How are cuts affecting courts?

As a retired court clerk I’m (still) waiting for some sort of statement from our Yolo County presiding judge or court administrator relative to curtailment of hours/services/personnel in the wake of budget cuts throughout the justice system statewide. All I’ve read about is that we “may” still receive the construction funds as promised. (Those funds […]

Safety first in parking lots

To all parents: When your 4- or 5-year-old son or daughter is running through the parking lot to your car, do you think that driver backing up in the SUV will see them? Tina McKee Davis

No cell towers in my neighborhood

By Susan Monheit I was disturbed to receive a notice from the Davis Planning Commission of intent to deploy cell phone antennas throughout my neighborhood, by mounting them on existing light poles. Even more distressing was the fact that one such antenna is proposed to be mounted directly outside my 11-year-old daughter’s second-story bedroom window […]

With friends like these …

Dear Annie: My daughter, “Julia,” is 16 and has not one true friend. Her friends are all nice, polite girls and boys, but they ditch her on a regular basis. They cancel scheduled outings at the last minute or never show up. Julia is reliable, loyal and compassionate. She knows how to be a supportive […]

It’s a long way back

Dear Annie: My wife, “Amy,” is 26. She is a wonderful, pretty girl, and I love her to pieces. We’ve been married two years. Her married sister, “Zoe,” is a year older and supermodel gorgeous, but I have never been even remotely attracted to her. A few months back, we had a big family party […]

Get ready for some fun times, thanks to planet Mercury

Oh, you can feel it heating up already. Summer, yes. But Mercury Retrograde, too. Now, I’m not an astrologer, but I have friends who are, and they swear by the stars. Me, I’m willing to consider that there’s something to it, that things fall into natural place without interference. It’s like walking on a sideways […]

Homeowners, please protest rates

I’m glad that Andrea Glasgow raised the issue of the recommendations of a study by UC Davis water quality professors. Unfortunately, this study took place before new technology for the production and storage of ferrates — which can cheaply purify our groundwater — was announced. This alternative does not require prohibitively expensive and completely unnecessary […]

Don’t just walk by the Hattie Weber Museum, stop in!

Mary Lee Thomson An often-heard comment by visitors to the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis in Central Park is, “I’ve walked by here hundreds of times but this is the first time I’ve been in.” Almost everybody who says this promises to come again after seeing what the museum has to offer. Many do just […]

Davis’ two vanishing generations

By Doby Fleeman, Clark Dodsworth and Jeanne Jones Will Davis remain vital in the future? A decade ago, Davis had nearly 3,200 more residents in two census age groups — 25- to 34-year-olds and 35- to 44-year-olds. That’s a dramatic shift in just 10 years. Our Davis Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee recently reviewed […]

Ease the pain in itchy pets

Most pets, and their owners for that matter, will develop an occasional itch that typically does not represent a significant health concern. However, there are several reasons why a dog or cat might become itchy for a more prolonged time or to a higher degree of severity, which can be very hard on the pet. […]

Public lobbyists’ value can be judged by voters

The issue: Is paying twice worth the price for cities, schools and universities? Cities, public schools, state university systems and other local government entities are presumably ably represented by lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives, but many feel the need for additional representation in Washington. It’s not cheap. THE STATE UNIVERSITY of New […]

A historic warship, in need of saving

The issue: Philadelphia’s Seaport Museum is looking for a state, city or charitable organization to take ownership of the Olympia By rights, the USS Olympia should be one of our nation’s most-treasured, best-cared-for naval artifacts. THE OLYMPIA was launched in 1892. According to her website, she is the world’s oldest floating steel warship and the […]

Libya’s latest weapon against NATO: lawsuits

There is an incorrigible breed of activist European lawyers who will not rest until they find some way of getting American political and military leaders into the dock of international courts on war crimes charges. Belgium adopted a legal doctrine of universal jurisdiction whereby serious crimes could be tried in Brussels regardless of where the […]