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 ,

Rich Rifkin: Where does our green waste go?

It was about 15 years ago. I had just filled the bed of my pickup with compost offered free at the Davis Community Gardens. I turned right onto Fifth Street and noticed a cop was right behind me. I turned right on L Street. So did the police officer. I turned left on Eighth. So […]

August 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Mother refuses to move on

Dear Annie: My mother has always had a rocky relationship with her sister, “Josie,” for many reasons. The final straw came after Josie stole money from my mother seven years ago. They haven’t spoken to each other since. I understand that my aunt hurt my mother badly and what she did was unforgivable. I know […]

Don’t miss this Acme show

The young people of Davis are amazing. I just returned from seeing the Acme Theatre Company production of “The Rememberer” at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School. This play, written by Steven Dietz, was beautifully directed by Emily Henderson and the whole cast did a splendid job portraying the moving story of Joyce […]

August 05, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

‘Percent’ can be confusing

The letter by Mikal Saltveit published Friday, July 25, should have said that the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past 18 years is analogous to adding almost 7,000 people to the population of Davis, not 2.3 people. My hope in writing is to leave at least one person with a better understanding of math […]

August 05, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,