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I question the sanity …

I have personal knowledge of war. From 1967 to 1969 when I was in my 20s, I lived in a small town in Vietnam while working as a volunteer for a nongovernmental development organization. Also, by the way, I once visited Israel to attend an academic conference. So I was interested in David Siegel’s commentary […]

August 14, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Campus needs ecological help

I took a stroll through the Arboretum on Monday. Wow! What a sight. I had seen this coming for months: Hundreds of dead fish floating belly-up in the septic Mrak pond. That this would happen at a so-called world-class university is appalling. I had wondered during my spring and summer walks around the perimeter of the pond what the […]

August 13, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Is a hard life inherited?

YAMHILL, Ore. — One delusion common among America’s successful people is that they triumphed just because of hard work and intelligence. In fact, their big break came when they were conceived in middle-class American families who loved them, read them stories, and nurtured them with Little League sports, library cards and music lessons. They were […]

August 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What we don’t know about the drought? Plenty

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to […]

August 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Portraits of the Past: Why Davisville dropped the ‘ville’

* Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Davis Enterprise on May 13, 1971, as one of a series of 164 articles by distinguished Davis historian Joann Leach Larkey. Reproductions of the full set of articles can be seen at the Hattie Weber Museum of Davis, 445 C St., and the Stephens Branch Library, […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’s not the life she wants

Dear Annie: I’m a young woman with a degree in education. After spending several years as a student teacher and co-teacher, I decided that I really don’t want to remain in teaching. I know I should have switched majors in college, but I hoped this would work out. I also was worried about what my […]

Dealing with grandpa’s prejudices

Dear Annie: I am the mother of a biracial child. My son’s father, “Derek,” and I are not currently together, as he resides some distance away, but we visit often so Derek and our son can have a relationship. Ultimately, we would like to be together. The problem is my father. He is not, and […]

Arena construction affects Yolobus

By Lucas Frerichs Due to demolition and construction work related to the Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center in downtown Sacramento, some Yolobus routes and bus stops in downtown Sacramento will change. These changes are expected to take place Friday, Aug. 15, when the construction contractor is expected to be finished with certain bus stop improvements and […]

August 12, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Pair of job-killer bills must be stopped

Two job-killer bills are wending their way toward the governor’s desk and must be shut down. Assembly Bill 2416 by Assemblyman Mark Stone, D-Santa Cruz, would allow an employee to record a lien on an employer’s real property or any property where an employee performed work for an alleged, yet unproven, wage claim. Assembly Bill […]

August 12, 2014 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

What’s sauce for the goose

Dear Annie: I have a dear friend who means a lot to me. “Sherri” moved in with her boyfriend, and as their relationship began to spiral downward, they started seeing other people while still living together. Some of this was done without the other’s knowledge, although each of them has been caught by the other […]

Up the river without a paddle, without a clue

This interloper is making me angry. I left the beach only minutes ago and before you can say “trespass” someone is walking on our land. This happens pretty often. Our river cabin is across from a campground that belongs to a rafting company. Young buck campers with time on their hands like to challenge themselves […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cal.net needs to show customers the value of exclusive, private email

Well, well, well. Based on the number of emails I received after my last column, apparently I’m not alone in my dismay over losing the Cal.net email address I’ve had for two decades. Yes, plenty of folks took the time send me a line about Cal.net’s melon-headed decision. “Send me a line.” Ah, telegraph. Compared […]

August 10, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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