Tired of the old boy

Dear Annie: I’m a young woman who is living at home for the summer before moving away in the fall. Here’s my dilemma: Several months ago, I excitedly arranged for my long-distance boyfriend to live with my family and get work nearby. Unfortunately, now that he’s here, I find that I simply don’t want to […]

School spirit comes in many forms

As the parent of a soon-to-be high school freshman, it’s probably natural to think a lot about college. It’s not some far-off, unimaginable time any more, but rather a mere four years from now. Gulp. Like most things, it’s difficult to separate yourself from personal experience. If you loved college, it’s natural to think your […]

Please preserve our community of interest

The following letter, signed by more than 100 Yolo County residents, was submitted Monday to the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. “Between the river and the range is Yolo. This is not only a poetical but is a geographical fact, as the county’s eastern line is the Rio Sacramento and its western wall is a chain […]

Wal-Mart ruling a setback for broad class actions

The issue: There has to be a better judicial mechanism to resolve plausible claims of widespread discrimination The Supreme Court handed Wal-Mart, and other large employers facing class-action suits, a huge victory last week. The aggrieved workers who filed the suit didn’t fare quite so well. OVERTURNING an appeals court, the justices unanimously ruled that […]

Keeping things separate

Dear Annie: I have been dating “Jeff” for three years. He has two teenage kids from a prior marriage. During the first two years, I understood that he did separate activities with his children, but I now feel he should include me in more than the occasional dinner. Jeff claims he wants us to be […]

Doesn’t feel like helping

Dear Annie: I need to know how to handle my father, who is mean and hateful toward me. I am 52, and my earliest memories are of this man physically and emotionally abusing me. When I was 10, he would kick me across the yard, call me “tramp” and “slut,” and say I would never […]

AARP is just a business

AARP does not speak for me or virtually any retired or retirement-age person I know. Its stated position to consider how cuts to Social Security and Medicare should be “phased in slowly, over time, and would not affect any current or near-term beneficiaries” exposes its true agenda, which is to market its product line to […]

Don’t play games with tax funds

A week or so ago, I read in The Davis Enterprise that the school board had set dates for an election to renew school funding Measures W and Q. The article also mentioned that a third vice principal (half-time) position was being funded by Measure A funds under the category of increasing school safety and […]

Keep doors closed on hot days

Forever 21 seems to feel that leaving its doors open during hot weather is OK despite having their air conditioning on. This seems outrageous, given foreign oil, global warming and common sense. If the city of Davis can’t get corporately owned stores to at least close their doors on hot days, who can? By the […]

Should he keep Dad’s secret?

Dear Annie: I’m confused about what to do with a situation in my family. At the age of 21, I am the oldest of four children. My parents have been divorced for seven years and still remain good friends. Dad remarried six years ago and is miserable. I know because he told me. I have […]

Boundaries should unite us, not divide us

The issue: Proposed district maps ignore our Yolo County community of interest The good news on redistricting? Maps defining the new boundaries of California’s Assembly, Senate and congressional districts are being drawn by a citizens commission with no vested interest in the outcome, other than their personal pride in doing a good job. The bad […]

There’s a long list of things I think should be illegal

So, I’m still grumbly about why it’s perfectly OK to choose one natural remedy (say, evening primrose oil for hot flashes and night sweats) but not another natural remedy (medical marijuana) to see if it alleviates my arthritis and insomnia. Yeah, yeah, there are ways to get medical marijuana under current state law, and yeah, […]

Protect your cats from coyotes

Although we may not see them, we live among coyotes here in Davis, and it’s cubbing season. Please consider restricting your cat indoors from dusk to dawn for their own safety. Ramona McCord Davis