Hamas balks at cease-fires

In her recent letter, Judy Reynolds requested supporters of Israel to “ask the Israeli government to cease their conduct.” I respect and share Reynolds’ concern over civilian casualties. But she should be asking Hamas, not Israel, to change its ways. Hamas has repeatedly rejected cease-fires or violated those to which it has agreed. * July […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: The political guard is changing

For a state that has long been a symbol of youth, there’s been a lot of age among California’s pre-eminent politicians of the past decade. But that began to change in 2012, and the shift accelerated this summer as many of the old guard chose not to brave the “top two” primary system that threatened […]

August 08, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fund supports native students

Thanks for publishing the story by Krysta Fauria of The Associated Press about new efforts by colleges and universities to “woo native (American) students” (July 24). American Indian youths need lots of encouragement and support, whether they’re on or off reservation. (Some whose parents left a reservation with great hope find themselves in “unhelpful” inner-city environments.) It […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

In reality, Yolo said no to water

Gabe Lewins’ history (July 29) does not go back far enough to justify saying that “they” are water robbers; his “they” refers to Solano Irrigation District, and if he researched the deeper history of Putah Creek water flows, Lake Berryessa and the construction of Monticello Dam, he would find out that “we” — actually our […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Brother feeling mighty confused

Dear Annie: I am a 13-year-old boy and can’t talk about this with anyone I know. My father isn’t in my life. It never mattered because I have the best older brother anyone could ask for. “Tommy” is 21, and he is my hero. He helps me with my homework, teaches me about life, takes […]

Nicholas Kristof: Fighting Ebola for us all

On July 23, Dr. Kent Brantly woke up with a fever. He immediately quarantined himself, and three days later a test confirmed his nightmare. He had the Ebola virus. Brantly, 33, emailed a friend and said that he was “terrified,” for he knew better than anyone the horror of the virus. He had been treating […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Regarding the Middle East, people choose not to comprehend

By David Siegel, M.D. Aphasia is defined as the inability to express oneself properly through speech and/or writing (Broca’s or expressive aphasia) or the loss of verbal and/or reading comprehension (Wernicke’s or receptive aphasia). The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, but it also can be the consequence of brain infection, traumatic brain injury […]

August 07, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It almost ruined her life

Dear Annie: During the middle of my freshman year in high school, I was in the midst of training for my first real track season. My winter workouts gradually gained intensity, and my food intake gradually started to drop. Initially, the more weight I lost the easier it became to complete tough workouts. With that […]

Dog situation is sad all around

I am thrilled that the Rotties are now in a safe and caring place. It is incredibly sad that people don’t know about the 50 years Elaine Greenberg spent dedicating her life to rescuing these dogs. No one knows about the countless dogs she found loving homes for or the dogs she nursed back to […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Play presented with authenticity

There is only one weekend more to attend the outstanding Acme Theatre Company’s production of the powerful play, “The Rememberer” by Steven Dietz, based on the memoir of Joyce Simmons Cheeka. Her memoir describes the shameful period during which the federal government forced Native American children to attend federal boarding schools in order to deny […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Mosquito spraying isn’t effective

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District has been continually saturating the area by spraying toxic pesticides from airplanes, from trucks and from backpacks for the past two months. Now they have announced aerial spraying over the entire city of Davis. Many people will be outdoors, others will have their windows open. Young children and pregnant […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Tom Elias: Red-light camera fate now uncertain in state

There are few worse feelings for a driver than receiving a letter purporting to show that person in the act of running a red light. But not many legal items are less enforceable or reliable, despite what the California Supreme Court said in an early summer ruling that held that red-light camera photos and videos have […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,