What will keep them together?

Dear Annie: I have been with my husband more than 20 years. We have never been separated, even for a few days. We have stuck it out through the good, the bad and the horrible. We have two boys who are about to graduate high school, and I am wondering how this will affect our […]

We haven’t really come that far

It seems that no matter how hard we try to repurpose and reinvent our society as post-modern and post-racial, incidents such as the installation of the noose on Davis High school’s goal post and the swastika in the Olive Drive bike tunnel keep dragging us back into the mire of our dark history. Of course, […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A historic day for patients

As a medical student, I am relieved to see the Supreme Court uphold the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“High court upholds key part of Obama health law”). In the hospital, we see firsthand the challenges facing patients navigating a complex health care system and facing physicians as they struggle to provide care […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Whenever you see a bully, look no further than the parents

So, Karen Klein, the sweet grandmother from Greece, New York who was verbally tortured by some vicious little middle school bullies, has enjoyed the sympathy and support of the nation, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars raised through a fundraising website to give her a well-deserved vacation to Disneyland and a nice little […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Progress on California’s dropout crisis

By Alan Bonsteel Our dropout crisis remains California’s greatest challenge. Our economy will recover, but a dropout today is a tragedy for the state and for Yolo County for the next half-century. At the national level, the College Board at this very moment has arrayed 857 student desks on the National Mall near the Washington Monument […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Supreme Court says health care is law of the land

The issue: The idea of national health care dates back to Teddy Roosevelt; for now, we have such a plan A deeply divided Supreme Court did with President Barack Obama’s health care act what high courts are supposed to do: It brought a sharp and conclusive end to the debate over whether the Affordable Care […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Are you being served by the Water Advisory Committee?

Water Advisory Committee members Mark Siegler and Bill Kopper, appointed by Councilwoman Sue Greenwald Frank Loge and Steve Boschken, appointed by Mayor Joe Krovoza Elaine Roberts Musser and Michael Bartolic, appointed by Councilman Stephen Souza Jerry Adler and Doby Fleeman, appointed by Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson Alf Brandt and Helen Thomson, appointed by Councilman […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What do you think: What does Independence Day mean to you?

Scott Dixon graduate student, Davis: “It means the day the U.S. gained independence.” Margaret Elmer graduate student, Davis: “The establishment and fulfillment of democracy.” Sue Petzold retired, Fair Oaks: “Barbecue, fireworks and family.” Ron Cowden business owner, Davis: “Celebration of our country’s freedom.” Marianne Lagarias recent graduate, Davis: “Remembering my grandpa’s birthday.” Andrew Hudson musician, […]

July 01, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Living in the halfway house

Dear Annie: I have been with “Jim” for eight years. We are in our 40s and have been through a lot together. When I moved in with him three years ago, two of his kids lived with their mother, and the older boy was in prison. I was supportive of Jim’s visits to “Lloyd” and […]

Memories of homelessness

When I see a person outside Safeway or Nugget Market asking for money, I try to always give them something. Maybe I only have an extra quarter and if times are better I might give them a dollar or two. My children say I don’t have much myself and I shouldn’t do that but they were […]

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Council speculation is refreshing

There’s all kinds of idle speculation about what direction the new City Council will go in, what alignments will emerge. Isn’t it wonderful and refreshing? The last time there was this kind of open debate was 1990-92. Jon Li Davis

July 03, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Join the 100% Club for schools

As a member of the Emerson Junior High School teaching staff, I’d like to publicly thank all the people who have worked so hard on the present Davis Schools Foundation fundraising drive to preserve junior high school vice principals, high school counselors and add general instructional aides to help in the elementary school room next […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Whose UC is it going to be?

The more foreign and out-of-state students register at the University of California and the higher tuition and fees there are pushed, the more legitimate it becomes for taxpayers who built and still largely fund the 10-campus system to wonder whom it will belong to in the future. It’s a question that got new force early […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Tackling the problems of higher education

The issue: So many challenges, but let’s start on the gridiron America’s institutions of higher learning face a daunting multitude of problems. Rapidly rising costs. Greatly diminished support from state legislatures for public colleges and universities. Students graduating with crushing debt loads that will take a lifetime to repay — assuming they can find employment, […]

June 29, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,