Cheers and Jeers: Thefts mar Devil football season

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: JEERS to the thieves who stole valuables belonging to Davis High School varsity football players from the Grant High School locker room last Friday night. The players lost cell phones, iPads, head phones, laptops and, in some cases, […]

November 07, 2014 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

A disease by any other name

Dear Annie: Please tell me, when did alcoholism become a disease? A disease is when the body is ill and not functioning properly. According to Webster’s Dictionary, addiction is the quality or state of being addicted, and continues that it is a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine or […]

Whole Foods is a great partner

On behalf of the board of the Friends of the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, I want to acknowledge the generous contributions made by the local Whole Foods Market to our wonderful Arboretum. Whole Foods’ mission includes partnerships with local community groups — and the Arboretum is fortunate to benefit from this connection. Since coming […]

November 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

More observations on Fifth Street

So it has been a few weeks since my last observations as a bicyclist on the reconfiguration of Fifth Street. Here are my updated observations: * Westbound: Only one speed limit sign seen and it is at the corner of Fifth and L streets. It is still nearly impossible to make a left turn onto C […]

November 06, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Replacing Boxer could be first race of new era

This year’s election is over, and the main Tuesday result in California was not the least bit surprising: Four more years of Gov. Jerry Brown working with a Democratic-dominated Legislature. But the next election season began the moment this year’s ended, and every indication is that the long logjam that has frustrated ambitious Democrats for […]

November 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Waldorf School lets parents decide on vaccines

By Tina Rheault In response to an article that you published on Sept. 9, “Immunization Rates Lag in Some Schools…,” the Davis Waldorf School wishes to state its position on immunizations. Waldorf schools around the world have focused on educating the whole child for nearly 100 years. With more than 1,000 schools across 93 countries, we […]

November 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It doesn’t always work out

Dear Annie: When I was a teenager I gave up a child for adoption. Eighteen years later, “Doris” came looking for me, and we formed a very cordial relationship. By then, I was married and had three other children. Doris was also married, with children, and she and I visited often. I attended funerals, weddings, […]

Adams, Archer and Sunder for fiscal stability

Prior to this election cycle, I did not personally know most of the school board candidates. Last month, I spent about 45 minutes with all of the candidates, excepting the gentleman who has pursued multiple lawsuits against our city and school district. My main concerns in this election are fiscal. I believe that we should elect […]

November 04, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged

Kids get support on Bike/Walk to School Day

By Sanne Fettinger In an effort to increase awareness of how easy and healthy it is to bike and walk to school, many local schools participated in the National Bike/Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Many thanks to all the students participating, parents, teachers, city officials, school board members and superintendent. Helping to […]

November 04, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Labor market should be free

Sunday’s article on using Davis as a springboard for increases in minimum wage misses the mark. In the United States, the labor market is composed of millions of individuals who decide where, when and how they want to participate. The article points out the apparent poverty rate in Davis. Do we really think of Davis […]

November 07, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The long and the short of it

Dear Annie: I am a 14-year-old high school freshman who is depressed about my future. As a result of my premature birth, I have a heart defect and lung problems and am very small for my age. Recently, my family went to a local park. It was humid, and I was so worn out that […]

Mom still playing favorites

Dear Annie: I am the middle sister of three. My mother has always favored my younger sister, “Louise,” despite periods of seriously bad behavior. Mom has bailed Louise out of numerous poor financial decisions. She also takes her and her son on cruises and buys them expensive presents. I recently found out that Mom is […]