Too many lack access to medical care

Let’s face it: Even in relatively flush times a few years back, Americans were finding it harder to get medical care. Tens of millions were uninsured, and even some with coverage lacked a regular doctor. Now, structural changes in health plans and a decline in the availability of primary-care physicians, coupled with recession and loss […]

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Head injuries remain a major concern for all football players

By Dr. Bruce Kaler Head injuries in athletes resulting in concussions occur more frequently than previously thought. We are learning more about the problem and the important consequences. Each year more than 300,000 U.S. athletes suffer some form of traumatic brain injury. High school athletes comprise 60,000 of these injuries. The consequences vary a great […]

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Out of conflict, a good university grows

By Jose de la Isla MEXICO CITY — I recently wrote about having served as acting president of D-Q University, a Native American-Chicano college in Davis in the 1970s. With inspiring support and brilliant guidance from associates, at age 29 I plunged into uncharted waters to design a new kind of associate degree and bachelor’s […]

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Time to bring the troops home from Afghanistan

By Matthew Hoh As he was announcing his second increase in troops for Afghanistan in December 2009, President Obama promised that by July 2011 those troops would begin coming home. As relayed in Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama’s Wars,” we know the president was skeptical about the United States’ war effort in Afghanistan. In spite of […]

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Surprised on Facebook

Dear Annie: Last night, I visited my daughter’s Facebook page and saw that she had enjoyed a lovely anniversary. Going a little further, I Googled her name and found an article about her in connection to an award she had won. In the article, it mentioned that she had a husband and a stepchild. This […]

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Pay for Contaminated Water Now, or Cleaner Water Later?

After reading recent letters to the editor and op-eds attacking the Davis city decision to join Woodland in a new system drawing Sacramento river water, I examined the City of Davis Public Works website and that of the Woodland/Davis Clean Water Agency. They disclose that nitrates, arsenic, cromium, manganese, and other contaminants from our current […]

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UC, CSU pricing out the middle class

For at least the past 10 years, it has been commonplace for students at the many campuses of both the University of California and the California State University to take as long as six years to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Now, those timetables are likely to be extended by at least a year or two […]

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Please, sir, may we keep the pool

To whom it may concern: My name is Elena Bock, and I am 10 years old and going into the fifth grade. I participated in Davis’ Summerdarts Program at Community Pool, and really enjoyed it. The coaches were very nice, everybody — especially me — had a great time. I especially liked going to all […]

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Finding a silver lining

My husband has been threatening to file a protest against the water-rate hike. The other day, when he was scraping white mineral deposits off the dish drainer and complaining about it, I suggested to him that he might be happier paying for Sacramento River water. I suppose it’s possible that Davis groundwater is fine for […]

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Resentment in the family

Dear Annie: My husband’s parents divorced 25 years ago, and both remarried people who had children from previous marriages. All of the siblings are self-supporting with the exception of one stepbrother, “Rick,” who is now 26. My in-laws pay for Rick’s apartment and all of his expenses because he can’t seem to hold a job […]

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Protest form complication

I don’t know if others have experienced the same, but our City of Davis Utility Rate Increase Protest Form was returned by the post office in a baggie. The completed form was shredded with little but our return address hanging on. According to the UPSP message, “Damage can occur if mail is insecurely enveloped … […]

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Climate change: Follow the scientists

By Pat Byington Dr. James McClintock, a renowned University of Alabama-Birmingham marine biologist who has conducted research in Antarctica for more than 25 years, told me the following story. “You work in a scientific lab in the quietest place on Earth — Antarctica. “There’s a crack! Boom! “You rush to the window of your remote […]

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Sister-in-law causes chaos

Dear Annie: “Elaine” has been married to my brother for 45 years. She is critical, opinionated and condescending, and she loves to use her poison tongue to point out our faults to her husband and children. I do my best to remain cordial for my brother’s sake, but it is nearly impossible. When they married, […]

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We may need to scale back our wish list

Five and a half months ago, on March 1, fearing the state was about to shut down all local redevelopment agencies, the Davis City Council, acting as the Davis Redevelopment Agency, borrowed $18 million by selling two series of bonds. They wanted the money for various infrastructure and investment projects, including funds to build a […]

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