Marijuana harm ignored in push for legalization

Four potential ballot initiatives completely legalizing marijuana are in the works for California’s next general election, with pot advocates yet to choose the variation that will get their concerted push. But one thing for sure: Whichever one they send out for signature-gathering will say nothing about the detrimental effects of the mind-altering weed, well known […]

Liberal arts: learning to learn

By Michael S. Roth As the summer winds down and young people get ready to return to their campuses, I know many families are having conversations about what kind of college education to pursue. Should one sign up for classes that promise immediate skill-building, perhaps even certification in a task highly valued right now by […]

Liberal arts study offers a transferable set of skills

By Michael T. Benson Psychology, sociology, history, political science, economics and philosophy — some have maintained that these and other “liberal arts” subjects may result in less than abundant job prospects for those who chose these areas of study. However, this list also represents, respectively, the undergraduate fields of study of the following individuals: Jamie […]

Cheers and Jeers: Hotel approval is good news for Davis

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the planned Embassy Suites hotel and conference center at Richards Boulevard and Olive Drive, which got final approval by the City Council on Tuesday night. Davis has plenty of hotels available, but none that provide the […]

Proposed apartment project is too big

By Jerry Hallee A five-story, 270-unit apartment project has been proposed for the site at 2100 Fifth St. formerly occupied by the EMQ FamiliesFirst residential treatment facility. I understand Davis’ “infill development” objectives as an important strategy available to city planners to provide for housing and other community needs. However, any infill project must take into […]

Will no one think of the carrots?

I am a carrot. I was “cruelly yanked” from my “… resting place in the warm comfort of the soil …” Yeah … it happened to a bunch of us. So here I lie in a veggie bin next to a turnip. It’s damn cold, too! Looks like we’re both up for grabs to be […]

Water storage won’t come soon

California is in its fourth year of drought — with worsening effects. California voters approved Proposition 1, authorizing $7.12 billion to fund construction and improvement of water infrastructure and storage. The California Water Commission, with 34 members, was tasked with the development of the process with review timelines and requirements of any proposal for funding […]

Thanks for interpreter funds

Teach Another Language to Kids (TALK) would like to express its appreciation to the Davis Food Co-op and the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation for a generous $150 grant award through the Davis Cooperative Community Fund. TALK is a parent-run nonprofit providing foreign language classes to Davis elementary students. For more than 20 years, we have offered […]

There’s gratitude for you

Dear Annie: My parents own a good amount of land in their native country. When I was growing up, they paid for my tuition but were not very supportive emotionally. I sponsored them to come to the U.S., and because they didn’t speak English (and still don’t), I helped them find jobs. The problem is, […]

It’s more of an un-vitation

Dear Annie: I am a 27-year-old woman and have been verbally invited to a few weddings this year. For one, we were told to “save the date” a year in advance. I never received an actual invitation and their wedding was last weekend. The pictures are popping up on Facebook. The second wedding, the bride […]

Sanders will protect our planet

As the electioneering heats up for the 2016 presidential race, it is time to ask of the two major Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, “Which one really cares the most about the state of the Earth?” Yes, there are many vital issues facing all of us, but there is only one planet for […]

Solar billing education important

Tanya Perez was shocked by the true-up charges assessed by PG&E for electrical use subsequent to having solar panels installed on her roof. It is unfortunate that this happened but I suspect she may not have been properly informed as to PG&E’s billing process. I recently had solar installed and was told by my solar […]

Families need access to services

Thank you to Barbara Wilson for her recent letter describing child care services and access to these services once available in Davis. It is important to the families of our town that these services and access to them be returned to Davis. Jan Jursnich Davis