Editorials

Our View: Grandma’s cloven demise no cause for celebration

Growing up, I never quite understood the fascination and popularity of the song “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” Swinging and upbeat, this hillbilly-ish anthem wri ...

Our View: Readers can still measure ‘The Messenger’

It seems every time I tell someone I’m a journalist, they feel inclined — maybe even obligated — to chime in with some variation on the lament that “true in ...

Our View: Rocklin Unified in a jam — it’s amateur hour

One of the most cliché images in world literature is the motif of a crafty, energetic student finally surpassing his or her teacher; yet there was no better analogy to fall ...

Our View: A Burning Man for all seasons

Early in “Lawrence of Arabia,” David Lean's epic about a soul-searching eccentric, the fictional Mr. Dryden observes that Lawrence has a funny sense of “fun&r ...

Our View: Cinéma vérité comes of age with ‘Boyhood’

None of us grow up in a vacuum. Youth is a gauntlet of influences, of family and friends and cultural factors that shape our DNA into the person who comes out the other side, but ...

Our View: Denial bleeds harder than news headlines

Silence can be the most comforting way for a community’s future to disintegrate. Earlier this year, a reader published a letter blasting our newsroom for covering too much & ...

Our View: State prisons understand what county leaders don’t

“I’ve got magic!” a throaty, grizzled voice half-coughed at me through the cell door. I heard this utterance a few months ago while walking through “X-Hous ...

Our View: Lessons from Marina Keegan

I tend to read the way I think most people do — infrequently and rapidly. Infrequently, because I’m too busy keeping up with the everyday writings of my Facebook friend ...

Our View: Life lessons from the chef

Some insights come from unexpected places. I spent Saturday night having dinner at Tess’s Kitchen Store in Grass Valley with Chef Alan Tangren, a culinary craftsman who for ...

Our View: Travels, troubles and tuning out

If John Steinbeck were alive today and again took his epic drive that resulted in the book, “Travels with Charley: in search of America,” he would probably be haunted b ...

Our View: The forgotten allure of the Golden State

It’s been 13 months since I started at the Placer Herald, and 15 since I gathered the portable effects of my life in Northeast Michigan, put them in a car with me and drove 2 ...

Our View: ‘Drug wars,’ death epidemics and staring into the sun

The most difficult thing about reporting on methamphetamine and heroin addiction — and the violence, victimization and disintegration rooted in their essence — is ...

Our View: When lost in lifting peaks and data-driven jungles

Part of life in Placer County is existing near the edge of true wilderness; and that’s a connection we shouldn’t forget amidst the new digital wilderness that’s b ...

Our View: Eulogizing the Editor

Her body was laid on the pool table of a darkened bar on Judah Street. Her eyes were closed. Her arms were folded across her chest. No mortician in South Placer could have fixed a ...

Our View: Beating the heat — it doesn’t get better

I love living in Rocklin, but I had the good sense to get the heck out of town Saturday. Luckily for me, Flood Water Roller Derby had a scrimmage in Tahoe Saturday (we won!), so ...