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Transportation planning defended

In reference to George Hague’s op-ed piece, “Transportation policies must boost economy”: * The ideas of the Transportation Element of the General Plan aren’t “unsupported.” There was a well-publicized Transportation Advisory Group workshop with opportunity for public input. City staff circulated a transportation survey on the city’s website. Additionally, TAG sought input from five city […]

Take a peek at these special cats

It’s kitten season once again at the Yolo County Animal Shelter and all summer long we will have kittens of all color, coats and personalities. But today I want to tell you about three wonderful adult cats that will steal your heart. Are you lonesome for a super-affectionate kitty who wants only to sit on […]

Time for Congress to consider H1-B visa reform

By Merrill Matthews A new study by three academic economists, Giovanni Peri and Kevin Shih, both with UC Davis, and Chad Sparber of Colgate University, shows that wages rise fastest in U.S. cities with the greatest influx of highly skilled immigrants. While one might be inclined to respond by saying, “Well, duh!,” highly skilled people, […]

Let’s give college grads freedom from debt

By LeeAnn Hall The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the “Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act” (S 2432) garnered a 56-38 majority but fell short of the 60 votes needed to open […]

Intimate chat on company time

Dear Annie: I believe my husband is having an emotional affair with his employee “Tina.” All the signs are there. My husband’s office phone accidentally dialed me while he was talking with Tina at work, and I overheard their conversation. He called her terms of love. I started snooping and discovered that they text each […]

‘Click and Clack’ from Boston

Natalie Nelson, in her June 10 column promoting the latest Pence Gallery exhibit, wrote, “In honor of the two mechanics from Brooklyn who guffaw on the radio every Sunday, I’ve named our current exhibit on cars “Cartalk.’” Really? I can only suspect that Nelson has never heard the Magliozzi brothers show, aired locally on KXJZ every Saturday and Sunday […]

Nothing nice to say? I’ll just block

Dear Annie: I am the thrilled stepgrandmother of a wonderful grandson, age 3. I’ve had the privilege of taking care of him twice a week since he was born. I decided to post his pictures on Facebook because his extended family lives all over the country and appreciates the updates on his outings and activities. […]

When adherence to religion hurts

Dear Annie: I have several cousins who are celebrating weddings and baby showers this summer. Several of my aunts will not attend any of these events if they are not held in a Catholic Church. They say it is against their “rules.” One aunt sent a reply saying she would not attend the outdoor wedding […]

Senators prefer money over trust

There was a clear message when the state Senate in mid-June first rejected a ban on legislators taking campaign contributions during the last 100 days of each lawmaking session, and then partially reversed itself to finally pass a watered-down version covering a much shorter time period. That message: “We would rather have money than trust.” […]

A golden evening for UFC

University Farm Circle’s recent Centennial Golden Gala brought to a close a wonderful year, filled with special events, meetings, luncheons, programs and this final centennial celebration. We would like to thank everyone who helped create this event, especially our hard-working committee members: Yvonne Adcock, Janet Collins, Nancy Roe, Barbara Smith-Vaughn, Pat Stromberg, Carlene Ozonoff, Betty […]

Compassion Tour is good to go

With an abundance of thanks and gratitude, we would like to acknowledge the kind contributions and donations that made the recent “Dinner for Compassion Tour” a success. Mary Philip and her volunteer crew cooked up yet another wonderful Indian meal for a good community cause. We thank Robb Davis for emceeing a lively program. Blues […]

Stonewalling fair water rates?

By John Munn I had hoped to fade back into the woodwork after the City Council election, but I first sent my thoughts about water rate structures to council members and to the Utility Rates Advisory Committee so they might be considered in upcoming water rates discussions after voter approval of Measure P. This would […]

Gone, and not getting it back

Dear Annie: My husband calls me the “Throwaway Queen.” I have gotten into hot water for not asking before I trashed something. Now I think I’ve made a huge mistake. My husband is now far into dementia. We are thinking of moving, so I started cleaning out storage bins. I threw away two items of […]

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