The rich can get richer …

We needn’t feel sorry for Mitt Romney if he loses the election. He can then amend his 2011 federal tax return and get back the overpayment of his federal taxes. Clyde Bowman Davis

September 28, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Big bucks make 37 unpredictable

There will be plenty of ballot proposition battles in California this fall that look like food fights, with figurative rotten tomatoes slung via all manner of media over issues from the death penalty to taxes and car insurance, but only one initiative fight revolves around actual food. That’s Proposition 37, which pits most of America’s […]

September 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Finally, housing recovery in sight

The issue: We finally seem to be climbing out of the hole Economists have been saying there will be no meaningful recovery until the housing market recovers. Finally, that seems to be happening. Standard & Poor’s authoritative Case/Schiller index shows home prices nationally increased 1.2 percent in July over the same month last year. As […]

September 28, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Decisions, decisions

Dear Annie: I am 38 and have been with my husband for 18 years. We have built a wonderful life with great kids, but circumstances led to a separation. I was the one who wanted it. My husband is a good guy, but he just hasn’t been able to give me the love I want. […]

Interested in your city? Step up!

Here’s how What: Apply to serve on an advisory commission When: Applications are due by Monday Where: Pick up applications at the city clerk’s office at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or download them at Info: Call 530-757-5648 or visit By Terry Whittier A […]

September 27, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

SATs show our kids aren’t ready for college

The issue: Since scores show close correlation to family income, the single most effective reform would be a rising and widely distributed prosperity for all The high school class of 2012 has taken its College Board exams and the results are not good, showing the nation still hasn’t cracked the code of how to deliver a […]

September 27, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Anger won’t cover the bills

Dear Annie: My parents divorced years ago. Dad waited patiently while Mom chose between him and another man. In the end, Mom chose the other guy, but it didn’t work out. Neither have any of her other relationships. Meanwhile, my dad married a lovely, classy and extremely wealthy woman. They have found true happiness, while […]

NFL must reach agreement with refs, now

The issue: Our professional football players are the best in the world; the refs need to be the best, too Mired in a contract dispute, the National Football League locked out its regular referees in June. The league thought it could rely on less-experienced officials who normally work small college football games. The results so […]

September 26, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Will we be steered to a safer future?

On Aug. 31 about 7:45 a.m. I was riding my bicycle on rural County Road 29, heading east. My round-trip route from Davis and back would have been 15.5 miles. But that Friday morning, a car, also heading east, struck me from behind and knocked me out cold. My ride ended abruptly after only 12 […]

September 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Mommy meanest

Dear Annie: When I was little, my mother would insist, “I’m not your mother.” I’d be convinced and start to cry. Then she would say, “I’m just kidding.” As a 6-year-old, I was afraid of the vacuum. She unplugged it and told me it was OK to sit on it. When I did, she turned […]

September 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

H.G. Wells’ birthday a time to celebrate sci-fi

The issue: More than any other author, he fueled our fascination in fantasy Few foreign writers have influenced American popular culture as much as Herbert George Wells, who would have celebrated his 146th birthday last week if only he’d actually built a time machine rather than simply written about one. Americans have made uncounted billions […]

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