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Honor and respect end-of-life choices

By The Rev. Sergio Camacho As a minister, I am called upon to counsel and pray with terminally ill people as they prepare for the end of their lives. Hearing their dying wishes is one of the most challenging and most meaningful parts of my call to serve God. At a very deep level, we […]

July 02, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Opposition to bill is inhumane

By Ginny Johnson I am writing in response to your June 25 article on SB 128, the aid-in-dying bill, hereafter “the bill.” I’m perplexed as to why the Association of Oncologists thinks the bill “runs contrary to the physicians’ oath to do no harm.” Many doctors disagree. As Paul Amster, an M.D. and a pain […]

July 02, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Freeloading now, problems later

Dear Annie: My father passed away many years ago and my mother remarried and moved to a vacation home. However, she still owns the house we grew up in and two of my siblings now live there for free. My sister is 60, and my brother is 46. Neither has worked for years. I talk […]

Ready, fire, AIM

Education is the pride of this community, and indeed its lifeblood. Our community is exceptional for its commitment to its young minds. It offers a diversity of educational programs found hardly anywhere else, in a state where education is chronically underfunded and underperforming. As part of that diversity, it offers a program for GATE-identified kids […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Brazil is good for our city

Last week’s column by Rich Rifkin left me puzzled. The column concluded that our new city manager was not providing adequate leadership. Earlier this year, I undertook a study of the city organization. My conclusion was much different. I found that Dirk Brazil was continuing to be quite financially conservative as was the prior administration. […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Why are American schools slowing down so many bright children?

By Jay Mathews Vicki Schulkin, a northern Virginia parent, knew her son Matt was bright but did not think this was a problem until some of his teachers began to bristle at the erratic working habits that sometimes accompany intellectual gifts. “In fourth grade, his English teacher told me early in the semester that he […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Lawn replacement is a mixed bag

Listen to water officials — from Gov. Jerry Brown down to local officials — and you’d think replacing lawns with drought-resistant plants or artificial turf is a pure good, no negatives involved. They know lawn replacement, often called “xeriscaping” because it can use cactuses and other desert plants, generally leads to at least a 30 […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Brothers won’t speak to each other

Dear Annie: I have two sons, both married with children, living in two different states. For several years, my older son “John” has refused to talk to his brother, “Teddy.” I don’t know why, except that John’s wife initiated it. My husband and my sons and their families were at a wedding a few years […]

Don’t blame Dirk Brazil

Once again, Rich Rifkin ignores facts to chastise his “victim du jour.” Last Wednesday’s edition focused on Davis City Manager Dirk Brazil, and Rifkin blames Brazil for continuing two decades of “crushing fiscal crisis.” First, I’m surprised that Rifkin isn’t aware that the city manager is not the final voice, in fact he/she doesn’t have […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

School board did the right thing

I applaud the school board’s recent decision on ending private testing for the AIM program. As a retired math teacher (Holmes Junior High and Davis High School), I had so many students identified as GATE who had difficulty when they were placed in accelerated math. They may have been specially talented in language arts or art, […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Kudos to our firefighters

I would like to express my sincerest thanks to our South Davis firefighters and paramedics. Far too many times in the past year, they made visits to my parents’ house in El Macero to do wellness checks on my father or to provide a ride to the emergency room. These firefighters and paramedics were incredible […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Let’s stop drawing lines between children

By Jill Van Zanten I would like to applaud the Davis school board’s recent decision to eliminate private-pay testing as an avenue into our district’s AIM/GATE (gifted) program and to shift resources toward ensuring rigor and differentiation in all classrooms across the district. Some writers to this paper have implied that our neighborhood school teachers […]

June 30, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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