Guard against airborne toxins

Although not an Occupy protester, I did happen to be sitting downwind last month when some of the hazardous substances hit me in the face. Standing up to run, I held my breath and squinted my eyes to minimize immediate physical effects. I took the long way around to the upwind side of the man […]

Seize this moment to teach

Watching the Occupy movement evolve over the past several months from camping in urban parks to protesting at and occupying college campuses, I am disappointed in the responses by those campuses. Responses have ranged from tolerance to assault — as we in Davis bore witness to not long ago. None that I am aware of […]

No hope to regain our trust

To Chancellor Katehi: The partial lockdown of Mrak Hall is a disgrace and testifies to the hypocrisy of your attitude toward the people of this campus and the California people in general. You repeatedly stated that you intend to gain the trust of students, staff and faculty. And yet you mandate (or tolerate) actions in […]

Why fast-track development?

Last Monday night, I attended a presentation regarding the Yolo Natural Heritage Program-Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plans. The presentation was hard to follow but what I got out of it is that there is a request for comments on a plan to fast-track development projects in our county, limit the number of endangered species […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Treat students with respect

To Chancellor Linda Katehi and Mrak Hall administrators: I am writing to express my anger over the “lockdown” of Mrak Hall. I’m a graduate at UC Davis. I’m cobbling together two readerships because I have reached the limit for teaching assistant positions. Due to budget cuts and decreased course offerings, both of the courses I’m […]

This NASA mission was a blast

We just returned from a week at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where I participated in the launch of the Mars Science Lab spacecraft “Curiosity,” on its eight-month journey to the red planet. I was able to get NASA VIP invitations for 25 of my family to attend the launch. Our three children and all seven of […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Forgiven, but not forgotten

Dear Annie: Two years ago, my wife left me. I went to counseling immediately, and we worked hard to get back together for the sake of our children. We eventually reconciled. While I try not to dwell on the past, something still troubles me, and I’m not sure what to do about it. A few […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Family drama for Christmas

Dear Annie: My brother and “Melanie” had a baby together (unplanned). The boy is now 2 years old. Melanie moved in with my brother before the baby arrived and stayed until two months ago. She was never overly kind to my brother, frequently making insulting remarks to him and saying she could never love him […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Longtime local activist publishes her life story

Recently I met someone who is the kind of activist I admire and sometimes wish I were. How did she get to be the person she is? In her heyday, which lasted decades, Joan Callaway of Davis made things happen. She created institutions, particularly in the area of mental health, that put Davis on the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Island of Misfit Toys comes to life this year

“We’re on the Island of Misfit Toys, Here we don’t want to stay. We want to travel with Santa Claus in his magic sleigh…. A pack full of toys means a sack full of joys for millions of girls and for millions of boys, when Christmas Day is here… The most wonderful day of the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Not good for the grandkids

Dear Annie: I have a 35-year-old daughter with two children (ages 13 and 2), and they all are living with us. “Micki” moved in after leaving her common-law husband a few months ago. He was the third man in her life. Since Micki has been home, she has been going out every weekend. I am […]

December 03, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What do you think: Should Chancellor Linda Katehi resign?

Sherry Cowden cosmetologist, Davis: “No. I have had just enough experience in law enforcement to know that things aren’t as simple as they seem.” Aimee Davis student, Davis: “No. I just don’t know if she had much to do with the pepper-spraying.” Katie Daley Fleet Feet employee, Davis: “I don’t. I agree that it was […]

Wait till facts are known

As a member of the UC Davis community, and one of the few specialists on higher education policy on campus, I would like to comment on the calls for Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign. I find these both unseemly and premature. In the first place, although we all agree that the violence against peaceful student […]