Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Grand Jury was right on the money

In short, Bob Luca is wrong, the Grand Jury is right about Ron Mikulaco and Joe Harn. I was on that Grand Jury until Apr. 6 and can state without divulging confidential material th ...

On the Town: Our nation's many independence dates

Saturday is the Fourth of July. There are some folks out there that probably do not know why we celebrate this day. So, here’s a super quick history lesson. The Fourth of Ju ...

From Where I Sit: Can’t you read the signs?

Many readers know that over the years these weekly 400 word bursts are often tongue-in-cheek or an attempt at lightness and humor. Sometimes I poke fun at things knowing full well ...

Olga on Investments: Is it better to have one or many financial pros?

Sometimes people try to spread their investments amongst multiple financial advisors or investment firms as a means of diversification. People can also do this as a way to “t ...

Time to Talk: Wedding is turning into a family affair

Q: I’m getting married next year and I’m having a hard time with how much input and control my future in-laws are having. We haven’t really started the pl ...

Letter to the Editor: Grand Jury report just sour grapes

In response to “Grand Jury report criticizes county officials.” The recent Grand Jury report critical of County Auditor Joe Harn and District One Supervisor Ron Mikula ...

On the Town: Taking a stand for lemonade stands

Random thoughts A little over a year ago I brought to light an article I read where the city of Hazelwood, Missouri ordered the shutdown of a Girl Scout cookie stand. The city cl ...

From Where I Sit: ‘The banality of evil’

Here we go again. We hold our collective national breath and tread gingerly day by day hoping such a thing doesn’t happen, while somewhere deep down inside we are afraid it w ...

The Real McCoy: Pros and cons of working with rent backs

Dear Kari, My wife and I are trying to purchase a home and we just received some bad news. The sellers cannot move out when we close escrow because the house they are buying is su ...

Olga on Investments: Small business retirement plans

Retirement plans for small businesses serve many different purposes. From a business level, the contributions into a retirement plan can be tax deductible for the company. The cont ...

On the Town: Father’s Day origins

Since we were on the subject about Mother’s Day last month, it is only fair that we discuss Father’s Day this month. Since Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, I thou ...

From Where I Sit: Has the pendulum of history swung too far?

Taking the long range view of things, you notice how over time the pendulum swings back and forth form one extreme to the other. You can see this in culture, in politics and in rel ...

The Real McCoy: Is it legal to offer on more than one home at a time?

Dear Kari, My wife and I are finally ready to purchase our first home. We have been scrimping and saving for so long I thought we would be renting a one bedroom apartment forever! ...

Olga on Investments: College costs

It is undeniable the benefits of a college education: the ability to compete in today’s job market, increased earning power and expanding horizons. So it is not surprising th ...

SacSings! – a personal perspective

The second annual Sacramento Choral Festival, SacSings!, kept Harris Center humming over this past weekend. In three concerts over two days, 15 area choruses with nearly 700 singer ...