GOP risks alienating Latino voters

Eliseo Medina is one prominent Democrat who wasn’t much upset by last year’s midterm election outcome, in general a Republican rout of Democrats. That’s because Medina, the international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, believes 2010 may be remembered as a political watershed year, but not in the way Republicans would like. He sees […]

New regs shed sunlight on sunscreen labels

The issue: Truth in labeling should help protect us from skin cancer We’re not crazy about additional government rules. Still, if sunscreen makers can’t do the job themselves, Californians will welcome federal plans for truth in labeling for lotions and sprays that are supposed to block the sun’s harmful rays. “BROAD SPECTRUM” will be the […]

Speak up on funding priorities

At its June 16 meeting, the Davis school board voted not to support the 25 Teachers Campaign. This campaign petitions Congress to spend less on war and more on public schools. Its premise is that a million dollars spent on one bomb can fund 25 new teachers. Two board members, Sheila Allen and Susan Lovenburg, […]

Symbol of good fortune lives on

It was 1980 when I first saw the swastika. I was a sophomore at Davis High at the time. I’d lived here since I was a toddler, but rarely had reason to go to Old East Davis. I don’t remember why I went to the house or if someone had taken me to see it. […]

Budget setback: Attacks on farm, ethanol subsidies fail

The issue: Spending cuts will get us only so far in cutting the deficit; at some point, Congress will have to talk about new revenue Congress has been talking a great game about restoring fiscal sanity to the federal budget, but actually doing so is proving truly difficult, especially if the budgetary changes affect favored […]

They don’t approve of him

Dear Annie: I have been in a relationship with “Derek” for two years. I love him dearly and know we will marry someday. The problem is, my sister and her husband will not accept Derek because we started dating when he was still going through a divorce. Annie, I know we should have waited until […]

Lies wreck marriage

Dear Annie: I dated “Tony” for a year before we married two years ago. I thought I knew him, but shortly after the wedding, I discovered that everything about him was a lie. This included falsehoods about his financial situation, his family, his ex-wife, his children and his jobs. He lied about little things, big […]

Happy 236th birthday, U.S. Army

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Davis Post 6949 celebrated the 236th birthday of the United States Army on June 14 at the Davis Veterans’ Memorial Center. Although Flag Day has origins dating back to 1777, the Continental Congress authorized the creation of the Continental Army on June 14, 1775. Members of Post 6949, encompassing all of the services, celebrated this event by recognizing […]

Missing the big picture on bags

Bob Dunning has devoted several recent columns to ridiculing the idea that plastic bags from Davis could be entering our waterways or finding their way to the ocean. While I don’t find that idea nearly as implausible as Dunning does, I think the real disservice is his myopic focus on “plastic bags in waterways” as […]

Konocti supports teachers’ salaries

On June 15, the Board of Trustees of the Konocti Unified School District in Lower Lake adopted Resolution 19-10-11, “Support of America’s Weapons Rebate To Education Act.” 

Byron Giese, president of the 160-member Konocti Education Association, submitted the resolution to the board and recommended its adoption. Konocti Unified School District serves nearly 3,000 students in […]

Under all those clothes lurks a soccer player

The issue: Female athletes in Iran already face a tough road, so let them play You would have to be pretty hardhearted not to feel for the members of Iran’s national women’s soccer team crying recently on the sideline of a stadium in Amman, Jordan. THEIR SCHEDULED game against the Jordanian national team was declared […]

Construction workers always come first

By Ron Brown In every successful business, employees make the difference. This requires an ongoing top-down commitment to making sure workers are respected, protected and valued. That is especially true in the construction trades, where a diverse group of skilled subcontractors join with a general contractor to build projects of all sizes and specifications. Many […]