Son still carries a grudge

Dear Annie: Twenty five years ago, my youngest son, then 18, quit the job he had had for four years. They had promised him an assistant manager job and when he turned 18, but did not follow through. After that, he would not look for a job or even help around the house. His dad […]

Davis at greater risk for oil train explosion

Have your say What: Final hearing on Valero oil refinery expansion proposal When: 6:30 p.m. Monday; sign-ups will be taken all day. Hearings may be continued Tuesday evening and beyond if all who wish to speak cannot be heard Monday Where: City Council Chambers, Benicia City Hall, 250 E. L St., Benicia By Alan Miller […]

Hey pardner — there’s gold in them thar black cowboy hats

It came to my attention recently that a bit of a kerfuffle was simmering at the Winters Police Department, and my “column topic” antennae began quivering with joy. I’m all about the kerfuffle. The topic? Cowboy hats. Specifically, the patrol officers wanted to wear them, and management gave them the kibosh. Kerfuffle and kibosh! Oh, joy! […]

Miserable in this situation

Dear Annie: All of my life, I’ve heard about the “golden years.” Why are mine only black and gray? I have been married to my husband for 40 years. He has not been sexually capable for half that time. I understand that, but he also does not want to kiss me, hold me, talk to […]

No more food fights — nurturing healthy eaters over a lifetime

By Ashley Sens, M.D. As a pediatrician, one of the most common things parents ask me is how they can get their son or daughter to eat healthier foods. So-called “food fights” are common for many families. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are six simple tips for how to help encourage healthy […]

No, not jealous at all …

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law has decor that was personalized for her by my husband’s long-term ex-girlfriend. Every time I go to her house, it’s the first thing I see and it really bothers me. The problem is, I don’t feel I can say anything to her because after all, it’s her house and the decorating […]

A hallmark of excellence

We would like to recognize Hallmark Inn of Davis for its kindness in selecting Yolo County CASA as one of the recipients of its Giving Tree fundraiser and for its generosity in matching and exceeding all the donations it received.  We are also grateful for the individual gifts from the following friends: Rick and Moira LeCouteur, Georgia and Jim Corbett, Lorna Belden and Milt […]

Davis, thank you so much

Last Sunday, Davis again showed our family how great this community can be. Blood Source hosted a “Be the Match” drive for people to register for the National Bone Marrow Registry in the name of our son, Tommy Jones. It was a great success and a truly heartwarming experience. Thanks go first to Bruce Gallaudet […]

Target the true source of obesity

To believe that an added tax on sugar-loaded drinks will be the magic trick to the prevention of obesity is the same as expecting the pot at the end of the rainbow to be full of gold. The Davis City Council should use its time in a more effective manner. The food stamp program, CalFresh, […]

Let them eat code: the corporate battle that is killing Internet for the poor

By Jerri Ann Henry If you haven’t been closely following the net neutrality wars, you may be surprised by the sudden uprising against “zero-rating” — the practice of mobile providers, ISPs or content sites to make specific applications or services available to users either for free or without counting against the user’s data cap. In […]

Froma Harrop: And the Oscar for the most stunning actress goes to …

We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon. At the risk of running afoul of some ardent fan clubs, let us note that the Academy Awards for best actress tend to favor the young and beautiful, often for playing the […]

Getting together with the grandmas

Dear Annie: I live in the same town as two friends from high school. One of these friends married right out of high school and starting having children. My other friend and I both went to college together, and then she also married and started her family. Neither of these women had a career outside […]

Schools reach out to those in need

Have you ever felt lonely, invisible or alone? Now, imagine feeling that way every day. In every school and in every community, including Davis, there are young people who suffer silently because they feel left out, alone or isolated. Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the United States and within our schools. Excessive feelings […]