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Thanks for spreading the love

Dear Readers: Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all, along with our special good wishes to the veterans in VA hospitals around the country. And our particular thanks to those readers who have taken the time to send valentines, visit the vets and volunteer at VA facilities. Bless each and every one of you. ———— […]

Take hate crimes seriously

The Celebration of Abraham wants to thank all those who participated in this year’s reflections on “Loving Kindness” on Jan. 26 at the St. James Memorial Center. The evaluations reflected people’s enjoyment of the event, especially the table discussions, singing “Children of Abraham,” Rabbi Seth Castleman’s story and the annual ritual. Many mentioned how informative […]

Make the sun work for us

My house has a flat roof perfect for a lot of solar panels. However, because my monthly bill is consistently very low I cannot find a plan that would make financial sense. If we establish a Davis Utilities District, imagine if we instituted a plan to put solar panels on every inch of suitable roof […]

Get serious about revenues

Irony of ironies. After years of no serious discussions of revenue, the City Council has finally hit on a solution — soak its residents with more fees. How much blood do they expect to get out of a turnip? Most cities have figured out that really attractive retail attracts outsiders who bring money and leave […]

Don’t expect much on immigration

There’s one big reason why, no matter how much happy talk you hear about “comprehensive immigration reform” from President Obama and members of Congress, it’s unrealistic to expect much action this year: This is an election year. All 435 members of the House of Representatives face re-election this year, as they regularly do every other […]

What do you think? Who is your favorite president and why?

Alicia Gallow student, Woodland: “Abraham Lincoln, because of his hat and beard.” Fernando Esquivel student, Davis: “Abraham Lincoln, because he got rid of slavery.” Zabdielle Dahili student, Davis: “Obama, because I’m living in his presidency right now and I like what I’m seeing.” Mike Petzold psychology researcher, Davis: “Abe Lincoln, because he gave Yosemite to […]

Suicide by another name

Dear Annie: I have a 75-year-old friend who was brutally beaten by an intruder. “Jim” allowed the stranger to enter his home when he claimed he needed to use the telephone. Jim suffered broken bones and a head trauma and spent time in a rehab facility. He still hasn’t fully recovered and is mostly confined […]

Carbon tax makes business sense

In her recent op-ed piece in this newspaper (“Stop Oil Trains with Carbon Fees”), Elisabeth Robbins made the telling point that “98 percent of economists across the political spectrum support a carbon tax …” A quick search of the Internet shows that leading economists, as well as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, have concluded that […]

Stop fracking off California coast

As a Los Angeles native, the shorelines of Zuma Beach and the Santa Monica Pier have characterized my youth. Myriad memories of ethereal beaches lining the coastal perimeter of L.A. have given me an overwhelming appreciation and love for the Pacific Ocean. I believe that offshore fracking will not only render irreversible consequences to our […]

Treasure dedicated coaches

The so-called firing/not rehiring of Julie Crawford as the boys volleyball coach at Davis High School is exasperating, frustrating and outright ridiculous. I am an outsider looking in but I have taught high school for 20 years and I coached for nine of those years and when there is an on-campus coach that displays a […]

David Brooks: Pondering precarious futures

When foreign visitors used to describe American culture, they generally settled on different versions of one trait: energy. Whether driven by crass motivations or spiritual ones, Americans, visitors agreed, worked more frantically, moved more and switched jobs more than just about anybody else on Earth. That’s changing. In the past 60 years, for example, Americans […]

Praying for rain (in dollars)

By David Hughes Ah, the sounds of rain, reflects David, his toes curled around the surge protector, the warmest spot in the house, the cats long gone for a sock drawer somewhere, although Molly may yet appear, looking for a lap. Unfortunately, the recent rain, welcome as it is, is too little too late, California […]

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