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Family commitments tug in opposite directions

Dear Annie: For many years, my husband and I hosted all the family holidays. Last year, my husband’s aunt invited us to stay with her for Thanksgiving and celebrate with her family. We gratefully accepted. She invited my in-laws, as well, although they opted not to go because my father-in-law wasn’t well. The aunt has […]

Please stand for pure water

I became aware that competent people disagree on fluoride when my physician suggested I stop giving pediatrician-prescribed fluoride to my then-young son.  As the question arose in Davis this year, I investigated medical literature and scholarly publications. Brian Martin’s nonpartisan assessment is compelling: Scientific evidence supports both sides, so science has no answer to this controversy. It is […]

Cities moving away from fluoride

The overwhelming praise for fluoridation raises concerns that receive scant attention in this debate. While many readers seem to embrace its use, most developed nations and much of Western Europe would disagree. Moreover, there are numerous cities in the United States that are moving away from fluoridation. I quote the New York Times: “For decades, […]

Many reasons not to fluoridate

At last word, the City Council is still considering fluoridating the water supply, despite the recommendation of its own staff to postpone that decision. The one-time cost reported in The Enterprise is estimated to be up to $2.4 million, and there are operating costs, currently estimated at almost $250,000 per year, forever. The fluoridation would […]

Is ‘snitching’ worse than murder?

By Robert Northup My father would be among the first to remind us that Daniel Marsh should be considered innocent until proven guilty. On the other hand, the available evidence already appears to be overwhelming. The double homicide of my father (Chip Northup) and Claudia Maupin has caught national attention because of the sensationally horrific […]

Afghan interpreter who helped U.S. deserves a chance

The issue: His visa was revoked at the last minute; now, the Taliban is looking for him In the unlikely event the U.S. military has to return to Afghanistan, it’s also unlikely that Mohammed Janis Shinwari will be on our side — as he was for seven years as an interpreter, guide, fixer and, in […]

An efficiency rating of only 5%

The Davis City Council is poised to rule whether to authorize annual operating costs of a quarter of a million dollars — and up to $2 million in initial capital expenditures — to fluoridate the city’s water supply. The intention is to purportedly “benefit” people who supposedly have access to adequate dental care. That contention […]

Feeling intimidated at work

Dear Annie: I work for an institution of higher learning. Since getting hired five years ago, I have taken advantage of my surroundings to earn a degree that is directly related to my job. After three years, my boss told me my degree is pretty much useless. And I didn’t get the promotion I had […]

Battling ALS together, we walk on

By Cathy Speck It was 1971, in Davis, when my mom and dad asked us kids to sit down at the dinner table for a serious discussion. My parents had nine children, with four of us still living at home. We were a happy, active, warm family, and my mom had always been robust and […]

Counting the years and the ways we make it work

Tomorrow, Sept. 30, 2013, marks 35 years of marriage for my husband Bob and me. This is an important number, so I began this column a month ago. I recorded a series of incidents, all from September, with the goal of answering the question, “How did this marriage last 35 years?” ———— On Monday, Sept. […]

Fluoridation will be harmful to our environment

By Alan Pryor Today, our environment is assaulted with thousands of man-made toxins, from waste heavy metals and organic compounds in industrial air and water discharges; to pesticides released into our food, land and waterways; to airborne transportation-related pollutants. In addition to damaging our health, these chemicals are damaging our environment in a variety of […]

Just Us in Davis: Great schools for a great community

By Jonathan London The Davis Unified School District has initiated a strategic planning process to inform the future priorities, structures and resource allocations for our schools. While Davis is widely and largely appropriately credited as having great schools, there are clearly many areas for improvement. A thoughtful and participatory process to bring the Davis community […]

Putting nature to work to secure Solano’s drinking water supply

* Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series of articles by the Putah Creek Council to educate residents about a creek restoration project to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in and along Putah Creek. By Libby Earthman In 2010, Putah Creek Streamkeeper Rich Marovich, applied for and was awarded funding for […]

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