Fruit of your labor

I can understand swiping a couple of apples from a front yard. But did you have to strip the whole tree? Windfalls and all! I hope you needed them. Diane J. Moore Davis

The potential for Nishi: great location, horrible access

By Robert Thayer Now that we of the Davis Community have been invited to “join the conversation” on the potential development of the Nishi Property, please allow me to take a few minutes of your time. The land in question is a dagger-shaped site sandwiched between an eight-lane, elevated freeway on the south and a […]

Political grandstanding

Political grandstanding is nothing new, particularly when done by politicians who have use one elected position as a stepping-stone to run for another. But enough is enough! The grandstanding attacks of supervisors Matt Rexroad and Don Saylor’s on our Yolo County sheriff have got to stop. Rather than focusing on the numerous issues and problems […]

Preventing falls in the elderly

By David Crawford, M.D. When I was in grade school we thought someone falling down was hilarious. We would intentionally trip our classmates or pull the chair out from under them as they sat down. But falls are not as funny for the elderly as they can cause serious injury, hospitalization, and sometimes death. Not […]

Wants payback and a relationship

Dear Annie: I’m 50 years old and have two adult children. Their mother and I divorced 15 years ago. Throughout our marriage, my wife had many affairs. She’s married twice since we split up. Five years ago, my son married a woman who has become close to my ex. My daughter-in-law has labeled me a […]

No conclusions yet on sheriff

I had not intended to comment on the Grand Jury’s investigation regarding Sheriff Ed Prieto until the conclusions of all investigations. However, I am concerned that the board’s prior press release, as well as subsequent public statements, may have inadvertently created the impression that the Board of Supervisors agrees with the allegations made against Prieto. […]

Paul Krugman: Phosphorous and freedom

By Paul Krugman In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians — roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views — and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.” Well, probably not. Polling suggests that young Americans tend, if anything, to be more supportive of the case […]

Cheers and Jeers: Just a Davis fish story

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: JEERS to the near-hysteria of some in our community when word began to spread about dozens of fish dying in Mrak Pond at UC Davis. The immediate reaction? “The fish are dying because of the the West Nile […]

Cut off and neglected

Dear Annie: My dad passed away three years ago. He was one of my best friends, and we shared a love of classic automobiles. The day Dad died, I chose to stay at work rather than go to the hospital. I run a business, and if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. That evening, […]

When are we clearing the table?

Over 50 years ago when I was a youngster, a very wise man who was full of teaching stories asked me, “When is a meal over?” The answer he was looking for was: “When the dishes are done and put away.” Now being older and wiser myself, I would like to ask the Davis community, […]

Frank Bruni: Hillary, barbed and bellicose

The other night, a prominent Democrat I know made the craziest statement. “I don’t think Hillary’s going to run,” he proclaimed, silencing the room. He might as well have said that he’d just spotted Bigfoot pilfering rhubarb from the White House vegetable garden or that Arnold Schwarzenegger was in line to play King Lear on […]

My mother, the ‘unaccompanied minor’

By O. Ricardo Pimentel My mother was an unaccompanied minor. She came to this country at 14, from a small village in Zacatecas, Mexico, without documents — and without parents. As the story about Central American children coming here has unfolded — complete with the usual histrionics about them “corrupting our way of life” — I’ve thought of […]

Friend needs help and support

Dear Annie: How do you get help for a friend who appears to be drifting into dementia? ”Marjorie” and I have known each other for more than 20 years, and we have lunch every two weeks. When we first met, Marjorie was bright, energetic and involved in many activities. She is now in her mid-60s. […]

It’s all about justice

Again today I read about DNA evidence exonerating a man convicted of a serious crime, only after years of efforts by the “innocence project” or efforts by the prisoner. Surely it behooves us, no matter what the expense, to examine every case where there is DNA evidence that could exonerate convicted prisoners, without making them […]