Editorials

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 ...

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 ...

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 prodigy, the fictional Mr. Dryden observes that Lawrence has a funny sense of “fun&rdq ...

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 ...