Don’t need services? Don’t pay!

Jose Granda and Tom Randall Jr., the official voices against Measure C in the county’s voter information pamphlet that came in the mail on Friday, perceive the use of tax money for our schools as “forced tuition in public schools.” On their website, they suggest that only people with children should be made to pay […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Children’s views on Measure C

We love school and we love our teachers. We are there to learn, so don’t take it away. It wouldn’t be any fun if there was no library at school. We can’t imagine what life would be like without our school how it is now, and we don’t want to! Please vote yes on Measure […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Davis students are enriched

With the parcel tax renewal vote coming soon it’s time to remind ourselves of all the reasons we appreciate living in this community and sending our children to Davis schools. My husband and I feel very fortunate that we live within a district where we could choose to send our daughter to a Spanish Immersion […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Jobless rate still falling; cross your fingers

The issue: Have we finally reached ‘the holy grail of a self-sustaining economic expansion’? If there is such an animal as an economic report of unalloyed good news, the January unemployment report was as close as it gets, especially seen in the context of the recession and the tremendous hurdles in emerging from it. THE […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

College rankings aren’t always reliable

By Dan K. Thomasson WASHINGTON — Everyone knows there is cheating in colleges. Now it turns out some of the institutions themselves cheat. Well, well, imagine that. Who would have thunk it? And guess what? This isn’t one of those scandals involving the athletic department, where schools caught with major NCAA infractions end up being […]

February 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Europe hopes new treaty will forestall recession

The issue: Eurozone success would bolster our own fragile economic recovery On Jan. 1, 1999, 11 members of the European Union took what seemed to be the next logical step in European unity by creating a common currency zone. Three years later, the old national currencies were replaced by new coins and banknotes, the euro. […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Voracious pythons adapt too readily to Everglades

The issue: Invasive species threaten this important habitat The National Park Service says 1,825 Burmese pythons have been caught in and around the Florida Everglades since 2000. One of the largest — more than 16 feet long and weighing 156 pounds — was caught just in January. THE BURMESE pythons have been joined in the […]

April 03, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

FAA deal only took Congress five years

The issue: Key feature is funding for new GPS technology to direct air traffic The Federal Aviation Administration bill was delayed 23 times, but the agency finally has a law giving it $63 billion and full operating authority for the next four years. For those of you counting, that’s only one year less than the […]

February 16, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

U.S., NATO to depart Afghanistan early

The issue: Our ability to establish democracies in ethnically divided countries with no history of democracy is limited President Barack Obama’s military advisers plan on the U.S. and its NATO allies ending combat operations in Afghanistan perhaps as soon as mid-2013, a year and a half early. That lays the groundwork for the coalition leaving […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Prisons must cope with surge in elderly inmates

The issue: Cost of health care, equipment and staff training is rising fast In the mid-1990s, there was a mini-wave of “granny dumping.” Elderly people, abandoned by families, showed up at hospitals and Salvation Army facilities, often with a note to the effect: “Please take care of her. We no longer can.” THAT COLD-HEARTED solution […]

February 14, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Changing his mind, and heart

Dear Annie: After 40 years of marriage, my wife came home from work one day and said she was leaving. I decided then that I would never marry again. Four years ago, I met “Lynn.” Now, of course, I am madly in love with her. She never ceases to amaze me with her big heart […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Conduct a DACHA investigation

The following is a copy of a letter to Davis City Council members: I have known Luke Watkins and David Thompson for over 30 years and during that time, both have dedicated their careers to social justice issues, specifically those related to increasing adequate housing for low-income individuals. I trust that what they are saying about DACHA is accurate to the […]

February 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Bags are environmental pollution

Davis is, with any luck, about to ban plastic bags, so environmentally destructive are they. And yet CVS/pharmacy still puts their customers’ purchases into plastic bags without asking us whether we want a plastic bag. And when we say we do not want a plastic bag, what do we find, but that now CVS/pharmacy does not […]

February 09, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,