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How to solve the traffic jam on Richards Boulevard

Last week, the Davis City Council approved a giant hotel project on Richards Boulevard. Much of the discussion focused on how this development might add to the traffic problems leading into downtown Davis. Whether it will make matters much worse is debatable. What is not is the fact that we already have bad congestion through that underpass […]

Minor gets behind the wheel

Dear Annie: My family has lost their minds and is letting my 14-year-old nephew drive around on open roads, sometimes in busy areas. He drives with his mother and grandmother. I think this is beyond crazy. He could hit, maim or kill someone, or drive off the road and hurt himself. The consequences are beyond […]

Huge oil company gains are a sign of gas price-gouging

The days when oil companies could easily deny they’ve gouged California motorists through much of this year should have ended with the second-quarter financial reports of Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., which together control about 40 percent of the California gasoline market. But their denials won’t end despite the humongous windfall financial gains they […]

Newspaper industry continues to evolve

By Caroline Little Four years ago, most of us wouldn’t have predicted that award-winning TV series would debut via online streaming on websites such as Netflix and Hulu and would never be aired on cable or network television. Just four years ago, it seemed unlikely that people would prefer online music streaming and radio apps […]

Sounds like an impasse

Dear Annie: I’m a clean-cut, middle-aged gay guy living in a midsized city in Florida. My partner of six years lives in Boston. We have a great long-distance relationship. He’s a wonderful man, and we love each other. We’d like to marry and live together someday. Here’s the problem: He doesn’t want to move to […]

Keeping the sabbath can get costly

Dear Annie: My son, who is 18, finally has a girlfriend. Even though she is a year older, they are only children. Both are attending college, working toward their associate’s degrees. My son has a part-time construction job, and because it’s seasonal, he sometimes has to work weekends. His girlfriend doesn’t have a job but […]

Folder of correspondence strikes to the heart

* Editor’s note: Marion is on vacation. This column first ran in January 2006. This column contains a warning, although I don’t know exactly what my advice to you should be. Maybe I just need to recount what happened five days after my dad’s death, and if I omit some details, you’ll understand why. My […]

Trump isn’t really about Trump — it‘s about who’s supporting him, and why

Ignore Donald Trump at your own peril. Mika Brzezinski, co-anchor of the “Morning Joe” show, said this from the beginning and everyone laughed. Not long after Trump announced his candidacy amid a media hootenanny, Sam Stein, senior politics editor for the Huffington Post, sat across from Brzezinski and smirked that all news about Trump henceforth […]

CDC wants more vaccine data

NEW YORK (AP) — How many kids are vaccinated at your child’s school? Federal health officials think you should be able to easily find out. Last school year, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly […]

Susan Estrich: Can Hillary really lose the nomination?

President Bernie? No. For Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with surprise hit of the summer season Donald Trump, some people are really beginning to ask: could it happen? Could Bernie Sanders win Iowa? He could. Mike Huckabee, who had launched his campaign on a weight-loss platform (I was a fan), won Iowa, and everyone spent the […]

Marijuana harm ignored in push for legalization

Four potential ballot initiatives completely legalizing marijuana are in the works for California’s next general election, with pot advocates yet to choose the variation that will get their concerted push. But one thing for sure: Whichever one they send out for signature-gathering will say nothing about the detrimental effects of the mind-altering weed, well known […]

Liberal arts: learning to learn

By Michael S. Roth As the summer winds down and young people get ready to return to their campuses, I know many families are having conversations about what kind of college education to pursue. Should one sign up for classes that promise immediate skill-building, perhaps even certification in a task highly valued right now by […]

Liberal arts study offers a transferable set of skills

By Michael T. Benson Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy — some have maintained that these and other “liberal arts” subjects may result in less than abundant job prospects for those who chose these areas of study. However, this list also represents, respectively, the undergraduate fields of study of the following individuals: Jamie […]

Proposed apartment project is too big

By Jerry Hallee A five-story, 270-unit apartment project has been proposed for the site at 2100 Fifth St. formerly occupied by the EMQ FamiliesFirst residential treatment facility. I understand Davis’ “infill development” objectives as an important strategy available to city planners to provide for housing and other community needs. However, any infill project must take into […]

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