He wants more out of marriage

Dear Annie: I’d give anything to be intimate with my wife, in any form. We’ve been married for 18 years. We have not made love in more than three. We also don’t hold hands, hug, kiss or cuddle. We have pleasant conversations, and I would classify us as compatible roommates. My wife once had a […]

Bike barriers on Fifth Street

The Davis General Plan redesign of Fifth Street states that “bike lanes can be accomplished with just paint and new traffic signal heads at the F and G streets intersections.” We also will need physical barriers to make riding a bike on Fifth Street a safe, smart option. Statistics show when barrier-protected bike lanes are […]

Allow a vote on Co-op manager

In firing Eric Stromberg, the Davis Food Co-op board of directors offered neither justification nor reason for its action. The board indicates that it wants a new direction, but has never discussed this with Stromberg, who has been at the helm of the store for 14 years. If the board has a new strategic direction, […]

Keep local businesses alive

This is an open letter to the city of Davis Planning Commission: Last week, my wife and I learned that my barber and her nail salon owner are on the brink of being forced out of their present locations (the building at the southwest corner of Third and G streets) along with other merchants. They […]

Taking out the garbage

The issue: Leaf bins will help city meet its mandate Davis has always been on the cutting edge of environmental progress, and whenever presented with a challenge, we’ve been able to ditch the old ways and do our part to help. SO IT IS now, as state government pushes toward a net zero waste future, […]

‘Doonesbury’ dives back to the beginning during Trudeau’s hiatus

We’ve all been warned: Be careful what you wish for. Last summer, Garry Trudeau took an extended leave from “Doonesbury” to write and produce “Alpha House,” an Amazon Instant Video comedy. Starring John Goodman, this political satire about four Republican senators sharing a house in Washington ended in a raucous finale last month that viewers […]

Water rationing: If it comes, do it right

Despite heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the California drought remains. In fact, it is still more severe than the worst previous dry spell of modern times, which hit in 1976-77. Short of millennial downpours in late winter or early spring, this means […]

Nobody is reaching out

Dear Annie: My sister complains that our mother (who can be narcissistic and self-centered) has never reached out to her son. “Mitch” is now 25, and Mom has never tried to get to know him. Mom sent my daughter (now 33) on trips to Europe and would visit us often, but did not do the […]

Will Dad’s other kids mind?

Dear Annie: I recently decided to do a little digging into my past and started a family tree. While I was doing this, I came across information that my biological father had passed away some 10 years ago. Annie, I had no contact with my biological father after the age of 2. He had an […]

Babies in the womb can’t keep a secret anymore

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first appeared in slightly different form in 2005. “My friends look at me like I’m crazy, like it’s almost a sin or something,” said my niece, Traci, at her baby shower last weekend. “They ask me, ‘How can you stand not to know?’” “Everybody […]

I will cough and type, and those who love me will stay

Heads up: This will not be the best column I’ve ever written. Not even close. If you want to bail now, I won’t hold it against you. Only those who really love me will stick around. Still here? Oh, you. You’re the best! I won’t even attempt to excel this week, given the double whammy […]

Need for porn hurting his wife

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been happily married for eight years. This is a third marriage for both of us. A few months back, my wife found that I had been visiting Internet porn sites. She became very upset and said this was the same as having sex outside of marriage. This is […]