Steroid era isn’t over with Clemens case

The issue: The temptation will always be there to be faster, higher, stronger The Olympic motto, unofficially since 1894, officially since 1924, is “Citius, Altius, Fortuis” — faster, higher, stronger. Note that it is not just a simple “fast, high, strong.” The comparative form suggests continuous improvement. SINCE MANKIND — and its animals; let us […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged , ,

Not a good sign for the future

Dear Annie: I am engaged to a man who was divorced 20 years ago. He has three grown sons. The first two are doing well, but the third is still not financially responsible at the age of 30. His father has to pay off his automobile and credit cards. My fiance also helps out his […]

Greece gets time; Egypt gets a military junta

The issue: Elections offer no solutions, only delays In elections over the weekend, Greece bought itself some badly needed time while Egypt bought itself trouble it really didn’t need after the past year’s turmoil. THE GREEKS voted to continue in office the conservative New Democratic Party and its coalition partners, the same elected officials who […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

What are they thinking?

With regard to Jeff Hudson’s story Tuesday: “MPR fate, parcel tax on agenda”: The school board seems to think money grows on trees. Is anyone on the school board concerned about spending $500,000 to tear down one of the largest meeting spaces on the Davis High School campus when the district has no money for […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The U.N. and the Internet

The June 12 Our View, “Keep U.N. Hands off the Internet,” regrettably misleads the reader, creating a misperception that the United Nations is taking unilateral action to censor and control the Internet. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the editorial begins by identifying that select nations — namely,  Russia and China — have […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Time is a precious resource

I realize that our schools are trying desperately to make due with ever-dwindling resources. So allow me to make a humble suggestion. What if the schools devoted the last week or two of the school year to … education? I realize that this would cut into the DVD-viewing and general tomfoolery that dominates the final […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Reconsider Tree Division cuts

By Laura Westrup The city of Davis Tree Commission is greatly concerned about the city’s proposed 2012-13 fiscal year budget recommendation to eliminate two staff positions, tree trimmer I and tree trimmer II. I believe this short-sighted action will critically impact the health and vigor of the city’s urban forest, consisting today of more than […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

After all the taking, no giving

Dear Annie: I am 47 years old, and my mother is 80. I have three grown children and a 7-year-old daughter whose father is not in her life, nor does he pay child support, even though he earns a decent income. I recently have had some personal setbacks. My hours were cut at work, and […]

Kudos to DWR, Yolo landfill

The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District has completed another successful mower exchange, taking more than a hundred high-emission gas lawn mowers out of the community and spreading the use of no-emission electric mowers. The program, however, simply wouldn’t work without the incredible help of our local recycling facilities. Davis Waste Removal and the Yolo County […]

June 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Walk to the right on bike paths

Before anybody rushes to install signs telling pedestrians to walk on the left on bike paths, they should ride their bike around Capitol Park in Sacramento where pedestrian and bicycle traffic can be dense. There, the pedestrians follow the commonly accepted convention that slower traffic keeps right and faster traffic passes on the left. It […]

June 22, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged , ,

Chávez students read, too!

Many thanks to Kevin Clayton, Kaitlyn Lagattuta, Angie Goth, Vivian Au and Mandy Zheng for their inspiring article advocating summer reading. Probably due to space restraints, some schools’ lists of preferred books were omitted. Just so everyone knows how enthusiastic students from César Chávez Elementary School are about reading, we invite all to view our […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

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 ,