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Taking out the garbage

The issue: Leaf bins will help city meet its mandate Davis has always been on the cutting edge of environmental progress, and whenever presented with a challenge, we’ve been able to ditch the old ways and do our part to help. SO IT IS now, as state government pushes toward a net zero waste future, […]

‘Doonesbury’ dives back to the beginning during Trudeau’s hiatus

We’ve all been warned: Be careful what you wish for. Last summer, Garry Trudeau took an extended leave from “Doonesbury” to write and produce “Alpha House,” an Amazon Instant Video comedy. Starring John Goodman, this political satire about four Republican senators sharing a house in Washington ended in a raucous finale last month that viewers […]

Water rationing: If it comes, do it right

Despite heavy mid-February rains that briefly drenched Northern California and the respectable ensuing snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the California drought remains. In fact, it is still more severe than the worst previous dry spell of modern times, which hit in 1976-77. Short of millennial downpours in late winter or early spring, this means […]

Nobody is reaching out

Dear Annie: My sister complains that our mother (who can be narcissistic and self-centered) has never reached out to her son. “Mitch” is now 25, and Mom has never tried to get to know him. Mom sent my daughter (now 33) on trips to Europe and would visit us often, but did not do the […]

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. […]

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