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Let’s get the bench repaired

The Central Park bench seems to need our help. This is the place I call the “meet-me-under-the-big-tree” bench. It has served lost children, coffee sippers and musicians for years, but is now burned and structurally unsound. I propose we add some online group funding to the pot and get it fixed. Furthermore, when it is […]

July 25, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Don’t tell me I can’t help him

There has been much debate over whether to give to panhandlers in Davis. Both sides have valid arguments. However, there is one individual that I help on a regular basis. I strongly suspect that I know this person from when he was a lab technician where I used to work, but in his derelict state, […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Water trains through Davis

Why isn’t someone coming up with a scheme to send water from the drenched eastern United States via trains to California and other parched Western states? The oil trains have to be stopped because the risks to humans, towns, cities and the environment are much too great. And should Davisites have to risk their lives and […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Water storage must be a priority

It will take a variety of strategies to meet California water needs — not just conservation. While Sunday’s Another View editorial calls for stronger conservation measures and highlights agriculture as the largest user of “developed” water, it fails to recognize that many farmers in the state already face 100 percent shortages — receiving no water at […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The real problem isn’t conflict, it’s violent conflict management

By Erin Niemela In 2014, the growing list of suffering by violent conflict management includes (but is not limited to): more than 10,000 murders and kidnappings in Nigeria, civil war in Syria, escalated terrorism in Iraq, an asymmetrical bombardment in Gaza, and now somebody, some faction, some government shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet and […]

July 24, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 ,
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