Here’s what Libyan people want

On Feb. 17, the people of Libya went to streets to ask for their rights. They are looking for their dignity that has been lost for 42 years. They want a better education, better health services and a good life. They are asking for simple rights. Our leader has been in power for 42 years […]

We need a bold, forceful leader

There is a sentiment going around that Barack Obama cannot be a liberal president because he is black. I have three arguments against that unfortunate notion. First, our country was proud of itself for finally electing a black man for president. That was a sign that we were maturing as a nation. But if we […]

Watch out for this new spam

Recently I got an email that seemed to come from the U.S. Postal Service saying that they had attempted delivery of a certified letter, and that it was now waiting for me at the local post office. Although I’m wise to spam, it was sophisticated (no spelling errors, etc.), looked real and I clicked on […]

Finally, Arab nations speak out on Syria

The issue: It’s too late for Bashar Assad to turn back Finally, five months after Syria began to brutally suppress demonstrations by its own people, the Arab world is telling President Bashar Assad that enough is enough. Late as it was in coming, the denunciation was a sign of welcome change in a region where […]

We forgot to think at all

By Reg Henry Dear Generations As Yet Unborn, If American society is as dysfunctional and discourteous in your time as it is in ours, nobody has bothered to apologize to you for the legacy my generation has visited upon yours. Let me make amends. Of course, I am not sure how I am going to […]

U.S. treading water on job creation

The issue: Serious action is required to ignite some serious economic growth There are two good things that can be said about July’s unemployment rate of 9.1 percent: It’s lower than June’s 9.2 percent and it allayed, perhaps only temporarily, market fears of a double-dip recession. BUT READING behind the figures reveals a disturbing fact […]

House pages run their final errands

The issue: Underutilized program could no longer justify its $5 million budget The U.S. Congress is an institution steeped, for better or worse, mostly for the better, in tradition — the elaborate courtesy the members show each other on the floor, the daily printed and bound copies of the preceding day’s proceedings in the Congressional […]

Grandma opens home, at a price

Dear Annie: I am 26 and a single parent to a 3-year-old girl. I love my daughter more than anything in this world. However, in the past few months, she has become a brat and a monster, doing everything she can to test me. Due to recent financial problems, we had to move in with […]

Thinking of getting a tattoo? Here’s some advice

I’m going to try not to make this a “kids these days” kind of column. I’m also going to try to add something new to a very tired topic; namely, tattoos. Forgive me if I fail at both, but I can no longer stifle myself on the subject. My family and I are just back […]

Don’t text while riding a bike

To the young girl who almost ran into the two older ladies a couple of Sundays back, please do not text while riding your bike. I admit I am assuming it was texting that kept you from seeing us — we were on the far right side of the bike path and would have been […]

Project benefits homeless families

I have just finished working on a community project benefiting the Davis Community Meals transitional housing program for homeless families. This project was part of my Girl Scouts Silver Award, and I collected bookcases, books and board games for the families entering the program. This project was a very enriching experience, and I hope that reading […]

Try a meat-free day in schools

I continue to be impressed by the efforts of staff and parents in Davis schools to make healthy school lunches available for local K-12 students. Sunday’s article describing both the positive efforts of the director of the Davis school district nutrition services and the new cookbook by local authors called “Cooking with California Food in […]

Proactive approach to our safety

On Sunday, as my daughter and I were leaving my office in Davis Research Park in South Davis, we were approached by a reporter from Channel 13 news. He asked me for an interview concerning the number of recent “smash and grab” burglaries reported in Davis. He mentioned this is not just something that’s happening […]

Make sure to file a protest

If you would like to protest the rate increase for water and sanitary services in Davis, you need to mail in the form ASAP! The hearing is on Sept. 6. The city claims it has sent the form out to all residents. It has not. Not a single one of my neighbors in Central Davis […]