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They were gone, now they’re back

Dear Annie: My daughter was recently ordered by the court to have her 5-year-old son visit his biological father and grandparents every other weekend. They live 200 miles away. The boy has always lived with his mother, because the biological father felt he was not ready to be a dad and deserted them. He and […]

Cheers and Jeers: Dead, dying dogs pull at our heartstrings

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: JEERS to the grim discovery of three dead, decomposing dogs and 11 starving and dehydrated canines found last week in the kennels at Second Chance Rottweiler Rescue in rural West Davis. The property owner, Elaine Greenberg, is under investigation and […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Stamp Club is canceling out

The Davis Stamp Club is closing after a fun-filled 42 years. We’ve had a good run! The Davis Stamp Club was started in 1972. Now the people who started it are among a small handful of survivors 42 years later and we’ve decided that it’s time to close. Edward and Gladys Cosens proposed the formation of a […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Fair entertainment is great

Starting last year, the Yolo County Fair in Woodland has upped the standard of musical entertainment tremendously. The new booking agent has a far bigger budget than previously, and the line-up at both stages is really excellent, featuring name acts like Lydia Pense with Cold Blood and The Nickel Slots (who have a huge following […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Hamas balks at cease-fires

In her recent letter, Judy Reynolds requested supporters of Israel to “ask the Israeli government to cease their conduct.” I respect and share Reynolds’ concern over civilian casualties. But she should be asking Hamas, not Israel, to change its ways. Hamas has repeatedly rejected cease-fires or violated those to which it has agreed. * July […]

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Tom Elias: The political guard is changing

For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s pre-eminent politicians of the past decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fund supports native students

Thanks for publishing the story by Krysta Fauria of The Associated Press about new efforts by colleges and universities to “woo native (American) students” (July 24). American Indian youths need lots of encouragement and support, whether they’re on or off reservation. (Some whose parents left a reservation with great hope find themselves in “unhelpful” inner-city environments.) It […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

In reality, Yolo said no to water

Gabe Lewins’ history (July 29) does not go back far enough to justify saying that “they” are water robbers; his “they” refers to Solano Irrigation District, and if he researched the deeper history of Putah Creek water flows, Lake Berryessa and the construction of Monticello Dam, he would find out that “we” — actually our […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Brother feeling mighty confused

Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old boy and can’t talk about this with anyone I know. My father isn’t in my life. It never mattered because I have the best older brother anyone could ask for. “Tommy” is 21, and he is my hero. He helps me with my homework, teaches me about life, takes […]

Nicholas Kristof: Fighting Ebola for us all

On July 23, Dr. Kent Brantly woke up with a fever. He immediately quarantined himself, and three days later a test confirmed his nightmare. He had the Ebola virus. Brantly, 33, emailed a friend and said that he was “terrified,” for he knew better than anyone the horror of the virus. He had been treating […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Regarding the Middle East, people choose not to comprehend

By David Siegel, M.D. Aphasia is defined as the inability to express oneself properly through speech and/or writing (Broca’s or expressive aphasia) or the loss of verbal and/or reading comprehension (Wernicke’s or receptive aphasia). The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, but it also can be the consequence of brain infection, traumatic brain injury […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It almost ruined her life

Dear Annie: During the middle of my freshman year in high school, I was in the midst of training for my first real track season. My winter workouts gradually gained intensity, and my food intake gradually started to drop. Initially, the more weight I lost the easier it became to complete tough workouts. With that […]

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