Wealth disparity and no charity

By Mark Rollins There are a lot of good arguments being made in the media about the inequities and perils of the growing disparity of wealth in this country and how it is wrong to make drastic cuts to food stamps, and fail to raise the minimum wage or extend the unemployment insurance for people […]

An ounce of nuts daily prolongs life and prevents disease

By Dr. David Lipschitz Nuts are generally considered bad choices for snacks because they’re so high in calories. It is why experts recommend avoiding cakes or desserts containing a high content of them, and why many of us keep them out of our diets. But in recent years, more and more information has been indicating […]

Our unhealthy obsession with childhood athletic achievement

Learn more Who: Author John O’Sullivan, delivering a Davis Parent University lecture on raising high-achieving athletes in a positive atmosphere When: 7-9 p.m. Friday, March 21 Where: Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St. By John O’Sullivan From the Little League World Series to “American Idol,” we have an unhealthy obsession […]

What do you think? How close are we to realizing Martin Luther King’s dream?

Ryan Kowta student, Davis: “In Davis, we’re pretty close. In other places, not close.” Bryn Goodwin student, Davis: “I think technically because the rules and laws are equal in society, but in terms of people, some are racially biased because they aren’t educated and aren’t seeing all the perspectives.” Bram Goldstein student, Davis: “We’re getting […]

Dueling dinners left no winners

Dear Annie: My husband’s family came to town for a week over the holidays. We made plans to be with them every evening except one. My parents were in the final stages of a job relocation and were leaving town that same weekend. We gave my family the one evening, Sunday, that was not delegated […]

Composting plan helps us all

My family has recently committed to reducing our waste, particularly the kind that ends up in the landfill. So I was excited to learn that the city is contemplating a move from the loose-in-the street collection method currently used to collect yard debris to a containerized program, allowing for the addition of food scraps. The […]

Hey, NSA: Permission denied

That democracy might live, we are asked to let the National Security Agency review when, where and whom we talk to. Sen. Dianne Feinstein thinks massive unwarranted record-keeping is a good idea, too, and has repeated her support in the wake of hearings about additional restrictions and oversight for the NSA and amendments to the […]

The state of surveillance

The president is expected to make a major policy announcement Friday that addresses the fears of Americans regarding threats to their Fourth Amendment rights: a critical component of the Bill of Rights and a major cornerstone in the architecture of our democracy. The president is not expected to propose any substantive, as opposed to cosmetic, […]

Region needs to start investing in its young professionals

By Sandra Kirschenmann When I was young and just out of college, my generation of young professionals selected a career, decided on what company we wanted to work for, and went to live wherever that company offered us a job. That first “job” for me was the U.S. Army. Born and raised in Sacramento, my […]

Cheers and Jeers: Stay out of our carts

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the Davis City Council for unanimously approving an ordinance prohibiting the practice of scavenging recyclables from recycle carts on city streets. The new rule targets organized scavengers, who pull up in front of Davis homes in […]

This train is bound for … what?

The issue: Benicia’s decision affects every city up the line It’s a familiar sound to anyone who stays up late in Davis: the rumble of 50 tanker cars as trains head toward the Bay Area with their cargo of oil. Now, if a Benicia refinery gets its way, those trains are going to be bigger […]

Money’s gone, but where are the checks?

Dear Annie: Three months ago, I was put in charge of collecting money for a group contribution. I put it in an envelope in my house. I then had to go on a trip. When I returned, I searched high and low for the envelope, and for the life of me, I can’t find it. […]

Brown gives clues on possible next term

Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t yet said whether he’ll run for a new term as governor, his fourth overall. Aides like to chortle that, “Well, he has until the March 7 filing deadline to decide.” But as he travels the state, giving short and punchy speeches generally without benefit of either notes or teleprompter, Brown lately […]