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David Brooks: Love and merit

There are two great defining features of child-rearing today. First, children are now praised to an unprecedented degree. As Dorothy Parker once joked, American children aren’t raised; they are incited. They are given food, shelter and applause. That’s a thousand times more true today. Children are incessantly told how special they are. The second defining […]

April 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis’ active transportation plan is right on target

By Judy Corbett Last year, a citizens committee finished up Davis’ new “active transportation plan.” The Beyond Platinum Bicycle Action Plan recommends bicycling as the primary transportation mode in the city, while integrating bike paths with walking and transit. According to the citizen authors of the Davis plan, “the combination of the three modes creates […]

April 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Waking up to the awful truth

Dear Annie: Two years ago, I made a big mistake. I married a widower and agreed to move into his house in a large city that is a 30-minute drive from the small town I love living in. I now realize that I absolutely hate living in the city and, more importantly, living in the […]

Those texts still linger

Dear Annie: Several years ago, my then middle-aged husband worked for a company that employed several young attractive girls. He became friends with one of them, and they became texting buddies. Even when they both later left the company, they continued to text. I found this out after the fact. When I confronted him, he […]

New ways of giving locally and beyond

This time last year an envelope arrived from Yolo Hospice. “Probably some kind of announcement,” I thought, but I was wrong. It was a greeting card with these words on front: “We believe in the power of love and goodness.” Inside, it stated that a donation had been made in honor of my birthday. The […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

You can lead folks to the newspaper, but you can’t make them read it

How ironic. On the eve of Earth Day, concerned citizens pleaded with the Winters City Council on April 21 to change its plans to bulldoze the last wild patch of land along the Putah Creek Nature Park trail and the council essentially said “thank you (not so much) for sharing that with us.” If you […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’s a depressing beat

Dear Annie: My husband died 11 years ago. Our son, “Marcus,” was 6 at the time. His dad was in intensive care for two months, and because of his young age, our son was not allowed to see his father. Before he died, my husband asked his younger brother to keep his drum set until […]

Poker proceeds help youths

Once again, our local business and community members showed their willingness to support area youths. This year’s Texas Hold ’Em Night put on by Soroptimist International of Davis, in partnership with the Rebekah Lodge, raised more than $7,000 that will be used to support foster youth programs. Our wonderful sponsors this year included our event […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Invest in water of the future

Last week, after presenting a UC Davis OLLI four-hour seminar on our water system and its problems, one thought about our long-lasting drought becomes very clear. We in California are blessed with two fascinating resources: unlimited sunshine and miles of ocean shoreline. While the debates and actions on better water conservation and efficient use go […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Water, water everywhere?

When I moved to Davis in 1965, conditions in many different respects were just not the same as they are now. The population of California was 20 million people, about half of what it is now, and Davis, with 14,000 residents, had one-fifth of the number of people now living here. Water was plentiful. Homes in […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Thanks for supporting the arts

Davis School Arts Foundation has wrapped up another successful Elementary Art Show and Young at Art Festival. We would like to thank all those who helped make it the success that it was. The Davis Arts Center generously donated use of its facility for our Elementary Art Show and Second Friday ArtAbout reception. Special thanks to […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Bike Swap another success

A big, big thanks to all the families who participated in the César Chávez Elementary third annual Citywide Bike Swap event, which took place on Sunday, April 12. It was a win-win situation for those who consigned their bikes, donated their bikes or bought bikes at the swap. More than 225 bikes were consigned or […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The fight for gender pay equity

By Bill Dodd Tuesday, April 14, was National Equal Pay Day. If you think that the day chosen to promote awareness of the staggering difference between what men and women earn had something to do with the federal income tax deadline, you would be wrong. The date represents the additional 104 days that a woman […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Fixing the leaking college ‘pipeline’

By Jonathan London Last week was an exciting one in my home, as my daughter finalized her acceptance at the college of her choice. Mixed together with the celebration, the amazement of being old enough to have graduating senior and the sadness at her leaving home, is an appreciation of the privileged position we enjoy. I […]

April 26, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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