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Collecting, but not hoarding things

Do you enjoy collecting or saving anything? I like to collect coins and stamps and baseball cards. I like to collect newspaper clippings and such. I have 14 Tupperware tubs organiz ...

Fair ruling on fair share

In June, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, ruling that the First Amendment protects public employees from being required to pay ...

Do I need an agent when buying from a builder?

Question: Dear Kari; My husband and I are looking to buy a brand-new home. We have heard that we do not need our own real estate agent because the builders have agents on-s ...

August in the Historic District

This is the moment just before the kids go back to school. Teachers are readying their classrooms, kids are getting school supplies in order, new school clothes picked out and last ...

Tornadoes, hurricanes and whirlwinds, oh my

As we slug through the throes of the midsummer's nightmarish heat, look at other areas of our expansive land and be grateful. I heard on the radio (my main source of news thes ...

August in Folsom

Take a welcome break from our toasty temperatures and check out the chill beer scene at TAP Folsom on Friday, Aug. 3. This annual beer fest is Folsom’s Backyard Brewfest taki ...

Has it been 15 years already?

Fifteen years can feel like a huge chunk of time, or a blink of the eye, depending on your perspective. Looking forward, it seems to be quite the stretch. Looking backward, it seem ...

Does a seller have to respond to my offer?

Question: Dear Kari; My husband and I had our Realtor write up a full price offer on a home we liked very much! The problem is the seller will not respond to our good offer. Our ...

“Devotions” – Mary Oliver’s selected poems

From time to time, I pause to remind us of our lovely local library. It is always a great place to go. This is especially true in the summer because it is a cool and quiet ret ...

Sacramento continues to propose new taxes

Our state government is collecting more money from Californians than ever before. At $200 billion, this year’s state budget set a new record, surpassing last year’s bud ...

Media Life: Never-before-seen Cash, Folsom Prison images unearthed

When the doors of Folsom Prison swung shut and the heavy metal banged loudly, Johnny Cash famously turned to photographer Jim Marshall and grimly remarked: “That sounds omino ...

Partner with everyone; compete with no one

Partner with everyone; compete with no one. This principle seems counterintuitive in the hyper-competitive, “Best of” world in which we live in today. Yes, governments ...

Welcome summer interns Christina, Addie, Linneah

Okay, summer is, as early 1990s rappers would say, “in full effect.” It is always a sort of bittersweet time once the annual rodeo and other Independence Day activities ...

A new set of squiggles

Happy birthday, America. We might as well continue the celebration and honor this great land. We’re not perfect, but blessed, reaching, trying.    After rereading ...

July 2018 in the Historic District

By the time you read this, it may just be Fourth of July…or it may be a few days afterward. Did you participate or attend any of the festivities that took place in the Histo ...