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Don Rogers: Last call for Dad

January 24, 2020

It was the right decision, the only one left. No less awful. Variations of our drama were playing out in all the rooms. ICU had an everyday quality I found comforting somehow. People in blue...





Don Rogers: The heart beats, but who’s there?

January 17, 2020

And so one morning, my father woke up dead. His roommate of 30 years found him not breathing. Of course she called 911. The paramedics found his heart not beating. But his body, at least,...



Law Review: Sampling of new laws for 2020

January 10, 2020

Governor Gavin signed close to 1,200 new laws this year, most to take effect on Jan. 1. In no particular order, here are a few you may find of interest. AB 5 (INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR VS....


Pine Nuts: How a Montecristo Torpedo can make a day

January 10, 2020

What the world needs now is a strong shared narrative that transcends politics, a strong shared narrative that transcends “us verses them,” and guess what? That very thing is in the skunkworks. I can’t tell...


Don Rogers: Sierra Sun needs you

January 10, 2020

You might have noticed we’ve put a “Donate” button on the website. Of course we have. Everyone is. The business of local news, especially newspapers and their online services, has sputtered as the search engines...


Pine Nuts: The fine art of keeping bar

January 5, 2020

I ask you, how many of us lucky ducks have fallen back on the fine art of keeping bar when our life’s calling falls a little short? I’m confident I do not stand alone in...



Don Rogers: New year, new life

December 27, 2019

Mom helped the kids load up at 3 a.m. They didn’t need help, of course, but she knew they’d welcome it. This is Mom, remember, always there, unconditional, sixth sense alert. Even in the middle...


Pine Nuts: Omnis Terra Jubilate Deo

December 27, 2019

Music, I have to believe, is the best medicine on the shelf. It cuts down on our doctor bills and keeps us from sourin’. So I went to the Jubilate Holiday Concert in Truckee to...



Pine Nuts: The Ghost of Christmas Present

December 20, 2019

Time to put a log on the fire, crank up Vince Gueraldi’s “Linus & Lucy” and invite the neighbors in for an egg nog. It matters not whether those neighbors are Christian or atheist, white...



Don Rogers: For Christmas, a rudder

December 20, 2019

What’s the best gift you can give yourself? Maybe the right words to live by. A life by slogan, incantation, mantra, motto, a prayer? Sure, why not? Verbal bootstraps, a touchstone, inspiration. Not for everyone,...


Don Rogers: Dems rash to impeach

December 13, 2019

Whataboutism and its near twin — What if? — can be instructive. What if this were a Democratic president? What if the party majorities all lined up? What if the Senate majority were Democrats and...