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Kid doesn’t want anyone touching him

Dear Annie: When is it OK for a child not to want to be touched by anyone, including his parents? My 10-year-old grandson doesn’t want to hug anyone, nor does he like people putting their hands on his back, shoulder or head. Should this just be accepted? Should we use behavior modification so he will […]

Parents: Stop coddling your kids

Among the many wonderful memories I have of my childhood growing up in Davis, one of the more fantastic events I recall was the Civil War of 1970. Or maybe it was 1971. I am not sure. I was 6 or 7 years old, and dozens of boys — half from my neighborhood south of […]

David Brooks: Building attention span

If you’re like most of us, you’re wondering what the Internet is doing to your attention span. You toggle over to check your phone during even the smallest pause in real life. You feel those phantom vibrations even when no one is texting you. You have trouble concentrating for long periods. Over the past few […]

About time to meter groundwater wells

Water flows downhill. It’s a basic reality now playing out 500 feet below the surface of California’s farmland, everywhere from the fertile Central Valley to the citrus orchards of Riverside and San Diego counties. But it’s a physical fact to which government so far pays no apparent heed. That’s one big reason that many crops […]

Seeing more of the neighbors

Dear Annie: My wife and I are lucky to live near the friendliest, most helpful neighbors we could ask for. They are a middle-aged European couple who moved to the States two years ago. Here’s the problem. They have a swimming pool in their backyard, and when they use it, they do not wear swimsuits. […]

Doesn’t want to deal with them

Dear Annie: I have been married for 20 years. When I met my husband, he already had a grown daughter from his first marriage who was living independently in another state. “Beth” and I have never been particularly close. Seven years ago, Beth married a man who ran off within six months, and she has […]

Does an old diary always contain hidden treasure?

* Editor’s note: Marion is on vacation. This column first ran in September 2006. I’m a rarity, a writer who doesn’t keep a journal. I try not to look at this as a mortifying character flaw, but when you’re a writer, especially one who writes about personal stuff, everyone assumes that “journaling” is essential to […]

Instead of suing, musicians should pay writers for advertising

One of the craziest things I learned while attending a writer’s conference recently is that including song lyrics in a book are absolutely forbidden. Apparently music industry lawyers have exhausted the pool of legitimate offenders who download and share music without paying for it, and also tired of harassing the Girl Scouts of America for […]

It’s just symbolic, right?

I commend Judy Reynolds and Stu Pettygrove for being such strong defenders of freedom of speech on University of California campuses. In back-to-back letters in The Enterprise, both criticize the proposed adoption by the UC regents of the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which covers certain kinds of speech demonizing Israel, as violating the First Amendment. […]

There’s only one solution on guns

It has taken me 83 years to find a cause that both stirs me and promises to better the place I live. The cause is repealing the Second Amendment. The killings in a black church and on a U.S. naval base cut across every schism in this society. The notion that the right to bear […]

Old news makes for new pain

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 40 years. When we were first dating, my future wife unexpectedly set me aside to explore the possibilities of seeing another man. It was a difficult time for me. The other man was a mutual acquaintance, for whom I didn’t much care, which intensified my […]

Cheers and Jeers: Berryessa effort pays off

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the newly official Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Last week, President Obama officially dedicated the area, and now tourists and nature lovers in California will see more than 330,000 acres preserved. The success culminates years of […]

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