Plenty of groundwater in Davis?

By Graham E. Fogg and Larry Ernst The short answer: No, the aquifer system beneath Davis definitely shows signs of overdraft, and not because of the drought. Overdraft happens when more groundwater is pumped than can be replenished by recharge at the land surface, including from surface water bodies, and by lateral subsurface flow into […]

Did they do the right thing?

Dear Annie: My wife and I were married in a double wedding with her sister. Two years later, my new brother-in-law began boasting to me of his philandering. He rationalized it by claiming that as long as his wife knew nothing about it, he wasn’t hurting her. I told this to my wife and asked […]

Inviting themselves to the party

Dear Annie: My daughter is getting married in two weeks. My 80-year-old mother-in-law is unable to attend, but she called us with a request. Her daughter, “Donna,” the bride’s aunt, will be flying across the country with her two young children to attend the wedding. She asked whether Donna’s two children could have a role […]

Evaporation helps cool our air

Water evaporating from your lawn or trees cools their surrounding environment. The evaporation of just one gallon of water (8.3 pounds or 3.8 kg) absorbs 2,060 kcal of energy (3.8 kg x 542 kcal/kg). The specific heat of air is 0.24 kcal/kg °C, so that one gallon of water will cool 858 kg of air 10 […]

Brown is pragmatic on vaccines

“A foolish consistency,” the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted, “is the hobgoblin of little minds,” and no one has ever accused Gov. Jerry Brown of being small-minded. So why be surprised when he completely reverses himself, as he did recently on vaccinations? Less than three years ago, Brown signed into law a plan allowing parents […]

Don’t confuse global, U.S. livestock figures

By Charles Hjerpe I am writing in response to a letter to the editor by George Farmer published July 12. Farmer’s letter was in response to a commentary I had written for the June 17 edition, in which I attempted to explain why eating less beef would not make available, for alternate usage, very much […]

With friends like these

Dear Annie: How do you cope with a friendship where the person stays connected just enough to continually remind you of how unimportant you are? I have a friend with whom I was once quite close. We exercised and ran errands together, and when she was seriously ill, I spent countless hours visiting, reading to […]

Does he really want to come back?

Dear Annie: Last year, my husband told me that he was having an affair. I was shocked. All I knew was that he had been drinking excessively and I was concerned. He told me that the Other Woman “gets him” and that he is in love with her. She makes him feel young again. He […]

Are we there yet? Davis culture shock, in a good way

The Carpentier family, our friends from France, flew home Monday night after a fun-filled two-week stay with us. We all had a wonderful time together, and they would say it’s the best vacation they’ve ever had. Much of why they enjoyed themselves is that they were in awe of Davis … the bike trails, the […]

Study: Women with mild memory problem worsen faster than men

By Lauran Neergaard  WASHINGTON (AP) — Older women with mild memory impairment worsened about twice as fast as men, researchers reported Tuesday, part of an effort to unravel why women are especially hard-hit by Alzheimer’s. Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. At age 65, seemingly healthy women have about a 1 in 6 […]

Dueling issues complicate marriage

Dear Annie: I am 62 years old and have been married to “Clyde” for 12 years. We do not have a sexual relationship. He prefers to sleep on the sofa and always has, saying it’s more comfortable. Clyde had a horrible childhood. He told me that his mother had sex with various men in his […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: visit 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 […]