Parents should pay monthly fee

What Richard Harris wants to do is his business. But how his action impacts our society is everybody’s business. Davis has a chronic problem with shortage of funding for education. Since it is a man-made problem, it can be solved through human ingenuity. The primary responsibility of bringing up children rests with parents and not with […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Ailing Chavez tries for one more term

The issue: Venezuela would be better served if he concentrated on his health, letting his people get their country back It is only stating the obvious that Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez’s days are numbered. In the unlikely but not impossible event that his 39-year-old challenger, Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles, doesn’t get him in the […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Find your pot of gold in Winters

If you are over 35 years old and you don’t vigorously exercise on a regular basis, the idea of waking up early on a Saturday morning, mounting your bicycle and riding 30 miles to Winters and back may seem downright ghastly. It’s one thing to pedal a mile or two at a slow and safe […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Rethink tree trimmers’ cuts

I was saddened and dismayed to read of the recent layoffs of city parks personnel, especially as they come after the recent election in which Davis voters overwhelmingly approved a tax measure to help fund our parks. I am especially disturbed to learn that tree trimmers are among those to feel the ax. Recently, we […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Our urban forest needs care

I don’t envy City Manager Steve Pinkerton. His task — bringing the city’s budget into line with reality — is difficult and, in many ways, thankless. But was it necessary to eliminate two positions from Parks and Urban Forest Management Division, effectively gutting it and depriving it of all field staff? I have served on […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Animal deaths are unnecessary

I commend the recent op-ed piece, “This sad problem can be fixed,” as a clear and compelling call to action by everyone in our community who cares about the welfare of companion animals. A “live release rate” at the Yolo County animal shelter hovering at 50 percent translates into the deaths of hundreds cats, kittens, […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Granda’s energy is misdirected

Jose Granda is fond of referring to school board members as liars and cheats. In his recent letter, he uses some form of the word “deceit” six times to describe them — including when he incorrectly avers that the board promoted Measure C as a strategy for eliminating teacher pink slips — and when he […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Please run for school board

Jose Granda, if you feel that strongly that the school board is doing a bad job, please run for school board this winter. You seem to have all the answers to our problems. Peter Carroll Davis

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Thanks; I’m eager to get going

I wish to thank the community for electing me to the City Council with such strong support. It’s very humbling. I also wish to thank the countless volunteers who helped on the campaign in so many ways, including taking lawn signs, sitting at the Farmers Market, walking precincts, hosting meet-and-greets and donating time and money. […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Our green commitment is essential

By Sid England If there were a solar array, a biodegradable plate or a more energy-efficient building created for every time someone used the word “sustainable,” the world would be just that. Like so many things, the definition of sustainability depends on who is defining it. The University of California — four of whose campuses, […]

Parties should pay for their own conventions

The issue: Bill would ban future taxpayer contributions The two major parties’ political conventions are delightful anachronisms. The candidates are generally known well in advance: In President Barack Obama’s case, having no challengers, since January 2009; in the case of Mitt Romney, who did have challengers, since May, almost three full months before the GOP […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

A quarter-century of misery

Dear Annie: I married at the age of 18. Shortly before my wedding, both of my parents died, leaving me with no other relatives. I looked forward to sharing life with my husband’s large, close-knit family. But the day after the ceremony, my new mother-in-law began a crusade to divorce me. She went to each […]

It’s no picnic for her, either

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 40 years and am now retired. While working, I became infatuated with “Lucy,” a co-worker. We became friends, and after one of our many lunches, we took the rest of the day off, stayed at her house, and you can guess what happened. Annie, it was a tragic mistake […]

In praise of dads

Dear Annie: Last year, you printed a column on Father’s Day about what makes a dad. There is a huge difference between what makes a “father” and what makes a “dad.” A father is someone who believes that by donating his sperm for your creation, he has done his duty in life. A dad is […]