A great experience at tree lot

We bought our Christmas tree at the Boy Scouts’ Christmas tree lot on Mace Boulevard, across from the South Davis Nugget Market. It was a great experience — no one telling us their political agenda, and no one giving us their annual rhetoric about buying a tree elsewhere. The service was super, and the price […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Can we call ourselves civilized?

The Richard Hirschfeld penalty phase puts before us, once again, our values as a civilized society. These values were recently brought to mind in watching the play “Electra,” a tragedy by Sophocles, 413 BCE. Electra prompted Athenian citizens to examine the underpinnings of their democracy. How, Sophocles asks, should we regard a civilization that demands […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Kudos to county elections staff

Our family was overseas on Election Day. We have been voting by mail for many years, and were enthusiastically looking forward to doing so this year. We made arrangements for the U.S. Postal Service to forward our mail to us while we were away. Unfortunately, our absentee ballots did not arrive. With time slipping away, […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Peace, equality and prosperity

During this special time of the year, let us pray for peace around the world. Let us pray for equality for all mankind. And finally, let us pray that the Boy Scouts of Davis sell more Christmas trees this year than they ever have in the past. Merry Christmas. Bob Glynn Davis

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

WWII carrier pigeon’s message holds mystery

The issue: The code-breaking machines are long gone, but a few nonagenarian minds may yet be able to help unlock one more secret In an era of supercomputers and multiple screens that seem to cater to our every information whim, there’s a certain satisfaction to be found in a musty mystery captivating Britain. IT SEEMS […]

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

A gift straight from Thomas’ heart

By Jeannie Johng-Nishikawa My 12-year-old daughter Victoria plays the violin and often needs me to buy her new strings. With her winter concert approaching, I knew I’d be making a trip to Watermelon Music in downtown Davis. I wanted the errand to go as quickly as possible. It was a freezing day and because I […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Too scared to act

Dear Annie: I work in the aftercare program of a highly regarded private school. It’s a part-time job at minimum wage, but the kids are great, and I am grateful to be employed. My problem is with the supervisor of the program. “Jane” constantly changes our group assignments, putting us with a different age group […]

Celebrate our breathtaking mountains

By Charlotte Orr Dec. 11 has been designated International Mountain Day. The day was created by the United Nations in 2003 to promote awareness about the importance of the world’s mountains and highlands. Mountains are crucial to life, provide most of the world’s fresh water, harbor a rich variety of plants and animals, and are […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Whose tax dollars, anyway?

A key question has raged in California for more than one year, ever since Gov. Jerry Brown first proposed two of his key tactics in the ongoing battle against seemingly perpetual state budget deficits. That question: To whom do tax dollars really belong? There are also these corollary questions: Are taxes collected by cities the […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Senate stumbles on U.N. disabilities treaty

The issue: What’s not to like about an international treaty that would ban discrimination? It may be difficult for many to remember how formidable Bob Dole was. The respected lion of the Senate, former Senate majority leader and standard-bearer of the Republican Party in 1996 worked miracles across the aisle with Democrats. It was a […]

December 11, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Don’t mislabel our children

As a teacher, a parent and well, I guess just an informed human being, please let me state for the record that autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder are not, and will never be, “serious emotional problems” as stated in Kathy Glatter’s op-ed piece Sunday. I am chagrined that a medical doctor termed them […]

December 12, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Dealing with an ingrate teen

Dear Annie: My family recently went on vacation, and my 17-year-old son was an absolute pain. He refused to go swimming with us at the pool, saying it would be too boring. He wouldn’t wear a jacket and tie to dinner at the hotel’s five-star restaurant, and when I told him he wouldn’t be able […]