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Does suicide run in the family?

Dear Annie: When my son was a teenager, he attempted suicide three times. My daughter has attempted suicide twice. Her 16-year-old son left a note, but she discovered it and took him to a hospital. I have moments of complete sadness, but I have never tried to kill myself. Does this suicidal tendency run in […]

It’s like the dorm at the conservatory

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to my husband for a year, and we moved into our first house roughly six months ago. I love our home, and I know we’re very fortunate. Here’s the problem: His parents live two hours from us. My husband has a younger sister who plays in the local youth symphony. […]

Neighbors aren’t helping

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been caring for my grandmother for the past eight years. We both have full-time jobs and two young children. Grandma has dementia, and her health and cognition have been declining significantly in the past six months, with multiple hospitalizations for dehydration and infections. It has taken a toll […]

Because I Say So: It’s all about gluttony, whether it’s stuff or stuffing

It was a packed day at the physical therapist’s office on Wednesday, everyone getting their treatments in before the Thanksgiving holiday. My therapist had trouble finding an empty table where she could work on my pesky tendinitis, and it was such close quarters, you couldn’t help but hear all the conversations nearby. On the table […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Could you even apply to the college you attended?

I know a lot of people, myself included, say they couldn’t get into the college they attended because of how competitive it has become. Back in my day, you just looked at the table of University of California requirements, slid your finger down until you saw your SAT scores, then slid across until you saw […]

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Understanding the realities of life

The following is a copy of a letter to guest opinion writer Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (“Google, tell me: Is my son a genius?” Nov. 23): Perhaps you should have asked why sons and daughters are treated differently. Parents understand the realities of life. Most people wish to marry, or at least have a significant other. Simply […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Disturbing hubris on Marsh

Bob Dunning’s recommendation for Daniel Marsh’s sentence — basically, “put him away forever,” is disturbing in its hubris. While treatment with pharmaceutical drugs may not have addressed the young man’s extremely agitated mind, we — none of us — can be sure that there will not be a treatment for his disorder available within the 100 years or […]

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Be safe this holiday season

In the days following Thanksgiving, many families will begin the festive tradition of lighting their homes and businesses for the holiday season. To ensure that lights bring joy rather than fire, injury or electric shocks, PG&E recommends that customers follow a few simple safety tips: * Avoid electric hazards. Before climbing ladders to string outdoor lights, […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Cosby, Virginia and rape

The world’s wrath and revulsion seem to be focused on Bill Cosby these days, as he goes in the public mind from “America’s Dad” to an unofficial serial rape suspect. Yet that’s a cop-out for all of us. Whatever the truth of the accusations against Cosby — a wave of women have now stepped forward […]

November 30, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Smart, clean and local energy technologies for Davis

By Gerry Braun and Lorenzo Kristov In a recent article, Gerry Braun and Richard McCann summarized energy service options available to Davis, pointing to the benefits of locally accountable energy service delivering clean, low-carbon electricity to Davis residents and businesses. This article reviews recent trends in the costs and performance of clean energy technologies, which are […]

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Google’s latest: a spoon that steadies tremors

By Martha Medoza MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. But these spoons (don’t call them spoogles) are a bit more than your basic utensil: Using hundreds of algorithms, they allow people with essential tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling. The technology senses how a […]

Just Us in Davis: Parallel play and race in America

By Jann Murray-García When I walked into a friend’s living room last week for an evening Bible study, the police lights and tension of Ferguson, Mo., played on her monitor. The room was quiet, as the collective attention was fixed on the screen. My dear friend whispered, “There is no indictment.” I immediately felt like someone had […]

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The Mayor’s Corner: Give thanks for better budget news

We have much to be thankful for. Recently, the Davis City Council got some unexpected good budget news — we ended the 2013-14 fiscal year with nearly $850,000 in additional revenue. Like other communities, we were hit hard by the Great Recession, which resulted in cuts in city services, difficult concessions from our employees, and a […]

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