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Council should do its real work

I am so relieved that saner minds, sort of, prevailed in our recent fluoridation debacle. What troubled me most about this whole issue was the fact that we were even going down that path in the first place. Since when does providing health care for the masses come under the purview of the city of […]

Great public health achievement

“For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”  — Website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Brian Sway Davis

Fluoride vote is embarrassing

As the Sacramento Bee stated in an editorial Friday, Councilman Dan Wolk was the only member of the City Council with enough courage to recommend the implementation of fluoride in the new water project for the city of Davis. It’s embarrassing that our other leaders were unwilling to acknowledge the broad support of the scientific […]

Congress won’t even come to the table on the Farm Bill

The issue: It’s time for lawmakers to leave politics aside and get on with setting food and nutrition policy Congress, now wrestling with how to get the government running again, also is missing its deadline to set long-term agriculture policy. The Senate and House have yet to meet to work out differences in their very […]

If you’re struggling, get help

Dear Annie: Six years ago, I tried to take my own life. I was a popular high school student, excelled at sports and had a girlfriend and a supportive family who were always there for me. People thought I had it all. What they didn’t realize was that I was struggling with debilitating depression. One […]

Should the family shun this guy?

Dear Annie: My cousin is a police officer in a neighboring city, and we only see him when the whole family is together. Recently, he was caught on camera beating up a woman he’d pulled over for something. From his statement and the camera footage, it seems the woman got mouthy and he responded physically. […]

Why I’m struggling through stories about endurance

A bestseller when it came out in 2001, “Ice Bound” is the personal memoir of Dr. Jerri Nielsen who served as the physician for a team that wintered at the South Pole in 1999. During the long, frigid winter when the team could not be reached by boat or plane, Nielsen discovered a lump in […]

While we weren’t looking, our government was overthrown

Congress, do you have any idea how much The American People hate you right now? I say “The American People” because you love to throw that phrase around when you’re making outrageous claims about what we want, what we think, and how we feel. You know what The American People want? For you to do […]

Executor isn’t executing right

Dear Annie: I am devastated. I just found out that my baby sister, as executor of my older sister’s estate, sold the family house and possessions without discussing this with family or other beneficiaries. There is nothing we can do to recover the assets unless we initiate legal action to stop her self-serving behavior, and […]

Let’s try a citizen-centered approach to resolve wood smoke disputes

By Robb Davis There is little doubt that some of our neighbors in Davis have health problems that are exacerbated by wood smoke. There is also little doubt that other neighbors enjoy having wood fires and that some use wood or wood products as a way to heat their homes. This leads to a conflict […]

What do you think? How should the government solve the shutdown issue?

Sophia Hernandez student, Davis: “They  should put aside their differences and think about what’s best for the country as a whole.” Nancy Ly student, Davis: “One  person should  just make a decision. Compromising isn’t going anywhere.” Andy Rathbone business owner, Dixon: “They should shut down Congress and the Senate and deny them pay, just like […]

Innocence lost; now, where are my virtues?

By Gloria Partida The relativity of time is a concept appreciated by everyone regardless of your level of physics expertise. How many of us have looked at our teenagers and wondered where the time went, or sat through a half-hour meeting that seemed endless? Then there are the special dark holes of time that suck […]

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