering to other shoes and jewelry items that aren't currently needed instead of just focusing on what I went shopping for in the first place.

April 13, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins – All About Balance

People warned me this would happen. Either I didn't really believe them or just didn't think it would be a problem but now the dilemma has set in.

April 06, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings – Eye Of The Storm

Yes, I know I wrote a column about the weather last time and that was only a month and a half ago. But you must agree the weather has been unusual this winter and is probably worth another column. What else is there to talk about? The weather affects everybody. It sometimes seems everyone is cowering indoors for shelter from the rain, cold and wind and nothing is going on outdoors. Everything is on hold awaiting the long delayed spring, one that lasts more than a day.

March 30, 2011 | John Branch | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Spring Fever

I have an itch.

March 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – Advice From A Baseball Purist

In a few weeks the start of baseball season begins and I will commence my 44th season of being a fan. Since following the National Pastime at age eight, I long ago reached that journeyman status and can classify myself as what I consider "a real fan."

March 16, 2011 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Overcommitted, Under ‘Fun’ded

Over the past few weeks I've felt especially overwhelmed by my amount of "busy-ness." I deal with bouts of this at different times throughout the year. Work commitments requiring longer hours and late nights as well as home commitments with important business to tend to, evening appointments, and events have left me feeling a little burnt out. There are no signs of this relenting any time soon.

March 09, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


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RICH IN THOUGHT - Did Anyone Really Think This Out?

That loud clacking sound everyone heard Wednesday morning, Nov. 5 after the elections was the sound of area deadbolts latching in homes after the passage of Proposition 47 – the initiative that reduced penalties for drug possession and other "nonviolent" crimes.

November 19, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - No Time To Fall Behind

October is over. And on a brief shopping excursion on Saturday, Nov. 1, I noticed with more than a little horror that the Halloween costumes that were placed on 75 percent clearance were right next to the brightly decorated Christmas trees, tinsel and holiday wreaths.

November 05, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - To Keep Oakdale Safe It Needs ‘Y’

I've been covering Oakdale government and crime regularly now for nearly three years and in that time I can honestly say I've seen a serious concerted effort by elected officials and city staff to save the city money, making cuts where available, and directing resources for maximum efficiency.

October 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Crunching The Core Numbers

15-7=8 Or is it 15-5=10 and then 10-2=8?

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Needs Measure Y

Dear Editor,

October 01, 2014 | | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Best Laid Plans…

Technology is tremendous.

October 01, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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