Editorials

From the editor’s desk: 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 ...

From the Editor's desk: 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 in Old Town Roseville, watching tiny ice-lights glint on the clover-green walls and the old oak curving above the Guinness sign, and Th ...

Our View: Lost and found in the never-ending season

Last week, I published a little tongue-in-cheek column deconstructing the popularity of a novelty Christmas song by Randy Brooks. At least one reader was so incensed that he wrote ...

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 meet someone new and tell them I’m a journalist, they feel inclined — maybe even obligated — to chime in with some variation on the lament t ...

Supes ante up with study on homelessness

Placer County supervisors took a small but significant step last week in addressing the problem of homelessness in our communities, and for that, the board is to be commended. Sup ...

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 ...

Another View: Putting pen to paper does not make you a writer - it makes you a primate

I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point we lost our way. Maybe it was when we got trophies despite getting beaten on the field, or maybe it was the time that ...