Editorials

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 & ...

Another View: Understanding science shouldn’t be controversial

Being a scientist is not for everyone, but benefiting from scientists’ work is. However you want to respond to science—love, hate, inspiration or apathy— is your ...

Another View: Mountain lions, rattlesnakes and Rocklin’s ‘other’ residents

During my training at the police academy many years ago, we were taught that law enforcement officers routinely face unknown and often dangerous challenges. While that has held tru ...

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 ...

Another View: As water supplies drop, the need to conserve increases

For months, local residents have been hearing about California’s drought and the need for conservation. To date, Placer County residents and businesses h ...

Another View: Koinonia’s unknown mission matters

In 2011, nearly 7 million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 drank alcohol; five million used an illicit drug; and nearly 3 million smoked cigarettes. Another 6 million you ...

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: Headlines, deadlines and memories made

I spent Tuesday afternoon packing up my office, removing pictures from the walls, choosing which trinkets to leave behind for the next guy, trying to decide if it was worth it to p ...