From the divine feminine to Girl Scout cookies, it’s the same continuum

Every time you eat a Girl Scout cookie, a fetus dies. Or so Indiana lawmaker Bob Morris would like you to believe. According to the Associated Press, Morris labeled the Girl Scouts “a radical group that promotes abortions and homosexuality” and that “people should not accept the 100-year-old scouting organization as a benevolent group.” Morris […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Animals go holistic, too

Veterinarians use many different types of medications to help heal illness and maintain health. However, there are many supplements that can also be used to help treat various disease processes. While supplements may not take the place of a more typical “Westernized” medication, they are part of a multimodal approach to health. Supplements, as discussed […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

When should grief be treated by doctors and drugs?

I begin with a sample story of grief. “Jane” is 40 years old, working part-time and parenting two young children, when her mother, who lives across the country, suddenly enters the hospital. Jane can’t sleep. She can barely think straight. She flies out to visit but can only stay a week because of her kids. […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The younger ones are in danger

Dear Annie: When I married my husband, his son, “D.J.” was 6 years old. My children from my first marriage were slightly older. Right from the start, D.J. was a handful. He was violent and often in trouble at school. A year into the marriage, my husband and I had a son together. That same […]

February 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Exercise does pay off!

Exercise to live long. I am 97 years old, I exercise three days a week at the Davis Athletic Club. Without their interest in me and their help, I am certain I would not have my good health and independence. When I was 91, they honored me with an article in the press. My membership […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Preserve Davis’ legacy

As we work with and listen to our daughter’s choral group at Davis High School, we feel so fortunate to live in a town that supports the schools so that children who have passion for the arts, athletics and academics can develop those talents in elementary school and have them nurtured to excellence throughout their […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Don’t reduce school options

We are fortunate to live in a town that values education and doesn’t try to fit all students into a one-sized box. Two of my three children flourished in GATE, at Davis High School and in the music programs, and went on to Ivy League schools. My third tried three different high schools in Davis […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Class sizes, course selections, counseling would suffer at secondary schools

By Christina Dicker I’ve been a parent at Holmes Junior High for four years, and the PTA president for two years. We are so lucky to have such an incredible staff at Holmes who has continued to provide a wide range of services and programs for our school community while we’ve faced the continued annual […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Impacts on elementary students would be widespread if C fails

By Heather Lybbert Vibrant communities recognize the value of learning to read at an early age. Such communities benefit when citizens are critical thinkers, problem solvers and culturally well-rounded — and this benefit leads us to fund public education with taxes. With the state’s shrinking commitment to education, we have greater responsibility to finance this […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Why you should reject Measure C and its all-mailed-ballot process

By Jose Granda Last month, the public witnessed an unusual court case. Yolo County Clerk Freddie Oakley, acting as a defendant, and former County Clerk Tony Bernhard, acting as a plaintiff, colluded to suppress altogether the ballot arguments against the process of the all-mailed-ballot election of Measure C. They lost their case in this regard. […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Vote yes on C, for our kids

The issue: We must do what’s necessary to stave off further cuts in core school services Over the past month or so, we reported some pretty grim news about the Davis schools’ budget outlook. Even if Measure C passes next month, we’re facing a persistent $3.5 million deficit that we’ve been papering over with one-time […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

What do you think: If you could choose your last meal, what would it be?

Elizabeth Snuffer student, Davis: “Artichokes.” Leeah Wallace hairdresser, Woodland: “Sushi.” Margaux Filet student, Davis: “Chocolate souffle.” Janis Lott Newsbeat owner, Davis: “Favorite comfort foods from my childhood.” Zack Loebel student, Davis: “Probably twice-cooked potatoes, a lot of red meat — maybe a T-bone — and a good beer. Maybe some mashed potatoes and some spinach.” […]

February 26, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

A warm front moves in

Dear Annie: For the past year, my wife, “Janie,” has been getting hot flashes. She is always broiling in the house while the rest of the family freezes. She insists on keeping the temperature at 70, while the rest of us are most comfortable at 74. She recently purchased warm slippers for everyone and suggested […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,