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Predicting climate changes

The computer models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to “predict” global warming were built by correlating past global temperatures with past carbon dioxide levels, and then introducing a few “fudge” factors to make sure the models fit the data (just remember that correlation does not imply causation). The models are very good […]

U.S. is complicit in attack

I am writing in regards to a recent piece in this publication about Israel´s bombing and invasion of Gaza. Human Rights Watch has called Israel’s air attacks against Gaza that “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians” violations “of the laws of war.” The organization stated: “Israel should end unlawful attacks that do […]

Extinguish extremism for peace

I sympathize with my fellow citizens with deep ties to Israel and to those who are frustrated by the unresolved disenfranchisement of Palestine. I began learning about Israel as a 9-year-old, sitting at my best friend’s house in what was then country property in South Davis. On the morning of an overnight, while eating breakfast […]

With profound gratitude

I’d like to send a giant thank you to the Davisite who found and returned my scuffed, stuffed wallet to me. I appreciate your act of kindness immensely. Bernadette Balics Davis

Cheers and Jeers: Crack open a good book

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week. CHEERS to the Davis Reads project, organized by Krystyna von Henneberg and Joan Tuss of the Stephens Branch Library. The book they’ve chosen, “Thank You for Your Service” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel, follows several wounded U.S. […]

Is ‘personal belief’ rule linked to pertussis epidemic?

For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox. This allows parents who believe false myths to exempt their children from the vaccinations usually required for public school enrollment, […]

Someday, there will be peace

Palestinians and Israelis have been fighting my entire life — at times more actively and at others less. Tragically, this past week has been active. Although the Arab-Jewish violence over the Holy Land goes back to 1920, their seemingly endless bellicosity began after World War II, as the British retired and both sides thought they […]

Son-in-law has them worried

Dear Annie: We live five hours from our daughter, “Barbara,” her husband, “Seth,” and their two kids. We visit them once a year. Seth completely ignores us. The last time we arrived, our daughter and grandchildren hugged us, but Seth sat with his back to us. He didn’t even say hello. When my husband went […]

Korean teenagers welcome us with open arms

By Ryan Nishikawa For those of you who are unaware, the city of Davis has a sister city in South Korea called Sangju. In many ways, it is a city very similar to our own. It is about the same size as Davis, and the people there have a strong commitment to agriculture, education and […]

Not up for full-time caregiving

Dear Annie: My significant other of 20 years is a great guy, and he’s been wonderful to me. Here’s the problem: “Bob” has an 11-year-old autistic grandson. Every time we have taken “Russell” on vacation with us, it hasn’t exactly been relaxing. I am 62 years old and work a difficult full-time job. I’d like […]

Any treasures at The Cannery?

I live within earshot of The Cannery and see “it” practically every day and wonder, as they dig and scrape and clear, what kind of treasures are unearthed, recalling a similar but much smaller “dig” downtown where old glass bottles were lined up for passersby to view. Ann Privateer Davis

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