Thanks for this act of kindness

I would like to thank the two young women who found my wallet and returned to me. It apparently fell out of my pocket while I was riding my bike across Fifth Street one evening earlier this week. Judging from its condition and their story, it was run over by traffic that scattered the contents. […]

So what’s the point of citizenship?

As the lines begin to blur between American citizens living in California and immigrants who are here legally, it’s fair to begin asking what’s the difference? What rights and privileges should be reserved strictly for citizens? These questions are highlighted by two bills that swept easily through the California Legislature, one already signed without much […]

Jobless rate drops because fewer are looking

The issue: Gloomy unemployment figures contrast with other positive economic reports The summer, which otherwise produced a spate of positive economic news, ended on a depressing and worrisome note on the jobs front. THE HEADLINE NUMBER was that the unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in August, the lowest level in nearly five years, down […]

Doc just handing out pills

Dear Annie: My dad’s cousin, “John,” is an internist from another state. During my younger sister’s wedding weekend, Dr. John stayed with us. Two days before the wedding, my sister was stressed and couldn’t sleep. John offered her Ambien. The pill was blue and in a blister pack. He gave her two, even though the […]

A whitewash of Eritrean issues

Over Labor Day weekend, while most of the city of Davis was out of town vacationing for the holiday, Freeborn Hall of UC Davis became the site for a large youth conference organized by the government of what is often referred to as “Africa’s North Korea.” Eritrea has consistently been ranked among the most oppressive […]

Fluoride toothpaste fills the bill

Our deplorable City Council, which should be on a permanent vacation, has now come up with the hair-brained idea that fluoride should be added to our water supply. Why? Who profits from this crazy proposal? I have just been brushing my teeth, using dentist-prescribed but easily available Crest Sensitivity (sodium fluoride .243 percent), Crest Pro-Health (sodium […]

Go purple to fight Alzheimer’s

Did you know that September is World Alzheimer’s Month? As a Davis resident, I will proudly show my support for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by “going purple” on Sept. 21, Alzheimer’s Action Day. Alzheimer’s robbed me of my mother long before she passed away. It does this to those […]

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps

Perhaps those who are proposing a U.S. military strike in Syria are those who have not experienced war. Perhaps the way to indicate to people in Syria that there has been too much killing is not by the U.S. inflicting even more deaths. Claudette Cervinka Davis

Diplomacy better than war in Syria

By John Garamendi As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and author of the bipartisan amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, which asserted that nothing in the bill could be construed as authorizing the use of military force in Syria, I appreciated President Obama’s decision to respect our congressional responsibility to […]

Polio persists, aided by Islamic militants’ ignorance

The issue: This crippling disease, which targets children, could be stamped out through vaccines From the ninth to the 12th centuries, Muslims were among the leading practitioners of what was then considered advanced medicine. Islamic doctors borrowed freely from Byzantine, Greek and Roman medicine, unlike their counterparts in insular, ignorant Europe. Their scholars saved many […]

Taking advantage of the pro

Dear Annie: I make my living by helping people with computer issues, setting up, getting rid of malware, etc. I love helping clients and truly enjoy my profession. I do an excellent job for my customers and am completely devoted to customer satisfaction. My problem lies with friends, neighbors, etc., who take advantage of my […]