Time to move on

Dear Annie: I’d been seeing “Ralph” for more than three years. We were actually living together the last year. Ralph is 60, and I’m 55. Six months ago, he announced that he couldn’t be in the relationship any longer. After a lot of talk and prodding on my part, the only reason I could get […]

January 07, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Take note of music’s healing effects

Those earphones the dentist offers when you plop in the chair aren’t just for entertainment or blocking out the sound of the drill — they’re an adjunct to delivering pain relief in the form of music. Scientists have been documenting the connection among music and pain relief, stress reduction and eased anxiety for decades, but […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Have to be careful around Grandpa

Dear Annie: Seven years ago, I married into a wonderful family. It was my second marriage, and the family accepted my 10-year-old son as their own. My father-in-law has always been nice to me, but I’ve been told there was a lot of verbal abuse when my husband and his siblings were growing up. In […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Speak up for Twin Pines before the council

By Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation board members We are sorry to report that Davis’ city attorney and city staff have seemingly spent or wasted more than $2 million of your public dollars over the past six years. City staff has spent those funds on an organization that has defaulted in two sets of legal actions […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Our urban forest threatened again

By Glen Holstein Just two days after Christmas, massive orange barriers appeared in our Stonegate neighborhood — the kind warning of washed-out bridges, levee breaks and sink holes big enough to swallow cars. Then on Dec. 29, Davis Enterprise front-page macrophotography — the kind that can make ants look like big monsters — enlarged the […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What do you think: What would you do today if you knew you would not fail?

DJ Jones therapist, Davis: “Buy a lottery ticket.” Chereen Leong culinary student, Santa Rosa: “I would open a restaurant in a happening place.” Amy Balmain horse handler, Colfax: “I would buy my show jumping horse and take it to the Olympics.” Nicole Dyer student, Davis: “I would move to a big city and start a […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Changes along Lake proposed

The challenge at hand in Stonegate involves resurfacing/repairing a tree root-damaged “multi-use” asphalt path that runs along part of Lake Boulevard (parallel to the existing on-street bike path), without damaging or removing the iconic gallery of mature stone pines that line the street. The city has proposed two solutions that are narrowly focused, devoid of any […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A resounding ‘Huzzah!’ to all

The 43rd Annual Madrigal Dinner, held at the University Covenant Church on Dec. 2 and 3, was a resounding success again this year. The sellout event could not happen without the tremendous support of our strong community. This year’s Madrigal Choir would like to thank: * University Covenant Church, and especially Dotty Dixon, for their […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Cast your vote, help our schools

Have you always wanted to do something to make a difference? This one doesn’t even cost you a cent. Jim and Kristy Powell’s home in Davis is leading in the national contest sponsored by AOL for best outdoor holiday decorations based on creative, festive nature and capturing the spirit of the winter holiday; As of […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Visit the Hobbit streets next year

Regarding ” … And the dogs are still barking” in the Dec. 28 letters, I’d like to nominate Stephanie Studebaker for the 2011 “Bah Humbug” award. She seemed positively outraged that the West Davis firefighters would use some of their taxpayer-supported time to spread a wee bit of holiday cheer in her neighborhood. I’d like […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Latte had double-good karma

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, around 9:30, I went to Starbucks on my way back to work from a meeting. I decided to surprise my co-workers and treat them to a latte. I was enjoying the warmth and happiness that comes from thinking of others and doing something thoughtful. When I got to the window, the […]

January 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Big obstacle to tax hike looms

The many negative stories represent aberrations, revealing nothing at all typical about public employees in California. But they have turned public opinion against civil servants so severely that it will be difficult to pass any of the current spate of tax increase proposals, no matter who might back them or bankroll them. That’s the political […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sad story from next door

Dear Annie: Last January, a couple moved to our town, and their two daughters began attending school with my 11-year-old daughter. The older girl is the same age as mine, and they became friends. Throughout the summer, the girls played at our house and theirs, but recently, some things have begun to disturb me. Three […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

10 years later, Taliban are ready to talk

The issue: The odds of any kind of clean, final settlement to the war are not great, but this is a rare chance to try for progress The Taliban’s decision to open an office in Qatar, although a small step, offers considerable potential for eventually holding peace negotiations and plans to reintegrate the Taliban into […]

January 10, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,