Rude family won’t love him

Dear Annie: I am 33 years old and fed up with how distant my family is. I am disappointed with my grandparents for the way they behave. I grew up around them, but they moved to Arizona when I was 19. I thought we were close, but it seems we are growing further apart. Sometimes […]

Regulation isn’t the problem

One of the most pervasive lies in Washington and on cable news and editorial pages of newspapers small and large is that government regulation and uncertainty are the biggest reasons for the failing economy. This is what the elite and the Republicans have always said, but there are some people on the other side of […]

July 31, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Valuable lessons from Sally Ride

I was saddened this week to learn of the death of my teen-years pal Sally Ride. Sally gained fame for being the first woman astronaut in space, but during the 1960s she and I belonged to a troupe of young tennis players who traveled each week to compete in tournaments in hopes of eventually playing […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Move your money to local banks

It’s time for citizens to take power into our own hands. Let’s move away from the too-big-to-fail megabanks and use our locally owned banks and credit unions. Congress has been unwilling to act and reregulate the too-big-to-fail megabanks. Instead, they have given 16 trillion of our taxpayer dollars to the banks. The banks have continued […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

City tree care, or lack thereof

Pay and pay again. That’s how I understand the city of Davis’ tree policy. Since the city is so far behind in maintaining the trees on my property, I called to see if I could do it myself. The answer? One needs to get a “tree modification permit” that would cost $134 for one to three trees and […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

From farms to student lunches

By John Young Farm-to-school programs combine public health and agricultural marketing objectives with the potential to change the way young people eat, think about food and improve their health through development of lifelong healthy eating habits. Farm-to-School Yolo is a three-year program that will link Yolo County agriculture with the National School Lunch Program, which […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Penn State’s conspiracy of silence

The issue: Ironically, Paterno and Company’s desire to avoid negative publicity has generated nothing but that Before dawn on Sunday, workers showed up at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium, put up a chain-link fence to keep spectators at bay and draped the fence in a blue tarp to block TV cameras. They then proceeded to jackhammer […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Getting her wig on

Dear Annie: I am an attractive 30-something female who began experiencing thinning hair in my late 20s due to a thyroid disorder. Many women have the confidence to accept their hair loss and do nothing to hide it. I admire that. However, for me, it contributes to embarrassment, low self-esteem and a lack of confidence. […]

The fatal dilemma of the lone-wolf killer

The issue: What frightens us most is that we don’t understand the shooters and their crimes The Aurora, Colo., theater shootings represent one of law enforcement’s worst nightmares: a “lone wolf” killer acting with no accomplices and with no discernible motive other than a sense of burning resentment and persecution, opening fire in a public […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Academic, athletic priorities

The sad ongoing events at Penn State, in my opinion, continue to highlight the principal problem in collegiate athletics. The main purpose of institutions of higher learning is higher learning. The emphasis on athletics, unfortunately, has resulted in distortion of this aim, sometimes with disastrous consequences as at Penn State, but the examples of Ohio […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Open debate would blow up secrecy

Much has been made — and rightly so — of the “budget trailer” bill passed swiftly and without public hearings earlier this summer that allows virtually complete secrecy to the new semi-governmental corporation that will administer California’s upcoming cap and trade program for reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases. That measure, known as SB 1018, […]

July 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Looking for a way out

Dear Annie: I’ve been with my boyfriend for eight years and find that I’m not as happy as I used to be. But we have a child together, which makes it harder to decide what to do. For the past few years, I have been talking to another man. Nothing has happened between us, but […]