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Will Dad’s other kids mind?

Dear Annie: I recently decided to do a little digging into my past and started a family tree. While I was doing this, I came across information that my biological father had passed away some 10 years ago. Annie, I had no contact with my biological father after the age of 2. He had an […]

Babies in the womb can’t keep a secret anymore

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the week off. This column first appeared in slightly different form in 2005. “My friends look at me like I’m crazy, like it’s almost a sin or something,” said my niece, Traci, at her baby shower last weekend. “They ask me, ‘How can you stand not to know?’” “Everybody […]

I will cough and type, and those who love me will stay

Heads up: This will not be the best column I’ve ever written. Not even close. If you want to bail now, I won’t hold it against you. Only those who really love me will stick around. Still here? Oh, you. You’re the best! I won’t even attempt to excel this week, given the double whammy […]

Need for porn hurting his wife

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been happily married for eight years. This is a third marriage for both of us. A few months back, my wife found that I had been visiting Internet porn sites. She became very upset and said this was the same as having sex outside of marriage. This is […]

Windmills are a hazard to bats

I am in fourth grade and have been learning about an issue I want to bring to your attention — bats colliding with windmill blades. This is an increasing problem in California and throughout the nation. Wind power is a great source of renewable energy, but scientists are finding that it kills bats, especially migratory […]

Rim Fire impacts Central Valley

The 2013 Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park, the third largest wildfire recorded in California’s history, destroyed more than 257,000 acres of forest and created potentially large impacts for California’s Central Valley. After rainfall, ash and debris could make their way down the Tuolumne River and clog agricultural irrigation systems. Jeff Mount, a professor emeritus […]

Balance wildlife, energy needs

Wind power is both a valuable source of renewable energy and a terrible threat to birds and bats. Wind turbines — located particularly in the Altamont Pass, Tehachapi Mountains and the Montezuma Hills — kill birds in flight and they take up valuable habitat. Wind turbines kill roughly 108,000 birds and thousands of bats each […]

Watch out for spongeplant

I am Nithmi Jayasundara, a fourth-grader at Korematsu Elementary School. I am a member of Korematsu’s Nature Bowl third- and fourth-grade environmercials team. I want to tell you about a big problem caused in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta recently. An invasive aquatic weed called South American spongeplant has been spreading in the past few years. […]

Fracking needs strict regulation

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has the potential for environmental concern in California’s Central Valley. This potential becomes more alarming with the current state of our water supply in California, as approximately 1 million to 8 million gallons of water are used per drill. I encourage strict regulations of techniques, chemicals used, drill site locations and waste […]

Pesticides can do great harm

My name is Emily Jiang and I am part of my school Nature Bowl team. I am currently working on an enviromercial. That is an environmental report on a local issue. My issue is biomagnification and bioaccumulation of legacy pesticides. Just to be clear, biomagnification is concentration on how a toxin moves up a food […]

CalPERS is incompetent when it comes to investments

By Paul Brady The Feb. 2 letter from CalPERS public relations representative Robert Glazier borders on self-serving nonsense. It was in response to The Davis Enterprise’s Jan. 26 editorial, “Fiscal crisis looms for our fine city,” which was a softball criticism of misguided CalPERS policies that have caused havoc in many, if not most, California […]

Openness a must for new Pacific trade pact

Here’s a bit of unsolicited advice to Congress and the President about the newest free trade agreement in the works for America, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which because of its location would affect California more than any other part of this country: Go slow, and open up the negotiations to press and public. Whenever this country […]

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