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Cecil the Lion’s slaughter represents the dregs of humanity

Everything we need to know about what’s wrong with humanity can be found in the killing of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer, an avid trophy hunter/poacher who gets his jollies by shooting wild animals, just for the sheer joy of watching them die. Cecil, a 13-year old majestic lion with a distinctive […]

Marion Franck: Teen’s diary tells the story of a broken heart

* Editor’s note: Marion is on vacation. This column first ran in October 2006. I sit in bed way past my normal getting-up time because I am reading something so gripping that I am ready to let the entire morning slide by. A bell goes off in my head saying, “you need to get started […]

Sanctuary cities make us all safer

By Raul A. Reyes Before the July 4 weekend, a tragedy occurred in San Francisco. Kate Steinle, 32, was walking with her father on a busy pier when she was shot and killed, allegedly by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico with a long rap sheet. The randomness of this crime shocked the […]

Sanctuary policies mainly protect the predators

By Jessica Vaughan The senseless murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant with seven prior felony convictions and five deportations has focused public attention on the problems created when local sanctuary policies prioritize protecting illegal immigrant residents over the public interest. Immigration laws are not obsolete relics that are unworthy of enforcement; they are crucial […]

Just Us in Davis: AIM: Using diversity as an excuse for inequity

Further reading * “Goodness Personified: The Emergence of Gifted Children” by Leslie Margolin * “Playing Favorites: Giftedness and the Disruption of Community” by Mara Sapon-Shevin * “The Big Test: The Secret History Of American Meritocracy” by Nicolas Lemann By Jann Murray-García I have been writing on the GATE issue for well over a decade. Please […]

The devil is in the details for innovation parks

By Brett Lee People have recently asked me about my thoughts on the innovation park proposals — what they are, why would we want them, am I in favor of them? Currently, there are two innovation park proposals: one to the east of Mace Boulevard that is moving forward in the application process and a second […]

Mothers butt heads over wedding

Dear Annie: Our daughter recently became engaged and we couldn’t be happier. She is our only child and is marrying a great guy. While we are excited about all of the planning for the big event, it appears that the groom’s mother, “Dolores,” is trying to take control. For nearly every detail that my daughter […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact 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/policycomments.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/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me House of Representatives Rep. John […]

Open-space protection should not be tied to habitat destruction

By Fraser Shilling In a recent article in Nature, an international science journal, well-known conservation scientists argued that governments should not meet biodiversity conservation targets using mitigation funds from development (Maron et al., 2015; Nature 22 July, 2015). Their case was basically that meeting nature protection targets already should be occurring because most governments have committed to […]

Will Prop. 47 turn out to be a fire hazard?

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley.” — Robert Burns in his 1785 poem, “To a Mouse” Robbie Burns couldn’t have known it, but as California approaches what many experts forecast to be the worst wildfire season on record, his description of how good intentions can go awry, not always turning […]

Local support for Iran deal

We would like to thank our Congressman, John Garamendi, for supporting the Iran nuclear deal, which he said is “the best available option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. … Furthermore, if America were to simply walk away from this deal, it’s likely that the strong multilateral sanctions regime would collapse.” (July 14) […]

Hillary Clinton: The immaculate deception

Hillary Clinton wants to be president, and she wants it bad! I personally believe she has thought little about the job itself but she wants to write her name in the history books. She clearly felt like she was entitled to the position in 2008 when a young upstart snatched it out from under her. […]

Love won, Mom, get over it

Dear Annie: Yesterday, I had an argument with my 85-year-old mother. She said I must be a lesbian because of my recent Facebook posts in support of all my gay friends and the Supreme Court decision upholding gay marriage. Specifically, I changed my photo so it was colored in beautiful rainbow shades. My mother was […]

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