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Reliving the agony and ecstasy of spring

* Editor’s note: Marion is taking the day off. This column has been slightly revised since it first ran in April 1998. Sometimes spring is too much for me. It makes me think of my mother, a person who was very clear about her favorite things. Spring was her favorite season, just as blue was her […]

For all good secular agnostics, Easter means the end of Candy Season

Today, as I write this, it’s Good Friday, and for the rest of us, it’s the 72-hour notice: Candy Season is almost over. Enjoy the Cadbury eggs while you can, because after Easter Sunday, there’s no more candy until Halloween (which now begins in September, replacing the Back to School sales, which now begin in […]

Take ownership of your health

Dear Annie: I would like to comment on Gail Rae-Garwood’s letter about kidney disease. I retired in 2010, and like a lot of retirees, I was complacent about my health. I had been taking insulin for my diabetes for 20 years and had high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure. I finally went in for my […]

Road diet? No, city diet!

The structural tax base of the city of Davis is years in the making. Past plans to limit commercial growth and expanded retail options force Davisites to do most of their purchasing out of the city. While allowing Target to open after a decade of debate has brought some purchasing back to the city, it […]

Broken sprinklers waste water

There are many broken sprinklers at César Chávez Plaza on Olive Drive. They come on during the night, they water the sidewalks and bare dirt and shoot up in the air. This is an ongoing problem. The manager has been notified, but more than a year later, no action has been taken. This is our […]

Striving for zero waste: Beyond the bring-your-own-bag habit

One of the first steps my family took when attempting to reduce the amount of waste we generate is bringing our own bags when going grocery shopping. My husband does the bulk of the shopping on the weekend and has consistently been bringing usable bags on these trips for the past few years. My shopping […]

Bill is an affront to UC Davis ag biotech and local farmers

By Kent Bradford As a scientist who has dedicated my entire career to agricultural biotechnology and plant science, I am deeply concerned about Senate Bill 1381, which is winding its way through the California Legislature and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday. The bill, which mandates a de facto […]

Don’t want to sit in Fix 50 traffic? Consider alternatives

By Lucas Frerichs As some of you may know, there is an important construction project Caltrans is about to undertake in Sacramento, called the Fix 50 project. If you go to www.Fix50.com you will find background information on the project. What this means is that between Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, June 25 (with a […]

Core values on campus

The issue: When the heat is on, colleges’ first priority is comfortable silence In the big picture, honorary degrees — the participation trophies of the academic world — are not worth getting worked up over. They usually represent a chance for the school to give out a nice certificate to a commencement speaker, in exchange […]

What do you think? What’s the best thing you’ve found in a plastic egg?

Anthony Plascenaa firefighter, Vacaville: “Candy. I love candy.” Jacob Bishop bus boy, Winchester, Va.: “Money. A couple of dollars.” Doris Wong student, Davis: “Candy, little brown chocolates.” Cassie Slack student, Davis: “Probably candy, that’s pretty good.” Molly Aikawa student, Davis: “Probably candy.” Nicholas Pasquale teacher, Davis: “Another Easter egg.” Asked in downtown Davis Compiled by […]

Keep your baby safe

By Jeff Ribordy, M.D. So you just brought home that new baby from the dealership with that new-baby smell. Now what? You are responsible for him or her for the next 18 years or beyond. How do you keep your child safe? For younger infants who do not move around much, it is pretty simple. […]

Dad makes mom look bad

Dear Annie: My husband keeps telling our sons they can do whatever they want when I tell them “no,” and that they don’t need to listen to me. He is never on my side. The kids make fun of me and call me names, and Dad doesn’t seem to care. When I insist that he […]

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