David Brooks: Today’s skills are in flux

Several years ago, Doug Lemov began studying videos of excellent teachers. He focused not on their big strategies but on their microgestures: How long they waited before calling on students to answer a question (to give the less confident students time to get their hands up); when they paced about the classroom and when they […]

Bleeding stops on one Schwarzenegger blunder

California has bled many millions of dollars because of the myriad blunders by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who probably should have remained a muscleman actor and never ventured into politics. Spending has barely begun on the high-speed rail project he enthusiastically backed without worrying about troublesome details like its precise route or whether it can […]

Workers strike for safety

“Worker Safety Protects Community Health: Support USW Oil Workers:” the strikers’ picket sign says it all. Since early February, Tesoro oil refinery workers have been on strike for safer conditions. Local 5 United Steelworkers are fighting to preserve basic safety protections: joint labor/management safety committees, the right to know the hazards of the substances they work […]

Got the clothes, now what?

Dear Annie: I’m a 24-year-old male who has been crossdressing since the age of 8. It started with collecting my own bras and panties, and now I have an entire wardrobe of women’s clothing. Because I currently live on my own, I change out of my male clothes into my female ones as soon as […]

It’s a new low for the Senate

The United States Senate is worse than ever. I know this is hard for you to believe, people. But, really, last week was a new bottom. The Senate found itself unable to pass a bill aiding victims of human trafficking, a practice so terrible that it is one of the few subjects on which members […]

Confusion sets in over groundwater law

It’s beginning to look like the hosannas that greeted California’s first-ever groundwater regulation law were a tad premature when it passed late last summer. For after a tantalizing winter of heavy rains but insufficient snowfall to dent the state’s four-year drought, confusion over the groundwater rules has begun to set in. One thing for sure: […]

He blames himself for their issues

Dear Annie: I am a 55-year-old man, divorced for the past 15 years. My daughter is 24 years old and married to a good guy, and they have two lovely boys. Although I have struggled with depression over the years, I try to live a good, honest Christian life. I raised my two children as […]

Always the wrong number

Dear Annie: At least once a week, I get an unsolicited phone call from “Rachel from Cardholder Services.” This seems to be an obvious scam to get me to switch to another credit card or maybe just to get personal information. I have received these calls both in Connecticut and Florida. When I ask, “Who […]

Are we there yet? Some beer trends are just hard to swallow

One of my personal shames is that I don’t like “craft beers.” It’s probably a bigger disgrace that I enjoy “crappy” beer, at least as is defined by the hipster “breweratti.” But for unknown reasons, my taste buds never grew out of enjoying American light beers, from — gasp! — a can. Flights of small-batch […]

Farmers Market went hog-wild

Thanks to so many people and organizations who made Saturday, March 7, the Davis Farmers Market’s most successful Pig Day ever! Special thanks to Eva Dopico, Chris Jones and Cody Holland, who dressed in pig attire and provided numerous opportunities for Pig Day selfies. Thanks to Campus Rotaract Club volunteers from UC Davis for decorating […]

The new affliction for today’s youth

I learned a new term recently: “Nature Deficit Disorder.” It comes from the book “Last Child in the Woods,” by Richard Louv, which is a national bestseller, so I’m really late to Rick’s party. Better late than never, right? Thank goodness this party never ends. It just gets bigger, and everyone is welcome. Although Louv’s […]

Trade deal deserves full scrutiny

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade deal that is being negotiated in secret between multinational corporations and national leaders in many countries. Unfortunately, President Obama would like to have this trade deal fast-tracked through Congress without hearings, without scrutiny, without public input. The little that is known about the TPP is bad news for American […]

More people, more parking

Why is it when we consider all the impacts of a new subdivision do we forget to include the need for additional parking for the downtown? According to the U.S. Census, the 2013 population of Davis was 66,205. The available on- and off-street parking in the downtown (source: Davis Public Works) is 2,667 spaces. Thus we have one parking […]

Public safety should come first

According to Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig, his office processed 7,784 criminal cases in 2014, a massive increase of 30 percent over 2013. In the absence of another compelling argument, the uptick is likely a product of AB 109, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 to reduce the state prison population by putting […]