Teen brains are a work in progress

How do teens alternate between shoplifting a case of beer, then “borrowing” a car and at other times scoring the winning goal or singing the National Anthem at perfect key? The answer, of course, is that their brains are a work in progress, still churning out new bundles of cells and knitting them together with […]

It’s simple: Let the people vote

By Michael Bartolic This is an opinion piece about the water referendum. But it isn’t about the science or the economics of that issue, per se. It’s about why I volunteered to put the water referendum on the ballot when the City Council disregarded public opinion and the circumstances of its residents, letting a couple […]

For sale: Davis’ reputation as an environmentally sustainable community; price: $30 per household per month

By Alan Pryor The surface water project forum conducted recently by the city of Davis held few surprises until near the end. Then a question was directed to a few Woodland City Council members in attendance about the financial reliability of Woodland as a partner in the surface water project. In response, Woodland City Councilwoman […]

The pedestrian perspective: Walking opens up my world

By Sue Greenwald When we think of Davis, we think of bicycles, Unitrans, Amtrak and yes, maybe even Zipcar. But I want to speak today about the forgotten Davis pedestrian. The Cool Davis Festival folks asked me to write about why I chose the walking lifestyle. Since more than 50 percent of our household gas […]

An inspired choice for prize

Despite the great sadness in my heart due to the loss of lives of many young people in the Arabic world, the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to one of the Arabic strugglers during this crucial time in the Arab Spring brought a tear to my eye from happiness. This brave struggler is Tawakkul […]

It’s counterintuitive, but true

I have had a number of people ask me about a statement in my wife’s (Mary Jo Hoes) op-ed piece, “Wind power isn’t right for Yolo,” published Oct. 9. The statement in question is, “… when it (wind power) makes up a significant percentage of the utility power it may not result in significant reductions […]

We’re devoted to clients, pets

Re: Compassionate care for our pets Dr. Margaret Hunt and I were honored to receive such wonderful praise from Karen Harris regarding Megan, her lovely 17-year-old springer. We feel blessed to know Karen and Megan and our other many clients and their beloved pets. We are devoted to each individual on the pet hospice team […]

Democrats at fault for defeat

You reported (AP Oct. 11) that “President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, facing a critical test in the Senate, appears likely to die at the hands of Republicans ….” The Democrats have a majority in the Senate, and under the rule change by Sen. Harry Reid, they could have passed Stimulus Jr. with a simple majority. […]

The true cost of river water

How much is the water pipe from the river to Woodland and Davis really going to cost? For sure, it’s not the $325 million we hear from the city government. They always forget to add the interest to the principal. I wonder why? Perhaps they have forgotten about the “rule of 72″ used to calculate […]

With gratitude in our sorrow

Thank you to all of our friends and the Davis community for their loving support during this time of sorrow at the loss of our beloved Richard “Dick” Villanueva, our husband and father. There are so many who have reached out to my son and me during the past two weeks since Dick’s death and […]

What do you think: What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint?

Melissa McTernan graduate student, Davis: “I’m planning on getting a bike soon. My car is the closest thing to a hybrid you can get without actually paying for the hybrid price. I recycle.” Jeff Weidner professor, Arbuckle: “Burning less firewood.” Mai Tran student, Davis: “I recycle.” Irene Lona student, Davis: “Recycling.” Diego Rail graduate student, […]

Trouble with the in-laws

Dear Annie: My husband and my son-in-law are both alpha males. My daughter and I are very close. In the early years of my daughter’s marriage, there was a small power struggle between her husband and me, but I bit my tongue until it bled. We seem to have reached detente. My husband, however, has […]

Irony over freeway housing

A few years ago, an article from a well-respected medical journal showed that children who grow up near freeways are more likely to suffer loss of lung function. I cited this article in opposition to the city of Davis’ plans to build low-income housing directly adjacent to Interstate 80. The city and the developers quickly […]