They were a package deal

Dear Annie: I was in a long-distance relationship with “Jerry” for six years. He frequently spoke about commitment, but when he still wasn’t ready to do anything after all that time, I broke things off. That was a month ago. Although our breakup wasn’t particularly acrimonious, it has been difficult emotionally. I used to spend […]

Married people do *what*?

Dear Annie: I have been married for two years to a man I love, and we have a new baby daughter. I should be happy, but I am not. Annie, I do not like sex. I didn’t like it on my wedding night, and I don’t like it now. I was raised in the Catholic […]

The inside story of going viral

A year ago one of my columns became unusually popular. Three days after I published “What You Need to Know about 6-Foot Trick-or-Treaters,” I began receiving emails from strangers around the country. Then a couple of parent-related web sites reposted the piece, which led to more email. The column was about how my son and […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Republicans completely deserved their landslide victories

“Hats off!” to the Republicans for walloping the Democrats in the midterm elections. The Reds brought brass knuckles and nunchucks to this fistfight and came out swingin’. Of course, the victory isn’t that impressive if all your opponent does is curl into the fetal position and whimper. Democrats. How do I put this delicately … […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Family trouble won’t go away

Dear Annie: My 42-year-old granddaughter is currently living with me. She has been evicted twice for not paying rent, her credit is no good, and she can’t find anybody who will rent to her. She has three young children who are living with my son (her father) and his wife. I am 83 years young […]

Waldorf should show leadership

The Enterprise has noted that 50 percent of the pupils in the Davis Waldorf School are not up-to-date with their immunizations. Wednesday’s edition featured a commentary by the school’s administrator, Tina Rheault, which explains its policy regarding vaccinations. Her commentary is consistent with the policy described in a statement by the European Council for Steiner […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Constitution contest thanks

This year, 2014, marked the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. It also marked the second highlighting of that event that through an essay contest on the Constitution and a variety of other activities here in Davis, taken on by Davis residents with the interest in promoting America’s history and the Constitution […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Don’t forget the real reason

Ninety-five years ago, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Day in order to commemorate the end of World War I and the veterans who served in it. While the name has changed to Veterans Day, the purpose remains the same: to celebrate and commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. While most […]

November 11, 2014 | Posted in Letters | 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 Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit House of Representatives Rep. John Garamendi (3rd District), 2438 Rayburn […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

The truth about American gun violence

By Emmett Barnes Since I first began writing this essay, my understanding of the topic I had chosen has practically reversed. My topic was gun control in America, and I originally believed that gun violence in the United States is at an all-time high, and that most shootings are carried out by individuals suffering from some sort of mental […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

And the winners are …

The winning essays in the second annual Davis Constitution Essay Contest are printed here. Each winner — in elementary, junior high, high school and adult age categories — won a medal and $100. The Davis City Council publicly honored the winners at a reception Oct. 21 at City Hall, and they were celebrated at a party […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Vaccine spray may not work for swine flu in kids

NEW YORK (AP) — The nasal spray version of the flu vaccine did not protect young children against swine flu last winter and might not work again this year, health officials said Thursday. Preliminary results from three studies found that AstraZeneca’s FluMist had little or no effect in children against swine flu. That was the […]

Confused by allegations

Dear Annie: My 37-year-old daughter, “Raya,” has claimed that my husband, her stepfather, propositioned her for sex several times when she was a teenager. But she never mentioned it to me until she was in her 20s. Over the years, Raya has needed our help for housing and finances. When she borrows money, she rarely […]