Hating on those dirty books

Dear Annie: I am in a dispute with my kids’ middle school. For the past two summers, the school has recommended to our 8th-grade students several reading selections that contain crude language and explicit sexual content. I don’t understand why. The “reading specialist” who helped select the titles says, “Kids need to read things that […]

Aunt can’t be on her own

Dear Annie: My wife’s aunt “Zelda” is 83 and lives alone. She is in the early stages of dementia, and her short-term memory is rapidly deteriorating. She will ask the same question multiple times within a 15-minute span. She also is extremely paranoid. She is convinced people are entering her house at night and stealing […]

Focus on health: Common pet food myths

Myth: My dog or cat has been eating the same food for years, so it can’t have a food allergy. Food allergies are caused by the body’s immune system reacting to one of the components of the diet, often the protein or carbohydrate source. This reaction is typically manifested in pets as red, itchy skin and […]

‘Union members’ doesn’t cover it

In his recent letter, Jeff Boone identifies the problem with school spending as being spending increases that go to “union members” rather than student improvement. By “union members,” Boone must mean “teachers.” I’ve rarely read or heard of anyone thinking that teachers are overpaid; in fact, one of the challenges facing our schools is the […]

November 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Give options on billing systems

The Davis Enterprise of Nov. 16 reports that the Water Advisory Committee, by an 8-2 vote, recommends an untested billing structure. In my view, leaving fixed costs undefined is a flaw. A simple ballot alternative is the following: Explanation: Fixed costs are the dollar amounts spent at the river water connection site before any water is […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

I want long-term thinking

Re: Last Wednesday’s front-page headline, “Water Vote Will be Binding: Davis Residents Will Have the Final Word on the Surface Water Project.” Two paragraphs below contradict this: “I don’t get the sense from the community that they’re worried that if they vote yes, that we have to specifically do the specified project before us,” said […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Water-rate fairness? That’s what we’ve delivered

By Matt Williams I’d like to respond to points made last week by Bob Dunning about the water rate model recommended by Davis’ Water Advisory Committee, on which I sit as an alternate member. I’ll use the point/counterpoint set-up, quoting from Dunning’s Tuesday column. POINT (Dunning): I come not to bury the Water Advisory Committee, […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Dear President Obama …

By Jonathan London Congratulations! On Nov. 6, I — along with millions of others in this country and around the world — breathed a sigh of relief. Together, we pushed back against a right-wing insurgent movement that sought to divide us: the mythical makers against the 47 percent takers, the old majority against the new […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Congress poised to repeal irksome Cold War relic

The issue: Potentially lucrative trade with Russia would be eased Considering how long and contentious it was to get this point, the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment was so cut and dried it didn’t even rise to the level of anti-climactic. As its first act after the congressional elections, the House voted 365-43 to scrap […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

What do you think: What is your best holiday memory?

Amanda Back student, Davis: “I would say Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” Phil Kopel student, Davis: “Thanksgiving last year; (my girlfriend and I) met a lot of interesting people.” Jeff Stark student, Davis: “Visiting family on my dad’s side and having dinner with them.” Jim Smith retired, Davis: “Christmas as a child — waking up […]

November 25, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

And baby makes … discord

Dear Annie: Several months ago, my 17-year-old son’s girlfriend had a baby. I was upset at first, but then realized that the couple was young and needed help. My house now looks like a daycare center. For the whole nine months, we were part of the pregnancy. I paid for the mother to have an […]

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

Dear Readers: Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! We hope you are fortunate enough to be spending the holiday with family and friends. We also hope you remembered those who are alone today and would love to be part of your family on this occasion. If it’s too late to include them this year, please […]

Don’t forget Stonegate Bakery

To the residents of Davis, particularly West Davis: I know Konditorei, in East Davis, is a wonderful bakery but I also know we have a great bakery in West Davis: Stonegate Bakery. Check them out. You won’t be sorry. Marlene Schwartz Davis

November 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,