Let there be light …

I want to thank the city for the timely manner in which it replaced a burned-out light on the greenbelt. With the short days and long nights, this area was quite dark. Walking early the other day with the dog, I was under this light, then it went out. I was perplexed for a nanosecond, then […]

E-cigarettes are a gateway drug

By Donald Bucklin About a year ago, I was surprised to find out from my daughter that Hookah Pens were all the rage among the high school crowd. If you are, like I was, among the uninitiated, this is a device of roughly cigarette proportions that contains a battery, a tiny vaporizer, something to vaporize […]

That thing on the Internet …

Dear Annie: I just finished watching a piece on the news about young people assaulting others and calling it a game. It seems they walk up to unsuspecting people and throw the hardest punch they can to the face in an effort to knock someone out. In one instance, a man was hit so hard, […]

Development is about compromise

It was with some concern that I read Sunday’s op-ed piece titled “The Cannery deal is done, but what’s next for Davis?” I would like to comment on the five ideas put forward by the article’s authors. * “Define community priorities” How does one define community priorities when there is an extreme schism on various […]

This Nature Trail is anything but

I have lived in Davis for 34 years and seldom let anything get to me. But, the devastation of the Northstar Nature Garden Trail was beyond my limit. It was a drought-tolerant demonstration garden that was established in the early 1990s. Last week, the area was turned into a maze of wide walkways, tree limbs […]

Thanks for your caring support

We, the friends and family of Ben Davis, wish to thank our community. So often news comes to us about the harsh side of being human. But the caring and loving acts of so many go unspoken. We wish to thank the many of you, who throughout the year, and especially most recently, have given […]

Students hold their own in math, science

Maybe it’s time to stop the steady stream of hand-wringing over how poorly America’s schoolkids, and California’s in particular, perform in subjects like math and science and realize they are actually doing OK, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement. That’s the takeaway from 2011 test scores in the Trends in International Math […]

‘Tis the season to drive carefully

The issue: Watch out on the roads this Friday, and through the weekend On Earth peace, good will to man … but on the highway, not so much. A STUDY BY David Brown, a University of Alabama professor who examines holiday traffic (perhaps if you’re researching the traffic, it means you’re not stuck in it), […]

It’s not you, it’s us

Dear Annie: My husband likes to watch porn. I don’t care to watch it myself, but if my husband asks me to join him in his viewing, I will. Recently, I found out that my husband was watching porn on his phone at work. When I confronted him, he claimed it was just an advertising […]

Still feeling unconfirmed

Dear Annie: I am 14 years old and facing a dilemma. My father isn’t particularly religious, but my mother is a strict Catholic, and my older sister and brother have been confirmed. I have another six months before I am expected to go through the process of confirmation. I do not want to do this. […]

And now, the secret is out

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 34 years. I love her dearly and would do anything for her. When my wife was 8 years old, she was molested by her uncle (her maternal aunt’s husband). She told me about this before we were married, and she made it clear that she […]

Here’s a story of change

The following story is from my student at Corcoran State Prison. He is on a correspondence course through the Criminon Program and wanted his statement printed somewhere so he could have a copy. This is what he said: “This course — the ‘Way to Happiness’ — has changed me to be a better person. It […]