An obsolete law hurts our relations with Russia

The issue: Repeal of old restrictions on trade would be a nice calling card for new ambassador The Soviet Union was traditionally hostile toward emigration. If people left, it would belie the communists’ carefully constructed, if widely disbelieved image, as a paradise for workers and peasants. Besides, the people who did get out might describe […]

When parents are landlords, too

Dear Annie: I am a 19-year-old girl still living with my parents. My 22-year- old brother lives here, as well. I am working two part-time jobs and recently obtained full-time employment. My brother, “Sam,” attended college courses for one semester two years ago. He has never been employed. He spends all day in his room […]

Soap: Not for internal use

Dear Annie: The other day my daughter threatened to wash her 4-year-old’s mouth out with soap. I don’t want to interfere in how she disciplines her kids, but I told her I am totally against putting soap in a child’s mouth. I explained that soap contains many chemicals that could be harmful, especially to a […]

Yolo Crisis Nursery: Economy takes toll on children

By Becky Heard and Heather Jeppeson Economic downturns create societal consequences. We know, for example, that funding for schools has suffered. Some kids are going without basics. School supplies, medical care and even food and shelter are fragile necessities for our most vulnerable young citizens. What’s often hidden from view, however, is when the economy […]

American soldiers honored at cemetery in France

France gave the United States a piece of land in perpetuity for the graves of American soldiers who died on D-day or in related operations. My husband and I visited a couple of weeks ago. It is not my habit to visit gravesites. The American Cemetery occupies 172.5 acres on the high ground above Omaha […]

Occupy Wall Street by occupying Main Street — with your money

So last week, we established that we’re angry. Well, 99 percent of us are, anyway. Angry at Wall Street, angry at Capitol Hill (redundancy mine) and I’d like to say we’re not going to take it anymore, but clearly we’re face down over the financial barrel and can’t do much but yell. But, at least […]

Grandson takes on the burden

Dear Annie: I am one of three sisters. Our mother is 93 years old and has Alzheimer’s. For the past four years, my 44-year-old son has been her full-time caregiver. He shops, cooks, does her laundry, makes sure she takes her medications and is up half the night helping her use the bathroom. He listens […]

Teen brains are a work in progress

How do teens alternate between shoplifting a case of beer, then “borrowing” a car and at other times scoring the winning goal or singing the National Anthem at perfect key? The answer, of course, is that their brains are a work in progress, still churning out new bundles of cells and knitting them together with […]

It’s simple: Let the people vote

By Michael Bartolic This is an opinion piece about the water referendum. But it isn’t about the science or the economics of that issue, per se. It’s about why I volunteered to put the water referendum on the ballot when the City Council disregarded public opinion and the circumstances of its residents, letting a couple […]

For sale: Davis’ reputation as an environmentally sustainable community; price: $30 per household per month

By Alan Pryor The surface water project forum conducted recently by the city of Davis held few surprises until near the end. Then a question was directed to a few Woodland City Council members in attendance about the financial reliability of Woodland as a partner in the surface water project. In response, Woodland City Councilwoman […]

The pedestrian perspective: Walking opens up my world

By Sue Greenwald When we think of Davis, we think of bicycles, Unitrans, Amtrak and yes, maybe even Zipcar. But I want to speak today about the forgotten Davis pedestrian. The Cool Davis Festival folks asked me to write about why I chose the walking lifestyle. Since more than 50 percent of our household gas […]

An inspired choice for prize

Despite the great sadness in my heart due to the loss of lives of many young people in the Arabic world, the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to one of the Arabic strugglers during this crucial time in the Arab Spring brought a tear to my eye from happiness. This brave struggler is Tawakkul […]

It’s counterintuitive, but true

I have had a number of people ask me about a statement in my wife’s (Mary Jo Hoes) op-ed piece, “Wind power isn’t right for Yolo,” published Oct. 9. The statement in question is, “… when it (wind power) makes up a significant percentage of the utility power it may not result in significant reductions […]

We’re devoted to clients, pets

Re: Compassionate care for our pets Dr. Margaret Hunt and I were honored to receive such wonderful praise from Karen Harris regarding Megan, her lovely 17-year-old springer. We feel blessed to know Karen and Megan and our other many clients and their beloved pets. We are devoted to each individual on the pet hospice team […]