Remember those who served

Dear Annie: Thank you once again for providing me the opportunity to reach out and thank our citizens for the care and support they provide to our veterans. Each year, Americans participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients by visiting and volunteering at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities and by sending letters […]

Would you go on a Disney cruise? Would I?

“We’re going on a Disney cruise,” I told friends who asked about my travel plans in January. I couldn’t see my own face when I said this, but I heard myself sigh or giggle nervously. Disney? Me? I couldn’t care less about Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the rest of that crowd. I’ve never been […]

Poor Trump — he still can’t derail his crazy campaign train

You will recall that last week, I proposed that Donald Trump unleashed the Pandora’s box of nasty, half-witted gobbledygook we’ve all come to know and loathe as Sara Palin because this whole presidential campaign thing has gotten way out of control, and the last thing Trump actually wants is the weighty responsibility that comes with […]

Happy to shut herself off

Dear Annie: I’m at my wits’ end with my wife of 30 years. I think she’s delusional. I am five years older than she is, but she insists that she looks older. She claims she is fat and ugly, so she no longer wants to go out with friends, go to a movie or out […]

Task force urges doctors to screen all adults for depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday. Depression is a common public health problem, and screening simply involves health workers asking about certain symptoms even if patients don’t mention them. The second part […]

Council should put Nishi Gateway project on the ballot

The issue: An opportunity to put smart planning into practice The Nishi Gateway, a 46-acre infill project at the west end of Olive Drive, nears a critical vote next week, as the Davis City Council is expected to vote on the final parameters of the plan and decide whether to put it on the June ballot. THE PROJECT would […]

Not too little, not too much

Responding to Bob Carroll (Jan. 24) and Marina Kalugin (Jan. 26) on taxing sugary drinks in Davis, I offer the following: * Carroll states he is diabetic and hasn’t drunk sugary drinks in 50 years. Terrific. Diabetes indeed provides a powerful inducement to avoid sugar. The tax, if enacted, would provide another inducement and help others […]

Where’s compassion for all animals?

I’m sure many people join me in feeling relief at the news of a large reward offered in connection with the poor dog whose abused body was recently dumped on the side of a Yolo County road. Bound and suffocated, he had 50 to 100 bite wounds on one of his legs. Our hearts go out to him […]

Thanks for successful toy drive

On behalf of the many children who had to spend some time in the UC Davis Children’s Hospital during the holiday season, we would like to thank the many generous friends and family who donated gifts for our toy drive. Once again, it made a big difference in the lives of these children and their families. […]

Make a conscious decision not to use violence, in the family and in the world

By Elizabeth Traubman and Lionel Traubman As loving parents who raised two children during the era of the Vietnam War, we were inspired by the work of child psychologist Haim Ginott, who observed: “Misbehavior and punishment are not opposites that cancel each other. On the contrary, they breed and reinforce each other.” We asked ourselves: […]

Mayor’s Corner: Fasten your seatbelts

For this month’s “Mayor’s Corner,” I wanted to share with you what I discussed with members of the Davis Chamber of Commerce recently regarding the “state of the city.” It’s an annual event for every Mayor, but since not every one of you is a Chamber member, I thought I’d use this space to bring […]

E-cigarettes: Not what they appear to be

By Raymond Chau Seeing my grandfather die from smoking-related lung cancer ignited a passion in me. Since his death, I have committed myself to educating the Davis community on the dangers of tobacco use. Unfortunately, as I’ve talked to UC Davis students, I’ve learned that the progress made toward a smoke-free society is being threatened, and […]

He’s great, but …

Dear Annie: My fiancé and I became engaged a year ago. He has many good qualities: He is really sweet most of the time, and he is a good provider. He takes me on nice trips and buys me lovely presents. He even rubs my feet and cooks for me. However, there are three bad […]