Obama, GOP edge to a deal on jobs

The issue: The outlook is for the bill to pass in small bits and pieces, enough for both sides to claim victories, if only small ones Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama sent his jobs bill to Congress accompanied by demands that the legislation be passed with “no games, no politics, […]

Paging Dr. Watson; he’s there in 3 seconds

The issue: If it works as planned, Watson could be a true advance in medical administration We know that IBM’s supercomputers can demolish human beings in games. In 1997, Deep Blue beat reigning champion Garry Kasparov at chess. Then a descendant, an even more super computer named Watson, laid waste to TV’s “Jeopardy” stars. NOW, […]

Medvedev flinches over seeking re-election

The issue: Russian president looks like he’ll make room for his mentor, Vladimir Putin Russians got a sneak preview of the president they are going to pick in next year’s elections, and it’s increasingly apparent that it won’t be the incumbent, Dmitry Medvedev. Instead, it looks like the current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, will be […]

Auld acquaintance brought to mind

Dear Annie: A while back, I signed up for Facebook in order to stay in touch with friends and renew old acquaintances. Several weeks ago, my husband’s 35-year-old daughter, “Sheila,” sent me a friend request. She has not been in touch with us since she turned 18, when my husband no longer had to pay […]

A-plus to A-1 and Hoffmann

For a woman to walk into an automotive shop is quite intimidating. Recently, the turn signals on my Toyota van stopped working. So for five days, I’ve been doing the old-fashioned arm signals, which is pretty scary, since I’m not sure how many people would know what they mean these days. After much trepidation, I […]

Band concert a great inspiration

As one Davis parent told me last Thursday night, her son who plays trumpet in the Davis junior high school band was deeply inspired by the well-received concert at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater. Each number was warmly applauded by the approximately 250-member audience, with even a few joyous shouts. The Travis Air Force Band of […]

Thanks, firefighters, for 9/11 tribute

I was privileged to attend the Davis firefighters’ ceremony Sunday to remember the bravery of the firefighters and police officers who died 10 years ago on 9/11. Thank you for the opportunity to join in community to pay tribute to your friends and families. Thank you also for all that you do to help keep […]

Seek out Compassionate Friends

My husband and I recently moved back to Davis after a year away. Although the sabbatical was a time of renewal for both our professional and personal lives, I am happy to be back in Davis. As I get settled back into my home I find comfort in rediscovering familiar routines. One routine is the […]

Think transportation, not parking

Davis should not build a larger parking lot in the center of town. If anything, we should use that money to build an intermodal facility centered around the Amtrak station. A parking lot only encourages one mode of travel to the detriment of others, and one vision of our city over better alternatives. More parking […]

Consider people over vehicles

Who has the right of way in Davis, people or traffic? A multi-level parking structure increases the volume of automobiles. A higher density of cars works against allowing pedestrians the right way. It works against public transportation, which, as it is, is not built up enough and will in the long run lead to less […]

Redevelopment agency is good for Davis

Thirty-six years after he was sworn in as California’s governor for the first time, Jerry Brown assumed his old office anew on Jan. 3. That same day, the Sacramento Bee broke the news that Gov. Brown would propose to eliminate all local redevelopment agencies. His goal was to save the state approximately $2 billion a […]

Son stays in dangerous situation

Dear Annie: My son has been married to “Josie” for 11 years. I admit I never cared for her. She has a volatile temper and creates destructive scenes. Once they married, I did my best to be friendly, hoping she would mellow with time. She has not. In the past three years, Josie’s violent behavior […]