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Options for addressing the city’s fiscal problems

By Dan Carson Based on my analysis of the five-year fiscal projections for the city of Davis made public in December, City Manager Steve Pinkerton has gotten it fundamentally right. The city faces a serious “structural shortfall” — a risk of spending substantially more money each year than it takes in — that must be […]

Making reducing, reusing and recycling easier

Knowing that my family is attempting to reduce the amount of waste we generate, especially the type that ends up in the landfill, a friend who has a similar goal made the following two suggestions: * Make our trash cans smaller and our recycling cans larger; and * Put recycling containers in every room in our house. […]

Closing court is wrong and pointless

The issue: Open access is a fundamental American right Understandably, defense lawyers seek every advantage they can in order to secure a not-guilty verdict. But in the case of Daniel Marsh, the teenager accused in the gruesome slayings of Oliver “Chip” Northup and his wife Claudia Maupin, the defense has overreached by seeking to deprive the […]

Cher, fitness and the decline of religion

By Jack Newcombe Cher. Seal. Madonna. Prince. Sting. Elvis. Adele. Mononymous entertainers permeate pop culture and have done so for decades. But there is a new one-named craze in town. In fact, there are a few. Pilates. Barre. Yoga. Indoor cycling. CrossFit. Even combining crazes does not produce the need for a second word: YAS […]

Should we be worried?

Dear Annie: I have a question regarding the appropriateness of a grandfather sleeping with a 5-year-old granddaughter during visits to her family home. In this case, the grandmother and grandfather take turns sleeping in the same bed with the granddaughter. I feel this is most inappropriate and sends very mixed messages to the child. I […]

Cheers and Jeers: Losing city manager would be costly

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: JEERS to the prospect that City Manager Steve Pinkerton will be leaving his position here to become general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District. The district board selected Pinkerton this week to enter into negotiations for the […]

Debunking ‘liberal media’ myth

Listening to radio host Rush Limbaugh and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, you’d think all newspapers, radio and television stations are owned by the pinkest of leftists. But a series of moves by the nation’s largest owner of radio stations, Clear Channel (controlled by the Bain Capital firm once headed by 2012 Republican […]

Carbon fees and dividends

President Obama’s State of the Union speech offered a renewed call to action on climate change. The president said the time to act is now. And he again framed the issue in the context of our moral responsibility to leave a safe, stable climate for our children. Our federal representatives — John Garamendi, Barbara Boxer […]

Dichotomy of football, music

Football and music can cross interesting paths at times. With the Super Bowl coming up Sunday, two songs immediately come to mind. First of all, Merle Haggard’s country classic, “Okie From Muskogee,” where he boasts “football’s still the roughest thing on campus,” giving the sport a lot of praise. And coming from whole different point […]

Editorial was right on target

Bravo for Sunday’s editorial on the financial situation of the city! It was succinct, 100 percent clear (which almost nothing written on this subject ever is) and totally on target. If the city would convert the editorial into a bulleted action plan and implement it with the same kind of courage and clarity that Gov. […]

What do you think? What’s your favorite Super Bowl tradition?

Andrew Bolich student, Davis: “Eating queso dip and Fritos.” Brad Arnold engineer, Walnut Creek: “Back when I lived in the Midwest with my parents, it was getting together with grandparents and having typical  game-time food and snacks. My dad had a big flat-screen TV, so we gathered around that.” Joshua Stouwie The Hotdogger employee, Davis: […]

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