Teaching boys a life skill

On April 22, members of the USDA Forest Service Davis office completed a community project at the Progress Ranch boys home on Loyola Drive. From the careful planning by Greg McPherson of the Pacific Southwest Research Station on Research Park Drive in Davis, he led his team of employees to complete a successful and ambitious […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Harper students look back

On May 17, Harper Junior High hosted its Freshman Showcase, celebrating the growth and accomplishments of the ninth-graders who will graduate this week. The Harper students are amazing students: Each stood in front of a panel to talk about what they’d learned through their years of junior high — what they’d learned about social life, […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Can you give a cat a home?

It is well known that owning a pet has many health benefits. A pet reduces stress, lowers your blood pressure, fights depression and improves your social life. At the Yolo County Animal Shelter, there are many animals waiting for their forever home. Adopt one and all the benefits above and many more will accrue to you. Among the cats waiting […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

We’ve all got plenty of time

The issue: Mark your calendars for a crash of galaxies in 4 billion years For those of you who took the news hard that the world will not end this December, NASA has new hope and an approximate date — 4 billion years from now. That’s when the Milky Way galaxy — that’s us — […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Best Picnic Day in a while!

I am writing for the Old North Davis Neighborhood Association to thank the Davis city manager, Davis City Council and chief of police of Davis for authorizing, implementing and following through on police protection for our yards on this recent Picnic Day. It made a big improvement over previous years’ incidents on our properties. We just […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Donate today to schools’ drive

The Davis Schools Foundation set a goal to raise $500,000 or more by July 4. One family of young children donated $50,000 to get things started. For all of our community’s kids, those currently enrolled and those yet to come, let’s pitch in and achieve this goal before the schools close for the summer. Are […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

We’re going the wrong way on jobs

The issue: Let’s hope last month was a statistical pothole There’s no way to put a happy face on the May jobs report: It stinks. THE UNEMPLOYMENT rate rose from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent, ending an 11-month run when the rate was dropping, You can argue — and the White House will — that […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

The end of illegal immigration?

In 2006, millions of Mexican and Central American immigrants, encouraged by Spanish-language radio and TV personalities, turned out at mass demonstrations across the United States to protest a proposed federal law that would have made it a felony to be in the U.S. illegally or to help anyone stay here without proper immigration documents. Those […]

June 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can’t stand the wife’s friend

Dear Annie: My wonderful wife and I have been married for a little less than a year. Though I love her with all my heart, I absolutely do not get along with one of her friends. “Sherry” is negative, overdramatic and incredibly self-centered. She bullies my wife and expects to receive far more support than […]

Straight talk about Agenda 21

In her May 20 letter to the editor “What’s on the other side?” Vicky Murphy insinuates that HR 5455 to create the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area is somehow linked to the United Nations’ Agenda 21, and that members of the International Council for Environmental Initiatives might be “positioning onto boards of directors of […]

June 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Academic workers support teachers

The UC Davis unit of UAW Local 2865, a union that represents more than 12,000 academic student employees statewide, stands in solidarity with the struggle of the Davis Teachers Association against the threat of imposed austerity measures. As we have argued for years now at our own institution, teaching conditions are also students’ learning conditions. […]

June 05, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,