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Death on the doorstep

Dear Annie: Recently, I insisted a dear friend move into my home so I could help him after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After a lengthy surgery, doctors managed to remove it. Two weeks later, I took him to a rustic cabin retreat so he could rest. The morning we were to leave […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Cemetery creating a peaceful place despite drought

By Kristi Dvorak The staff and board of trustees of the Davis Cemetery and Arboretum are dedicated to providing a peaceful place for contemplation, nature, art and the community’s history. A few friends of the cemetery have expressed concern over recent water restrictions and the preservation of our grounds. We are committed to finding a […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Nicholas Kristof: Chemicals in your popcorn?

What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common? All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer. The scientists I interviewed say that they try to avoid […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Joe Nocera: Look, Ma, no hands!

On June 3, during Google’s annual meeting, a shareholder named John M. Simpson stood up to question the company’s top executives about its self-driving car program. They were not friendly questions. Simpson, 67, works for a nonprofit called Consumer Watchdog, where he directs its Privacy Project. In recent years, he has focused largely on Google, […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Support SB 277

Thank you for your article highlighting the progress of SB 277. I wish more media outlets would highlight the parents who support this bill. We have formed a grassroots organization called www.vaccinatecalifornia.org. When the measles outbreak began earlier this year, my baby was too young to be vaccinated. If we allow herd immunity levels to […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Grad Night 2015

It takes a village to raise a child and now I know it also takes a small army to put on Grad Night. This was the first year I participated in Grad Night and I was amazed at the legion of volunteers from throughout our community who did so much to make it such an […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

AIM program review

It is the ongoing duty of the Board of Education to consider up-dated, pertinent information regarding educational programs and to evaluate their effectiveness for students; therefore I support the Board of Education’s review of the AIM program. We know that the former GATE program has been expanded over the years, then modified in several ways […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Shabby post office

Has anyone else noticed the continued deterioration of the visual appearance of our Post Office? All of the landscaping is dead or dying, the weeds along the 5th Street parkway are waist high.  The surrounding trees, in particular the redwoods, are dead and a fire hazard.  If this was a residence multiple code violations could […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

There’s gratitude for you

Dear Annie: A couple of years ago, my husband and I introduced ourselves to our new neighbor. We helped her catch her dog when it took off down the street and lent her our cellphone when her dog locked her out of the car. We waved hello and goodbye. She told us that her husband […]

Beef, alfalfa and water use

By Charles A. Hjerpe, DVM In a recent letter to the editor, George Farmer attempts to make the case that taxing beef sales and/or beef cattle production more heavily would reduce beef production, thereby saving large amounts of water for drought-stricken California city dwellers. He quotes a recent New York Times article by Tim Eagan, […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Reply to Rich Rifkin

Re: “Family failure: the root of our urban crisis,” Rich Rifkin, May 27. Rich Rifkin asserts that “black inner-city poverty is rooted in the breakdown of the nuclear family” and that we need to teach its members to use birth control. He apparently hasn’t bothered to find out that since 2008, nonmarital birth rates have declined […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Davis Tennis Courts Broken and Dangerous

Over the years my family has been in Davis we have most enjoyed the community spirit and community facilities the town has to offer. To us this is one of the great joys of living in Davis. We are keen tennis players and have loved the development of the high school/community park tennis courts and […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

David Brooks: How adulthood happens

Every society has its rites of passage, marking the transition from youth to adulthood. Most of these rites of passage are ritualized and structured, with adult supervision and celebration. But the major rite of passage in our society is unritualized, unstructured and unnamed. Most of the people in the middle of it don’t even know […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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