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If not Isla Vista, what can keep guns from mentally ill?

As the round of memorial services for the six students fatally stabbed and shot in late May by the psychotic killer Elliot Rodger recedes into memory, a serious public policy question remains even while families and friends are left with their private grief: If the Isla Vista killings can’t spur laws to keep guns away […]

Working to make Davis safe and welcoming to all

By Gloria Partida “Each generation must claim its community.” This was a phrase that reverberated throughout the two days spent in Billings, Montana, for a national leadership gathering organized by Not In Our Town. The gathering brought together community organizations and individuals dedicated to fighting intolerance and building safe and inclusive communities. Unfortunately, like Davis, most […]

Lessons learned from shameful behavior

By Rodney J. Beede As a longtime attorney in criminal defense, a lifelong resident of Davis and as a practicing Catholic, it is unusual to see all of the important commitments of my life challenged and judged in one case and in one Yolo County courtroom. The principles upon which I have tried to live […]

Cheers and Jeers: Thanks, Joe, for your leadership

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to departing Mayor Joe Krovoza, who served this city with distinction during his four years on the Davis City Council. Under his leadership, our city took positive steps in tackling our biggest budgetary challenge — affording the […]

Telemarketers are ‘spoofing’ me

I am not a telemarketer. I say this because there is apparently a scam of which I was unaware until today. It’s called “spoofing” in which someone receives a call from what looks like your telephone number, with your Caller ID, so you answer the call … and then it is a telemarketer. I had […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20502; 202-456-1111; fax: 202-456-2461; email: president@whitehouse.gov U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html House of Representatives Rep. John Garamendi (3rd District), 2438 Rayburn […]

Tom Elias: Will lawmakers kill energy independence?

Nothing is more important to California’s large privately owned utilities than the virtual monopolies they enjoy in most of the state. Those monopolies make it practically impossible for almost all businesses and residents outside cities with municipal power companies to buy electricity from anyone but companies like PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & […]

Our annual toast to radical ideas

The issue: ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ won out, and we celebrate that victory of ideals every year The signers of the Declaration of Independence felt that “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” required them to explain why 13 thinly populated states clinging to the Atlantic coast should declare themselves independent […]

Feeling lonely in the country

Dear Annie: I am a 76-year-old man. After 46 years of a happy marriage, my precious wife passed away four years ago. I live in the country and have become acquainted with several single women around my age who are widows or divorcees and live within a 20-mile radius. I have taken a few of […]

Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs. But the device has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and there were none in the […]

Facts and logic are irrelevant?

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case is disturbing on an even deeper level than the already-notable issue of women’s reproductive health. The case’s entire premise was that the company should not have to pay for specific products that it considered to be abortifacients. Putting aside whether you think companies should cover such […]

Not all HOAs are suspect

I am writing in response to an op-ed piece published Sunday by Elaine Roberts Musser titled “Be Forewarned About Homeowners Associations.” I think the article was a valuable piece to make people aware of the possible pitfalls that can occur. And the examples Ms. Musser cited are certainly reprehensible. Having said that, however, I am […]

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