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Unless we can learn to communicate, our biracial marriage is doomed

I must always remember that when I say “A,” some people will hear “B.” Such was the case last week, when I asserted that white Americans yearn to have a conversation about racial tension with black Americans, but the recent explosion of pain, anger and frustration from the Black Lives Matter movement intimidates little old […]

Just us in Davis: The Cannery — eat your heart out, Davis

The imagery is literally mouth-watering. Ripe tomatoes of many colors spill off the page and are reflected in the colors and names of the neighborhood (Heirloom, Persimmon, Sage…) “Good Living Grows Naturally Here,” reads the motto for The Cannery, “California’s first farm to table home community in the heart of Davis.” The Cannery clearly exemplifies […]

Plants want to live, too

I am amused by those who speak out about those who eat meat, fish and poultry. Some take the position that preparing an animal for food is cruel. I wonder if they think the pulling of a carrot from it’s resting place in the warm comfort of the soil in which it has grown, or […]

Lamb criticism misses the mark

By Todd Donaldson I read the article about the expansion and more humane upgrades to the lamb processing plant in Dixon. I also read the two letters to the editor on Sunday, one by Lindsay Rubin, and one by Avital van Leeuwen, and I disagree with their statements. Meat production, and in particular the lamb […]

This Navy veteran backs Iran deal

By Andrea Marr On two of my three Navy deployments to the Persian Gulf, I stood watch on the bridge of USS Princeton. I was the officer of the deck, charged with maintaining the safety and navigation of the ship. Everyone on the bridge, from the lowliest seaman to the senior officers, was trained to […]

What it’s like as a ‘girl’ in the lab

By Sarah Clatterbuck Soper It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I’m still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I’d been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare “eureka” moments in science. […]

Deal has too many loose ends

Rich Rifkin’s column (“Iran Deal Does Not Promote Peace”) critical of the Iran nuclear deal is absolutely convincing. There are just too many loose ends in the proposed arrangement — the failure to thoroughly dismantle Iran’s centrifuges, a snap-back arrangement that ignores previously signed commercial contracts, a cumbersome and delayed inspection regime for certain sites, […]

This is a big change

Thank you for your recent coverage of the Mace Innovation Park that is proposed for development on 200 acres adjacent to the Mace Curve. It was a real surprise to your readers and the many Davis residents that have attended the developer sponsored meetings around Davis that a housing element is now part of the […]

Don’t rush General Plan change

The city is proposing to annex land for over 20 years’ worth of growth for Davis… i.e. negating Measure R growth limits for a generation. This is a massive change to the city’s General Plan, a plan that reflects a consensus that citizens invested thousands of hours to review, discuss, compromise on. Yet this hard-won […]

Not enough time for review

On Aug. 13 the city of Davis issued a draft EIR for the Mace Ranch Innovation Center project for a public comment period that will end on Sept. 28; 47 days. This document is comprised of four volumes and 13 appendices, containing more than 4,000 pages.  It will not be possible to achieve a proper public review […]

Long-distance interference

Dear Annie: I am a 29-year-old married woman with a 14-month-old son. My husband and I live one hour away from his father and stepmother, “Gladys,” and two hours away from my parents. We all get along great. When I decided to go back to work, both my mother and Gladys volunteered to watch my […]

Substitutes starting over

Last year, the Davis Joint Unified School District adopted a new salary schedule for substitute teachers, prompted by the need to hire more qualified subs. Indeed, many times during the school year last year, school secretaries were scrambling to fill teacher vacancies, sometimes deploying principals and vice principals to fill in gaps in classrooms. The […]

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