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Costly housing is a huge crisis

In the Los Angeles area, fewer than one in four households headed by people in their 20s or early 30s — known demographically as “millennials” — can afford to buy the median-priced home, which now goes for just over $500,000. Overall, just 34 percent of households in the L.A. metropolitan area can afford that same home. Which means […]

June 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

We need racism control

I was angered and outraged by the killing of nine people at a Bible study at a church in Charleston, S.C. Then the response of the victims’ relatives moved me to tears. In spite of their anger and devastation by their grave loss, they forgave the white killer and prayed to God to have mercy upon […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Trackside Center neighbors want a voice

* Editor’s note: The following is an open letter to Trackside LLC Partners from the Old East Davis Neighborhood Association board of directors. By Rhonda Reed, Mark Grote, Alan Miller, Cathy Forkas and Steve Kaltenbach We received your email requesting to meet with the Old East Davis Neighborhood Association about the proposed Trackside Center project. […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Davis city manager fails to lead

Next week, Dirk Brazil will mark the start of his ninth month on the job as the Davis city manager. Sadly, there is already good reason to think that our City Council made the wrong choice in picking Brazil to replace Steve Pinkerton. The crushing fiscal crisis in the city of Davis is with its […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It seems like just a year ago …

Dear Annie: Is it unorthodox to have a one-year anniversary party? A friend of mine was married last summer. By November, she had created a save-the-date on Facebook for a one-year anniversary party. “Leona” invited everyone who had been on the wedding list, whether they attended or not. So far, only a handful have responded. […]

So that’s where it’s going

Dear Annie: My father is starting to have trouble managing his banking. He has a decent fixed income, but somehow, he is now living from one check to the next and he’s getting costly overdrawn notices. I have started to write out his bills, and I try to keep his checkbook balanced. Last week, I […]

More will, more resources

At last Thursday’s school board meeting, there were quite a number of public comments regarding the board’s June 4 decision to mainstream more students who would have been AIM-identified under the old system of public and private-pay testing and re-testing, while increasing support for differentiated classroom teaching for the learning styles and strengths of all […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Quinn’s loss means much is lost

In not renewing Deanne Quinn’s contract, roughly $77,000 for this part-time coordinator, her part-time secretary, universal third-grade testing, and the SAT-score-raising vocabulary books, may I say that the administration and pro-vote Board of Education have cost the students for whom they are responsible more than these adults comprehend? Every year, many of us GATE teachers consulted […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Please meet our kids’ needs

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with the Davis school board’s vote on June 18 not to renew Deanne Quinn’s contract. Quinn has been an employee of the school district for two decades and a widely respected administrator of the AIM/GATE program in Davis. I see this as another step in the board’s unwise […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Board action ignores students’ special needs

By Debbie Nichols Poulos The Davis Board of Education’s recent actions to dismantle the AIM program demonstrate a gross misunderstanding of GATE-identified students and their educational needs. I can’t help but see these students as sacrificial lambs on the altar at which some board members want to kneel. Contrary to what several board members seem […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Secret is ruining marriage

Dear Annie: I am 50 years old. After 10 years of marriage, I feel I must tell my wife of the reason for my declining ability to perform in the bedroom. After three months without intimacy, she requested that I see a doctor and I agreed to do so. However, what she doesn’t know is […]

Happy Father’s Day to all

Dear Readers: Happy Father’s Day to all of the men in our reading audience who have had the pleasures and responsibilities of raising children. This includes fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and those who have stepped in as father figures for children who need them. Bless you all. Having a caring father is not only one of […]

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