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Mom bails on her family

Dear Annie: My daughter has been married for 14 years to a wonderful, successful, caring husband, and they have four beautiful children. But she recently moved out of their home. I can’t believe it. Everyone could tell the marriage wasn’t going that well in the past year, but we thought it was the usual ups […]

A breakthrough on solar power

Hats off to the Davis City Council for passing an ordinance requiring solar electric panels on all new homes. This is a breakthrough measure that will help lead to a sustainable future. Solar electric panels on all houses not only will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production of electricity, but also will make ownership and […]

Don’t ignore the science

I was deeply disappointed with schools Superintendent Winfred Roberson’s reaction to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that high schools start classes later in the morning. The academy described specific biological factors that shift the natural sleep times for adolescents, including delayed secretion of melatonin in the evening and altered brain response to sleep loss. It also cited a range of studies showing that later high […]

Simple action, clear benefits

Tuesday’s article, “Doctors urge later school starts for teens,” covered an important topic. I was pleased to see that board member Sheila Allen supports a later start for the schools. However, it is frustrating that the rest of the board and administration, most notably Superintendent Winfred Roberson, do not. According to Matt Best, associate superintendent of […]

Minority-party voters now have a say

When California voters adopted the “top two” primary election system four years ago via Proposition 14, they meant to make state politics more moderate, to ease some of the sharp divides between Republicans and Democrats that led to legislative and budgetary gridlock. It’s working, but still a work in progress. The relatively new system that […]

A long list of successes for Triad Task Force

By Elaine Roberts Musser It is with great sadness, but with a great deal of satisfaction and pride, that I am announcing the closing of the Triad Task Force. I want to thank the many people, agencies and organizations that participated, which contributed to the myriad successes over the past nine years of Triad’s existence. […]

U.S. saves us once again

* Editor’s note: Fakhir Mustafa Mohammed was a Humphrey Fellow at UC Davis during the 2013-14 academic year. He sent this brief email to Elisabeth Sherwin, the executive director of International House, who passes it along. Mohammed lives in Kurdistan with his family and wrote this email on Aug. 28. I am good; the ISIS is […]

Give MRAP to Yolo sheriff

I can see both sides of the MRAP issue. I don’t foresee enough use to justify it for the city of Davis, but, if Davis gave it to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department for use by the county I can see a need for it. It is one of those things that is better to […]

Hey, I’ll give free rides!

I admire Davis residents’ sense of community and values displayed through the countless letters regarding the new MRAP vehicle. I applaud everyone urging the police to return the vehicle to where it came from, but I believe I have an easier solution. I am free to stop by and pick it up at the city’s convenience. That […]

Our own special MRAP art

In recent weeks, the arrival of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle has prompted much debate in Davis. While people largely agree that we don’t need or want it and that the money used could have found far better uses, they disagree about what to do with it. I don’t believe it came with a postage-paid return […]

Police actions aren’t always worthy of our trust

By Richard and Gwain Evans David Stubbins contrasts the “good” Davis police with those in other communities, and thinks the weapons provided to them by the Davis community will be used appropriately (Forum, Aug. 26). Stubbins must not be a black man. A black man knows that when he walks down the street in Davis […]

Tanks … for the memories

The Davis City Council made the right decision. Our police officers don’t need a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle, designed to safeguard the military from improvised explosive devices in a combat zone. I’m glad we are getting rid of it. We’ve gone 146 years in this burg without having to have the MRAP. That strikes me as […]

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