Editorials

Film review: Coen brothers worship at the Hollywood altar with “Hail, Caesar!”

“Would that it t’were so simple.” Ah, but it’s a Coen brothers film. Over the course of three decades writing and directing their own movies, legendary fi ...

Our View: Southern bits and the speed of Mardi Gras

February offers two celebration options: One involves a vacuous, corporate-manufactured holiday aimed at wringing cash from depleted wallets while mercilessly preying on guilt and ...

Our View: The very American meaning of kilts, tartans and toughness

Someone in a kilt once told me, “If you ask two Scots the same question, you’re bound to get nine dissenting opinions.” It’s absolutely true. Whenever you&r ...

Film review: Unalloyed Star Wars, as only a fan could conceive

It’s been 32 years since the provisional conclusion of the Star Wars saga, and 10 since a trilogy of prequels put it into hibernation. No one involved in the latest, bluntly- ...

Our View: Faces in the winter shades

There’s something about the brittle, brass-colored leaves fluttering in autumn winds that stimulate the memory; that summon back the warmth of chimney stoves and firesides of ...

Film Review: "The Force Awakens" at war with its own memories

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains plot details. Those who have not yet seen the film may want to wait before reading it.   Disney has spent the past 12 months promoting a ...

Our View: Beyond the beauty of Grecian urns

This fall's coverage is all Greek to me. Our reporter Andrew Westrope just returned from two weeks in the birth place of Western culture and is offering readers an adventu ...

Our View: What ghost stories tell us about … us

You can glean a lot from a culture by how it remembers its dead. I found this to be true when embarking on a nighttime ghost tour of Venice, Italy. Venice after sundown is the per ...

Our View: Remembering the Captain of the ship

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Bill Brehm Sr., the founder of Brehm Communications, Inc., the parent company of Gold Country Media, the Press Tribune an ...

Our View: When roots go down to the blood

It’s amazing how forgotten, rain-faded etchings on a lonely headstone can push your breath back and make you realize genealogy isn’t a hobby, it’s an existential ...

Our View: Superheroes bust blocks, banks and brains

“The red capes are coming,” teases Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor in the latest trailer for an upcoming superhero movie. In context it’s an ominous quip about t ...

Our View: Of barbecues and other demons

Summer time and the living’s easy: That is, if you’re countering our heat wave by igniting flames of your own on the grill. It’s California: The afternoons are ho ...

Our View: Experiments, itinerants and detours before dark

One of my great journalism heroes, Ernie Pyle, was once talked out of his reporter’s desk and into an editor’s chair at a city newspaper. After doing that job for three ...

Our View: Will the real Generation Y please step forward?

I once attempted to end an argument with a Roseville official by conceding that I might be an embodiment of all the worst qualities of “Generation X” — cynical, u ...

Our View: Thoughts from a crime reporter’s Christmas

I was sitting in the Boxing Donkey Irish Pub, watching tiny ice-lights glint on the clover-green walls and the old oak curving above the Guinness sign, when The Pogues’ &ldqu ...