It’s all about quality teachers

By Nicholas D. Kristof The most important civil rights battleground today is education, and, likewise, the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools. Inner-city urban schools today echo the “separate but equal” system of the early 1950s. In the Chicago public schools where teachers are now on strike, 86 percent of […]

September 14, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Mother becomes more abusive

Dear Annie: My mom is 67 and pure evil. She manipulates her doctors, who don’t know the real truth. I’ve tried to remain patient and respectful, to no avail. My mom has pushed everyone away. She has no friends. Since my father died, she’s become severely depressed. I’ve supported her and stood by her after […]

Heartfelt support to unclog your arteries

The issue: Make a personal resolution to reduce your bad cholesterol This could be a special month for more than politics and sports. It also could be the month of a special personal resolution — to reduce your bad cholesterol. IT IS CHOLESTEROL Awareness Month as per the U.S. Society for Vascular Surgery, whose members […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Guns don’t belong on college campuses

By Bill Maxwell On two occasions during my career as a college professor, I feared for my safety when students confronted me about their final grades. Because of the gun violence on our campuses and in other public spaces today, I think more and more about those confrontations. In the first instance in Chicago, a […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Together, after all these years

The class of 1957 of Davis High School celebrated its 55th reunion this past weekend. Of the 57 members, 19 had been together since kindergarten. Eleven of these 19, among others, attended the reunion. Bob Parsons Longmont, Colo.

September 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Vann supports small business

Most of us in Yolo County, no matter our political persuasion, support our friends and neighbors who start small businesses and we want to see them succeed. John Garamendi struck a blow against these entrepreneurs when he voted to uphold a requirement that those who seek to deduct expenditures against their gross income must file a Form 1099 for […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The real DACHA cash cow

Re: Mike Mitchell’s letter to the editor Sept. 6: I was glad to learn that he lived in the limited equity co-op called Dos Pinos. In the 1980s, I worked for more than four years to take Dos Pinos from an idea to a financed reality. I worked on every part of the efforts to […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Wars based on falsehoods

Forty years too late, it was finally revealed to the American public that the Gulf of Tonkin incident reported by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1964 was wrong. This falsehood fully plunged the United States into the Vietnam War, thereby killing more than 58,000 of our troops and unknown millions of Vietnamese. Unfortunately, such […]

September 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Race remembers 9/11 victims

On Sunday, I participated in the Race to Remember, a race to honor those who died on 9/11. It was a very moving experience. The race featured a 5K walk/run and a 10K run. I walked the 5K. When I first heard about the race, I decided to do it in honor of my aunt […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Déjà vu on the initiative front

California voters can be excused if they get a sense of déjà vu when taking their first look at the ballot initiative pamphlets for the fall election. That’s because they’ve already seen and decided on several of the issues they’re being asked to consider in November. The decisions, of course, were negative on all those […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Up in the sky: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Putin

The issue: We can take a lesson from the Russian president’s media stunts On top of his other duties, Russian President Vladimir Putin feels compelled to entertain the public. Perhaps it’s his way of making it up to his countrymen for having cheated them out of a free election. HE HAS BEEN photographed hunting and […]

September 12, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

More for the language-obsessed

You know you’ve arrived when “The Wary I” deigns to acknowledge your comments. Having been thus distinguished for the first time (Sept. 7), I respectfully acknowledge the acknowledgment. The columnist criticized my use of the word “inference” (Aug. 29) because “the writer can only ‘imply,’ it’s the reader who ‘infers.’ ” Of course that’s not […]

September 16, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,