And a jolly time was had by all

By Lea Rosenberg and Barb Geisler For the ninth year in a row, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge was to host “Breakfast with Santa” at our Lodge Hall in downtown Davis. More than 350 children and their family members enjoyed a hot breakfast at the lodge and all the children had the opportunity to meet and […]

This ought to teach her love

Dear Annie: I have two teenage children from a previous marriage. For the past 12 years, they have lived with their mother 90 miles away, and I have visitation every other weekend and alternate holidays, etc. I have always exercised visitation faithfully and have a good relationship with both of them. This year, my daughter […]

Many thanks to The Avid Reader

Many thanks to Alzada Knickerbocker and her wonderful staff at The Avid Reader bookstore for helping us build a Parent Resource Library at César Chávez Elementary School. Because of their support, we are able to offer parents/guardians and their children many great books that teach social and emotional intelligence, friendship skills, respecting differences and so […]

Remember that all lives matter

The Enterprise Associated Press article on Page A2 on Sunday, “Thousands protest …” did not mention that some students at Columbia and Harvard Law schools want to postpone exams because they were “traumatized” by recent grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. According to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, students stated “the decisions and subsequent […]

Grand jury function clarified

Given the recent attention in the media, it is important to clarify the role of the grand jury in Yolo County. The grand jury serves two functions: criminal and civil. The criminal function involves returning indictments leading to a criminal trial (or not). The civil function is that of a watchdog, checking to see that […]

Defying Western academic norms

The graduate students and others at the University of California represented by the United Auto Workers Local 2865 have voted in support of BDS, the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions outfit. They disregard some things: Israel is the only country in that entire region whose citizens, including its Arab citizens, have freedom of speech, have […]

Boycotters are our future profs

So 1,411 members of the UC graduate student union vote to support the boycott of Israel. That’s 10.8 percent of the 13,000 graduate student workers at nine campuses that Local 2865 purports to represent. Hardly a resounding endorsement. It’s hard to take seriously the extreme views of a small sliver of a minor labor organization. […]

Language failed me that night, but not now

By Susan Dominus The night started, as so many college nights do, with a red cup pressed into a hand. Ubiquitous at tailgates and parties, those bright plastic cups are a harbinger of carnival, of unleashing. The hand around the cup was mine. I remember many of the details only vaguely, but the cup shines […]

Stuck in the middle with them

Dear Annie: My 18-year-old cousin, “Rick,” has been seeing a friend of mine for some time. Now I am in an awkward position. My friend “Joanie” told Rick she liked him, but he told her he didn’t feel the same way about her. They were together for a short time, but even then, Rick was […]

Thanks for community support

Friends of Adult Day Health Care, a small nonprofit that planted the seed for the creation of Yolo Adult Day Health Center, would like to thank the community, local businesses and those individuals who helped make our 13th annual Blues Harvest fundraiser another success. The Yolo Adult Day Health Center, which is celebrating its 30th […]

It takes a village to celebrate the holidays!

By Carrie Dyer, Kelly Stachowicz and Bob Bowen The 33rd annual downtown Davis tree-lighting and holiday opening was held on Thursday, Dec. 4. It takes a tremendous amount of support and many people to produce this event, which is one of Davis’ oldest community traditions. The activities included the children’s candlelight parade, the holiday tree […]

Remember the victims, but don’t forget the criminal

By Lloyd Billingsley On Friday, Yolo Superior Court Judge David Reed sentenced Daniel Marsh to 52 years to life in state prison. The convicted murderer is 17 years old, which prompts a meditation on his victims. When Oliver “Chip” Northup was 17, the year was 1942. The United States was at war with Nazi Germany […]