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Act now to support middle school students

By Quentin Wilson According to a recently updated ACT study, “The Forgotten Middle,” students’ middle school careers are crucial in preparing for success in high school and beyond. However, these years of education are often glossed over or forgotten. It’s not shocking. Traditionally, middle school is a period when students can be misunderstood, anxious, confused or […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

They’re pickier than she is

Dear Annie: I am 37 and divorced. I identify myself as bisexual and try to live my dating life very privately. The problem is, my parents are quite judgmental and racist. I dare not say anything about my dating partners, who are of either gender and any color. But I am tired of living my […]

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 […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

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

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

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. […]

June 27, 2014 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

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, […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 23, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 22, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

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