Who stole the American dream?

Yesterday, my 24-year-old daughter proudly announced to me that she has been promoted to bartender at the upscale restaurant where she has been working as a cook for three years. She is excited about the tips. She has no health benefits, no guarantee of future employment, and in her junior year in college, is already […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Making Social Security sustainable

Jim Stevens calls on Congressman Mike Thompson to provide leadership to make Social Security sustainable. The biggest shock for me when I received my first real paycheck out of college as a mid-level manager with Sutter County was that I was going to max out my Social Security obligation before the end of the pay […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Teach teenagers some respect

I had an experience this week that caused me to wonder where common courtesy and respect have gone. I was riding my bike with my 4-year-old daughter to Target. As we came up the path from John Barovetto Park that leads to Target, there was a group of teenagers blocking the entire way. I thought […]

September 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Consumers’ right to know: What is in Prop. 37?

By Kent J. Bradford Proposition 37 on the Nov. 6 ballot, “The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act,” is being portrayed as a simple initiative that would require mandatory labeling of any foods grown or produced using genetic engineering. However, Prop. 37 is a poorly written measure that will result in shakedown lawsuits, […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A six-point plan for more efficient City Council meetings

By Dan Wolk and Brett Lee While on the campaign trail, we had the opportunity to get to know each other and Davis City Council member Lucas Frerichs quite well. Often, we would discuss the similar priorities we each had for improving our community. Universally, we agreed that one of the first steps we needed […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Obama reaches out to Latino voters

The barrage of Republican television advertising aimed at both registered Latino voters and potential Hispanic voters who have not yet registered began early this summer. Bankrolled mostly by super political action committees grown stupendously wealthy under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision allowing both individual donors and corporations to fund them without limit, […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We brought it on ourselves

Pollution is a form of chemical warfare that man befalls upon himself. William F. Foley Jr. Davis

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

What do you think: What book would you want if you were stranded on an island?

Justin Smith grad student, Irvine: ” ‘The Great Gatsby.’ It just kind of resonates.” Lexie Hudson self-employed, Davis: ” ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories,’ by Salman Rushdie, for the connection to what is real, or unreal.” Ligia Sierra retired, Liman, S.C.: “Isabel Allende, ‘La isla bajo el mar.’ “ Kirk Kappelhoff student, Melbourne, Australia: […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Don’t let pesticides become ‘pet-icides’

Rats, mice, snails, insects — these and more can be pests around the house and yard. However, care must be taken when battling these nuisances, as many pesticides can also be toxic to pets. Rodenticide poisoning is one of the more common toxicities seen at a veterinary hospital. Rodenticides come in different forms, but are […]

Relying on their support

Dear Annie: My older sister, “Susie,” is 33 and has been receiving financial support from my parents for more than a decade. They give her money outright and also pay her car insurance, health insurance and other bills. Susie does not work. She’s in a master’s program, but it is unclear whether she will finish. […]

Wife gets chatty online

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 18 years, and we have three children. I always thought we got along great. Over the past few years, we have not been as intimate as we once were, and I attributed it to busy schedules, children, etc. However, recently I discovered that my wife […]

Divide and rule is the strategy

According to Wikipedia, “divide and rule” is derived from the Latin saying “Divide et impera,” and in politics refers to a strategy to gain and maintain power. In recent history, the Nazis used this strategy through the persecution of Jewish citizens in Germany in the 1930s. The Communists also used it by the persecution of […]

September 11, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Chancellor Katehi is already gone

Regarding rumors of a pending settlement between student protesters and UC Davis: settling now without the rolling of administrative heads would be an unfortunate conclusion to the events of Nov. 18. If there is one thing many on both sides of that day agree on — the police and the student protesters — it is […]

September 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,