Wife gets chatty online

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 18 years, and we have three children. I always thought we got along great. Over the past few years, we have not been as intimate as we once were, and I attributed it to busy schedules, children, etc. However, recently I discovered that my wife […]

Divide and rule is the strategy

According to Wikipedia, “divide and rule” is derived from the Latin saying “Divide et impera,” and in politics refers to a strategy to gain and maintain power. In recent history, the Nazis used this strategy through the persecution of Jewish citizens in Germany in the 1930s. The Communists also used it by the persecution of […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Chancellor Katehi is already gone

Regarding rumors of a pending settlement between student protesters and UC Davis: settling now without the rolling of administrative heads would be an unfortunate conclusion to the events of Nov. 18. If there is one thing many on both sides of that day agree on — the police and the student protesters — it is […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Improve animal welfare in Yolo

If you care about shelter animals, stop by the Yolo Coalition for Animal Shelter Reform table at the Davis Farmers Market on Saturday. The Yolo County Local Agency Formation Commission hired the Animal Protection League to study ways to improve Yolo County Animal Services. This study recommends that Yolo County create a Joint Powers Authority […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

What happened to Ollie?

Mary Lee Thomson’s history on Gunrock, the Cal Aggie mascot, and his namesake Gun Rock, uncle of Man o’ War, was very thorough and interesting. It piqued my own curiosity, however, as the name was totally strange to me. I attended UC Davis from the fall of 1954 to June 1956, and periodically thereafter as […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

War-crimes trials proceed at a glacial pace

The issue: International tribunals are the only mechanism for prosecution if the defendant’s home country is uninterested or unwilling Come next month, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will have been on trial for war crimes for three years, and no conclusion appears in sight. He and his former military commander, Ratko Mladic, are being […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

1959 murder in Davis remains unsolved

(Officer Douglas Eugene) Cantrill’s body was found Monday night by a young Davis couple. The body, a single bullet wound through the heart, was lying in the officer’s patrol car, parked on a paved road next to a railroad track in a residential section of Davis. The patrol car’s lights were on, the motor was […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Question of ‘better off’ finally gets answered

The issue: As Obama accepts his renomination, he must convincingly promise us we’ll be better off four years from now than we are today A standard line of political attack in economically troubled times has been this question, first sprung by Ronald Reagan in his successful 1980 campaign against President Jimmy Carter: “Are you better […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Lovely, but expensive

Dear Annie: Six months ago, I married a lovely young woman. While we were engaged, “Nina” and I had several candid discussions about finances, figuring that once we married, she would look for a job and we would split the household expenses evenly. Her parents were very generous and gave us a nice amount of […]

Katehi’s biological tin ear

Chancellor Linda Katehi’s patents are in antennas. Agriculture and environmental sciences don’t seem to be areas she likes to talk about; they don’t make her radar screen. College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Neal Van Alfen was backed into a corner where he was forced to leave, without understanding why. It’s just another public […]

September 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Where have the leaders gone?

Personal commendations to Rich Rifkin for his clarity on the issue of holding our elected representatives to account. Too often, our electeds at the statehouse seem to have totally lost touch with the communities and taxpayers they profess to represent. For instance, in their deliberations on SB 2451, did any of our Assembly or Senate […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Why public water service matters

I think it’s about time to set the record straight about what public and private mean when it comes to provision of drinking water service. Why are we discussing this in the first place, anyway? Our policy makers seem to think privatization will achieve efficiency and economies. Nothing could be further from the truth. We […]

September 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,