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 ,

Attend Sabeel conference in Sacto

Local Christian churches, Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine and other community groups invite us all to “A Time for Justice: Supporting Human Rights in Palestine-Israel,” a Sabeel Sacramento conference March 16-17 at the First United Methodist Church, 21st and J streets in Sacramento. Sabeel is an international peace movement founded by Palestinian […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

We can ban GMOs in U.S.

I love eating genetically modified organisms. That is why I eat as many “natural” and “conventional” foods as I can and eschew organic foods. And that is why I love eating arsenic and mercury, too, and that is why I am so glad the farmers of conventional crops use coal ash (mmm, good) in some […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A hidden gem in Davis

My husband and I were passing through Davis last week. We had been driving for hours, it was late and we were hungry. Our hotel was on Chiles Road, near Mace Boulevard. We wanted something to eat close by the hotel. We saw what looked like a typical coffee shop and decided to just stop […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Support for land conservation

While there is much talk about the lack of bipartisanship in the U.S. Congress these days, legislation is pending that both sides of the House agree upon. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., have authored legislation that garnered 300 House co-sponsors, including majorities of Democrats and Republicans, to restore policies that […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Let’s put America to work again

By Mike Thompson While accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt pledged to our nation and himself a New Deal for the American people. At the time, America was facing some of the Great Depression’s darkest days. Infrastructure investments were the centerpiece of the New Deal because these investments were […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A new way of attacking food-stamp fraud

The issue: Closer review of vendor applications will help control problm The federal food stamp program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is perhaps the nation’s most important nutrition program. At an annual cost of $75 billion, food stamps helped feed 46.2 million Americans last year. UNFORTUNATELY, the program is afflicted by a persistent […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Russia re-arms against unspecified ‘threats’

The issue: Putin outlines aggressive plans; is he targeting the U.S.? Perhaps with an eye on his March 4 presidential election rather than any real military considerations, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced an ambitious 10-year, $770 billion modernization of the Russian military. (The U.S., by far the world’s largest defense spender, spent about […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,