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Gas price surge? It’s largely due to gouging

There is absolutely no doubt about a few facts surrounding the gasoline price surge that Californians experienced in late winter and early spring. In March, California prices averaged 84 cents per gallon higher than the national average of $2.54 per gallon, rising to $3.38 after a wintertime dip. That meant Californians spent $34 million per […]

Didn’t come to hear you eat

Dear Annie: Last week, my husband and I were able to secure tickets to a movie that had been sold out for several weeks. We looked forward to a nice evening until the lady with the popcorn and icy drink sat next to me. As soon as the movie started, she began to chomp and […]

A city where alums are welcome

I recently had the opportunity to listen to Mayor Wolk speak at the Davis College Democrats’ annual Indigo Awards. I was pleasantly surprised by how much he genuinely enjoyed connecting with us students and pleased with Wolk’s aspiration to make Davis a welcoming place where students could settle down and raise their families after graduation. […]

Oil should stay in the ground

Another train hauling Bakken crude has exploded, this time in North Dakota (Davis Enterprise, May 7). Fortunately, there were no injuries, but it is only a matter of time. The logic is clear. As long as we depend on fossil fuel, corporations will find ways to get oil to their customers. We can increase safety […]

Final lessons from a horrific crime

By Lloyd Billingsley On Thursday, Daniel Marsh turns 18 and will transfer to one of California’s state prisons. This move serves as a reminder that no city, however peaceful and progressive, is off-limits to violent crime. It was in Davis where, on April 14, 2013, Daniel Marsh murdered Claudia Maupin, 76, and Oliver “Chip” Northup, […]

At long last, Laura’s Law is being implemented

“On Jan. 10, 2001, our daughter, Laura, was at work at California’s Nevada County Behavioral Health Clinic. A client appeared for a scheduled appointment. Without warning or provocation, he drew a handgun and shot Laura four times. When the rampage at the clinic and at a nearby restaurant ended, Laura and two others lay dead […]

So what does that make us?

Dear Annie: I’m a little confused about a recent development in my life. I’m a 69-year-old male. My wife died last summer after being in a nursing facility for nearly two years. I recently went on a trip to visit some buddies. On the way, I decided to see a woman who was married to […]

Eyewitness account was welcome

I am writing to commend you on publishing the eyewitness account of the fall of Saigon (“Eyewitness to the Fall of Saigon,” May 3). It is a welcome glimpse of truth in an endless campaign of lies and distortions that frequently surround the tragedy of the Vietnam War. Certainly the evacuation of Saigon did not […]

When a fine is only half a fine

Only minutes after an announcement that the California Public Utilities Commission would fine the state’s largest utility company $1.6 billion for violating state and federal gas pipeline safety standards, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it would not appeal the decision. But PG&E never said why it’s happy to accept the largest penalty ever assessed […]

Crude oil-by-rail rules are only a first step toward safety

By Don Saylor While the U.S. economy has benefited from increased domestic oil production, a surge of highly volatile crude oil is traveling on rail lines across rivers and through downtowns from North Dakota to California. Over the past five years, shipment of crude oil by rail in North America has increased from 9,500 to […]

Wait, which one is Larry?

Dear Annie: Many years ago, “Hazel” sat next to me in high school and apparently had a crush on me. (I had no clue.) She married someone else, and her husband passed away 20 years ago. Four years later, she met “Larry,” who is married and says he can’t divorce because of his religion. He […]

What’s she worth to you?

Dear Readers: Happy Mother’s Day. Today would be a good time to phone your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, stepmother or foster mother and wish them the best. And please don’t forget those for whom this day is filled with sadness. Please give them a call and say you are thinking of them. Every year, salary.com prints […]

Don’t put me in charge of ice cream, tolls or toddlers

A doggedly cheerful sound of summer made me start thinking about jobs I’d never want. I was standing on a street in South Davis when a white ice cream truck approached playing the same tune it played last summer, and many summers before that, a tune that was only fun at first. The loud, tinny […]

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