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Technical training can create a career path for young adults

By Roger Speer As the uneven economic recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly skilled baby boomers who are entering retirement. […]

Revolution took place on paper

Your guest commentary, “U.S. History Lesson …” by Christopher Kelly (July 3) does add, indeed, to my knowledge of the roles of American military before and during the long, painful birth of our country. Thanks. Our War for Independence — often called the Revolutionary War — by no means equates to the American Revolution, however! […]

Balance housing need, density issues

I live in Rancho Yolo, part of which is backs onto Fifth Street. The proposed new apartment complex on Fifth Street is a concern to our residents. I understand the need and preference for infill housing in our community, as we have a very low vacancy rate for housing. This low vacancy rate encourages high […]

Paul Krugman: Greece’s economy a lesson for Republicans

Greece is a faraway country with an economy roughly the size of greater Miami, so the United States has very little direct stake in its ongoing disaster. To the extent that Greece matters to us, it’s mainly about geopolitics: By poisoning relations among Europe’s democracies, the Greek crisis risks depriving the U.S. of crucial allies. […]

Moth pretty, but mislabeled

What a nice front-page picture of a lined sphinx moth to accompany your informative article celebrating moths and the Bohart Museum program. Too bad it was mislabeled as being a pterophorid moth! Both are pretty in their own way and both are common in Davis (although very different). My guess is that both will be […]

With appreciation like this …

Dear Annie: The real estate agent who sold me my home nine years ago periodically phones my house, asking whether I plan on selling, and offering his assistance. We have a courteous, professional relationship. I never had a problem with him or his company. Recently, I was a guest at a large customer appreciation event […]

Bit by bit, Disclose Act becomes more real

If there’s one main reason for the distrust many Californians feel for government and elected officials at all levels, it may be the way special interests — from corporations to labor unions to individual billionaires — dump millions of dollars into elections campaigns while hiding their identities. Almost five years ago, Julia Brownley, then an obscure […]

Not the legacy they expected

Dear Annie: My husband has been dead for years. He was strong, handsome and successful, but not faithful. Women shamelessly threw themselves at him and he took advantage. He once had to send me to a doctor to be tested for STDs, and I was so angry and embarrassed that I decided the only way […]

Musicians could reclaim sidewalks

We could innovatively solve our problem with panhandlers by engaging live services of artists. Very many exciting, skilled and talented musicians would love to play on our sidewalks, all day long, for a tiny amount of money. If we paid them minimum wage, we would have a full file of applications from semi-professional musicians, some […]

World becomes more prosperous

Each July 1, the World Bank announces which developing countries became developed counties in the previous year. Argentina and Venezuela made it into the developed club for the first time in 2014. There are now far more Latin Americans living in high-income countries than in low- and lower middle-income countries combined. Close to one-fifth of […]

Remember Free Speech Movement

In 1964, while a sophomore at UC Berkeley, I participated in the Free Speech Movement, which began in part as a response to the heavy-handed attempts by campus administration to control student political speech, tabling, etc. Now 51, years later, many are urging the University of California regents to adopt the U.S. State Department’s “three […]

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