Drought care for our trees

As you may know, the city of Davis has had the pleasure of being known as a Tree City USA for the past 36 years! Our beautiful urban forest provides a multitude of community and economic benefits, including improved water and air quality, reduced violence, increased health, reduced storm water infrastructure costs, pavement and road […]

Other ways to quit the booze

Dear Annie: I enjoy reading your column and agree with most of your advice, including your recommendations when it comes to handling alcohol addictions and binge drinking. I do not work in this field, but I’ve seen alternatives to AA that may be more palatable to some who are seeking assistance. Would you print this […]

Law applies to police, too

I greatly appreciated your well-written article on the California Highway Patrol’s distracted drivers course and how dangerous it is to text while driving. I was also pleased to discover the information that it is illegal to text while stopped at a light (I can only assume that applies to stop signs, as well). The reason […]

No on the $15 wage plan

Historically, I have been philosophically committed to the cause of labor. Thus, on a visceral level, I would have been disposed — on a “knee-jerk” liberal basis — to support the $15 minimum-wage initiative now proposed for Davis. However, practical considerations impel me to not support it. As a society, we have been subjected to […]

Nicholas Kristof: Where the GOP gets it right

Republicans may seem like ultimate Scrooges. Many want to slash food stamps, unemployment benefits and just about any program that helps the needy. So they know nothing about poverty, right? Wrong. Actually, conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points: * […]

Give water safety a moment of your attention

By Rose Cholewinski “Just a moment, sweetie!” How many times has your child asked for your attention and you’ve said, “just a sec” while you finish up another small task? As a local swim school owner, longtime swim coach and a parent, I assure you that when it comes to pools and water, you don’t […]

$15 minimum wage would hurt us all

By Jeff and Laura Ambrose What a great idea — let’s all get paid more! What’s wrong with that? While on its surface this may seem like a splendid idea, it rests on several untrue assumptions: * People are forced to work in low-wage, dead-end jobs in perpetuity. Indentured servanthood is a remnant of the […]

Good intentions don’t fund the payroll

The issue: Davis businesses should not be saddled with a $15 minimum wage It’s an argument rooted in altruism. One looks around and sees people struggling to get by, and the mind leaps to a simple solution: just pay them more. Problem solved, right? THAT SEEMS to be the thought process behind a signature-gathering effort […]

What do you think? If you got a tattoo, what would it be?

Gregory Shilling student, Davis: “It would be on the shoulder blade area and I would design it myself. It would have meaning but not be too cheesy. No bright colors, probably just black outlines.” Charles Knofler electrician, Sacramento: “It would go on my right arm and I think it would be a Viking holding a […]

It’s hard to trust again

Dear Annie: Four years ago, I caught my husband lying and cheating in an emotional affair (he says there was never any sex). He and this same woman had been cheating for 10 years. She is married with grown children. She never told her husband what she did, so she has gotten away with it. […]

Good posture can make you feel better

By Sharon Naylor Creators.com Are you a slumper? Check your posture right now to see if your shoulders are rounded forward and your back curled. Chances are you’ve eased into your natural posture: slouched down, head in alignment with your spine, shoulders back, back not straight. And your brain may be paying the price. Researchers […]

Many thanks for wine-tasting

The St. James Wine Tasting Committee is grateful for the lovely evening that our parishioners and community friends shared on Saturday, March 1, at our St. James 11th annual Wine Tasting Festival. We are most grateful for the wineries that continue to join us each year. This year, guests enjoyed tasting fine wines from the […]