They don’t want him around

Dear Annie: My girlfriend, “Tammi,” and I have been together for six months. We saw each other only briefly over the summer because she took a job in another state. I feel that our relationship is getting serious. The only problem is her friends. They don’t like me. The reason is that while Tammi flew […]

Unexpected treasures from the summer

This summer was marked by two strokes of public genius. Genius, like humor, is wonderful because it unites us in a common “Wow!” even though each one of us processes events differently. I find that certain kinds of genius reach in and grab my emotions — positive ones — the way music does or a […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The sacrificial lamb on the altar of denial

Oh, shock and horror! Until the videotape of Ray Rice coldcocking his girlfriend and dragging her unconscious from an elevator, we had no idea that domestic violence was rampant in the NFL! Put that man in stocks in the public square, that we may ridicule and assault him in order to convince ourselves that this isolated […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

She’s getting all the blame

Dear Annie: When my father died 15 years ago, my mother was in reasonably good health. When she reached the age of 91, she needed caregivers 24 hours a day. I tried to be the best daughter possible, calling twice a day, taking her to doctors’ appointments and doing her shopping and cooking. She frequently […]

Many reasons to back Sunder

I am writing in support of school board candidate Madhavi Sunder. Madhavi is a highly respected legal scholar and law teacher. The hallmark of both her professional and personal life has been a strong commitment to social justice. A child of immigrants and the product of public primary and secondary schools, she recognizes that quality […]

September 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Please vaccinate your children

I am 72 years old, old enough to remember my mother telling me “Don’t drink out of the public water fountain.” Polio season was at hand. I remember spending two weeks in a darkened room hoping the measles wouldn’t permanently damage my heart. I remember standing in a very long line with my sisters and my […]

September 17, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Carbon fee and dividend plan is the answer

By Elisabeth Robbins On Sunday, Sept. 21, thousands of Americans will use the power of mass protest in New York and cities around the nation, including Davis. The People’s Climate March is a call for action as the United Nations Climate Summit meets to plan COP15, the global warming treaty conference to be held next […]

September 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

If not six Californias, how about a sovereign one?

Two years from now, Californians will not only be thinking about electing a U.S. senator, 53 members of Congress and a president, but most likely also about the possibility of carving up their state into six new ones. The ballot initiative to do this is the brainchild of billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, who observes […]

September 16, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111; fax: 202-456-2461; email: [email protected] 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 Garamendi (3rd District), 2438 Rayburn […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Archer has worked hard for us

Please join me in voting for Barbara Archer for school board. I have looked at the qualifications of all the candidates and Barbara stands head and shoulders above the rest. Barbara’s service to the Davis school district started more than a decade ago when she was a classroom and library volunteer. Over the past 10 years, her […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Is history repeating itself?

With a willingness to participate in our political process, and tremendous citizen effort, an initiative to counter the influence of Citizens United qualified for the California ballot. Opposition has removed it from the ballot. Have we circled back to the time of the Boston tea party and taxation without representation? Claudette Cervinka Davis

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Time for a progressive PD

Now that the MRAP “crisis” is behind us, I think it is time to propose much-needed changes to our Police Department. I propose that from here on out, all Davis police will ride bikes on patrol. Motorized vehicles can be a weapon and are menacing and dangerous. The bikes also will have tassels on the handlebars […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A bad vote for our water

Tom Elias’ recent column on groundwater underscores why we should be doing everything we can to protect fresh water in California. In this time of drought, we simply cannot afford to waste water by polluting it. Unfortunately, it seems that Congress, including Rep. John Garamendi, is doing everything it can to put our resources in jeopardy. […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Sierra Club Yolano Group opposes current proposals for Paso Fino development

By Alan Pryor and Pam Nieberg Several proposals for the development of the old Haussler homestead off of east Covell Boulevard recently have been brought forward by Taormino and Associates. Dubbed the Paso Fino development, the proposal currently in line to go to the City Council for consideration would place eight residential units and four […]

September 14, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,