Demand better from the system

Dear Annie: We all know that health care is expensive and that finding good, affordable care can be tough. There is a way your readers can avoid unnecessary heath care bills: by learning what high-quality care looks like. We spend a whopping $700 billion a year on health care in America for tests, procedures, medical […]

Bazaar will be back next year

The University Retirement Community at Davis had another successful Bizarre Bazaar, raising several thousand dollars for our charitable foundation. We could not have accomplished any of this without the time and energy of our residents and staff. The good people of Davis and neighboring towns have earned our real appreciation for their ongoing support of […]

Put panels on homes, not land

A while back, I read a letter in the Sacramento Bee addressing a similar problem to the one soon to take place in Winters; the removal of prime ag land to put up solar panels (or wind panels). I understand this from the walnut rancher’s view — he gets the money and eliminates the work. […]

Friendship getting stale

Dear Annie: I’m soon to be an adult and am starting to make some important decisions. “Lana” has been my best friend for 12 years, but I’m beginning to think it’s over. She is really hurting me. When we go to festivals together, Lana walks around with someone else and ignores me. When I invite […]

A salute to Environmental Club

For the past five years, Davis High School’s Environmental Club has been developing and maintaining the garden area in front of the Brunelle Performance Hall. Sherri Sandberg-Ransom is the club’s adviser, in addition to teaching chemistry in the community, biology and zoology-botany. She has been shepherding 15 to 20 very talented and dedicated students over […]

Council, listen to Dan Wolk

I am very grateful to Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk (“Let’s make sure we get this water project right,” Sept. 18) for his refreshing common sense, empathy and exemplary definition of personal responsibility on this issue. His op-ed piece is another proof that if we had more leaders like Dan then Davis would be well-served. […]

Here’s a reason for optimism

By Sunne McPeak For years now, we’ve awakened to headlines about California’s financial woes. It seems as if we can’t go a day without hearing about the gradual erosion of the quality of life for Californians. And yet, nearly nine out of 10 Californians believe it’s possible for the state to be run well. I […]

Standing In: Early-morning tales of the greenbelt

By Dave Rosenberg It stretches clear around Davis, sometimes narrow and sometimes wide, occasionally rutted or bumpy where tree roots have done their slow work. It’s the Davis Greenbelt — a thin line of asphalt pathway snaking between native plants, bushes and trees — yet another ingredient in this town’s European flavor. Every day, virtually […]

Could we get some cooperation?

There seems to be a fear of big things these days in Washington, most of all, fear of the very government that resides there. But if one examines the hallmarks of humanity, one finds that big government fits right in with the natural evolution of our species. The one thing that makes us so successful, […]

We need a better mythology

In ancient Egypt, the mythology held that the pharaoh had favor and influence with the gods and made the rains fall, flooding the Nile and bringing a bountiful harvest. In America, the mythology holds that a good president has the power to make unemployment fall, bringing jobs and a prosperous economy. The challenge for a […]

‘Kizuna’ unites Japan, U.S.

* Editor’s note: Daichi Matsumoto delivered these remarks at a Friends of Inuyama potluck gathering Sept. 4 at International House, Davis. He was here with his father, mother and younger brother, and was an age-group winner in the Golden Valley Harriers’ Labor Day Race. My name is Daichi Matsumoto. I am a third-year student in […]